But I’m rewinding in time a little from my previous posts. IsisWardrobe very kindly suggested that my pink damask would work as a mid-18th century jacket, which was something I hadn’t considered, so I thought I’d have a poke about earlier in the era.
You see, at first I thought of the rather boring-looking jackets on JP Ryan’s pattern:
Which are excellent diagrams of what sound like great patterns, but what they aren’t is inspiring. At least to me, anyway. Looking at those drawings, I would never picture these pretties:
So, I’ve realised I really do love those darn cuffs, and I think the relative simplicity of the design would suit the damask very well indeed.
As the fabric is so lovely, I won’t be starting on this project for a while – I’d rather improve my skills before I start thinking about cutting into the damask. Perhaps by then I’ll be a bit more confident about changing the patterns around a bit to get that pretty buttoned front, as in the black and white photo above … (I am sure I’ve seen pictures of this kind of closure on the Historical Sewing Forum, but I can’t seem to find them – annoying!)
In the meantime, I’m on a pattern hunt – there might be some in the library books I have access to, or else I’ll go for the JP Ryan (most likely view B … or maybe A – decisions, decisions!).