I decided to make her iconic Turkish/Harem pant outfit. 19-teens is an era I am not familiar with and there are very little resources on this particular style. I had to figure out a lot by myself. The patterning and construction involved A LOT of fudging and futzing. It wasn't easy trying to reproduce this costume!
Working on bodice:
For patterns, I used the Laughing Moon 104 (1909-1913 dress) for the bodice and sleeves. I made a mock-up of the boned underbodice and started slicing it up and altering it until I had what I was aiming for. I did the same thing with the sleeves. The bodice is boned with zip ties (historical accuracy snobs: don't judge me). The back fastens with those wide skirt closure hooks and bars so that I can actually dress myself. The appliques are all hand-stitched on.
The sleeves and neckline are made from this textured metallic fabric and the sleeves are lined in chiffon.
The pants are a lengthened version of super basic Victorian split-crotch bloomers with the crotch seam closed. I just extended the light pant leg to make the overlap in front. Both legs are lined with light blue cotton. Cuffs fasten with the same hooks as the bodice. The sash ties in a bow in the back with tassels on the ends.
I also made Sybil's headband. It's not screen-accurate, but it's intended to give a similar look. It's olive stretch velvet with little sequined patch that I beaded over with glass and silver beads. The center blue piece was done by my grandmother years and years ago.
Now, a couple shots from the ball...
|Kaila and I did a Sybil-twinning! It was great to coordinate|
with someone and get their ideas. I wish I'd made my
bodice shorter to match hers, though!
photo copyright Kathy L.
Also, check out our Pinterest research board: http://www.pinterest.com/ladyfungi/sybil-twinning/
And here's Kaila's blog: http://teacupsandfrocks.blogspot.com/
|The Crawley sisters! And cousin Rose!|
photo copyright Christopher K.
As for my outfit, I have a few things I'd like to fix, but I'm still pretty happy with it. I had fun. And that's the point.