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Hello from the Midwest!
January 11, 2014
7:15 pm
amyelizabeth

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My name is Amy, I used to be Cherry_Ames on the old forum.

I knew the old board was inactive, but somehow missed the fact that it was alive and well in a new location!  Last night I logged in to look up some info on 18th century colors, and noticed the link!  So excited to be back!

 

So a little about myself.  My mom taught me how to sew when I was small, and once I got the hang of changing bobbins on my own I loved it!  I went through obsessions with different eras, starting with the American Civil War, then the Titanic/Teens era, and Regency, then 18th century…throw in the 1650’s, Renaissance, and I could go on.  I studied fashion design in college, and worked a summer in a costume shop at a theater.  I also had the opportunity to go on Jennie’s Costume Tour in 2009, and made some life-long friends!

 

So glad to be back!  And if anyone has information on how accurate lavender cotton velvet/uncut corduroy would be for an 18th century redingote, let me know!

January 11, 2014
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sistersuzi
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The original velvet would have been silk, but that is either too expensive or half rayon these days, so a good cotton velvet would be fine. However, I have not seen corduroy used on ladies’ redingotes as early as the 18th century. I believe I’ve seen a man’s coat, but where and when I can’t remember. I’ve seen cut velvet and patterned velvet on men’s suits. Hope that helps.

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January 12, 2014
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Assuming the texture is more like velvet, would it possibly work for a shorter jacket? 

Something earlier, like this jacket…

This riding habit looks like it could be velvet

Could this robe a la turque be velvet?

This one looks like it could be velvet as well.

It seems like a lot of the velvet garments in paintings are red, but there is a dark purple velvet bodice on this blog post by Isis’ Wardrobe.

Maybe something more in this style?

This jacket 1780-90s?) looks a lot like this one…and the back.

January 12, 2014
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sistersuzi
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All those paintings look like silk velvet, don’t they? The only one I’d be wary of copying would be the one with laced in sleeves, as I suspect this may be “fancy dress?” I love the shape of the last one you show, with the blue edging on the tabs. I don’t know if you might find anything helpful on my Pinterest page – I don’t always remember what I’ve pinned.

http://tinyurl.com/pktkd8y

 

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January 13, 2014
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I really like the last one, too!  Would you say it was mid-century?  And would you pair it with a matching skirt (worn over the tabs?), or a lighter colored silk skirt?  You’re right, I think, all those jackets are silk velvet.  But, as you say, it’s so much harder to find!  I think the only big difference is that the cotton one I found might have less of a sheen than a silk velvet would.

I love some of the jackets on your pinterest board, especially this gray one, which is obviously silk and not velvet.  This blue jacket is one I’ve admired for a while as well, also silk. The silver embroidery on both is just lovely!

The 1740’s riding habit on American Duchess is also pretty – I know it’s based on a movie costume from Marie Antoinette, but I do love the shape!  Would you say her use of fabrics is passably correct?  I guess it’s just choosing whether to go earlier in the century or later…

January 13, 2014
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The shape of the last one is difficult to date – roughly 1760 I would say, but the long sleeves indicate, to me anyway, a later date, or possibly European as opposed to British. However, depending on the skirt you use it is so “generic 18th century” I think you could almost chose any date.

Most of the “jackets” as opposed to riding habits, seem to be worn over a contrasting, and often patterned skirt, at least in paintings I’ve seen. If you look at Brunswicks, however, they are often part of a two piece outfit of dress and jacket. I spent a long time trying to find jackets and skirts for customers a few years ago – very difficult – the skirts are often re-used, whereas the jackets are not.

Personally, I love caracos, and the 1780’s shapes, but that’s very personal.

Suzi

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January 25, 2014
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Hi Amy, 

Welcome back, it’s so nice to *see* you here. :)  Please say hi, to your mum for me. ;)

Carol http://stitchedbyhislove.blogspot.com/
January 27, 2014
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