Wednesday, November 12, 2014

1830s Dress Coat - Finishing

It's been an awfully long time since I've posted.

I'm sorry.

We bought a house.

It was built in 1738.

It needs some TLC.

I actually finished the 1830s coat and went to the Old Sturbridge Village dinner wearing it, but basically as soon as I finished we bought the house and then I was immersed in home improvement projects. I kept thinking, "I have to post to my blog" but then projects took over.

That's not entirely true, because I've done a few other tailoring projects since then, but I somehow kept getting distracted from posting to my blog. And I apologize.

Here are the details on finishing the coat, and I'll post photos of the finished result next. Sooner than 8 months, I promise.

Anyway, after doing my fitting with basted seams I ripped the whole coat apart and started sewing it together for real. Obviously everything is hand-sewn - all seams are back stitched, and most everything else is felled or catch-stitched. As always, you can click on the images for a larger view.

The skirts are pleated into tails.

The collar canvas is basted to the cloth before being padded.

The collar and revers. I'm not sure why the left lapel is so wrinkled. It really isn't that bad when I'm wearing it.

The sleeves. The 1830s coat has funky, floppy cuffs. And giant poofy sleeve heads. I really don't like the style, but I'm a slave to fashion.

The sleeve linings. Obviously the cuffs have working buttons (i.e. "surgeon's cuffs").

The outside of the cuffs. Floppy, floppy.


  1. I had to read that line a few times - built in 1738.
    Your house predates mine by 2 centuries.
    The 1830s coat looks great.

  2. Yay! I've been waiting for this post! Looking forward to seeing the finished coat. What you do amazes me.

  3. Really great looking coat, like you stepped out of a Cruickshank!
    As to the wandering lapel, might your basting stitches along the roll line be a bit tight? Perhaps loosen those a bit and give it a steam over the tailors ham and you'll be nice and smooth? I know what you mean about the sleeve heads! But it is the silhouette, and you've nailed it!
    Nancy N

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