(The paletot's still lacking some intended trim, but it's more done than not, and I didn't get any nice pictures of that either at Gettysburg, since it was mostly too warm for it during the day.)
I'm sure you'll forgive the side-part (very occasionally seen in the 1860s, but not enough that I like to wear it for events) and the eye makeup (I did wipe off the lipstick though!) - as I said, it was very spur-of-the-moment, and I was afraid the snow would stop if I took too long getting ready!
Obviously, it did not.
I'll talk about the paletot, or coat, first, as I don't think I ever did a real writeup on it.
I started it in 2013 - a long time ago in sewing time! There are definitely some things about the fit I'd tweak if I were starting it now, but to fix them I'd have had to take it completely apart, and I didn't have the heart for that when I pulled it back out in the fall to finish for Gettysburg. It's warm and cosy and that's the most important thing!
Katherine C-G knitted them for all of us for Gettysburg, and yes that is a brag! (I got to room with the great Koshka-the-cat for an 1860s weekend! I'm still not over it! Hee.)
|Managed to get the traffic sign in a large part of my pictures. Oops. My bad.|
The details: The paletot is made of a mid-weight tan woolen, interlined with cotton flannel, and lined in electric blue silk shantung (which you can see just a bit of in some of the pictures!). The stripes are dark brown velveteen, cut on the bias in strips, and the piping is the same brown velveteen.
|Some of the wrinkles are from dubious fit; some wrinkles are from not actually bothering to put on a corset for getting a few quick pictures!|
|I would definitely try for a smooth sleeve if I were mocking this up now...but at least it gives me plenty of room for dress sleeves undeneath?|
|Why yes, it IS in fact still snowing.|
|I look positively dismal in this one! Excellent.|