intro and question
- G'morning to all,
I'm a new reader here, but have been doing costuming for a while. I
studied theatre for a couple years in the early 80s, then got into
re-enacting in 1983. Got serious about history, took a degree, then
got into museum work. Am now a trained (3 yrs incl. 1 yr internship)
conservator, primarily books and textiles.
Currently among my paid projects, I work at a historic site in
Tennessee, 1780s period. As winter (a metaphor, for this transplanted
Canadian) closes in, I'm looking around for a pattern for a coat or
jacket for a lady. I have a suitable cloak pattern, but I would
prefer a jacket, such as a riding habit jacket or sleeved waistcoat.
I'm smallish, but a boy's jacket would not hang right, and I portray a
well-born lady, or her serving maid wearing her cast-offs, so the cut
ought to be good. I'm not as good as I ought to be at transferring
patterns from grids such as in Baumgarten's and Arnold's books, so I'd
much prefer a commercial pattern. Any recommendations? Has anyone
tried Rocking Horse's riding habit? Cautions about sizing in a
particular commercial line? I could adapt tail length and cut if
anyone knows of earlier patterns (e.g. F&I era). Please email me
off-list if you have any suggestions, and many thanks.