my artist friend, michael bedard, who commissioned this suit, a reproduction of the suit that george washington is wearing in this photo, circa 1772, has been very patient with the slow progress i've been making. that was part of our arrangement - i didn't need to feel rushed or pressured. but things suddenly changed in the middle of march, the same week as the girls' musical, which i was sewing for, and the same week that i needed to alter a wedding dress, and a hundred other things, and he suddenly and unexpectedly was leaving town and needed to take the suit with him.
this suit has been a tremendous amount of work, as all of the stitching of any type that shows has been done by hand. but it has also been a joy to work on. i sewed furiously to get it (almost) done, and it left town, and will return soon for the finishing touches.it is all wool and linen with pewter buttons - very heavy!
The photos aren't the best - i needed more light, but wanted to take the photos before the suit left.