• 1862 British Lady’s Visiting Suit

  • 1862 British Lady’s Visiting Suit

We present here a two piece plaid silk suit in orange, cream and mint green with raw silk trim bands and bishop under sleeves. The trim bands are enhanced by mint green satin ribbon edging.

The suit presented here was created for Mrs. Peter Burns of Dunwoody, Georgia for use as period costuming while working as a docent in an historical museum house. The suit pattern may be found in the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion volume 2 English Women’s dresses and their construction.

The skirt is comprised of five yards of silk with pieced in three inch trim bands edged in satin ribbon. The underskirt includes a silk taffeta bell shaped skirt with hooping in casings graduated to create the bell. Over this hoop is a second underskirt with 18 inch flounces that hide the banding usually caused by the understructure and the use of fine lightweight silks for the overskirt.

The jacket of the same plaid has raw silk trim bands for the hem and center front, and for the bishop under sleeve in the mandarin two piece sleeves. Small orange pearlescent buttons close the narrow cuffs. Silk cording frogs provide decorative closures with tiny hooks and eyes providing additional security. The collar is enhanced with a machine made lace collar piece.

The suit is lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear and would enhance any mid century social event.

Contact Designer John Richardson ​or Chris Piehler ​today for a complimentary consultation:

678-596-4019 /  letsicedance@aol.com