To cut a clean and proper silhouette, the front of the 1770s version of the frock coat curved out over the belly, then began to recurve back over the waist and terminating in skirts that had two deep pleats in front and one or two pleats in back, with the line of the pleats approximating the line of the front edge.
The most common features of the 1770’s frock coat replicated here are the presence of a rounded cape collar, and a center back lapover. This design is well suited for protecting the lower trunk when walking or riding in cool or inclement weather. There was a simplification of construction in the period, with fewer buttons and buttonholes, and often no buttonholes on the plain round cuff and scalloped pocket flap.
This pattern has been derived directly from four examples Henry Cookes’ collection he has to study and pattern, and another that is in a private collection.