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 .
I had a new
brown silk waspie corset,that I could use this for a Klax girl.
||Things I already had:
I had to buy:
drill (most of petticoat),
sleeve smock (from 18th C outfit).
- aqua/blue material for sash and bow
- boots (opshop) paint red
- white poplin for frill for petticoat
- dancers tights, flesh coloured.
made the petticoat similar to that of my 1780's outfit; it is made of
two rectangles, with splits at the side. The ties tie the back and
front on separately. The frill was made to kick the skirt out I used a
strip 2x the hem circumference. This makes the petticoat adjustable for
when I lose more weight.
I decided to make the skirt longer, to hide my knees.
The skirt was made flared, about 3/4 circle in front and back sections.
I left it to hang for the hem to drop. The hem was eventually sewn just
above the petticoat hem, so it just peaks out. I used a button
for the skirt closure. The Discworld costumes are Victorianesque, so I
can get away with some modernity but wanted to keep to more traditional
closures. As a bonus, I can also use the petticoat and skirt for a
Steampunk idea I am gelling in my head.
I have never made a Victorian
skirt drapery before, so I winged it. Below, left, is the original
bow at the back. I bought some material and cut it into
rectangles. One was folded over and pinched in the centre,
handsewn to form a bow. The other was halved pinched in the centre and
sewn to the bottom for the ends of the bow. A smaller retangle was
wrapped around the centre and handsewn in place. Teh main section
was a longer rectangle to fit over the hips and pleated at each end to
a section about 7cm in width to try to create folds across the front. I
enclosed the ends with rectangles to neaten. All handsewn. The excess
will be tucked under the bottom of the corset. I used buttons at the
back to make the drapery really easy to put on and remove. One day I
will find out if this is anywhere near accurate (me thinks not).
Final Outfit: at Nullus Anxietus III, Sydney 2011.
is the petticoat, over the existing smock. The drapery is buttoned over
the skirt. This will then have my new waspie corset. Later, when I have
more time, I will most likely make a new brown striped corset to cover
the bust but time is short and I was working with what I already had.
I started by removing trim from a cheapo red fezz but found that they
had used black marker under it and the glue had to be gouged off. So
Dave bought another undecorated cheapo fezz . However, it was not as
tall as the other one. But it will ahve to do.
Boots were an opshop find, by a friend, which we sprayed with shoe
colour. A baton was made of dowling.
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