Friday, October 28, 2011
Yes, I really did this - L
Needed to put together a costume for a man, very cheap, and not too much work, for Dickens Faire. I don't have the time to make something fancy, and neither my daughter or her boyfriend wanted to spend a lot of money. Here's what we decided to do. I have an old long black blazer. I would slit open the back seam and cut through the collar. Then I would add about 4 - 6 inches of black fabric that looks close the the twill of the jacket. I would also add 4 inches the the end of each sleeve. By any logic, this shouldn't work, and should look really bad. Here's where I am so far:
On the left is the vent from the outside. And on the right is the vent from the inside. And yes, it's ghastly on the inside. If it is visible at all when he wears it, I will add some lining. But I don't think so. Next I will have to deal with the collar. It won't be lovely no matter what I do. If it is truly awful, I will buy a small bit of velvet and cover the collar altogether. Pictures soon!
I also added length to the sleeves and made them cuff to cover the seam above the wrist.
Next I will make him a vest. He needs it because adding only to the back of the jacket means it doesn't close in the front. I don't have a pattern for a man's vest. But I don't really need one since this fellow is very tall and very slim and any pattern would have to be modified beyond recognition anyway.
Based on my measurements, he's actually a true rectangle. A very long rectangle. So I made a quick muslin (pinned only) and have since cut out the fabric. I decided I could teach myself how to make a welt pocket on this project.