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Costuming for Santarchy

I was gifted an old fur coat in October by a friend, with instructions to "cut it up and make something with it." It's been sitting draped over one of the chairs in our dining room since. I was thinking last night that I wanted to go on the Santarchy pub crawl scheduled for this weekend, but I didn't have anything to wear! (Completely forgetting about a plaid outfit in reds and greens I'd made for Steamcon two years ago - doh!) I've got lots of pictures and construction details in my blog, and here's what the finished outfit turned out to be:

Tan velvet brown fur 4

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jaydestarlight
Dec. 18th, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
I love how wonderfully this turned out!
mahariel
Dec. 18th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
It was a hit and I stood out in the crowd. And it kept me nice and warm in the ~40F rainy weather too.
tyches_echo
Dec. 18th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
What a lovely outfit! It looks gorgeous on you. :) Is it based on a commercial pattern that I could look for? I really like the shape of it.

Also, would you mind if I popped it onto my steampunk inspiration board on Pinterest?
mahariel
Dec. 18th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
The shrug is from Simplicity 1819, modified to make the sleeves longer and wider at the wrists, to give me more of a muff-like effect.

For the skirt, it's just six triangles of fabric sewn together with a waistband. Take your waist measurement, divide by six and add 2-3 inches per piece to give the fabric for gathering. Double the waist measurement for the bottom of the triangle. For the waistband, measure your waist and add an inch and a half.

And pin away if you like! Thank you!
tyches_echo
Dec. 18th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Well that sounds relatively simple, even for a mostly-newbie to sewing like myself. Thanks very much! :)
adelheide
Dec. 18th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
How lovely! And what a great way to recycle old things and turn them into something wonderful!

Edited at 2012-12-18 02:58 pm (UTC)
mahariel
Dec. 18th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you - it was fun to give new life to something that'd been sitting in someone's closet for a decade.
mintymuffins
Dec. 19th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
It looks very nice!
kaithriona
Dec. 19th, 2012 09:41 am (UTC)
You look wonderful.
elzebrook
Dec. 20th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
So lovely! I'm very enamored of the bolero.
mahariel
Dec. 20th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
I keep meaning to make a full fitted jacket and keep cheating and making this style in various permutations instead. :D
elzebrook
Dec. 20th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
As an inverterate fancy corset-wearer, I find myself longing after the boleros and the spencer jackets. Plus fitted coats are so much work.
painangrrfear
Dec. 20th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
What a charming outfit! I especially like the cording all along the edge of the fur trim.
mahariel
Dec. 20th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
I guess I shouldn't admit that the edges of the fur strips were a bit rough in places, and I used the cording to cover that up and just go with "Yeah, I thought it would look cool!", right?
painangrrfear
Dec. 22nd, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Admit to nothing! ;) Seriously, it looks great and was a good solution.
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