This playful creation, made during lockdown, is informed by a Georgian child’s jacket, circa 1780. Its many historical details include: an antique, tea-stained silk ribbon waist stay, buttoned bracelet sleeves, shaped tabs along the hem (edged with Victorian olive silk ribbon) and to offset the fine hand-stitching throughout, ‘temporary’ baste stitches. It also features a patched, original block print on the inside back panel which marks the strange times we’re living in. The print is of a house within a cage. However, the image offers hope - look closely and you’ll see the cage door is ajar; a promise of freedom. True to the child’s original, the jacket is cropped with a relaxed neckline. It has a two button front and a ribbon detail in one buttonhole. Made in an artisanal wool & linen herringbone, the jacket is lined in calico. As with all our garments, there is a block-printed maker’s label on the inside. The size is Medium (10-12) and the piece is a genuine one-off. It was created by Janet Tristram at Bonfield in West Dorset.
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