This is a photo diary of my costuming "travels"; where I've learned and struggled to make historical costumes for myself. They're not always pretty, but always fun, most of the time. And I want to share with others what I learn along the way. **You can find me on Facebook, or have my posts delivered to your email by signing up at the lower part of the right column.**

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HI, my name is Val. I'm a member of Costumer's Guild West in Los Angeles, Dean Emeritus of 2018 Costume College; Past President of the San Diego Costume Guild, member of Orange County Costume Guild, and a representative of the San Diego History Center. I make my own historical costumes but don't sell any unless I get tired of one.The eras I've made so far are 1770 up to 1918. My favorite is the 1880s bustle.


Monday, June 14, 2010

18th Century caracos (jacket)

Started May 2010
I hadn’t planned on making something new for 18th century just yet, but when an event at our upcoming Costume College came up, well, I just had to. After all, I couldn't wear the same thing as last season.
The event is actually the opening ceremonies for Costume College, and this year will be an Ice Cream Social with a request for people to wear their 18th C outfits that we might have made after last year’s 18th Century theme for the entire convention. A lot of classes were focused on that era.
I knew I wanted to make a caraco but I also wanted the skirt portion of it to be shorter. The longer length made my 5-5 height looked chopped off and stumpy. I used JP Ryan’s pattern, & I shortened the pattern by about 12”. I also plan to add the ruffle to the petticoat.

I had a hard time deciding what color of fabric to use, and saw a dark teal colored silk taffeta that would work. I also had a sage green and ivory embroidered silk that a friend had given me for making a pet en lair. But I opted to use it for a caraco also. Yes, once again, I am making two at a time. I’m hoping maybe they could use the same petticoat, and after asking for suggestions, ending up choosing an antique white. I’m not sure yet if that color will work with the green and ivory one, since the ivory is a little whiter.
So far I have the fabric bodices sewn together, and am currently sewing the linings together. I’m hoping to hand sew them into the bodices while I’m on a trip.

My plans for trimmings on the teal are a pleated ruffle all around the caraco’s edges, and on the sleeve ends. Maybe a bow in the center of the stomacher.
For the green and ivory one, I’m not sure. I’d like to use sections of the embroidery to emphasize it somehow.