“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?'” P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster once remarked and his reliable manservant responded, “The mood will pass, sir.” Without a doubt breeches represent a key part of any pre-Victorian outfit and indeed have not been unknown in following decades since.
Fortunately the reenactment world is filled with dedicated craftsman who, through the magic of the internet, can hand tailor you any era or design in any fabric you wish for a suprisingly reasonable price. You also benefit from their expertise so that whatever your event you know you will be supplied with an authentic look. Don’t settle for elasticated or false-fastening imitations but try some of these designs made with fabric-covered buttons and a whole lot of care.
Regency – GownsandGlory – £125.00 (UK)
“My design has been to create beautiful Regency replica gowns that look and fit like your real clothes. No ill fitting, fancy dress looking costumes here. As I drew up my patterns, I kept in mind natural, wearable lines that flatter the figure and are comfortable to wear. I take great care in my work from design to finished product and only list items that I myself would be happy to receive.
What you see in the picture is exactly what you get. Each garment is hand made by myself here in my UK Norfolk workshop.”
“Historically accurate with buttoned fall-front and knee plackets; hip pockets, adjustable laced back-gusset; brass knee buckles. Breeches such as these were worn by all social classes – colour and quality of cloth denoted social standing,” says OldCuriosityCostumes. “We make a looser-fitting version for 17th century or earlier re-enactment groups. Please see our listing in the ‘Puritan’ range or contact us for details and price. If you have a particular character from history or fiction in mind we will research and ensure the style is suitable.”
After being inspired by the film Casanova starring Heath Ledger the Costume Rag has ordered from this maker before with impressive results. The process was friendly, helpful and quick for a pair of breeches in luxurious tan velvet.
SatinShadowDesigns $150 (US)
“These fall front breeches are historically accurate in style and construction, and are the perfect addition to your Gentleman’s wardrobe for both the 18th Century and English Regency.” SatinShadowDesigns warns that each pair is custom made to order and so you should allow 2 – 3 weeks for delivery. Click the link to buy or view more.
Don’t you just love that tight grasp around the knees? “The trousers in the photos are made from a wool silk blend material with a 100% cotton lining,” says AnotherEraByEmma. There is a pocket at either side, a pocket for a pocket watch in the waist band and a gusset at the back which can be tightened or loosened with the fastening cord/ribbon.”