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Peter Rabbit’s Blue Jacket – for Women
Outline the story …
My inspiration for this came from Beatrix Potter and "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". She, or rather her stories, got me into history and historic clothing when I was about 9 years old. At first, I had my eye on the outfit Mrs Tiggywinkle is wearing. But, due to me being a beginner, plus time limits, I decided a single garment would be better. Which is what made me settle on Peter Rabbit’s blue jacket.
The pattern is from Black Snail Patterns #0520 1890’s Skirted Jacket View B. Peter Rabbit is a male character, so the biggest adaptation was a women’s pattern.
Outline the construction…
The materials I have used is light blue cotton canvas with a black cotton lining. Since both these cotton materials are quite structured and stiff already, there is no tarlatan or horse- hair canvas as interfacing. This is my biggest sewing project to date, my first time ever making a jacket and also the first time I have ever used an e-pattern. Currently, I am not in possession of a sewing machine, so the entire project has been sewn by hand.
The main body of the jacket came together quite easily. Since this was my first time ever to follow tailoring instructions, I did have a bit of a fight with the collar. While I was fitting the jacket it became apparent, that the armholes gave a funny shape. I ended up having to take a significant amount out of both side- back seams, which made the jacket fit better, but also gave it its funny wrinkles. The majority of the seams are sewn with back stitches, cut down with the lining rolled under and then felled. The lapel and the pockets are fixed to the inside with felling stitches. The lining is further secured with catch stitches. The lapel, as well as the collar have pad stitches on the underside to give them a nice roll back. Watching Youtube videos from makers in the historic costuming community helped me so much with the buttonholes, pad stitching and sleeve gathering.