Charlotte Mantle 1770-1795
This a digital PDF download. See 'About Your PDF' below for more details.
Sizes S-XL (bust 30'' / 76cm - 52'' / 132cm) This pattern is very flexible, and can easily fit sizes above and below this range.
The Charlotte Mantle is a gorgeous way to keep warm and add an elegant layer to your late 18th century costumes, and is an equally fun accessory for modern outfits. This chic mantle is based on images and extant examples of fashionable mantles worn in the last three decades of the 18th century. Similar mantles were worn by less fashionable women well into the 19th century.
View A is a longer mantle with short wide lappets.
View B is a shorter mantle with long narrow lappets.
Both views can be made with or without a medium sized hood with fan pleating which creates fullness at the back of the hood.
The Charlotte can be made lined or unlined. The pattern includes instructions for a pleated trim.
Like all Scroop + Virgil's Fine Goods patterns the Charlotte Mantle pattern includes detailed user-friendly instructions on making the mantle using historical techniques, as well as extensive additional historical information about the fabrics, notions and techniques used..
Want more mantles? The Charlotte also comes in a combined pattern with our other 18th century mantle patterns, the Marie and the Sophia. Get all three patterns for the price of two! Click here to go to the combined pattern.
Outer Fabric: silk taffeta and satin, figured silks. Midweight fulled wools. Sheer silks, sheer linens and sheer cottons including embroidered muslin for unlined versions. Printed cottons for lined versions.
Lining: Light-midweight silks including silk satin, lightweight taffetas, and silk lustring/lutestring. Cotton and wool mantles sometimes had cotton or linen linings or part-linings.
Leimomi is 5'8'' and a Size 38. She wears a View A Charlotte with hood in Size M in embroidered Indian muslin in white. She wears her Charlotte over a View B Angelica gown in striped silk taffeta.
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 Charlotte Mantle zip contains the following files:
- Instructions: 24 pages
- Print-At-Home Pattern: 23 pages
- Copyshop Pattern: 2 A0 page
- Printing Instructions: 2 pages
A paper version of the Charlotte Mantle pattern is available through Virgil's Fine Goods in the USA.
Tutorials & Pattern Hacks
How to make your own silk ribbon - perfect for the mantle ties
How to bind the neck edge of hoodless Marie & Charlotte mantles with ribbon - another fun finish to the mantle if you don't want to use the binding pieces included with the pattern.
Additional Historical Information:
18th century mantle inspiration: a pinterest board
The inspiration behind the Charlotte Mantle: primary source patterns and period images