Part One: The Research and Pattern
|Sketch of John Fontaine|
For the lining, I chose linen as it is the most common fabric used for this purpose. The buttons are gold-plated pewter cast from originals. The design, something like a sun with a number of rays emanating from it, seems to match closely with some of the originals in the paintings that I found. This time period saw many types of buttons besides metal, to include cloth covered and passementerie in particular. I opted out of further embellishments for a couple of reasons: one, it seems that in the portraits of individuals who wear velvet, there are only a couple examples with braiding (Sir Charles Shuckburgh being one)--most are plain with no trim or embroidery. The second reason is that, while Fontaine was a gentleman, I don't see him as someone so wealthy as a knight or magnate as to have a fully decked-out suit. I don't have a clothing inventory from him, so it's already a guess that he might have worn velvet; I'm going to keep it simple.
|From Leloire's Histoire du Costume|