Green Striped Jacket

A 1770s jacket made from green and red striped silk taffeta.

Inspiration & Resources

Useful Books & Links Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion: English Women's Dresses and Their Construction, c.1660-1860. New York: Drama Book, 1984.

Bradfield, Nancy. Costume In Detail: Women's Dress 1730-1930. Plays, Inc., 1985.

Construction Details

2008 - 2010

This jacket had not one, not two, but three different incarnations! I started it in 2008 using the full-skirted jackets in Patterns of Fashion as a base. I wasnt happy with the finished jacket, however. It didn't fit and I ended up not wearing it.


 Fastforward to 2010 when I needed a new outfit for an event. I pulled the jacket out of the closet of shame, redid the fronts to make it fit and trimmed the neckline. The fit wasn't perfect, but it was fun to have a new outfit:

Still not satisfied with the end result, for my next 18th century event I decided to remake the jacket entirely. I recut the body of the jacket from the leftover fabric, reusing sleeves and trim from the old jacket to finish it. I'm not one to waste pretty silk taffeta, and I'm a big fan of remaking/redoing things to bring them more in line with my original vision. Third time's the charm, right?