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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Jacket from Costume Close-Up and the Beginnings of a Sack-Back Gown!

I have been sewing, really. I just completed my sixth (6th!!) project of the year so far and I am starting on the seventh! Anyway, number 6 was the cotton print jacket from Costume Close-Up. I had seen pictures of it online and was thrilled to see it in person and get some good pictures when I was in Williamsburg. I made a few alterations to the orginal pattern so that it would close over a stomacher and added the ribbons as you see in the last picture. I'm not sure I'm happy with them though- I may replace them with real silk ribbons or make eyelets for lacing. Also, the jacket is reversible to a blue cotton floral print that I bought at the ever-excellent Wal Mart! Overall, I am very happy with this project. It was a huge learning experience (my first time sizing up a period pattern from a book!) and I feel proud of sewing it all by hand using techniques that are new to me.

Here you can see my current project- a 1760-70ish cotton sack-back gown for the Spring Ball. The fabric is from Reproduction Fabrics. This was my first time ordering from them, and I am impressed with their selection and service! Anyway, the pattern is by me based on the Costume Close-Up francaise and it is going together surprisingly/worryingly well. I have wanted to make a sacque ever since I started making historical clothes so this is scary and exciting!
Anyway, I am sewing the whole thing by hand using period methods I've read about and seen in clothing at Williamsburg. It's going to have a matching petticoat and stomacher with gathered and puffed trim, as you can kind of see on one of the robings and the detail of the sleeve. There at the top you can see a pic of the lining, which I decided to make with ties instead of lacings. (After making my new stays, which will be in the next post, I don't feel like making any more eyelets!!)
Leave comments and feel free to give me advice and your opinions on the jacket! :)


  1. Both of these look great! Your sack back is gorgeous!!!

  2. thanks! :) can't wait to get your shoes so i can wear them with the gown! any development on how soon we can have them?

  3. Love your work! Sarah, this looks great. Keep up the good work!


  4. Wanted to say "hi" since you became a follower of my blog Thanks! :) and you have the best name EVER for a costume blog!

  5. Thanks Dad! :)
    Vintage Rose- my pleasure/thanks! I LOVE your in progress stays. Keep plugging away at those eyelets! You can do it! :)

  6. ERmm i mean the binding. i had been reading a post where you were talking about the eyelets. XD

  7. I love the prints! They look really pretty.

  8. Dear Sarah,
    The gown is lovely. I think the print is perfect!
    Well done, you!