Thursday, 18 July 2019

Caraco a la Polonaise...again.

Pattern: Still tweaking and refining my drafted pattern from the most recent post, with some sleeve variation too.
This dress is currently for sale on Etsy--HERE
Fabric: 100% silk taffeta, dove gray, with black taffeta waistcoat and accents.

*The laced back of the waistcoat, as well as the style of the polonaise, allows for a range of fit. This is probably one of the reasons it was such a popular "casual" garment for the upper class.
Chest: 38.5-40"
Waist: 33-34.5"
Hip: Free
Hem: 39" at front, 41" at back (fits over a rump or bum roll)
Back Width: 14" max
Upper Arm: 13.5"
Sleeve: 23" long

All visible stitching done by hand, with machine stitching on inside seams. Hand done buttonholes, wrapped buttons, and lacing eyelets.

There isn't much to add on this post beyond photos, since I used this pattern already and wrote up most of the information HERE.

For this version, I altered the front shape of the waistcoat to the point traditional style, and also did cuffs instead of a split open sleeve. The cuffs close with hooks and eyes. Everything else is pretty much the same.

As for the photos...ugh! Florida and it's damn humidity. There's no point in ironing anything when the humidity is 97%! Ah, well, at least the colors came out true. 

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