Holy breeches, Batman!

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Excellent second day. Spent the morning perusing Pauline’s library of costume and pattern-cutting books while watching snippets of Colin Firth in Pride & Prejudice (for research, of course).  I selected an 1815-1820 ensemble, as follows:

double breasted tailcoat, waistcoat, & cravat

tailcoat & waistcoat technical drawings (not my handiwork)

split fall breeches

Even though research had been scheduled for the whole day, I had compiled everything by lunchtime and so made a move on drafting the breeches.

pattern for breeches

Pauline showed us a nifty way to scale the patterns up, which involves plotting points along the pattern by measuring up from a straight line rather than on radiating diagonal lines. I surprised myself by how quickly I caught onto this new method, and I think it’s my new go-to! I spent an hour and a half on the first pattern, and an hour and ten minutes on the second. The result:

drafted breeches pattern

Overall I am THRILLED with today’s progress, and I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow!!

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3 thoughts on “Holy breeches, Batman!

  1. I know that this post was a while ago, so I am hoping that you are still active on this blog… I have been searching for a good pattern-in-a-book (not a purchased pattern) for breeches. What book is this pattern/illustration from? I’m so happy to have found this post!

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    1. Hi Abigael, and thanks for your comments! The breeches pattern is from Men’s 17th and 18th Century Costume, Cut and Fashion by RI Davis. I can’t believe it never occured to me to list my sources – I’ll have to go back and add them in!

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