This is the last post about the construction of my amazing 1814 Vernet Project. I really enjoyed doing the research and making the parts of this project. It was great fun and such a lovely learning experience to be part of the group of people making Vernet ensembles. And I was able to wear most of the ensemble for more than just pictures! I hope to find future reasons to wear these again!
I’ve been saving the best for last–the construction of the main piece, the witzchoura itself. As with all the other pieces in this ensemble, the witzchoura is entirely hand sewn. It is made up of a faux fur lining and an exterior of silk taffeta flat lined with cotton flannel and trimmed with more faux fur. Here are some in progress photos.
Ta da! The finished witzchoura with all of the lovely accessories. It certainly is a luxurious looking and feeling ensemble!
I thought I would address a few other points as well. Some people have been waiting for answers to these questions for a long time! Thank you for your patience as I waited to answer your questions until now in order to keep everything together in terms of information.
Is it heavy to wear?
No, once dressed, the ensemble does not feel heavy. But, when holding it, or hanging it, or putting it on, YES, it feels quite heavy! It’s a fair bit of fabric, with three layers, and the faux fur gets heavy quickly with such yardage.
What is the weight? How does it compare to a heavy wool winter coat, for example?
Oh dear. I’m very bad at estimating this. I like the comparison question better! If you’ve ever held a very heavy, thick, full length winter coat, I think this is probably similar in weight. But compared to anything less, it would feel heavier.
Is it easy to walk and move with such an enveloping set of objects?
This is the sort of question I would want to know the answer to! Yes, it’s easy to walk. The ensemble does not restrict leg movement. I can also move my head with ease, because the hat sits low enough that it is well anchored and not going anywhere. However, the witzchoura does restrict arm movement some. For example, putting it on without just the right movement (which is lifting it up and behind and then sliding both arms in at the same time) doesn’t really work. And once it’s on, there’s only so much forward and backward arm movements that are possible. Lifting arms is better, but still not full range of movement. Each layer by itself has more possibilities, but the faux fur fills a lot of space inside the silk exterior. This makes it quite warm, but feels a little bit like wearing a marshmallow.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Vernet journey! If you have any other questions about the ensemble please let me know. I would be happy to answer them!
7 thoughts on “Vernet Project: Witzchoura Construction”
Thank you so much for sharing all the details with us. Your ensemble was truly a highlight of the series and it’s a joy to see the fashion plate came alive!
Thank you for all the inspirational blogposts throughout the year, I love to come here and read and armchairtravel your beautiful events.
Wishing you happy holidays and a good start into a wonderful new year.
Thank you very much, dear Sabine. Holidays and new year wishes to you as well!
This is such an amazing project that you worked on. You look great, as always!
I agree! It was a fun project in terms of research and sewing, but also to join with such a lovely community of others working on Vernet projects as well. Thank you!
And it is done! I have been so excited to see how the witzchoura would turn out. You have done an amazing job! Personally I am still a little frightened about sewing big, furry outerwear like this. So I bow to what you made of it! 🙂
Thank you very much! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading all about it and showed your support.
You are welcome. I am so glad I did not miss any posts and you posted the last two updates just when I came back from a very long blogging hiatus. Very happy to see it finished so beautifully!