My honey's court suit needed neckwear, so a stock it would be. I mostly followed the garment detailed in Costume Close-Up (only with WAY less pleats). I happen to be one of those people who abhore ironing, so I chose to sew down all of the pleats. I went with the terribly mathematically accurate method of using the in- and outside of the presser foot to measure my pleats. There is a strip of linen scrap left over from the shirt that forms the interlining of the stock and the base to which the pleats are sewn down to.
|Measuring up from the bottom one half the width of the presser foot anchors the inside of the pleat.|
|Flipping the outer layer back down away from the interlining and sewing one quarter the width of the presser foot makes for a (relatively) sharp crease when the layer is folded back up.|
I ended up straying from the instructions in the book when it came to the back closure. Not wanting to put out the money for an authentic reproduction stock buckle, I took myself off to my local crafting supply store and found a set of metal buckles intended for scrapbooking.
|$3.49 for a set of 8? Don't mind if I do.|
I also had to deviate when it came to the tabs for buckling. I had a lot of trouble getting a linen tab to taper off sharply enough to be able to fit through the buckle. After my first couple of failed attempts, I got frustrated and just cut the damn thing off, fitting a piece of silk ribbon into it's place. The ribbon was easier to thread through the buckle and could be cinched blindly while worn for easy adjustment. Not the prettiest bit of sewing I've ever done, but it'll do.
|The largest was a touch small for the stock, but it was light weight. As my honey was already concerned about stuff wrapped snugly around the neck, I decided not to use something small. Although, in retrospect, this size might have gone better on the knee band of the breeches and the fancy buckle I used there would go better on the stock. Ah well.|
|Only downside to sewing down the pleats is that it makes the finished product a bit stiff. Or else I've made it too wide for my Honey's neck. Probably a bit of both. Either way, I'm going to run the whole thing through the wash a couple of times, to see if I can't get it to give up a bit of the fight.|
|With the coat collar covering some, and a wig covering most of what's left, the back closure really isn't going to be seen all that much. I'll probably just have him tuck the ribbon tail into the neck of the waist coat and call it good.|
For the HSF:
What the item is: Man's Stock (formal neckware)
The Challenge: Under $10
Fabric: handkerchief weight linen outer, mid-weight linen interlining.
Pattern: Costume Close--Up #24
Year: later half of the 1700s
Notions: poly thread (internal stitchings), linen thread (top stitching), a scrap of silk ribbon to replace a too-thick tab and a buckle from a set intended for scrapbooking.
How historically accurate is it? the part you'll be able to see is pretty spot on. I used the machine to sew down all of the pleats so that I wouldn't have to re-iron every single one of them whenever it was washed. But I didn't want to put out for a proper recreating stock buckle and so used what I could find. Plus I didn't size down the tab sufficiently for easy buckling, so I had to replace the tab with ribbon. I'll give it a six out of ten.
Hours to complete: about three
First worn: another piece ready to pack for Costume College.
Total cost: uses mere scraps of a $15/yd piece of linen. Even counting the full cost of all of the buckles in the set that i didn't use, we're still at under $5.