Zouave jacket: underlining, flatlining, & construction

This jacket is styled after the military zouave jackets that became a popular bolero jacket style in mid to late Victorian era for women. We are doing it in a very fashionable red, but instead of wool it is a fine silk.

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All and all, a very clean & subtle jacket that looks lovely over the black silk velvet waistcoat. It has just enough tie in with the skirt to look like they go together.
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Black Velvet Waistcoat: bust pads & button planning

The velvet waistcoat is close to done. I’m contemplating adding a touch of bias piping…

Here are some inprogress shots –

Wool half moons:
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These were lightly basted together to create the bust pads that fill out the area between the shoulder and the bust.

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Plaid Victorian: skirt & mock-up

Here is just mocking up the fabrics for the waistcoat and zuave jacket:

The edges of the zouave jacket will actually be cording covered in bias cut plaid matching the skirt but I just threw on a scrap of straight grain here.
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