I've made a getting dressed video for my 1730's suit!
I took these photos a while ago, but wanted to wait until I'd finished the video to do the blog post on them.
When I posted these photos on social media a while back someone asked me how long the whole outfit took, and since I kept time sheets for most of the garments I was able to get an approximate number.
Coat: 100:33 (mostly hand sewn, with a few select bits done by machine. There are 79 buttonholes and 47 buttons and they took up nearly half that time.)
Breeches: 34:53 (Also mostly by hand, with a few machine seams.)
Waistcoat: 61 hours exactly. (Entirely by hand)
Shirt: 37 hours initially, but later I re-did the cuffs and added new ruffles with tiny little rolled hems, which would bump that up to at least 45.
Neck stock: Didn’t keep a time sheet for this or write a blog post, oops, but it’s a pretty simple little thing that was maybe about 2 hours. Also partly by machine and partly by hand. I’ll keep better track next time I make one.
Queue bag: 3 hours. It’s all by hand, but very small and simple.
Shoe alteration: Ehh, in total about 5 hours maybe? Spread out over a few days because glue had to dry.
Grand total: Approximately 244 hours for the entire suit! Not including research, pattern drafting, or mockup fitting, so if you include all that it's probably closer to 300.
A lot of those hours were spent hand sewing while listening to and partially watching various videos and shows, which I think slows me down a bit, but it’s a more pleasant way to spend the time than just sewing in silence. I also did the shirt a few years ago - back before I learned how to use a thimble, so I’d be considerably faster now.
Hopefully sometime this year I'll get some outdoor photos too!