Tell me if you think this coat would make a great Steampunk style coat. It's 1812, taken from an original garment, which was a beautiful black wool satin. Even after all these years in storage, it's beauty shines. It was lining and quilted with lambs wool. Which wouldn't have been much help in a Canadian winter, but it was what they had.
The reproduction is wool worsted. Beautiful Italian wool. It drapes well. The pleating on the back panel was a a challenge. To control the stingy fabric, I tried it several ways. Finally, I opted to use the bias, which resulted in softer pleats.
The sleeves we the next challenge. All the fashion plated showed a very short upper sleeve. Well, making that work with the size of the a hole proved difficult. You see, in 1812 , armholes were tiny. I couldn't see it working for our modern gals. So I enlarged it a bit. Then I had to fake the upper sleeve a bit, ending it high and not carrying it all the way around the armhole. There are two layers to the sleeve,plus the lining. All help anchor and form the shape.