Because we got so many requests for Baker rifles from the List, I
just want drop line to say a limited quantity is available and images
can be found at:
Tim pointed out something very interesting to me. The fact there was
no buttonhole stitching on an example General Officer's coat. Indeed
most of the Canadian Militia officer's surviving coats in various
collection, surprise, surprise, do not have stitched button holes.
Like Tim pointed out, the cloth made this sewing unnecessary. Plus
button stitching through metal looping lace is a very messy
As for raw edging. It was indeed the most popular method I have seen
with garments when wool was used (English). A fake turned edge was
also being adopted with civilian garments. This had the outside
piece turned and the inner facing piece raw. This gave a good
finished look without the ugly bulkiness of a turned seam. As far as
I understand it this technique became very popular with American
tailors. The French however did use the turned seam but great
efforts were made to keep it flat by overstitching it a fair bit.
Just some observations.
All the best,