Child's Paletot: 1860-1861
Thus I began researching paletots (or sacques) for little children. I've found a few diagrams, but they were too early. The latest diagram I could find was in the 1859 Petersons (at left). But I found several illustrations of sacques and paletot's for children which were dated later (1860-1861) and they all seem to be similar in basic style as the one in Peterson's, so I decided to give it a go. I'm excited about using an antique pattern and sizing it up as my foremothers might have done. I don't know about anyone else, but that kind of thing always makes me feel a little more connected to history. Maybe I'm just weird that way. :) Here are some of the other illustrations I've found:
At this writing, I've transferred my pattern and cut it out, and sewed up the initial muslin. I can already tell that I'm going to need to alter the neckline a little as well as the armscyes. Since this coat needs to be worn over clothes, I need to make absolutely sure that I allow some extra room. Plus, I'm going to be have a light interlining for warmth quilted (maybe?) with the lining. I needs to be big enough to allow for that extra bulk and of course I would like her to make it at least through the next two winters. Although that might be wishful thinking.
I don't want to spend too much money; ideally, I want to use what I have available to me. I do have a nice light blue wool that would be perfect for a coat for Victoria -- and she would look lovely in blue. I just don't know how I'd trim it. If I could find velvet or velveteen to exactly match the color (because I love tone-on-tone), I'd LOVE it...but I don't have that at my disposal. Hm. So many decisions!
Anyway, that's a little about what's been going on around here. I hope you are all doing fantastic today! It's a gorgeous afternoon here in Texas, and we've been given a few vegetable plants that I'm excited to get into the ground. It's not much, but it's okay; I don't have a great deal of time for a large garden.
Many blessings, dear readers!