This Victorian paletot is the first coat I’ve sewn and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! 😀
I used gray fulled 100% wool fabric – so the paletot coat is waterproof. I’ve already worn it in rain, snow and wind – and stayed warm and dry.
My coat is mainly inspired by this 1857 spring paletot.
As usual, I drafted the pattern myself. I also made a muslin to adjust the fit.
The coat is closed with three large metal buttons. The other three buttons are just fake (not working) buttons.
The paletot coat has sloping shoulders, which are typical of Victorian clothing.
The Victorian paletot has princess seams. I’m especially proud that the princess coat fits so well without a waist seam (it wasn’t easy to adjust the fit of the toile 😉 ). The fit of coats with a waist seam are easier to adjust.
The Victorian coat is so comfortable to wear – warm, waterproof and not too heavy – that I wear it as everyday coat with everyday clothing.
I didn’t have a Victorian bonnet that is suitable for the 1850s. I just have an 1840s bonnet, an 1860s hat and an 1850s bonnet for dressy summer clothes. So I made a makeshift Victorian winter hood with my knitted lace loop scarf.
My makeshirt Victorian winter bonnet is inspired by knitted Victorian traveling or winter hoods: 1862 Daisy travelling or winter hood, 1862 knitted opera hood from Godey’s Lady’s Book, the beautiful 1858 Sortie cap from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1863 knitted capote and a Victorian tintype of a woman wearing a scarf hood.
Victorian photographs and fashion plates of similar coats: 1860s coat still with pagoda sleeves (photograph), 1849 coat (colored fashion plate) and 1850s/60s coat with large buttons and pagoda sleeves (photograph).
You can find even more Victorian coats on my pinterest board: 1840-60s outerwear and shoes