I picked up some upholstery fabric that looked a bit like dupioni and some great flower-shaped buttons, all I really needed for this project. I then realized I didn't have enough buttons and had to exchange them for something I could get more of. Oops.
I still had an old mock-up of the pattern, and it still fit. So I just dove right into cutting and sewing. I did the majority of it in one day. When I went to sew my buttonholes, I planned to do the expedient thing and make them on the machine. Well this fabric was NOT having it. So I had to learn how to do hand-stitched buttonholes for the first time. They took an embarrassingly long time, but I'm very happy with the way they turned out. I used pearl cotton thread and this fantastic how-to.
The rest of the pants I'm pretty pleased with, although they are a smidge tight. If I did them again, I would build plackets into the knees so they could be opened up and buttoned back down. I might still open up the side seams before next May and at least give myself a bit more bending movement.
Fabric: Upholstery fabric, cotton/poly blend
Pattern: Something my design teacher gave me approximately a million years ago
Year: Late 18th century
How historically accurate is it? I believe the original pattern was a period pattern, but of course I'm using a machine, and a serger because the fabric unraveled if you breathed on it. The buttons are metal at least, and the buttonholes hand-stitched
Hours to complete: Most of a Saturday, and interminable age for the buttonholes.
First worn: Just to model, although they will definitely get some use next May.Total cost: $45ish
And the result:
Modeled with my first Georgian corset, an old chemise, and a quick-and-dirty pomp.
From the back
A better shot of the fall-front
One of our next door neighbors stopped by to say hi.