The other night I learned that I would be able to attend an evening event at a museum near home this Friday. I had begun drafting a pattern for a c.1795-1820 Pelisse from Janet Arnold's 'Patterns of Fashion' Vol. 2 over a year ago, so I pulled that out, finished it up, and now I'm in the process of cutting out several silk Pelisse jackets to sew. One to wear, and one to sell. One is a beautiful coral colored taffeta with windowpane plaid design, another is a white silk with delicate pearl beadwork.
It's so rewarding to be able to use a pattern based directly from an original. The design lines of historical clothing are always so beautiful.