The apron is then double interlined and then finished with a heavy cloth lining. This material Red collar, double vent. One hand on the rein, one hand out (and usually down) creates a better balance, keeps you in the saddle and is actually safe and secure. Again, transfer the darts and notches on the lining’s right side. It has 5 brass buttons and tailor’s stitching details on pocket flaps and front edges. Place the ready stirrup at the place marked on the pattern and sew it on. parts cut out in top fabric and lining, ready for sewing, darts sewn and the lining being trimmed to reduce bulk, curved seam with bulk removed and notched to allow for movement, he neck is too high, and a dart is needed, sleeve inserted- the detail of gathered sleeve head, binding sewn, preparing for trimming the inside fabric to match the edge, collar sewn and inside pinned, ready for handstitching. Both arrangements were used at the time. It is easy to make (7 strand braid – I have done 8 and 5 strands before), but the required length meant there were some complications. The right hand by the side also means you can grasp the baance strap or saddle if you need to. Skirt has pink and gold cord at bottom edge to match jacket. Jul 12, 2016 - Explore Reinwear Equestrian Sewing Pat's board "Side Saddle Habit Pattern" on Pinterest. Sew the darts on each leg, using the same method as the darts on the skirt: sew, open, trim, press, overcast. The Sophie side saddle habit. Also available in Brown, tan, green, burgundy, Or, for a faster ride, they sat behind a man riding pillion (still practiced in Tudor times). You can baste on a machine or by hand, hand basted shown here. The collar – pin the layers together (here 2 layers of wool and 2 of interlining) and sew. We simply love this here at Showtime Tailoring. Run a basting stitch half an inch from the top. Fold the ends in and whipstitch together, then proceed to stitching the waistband to the inside of the trousers, hiding the seam. Here I decided to keep the pocket between the layers, looks nicer. Darts like that were used in 18. It will be noticeable with the skirts on too…. Simply couldn’t find one that would work well as most of the braids nowadays contain rayon etc. 3.5m of wool (broadcloth, twill, etc, medium to heavy weight) colour – blues, greens, black and greys were favoured, with lighter colours being worn in summer or in hotter climates. Insert the sleeve into the armhole, pin it safely – and if you plan to have the sleeve head slightly gathered (like mine – gives me that little extra freedom of movement! Habit was dry cleaned prior to delivery to TSS. trying on the mock up for the first time. One of the articles ( well, two in one, actually) I originally wrote for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d – It is a long and a detailed tutorial, hopefully targeted at folks who would like to make their own stuff… I do make historical habits as  commissions, if you are interested, please check my website! That's me in the green costume on the grey (white) horse! waist: 23.5”  knee: 16”  drop: 23.5” So I placed my top pieces on top of lining, pinned them together even before I  started cutting the lining out – as a result they are ready for sewing the moment you finish cutting. Skirt is full, not an apron, but could be modified for safety by opening a side seam. However, with the side saddles with a pommel, it was possible for a lady to ride independently. Place the lining parts on the corresponding parts of the top fabric, pin and baste together, as you did with the skirt. Having said so, they were not worn on their own and are very comfortable for riding, so a good trade-off here. They are the scariest pair of pants I own, and I do have a few. Loop above single button, missing matching hook. Carolyn Penna Allow 3-4 weeks for special order. and a few pics from another occasion, showing the habit in motion.. Victoria and Albert Museum online archive, Lucy Johnson, 19th Century Fashion in Detail, V&A Publishing, 2009, Rhonda C. Watts Hettinger The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Sidesaddle, Sidesaddle Source, Wilton, New Hampshire, 2009, Vena Cava Design, http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/1880s-1890s_Riding_Habit_Ensemble.html?q=riding habit, Gina Barrett, Making braids and Cords, DVD, Gina Barrett, Continuous Frog Fasteners, Your Wardrobe Unlock’d, 2012; http://yourwardrobeunlockd.com/costumemaking/fabricsamaterials/601-continuous-frog-fasteners, Jill Salen, Corset: historical patterns and construction; Batsford, 2008. But with the invention of the second pommel, the leaping head, it has suddenly become possible to stay on, quite comfortably so, over all kinds of jumps, fences or ditches.