From the Archives is a series where I show my earlier works - the good and the bad. The idea is to eventually use this as a portfolio, and it also gives me a chance to re=look at what I've previously made.
This is another of my early costumes from way back in 2005. It's a pretty simple outfit consisting of an underdress and overdress, that I fondly referred to as my "Farawyn" costume as I used elements from Eowyn and Faramir's costumes from the Lord of the Rings movies. This is also one of the only costumes where I actually sat down and digitally sketched out what I wanted the costume to look like. (See above!)
The chemise was made from a white cotton/poly blend material that was called a "linen look" with an invisible zipper down the back. I based the pattern off Simplicity 9103 and edited it to get the shape and look I wanted. I added about 7 inches to the length and adjusted both the sleeves and neckline.
The overdress/jerkin was made from a green faux suede and the Simplicity 5551 pattern with quite a few alterations. I lengthened the pattern about 5 inches and created a back seam so the skirts would be split. I shortened the shoulder straps and finished the neckline with a decorative embroidery stitch that came on my sewing machine. I did the stitching in green thread so it's not super noticeable, but a nice detail up close.
I wanted the jerkin to lace up the sides, so I added 12 sets of 3/16" bronze grommets and leather lacing, which also has the bonus of easily adjusting the size if needed.
I wanted the front of the overdress to slightly resemble Faramir's ranger garb so I added 6 tabs 2 inches apart. down the front panels. I added leather lacing between the tabs and the fabric and then top stitched around the entire tab to secure the lacing to create ties.
This wasn't overly complicated to make, but it was easy to wear and a good starting point.
I'm Sarah, a textile, history and sewing enthusiast. I talk about contemporary and historical fashion, sewing, patterns, tutorials, home decor, and anything else you can make with a needle and thread. I love books and am happy to talk your ear off about historical clothing.
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