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JRHabit - 1770's Riding Habit Pattern – sizes 8-24 available. Please select correct size.
Pattern is available in sizes 8 – 24, one size per pattern. The riding habit jacket and waistcoat were designed to be worn over 18th century stays and. will not fit a modern body in modern undergarments.
Patterns are provided for waistcoat, half-belt and riding habit jacket. Diagrams are provided for cutting the petticoat. Directions include photographs of construction process for all garments, including fitting muslins for the waistcoat and the jacket body
The 18 th century riding habit was composed of 3 pieces: jacket, waistcoat and petticoat. The habit was worn for day wear and travel, as well as for sidesaddle horseback riding. Habits for riding often had longer petticoats, which draped gracefully down the side of the horse. While lovely, this skirt is not practical, and is not included in this pattern.
This original pattern is based on two riding habits, one in the collection of The Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, Hereford, England, and the other in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Both habits have petticoats intended for walking and travel.
This 1770-1775 habit has narrow lapels, short skirts on the jacket with functional pockets, and a short waistcoat with a half-belt. This habit may have embellished buttonholes as on the original in London. .
Fabric Suggestions: woolens, worsted woolens, silk/wool blends. Fabric requirements: 5 – 7 yd. 54” fabric, depending on pattern size.
Note: This pattern is recommended for those with intermediate to advanced sewing skills.
In the 18th century women needed practical clothes for riding, travelling and walking outdoors. This pattern illustrates how the styles of women’s riding habits were adapted from a man’s coat and waistcoat. The jacket is shorter than a man’s coat but has comparable buttons and trim. The waistcoat is also similar to a man’s version. However, wearing breeches would have been unthinkable for a woman in the 18th century, so the petticoat was a necessary part of the riding habit.
Notes on the extant garment this pattern was taken from at Victoria and Albert Museum, http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O74100/riding-habit-unknown/
A woman's riding habit comprising a coat (jacket), waistcoat and petticoat. The coat is made of red broadcloth, with a turn- down collar and long sleeves with cuffs. The front edges are faced with red broadcloth and folded back to make revers. The coat is made with two fronts, two backs, two front skirts and two back skirts, with a waist seam and center back seam. The skirts are faced with red linen, the fronts partly lined with unbleached linen and the sleeves lined with unbleached linen. There is a scalloped pocket flap on each skirt front. The collar, revers, cuffs and pocket flaps are embroidered with silver-gilt thread, in floral brackets. There are seven passementerie buttons, of silver-gilt thread and spangles, down each coat front (one on the bottom on each side now missing), three on each pocket flap and three on each cuff.
The waistcoat is made of red broadcloth, cut in two fronts, with red linen backs. There is a belt of red wool across the front at the bottom edge. The fronts are faced with red linen and lined with unbleached linen. Each front is embroidered in silver-gilt thread in floral brackets. There are nine passementerie buttons of silver-gilt thread and spangles on the right front, with corresponding buttonholes in the center of each bracket on the left side.
The petticoat is made of two widths of red broadcloth, pleated at the waist; the front and back bound with red linen tape, and tying at each side. The hem is bound with black wool tape. Original materials: Linen (material); Silver-gilt thread; Broadcloth
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