Added May 10, 2011
I thought up the design for this jacket about two years ago, when I was looking through my digital collection of Medieval & Renaissance paintings. I really liked the idea that the bottom of the armhole would be open, so you could see whatever shirt you were wearing underneath.
I used the Butterick costume pattern 4827, view A, and cut off the skirt to shorten it to jacket-length.
I sewed the sleeves seperately, lining them and finishing the wrist seam off with bias tape. When I finished sewing together the body pieces, I attached the plaid lining and seamed the armholes with black bias too. Then (using a large gauge upholstery needle) I handstitched the cording through the sleeve and the jacket, to make a sort of lacing to hold the sleeves to the body. I also used the cord to make button loops to close the jacket in the front. I love the way the peplums spread over the hips when you put the jacket on — it makes your waist look tiny!
By the way, while the jacket can be worn with regular clothes, it’s historically accurate enough to double as a great costume. The sixth picture I have posted on here is of me wearing it over a grey medieval underdress that I made for another costume.
As a side-note, I apologize for the cat-fur that is clearly visible in the last detail photos… my cat Scarlett is very affectionate. :)
About two yards of black microsuede from my mom’s stash, two yards of green and black plaid cotton shirting, 2 yards black extrawide double fold bias tape, 2 yards of 1/16" black twisted cording, 8 silver 5/8" wide buttons, 3 yards heavyweight interfacing.
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