|Pet-en-l’air jacket ca. 1780-1790 via Manchester City Galleries|
|Listed as a Caraco, 1775. The petticoat is 1720- Kyoto Museum|
|Victoria and Albert Museum collection|
|Caraco jacket, LACMA, c. 1760 (altered 1780)|
I was down in Los Angeles, California in November and a friend of mine took me to the 'Garment District'. This fantastic place of store after store of wholesale and retail fabric and trims is an overwhelming but fun place to get fabric at good prices and quality stuffs. I live in the north of California where we don't have access to such a wealth of resources for sewing other than online shopping which is just not as satisfying as spending hours feeling-up textiles and trims! Anyway, I was overwhelmed and couldn't decide what I wanted to buy for the pet en l'air and eventually the Brunswick, too. So, I took swatches - yes, they give you hunks of swatches for the asking - and took them home to make my decision. So, I decided on a beautiful deep, slate blue silk taffeta and a grey embroidered taffeta. I am grateful to my friend who was willing to brave the drive to downtown LA and get the fabric for me and mail it up to me in record time! Take a look...
|The blue taffeta to the left - it is a beautiful midnight blue - probably shot with black to give it its rich hue - which I am told may not be very 'period' for 1770's. The right piece is the embroidered grey.|
|Close up of the embroidered grey. This looks blue but it is a nice pale pewter grey.|
I had to purchase hip buckets - again, this is not a period I usually do, so, that was an additional item I had to get to make this work. Where did I get them? I got them from Smiling Fox Forge. Yes, I could have totally made them but I didn't have the time since the dress is needed for the 1st weekend in February.
At this point, I am trying to decide on the trimmings. Again, I am running out of time...I hate sewing under pressure...but I can make simple trimmings to make do for the event then upgrade later.
Any suggestions from you all as to the type of decorative trimmings I should use for the stomacher, robings and bodice skirt hem? Yes, I have my inspirations that I shared with you but there are other options that might be fun to have. Send me links and ideas - I would totally love it!
Next Post: Updates on the Pet en l'air and/or a 1930's day dress.
http://www.smilingfoxforgellc.com/ A great resource for re-enactors, esp. 18th century.