Cosplay & Historic Dresses

Pierrot Jacket

This jacket represents a style common in the late 18th century. The patterns are on the way to the following Regency fashion. Therefore, the front looks rather plain and simple. Most of the decorative elements concentrate on the centre back. Often these kind of jackets are called Pierrot, which seems to mean sparrow in French.

My version has long sleeves and a cute little flower pattern in contrast to the large scale patterns of the mid 18th-century. It is a rather heavy cotton fabric decorated with strips of lighter red cotton. I wanted to imitate a Zone Front style. By the way, I already sewed one of these, which you can find here.

On the photos, I wear a dark blue cotton skirt, a cap with embroidered flowers and a cotton kerchief. You cannot see the linen chemise, stays and the Rococo stockings. To achieve the small but visible silhouette, I use a bumroll. In the late 18th century, the large underpinnings nearly disappeared. The padding often concentrated on a Lady’s centre back. All of the clothing mentioned above (excluding stockings and stays) are handsewn with linen thread.

The jacket’s pattern was drafted by me. I love the fact that the Rococo tailors did achieve the elbow-room by simple curving the seams of the sleeves, because the fabric was not stretchy. The main part of the jacket is lined with white linen and closed via lacing that cannot be seen after closing the front with small needles afterwards. Feel free to visit my other Rococo-themed pages, too! Thanks to my boyfriend Solio for taking the photos!

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