January - September 2014

1650s-60s Dutch Ensemble

I wanted to make a garment with the unusually full sleeves one sees in this era.  So I made a third jacket in yellow silk-wool, and a milkmaid cap, to wear with my Dutch peasant costume.

The jacket was made from exactly 1.33 yards of 60" silk-wool blend, originally purchased for a vest. After cutting the pattern, there were only tiny scraps left. And nothing had to be placed off-grain or pieced. It's a shortened version of my 1650s peasant jacket, with Jean Hunnisett's 1645-55 sleeves (p. 117). An additional gore was added to the side seams to give the skirting extra flare. The jacket is lined in cotton batiste.

A red wool skirt, identical to the blue, was cut a year later as an afterthought.


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