This one-of-a-kind jacket is based on the traditional French worker's jacket known as "bleu de travail".
The fabric is repurposed from a barely used antique French linen nightgown and a small piece of an old hemp bed sheet purchased in the markets of Provence. The linen is crispy and stiff in its texture. The colour is golden, and the fading of the fabric where the garment was creased is beautifully obvious.
The hand stitched initials from the front top centre of the original nightgown is at the wearer's top right shoulder. The back of the jacket reflects the one of the hand stitched original side gussets of the night gown. The underside of one of the sleeves uses a portion of the original night gown's other side gusset. The jacket hem uses the original hand sewn hem of the nightgown.
This jacket is a ratatouille designs size small. It typically would fit someone who is a size extra small to small. Please review the measurements provided (see last two photos for this jacket) to ensure that this would be the right size for you.
Fabrics that are not new linen are listed as vintage or antique as it is difficult to date fabrics and, when sourcing fabric, my focus is on its tactile nature and its reflection of a history of use and/or workmanship.
When I identify fabric content as linen or hemp or a blend I am doing this based on considerable experience and not scientific tests.