I like the look of these coat and cape/pelerine combiantions from the 1840's. Which sometimes even seem to have an attached hood (1844's purple coat). I would love to make one of those but I don't have enough fabric and I need it to be wearable with my 1850's and 1860's costume as well.
Here are some jackets that I like from 1850's-1860's. I especially like the 1857 red jacket with fur worn by Princess Eugenie.
|1860's paletot pattern by Period Impressions
I have bought 1860's paletot pattern by Period Impressions years ago but it takes up an awful lot of fabric and in my opinion is very unelegant.
A while ago I found this really cool free pattern for a authentic 1848's Victorian coat on-line. You can find it at Marmota's Dress Diaries. The sewalong has been over for quite some time but ofcourse the pattern is still very useful.
|Original 1848 jacket.
I printed and taped it together December last year.Yesterday I bought a really cheap fabric to make a mock-up model. The pattern goes together really well and doesn't take up a lot of fabric. I made a size 16 (42) with a piece of fabric about 2m long and 150 wide. For me it runs a little small, especially because I want the pieces in front to meet and it needs to be lined. Time for me to try and make some alterations to the pattern.
My current plan is to make a red woollen1850's style coat which than can be worn with or without the red woollen pelerine/capelet with hood. (Maybe I'll take the hood off) Making the coat and cape pretty versatile in my costume closet.