This is the pattern we are using for my first sidesaddle riding suit. It is offered via Ageless Patterns, which can be found on 'My Favorite Web Stores' on the side bar of this blog. It is an exact replica of an antique pattern in every way. On the good side ~ it is historically correct. On the bad side ~ just as 19Th century horses were vastly different than they are now - also were 19Th century women!The pattern directions were very difficult to understand and we have had huge issues with the fit. The basic measurements were fine, but not only am I quite a bit taller (5'6") then women of that time, other measurements are different as well. One being the size of my upper arm! Not sure if it has to do with the fact that I am the one who hauls in the 800 to 1000 pounds of feed per week or if my arms are just fat..but when all else fit on the jacket pattern, the arm holes about cut off my circulation!
Here are some modern patterns by Butterick that can be used for riding costumes. The girl who has been sewing this suit for me actually had to use this bolero jacket pattern to modify the historical pattern to fit me.
Another Butterick pattern with a nice jacket design.
Even this more modern one could be used in the correct material.
Bet you did not know that Butterick even has a pattern for a corset...
....or for gloves!
The following are a couple of historic patterns I am very interested in for future riding costumes.
Well fitted high neck blouses are difficult, to say the least, to find today unless you have them custom made. Every single one I currently own does not fit around the neck. They are anywhere from 1 to 3 inches too large! I usually pin them tighter because the large neck opening looks sloppy to me.
The big puffy sleeves would obviously have to be minimized.
My next riding suit will have a jacket like this, with the top buttoning all the way up. It looks more formal and I believe, would be more suitable to evening classes. I would like to do one in either navy or chocolate brown in a light worsted wool fabric.It won't be long before you get to see my new suit. I am picking up the jacket today. I can hardly wait! I got the skirt last week and have even ridden in it, to make sure it felt and looked nice. I am VERY pleased!!!