Pelisse Please


by Sarah Elwick

I have been busy developing my first piece for this exhibition, based on a traditional silk Pelisse from c.1820 that I saw at the ‘Dress for Excess’ exhibition at the Royal Pavillion in Brighton. The Pelisse was a high-waisted, or ‘Empire line’ full length coat, usually worn by women in the early 19th century. I really love the contoured shaping of the bodice, and the interesting flap detailing along the seams, and want to re-interpret this in a knitted garment.

Gold Silk Pelisse c.1820

Below is an insight into my making process, and how I develop my garment silhouette ideas, and knitted fabrics, based on the original garment.

Silhouette ideas & development

Toile pattern pieces

Knitted fabric development and construction ideas


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