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Black and white caraco and Gainsborough Hat

Added Feb 27, 2011

by katexxxxxx

Sittingbourne, U...






A caraco made from Linen: an interpretation of a Janet Arnold illustration, with a black wool petticoat in the 18th C style, worn over a bum roll and stays

The hat is based on a Gainsborough portrai of the Duchess of Devonshire. It’s 28" across!

Material Notes

All the materials came out of my stash, except the caraco lining, which was a gift.

The caraco is all linen, lined with linen, with cotton lace. The petticoat is a wool Venetian cloth (satn), and the hat is a polyester taffeta, adorned with ostrich feathers and satin and taffeta ribbon, and artificial roses in black and cream.




Garment Type
Linen, Taffeta, Wool

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    Mar 1, 2011, 08.39 AMby freakusbzzz

    Fantastic fabric

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      Mar 1, 2011, 09.14 PMby katexxxxxx

      Ikea’s finest linen! :D

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    Feb 27, 2011, 12.44 AMby sewingqueen-1

    One of these days I will visit you in England…. oh what mischief we could get up to. Thank you for continuing to inspire me!! Next time I try a hat like this I’ll give the Vilene a try…. you really don’t know what I ended up using!

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      Feb 27, 2011, 12.53 AMby katexxxxxx

      I use Vilene a lot as it’s easy, relatively cheap, is great for stage and costume stuff as it’s robust, and it survives being deluged!

      For real authenticity buckram is unbeatable, but it isn’t so easy to work with. One of the constraints on this project 9and there was a hell of a lot of it!) was that as much as possible had to come out of the stash. I bought some trim. threads, a hat (which I didn’t use in the end as I ran out of time) and a bit of ctton to line something (it was dirt cheap). The rest was either stash or gifted fabric. There were underpinnings (shifts, pocket hoops, bum roll, stays and under petticoats), 4 complete outfits for me, a suit for Roger, a pair of breeches to go with another suit, and the doctoring coat!

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    Feb 27, 2011, 12.37 AMby sewingqueen-1

    I love the whole outfit but ….Oh my goodness Kate! The hat is “to die for” !!! Where you when I was designing for ‘My Fair Lady’? The hat would have put everything else to shame!

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      Feb 27, 2011, 12.41 AMby katexxxxxx

      Probably hiding in the sewing room, under the makings for this lot!

      The fun thing is that having made it out of layers of stiff Vilene rather than Buckram, it won’t collapse in the rain!

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