1863 Vest & Jacket - Size Unknown

1863 Vest & Jacket - Size Unknown

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Sized Unknown - This reproduction sewing pattern is from the May 25, 1863 issue of La Mode Illustree.

This pattern features both the vest with center front points, and the bolero-style jacket as shown.

The vest is provided with double darts at the front edge, and a narrow shawl collar, it buttons high on the chest, and a small, optional pocket may be included.

The jacket has large turn back cuffs and rounded shoulders.  It lies open along the front and includes a small flare at the lower back edge.

 Vest pattern measured along waist is approx. 26 inches.

IMPORTANT NOTE:    The source material from which these early patterns are replicated from contain much less information than the more modern patterns from the 1920's and 1930's.  

Patterns and fashion journals published during these eras presumed that the home seamstress possessed sufficient skills to construct a garment without detailed directions. 

As a result patterns for facings, linings and other details - such as instructions on how to create trims, are sketchy at best -- and usually non-existent. Most of the time sizes and yardage information is also unavailable.

In order to make these early patterns easier to use, we have dropped in grain lines, seam allowances, and clarified markings on the patterns as much as possible.  Included with each of the patterns are any and all text and instructions that were available in the original source material. 

Be aware that all of these patterns run small compared to our modern bodies, and were drafted with the understanding that "proper" undergarments/and corsets would be worn underneath.  Armholes especially tend to be much tighter and smaller than modern garments.

It is very important when sewing these garments to make a fitting mock-up of the pattern out of muslin or other waste fabric, and make all of the adjustments for your individual figure on the mock-up.

4 Stars
Re-enactor/ seamstress
No matter what you do to the pattern it is a challenge to make if fit as seen in pictures. Always make a sample muslin before cutting into good material. You will have to increase the length every where. Remember the sleeve shoulder seam was about an inch to 2 inches below where we wear them today. Women (even the heavy ones) were very petite compared to us today. Enjoy yourself with this as it is very versatile with fabrics and trims.
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Reviewed by:  from Fond du Lac WI. on 6/27/2012
3 Stars
This jacket is lovely. While it can be difficult to integrate it into modern fashion, it makes an excellent period piece. Directions are not very clear.
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Reviewed by:  from Vermont. on 12/4/2011

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