Well hey, guess what? I'm making a pelisse!
I decided I wanted one when I saw the first trailer for the new War & Peace (before the one-shouldered David's Bridal monstrosity appeared on the scene and all my excitement fizzled out). As such, I'm calling it a War & Peace pelisse (it rhymes! hurr), despite it being a little later in date than most of the story.
(Since the current series seems to have imported at least one of its characters' wardrobes from 1923, I won't quibble with a pelisse from 1815ish rather than 1805-13.)
And despite the particular shade of green I'm using being maybe a little too vivid for that early in the century. But that would be some serious picking of nits! And it's rather delicious fabric.
Anyway! The materials:
|Green/bronze shot silk taffeta, to be trimmed in Russian (possibly?) squirrel, aka a vintage coat I found for absurdly cheap on ebay. I took that as a sign I definitely should make this pelisse, and snapped it up.|
|It's a bodice!|
|It's half a skirt laid out with no lining put in the back yet!|
And since I realize that made sense to probably nobody, I did take pictures!
|Plain old seam, joining two green skirt panels and the one side of lining.|
|Seam pressed open, then toward the side without lining.|
|And the lining for the other side sewn into place. Easy peasy!|
And what it looks like so far overall: