The Introduction of Tailoring to the Man’s Costume
Draping a Mid-EighteenthCentury Coat As the century progressed, the fullness in the skirt of the man’s coat moved toward the back. By 1775, the pleating diminished to just a few narrow pleats at the SB seam and the CF edge had become curved open beginning at chest level.
1. Cut or rip a piece of muslin a few inches longer than the man’s shoulder-to-waist measurement plus his waist-to-below knee measurement. Use the entire width of the forty-five-inch-wide muslin. 2. Begin draping the CF seam all the way down to the bottom of the dress form (or in the case of a dress form with legs, drape down as far as the CF seam remains on the SOG). Drape the neckline. By the middle of the century, the shoulder seam had become angled back as it travelled from the neckline to the armhole. Drape the shoulder seam in this manner.