Man 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.
I 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.
I 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.