Being realistic

Realistically, can you incorporate a historical piece into your everyday wear? When does it become costuming or a Cosplay outfit?

The pic and drawing above are from Outlander. Ignore the reference if you’ve not read the books or seen the TV series as yet. 

This dress idea is the first of three dresses I’m developing with aspects from these their costumes that have blown me away. This first dress uses my block patterns.
Here’s my line drawing and basic bodice block.

My dress
The skirt I’ve added isn’t the same as the costume dress. I’m a bit too short to carry off a full gathered skirt and not have this dress look like a costume piece.  

A close up of the dress bodice. It’s fully lined

The bodice style and fabrics used reflect Claire’s surgery dress.

This skirt has pockets in the side seams using a Kwik Sew pocket pattern piece. The pocket is sewn into the side seam and joins into the waistline.
I left the bodice darts and concentrated on getting the bodice angles and neckline to work

Initially I thought the sleeves were part of the dress but when I looked closely at the pictures above, they’re separate pieces.

Here’s a close up of the shoulders/neckline

The dress fabric is made of $2/m shirting bought at Cabramatta. I’ve used piping from my stash on the neckline and armholes of the dress.

Bodice back view using self covered buttons and an invisible zip.

My zipper wasn’t long enough for the full dress length so I added three self-covered buttons so this zipper length worked on this dress.



Blouse
The blouse fabric is made from reused curtain lining I bought at a local Vinnies shop. I’ve used my basic no-dart block pattern for the blouse.

Mustard poly poplin skirt lining just in case…

Now if I want to be a bit Vivienne Westwood/Steampunk, I can hitch up one side of the skirt and reveal the skirt lining.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this works as an everyday dress.

There are two more dress ideas are being made up as we ‘speak’.

One of these dresses will look like a costume but it won’t have anywhere near the detailing on the original dress.

Modern Love wrap up

With TJ’s expert organising skills, I thoroughly enjoyed the Modern Love exhibit in Bendigo, mainly because of the company and the fashion. The whole weekend was great.

(Left to right: Hui Nie, Jenny, TJ, moi, Yoshimi, Nicole, Leanne and Raquel at the Bendigo Art Gallery)

The exhibit organiser, Leanne, greeted our group at the gallery on her day off. She was a very lovely host. We had permission to take pics as long as we didn’t use a flash. Take a closer look at Jenny’s self-drafted skirt, TJ’s sari dress and Raquel’s trousers. 
You know – we all sew…

TJ, Yoshimi and I had a great Indian dinner on the Friday night, wearing our own makes. TJ and Yoshimi‘s write ups give you a better idea of how great the weekend was. GJ’s and Clear it outlet were my Friday afternoon fabric pre-weekend purchase haunts. Yoshimi flew into Melbourne after a wonderful week with the lovely Carolyn.

Friday night post dinner pic.

The pic below was taken outside the Bendigo Art district, again wearing our makes. Have a close look a Yoshimi’s bag and dress.

I think we photo bombed the bunny in these shots.
 
Jenny found a great coffee/deli stop in Kyneton on the way to Bendigo. You should hop over and see Jenny’s new self-made chef uniform.
Art is everywhere in Victoria.

And Mason’s of Bendigo fed us with their delicate share plates.

But who could resist a dessert plate like this? Everyone grab a pic of TJ and Hui Nie’s dessert plate.

At the end of the day we ended up at Joe’s shoe store bar. We had loads more catch up time over a drink and the waiter looked after us.

Sunday was a huge day with Kristiann and Simon ie Kristiann’s big day out.

Again we’re wearing clothes we made and Yoshimi and I wore our Victory pattern dresses (Nicola and Chloe) at NGV, cause it was way too cold to wear them outside. Melbourne locals are experts at layering their clothes – and knowing great places for food.
 
The four exhibits/costume displays Melbourne had on offer in one day were ideal for everyone. I felt like Melbourne put on all their best exhibits just for us. Lunch was filled with lots more conversation and fun.
(Left to right: Kristiann, me, Hui Nie, Yoshimi, TJ, Raquel, Claire and Kate at Gekkazan in Melbourne’s GPO)
We had time for a bit of city shopping – Koko Black included. I was taunted by Kristiann as she sampled some Koko Black chocolate. Somewhere, I lost my chocolates so I ordered some online. They did arrive; they were consumed; they were good. Now to wait for a Koko Black store in Sydney! The closest store is in Canberra.

The 007 Bond exhibit at Melbourne Museum was scheduled for the afternoon so TJ got Yoshimi to The Fabric Store in time for some much needed fabric purchasing while the rest of us hung out for a real coffee at Sonido.

Then I had to fly home and miss a great dinner with everyone. Everyone from our group that I could find in the 007 exhibit got a hug as I left to catch my flight home – winged it 😉 When DH picked me up at the airport, he knew from my big smile that I’d had a great weekend and that he really should have come for the 007 exhibit at the very least.

Thanks to TJ for setting up such an awesome weekend and pics, Yoshimi for spending her Australian weekend in Melbourne with us, Jenny for being a great driver/host and Kristiann and Simon for agreeing to spend their big day out with us. Melbourne lifestyle suits you both – I’m just saying…