Shirt, Breeches and a Waistcoat I am very proud of

To continue posting some of the stuff I have made for school. I have yet to show you any of the men’s things I have been sewing. This year of our course we are working on making two complete outfits, one man’s and one woman’s, so our time has been equally split between the two. Of course since we are making men’s clothes, and everyone in my class is female, we have to have a model to make them for. I am fortunate enough to not only have someone who is willing to put up with modelling for me but who also loves having a complete new wardrobe made for him.

The outfit I chose to make is a 1790’s outfit, and it includes shirt, breeches, waistcoat and jacket. The jacket I have just started on, but the other three garments are completed and I thougth I’d show them all to you. 🙂

The shirt was the first item I made. I’ve never sewn a histroic shirt before but I love how this one turned out. The ruffle and the tall collar are my two favorite parts of the shirt.

Front veiw, unbuttoned

Gotta say I love the ruffle! 

I have a weakness for tall collars, both on men’s and women’s clothes

An extra insertion in the neck to create more gathering

For the cuff I made an openable one wich when you button it collects all the leftover material and makes it a ruffle

Just a cute little button loop

Second up we had the breeches. These are made from a fake silk material (in other words, synthetic, but it looks like silk 🙂 ) in a gorgeous shade of blue that I am completely in love with. The jacket will be made from the same material. I am making a very upperclass style, more court than everyday wear, and so consequently practicallity is not high on the list ot features for these clothes. The breeches are as tight as I could get away with, they are mainly meant for standing up 😛

The lightening in these pictures is very bad I know, doesn’t do the color justice

And from the side

Close up of the flap and buttons. As well as tall collars I also have a weakness for covered buttons. So you’ll see a lot of that in my sewing. You can better see the color of the fabric here

Because this is an era when men were real peacocks you have to enjoy making the most of it! So bling-bling clasps were a must! 😉

And then we have the waistcoat. My pride and joy when it comes to this outfit. The waistcoat too is made from a fake silk which I just happened to find in a scrap pile. But it was absolutely perfect for what I had in mind.

When I first started planning this outfit I knew I really wanted a nice embroidered waistcoat, but embroidery takes a lot of time, not to mention that I never fancied myself any good at it at all! So I started exploring different ideas of what I could do to imitate embroidery, ribbons or applications to sew on etc. But nothing seemed quite right. So finally I just had to accept what I had secretly wanted all along, to do it all by hand.

Hours and hours and hours and thousands of stitches later this is what it looks like.

All the garments for this outfit that I’ve made so far. I think the waistcoat really completes the look! 

Pocket flaps

Lacing in the back to achieve the best possible fit

Looking for good button placement. The gold trim I did buy ready made and sewed on, the rest is all my embroidery

And now the buttons have details on them too! 

I am very happy with it. For me it wasn’t all about achieving this look, but even more about proving to myself that I can do it. That I am not worthless at embroidery as I have always thought (at least now I have a little more practice!) and that I can make something turn out pretty much the way I had planned it (belive me most of my previous attempts have not!). So it was good for me to do this. And of course, being hand sewing this meant that I could bring my sewing with me. Do a little bit here and a little bit there, while watching a movie or sitting around talking. One of the reasons I love hand sewing so much more than machine! Also I find it much more relaxing.

I have a plan to eventually embroider the jacket too, but I think that will have to wait till a later stage, I need a little break now I think!

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10 Responses to Shirt, Breeches and a Waistcoat I am very proud of

  1. Ansu says:

    Wonderful pieces! I especially like the waistcoat! So much talent~

  2. jennifer says:

    WOW!!!! absolutely stunning, everything!!

  3. Liz says:

    How gorgeous! The hand embroidery really makes the waistcoat pop. Amazing work!

  4. Quinn says:

    Lovely waistcoat especially! All that embroidery is quite stunning and lovely. 🙂


  5. Annika says:

    Completely stunned O_O
    This is such an amazing waistcoat and the shirt and breeches fit together so well!
    I LOVE your embroidery! <3

  6. Laura says:

    Oh my goodness, girl. That waistcoat is PHENOMENAL! Wow!!

  7. Lily says:

    Oh my GOODNESS, Aurora!!! That waistcoat is incredible!! I think you win the “Best Girlfriend of the Year” award, for sure! ;-D

  8. Dorte Kreiberg says:

    WOW, no wonder you have not been much on your blog, the outfit is absolutely fantastic, good work

  9. Karen says:

    Simply stunning. Excellent work! Wish I had someone who would make such wonderful costumes for me:)

  10. Lauren says:

    Wow! They look incredible. I especially love your embroidery.
    Do you have any tips for making the breeches fit properly? I’m trying to sew a pair for my boyfriend and I just can’t get them to look right at the back 🙁

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