|Nope, no hat-catching, just sleeve-adjusting.|
|A better look at how shapeless it is. Excuse the wrinkles, it was haphazardly packed up in a bag for a week.|
|Back view: even less flattering.|
|Side slit, as dictated by the extant garment I was copying.|
|Trying to undo the button at the neck...I don't know how men wear ties and button-up shirts; it's so dang uncomfortable to have all that restriction around the neck area!|
|Ahhh, much better.|
Since I was limited in time, I decided to stick with another shapeless historical garment made up of rectangles. While it's mostly based on the late 1700s men's shirt in Costume Close-Up, I think men's shirts stayed similar enough in style that this could still pass for anything from the early 1700s (maybe even late 1600s?) to the Regency period.
|Overall shape: pretty good, I think!|
|Hand-worked buttonhole! They're simultaneously not as hard as I thought they'd be, and yet way more difficult than they look. The stitch itself isn't hard to learn, but making them even and catching just the right amount of fabric is the tricky part.|
|My hand-finished hem and slit...obviously I need to work on the invisible part of my invisible catch-stitching.|
|Neck gusset, also done by hand.|
Thank goodness for the slow changes in men's shirt fashions, since this shirt is meant to go with my early 1700s-ish pirate coat!
|It's an all me-made outfit! Those are my Aladdin pants, which are a surprisingly good fit for the whole look.|
|Going for the whole aloof 18th century painting pose, with one hand mysteriously tucked into my coat.|
|Back view. I really should've taken the time to put on some white knee-highs!|
|I am seriously in love with my own work. Those cuffs are just so ridiculously huge, it's awesome!|
Looking through these pictures, I'm thinking that I might need to suck it up and just make the waistcoat at least, if not the breeches. It just doesn't look right with only the shirt and coat -- I need another layer of sumptuousness in there! I'm thinking a gold brocade...what say you?
The Challenge: #15, Colour Challenge: White
Fabric: 2.5 yards 100% cotton muslin, already in the stash.
Notions: Twill tape and plastic "pearl" buttons
Pattern: The men's shirt in Linda Baumgarten's Costume Close-Up, with minor modifications for fit (narrower in the chest and arm circumferences, shorter overall, longer collar piece) and convenience (no reinforcements at the shoulder, no flat-felled seams).
Year: The 1700s
Hours to complete: Hard to say...I machine-sewed the major body seams and underarm gussets, but hand-sewed the neck gussets, collar, slits, and hem. I'm guessing about seven?
Total cost: I got the muslin on sale with a Joann's coupon, so I'd say about $5.
How historically accurate is it? 50%? The pattern is accurate, even if the materials and some of the construction isn't.
First worn: Just for these quick pictures, but will eventually be part of an entire pirate costume
Final thoughts: Looking through these pictures makes me pretty excited for when the whole thing is done! My sister thought it was awesome, Mr. Cation was unsure about the oversized men's shirt look but came around when he saw it with the coat, my mom said the whole thing was 好犀利 (very sharp), and my dad said I looked like the Duke of Edinburgh. I don't think that means what he thinks it means, but I get that the intention was a compliment about how fancy and historical it looked.
And since this is a pirate ensemble, after all, well...what's a pirate without some treasure?
|We've got an old cardboard box instead of a treasure chest.|
|Oh look, the treasure is a cat!|
|Could there be any better treasure?|