Having done my previous 3 in the style where the fall is narrow and made with plackets, I wanted to try the kind where the fall covers the entire front, like in this pair from c. 1760.
It's mostly the same pattern as before, with some alterations.
HSM 2018 finally prompted me to do it!
|One of the back pieces traced out, before the top part was filled in with piecing.|
I was just barely able to cut everything but the kneebands and waistband out of the lighter pants wool, and arranged it so only the two back panels needed piecing. The left back side is in 7 pieces, and the right is in 4 or 5 (I forget which).
|View of the back showing the piecing. |
It's all on the top and sides, since I just needed to enlarge the
pants panel I was cutting it from.
|You can't see it, but there's a buttonhole at the top of the CF seam.|
I used a plain blue cotton for the lining, which came from the fabric stash of my other grandmother.
I found a tiny white shoelace in with my cords and tapes that was just the right size for the back! And there are 3 more of them! (Not very historical, but it's easy enough to replace. And who's going to see it anyways?)
button molds with the light wool, but with the darker coloured kneeband the light buttons just didn't look right. So I did 11 replacements in the dark wool, and they look much better.
(The lighter buttons were not covered in vain though! There is just enough dark wool left for a coordinating waistcoat, and the buttons have been set aside for that.)
|The knee band before I shortened the long flappy bit.|
I did that by hand, and ended up doing the kneebands all by hand as well.
I also discovered upon trying them on that the end of the knee band was ridiculously long and flappy, so I shortened it by about an inch.
|My poor monster slippers! They're worn so much my toes are sticking out!|
|The gathering should thin out a bit more towards the side seam, I think.|
|The knee looks SO much better with the buckle strap shortened.|
What the item is: A pair of fall front breeches
The Challenge: #1- Mend, Reshape, Refashion
Fabric/Materials: Grey wool, slightly darker grey wool, plain blue cotton.
Pattern: Drafted by me
Year: Second half of 18th century
Notions: Canvas interfacing, thread, 13 wooden button blanks, one small shoelace.
How historically accurate is it? Maybe about 70%? I did keyholes on some of the buttonholes, machine stitched a lot of the seams, and used blue cotton for the lining, but other than that it's mostly good.
Hours to complete: 43
First worn: January 21st, 2018
Total cost: Definitly less than $10 (Canadian) Most of the materials are stash things that were given to me.