I'm using a light blue Shetland Tweed cloth for the coat which is a bit unusual. I have seen one original Tweed frock coat, so they did exist, but I don't think they were very common. I believe a Tweed frock coat would have been a bit of a novelty. A Tweed frock coat would probably have been more casual than one made from black or navy blue Superfine.
Update 18 Oct 2015: I've found a sours for blue Superfine so I've decided to use Superfine as it matches the original.
I've got some vintage silk velvet for the collar. I have brown polished cotton for the pockets and white polished cotton for the sleeve lining.
I still need the collar canvas, chest canvas, chest padding, sacking and the body lining.
|Tweed and silk velvet.|
|Brown and white polished cotton.|
I got this photo at an antique fair about two years ago. I think the coat in the photo is a perfect example of a frock coat.
|Photo from 1870. I like the tie.|
|Original mid 1850s frock coat. The coat is made from a blue Superfine.|
|I love the contrast of the velvet collar.|
|I like the shape of the lapel.|