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Captain Wentworth's Naval Dress Coat

Added Mar 5, 2011

by MarthaO

Provo, United St...






This is another project for the stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It was challenging but so fun to make. I will admit that several times I squealed with delight as I added all the finishing accoutrements.

Material Notes

The buttons, epaulets, and gold trim are all replicas from the period. The gold trim is woven from metal fibers and it is gorgeous in person. The body is made from navy wool, with the contrast in the lapels and cuffs in a cream wool from B. Black and Sons (http://www.bblackandsons.com/). The plastron inside is made from horsehair and flannel.




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    Sep 19, 2014, 01.47 PMby emilm

    Beautiful, great job. Bravo!

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    Aug 4, 2011, 06.20 AMby urbandon

    Beautiful and perfectly made. Bravo!

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    Mar 22, 2011, 11.46 PMby Christopher Dunkle

    I love this… I was in a small Play that one of my Cusins put on and I had to wear some thing like this… I also have a 1842 Royal Navy Jacket that we do not take out of the bag it is in just to keep it from damage but I can say YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB!!!!! keep up the good work.

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    Mar 11, 2011, 09.47 AMby katherinedaida

    Hooray for period tailoring! You nailed it!

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    Mar 8, 2011, 05.38 PMby lyrameneses

    Amazing! It’s impeccable.

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    Mar 7, 2011, 02.01 PMby katexxxxxx

    Great to see your version. I have one to do like this in the near future. :)

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    Mar 7, 2011, 11.24 AMby anajan

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club! Sign me in! Amazing work!

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    Mar 6, 2011, 03.29 PMby just-fee

    Amazing! This looks so great! I love seeing proper costumes, its clear the amount of time and care that went into this…I have SERIOUS coat want!!!

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      Mar 7, 2011, 02.32 AMby MarthaO

      I tried it on so much when I was making it. I understand the coat-want. But I actually started sketching out a coat I could make for myself that is inspired by this. If it comes to fruition, you will see it here first!

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    Mar 6, 2011, 02.28 PMby elguanche

    greaaaaat :D

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    Mar 6, 2011, 11.27 AMby janetheclerk

    holy crapola wow! by way of a more technical thing, what did you use to keep the front closed – just hooks and eyes?

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      Mar 7, 2011, 02.27 AMby MarthaO

      Yes. They’re large, like a size 6 (I’ll have to double check that) and I crimped the hooks down just a smidge so that they wouldn’t easily come undone.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 11.08 AMby mollykatherine

    This is fantastic! It doesn’t come accompanied by a Mr Wentworth by chance, does it!?

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      Mar 7, 2011, 02.28 AMby MarthaO

      A girl can dream…but no. The bone-head that’s playing Mr. Wentworth doesn’t even realize how amazing his costume is. We could’ve dressed him in a potato sack. It’s a crying shame, really.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 09.10 AMby Debby H

    Fastastic re-creation. It looks like you have an extensively equipped sewing room too!

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      Mar 7, 2011, 02.29 AMby MarthaO

      It’s a costume shop at a university, so it is amazingly equipped. I’ll be sad when I don’t have access to it any more.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 07.14 AMby Daniel Parker

    I A.D.O.R.E THIS

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    Mar 6, 2011, 06.50 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i am truely impressed by the cut and your finishing quality! great job!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 11.57 PMby lanternwaste33

    This is spot on. Incredible.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 09.51 PMby inthenavy

    I love it!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 09.43 PMby artepart

    Beautiful costume and a really great job you done here.The end result shows all the hard work you have put in.

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