Be fashionable in the 1770s in your lady's riding outfit!
In the middle of the 18th century, a beautiful outfit can be seen on ladies depicted in outdoor scenes. This is the Lady’s Riding Outfit. Styled after men’s fashionable dress, the Riding Outfit was worn for all types of outdoor activities. Although far more elegant, it was the velour track suit of its day.
In the 1770s the Riding Jacket skirts became shorter and much wider than male coats. Like men’s frock coats, the riding jacket was rarely worn closed, fastened instead by a hook over the upper chest. Also following men’s fashion, the cuffs were small and revers were buttoned back on either side of the front opening. The coordinating waistcoat filled in the open space between the edges of the jacket.
Our easy-to-use pattern, based on extant and pictorial examples, helps you make your own 1770s and 1780s military-styled Lady's Riding Outfit for riding and traveling. Includes Coat with decorated revers, fold-down collar, matching waistcoat, and petticote.
Fits busts 30½"-48" and waists 23"-41". 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: lightweight wool or silk; lightweight silk or linen for lining; medium to heavy linen for interlining
Notions: thread; braid, lace or cording to taste; up to 30 buttons for front, side & pockets; buttonhole floss; twill tape or other narrow ware for waistband(s)
Coat 2 yds 60" or 3 yds 45" wide; lining 2 yds 60" or 3 yds 45" wide; interlining 2 yds 60" or 3 yds 45" wide
Waistcoat 1 1/2 yds 60" or 2 yds 45" wide; lining 1 1/2 yds 60" or 2 yds 45" wide
Petticote 3 yds 60" or 4 yds 45" wide; lining 3 yds 60" or 4 yds 45" wide
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