Amalia Jacket 1775-1795
This a digital PDF download. See 'About Your PDF' below for more details.
Sizes 30-52 in 3 size packs:
Based on fashionable jackets styles worn in the last quarter of the 18th century, the Amalia Jacket is the perfect mix-and-match addition to your costuming and reenactment wardrobe.
Both views have a fitted bodice designed to be pinned closed at the front, curved side and back seams which flare out in pleats on the jacket's skirt, slim two-piece sleeves, and the slightly higher neckline seen in extant garments of the 1780s.
View A features a longer skirt joined to the bodice at the waist with box pleats at the back and knife pleats at the sides, a smooth bodice front, and three-quarter length sleeves.
View B features a shorter 'pierrot' style skirt, a cutaway front, and full length sleeves.
Mix and match sleeves, skirt lengths, and front styles for a variety of looks.
Jackets with longer fuller skirts, like View A, are most common in fashion plates from 1775 to 1785, although there are examples into the 1790s. Jackets with cutaway fronts and shorter skirts, like View B, are more common in fashion plates from 1780-1795, although there are some earlier examples. Both styles were worn by poorer and less fashionable women( often as secondhand garments) up until the end of the 18th century.
Outer: light and midweight cottons with printed patterns, and light and midweight silks with woven patterns. Consult extant garments for examples of prints and weaves that were used in period.
Lining: light to midweight linen (most common) or block printed cotton (less common) or light-midweight silk (least common)
Elisabeth is wearing View A in Size 38 in blue & white floral chintz.
Jenni is wearing View B in Size 36 in blue-green silk taffeta with a white silk satin front panel. Her jacket has been shortened 1/2" / 1.2cm in the torso, and 1" in the arms to match her petite height.
About your PDF:
This pattern is a digital download. Once you complete your purchase you’ll be sent an email with a link to download a zip file containing your printable files. You’ll need to open it on a computer: the zip file will not open on phones and tablets.
The Amalia Jacket zip contains the following files:
- Instructions: 27 pages
- Print-At-Home Pattern: 36 pages (Size Pack A); 42 pages (Size Packs B & C)
- Copyshop Pattern: 2 A0 page
- Printing Instructions: 2 pages
- Fitting Guide: 7 pages
A paper version of the Amalia Jacket pattern is available through Virgil's Fine Goods in the USA.
Tutorials & Pattern Hacks
How to make your own silk ribbon - perfect for a bust bow for the Amalia
Additional Historical Information:
- The inspiration behind the Amalia Jacket
- Horizontal or vertical? Sleeve stripes on 1770s-90s gowns and jackets