Here are some details of my carriage dress. The fabric was bought from Busby Fabrics and is a silk taffeta in red, shot with purple.
The outfit is made in two pieces consisting of a skirt held up with braces and a jacket which can be worn on its own as a spencer.
Here is my inspiration.
I wanted to make an outfit which was military but not copying a uniform exactly. As in the period, the 'military' decoration is an interpretation. Details such as braiding are feminised.
Here is how I made the braiding. It is the exact same fabric as the outfit. I sewed a length of the silk cut on the bias, folded in half to form a tube. I used a rouleau turner to turn the taffeta to the right side then threaded through narrow piping cord. I made up the decoration into the design then stitched it to the garment.
Here are some details of the finished garment. At the back you can see a peplum. This seems to be a common feature on carriage dress. The sleeves are cut in one piece with the fabric extended at the top to allow for gathering.
The collar has strips of boning in the centre back and sides to support the height. There is also an interlining of linen to give it extra support and I ran a piece of wire all around the edge to keep the shape.
Some carriage outfits have a bodice in a different fabric attached to the skirt rather than braces.
Finally this is a great addition to my wardrobe as it can be two outfits in one!