For the coat, I had several yards of Italian wool that I bought seven years ago at B.Black and Sons in Los Angeles. Ian was with me at the time and urged me to buy it for a coat, little did I know it would take so long to get around to making one! For the pattern he used the Kay Fig Ladies Paletot Pattern (1860-1867) with some modifications. The exterior of the coat is bound with wool braid, welt pockets were added instead of patch pockets, and a different collar was drafted. The bound edges and sleeve decoration are based on an original in the Met Museum. The pattern is very well made a required very little alterations and I highly recommend it. The shape of the sleeve is so perfect for 1860s I just love it!
|Kay Fig 1860s Ladies Paletot front view.|
|1860s Ladies Paletot back view.|
|1860s Ladies Paletot side view of full coat sleeve.|