Full Color Concept Drawing of Demetrius the Merchant

The Robe was an interesting challenge. Originally I was going to base it on a Victorian Santa Clause Costume, which I already had, but seems to be out of print now.

In shopping for some of the sewing notions for the costume, however, I found a Costume Pattern for the Dwarves in “The Hobbit”. This would require fewer modifications to match the image to the left and would require less fabric.

The Chosen Mock Up

Because the robe had to fit both Demetrius, and the person wearing the suit, I had taken the full measurements of both. As some of the measurements between the two varied as much as two inches, I made mock ups in two sizes, using old bed sheets for the material.

The smaller size was chosen, as it fit both my client and the Demetrius. I did have to shorten it as the mock up length reached below the mid-calf, and he wanted it to be about knee length. Another mock up was designed then fitted. The vents for the wings and the slit in the back seam were also added at this time. The sleeves were also shortened.

Lining of Robe

Demetrius wanted inside pockets to hold items like his phone and wallet and key cards for events like Conventions and Renaissance Faires. As he did not want to ruin the lines of the robe, I added lining to the facing  the at front of the robe.

We had another fitting to make sure the length was right and that the vents for the wings, the slit in the for the tail and sleeve length was correct. More modifications were made and applied to the the lining.

The lining was then pined to the shell with the seams, vent,

shell and lining pinned and ready for binding

edges, and arm holes carefully matched up.  The edges and hem were then pinned together. I then attached the contrasting gold fabric to bind the edges except at the hem.

The wing vents were an interesting challenge. I could bind them or something else. I chose some thing else. I attached a facing on the inside of the garment. It was partially interfaced. Once sewn on, I pulled it through the vent and carefully ironed it to lay flat then tucked under the edges.


Wing Vents with Pinned Facing

. I ironed it down again and pinned it. Then has stitches the folded edges down. I should have made the facings a bit longer as you can see in the picture to the right the tops and bottoms pucker a bit. I will keep that in mind for the next project he commissions. Yes, we have plans to add more pieces.

The next step were the sleeves. I stitched the lining and the sleeves together, and added the binding. I then attached the sleeves to the robe. We has one final fitting before sewing the binding onto the hem, to complete the Robe.


Mini-Collection1  Mini-Collection2

I’ve just completed the 49th design for my 365-day creative challenge. So far I’ve come up with 2 sets (5 each) that could be coordinating designs, or as I like to think of them, coordinating fabric designs. So far I’ve gotten some pretty cool designs, even one or two that might prove useful. Come take a look at all my designs at The Daily Pattern!

I’m having a lot of fun with my 365 day challenge to create a pattern each day. So far I’ve done steampunk gears, mystery fruit, repeating eyes and sorta Celtic-looking medallions and more with fabric design in mind. Go check it out at my Daily Pattern blog. Comments welcome!



After my Christmas gift learning experience (yes, there really will be a post on that), I’ve decided I like stenciling and fabric design, but I need some interesting designs/stencils of my own. With that in mind, and wanting to set myself a challenge that is both a learning experiencing, challenging, and could lead to possible useful designs, I’ve started a 365 day challenge. My goal is to come up with a handful of designs that can be used as stencils or developed into printed fabric. That’s a design a day, every day, and a post for each design (though not necessarily a post a day – I might not have internet access some days). So if anyone is interested here’s my new blog, The Daily Pattern, and the website that inspired me, MakeSomething365.

It’s almost Halloween – Yipee!!!!!

This year we are having a Steampunk Mad Hatter Tea Party in my front yard, complete with Hatter, Hare, tea, croquet, coffee for adults, and revolting amounts of candy for the kids.

I decided to recycle the 2009 Steampunk costume I wore in New Orleans to be a sort of adult Alice, but the costume needed some adjustments/repairs. So far I’ve fixed my smooshed top hat and repaired the heel of my granny boots. Last time around I wore a bolero jacket that looks a lot like an Eton Jacket. I’ve had it for years and it fits me just fine when worn with a long sleeve shirt. Unfortunately I didn’t remember this when I made the sleeveless top for my costume and the jacket just feels too big without sleeves inside. I thought I was going to jerry-rig a fix by adding a collar, folding back part of the front and hiding it within the structure of said collar, but that ended up sounding like way too much effort with a not terribly satisfactory result. So a new jacket it is!

Bodice of Eton Jacket, in progress

Since I don’t have a lot of time I have to go with an existing pattern (more…)

This is the first in a series of posts that will highlight wonderful designs, designers and aesthetics that we Rogues find inspiring.

One could argue that, to simply recreate a time period in clothing and accessory is unimaginative (which is one reason the Rogues love all the possibilities of Steampunk!). If you’re talking about the world of cutting edge fashion, you may be right, but if you’re talking about historical costume, that is the ultimate goal, and it’s not easy to pull off. In fashion you’re looking to give a nod or catch the flavor of an aesthetic in your own designs. In costume, you may be looking to recreate a historical period with modern materials and your success lies not only in good planing and execution, but in the details that give the look authenticity.

Lena Hosceck is Austrian fashion designer who creates a period look, while making it accessible for modern tastes.

My favorite photos of her designs take the aesthetic to the fullest measure with perfect settings, details and poses. These are a few of my favorites (I’m afraid I don’t have specific attribution for these photos, but I believe they are magazine shots of her Fall 2010 collection):