I used McCall’s 3817, view D as a base. This is officially my favourite universal pattern (for princess line dresses). I modified the neckline to make it wider, the sleeves (obviously) to make them large, long and pointed, and the skirt to make it wider and floor length. I even made it longer in the back to make a train. I also, as usual, replace the zipper with eyelets and tiny gold satin cord to lace up the back.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
It is made from the same pattern as his Purple Elizabethan ensemble, except that the sleeves are not slit on top. The pants are also made differently: each leg is a rectangle piece with a piece cut out at the center top (for the crotch) and pleated into the waist band and knee cuffs.
But here is the funny anecdotal part of the story: the fabric I used served as a Christmas present for two boyfriends, five years apart. Originally, I had bought the fabric to make curtain for my Ex's apartment. I just wrapped the fabric up and gave it to him for Christmas 2002, and he then left it with me so I could make said curtains. A month later, our relationship came to an ugly end.
A few months later, I met my Sweetheart. I offered to make him curtains for his apartment, for his office window, for his dad's new place. I tried to convince him it would make a nice slip-cover for the futon. Nothing worked. So when I used it for his garb, I thought I was very clever! And although my Grand-father made a few remarks when the present was unwrapped, he loved it.
Doesn't he look good? I meant to make him a white shirt to wear with it, but I never got around to it, so he wears the off-white shirt I made him to go with his Purple Elizabethan ensemble.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Bust of Marie de France, 1381
When I wear 14th century garb, I like to do my hair in side braids to try and get the look 14th century look as typified by the Bust of Marie de France. I do cheat and use elastics and bobby pins though. Basically, you split your hair in half, then make pigtails on the side of your face. Then you braid the pigtails, you pin them to your head so they are straight on each side of your face until just below your cheekbones and you bring the end of your braid up, making go around your ear before finally pinning it in the back.
Of course, now my hair is too short for such a hairdo, so I'll most likely just cover my head with a veil,and besides, I won't be wearing that outfit, so there is no need for it. My veil will do fine.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Imagine my excitement last year whe I first saw the Trailer for The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)!
Now I know what you are thinking: What? None of the Teal blue for Gwenyver? Who are you and what have you done with our favorite Costumeholic? It's not that the teal ones aren't gorgeous (or that I don't want them too!), but the Green Gown just struck me. It is so rich and beautiful, and it reminds me of the English Folk song "Greensleeves", long believed to have been written by Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn.
In a few words, this costume is a green satin tudor style dress with a square, almost off-the-shoulder neckline, wide green velvet oversleeves, bejeweled velvet band at the neckline, and green floral brocade undersleeves and underskirt. The costume also includes a matching green satin French Hood.Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
To achieve the right silhouette, that is, the hourglass silhouette of Tudor times, one would also need the right underpinnings. That means a square neckline chemise, a corps piqué, or stays, , and most importantly, a Spanish farthingale.Eric Bana as Henry Tudor and Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Pattern wise, Simplicity has got me covered with pattern #2589. Sure it need to be adapted a little, especially where the undersleeves are concerned, but if I wait a little, I can snatch it for 1.99$ CAD on sale at my local Fabricville, so it is not worth the paper it would take me to develop the pattern myself.
As for the initial pendant, I'm already covered! I have my "G" pendant already made and test-worn. I just wonder where to find the floral brocade. Hmmm...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I. Love. Shoes! I have a similar pair in silver, though they are not from the 50's.
Monday, October 19, 2009
As her exploits happened in the 20's and 30's, this means historical clothes for us costumes lovers!
Go on, put on your Cloche hat and go see that movie!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
With my Baby keeping busy, I haven't had time to make anything new to wear (*sigh*), but it's OK. The one great thing about being addicted to costumes is you end up having enough to pick from for any occasion, just like a regular wardrobe (actually, costumes take up the most part of my closet).
I'm not the only one in this house who needs to dress for these event: my Sweetheart does too! When I first joined the SCA in 2006 and I dragged him back (he played with them maybe 20 years ago), I asked him what he wanted for to wear to Court. Amazingly enough, he choose late 16th century as his persona's era, and so it is Elizabethan menswear for him.
Charles de Baste, Fall Harvest 2006
Before Fall Harvest 2006, I dragged him to the fabric store to find a brocade he would like and he picked a lovely purple and gold tone brocade with diamond pattern. From it, I made him a Doublet, using McCall's 4695 (i love that pattern, I have used it for myself too; you just have to adjust the darts to fit a feminine figure), and a Tudor Flat Cap, from McCall's 4805 view B. Then, using black panned velvet we had bought the previous year with the intention of making him a Drow costume, I made him sleeves for his Doublet, also using McCall's 4695 (in this case it is view D), and breeches which are really just puffy Bermudas gathered at the waistband and knee cuffs. My Sweetheart choose not to wear a codpiece (I don't blame him!), so the pants' fly simply laces up (this way, I could add a codpiece if he changed his mind, though I doubt he will). I also made him a shirt out of off-white cotton using Butterick 4486.
Of course, I had enough of each fabric to make him a full set, and I have cut the pieces already, I just haven't gotten around to it (actually, I had forgotten about them until I started typing this post).
By the way, I would like to point out that in this first picture, he is actually wearing black tights, which he never did again afterwards. Apparently, he found the seam to be irritating. Nowadays, he wears black leggings under his breaches.
When I first made the Doublet, I had only used six frog closures to close the front, as the pattern suggested, but my Sweetheart felt that, being that the Doublet is meant to be tight, the gaps in between the frog closures were unattractive. So on our way to Feast of the Hare 2006, while he was driving, I sewed another five frog closures to close each gap. It takes forever to put on, but it looks good!
From the side, you can see how the Doublet's sleeves are tied at the shoulder only.
It's always nice to be able to see a costume from every angle to better understand it.
Mórag filia Scayth and Charles de Baste, Baronial Investiture Anniversary 2008
Another view, without the Doublet sleeves this time. It is a very versatile garment!
(Yes the beard was distinguished, but it also made him look way older, and yes, I have lost weight since then. 25lbs to be exact, and I feel very good about myself, thank you for asking.)
Eventually, I'll finish the pieces I have already cut and he'll have both a full black velvet set and a purple and gold set. What stopped me back then was that I needed to get more experience before tackling the purple and gold breeches as I want to make them paned. Now that'll really be something!