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Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > What should I use as my base ?

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What should I use as my base ?
Making a special coat and not sure what to use.
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Date: 2/29/12 4:52 PM

I'm a professional theatrical costumer. My husband has always challanged me to make an 'art' piece each year. 2010 it was my updated 'Flamingo project' - see my reviews for details. 2011 I really didn't have much of one other than doing a new warm weather Flamingo doublet due to me being pregant with our daughter. Trust me it was nothing special art wise but tuned out nice.
For 2012 I want to finish the art project that was suppose to be for last year. My DH has fallen in love with the costume worn by the clockwork men from the Dr who episode "The girl in the fireplace". I've got 10 yards of a yummy plum velvateen to use on it, but I need to draft the pattern. This is where you come in. I can't decide what would be the best pattern to base it off of. Right now I'm hemming and hawing over either using the POTC simplicity pattern that i used as the base for the Flamingo project OR use the OOP Butterick Dicken's Suitcoat pattern OR just use as a starting point a modern vogue suit coat pattern and just adjust from there. each has it's merits but not sure where to start.
So, Suggestions?

PS: the daughter is going to be wearing a french revolution style dress for halloween. Nope this family is not spoiled one bit.

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Date: 2/29/12 6:26 PM

Stitch, I couldn't find a screencap from the actual episode, just images of the action figures (?), but since this is SUCH a special project, I'd splurge and buy a new pattern. For this, I'd pick between either the JP Ryan men's coat pattern (frock or overcoat) http://www.jpryan.com/gentspatterns.html .... or the Butterick Captain Hook pattern (http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t21/what-i-found/VintagePatterns/b3894-xs.jpg)

The JP Ryan would be more authentic (the episode took place just before the French Revolution), but the Captain Hook better resembles the ones I'm seeing from the episode. Is your Dickens coat B3648? I think that would take *even you* a lot more work than necessary to get to the right starting point.

Have fun!!




-- Edited on 2/29/12 6:27 PM --

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Date: 3/1/12 10:10 AM

I actually found an unusued Rocking horse company pattern that I had bought when I was 17. It is a German dragoon's uniform, and actually is nearly identical to what the DH wanted. It is based off a uniform from the same time period.

Link to an image of the outfit.
Look for picture number 5

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