Purple Ladies Tailcoat
This jacket is a military uniform inspired, baroque/Victorian hybrid. It features a fairly low, square-cut neckline with a row of 10 metal buttons down the centre front. In the pictures, the top two buttons are left undone, creating small lapels. If you do up all the buttons the garment could even be worn simply as a top.
There are two, very small, welt pockets on the front waist line, perfect for storing a pocket-watch. PLEASE NOTE: The chain visible in the pictures is from a pocket watch that was used for styling the photographs and showing off the pockets and is not included in the purchase.
All the outer seams are top-stitched with a coppery-gold metallic thread, matching the lining and trim.
The sleeves are puffed at the shoulder but are quite fitted along the length of the arm, with a central pin-tuck for show. You could wear something long-sleeved underneath provided that it was fairly slim-fitting and not too bulky. The cuffs are cut in a full-circle and given extra flair by the inclusion of two layers of gathered, fine mesh tulle – one in pale gold and one in glittery copper. There are also multiple rows of metallic stitching on the outer layer.
The shoulder detail includes a woven trim along the seam as well as tiny, twinned pin-tucks towards both the front and back.
Small pleats radiate upward from the centre back waist, providing a fitted silhouette while allowing for some movement across the shoulders. An ornamental “epaulette” with swirly metallic stitching is fastened across the back waist seam with two metal dome buttons. The tail splits down the centre back about half way between the waist and hips.
Outer Fabric: 100% thin wale cotton corduroy in rich purple.
Lining (fully lined): 100% acrylic jacquard/brocade in coppery-gold with a paisley pattern.
The most fitted part of this jacket is the waist, which measures 69cm on the finished garment.
Washing / Garment care
Please note that this is not the type of garment you will be able to just throw in the washing machine. It will require specialist cleaning if it is to last.