Fabric: Melton wool (turns out its 50%wool / 50% poly), polysilk lining.
Pattern: Simplicity 5786. Chose view A but cut it shorter than on the cover.
Year: 1840s? Victorian? I hope it can be used for a few eras though.
Notions: Thread, buttons, ribbon.
How historically accurate is it? I find it hard to judge. I tried to get the spirit of the time right. The tartan is a nod to queen victoria of course.
Hours to complete: 3 hours.
First worn: Well worn it round the house a few times. But hope to wear it out on holiday.
Total cost: Well the wool was a bargain price. The tartan and the other lining was leftover fabric from another project...so I guess so I say £20-25?
It was quite simple constructionwise, got the basics done quickly.
Taking inspiration from costumes in detail. Decided to use different fabric to line front and back. Tartan in the front and white silky in the back.
I used 2 hook & eye plus a ribbon for closures. Inspired by the little cape I saw at Kensington Palace.
|In Queen Victoria display at Kensington Palace|