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(I posted this as a comment on the Garrison Commander post, but hopefully the forum will be a better place to ask this! Or maybe there will be an offshoot category for general historical outfit construction? I can move it.)
Wondering about the lacing — was the idea that it can help save fabric if you need to take the waistcoat in/let it out? (Like, no need to sew a completely new one just for loosening/tightening.)
I’m adding in Theresa’s comment too: “I’m also wondering about the lacing: is it to make it wearable by someone who’s broader/rounder than Jamie? Sort of an 18th-c. one-size-fits-all garment?”
It’s hard searching online for an explanation since when I search “men’s waistcoats 18th century” or similar, I mostly find fancy upperclass versions since more of those exist as museum pieces. I did notice that the French TV character Nicolas le Floch (middle class, 1760s) also wears a laced-back waistcoat as well as a common “uniform” piece.
Does anyone have thoughts? Or suggestions for search terms? 😉 Thanks all.
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