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Lilac Caraco and petticoat

Added Jan 20, 2011

by katexxxxxx

Sittingbourne, U...






A lilac silk and cotton brocade caraco, based on an original in the Snowshill Manor collection, as detailed in Patterns of Fashion by Janet Arnold. The pattern was drafted from her drawings and the graph she made of the jacket pieces.

The pleated ribbon trim is based on similar trim on several extant 18th C garments.

The petticoats are based on extant 18th century petticoats on the V&A, The Museum of London, and the Kyoto Institute.

Material Notes

The brocade and satin are blends of silk and cotton. The lining is cotton shirting. There is an under petticoat of cotton and linen blend. The fichu is silk chiffon with hand rolled hems.

The pleated ribbon and the edges of the caraco are hand stitched.




Garment Type
Chiffon, Cotton, Polyester, Satin, Shirting, Silk, Suiting

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.08 PMby nessys

    This is lovely too. Such an incredible, beautiful piece of art.

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      Jan 27, 2011, 03.12 PMby katexxxxxx

      Thank you. This one is for me, but honing the skills for the customers. :)

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    Jan 23, 2011, 07.32 AMby lclausewitz

    Shiny. I envy those colours.

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      Jan 23, 2011, 09.05 AMby katexxxxxx

      Thanks. :)

      Getting the brocade and the chiffon to go with the satin was pure serendipity!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 08.05 AMby mahaila

    Really lovely. What an accomplishment! nice work

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      Jan 21, 2011, 04.02 PMby katexxxxxx

      Thank you. I will admit to a certain smugness about how well this turned out! ;)

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    Jan 21, 2011, 08.05 AMby mahaila

    Really lovely. What an accomplishment! nice work

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    Jan 20, 2011, 08.57 PMby redslippers

    this is pretty amazing!

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      Jan 20, 2011, 11.04 PMby katexxxxxx

      Thank you. It’s fun to do this sort of thing.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 07.59 PMby Claire .

    I love your dress ! It’s gorgeous ! I also have this book but I don’t know how to use these patterns. If you have the time, could you explain me a little how tu use these ?

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      Jan 20, 2011, 11.08 PMby katexxxxxx

      Glad you like it.

      You just have to scale them up and then adjust them to your own measurements. It takes care, but it isn’t difficult. Use squared paper. The graphs are imperial, don’t forget. 1 square = 1".

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      Jan 21, 2011, 06.22 PMby Claire .

      Thank you very much for your answer ! I will try to do that. There’s so many beautiful dress in this book !
      Thanks again :)

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