A riding habit for Colonial Williamsburg! Very late 1770s, basically following this lady from Zoffany’s “The Sharp Family”… except in green.
The Fabric & Trim
Habit: forest green wool (crepe? suiting? can’t remember!) from Mood Fabrics, lined with green silk shantung and white linen. Waistcoat: off-white silk taffeta, trimmed with gold trim from Florence. Brass buttons from Burnely & Trowbridge.
Draped by me, based in part on the 1750s habits in Patterns of Fashion and Cut of Women’s Clothes, as well as the 1760s-95 men’s suit coat in Costume Close-Up.
- Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction. Vol. 1: c. 1660-1860. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1972.
- Baumgarten, Linda. Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1999.
- Blackman, Callie. “Walking Amazons: The Development of the Riding Habit in England During the Eighteenth Century.” Costume, Vol 35, 2001.
- Waugh, Norah. The Cut of Women’s Clothes 1600-1930. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1968.