Cosplay has definitely gone mainstream. Earlier I wrote about cosplay fabrics available at everyday fabric chain stores and a line of cosplay patterns from McCall’s. But I missed that also Simplicity offers cosplay patterns. The latest of those are two packages of 18th century Scottish outfits inspired by the success of the tv-series Outlander.
Lauren (who spearheads two historical shoewear companies, American Duchess and Royal Vintage) designed both for beginning sewists; i.e., they had to be easily made with a sewing machine from modern materials.
However, she will also write a series of blog posts on how to hack her patterns into a more historically attestable dress:
“I mean that here starts a blog series that will show you various techniques that you can use to take these patterns to the next level. Such as:
- Hand-stitched eyelets instead of metal grommets
- Creating robings and closing the bodice with pins
- Interior lacing, buttons, and other bodice closures
- Drafting and applying a 1740s winged cuff
- Redrawing bodice seams and stays boning patterns
- Drafting skirting for the bodice, to create a jacket
- Extending the front edges for a center front closure
- Setting sleeves with the 18th century method
- 18th c. hand stitching techniques for finishing edges and sewing seams
- Fitting through the side back seams the mantua maker’s way
- Proper silhouette through bum pads, petticoats, and more petticoats
- Binding and facing the stays with chamois leather
- Proper materials – wool, linen, cotton, silk
- How the heck to get dressed
And plenty more. I have a huge list. It’s going to be great!”
I’ve got little interest in the 1700s specifically, but I’m defnitely going to read Lauren’s articles out of textile history geekery interest. 🙂
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.