|Marie Antoinette redingote gown, photo by Yve Fontilea, via Costumer's Guide|
|The tail off the back will be a full extension into the skirt. For the test piece, it's going to be the tail of a pierrot.|
|Kyoto Costume Institute - Jacket (pierrot) 1790|
The button cuffs are stupid and on the final version won't be functional. After this photo, I promptly wacked them off and the sleeves for the test jacket will be 3/4, thankyouverymuch.
Putting together the collar has been eye-opening. I'm following the instructions in Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, for taping the roll lines and pad stitching the lapels. I'm also referencing The Victorian Tailor, for help with, uh, everything collar-related. I didn't use hair canvas on my test collar here, but will be on the final gown.
So I've arrived at something that looks like it's working now. I need to extend the waistline about a 1/2", as is usual for me, but otherwise I think the bodice is going to work out nicely. Yay! I plan to finish this jacket before starting on the final gown, just in case there are any more surprises, and also because it'll be nice to have a new 18th c. thing. :-)