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How to order #009: Double-Breasted Summer Paletot with Flap Pockets:
Fashionable Circa 1847-1856.


#009: Double-Breasted Summer Paletot $33.00 (US dollars)

The popularity of the paletot in the mid-19th century is without question. Farid Chemoune, author of A History of Men's Fashion, quotes La Fashion which lamented in 1840, "Paletots, yet more paletots, more paletots still! They have become more fashionable for every class, for every hour of the day, for every occasion." The paletot is cut with a separate side-body, which makes it fit the body closely. Because it fits the body closely it replaces a frock coat.

The pattern contains a brief history of the paletot from the 1840's-1870's which describes the difference between a paletot and a frock coat: hand sewing instructions, alterations and sewing instructions in 11 well-illustrated steps.

Order the pattern in one of the Three Chest Sizes: Sizes 34"-38", Sizes 40"- 46", and Sizes 48"- 54".

The Fabric Requirements are for a man who stands 5'6" tall. Add 2"-4" for every 1" of height above 5'6". Sizes 34"-38" require 4-7/8 Yds., sizes 40"-44" require 5-1/3 Yds., sizes 48"-54" require 6 Yds. of 45" wide fabric.

Fashion Fabric Suggestions: Bottom Weight Fabrics in Cotton prints, satin weave (natural and white), seersucker (blue/white, brown/white, black/white) and 1/4" to 1" woven checks (green/white, brown/white, blue/white). Linen natural and white plain weave, natural or white drill and satin weave, 1/4" to 1" woven checks (green/white, brown/white, blue/white).


Notions: Buttons: Twelve 3/4" to 1-1/8" self-covered, four hole China or calico, two or four hole ocean or fresh water pearl buttons. If hand sewing use 40/2 or 50/2 or 60/2 white, brown, natural or blue linen hand sewing thread; bees'-wax to wax the thread; tailor's blue chalk for marking and 1 Qt. of liquid starch.

Matching Patterns: Wear this paletot and please consider ordering Past Patterns' #006-Men's Drawers, #010 Square Cut Shirt, #011 Fitted Shirt, #018-Single-Breasted Vest, and #008-1830s-1840s Small-Fall Trowsers or #014 Classic Plain-Cut Summer Trousers.

TAILOR'S SUPPLIES: All notions can be purchased from: Wm. Booth, Draper, at 12119 Bigelow Ave., Hebron, IL 60034. Phone: (815) 648-9048. Website:

Natural Fabric Suppliers: The Fabric Store that sells discount linen and cotton

This pattern is copyrighted and is for personal non-commercial use only. Dressmakers and other commercial users contact Past Patterns.

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