Black Wool Doublet and Red Silk Petticoat

I made this doublet and petticoat in 2005. The doublet is made of black wool and lined in black silk satin. The inner structure of the doublet is based on the woman’s doublet depicted in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion. It is interlined in fustian and boned with reeds. The collar and cuffs are decorated with pinked wool and the sleeves and body of the doublet are trimmed with black silk satin tapes applied by had to the doublet. I had originally intended to close it with buttons but in the end I changed my mind and decided to use hooks and eyes.

The petticoat is made of 5 yards of red shot dupioni silk that is cartridge pleated to the waist band and guarded with a wide black silk guard.

The whole outfit is hand finished and there are no visible machine stitches.

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