Thursday, May 31, 2012

A quick pattern for a Dear Friend

After my move and not having my computer for 2 weeks, it took me a while to get back into the pattern making groove. (Not to mention the fact that I hadn't done any patterning the month we were packing to move.)

I was working on my Corset en X pattern, since that is the pattern I want to get to testers first, but yesterday my dear friend posted something that looked easy to pattern, so there was my quick challenge.

I present to you the Persian Riding Coat pattern.

It is based off this one that is curently on display at the Metropolitan Museum for the exhibit Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition
 on loan from Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin

A quick websearch lead me to Max Tilke's Oriental Costumes: Their Designs and Colors Plate 27

Then on Pinterest I came across these two back images. Now I can't say for certain that these are the SAME garment, but they are damned close and I used them for inspiration for the back seams

So I took a screen shot of the front view from the Met (with the handy measurements!) and the top B&W image for the back.Put them both into my CAD program and traced around the front and back, then I evened out the pattern and made sure everything lined up!

The pattern requires about 2 2/3 yards of 46" wide fabric (the original was wool) (yes I know that is a larger size than most fabrics, but it is what you get with 1/2" seam allowance.)
Also about 6 yards of 1 to 1/2" wide trim

When made up it has a chest measurement of 47" a bicep of about 14" The sleeves are extra long, and the neckline likely needs adjustment.
This is a one size only pattern with 1/2" seam allowance around it.
This image shows it on a 1" grid, if you feel like using it the enlarging way, go ahead and use it!
Full size pattern can be found in a PDF here, instructions for printing it are included.

I did more research and discovered that the back image I used to generate this pattern is from a coat in France, But both garments were from the same archeological dig. You can read more about the later research (including more images of the French coat) HERE.

1 comment:

  1. The pattern is amazing ! Thanks for sharin it.
    And I'm in awe at your patternmaking skills. *thumbsup*