Crazy Project Idea: Replicate this Suit
One of the things you may not know about me is that one of the things that drew me to the 18th century when I first started reenacting was, of all things, the menswear. I have something of a love affair with 18th century mens fashion, and always have. It’s part of what led me to be a girlfarb/galtroop for my first seven years or so in the hobby. I rarely ever find gowns that I particularly fawn over, but give me a snappily-made frock coat or waistcoat and I will shortly be drooling. I have a particular fondness for the 1750s-1760s era of fuller (but not huge) skirts and longer lines, and have long been a fan of blue, especially when contrasted with brown.
So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across this portrait of Thaddeus Burr by John Singleton Copley:
The suit Mr. Burr wears is impeccably tailored, is of a style smack dab in the middle of my favorite era, and is even in my favorite color scheme. It’s like someone said “Hey Kelsey, we’re going to design a set of 18th century mens clothes just for you.” and this is what came out.
So, what was my reaction?
“I must make this.”
I wouldn’t be able to use it in any reenacting unit I belong to, as none of them allow women in men’s clothing. I don’t really have anywhere that I could use this, save for possibly a private costumed event. But damn, I really want to make this. It has been far, far too long since I wore breeches.