The Purple Files: Discworld Costumes.
by K. Carlisle, also known as La Signora Onorata Katerina da Brescia
costumes were required for Nullus Anxietus III, a Discworld
convention. I was lucky to win dinner with Sir Terry Pratchet during
the convention. (squeeee)...
Dave decided he wanted a Reacher Gilt costume (Going POstal), I wanted
a Susan Sto Lat (Hogfather) and a Klax girl from Going Postal, as
I could use my new brown corset .
Reacher GIlt, in Going Postal and just WANTED the outfit ( I think it
was the long swishy coat).
Things we had
||Things we already had:
- black shirt
- black pants
- material for vest (from SCA garb)
- tafetta lining (extra from Susan costume)
- button blanks for self covered buttons (sleeves)
- a pirate patch from my party a few years ago
- leather for under patch
- fob watch
- black material (thick satin) so the sleeve pleats would
hold. I could not find stiped sigh...
- paisley material for gigantic cravat
- larger button blanks for self covered buttons
- leather gloves with holes at knuckles
- cheapo top hat
vest was made from left over brocade. I had the buttons in my button
stash. The back and lining were made from left over tafetta. I used a
mens vest pattern Simplicity 4916, and altered the neckline higher and
reshaped the collar as it was too low in the original. I also
lengthened the vest.
I made a paper pattern for the cravat which was comedically oversized.
Below are the parts I used and right is the bow
This was the 'showpiece' of this costume. It was the most expensive
part of our 4 costumes for Nullus Anxietus III. I wanted to line
it and make it usable for other outfits such as Victorian or Steampunk;
if we were buying the material especially (though it was on sale or
mismarked fro about $4/m - I could not believe it!!). I had a pattern
(Simpicity 4083) as I had not made a mens coat like this before and did
not want to fluff it and rebuy material.
Alterations made were:
- sleeve head were widened for pleats and added overlap
at the cuff for buttons
- reshaped the collar
- lengthened coat
- added pockets with flaps
- made a lining pattern
As the satin did not crease well or iron flat, I overstitched all of
the seams with handsewn running stitch. The buttons were self
covered with the satin and extra buttonholes were added to the collar.
The top, foldover collar was herringbone handstitched with demimn
canvas to make it stiff. I did not use stiffening in the
collar, as the original Reacher coat has softer lapels.
Final Outfit: at Nullus Anxietus III, Sydney, 2011.
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