Wednesday, November 1, 2017

95th Rifles Uniform


My big project for this fall was a set of military togs for my husband, with a deadline of mid-October...which I am happy to say I met very neatly!


The trousers and tunic (aka the coat) are hand sewn from Kochan Phillips broadcloth in Bottle Green, per the uniform specifications of the Right Wing 3rd Bttn. 95th Rifles group with which we participate.  I cheated a little and used cotton thread, because I actually went and bought linen thread but the way it shredded drove me crazy.


The feathering (the white piping-look stuff) is 1/2" worsted wool tape, folded in half and sandwiched between the black broadcloth and the green lining.  The epaulet floofs (is there a technical term for those?) are made like pom-poms on a black canvas base, which was really kind of fun!


I hope he never falls into a body of water wearing this.  With all those buttons, he'd sink like a rock!

The tunic is made using Past Patterns #040:  Napoleonic Era British Foot Soldier's Jacket circa 1806-1820.  The tails are modified slightly in shape, and there are two pockets in the torso (you can see one of them--that welt right in front of and under his arm in the photo above) that are not included in the pattern.

The trousers are Laughing Moon #131, Men's Regency Trousers, with some modifications to simplify the construction--they are unlined and the fabric is very thick here, so they didn't need as many small pieces as are included in the original pattern.

It was certainly a new experience, but I'm so happy with how this turned out, and Rich assures me he is pleased with the final result, too!


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