The client really wanted to all out on getting the coat made as absolutely authentic as possible, so he provided his own screen-accurate Holland & Sherry velvet, as well as the correct shot twill lining.
The screen-used cloth is not the cheapest option when it comes to velvet, so can add nearly half the price to the cost of making the coat.
My client provided his own shiny button for the other cuff.
The problem sometimes can be making a coat to fit a client, and still keeping true to the appearance and proportions of the original we are trying to replicate.
A taller frame will inevitable elongate the coat; a more stocky frame will widen the silhouette of the garment.Thus neither will look right seen out of context, but on the wearer they are cut for, the fit will carry off the look wanted.
This means the proportion of the lapels and button placements can be their nearest to the screen-worn coats so far.
To say the client was happy is an underestimation - he’s been posting his photos to much praise on Facebook and Instagram ever since, with a photo-shoot planned at a castle very shortly.
I’ll bring you the results from that as soon as I can.