I've a new sewing project to occupy my snowy winter days--a new eighteenth century jacket for my mother. I promised it as a birthday gift, to replace a jacket and petticoat combo I made her years ago that a) does not fit properly any longer and b) has a slightly iffy print. It's passable, but imperfect.
The plan: Use a variation on JP Ryan's jacket pattern, which I've used in the past. Goes together like a dream. I'll have to adjust the size for my mom, but should be a simple enough task to rework:
I think I'll be using View B--Mom is kinda short, and I think that the later two styles (C and D) would look stumpy on her from the front. View B is a slightly earlier style, but for a lady of a certain age, is certainly not out of the question. And I like that the stomacher provides some leeway in sizing.
Mom will be picking her own fabric, but I may steer her toward a print from Reproduction Fabrics. I've been dying to try them out--some of their fabrics are ideal for 1770-1780. I have my eye on these two for something, if not this project: