Jenny La Fleur
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I spent a bit of today on the pirate frock. I taped together the sized up patterns for the stays and the mini coat toiles but only got the coats cut out. The toile cutting was turning my brain to mush so I turned my attention to assembling a mini coat.

The patterns I have for the coat are pretty primitive - no instructions, barely a gridded size and only a guess of what the coat result will look like. So I thought the easiest thing would be to make a mini mock-up of each to test out the shapes and construction techniques. Less fabric and no fitting worries always works for me! :>

I started on the fuller of the two coats and you can see the results above. Isn’t it *cute*!! *grin* It’s not finished yet (I decided I’d had enough for the day) but one can already get a good idea of the shape and style. It’s an interesting little coat but not quite what we are going for I think. The skirt sides are way too full - more Three Musketeers than Captain Hook. :> I have to admit I really like the back though, very pretty lines there. I think I’ll move on to the next pattern and see what that looks like before bothering to finish up this one though.

I suspect the finial coat will be somewhere in between these two patterns but we’ll see.


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From: centuriessewing Date: July 6th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (link)


When I made mine I just used my doublet pattern as a base and extended it as needed and for the swishy gore parts extended it up into a half circle (a bit more actually. I still have yet to tack the pleats down but its very very full. Almost to much really but it does look neat.
I think the biggest issue with those diagrams is to get the sleeves set in right, otherwise it just throws off the whole look.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 7th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC) (link)

Re: coat

You know I don't think I have seen pics of your pirate ensemble yet (hint, hint :>) but it sounds very cool. Thanks for the notes... half circle, yeah I can envision that working and looking very nice. The second pattern I’m trying is like that.

sewphisticate From: sewphisticate Date: July 7th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC) (link)
I also went with a half circle skirting on the pirate coat I made, but I pleated two vents into the back--the swing on it is pretty fabulous.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: July 7th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds lovely - thanks for the tip!
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