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The Chesterfield was named after the Earl of Chesterfield and came into prominence around the same time as the lounge suit or sac coat (what we call the modern suit jacket). Up to this time, overcoats were highly fitted like the garments worn beneath them. The Chesterfield, by contrast, was no waist seam nor side panels and is only moderately fitted at the waist. Along with the lounge suit, and available in single-breasted variety, it became a staple of men's wardrobes from the 1840s through to the present day. Most dress overcoats worn today are of the Chesterfield type.
Our easy-to-use pattern (based on an original tailor's draft from the period) helps you make a beautiful form-fitting Chesterfield Top Coat!
Fits chests 38" to 54". All sizes in one envelope.
Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you've come to expect from Reconstructing History.
Suggested Fabrics: wool melton or other coat weight; linen or lightweight silk for lining; heavy linen, buckram or canvas for interlining
Notions: thread; buttons for front and decoration; buckram; wool felt or padding for collar; buttonhole floss
Yardage Requirements: Coat 4 yds 60”; lining 4 yds 45” wide; interlining 2 yds 45” wide