Faux buckskin breeches

How time flies! The social calendar for this spring turned out to be unexpectedly hectic. My appologies. Good news is the breeches are almost done! Here follows a recap of the process.

The fabric is a sturdy cotton twill with a brushed surface in a rich yellow colour. Gives the look of buckskin or perhaps period-appropriate nankeen.

Material for breeches

Naturally I used the same pattern as last year – a mix of the draping method and a period pattern in Norah Waugh´s Cut of Men´s clothes. Here I just cut the two main pieces. Note that I added some extra length at the bottom. No seam allowances, since I want these tighter than the silk breeches. (The v-part is the middle-back-front seam. The upper left part is going to be the front flap. If you look close up you see the cut in my muslin.) The fabric is difficult to photograph well…

Breeches 1

Fitting the kneeband. Have sewn the buttons and buttonholes. Note that the ribbon is temporary and will be replaced by a narrow strip of the same fabric, or a cotton ribbon in the same or similar colour. The leg is slightly longer than usual, a fashion trend in the 1790´s-1800´s. A snug fit over the thighs and knees. Somewhat baggy seat. These breeches were the skinny jeans of the day, and are supposed to have the same fit. The front flap is pinned but has yet to be cut.

Breeches 3

Breeches 4

Progress: The front flap or fall is done, save buttons and buttonholes. (This step alone took two nights. The fabric is thick and really tough to handle.) Have pinned the waistband. It also needs two-three buttons. Then we are almost done, I think…Breeches 5

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4 thoughts on “Faux buckskin breeches

  1. Mr. Elton,
    Quiet impressive, indeed! These breeches already have the look of those in the painting. You have done an exceptionally superior job. You mentioned using the “draping method”. Is this similar to making a “muslin”?
    Also, the fall front appears to be cut with the breeches front. But in the photo the front seems to be continuous.
    How did you attach the fall front? Or was it a part of the breeches front?
    Thank you for the reference: Cut of Men’s Clothes. I will certainly get a copy.
    Congratulations on a work well done. Best wishes, J. Rowland

    • Dear James,
      Thank you! Yes, you are right: draping is working out the muslin/toile/mock up on the actual person or a dress form. I got the pattern from the book and adjusted it on me.
      The fall front is shaped by two vertical cuts on either side of the cf seam. The raw edges are covered by the two strips of fabric that have pointed ends. The rest of the top is stiched to the waistband. Hope this makes sense. Next post will show what it looks like behind this flap.
      /Mr. E.

      • Of course, I understand how this works now. Thanks. I look forward to the next post. J.R.

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