Friday, 4 September 2015

Frock Coat: Pattern

I've been wanting a wool frock coat for the last two years and I'm finally going to make one. I going to take this project slowly as I want to do the best I can. The frock coat will be 1850s to 1870s in style.  I made two patterns using different methods, so I can experiment and compare the two and see which gives me the best fit.

The pattern below is one that I copied from an original 1850s frock coat in a private collection. The frock coat was a near perfect fit so I was give permission to copy a pattern from it.

Pattern copied from an original 1850s frock coat.

This is the original frock coat that I copied the pattern from.

The next pattern I drafted with Devere's. Its fairly similar to the one above. I'm going make a muslin from each pattern and compare the fit.

Pattern I drafted with Devere's.


  1. The wool frock coat looked amazing today! So glad to have seen it in person today (I am the red haired girl in the teal early 1960s dress and coat) The entire outfit was so well put together and you were so very informative (Sorry if there was times I had miss heard you, it was very loud after the show!). Its always great to see men interested in reproduction tailoring like yourself. If you mind me asking, what was your inspiration to start reenacting and getting into tailoring?

    Men's tailoring is so interesting to me but I have no male relatives(other than my father who doesn't want to dress) to try on clothes so I only make some for myself! But its just not the same...The only official mens tailoring I have done are extremely exaggerated costumes for fashion shows but i couldn't do any mockups as I only knew who they were a month before the show, after I had finished them.(Many of the womens garments are too big because of that.) I've made a faux regency (ruffled shirt, high waisted wool pants with military detailing) outfit, a 1700's "King Louis" coat, vest, and pants. I also have a 'napoleon' coat and pants and lastly I am making two men's garments this year for the zodiac themed costumes- a late 1500's Elizabethan mens suit, codpiece and all, and a 1300's menswear outfit. While I am using reproduction/extant patterns for the last two, the over the top colors and details are not period at all.

    A lot of my full reproduction items(Making a regency wardrobe and perhaps grade a reproduction 17th century riding coat to my size) that I have made I do not actually put online, mostly because its a pain to update my website so often... I might actually follow your example and start a blog since its much easier to maintain! I have a blogger account but the last blog I had was back in grade 10 and its been deleted for a long time.

    Regardless, I really hope you had an excellent time at the show! It is nice meeting you, especially since your blog, collection and resources are really great and you should continue on with it!

  2. Hi Jessica,

    It was great to meet you. Thanks so much for your comment.

    As for how I got started, it's a bit of a long story, but here's the short version. My interest started with military uniforms of the Napoleonic era. I love history and learned as much as I could. My interests moved to Victorian era military uniforms, and then Victorian era civilian clothing. What really got me moving on sewing my own garments, was that I started volunteering at Fort Langley. I created clothing that I could wear when I was there. Another inspiration has always been Sherlock Holmes especially the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes. More recently, Charles Dickens. Your question has made me think I should do a blog post on how I got started.

    I think it's a great idea to start a blog for yourself. I'd love to see your work.

    It was very interesting to connect with you. I hope to meet you again in the future.