A Costume Update, The Privateer’s Coat

The Privateer's CoatMan the Capstan’s latest costume, The Privateer’s Coat, came about quite by accident.  I was browsing through some patterns on the internet and came across a Burda numbered 2459. This is a pirate’s or french type court coat and I immediately fell in love with it and had to make it.

The one pattern comes with all the sizes which is definitely a nice feature and so I decided to purchase this. I have not sewn with a lot of Burda patterns but this is definitely a great one.  I don’t suggest that someone who has not sewn a lot use this however, since the instructions do take for granted that the seamstress has a certain amount of knowledge and skill.  Still this pattern sewed up very well and the pieces all came together perfectly.

I have had for a number of years about three metres of a vintage fabric in my closet that I really didn’t have any plans for until I acquired this pattern and the vision for this coat.  My mother-in-law had a garage sale about five years ago that my husband and I helped  out at.  Among the things for sale was an almost unused tapestry gold and green bed covering that she never used and that she had decided to part with.

Various views of the Privateer's CoatI love beautiful fabrics and asked her if I might rescue it and take it home with me. She seemed please that I liked it and let me have it.  At the time I didn’t know what I would do with it but it was lovely, rich and exotic and I knew I must keep it. Something perfect was bound to turn up for it and of course something did. In my boxes of sewing goodies I had some beautiful metallic lace and I also had two dozen brass anchor buttons.  That was all I needed to complete my vision for this coat.

The Privateer's Coat is Gender FreeI have named this The Privateer’s Coat, but it would also serve extremely well as a governor’s or french nobleman’s court coat, I can quite easily imagine it worn with a pair of buff breeches, buckled shoes and a powdered wig. The other really awesome thing about this coat is that it can be worn by a man or a woman.  Sometimes it’s more fun to be a man and this gives one an option or two.

I am also going to use this post to introduce the latest Man the Capstan song.  It is a very old Irish tune called “The Water Is Wide” recorded by Johanna. Click the “play” button below to hear it! The lyrics are included below, as well.

The water is wide, I cannot get over
And neither have I wings to fly,
Give me a boat that’ll carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.

Where love is planted, oh there it grows,
It grows and blossoms like a rose;
It has a sweet and pleasant smell,
No flower on earth can it excel.

The ship there is, and she sails the sea
She’s loaded deep as deep can be,
But not so deep as the love I’m in;
I know not if I sink or swim.

The water is wide, I cannot get over
And neither have I wings to fly,
Give me a boat that’ll carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.


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