Sunday, 23 July 2017

Edwardian-Inspired Plaid Women's Cycling Ensemble

An Edwardian cycling ensemble I made earlier in 2017. The cycling shorts/bloomers and waistcoat are the items for this ensemble that I made, and the rest of the outfit components are made up of items I have in my wardrobe.
The pattern for the waistcoat is a menswear pattern from Simplicity that I adapted to my measurements; I learned a lot of new techniques making the waistcoat, such as welt pockets, buttonholes and using a lining. 
The cycling bloomer pattern is from a steampunk Simplicity pattern in my collection, made wider, with cuffs, and a solid waistband rather than one that has an elastic casing. 
Both are made from a tweed woolen fabric I picked up in America at a JoAnne's, but the waistcoat has a polyester lining and a patterned cotton back, as I could not find anything better locally.
It is not a historically-accurate look, more of an inspired outfit, as originally I was going to use the items for a boystyle Lolita/ouji coordinate. However, I think it is good for a first attempt at a waistcoat, and it definitely has a flavour of the era.
I could style this again, with a handmade shirtwaist and a tailored jacket for a more authentic look; I may take better photos once those components are done, and post them here.


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Ellie Morris is a 17 year old studying Art and Design in college, with the hopes of someday working in costume design for film and theater, as well as making bespoke historical garments for special occasions. She is also a published author of historical and romantic fiction, and When the Summer Ends is her first novel. Here is Miss Morris's online costume and design portfolio, which in the upcoming years will hopefully be filled with historical costumes and sketches!


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