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Historical Sew Monthly #3: Stashbusting

The Challenge:  Stashbusting

Fabric: (polyester) brocade & linen/cotton blend

Stashed for how long? 3 years for the brocade, a 6 years for the linen/cotton, and 9 or 10 years for the buttons.

Pattern: Laughing Moon #125, View A

Year: 1800-1815, approximately

Notions: fusible interfacing, buttons, thread

How historically accurate is it?  Shape and style are pretty dead-on, materials are utterly modern.

Hours to complete: 8-10, it was all running together that week.

First worn: March 21st, at the symphony with other folks dressed in Regency attire.

Total cost: About $10 total ($7 for brocade remnants, $1 for the linen/cotton blend, $1 in bulk buttons, and $1 in thread and interfacing.)

Button Closeup:

Welt pockets on each side:

Back is fully taken in here since my mannequin is a rather different shape than my husband:

I worked with two remnant pieces that were 22"x44".  That meant I had to be extremely careful with my cutting, and very creative with the layout.  Most everything is cut on the cross grain because none of the large pieces would fit on the straight grain.  As a result, this is all that was left:

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Looks great! I love the beautiful autumn tones of the brocade. And your welt pocket looks fantastic!

ooooo I love it! Was the pattern easy to work with? It will look so handsome on your handsome husband!

It was a wonderful pattern to work with! The part that took me the longest was making a mockup and doing an adjustment for a 'corpulent' figure. No seriously, that's exactly how the pattern instructions refer to it!

The waistcoat is gorgeous! You did, of course, a wonderful job. (The boots you adapted so beautifully are wonderful, too! :^> )

Thank you! It was fun to work on both projects. :)

Wow, that's just gorgeous! How do you like that pattern?

I really liked it! There are many, many pages of instructions and that made me nervous at first, but I didn't have any problems with it at all!

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