A Miss Pinch Pelisse


Constance loves to read and re-read Hitty – Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. She has always admired a particular garment shown in one of the illustrations by Dorothy Lathrop. In the 1860’s, original Hitty ends up in a rich family whose dressmaker, Miss Pinch, outfits her in a splendid wardrobe.  Hitty says ” How can I  describe the blue velvet Pelisse embroidered with garlands no bigger than pinheads? How to tell of the little feathered hat, and the muff of white eiderdown?

The perfect fabric.

A friend of the Quimper Hittys, clearing out her closet one day dropped off this long-sleeved blue velvet top.  Almost immediately Constance began thinking, dreaming and hinting.



Darns and Repairs.

Torn and worn areas are found all over the top.  Constance points out how unsightly they are.


Worn out area.

Great big holes and rips under both arms.



Stains and Rips.

Staining and soiling is so hard to remove from velvet.



Dreaming of Hitty Finery.

It obviously can’t be worn by a human in this condition, but small pieces can work around the bad areas…wouldn’t it make a nice little Pelisse? Hint, hint.


This is the first post about making the “Miss Pinch Pelisse”…  click here to see all the posts about the Pelisse.



12 thoughts on “A Miss Pinch Pelisse

  1. It would be the PERFECT Pelisse. Lucky Constance! And good luck to her seamstress who gets to work with the beautiful fabric.

  2. Constance seems to always come through the toughest of situations…looking forward to what comes of this lovely pelisse, now in Constance’s little wooden hands.

  3. Wonderful pelisse material and beautiful color. Constance and her sisters would each like to have a dress, I am sure. What does little Min think?

    • We are working on the pelisse – it is true they all want one! Min is definitely not getting one as she has a habit of consorting with spiders and getting into messy places irregardless of what clothes she has on.

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