Jenny La Fleur
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an outfit for coaching days

I'm so excited, it's finally time to turn my attention to my Coaching Days outfit! It took me a few months to figure out what I wanted to do for this project: there were so many fun options! A riding habit, a Brunswick, a traveling gown etc...

I've decided to throw caution to the wind and make a Redingote. It's really a little late in style for RCHS but I'm doing it anyway. I'll just tone down my hair and accessories to the late 1770s and no one will know. :>

My inspiration comes from a fashion plate from the Galerie des Modes, a portrait of Marie Antoinette and a dove grey redingote from the film L’Anglaise et le Duc. I'm not sure what is being worn under the film version but Antoinette’s sure looks like a chemise á la Reine to me. In fact almost all of the redingotes I've seen seem to have a lightweight white/pale petticoat underneath that could be a chemise á la Reine. Anyway that is how I'm interpreting it.

The Redingote will be made out of a dress-weight navy blue wool. The cuffs and collars will be faced in pale blue or pale pink silk (I haven't decided yet) and trimmed with period correct pewter buttons. There are so many great hat options that I'm going to get the garment made and see what strikes my fancy. A cane would be fun too.

My chemise á la Reine from the Great CC Chemise Day last year is currently in pieces. Once I saw koshka_the_cat's & demode's I liked how they constructed theirs better so I’m revamping mine. Also I decided I didn’t care for the stark white on me. White has never been my color but I thought I could live with it in this case. I can’t. So I’m going to dye my fabric, I’m thinking a pale peach or champagne color.

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quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: January 23rd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (link)
What a wonderful idea for your outfit! That will look so nice on you.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm excited about it!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: January 23rd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds wonderful! I just love the way the redingote's look.

I have a silly question, what exactly is coaching days?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC) (link)
Coaching Days is an event at Stratford Hall. The living history group I'm a part of has been specially invited to participate as part of the program, for a touch of 18th century horse & hound. :> I'm really looking forward to it, I just missed the last one (hadn’t finished my first frock yet).
butterballbunny From: butterballbunny Date: January 23rd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC) (link)
You are my heroine! *heart* redingcote. Mine is slated for next year's project list. Can't wait to see yours (and learn!)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (link)
*hee hee* Ha - cheater! :> Thanks, it should be an interesting project. The style will look great on you when you get to it too! :>
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: January 23rd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC) (link)
That's the first thing I thought when I saw the pics, was a coat over a chemise. How easy is that? Too bad you had to take yours apart, but at least it's kinda together. ;)
Wow, you folks on the east coast sure have a variety of events to go to, put on by someone else. And all those wonderful historic locations! Our's seems so limited, so we have to create our own things to go to, like teas and picnics.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, the redingote can be best described as a coat dress I think. Yeah, it's nice I'm not starting from scratch on the chemise gown.

This is an event with my living history group. One advantage of living in Virginia, old houses with programs, living history and reenactment groups are floating around the area. Creating for yourself is fun too though. Some of these events are not just for fun, we are part of the program, "on" for the public. That can get a little tedious, at least to me. I love the 'just costume for fun' events you have on the West coast. I'd love to have more of them here.
justawench From: justawench Date: January 23rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks for linking those Coaching Days pics - very interesting! I've always loved a redingote and I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC) (link)
You are welcome. That was the last coaching day event, which I just missed due to lack of an 18th century frock at the time. I'm looking forward to going this time. I don't know if it is as fun as it looks but it looks pretty cool! :>
sarahnucci From: sarahnucci Date: January 23rd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC) (link)
That will be wonderful (I'm a sucker for anything navy blue or wool!)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Wool is my most favorite fabric ever. Silk is cool but give me wool to work with any day of the week! :>
mme_du_jard From: mme_du_jard Date: January 23rd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (link)
I looove Redingotes! I'm so exited how your one will turn out.
By the way, I do wear my Redingote ( ) not as a coat, but as a kind of dress, because it turned out so tight that I can't wear something under it but stays and a shirt.
If it's of interest for you - in the "Journal des Luxus und der Moden" from 1788 they mention that ladys wear the redingote with a men's shirt underneth.
marcine From: marcine Date: January 23rd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Your redingote is awsome! Looks a lot like the fashion plate Jenny Rose has has her inspiration.
tayloropolis From: tayloropolis Date: January 23rd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay! Another Redingote on the F-List! I love these things, but I'd never have an opportunity to wear one, so I've restrained from planning one. Glad to see you're going it though!!
lisotchka From: lisotchka Date: January 23rd, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm also planifying a redingote-dress! lol
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: January 23rd, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC) (link)
I want a redingote - they are so cool! Can't wait to see how yours goes :-)

Edited at 2008-01-23 06:51 pm (UTC)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I think a redingote would look really cute on you... you know you want to make one! :>
marcine From: marcine Date: January 23rd, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC) (link)
Fun! I love the Marie Antoinette gown, but then I'm a sucker for blue.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes that was the clincher for me, when I found that portrait in my files. I had to have one after that. :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 24th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC) (link)
Yay! Im so excited to see this gown come together. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm excited about it too.
jazz_in_paris From: jazz_in_paris Date: January 24th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Lovely! I'd like to add you as a friend to keep up on your posts, but I can't find the add friends option! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! If you go to my user info page ( you'll see the add buttons right above my name & title. That works for all LJs too! :>
From: editrene Date: January 24th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Ooh, I LOVE redingotes so much, can't wait to see it.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: January 24th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC) (link)
jennil From: jennil Date: January 25th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh yay! This is going to be awesome!
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