The Killery Coat – Sleeves!

Finally! Sleeves! I’ve been really remiss about posting updates to the Killery Coat project, for which I earnestly apologize. There are Reasons, but none of those matter. Except one: Sleeves are scary. Sleeves are always scary. Ask anyone who’s tried and failed to set a sleeve! They go in wrong, they look awful, they make… Continue Reading

The Killery Coat – The Sleeves. Kind of.

Okay, I’m beyond late with this. I admit it. Why? Because sleeves are a pain in the ass. See, there’s this very, very distinctive way the Early Modern Irish tended to put sleeves onto garments. You see it all over the place, from the Kilcommon Jacket to the Tipperary Coat. The Killery Coat has it,… Continue Reading

The Killery Coat – The Body

No, not the body on which the garment was found, you morbid corpse-watchers. The body of the Coat itself. This week’s installment looks at the main pieces of the Coat. In the Introduction, we discussed briefly the historical data on record about the Killery outfit. To recap, Dunleavy in Dress in Ireland posits that the Killery… Continue Reading

The Killery Coat – Introduction

The Killery Coat – Introduction

In 1824, a suit of clothes was found six feet deep in a bog in the parish of Killery, County Sligo, in Ireland. Before we go any further, it’s pronounced “KILL-er-ee,” not “kill-AIR-ee,” which I learned to my great shame after a decade saying “kill-AIR-ee.” Take it from me, children: Go to someone who lives… Continue Reading

Some Early Modern Stitching…

It was long thought that the most common stitch on early modern garments was the running stitch. Recent re-examinations have shown that this is inaccurate. Those who have tried to sew their replica garments using only running stitches will not be surprised. Even if one makes the stitches 2mm to 4mm apart, the running stitch simply isn’t strong enough to… Continue Reading