James’ :Ubersexlich 18th c. Men’s Suit: Sketches

The time has come to begin sketching and designing for James’ 18th c. suit. The nice thing about men’s fashion in the 18th c. is that while it was flamboyant, yes, the shapes stayed generally the same, with only moderate differences in length of frock coats, style of waistcoats, etc., up until everything went berzerk in the 1790s.

I’m partial to the later, shorter version of the waistcoat, and the lovely cut-away style of frock coat. Of course, this sketch will have to pass James’ test of “:ubersexlich,” that being some strange made-up German James-ism for “super hot,” and what I am to achieve with this project. (lol!)

I’ll be sourcing some broad metallic silver braid-trim-something for the front edges of the frock coat, and a thinner version for the waistcoat. The buttons will be self-covered navy blue velveteen with some hand embroidery in silver — I’m thinking a starburst kind of pattern.

Patterns will be ordered from JP Ryan tonight, yay!


  • Madame Berg

    November 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    I can't find the difinitoíon for "ubersexlich" in my dictionary, but I'm sure you're as close as one can get.

    I hope for a lot of progress pictures, as I myself will dive into the world of men's clothing one day, when I've overcome all the fears and excuses.

    Looking forward to more updates!

    • Anonymous

      March 6, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Ubersexlich would probably be a play on the German 'uber' and 'sex-lich' which also not a word but in German the suffix -lich makes the noun an adjective so in this case the approximate definition is uber sexy or extremely sexy. Also in German we have the ability smash words together making ubersexlich 😀

  • American Duchess

    November 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Thanks Ladies! I will be sure to document this project every step of the way, and will make doubly sure to point out all the difficult spots. Now off to read a bit on men's tailoring… 🙂

  • Anonymous

    December 1, 2009 at 5:36 AM

    Hi ladies, this is James here. :Ubersexlich (and its noun -keit) is not yet in the dictionary, because I made it up, but, OMFG, that pattern at top is :ubersexlich! When I saw it on my leeeetle Blackberry, I thought Lauren had somehow photoshopped my materials, and I thought, OMFG. It's close to the real stuff though. Go Lauren! I'm going to break little girls' hearts (I hope). I do like something a bit more flamboyant, but not ostentatious, as the 19th c. stuff damps down the dandyishness naturally.

  • Lauren Stowell

    December 1, 2009 at 6:04 AM

    Hi James,
    Patterns are on their way and I'll be working up a toile (mockup) soon. Hopefully it'll all go together well and will FIT. Can't wait to slice into your velvet mmmmm.


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