Unveiling The New Sack Suit!

It’s been a good time out at No. 11 this weekend and especially since it gave me an opportunity to wear my new sack suit for the first time. 🙂 Constructed of a brown houndstooth linen fabric, this suit is based on styles of the 1880s-1890s and is meant for wear in warmer climates such as those found in the Southwest. This was a collaborative effort between the two of us, me handling the canvas preparation for the two jacket fronts and construction work on the collar while Karin handled assembly and overall finishing. Due to various commitments,  construction didn’t start until last weekend, effectively giving me only a week to get it down- no pressure there! 😉

The finished product on Allen Street.

Below are a few construction pictures- unfortunately, due to time constraints, we were unable to take more detailed construction pictures.

One of the canvas front panels before mounting to the fashion fabric front. This side will be facing “out”.

The left fashion fabric front. This will eventually be mounted to the canvas.

Interior work on the undercollar. For a crisp edge, the haircloth interlining is deliberately trimmed so as to leave only the fashion fabric (which has been flatlined with a light cotton shirting).

The fronts slowly take shape along with the sleeves.

Finishing the cuffs.

As we assemble our various pictures, we’ll update this post a bit. 🙂

Some More On The Frock Coat…

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted in regard to men’s wear so here’s something that should remedy this. During the late 19th Century, the frock coat was one of the basics of men’s wardrobe, serving as both a garment formal as well as an everyday business coat. Just to set the stage, here’s an example of the frock coat in everyday use, albeit by way of a painting by Renoir:

Edgar Renoir At The Stock Exchange, 1878 – 1879

And for an extant example:

Frock Coat & Trousers, c. 1876; Kansas State University Museum (KSUM 1986.41.2 ab)

Compared to the 1850s/1860s version, this frock coat is tailored, following the lines of the human body in smooth, somewhat relaxed fashion.

Putting Fabric To Work…

I decided to use some of the magnificent yardage we’ve acquired on our trips to Europe to work and so here’s a shirt that I made utilizing an interesting cotton shirting that I found in London last year. This is a standard men’s shirt, circa 1880s-early 1900 that I just finished. Time to make a fashion statement the next time I’m in Tombstone!

First, the shirt (the camera really makes the colors pop)…

And the original fabric…