|Marie Antoinette redingote gown, photo by Yve Fontilea, via Costumer's Guide|
|The tail off the back will be a full extension into the skirt. For the test piece, it's going to be the tail of a pierrot.|
|Kyoto Costume Institute - Jacket (pierrot) 1790|
The button cuffs are stupid and on the final version won't be functional. After this photo, I promptly wacked them off and the sleeves for the test jacket will be 3/4, thankyouverymuch.
Putting together the collar has been eye-opening. I'm following the instructions in Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing , for taping the roll lines and pad stitching the lapels. I'm also referencing The Victorian Tailor, for help with, uh, everything collar-related. I didn't use hair canvas on my test collar here, but will be on the final gown.
So I've arrived at something that looks like it's working now. I need to extend the waistline about a 1/2", as is usual for me, but otherwise I think the bodice is going to work out nicely. Yay! I plan to finish this jacket before starting on the final gown, just in case there are any more surprises, and also because it'll be nice to have a new 18th c. thing. :-)