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Pearl Green Riding Habit by ColeV Pearl Green Riding Habit by ColeV
Late 1770s style riding habit I recently finished. The main fashion fabric is pearl green worsted wool, lined with copper silk taffeta, trimmed with copper silk velvet. The waistcoat is the same silk taffeta. The buttons are a death head done with gilt silver thread (they will eventually tarnish even!). The habit shirt is light linen with detachable lace trim, cravat is linen as well. Mitts are wool/silk blend. All of the garments are completely hand-sewn in 18th century style. Patterning was done at a Burnley & Trowbridge workshop. The hat is wool felt with natural ostrich plumes and a silk bow where it cocks up on one side. There will be a very detailed inside and out on my blog soon I hope. If you would like any other shots on here, please ask!
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:icontheladybarbossa:
Right nice, fine habit there, lass. Impressively beautiful. :)
Where on earth did ye find th' worsted wool?


~Lady B
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ColeV Jan 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Wm Booth Draper and Burnley & Trowbridge both have good worsteds.
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:icontheladybarbossa:
Wm Booth Draper? I'll be.... :) Hazel must have gotten a new shipment in.
Burnley and Trowbridge... don't think I've heard of them. Will have to check them out.
BTW, have ye attended one of the Reenactor Fests?


~Lady B
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Idzit Dec 5, 2009  Professional Artist
This is so lovely! You are so patient to do everything by hand. Kudos to you, madam! How much fabric did you need for this outfit? I would love to make one in cornsilk blue velveteen eventually...
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ColeV Dec 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I originally got 7 yards, but I had more than a yard left (it was more than 60" wide though). Since the waistcoat is silk, it would probably have used some of that last chunk for a habit in ditto. Cornsilk blue sounds heavenly, I'm trying to hold that color out for a Regency habit....
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Idzit Jan 20, 2010  Professional Artist
I was also going to mention that it would look lovely if you curled the feathers on your hat... =D
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Idzit Dec 5, 2009  Professional Artist
The stuff I found is very narrow, perhaps not even 45" wide (but I found it for $10/meter!!) I'll need alot, I know. I was wondering if the petticoat would be the same length all the way around? I know that starting in the Regency period, the riding habits would have a long train at the back to drape over the horse. It's so hard to find good references for riding habits! I have the Janet Arnold books, but I don't quite want to make the one with the collar so high up... I really like the one Marianne de Morangias is wearing in Brotherhood of the Wolf [link] *swoon*! I love those big cuffs!
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ladyrose04 Oct 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is lovely. The detailing on the bodice with the seaming is just wonderful. How long did the project take?
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ColeV Oct 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Oh goodness, I've had this around for more than eight months. I did the petticoat (3 hrs) and shirt (20 hrs) in January. I finally got back to the waistcoat (10 hrs) and coat (25 hrs) a couple weeks ago. The hat was a disastrous process, so I can't quantify that at all. My hands are still black with dye. All in all, I better find somewhere else to wear it to make it worth while!
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Saelok Oct 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely lovely, nicely done topstitching on the bodice too :)
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