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Me and my jacket, en deshabille

My beautiful jacket is done!



   

It is linen inside and out, and I think the lining works extremely well as a contrast to the outer green.  The trim design is based on doublet layouts from pictures of the period.  I didn't want to do the usual "cover all the seams" look, and looking at the finished product, I'm glad I went with this style, as it looks awesome.

Specs:

The pattern is the one from Patterns of Fashion, redacted by Carla Bauer and

eleanors_closet. Carla fits the original jacket; I had to size it up a little.  The sleeves have a small gather at the top shoulder seam, that is cartridge pleated into place (though this definitely shows up later - by 1630, it's a bit of a cheat for me, because I haven't perfected the pattern size yet).  I left off the sleeve wings and the collar and cuff tabs because I wanted a simpler look.

The trim is also linen, a five strand braid, and uses about 25 yards.  Every single part is hand-stitched, including the covering on the hooks and eyes (which makes them much less likely to slip open).  I used 14 hooks and eyes, the aforementioned 25 yards of linen trim, and about 3 yards each of lining and shell fabric.

It took about three weeks to sew from start to finish, including covering the hook and eyes (three nights), and braiding the trim (four to five days).

I'm in my underwear (shift), and I'm wearing a silk pair of bodies underneath.  I've ordered five yards of pink silk Dupioni to make a petticoat to go with, but I can wear any colour petticoat I want, so nyah.

I'm in my shift because I was keeping it sexy for y'all, not because I was too lazy to put on a petticoat, that's right, uh-huh. 

Cheesecake shots:

                        
(Mysterious)                                         (Come-hither look)                             (Hair!)

That's some half-dressed Elizabethan sex on stick, right there.  I'm such a hussy, with my hair down!  The Countess of Southampton has nothing on me, baby!



 ETA:  Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful compliments.  To each of you, thanks - it means a lot, and makes me feel very, very good.  You're all turning my head, and that can't be good for me!

 

Comments

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gwacie
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Dashing!
hugh_mannity
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Careful -- they'll be using you to advertise The Tudors next :D


Are you sure your name's not "Elizabeth" -- with that hair...
dream_wind
Jun. 18th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
I think not. For one thing, it's accurate...
situveuxmoi
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh WOW! That is some drool-worthy work right there! The colors are fantastic and the trim placement is great. The fit is superb!! You know, you're quite an inspiration. :)
vom_schwarzwald
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
That is a GREAT green, very striking.
bantiarna
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Scandalous!
That green against your hair is just breathtaking! Great job!
apollonia
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
I really like how well the trim goes with the jacket. Scrumptious!
thomigirl
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Amazing you are.
reasie
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
woo! You sexy harlot!

Mmmmm hmmm. That is one fine jacket there. *three snaps up*
isenglass
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Man, I hate that I can't see the pictures at work.
sewloud
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Just gorgeous! Love the colors!
runolfr
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
My goodness. If we let you get away with this, you may get totally wild and start showing us your ankles.
laurensa
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful!

I love the color!
isabelladangelo
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
Do you have/going to make a matching strawberry pink petticoat/dress?
attack_laurel
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Read the entry again.
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mmcnealy
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
That is such a lovely color on you! I love the contrast between the green jacket and the pink/red trim.

I always wondered how to keep those big hook and eyes from slipping open every chance they got. I'll have to try that on the ones I have.
attack_laurel
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Waxed linene thread, with a buttonhole stitch. It works amazingly - but you'll need to work the hooks a little the first time you hook them. The thread will shift, and then it will be perfect.
(no subject) - stitchwhich - Jun. 17th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
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thatpotteryguy
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hubba, hubba. Make a bishop kick out a stained-glass window...

Seriously. It looks awesome. And I love the color.
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