1780’s Red Caraco Jacket and Petticoat

The caraco jacket is made from red watermarked moiré taffeta. The front opening and stomacher are trimmed with dark red braid. The stomacher has a false button closure – and idea I got from a gown pictured in “Kyoto Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute” by Akiko Fukai. The skirts of the jacket have loops sewn to the inside so that it can be gathered up “a la polonaise”. The skirt is made from a printed cotton fabric. Prints of this type were common in the period. The outfit is worn over a bustle pad or “bum roll” to give it the correct 1780’s shape.  Pattern is Caraco Jacket by JP Ryan.