Posts Tagged ‘caraco’

IMATEX goodies

April 15, 2012

Sanna K of Rococo Atelier kindly informed us that IMATEX is now working again! Thank you!

Here’s a new favorite:


August 26, 2011

Ok, it’s actually not entirely done (stomacher problems etc.), but since we took some photos and they turned out allright… ;D I want you to know that I am well aware that this look, with the tricorne and all, is not in any way historically correct – it’s not meant to be. Also, I did not have a mirror when dressing and I didn’t notice that it wasn’t very well fitted until I saw the photos when we came home. *Doh* Anywhooooo, I am EXTREEEEEEMELY pleased with myself!!!

New pet-en-l’air inspiration

May 19, 2011

Nicole of Diary of a Mantua Maker just posted an image of this loveliness:

Caraco (Pet-en-l'air) at LACMA

Now I really need to finish my outfit! At least if I want to use it this summer… =S

Stylish awesomeness

April 28, 2011

OMG! Have you seen this?

It’s too beautiful to describe! I love how the designer has taken the male style of fashion that we see in this time and given it a female shape, or taken the female shape of fashion and given it a  male style, or whatever, it’s so… awesome! The photographer says (in french, translated by me and google) that it is said to be from 1790 but may have been revisited in 1890. I don’t care! I want it!!!
   Now I need to finish my outfit! ^^;

New inspiration!

October 9, 2009

Have you noticed how good the MET are at putting up new pieces in the costume institute’s online collections? I totally adore them – they should get a price or something!!! ❤
   At breakfast today I had a cup of tea and a new look at the MET’s online collections – and to my total exultation I found a new pet-en-l’air to inspire my work. It’s labeled “Jacket (Caraco)” but don’t you think it should say pet-en-l’air? S=/

New pet-en-l'air

Notice the super cute printed cotton! Have to have!
   I’m also noticing the lack of trim at the bottom… I was considering leaving that out on my own pet-en-l’air, but I thought it might not look very good – this kinda confirms my thoughts; it’s the only thing on this piece that I don’t like all that much. I’m trimming the bottom of my pet-en-l’air!

Oh, and about that lecture I went to: It was fun – but you didn’t miss much. One hour was a short lecture considering they went through 300 years of wedding and coronation fashion history. All the costumes they showed pictures of will be exhibited at Livrustkammaren in Stockholm in May 2010 – so look fowared to that instead! =)

More inspirational striped pet-en-l’airs

February 23, 2009

I googled “pet-en-l’air” once again for some reason a couple of days ago and found just what I have been looking for since I started! Surviving examples of pet-en-l’airs with striped fabrics – like the fabric I’m using! They’re so darn beautiful I think I might have an episode!

So far I have been a bit cautious with a lot of my ideas for the project – looking for picture evidence or evidence in surviving pieces before I decide on what I’m going to do. One thing that had been bothering me was that I couldn’t find any evidece of pet-en-l’airs in striped fabrics. And we all know how picky they were in that time, was there a “style law” that said “no striped en-l’airs!”? I wouldn’t want to do such a great faux-pas! But here they are!!! I’m so excited! =D
   Now… I wonder if they usually had petticoats in different colored fabrics or in the same as the top… Hmm…
   The site where I found them – Hysterical Costumer – was a nice new addition to my favourites folder also, so go check it out! =)

Antique tempresses

January 3, 2009

Just came home from a day well spent at my parents-in-law’s, sat down in front of the computer to feed my current and steadily growing addiction of the 18th century – not that I wasn’t addicted before, but right now everything I do seems to have a connection to this project!
   Anywhooooos! I spent the day thinking of techniques for the emdoidery for the stomacher, browsing my mother-in-law’s, Kristina’s, books on textile handicrafts and embroidery. I have been thinking a lot of ahat kind of fabric I should use as a bottom for the embroidery, what color it should be – if it should match the robe or the petticoat, should I make it to match bothe the first fabric and the second? When I came home I browsed my images of antique dresses to see what was most common and then I yet again searched the net for new influences. I sumbled upon this little temptress of a very short pet-en-l’air:


Isn’t she goooorgeous? I feel very tempted to make my first pice very much like this! Found her on the Mancheseter Art Gallery’s site: (go directly to the full item description by clicking the image).

And how about this little beauty?


I can’t tell if it’s a pet-en-l’air or caraco or what ever – but it is certainly absolutely gorgeous! Love that it over all is so simple while the ruffles on the arms are more elaborated. Found at (go directly to the full item description by clicking the image).

And another very inspiring piece is this jacket:


It’s nothing like what I’m planning, and it’s early 18th century, but I love the shape of it, the fabric, the colors and the sleeeeeeeves!!! ❤ From the same site as above (go directly to the full item description by clicking the image).
   I found links to these pieces at another site I actually hadn’t visited so far, or I think I visited it but didn’t pay attention to the vast collection of links to these antique objects. I think I doubled the size of my 18th century fashion folder, hehe ^^; The site is: – creds to them! =D



December 7, 2008

So, a very friendly girl with similar interests in 18th century clothing as me; Johanna (her blog), commented on my last blog entry and notified me that the “caraco”-type dress I was going for was called pet-en-l’air.
   That I can tell you was some very helpful information – so thank you again Johanna! =D

Thoughts about the dress/jacket

December 7, 2008

So, the petticoat will be made out of the goldish fabric and making a skirt is simple enough. But the design and pattern of the “robe” is something I really hade to think hard and long about. I only have that bit of fabric, I bought it second hand and I don’t know if I can find more with the exact pattern and colors. =/
   I think I’ll have to make a caraco jacket, which kinda (after my research) is like an ordinary robe à la française or anglaise but shorter. If I start with the top (the bodice part) I can just make the skirt part as long as the fabric allows. I would very much like to have the trail draping (watteau folds?) of a robe a la francaise, but I don’t know if the amount of fabric would allow that. =/

This closely resembles what I had in mind:


Most vintage caraco jackets I’ve found pictures of around the net go together fully in the front, without stomacher But it looks like this one has a stomacher. It also has that draping (watteau folds?) in the back! So I think I can justify my combining the stomacher with a caraco jacket as pretty time-typical by refering to this image, hehe ^^;
   This looks to be of the time of the later half of the century where women started to cover up their bosoms, sleeves grew longer, the hip width shrinked and the bum grew. So I’m faced with a dilemma; I want the deep décolletage and the wide hips with the pocket hoops! =/
   Oh well, I’ll do a litte more detailed research, hehe. <D

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