Month: December 2014

The Caraco Continues….

So amidst all the fun craziness of finishing all the last touches for Christmas, I was able to cut out and begin constructing the caraco jacket for my 1700’s gown.  I completed the lining and pinned the front darts, but need to figure out how to take in the extra fabric that has bubbled in the back.  I can’t help but think that the length of the jacket makes the whole outfit seem stubby?  I am not sure if it is just me, but I may pin it up just to see how it would look with a shorter length.  It has been great being back in my sewing studio and I am excited to try new things….especially since I think I will be getting some new historical fashion books for Christmas.  Fingers crossed! Here are a few pictures of the gown so far!

The Caraco Jacket

Slowly moving forward on the 1700’s caraco jacket.  I completed the skirt and cut out the front pieces in muslin.  I am not sure what I am going to line the jacket with….I think I have enough of the main fabric to do a self-lining, but we shall see.  I am so far quite please with the overall look.  This week I will finish cutting out the back part along with the sleeves.  The pleating of the jacket seems to not make sense…so I will have to play around with it until it does!  Here are a few pictures. I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and are taking time to enjoy the little things amidst all the fun craziness that Christmas (or what ever holiday you are celebrating) can bring!  I am going to an ugly sweater Christmas party tonight…and let me tell you that I have a found the perfect sweater for this party! 🙂  Can’t wait! Have a great week everyone!  

And so it begins….

I have started working on an 18th century gown which will consist of two pieces: a caraco jacket and a pleated petticoat.  I took my inspiration for the fabric and the pattern of the jacket from the following pictures:   I found these two fabrics that I think are going to work great….   The jacket will be in the patterned cotton with the petticoat consisting of the beautifully textured pink fabric.  I have already begun working on the skirt focusing on trying to create deep pleats along the waist band.  I like the idea of creating a skirt which will have a little unique style to it and will be a nice balance to the jacket.