|Something like this…but…flouncier.|
Thanks to all of you who commented on my first post about my Williamsburg costume conundrum, especially Abby, Nicole, and Hallie, I have come upon a plan.
Well, really it’s Hallie’s plan.
- 1 English gown (to wear either polonaise’d or down) + matching petticoat
- 1 jacket + matching petticoat
- all pieces will coordinate for a mix n’ match look
- various neckerchiefs, aprons, hats, mits, shoes, caps, etc. for different looks
She also recommended that we carry documentation for every single little thing on our costumes, so as to avoid being driven to murder by pushy re-enactors accosting us in the streets.
So with these things in mind, I’ve decided on my first ensemble, the jacket + matching petticoat.
Of the myriad images I’ve been dumping on on my 1770-1780 Pinterest board, a few things stood out to me. These were the color yellow, flounced petticoats, and sabot cuffs. This 1770s pet en l’air, from Christie’s, had all of these:
While I like pet en l’airs, I would rather wear a casaquin or shortly flounced, smooth-backed jacket, like this one, from the Met:
So the plan is for a bright-ass yellow jacket + petticoat, with oodles of pinked trim, a comperes front, a flounced petticoat, and sabot cuffs. It will look like the yellow pet from the front, except with a false stomacher, and the striped jacket from the back.
Now to find fabric…