So it was Easter weekend again and as such time to go to the medieval market in the area and eat until we are sick - and my boyfriend still lacking a decent costume! What to do? I only had a week and pretty much no money to buy any supplies, so here's what I came up with:
A medieval orient-russian wealthy merchant outfit , complete with hat and boots! =)
It really was my own fault that I had so little time to make it- I put off making medieval things for such a long time, because I really don't enjoy trying to make a pattern for something really big on the floor of my tiny apartment..
But a deadline always helps
I started with a shirt he already had and made a knee-length tunic with 3/4 sleeves out of two and a half scarfs to go over it. Still being ambitious and hearing the wise words of re-enactors in the back of my mind, I included a lot of handstitching, so this garment is reversible ( the inside being a darker version of the pattern).
Next I made some oriental pants out of a curtain. Making the pattern for them was rather simple, because I got to alter an old oriental pants pattern I used to love a lot when I was much, much younger. Atypically, these pants have pockets ( 'cause boys always need them) and the waistband can be changed according to amount of food consumed.
Then came the hardest part- the inevitable cloak. Every medieval outfit simply needs one and I had a really hard time adjusting the pattern to match the amount of fabric I had. In the end I decided on a shoulder fitted half circle cloak. (way less of that hard-to-manage-material to be crammed into a corner when stitching it together) I've found that shoulder fitted cloaks are the most comfortable to wear, because they don't end up choking you, even if they don't have the typical Lord-of-the-rings-look. I made extra covers for the shoulders from fur I rescued from the garbage to make it look a little more interesting.
Of course, there needed to be a belt and a hat ( made from a pair of old pants and left over fur) to go with the whole thing:
And last, but not least, I'm a sucker for all-things-that-match: I made some fake boots
I didn't have either the time or material to make some real boots, so I just made covers for his shoes, held in place by elastic band under the sole. They made me giggle like crazy when they were done. I'd never thought, they would turn out so funny!
It made me quietly repeat "We have stubbornness issues" for myself.
So when being presented with his new outfit, BF gracefully admitted liking it and agreed to having his picture posted. Thank you!
What do you think? Any comments or critique welcome!
Thank you for looking!