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At long last, the riding habit is revealed! I hope it's not anti-climactic!. It was a LOT of work, even though it looks rather plain. Tailoring is... an entirely different beast from dressmaking! Different techniques, different stitches. Mike and I had a complete mis-communication over something because what he told me to do means two different things to tailors and mantua-makers! I will probably do a separate construction post, although I don't have too many construction pics. They are on my camera, which needs to be recharged (before Costume College, eep!).

I take no credit for the beauty of the fit of my habit. It's all thanks to master tailor Mark Hutter, who used me as an experiment for a new style of riding habit. I didn't mind being a guinea pig at all. :) Mike walked me through construction, which was a good husband-wife exercise in communication. I learned so much during the process, and have an even greater respect for the work he and Mark do. I'll stick to millinery and mantua-making, thanks!

The habit is made from green twilled worsted wool from Burnley and Trowbridge. The silk button hole twist and buttons are from them as well, along with the heavy linen interfacing. The cream silk lining is from Renaissance Fabrics. The hat is only temporary (it's going to become my 17th c hat). After doing all of these button holes, and the thousands I have done at work now, I really enjoy them! I never thought I'd say that!

I'm wearing Nicole's riding shirt, too. I didn't have time to make one before our event, and Nicole recently sold her habit, so I have until she makes a new one to get my own shirt made!

My dear, good Emma took pictures for me on her excellent camera. What good friends I'm blessed with!



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On July 29th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC), jenthompson commented:
Oh, FAR from anti-climatic! It's stunning!!!
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On July 29th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC), madamekat commented:
WOW perfect brilliant fantastic gorgeous love love love!!!
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On July 30th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC), mala_14 commented:
Just lovely! I really like the brass buttons on the green. And the lapels and collar are so cool!
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On July 30th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC), countessof_roth commented:
Its like, the felicity riding habit!!! ONLY PERIOD CORRECT.

:D
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On July 30th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC), ashamanja_babu commented:
It's beautiful! And if you think buttonholes are fun then please share your tips for sewing them.
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On July 30th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC), mandie_rw commented:
I love it! Such a pretty color. And so many buttonholes, eek!
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On July 30th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC), rose_bertin commented:
Loooovvvveeee iiiitttt!! And I'm really eager to read about your construction process as I am about to start my own riding habit and am a bit terrified.
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On July 30th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC), starlightmasque commented:
Perfection head to toe! Beautiful!
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On July 30th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC), theladyrebecca commented:
Wow, you look amazing! Beautiful work!
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On July 30th, 2014 09:39 am (UTC), atherleisure commented:
So lovely, and you have the perfect place to photograph it.
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On July 30th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC), ryzhervind commented:
Wow!
And this construction https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5578/14749275366_b575d201ca_c.jpg
is it historical?
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On July 30th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC), fleurdelysa commented:
Fantastic! So well made. Beautiful photos too. :)
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On July 31st, 2014 03:27 am (UTC), fire_elfweb commented:
Love!!!!
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On August 5th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC), lylassandra commented:
The habit is GORGEOUS! And it was so good to meet you at Costume College-- thanks for teaching!
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