1780-1782 Grey Riding Habit

An early 1780s Riding Habit


Inspiration & Resources

Useful Books & Links Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion: English Women's Dresses and Their Construction, c.1660-1860. New York: Drama Book, 1984.

Baumgarten, Linda. Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790. Williamsburg, Va.: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1999.

Waugh, Norah. The Cut of Women's Clothes. New York: Routledge, 1968.

The Couture Courtesean: Riding Habit Construction

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Now that I’ve shared some photos and some of the images that inspired it, here are some construction details for my early 1780s riding habit.