HSF #12: Re-Do: Silver Screen - Fox riding habit shirt and waistcoat from The Duchess

 I finally finished two more pieces for my Fox ensemble - before the new year and in time for the last Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge of 2015 - whew!

I've also got the petticoat partially done.

Maybe I can finish it for the HSF's first challenge :procrastination -- as it's been sitting in a 1/2 finished state on my cutting table for the last month!  Or maybe I'll finally get to finishing my Outlander petticoat.

If I work quickly maybe I can finish the riding habit coat for the gender bender or protection challenges...

And I still have the bustle ballgown to finish and anything new I want to make for the Jane Austen evening in January.

Gee, I guess 2016 is already filling up!  :P

Challenge #12: Re-Do 

What the item is: An 18th C riding habit shirt and waistcoat

What Challenge/s are you re-doing? #11: Silver Screen - the inspiration comes from the "Fox" riding habit Kiera Knightly wears in the movie The Duchess.

Fabric: cotton lawn for the shirt and wool/silk blend for the vest front and linen for the back

Pattern: I used this diagram from Reconstructing History the basis for my shirt.  And I took the advice of Merja and Aubry and modded a pattern for a men's waistcoat from Costume Close Up - many thanks for all your advice ladies!

Year: 1784

Notions: Thread, fox-faced buttons and hair canvass for the waistcoat, and dorset buttons for the shirt. Ribbon to tie she shirt and lace up the back of the waistcoat.

How historically accurate is it? I've done a fair amount of research on what Georgiana might have actually worn during this time and I think these patterns are fairly close, however most internal seams were sewn by machine and I have no idea if the fox buttons are remotely close to period but they were too cool to pass up.

Hours to complete: I have to admit I always hate this question. I work on too many things at once to know! And I have kids! And I'm scatter-brained! And old compared to all you whipper-snappers! Grumble, grumble...

First worn: Not worn yet.

Total cost: The lawn was $22.00. The vest front fabric was expensive! $45!  But the rest of the fabric came from the stash.


  1. I am still so loving that FOX hat! When you tire of it, you can send it to me. I will make sure it is loved! The vest is pretty wonderful as well!

    1. Thank you! The hat base is rabbit fur treated to look like beaver. It was very pricy but it really looks like the 18th C beaver fur hats I've seen so I felt it was worth it. Here's the link if you want to get one for yourself. ;) https://www.judithm.com/catalog/longhair-fur-felt-plain

      I keep writing vest too - Victorian habits die hard! ;)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! The frilled edging on the jabot is beautiful


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