More Mainstreamed Cosplay Patterns

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, DIY

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.

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Original drawings for 18th century outfits for Simplicity cosplay patterns by Lauren at American Duchess.

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!”

Now that’s a fantastic idea – way beyond call of duty! More info in Lauren’s introductory blog post and YouTube video.

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.