The Manon collection from Atelier Serraspina gathers all the 18th-century outfits composed of two pieces: a skirted bodice and a petticoat, pleated in an 18th-century manner.
The MANON jacket, all the grace of the 18th-century bodices.
For my first MANON collection, released in the winter of 2020, I designed a skirted jacket that didn't truly convince me. Indeed, the basques went all around the waist and went down on both sides of the front opening. Although historically correct, this pattern, very fashionable in 1760-1770, did not appeal to me entirely. I felt that the basques did not emphasize enough the thinness of the waist, especially when viewed from the side.
So I completely redesigned the pattern based on the bodice of my LOUISE D'ÉPINAY 18th-century dresses. But the back, instead of extending in a point, stops in a straight line at the waist. This is where the basques are added, cut in a circle. They are then shaped into box pleats and sewn on the waistline, from the center back to the sides.
The assets of this MANON in grass green: femininity, comfort, and elegance
The lace ribbon
In addition to the basques, the MANON jacket is highly feminine with its lace ribbon. Not only does the lace trim the end of the elbow sleeves, but it also highlights the entire neckline. For this model in green grass linen, I chose beige lace.
The closure is done with a hook and eye tape located on both sides of the front opening. This type of closure is not only historically accurate but is also practical and aesthetic. Indeed, once the jacket is closed, the closure system remains completely invisible.
I decided to bring a touch of originality and modernity to this outfit by lining it with mango-colored cotton. This color is trendy at Atelier Serraspina! The 18th-century English dress LOUISE D'ÉPINAY in mango linen is one of the gowns I make the most at the request of my customers!
So I decided to combine this mango color with the green grass. However, I placed the mango on the inside of the jacket and the basques. When these basques move during the walk or when the wind lifts them slightly, a bright yellow glow illuminates the green of the outfit, like a brief burst of sunshine.