Friday, January 13, 2017

Getting ready to ride...

I'm making progress on my Miss Fisher inspired jodhpurs.  I need to do a bunch of hand-sewing of little things like the belt loops and facings, and then I need to do the buttons and buttonholes  -- and I'm done!

It's a pretty nice, well-fitting pattern.  Often, with the big commercial patterns. there is just oceans of ease but this pattern actually runs true to size.

Because I live in Southern California I made my jodhpurs out of cotton twill and ultra-suede so they would be both cool and washable. But if you wanted to be more historically accurate you could use wool twill and real suede.

The hip flares could even be larger if you want. Many of the photos I found of ladies in riding habits in the 1920s had even more of a flare on the sides. Also most of the 20s examples I found had two small diagonal pockets in front instead of the straight across ones hidden in the waistband seam of this pattern.

Nevertheless they look very close to the ones in Miss fisher.  This pattern actually looks most similar to this 1910s era pair of jodhpurs and this 1920s pair.  Because jodhpurs didn't change all that much in the early part of the 20th century, if I'm not too picky about historical accuracy, I think I could get away with wearing these from the 1910s to the 1930s if I just switched out different jackets, shirts, hair and hats!

Meryl Streep in Out of Africa
Madame d'Ora 1926
Jack, Janet and Jackie Bouvier 1930

Into jodhpurs?  Check out this article on the Pattern Vault blog for a nice overview of equestrian wear patterns in the 20th century and this pinterest link for more historic pictures of jodhpurs.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Costumes from Beauty and the Beast

I took my son to see a movie at the Arclight in Pasadena this weekend.  Like many of the Arclight theaters they often have little displays of props or costumes.  I'd only seen a few stills from the new live action Beauty and the Beast but they were all of the title characters, I hadn't seen any of the supporting cast, so I was excited to see these up close.

I apologize for the glare but I thought these were worth getting a few shots of in case anyone want's to cosplay them.

First off, that shiny dandy, Lumiere

Then the oh so floofy Plumette.

 And the rather majestic Cogsworth

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pants are weird

Most other costume bits look like what they're going to be pretty early on, but pants?  They's WEIRD. And very origami-esque in that there are always parts that seem nonsensical until the very end and then, voila, pants!

Anyway, I've decided I need more Miss Fisher pieces in my wardrobe so I started in on those Butterick  jodhpurs I posted about.  And I'm making good progress. I think it's a pretty good pattern. It looks relatively accurate, from what little I know of such things, and has a lot of nice tailored details that should make them look extra snappy when finished.

If I fold all the funky bits aside you can see how the front will look (sans buttons.)  I dig those little hidden-in-the-crack pockets.