Patterns: Truly Victorian #264 "Riding Habit Skirt" , Bodice is a combination of the Truly Victorian riding jacket and a self drafted front, with alterations to the back.
Fabric: A chocolate brown wool/poly blend. Skirt lining faux silk, cobalt blue. Bodice lining is a piece-work of scrap linen and silk.
Hem: 42" at left side (42" all around when right side is looped up *see below)
Bicep: 14" max
Neck: 15.5" max
The Side Saddle Skirt
Since this garment was intended to cover a lady's legs while she was sitting side saddle on a horse, there are two main things that make it different from a regular skirt. First, it is far longer on the right side than the left, to accommodate the extra coverage needed to drape over the legs on that side. Second, the skirt overall is longer than floor length (42" on the left side).
For construction I made the skirt according to the pattern with only one change. I placed the closure at the center back rather than the left hand side. This is just preference. The back closure is with brushed gold metal buttons.
I'll be the first admit that this pattern can be intimidating on first try simply because the pieces are so large. But, once you get past that it is the very simplest of designs. Only two darts at the waist, both of which end up at the back, which you can easily use to make alterations to the waist if required.
The bodice is also fully boned, with 1/4" boning inside in 11 places, including the front darts. The sleeve linings are set in separately, hand stitched to the armholes. There are no raw or exposed seams anywhere in the bodice.