While I’m sitting here waiting for my ride to appear at the appointed hour so I can head off for the cataract surgery, I thought I’d appeal for some assistance.
I’m on a steep learning curve when it comes to Georgian fashion, clothing, and all the “how did they do it” issues. And here we are at the first “what”, followed closely by “how.”
I know I am going to make this ensemble. I love it and I want it and that’s that. Here are the fabrics: there is a small chance I might be able to get the red in a reasonably priced polished cotton, which would be great.
And here are the questions:
Is that jacket really a spencer? To my untrained eye, it looks too early for a true spencer. And if it’s not a spencer, what is it? Some kind of caraco? But it doesn’t really look like one of those, either. I believe this is an introduction to the joys of transitional-styles – not really “A”, but also not really “B.” So, of course it would appeal to me. Sheesh.
Another ramble through Pinterest this morning with an eye specifically out for late-1790’s caracos found these:
So am I dealing with a caraco after all? It looks easy enough to make – in principle, that is. I just might be about to draft my first pattern from scratch. Where’s my Janet Arnold…? I can see the shapes for the front and how they go together. I assume the sleeves are in two pieces (weren’t they all?). The back, however,is another story. Does anyone know where I can find a photo of the back of this garment? In the meantime, I’ll keep looking.
Stepping into a completely new era is both exciting and fraught with mistakes born of ignorance. If anyone has any suggestions, comments, experience and/or tales of woe, I’m all ears.