18th century Outlander Garb

After studying the various looks of the character Clare in the series “Outlander”, comparing them to the fabrics from my stash I decided to go for the simple laced up jacket and skirt that’s became symbolic with the series.4714dc59393b6c63c5000f447531e4c3

I started by making a skirt out of some plaid wool I found in my stash (which I’ve bought on sale about a year ago).IMG_8618

The construction is really simple, since it’s basically two widths of the fabric sewn together and gathered to a waistband.IMG_8623I used some linen scraps for he hem facing and hooks and bars to close the waistband.

The finished skirt: IMG_8646




Then I started on the bodice.
Using the pattern from the yellow caraco jacket, only changing the front to accommodate a stomacher instead of button closer, and adding a peplum at the bottom edge.

I used some leftover beige wool for the jacket, interlining it with some linen scraps and dark green wool for the stomacher – all made to match the plaid of the skirt.20150906_105227_resized

It went together pretty fast even though I made it completely by hand.IMG_8629

IMG_8628The peplum being attached.

Trying the jacket on my dressform.

I attached the lining made from two different pieces f left over cotton sheets. IMG_8640

Then it was time for the eyelets to be made, using a separate fabric strip attached hidden under the boned front edge.20150919_183851

The finial thing to make was to ad channels and boning to the stomacher.IMG_8685

The skirt and jacket ready to be packed for the photoshoot. 20150920_125242

The finished outfit/jacket:IMG_8657














Just the facts:

What: A 18th century jacket and skirt.

Pattern: The jacket is my own draft (yellow Caraco jacket), and the skirt is just two rectangles stitched together.

Fabric & Notions: Skirt – 2,2 m plaid wool, thread and hook & bar.
The bodice: 1 m beige(left over) wool, 1,5 m white cotton for lining and interning, m cotton cord, thread, buttonhole thread, 60 cm plastic boning.

Cost: Everything came from stash but 300 sek would be a fair calculation.

Time: Pretty fast for a complete hand made costume – about 20-25 hours for the whole outfit.

Final thoughts: I really like this outfit. It’s warm and cosy and I really enjoyed wearing it for the photoshoot.

The “Outlander” outfit:IMG_8652



18 thoughts on “18th century Outlander Garb

  1. You did a fantastic job! I already had a hand embroidered wool petticoat and a brown wool jacket, and am planning to make a stomacher. I also have the little knitted capelet, so am really looking forward to soon wearing my own ‘outlander’ garb!
    Your ensemble is just beautiful.

  2. Oh my god! I loved it! Im trying to do a outlander cosplay for comic Con, and cant find the pattern to do the jacket anywhere… Do you think you could send me the pattern you used to do yours? I would be really thankful!

    1. Thank you!
      I combined several different patterns and changed it to fit my body and design wishes,so I’m afraid it is impossible for anyone else to use it.

      But, American Duchess made a Outlander Cosplay pattern in for Simplicity (and wrote down some “Hacks” on how to make it more historical accurate)

      And JP Ryan has one historical accurate jacket just like the ones Claire wears in the series.

      Best of luck

  3. Åh! Tack! I’m so, SO happy that you’ve posted this online! I’m making my own Outlander-outfit for Halloween (I know – not much time left!) and this will help immensely! I’m a bit worried about making the jacket though… haven’t found any good pattern available online, so I’ll just have to eyeball it 😛 Good thing I have your jacket, in addition to pictures of “Claire” in her jackets, to look at whilst winging it with my own version. I’ll have to make another one once the stress of halloween is over. I have an old pattern from Sverigedräkten (I’ve made the one with a laced top, not the “nightgown version”) which I hope I can use with modifications 😛


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