Printed Caraco

A circa 1780 printed cotton caraco jacket, worn with a berry colored linen petticoat.


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.

Baumgarten, Linda. Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790. Williamsburg, Va.: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1999.

Hart, Avril, et al. Fashion in Detail: From the 17th and 18th Centuries. New York: Rizzoli, 2000.

Construction Details


This jacket is based off of the 1775-85 caraco in Patterns of Fashion, and the sleeve detailing was copied from the caraco in Fashion in Detail. I started with my 18th century base pattern and drafted the jacket skirts using the diagram in Patterns of Fashion. The jacket is made from an 18th century style printed cotton, and lined with cotton muslin. The neckline and sleeves are trimmed with box-pleated and pinked strips of fabric. The outfit was sewn by machine and finished by hand.