Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pumpkin Riding Habit

From the seller:



Neck circumference:

Shoulder from sleeve to sleeve:

Sleeve inseam:



Length from collar to waist:


Good structural integrity, some areas of wear on collar, scattered small moth holes, some discoloration on shoulder. See photos.

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From Me:

As you can see, the seller basically said...nothing.

This is a pumpkin colored wool - most likely- and velvet with a silk net - most likely- insert. The style is that of an 1850's riding habit but with the peplum cut off - which is common for the Civil War era garments. They are just 1850's pieces that are redone.

Mid 1850's Fashion Plate from Corsets and Crinolines
The center lady is wearing a habit very similar to the extant one.  The main different really is the lack of a peplum/basque waist.   The shaping, the sleeves, and even the insert are all very similar.

Found at In the Swan's Shadown, October 1865

The lady in the center wearing the cream and blue outfit has a bodice that is similar shaped to the extant one except for the sleeves.  I wouldn't be surprised if something like this fashion plates was the inspiration for revamping the old riding habit.  

I wish the seller included at least the measurements but alas, no.


  1. Well, fooled me - I would have put this at early 1900s. I guess the silly falling-off-the-shoulder sleeve placement did not apply to sportswear? Anyway - I love the shape of the lapels.

    1. All the Edwardian ones I've seen are double breasted and wouldn't have had the false silk net front.

    2. Ah - I just thought the jacket was displayed over a dickie or blouse. Interesting with the false front insert.