When Amber comes over and says, "I brought you some fabric", you know it's gonna be amazing.
Amber has become an extremely dear friend of mine - I've known about her for years, and we attended many events together in the past, but it's only been in the last year that we've become really close. We're both 2nd born in the family, super enthusiastic, and artsy. She is one of the most encouraging people I know, wise beyond her years, and always so ready to listen when I'm having a rough time, and point me back to God when I lose my focus.
On top of all that, she's an amazing seamstress, with tons of knowledge about period correct clothing, quality fabrics, and technique.
One day she came over for one of our in-house English Country Dances (my sister and I frequently host informal dances at our house), and brought a stash of fabric. My mind of course started swimming with ideas of what I could make, and here I give you the first of many outfits from the "Amazing Amber Fabric Collection."
This is my first completely hand-sewn 18th century garment. I wanted to hand-sew my previous clothes, but our trips that require new outfits usually spring out of nowhere, leaving me less than a week to get things together, so I never had the time to actually get them done. This time though, I didn't have a specific occasion in mind, so I could take my time, and hand-stitch away.
this jacket as inspiration for the peplum back.
The front slits are bound with bias binding made out of the same fabric.
I think the lines of the seaming on the back are my favorite part of colonial jackets!