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Not even the weapons of Erra and the scornful ghosts of the Innsbrucker Schneiderkunst can stop this madness.

The inside of a white cotton jacket with many visible modifications and unfinished seams

The armpit of the second mockup after a series of … interventions.


The front, upper back, and lower back of a white cotton jacket cut apart and laid on the floot

The second mockup disassembled and ready to take a pattern from

A line drawing of the body of a jacket with a large armhole laid out as a pattern

Adrien Harmand’s pattern for an original garment with this cut. Scan by Le Rozier des Guerres

A paper pattern weighted down with books and laid atop a partially cut piece of brown linen

Part way through cutting the lining

Piles of cut cloth for a jacket on a tabletop, with two types of cloth per pile

The inner and middle layers piled ready to insert the stuffing

Two layers of the upper sleeve laid upon a table, coarse linen up, with a line of coarse white thread near one edge

Basting to prevent the stuffing from shifting during quilting. Modern conveniences like quilt batting (replacing raw cotton) have modern inconveniences.