The theme of the final HSF challenge of 2013 is “Celebrate”:
Make something that is celebration worthy, make something that celebrates the new skills you have learned this year, or just make something simple that celebrates the fact that you survived HSF ’13!
This challenge gave me the inspiration to finally finish my Mineral Felicite jacket!
Here’s the story… I bought the fabric over a year ago, but didn’t really start thinking about the project until this summer. I made a mock-up of my chosen 1760s pattern and thought I’d sorted out the fitting issues, but after I’d cut and sewn the real fabric I had many more unexpected problems! I was discouraged, but recieved some really wonderful opinions about what I should do to proceed from you lovely readers. I decided to go with a stomacher front jacket with self fabric pleated trim around the neckline/front opening and around the cuffs on the sleeves, like this jacket at the Met. Then, back in September, the HSF inspired me to make a stomacher to match my jacket for challenge #19. After that, my jacket languished, because I really wasn’t very excited about finishing the sewing for the other decisions I’d made and the alterations that needed to be done to make the jacket the way I wanted it. But I really wanted to finish the jacket in this calendar year. And that brings us to the present, with the jacket finally completed. Yay! I am SO ready to celebrate that this jacket is finally done!!!
Fabric: Almost 2 yds Waverly Mineral Felicite printed cotton and 1yd (I think) peach linen
Pattern: Heavily altered, but I started with the 1760-1790 jacket pattern in Janet Arnold.
Year: Well… 1760s is what I was aiming for in the beginning.
Notions: Thread and cane boning.
How historically accurate?: 60%. This definitely falls in the historic costume category of my wardrobe. The Waverly fabric is in the spirit of the 18th century, but not accurate, though the linen is accurate as are the methods of construction. The trim is based on extant garments but not specifically reproduced. The jacket is 100% hand sewn.
Hours to complete: So many! With all the problems and alterations and re-sewing I completely lost count.
First worn: Has not been worn yet.
Total cost: $30 maybe? I don’t remember exactly what I paid for the fabrics.
Hopefully, I’ll get some more pieces of an 18th century ensemble done at some point and get pictures of the jacket on me. Don’t hold your breath, though, it could be awhile!