Tonight, I wanted to share my finished 1850s sacque coat, which was much appreciated on its first outing during the festival. It sure was frigid; however, between my quilted jacket and flannel petticoat, as well as four fires and modern heaters in Hosmer, I stayed toasty warm!
Trim Inspiration: I didn't want to get too fancy with a working garment, but contrasting collar, cuffs and lots of buttons were on my mind! (More inspiration can be found on my 1850s-1860s Research Pinterest Board.)
|A young lady from The Barrington House Collection|
In my last post, I introduced my 1850s wool sacque jacket showing you the in progress insides & outs. From there, I added a peter pan collar made from a dark brown wool and matching cuffs, hook and thread loop closures, and matching covered buttons. I had originally planned to add more buttons on the coat, like on the sleeves, and actually covered 10 buttons total. However, after spending an entire evening wrestling with the cuffs, I decided that less is definitely more!
|The whole shebang! The interior quilting is machine stitched; everything else is hand stitched.|
|Hooks & thread loops.|
|Blanket stitch method for thread loops.|
Illustrated directions from the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.
|Collar & cuff lining detail.|
Year: Mid-19th century, 1850s specifically
Pattern: Pieces were traced & altered from an existing jacket in costuming, which actually has similar body pieces to this original c.1862 Lady's Walking Sack from Peterson Magazine:
|Lady's Walking Sack, c.1862 by Emily H. May.|
Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, New York Public Library Digital Collections
Cost: Wool - $8, cotton - $6, flannel - $6, notions (buttons, thread, coat hooks, black cotton twill tape) - $10