3.4.10

Columbia Tailcoat + Top Hat

My tailcoat is based on a modified version from McCall pattern #8701 - darts were removed, center back seam added, the 2 sleeve pieces combined into 1, lapels and tails were reshaped, and dropped in a full lining.

The top hat is store-bought and the fabric was applied in 3 pieces (top, side and brim). The black grosgrain ribbon hides the fabric ends.

Top Hat (Front)

Tailcoat (Front)

Tailcoat (Back)

Top Hat (Inside)

5 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous. The hat is particularly impressive!

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  2. Thanks Richy! I finally went back and blogged my hat details... only took me a few months!

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  3. So I guess my first question is: about how much did you spend making this? I'm a columbia myself, and I may be entering into making this very soon.

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  4. I've paid up to $80/yd for the sequin fabric and it usually takes me about 3 yards to make the tail coat and top hat if the fabric is at least 45" wide, plus a half yard of the black for the lapels. The hat form I use is $8, and the lining and buttons are negligible.

    If you're patient and resourceful you may come across the fabric on clearance. Dance shops often carry sequin fabric. I don't know of online sources anymore.. Magic Makers is out and I don't think they are going to reorder it. Larry is looking at the possibility of having it made (he has the bustier fabric). Fingers crossed!!

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  5. Im an very interested in a Columbia costume, perhaps even purchasing the whole thing and have it made for me. I would love to make it myself but fear I never have the amount of time needed to be involved with making the costume. Any suggestions? Or can you help? Anything at all would be fabulous! I am in complete awe of you and your abilities! Way to go!

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