Blue Wool 1750’s Man’s Suit

The coat is made from very thick, almost felted wool typical of the period. As the fabric is so heavy, the edges where the sleeve join the cuff and along the front and bottom hems are not seamed together on the wrong side and turned as in modern construction. They are cut to length and topstitched close to the edge. The density of the fabric prevents it from unraveling as modern wool would. The skirts of the coat are full. It is partially lined in crème brocade and trimmed with silver braid. I took the braid trim pattern from an original coat that is part of the Colonial Williamsburg collection. The buttonholes are trimmed with a narrow silver braid.  The pattern used is JP Ryan’s 1750’s Coat.