I have finished my navy Regency pelisse that goes with my bonnet.
There are no progress shots to share since sometimes I worked on this for literally a few minutes here and there over the past year. Sometimes all I had time to do was sew on a hook and eye.
The fabric is a jacquard woven with a subtle diamond pattern. I’m not sure of the fiber content since I found it as a remnant. I’m sure it’s at least partially synthetic, but I liked the texture.
The lining is gold and cream jacquard, and the sleeves are lined with satin. The coat is military-inspired, with cream braid down the front, on the belt and sleeves cuffs, and around the edges of the pointed collar. The front and back are decorated with gold-colored and faux pearl buttons, but the coat closes with hooks and eyes. The belt has a golden buckle.
I used the Sense and Sensibility “Regency Spencer Jacket and Pelisse Pattern” as a starting point, but made new sleeves and collar. (A quick note about this pattern: I was disappointed to find it is not actually a pelisse pattern, although it is advertised as such. It is really a spencer jacket pattern only, with some instructions telling you to just add a skirt to lengthen it. Although that wasn’t terribly difficult to do, when I buy a pattern it is because I want to pay someone else to do the math).
The pelisse has some wrinkles to work out, but overall I am pretty pleased with it, and plan to wear it to Costume College.
I still have to paint some shoes to match, but I think it will look nice with the bonnet.
Project cost (not including bonnet materials):
- 3 yards fabric: $29.99 + tax
- pattern: $12 + $3 shipping
- 8 yards braid: $7.60 + tax
lining, interfacing, buttons, thread, hooks and eyes: from the stash
Less than $60. Not bad.