A Royal Cape – Fake it ’til you make it

To turn my Elizabeth I dress into something a bit more royal, I decided to make an ermine cape.

I originally wanted to make a coronation robe like the one my inspiration painting (below), but since I only got scraps left from the dress fabric, I opted for a simpler (and more theatrical/fake) style.


I used my old cape pattern, and a soft white fake fur I bought a few years back to made a short cape.img_1313

Then I cut small pieces of a black fur trim I had in my stash and placed them on the cape to get the ermine look.img_1345Testing the spaces of the black “tails”.

Once I decided their placement I stitched them on by hand.img_1394

An hour later the cape was finished.img_1391

The finished cape:




The facts:

What: A fake Ermine cape

Pattern: I drafted my own.

Fabric & Notions: 0,5 m white fake fur, 30 cm black fur trim, thread, hook and eye.

Time & Cost: 2 hours (1 hours to attach the black fur pieces), about 100 Sek (10 Usd)

Final Thoughts: Not one of my finest works, but it will do for its theatrical purpose.


“Sew 17th century challenge” – The finished ensamble

And here it is at last, The finished “Sew 17th century challenge” ensemble:
800px-Gerard_ter_Borch_d._J._004Inspiration pic (like you don’t know by now…)


 + Coif (headwear)

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 + Fur shawl

 + Bodice (part 1, 2 & 3)

= the finished ensamble:







The facts:

What: Reproduction of Gerard Ter Borch’s “The Concert”

Pieces: Skirt, cuffs, coif, fur shawl and bodice

Time: About 60-70 hours

Cost: About 400 Sek (60Usd)

Final thoughts: I think this challenge was great and I loved making all these pieces, and stepping away from my usual time periods.
I’m allready planing some new 17th century outfits.

Sneak a peak from the photoshoot:
IMG_8003Modell: Annica Siljat

“Sew 17th century Challenge” – Fur Shawl

The next thing to be made after the skirt, cuffs and coifs (not exactly but I’m twisting the order of things in my attempt to postpone the unpreventable showing of the bodice) was the fur shawl .


I drafted the shawl pattern using the bodice pieces as a guide.IMG_7404Drafting from the bodice neckline

The only tricky part about the pattern was trying to get the scale right.IMG_7408

I tried the paper pattern over my bodice mock-up.  IMG_7417(Spoiler alert 1 . bodice mock-up)

When I was happy with the size I cut the piece in my favorite faux fur fabric
(previously used in my brown velvet cape and 19th century fur hat)
IMG_7419I also used some leftover linen for interlining and a small piece of lightly brow woolIMG_7418

I started by basting the linen to the fur to get a bit more stability.IMG_7424

Then I pinned and stitched the wool to the fur by hand.
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Trying the almost finished shawl on my dresform. IMG_7452(Spoiler alert 2 – bodice foundation)

The last thing to do was to make some ties form scraps of the skirt material.

The finished shawl:



The facts:

What: A faux fur shawl, which work for pretty much every era from 1500-1950s

Pattern: I drafted my own using my bodice neckline as a guide.

Fabric & Notions: 20 cm faux fur, 20 cm linen for interning, 20 cm soft wool for lining, thread, hook and eyes and scraps of fabric for ties.

How historical accurate: Not really. Its pretty obvious the fur is fake, but I did look at originals to copie and used materials (except the fur) and construction techniques. Maybe 5/10

Time: 3 hours – completely hand stitched.

Cost: Nothing, since everything came from stash scraps.

Final Thoughts: I love how simple and fast the whole process went an dhow extremely versatile the shawl is.
It will fit almost anybody in any given timeperiod. Such a perfect garment/accessorie.

1900s Winter sports – photoshoot

I’d intended to go to the yearly 19th century ice skating meeting, in the capital, the first week of the new year.

But even though life happened, and I was unable to attend, I still had a vision of how cute my outfit would look. So I made plans for doing a ice skating photoshoot instead.

Well, despite three weeks of daily snow, the ice haven’t settled on the river by my house.
So, no ice skating, but at leas I managed to get a winter shoot of the costume.
Maybe I can go skating next year instead….


I’m wearing: My Suffragett skirt and shirtwaist, 1901s corset, modern jacket, glowes, faux fur scarf and my new fur hat (decorated with feathers and suffraget brosch).








IMG_5236poor little faux fox, out in the cold…







IMG_5287Photo: Maria Petersson

Fluffy Fur Hat

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been obsessing over beautiful fur garments for the last two months.
And more precise – fur hats.


IMG_7628My main inspiration.

55eb1db763c32622c1d3742f588bb547Russian fabulousnes from the latest version of “Anna Karenina”

So, in the days after Christmas I dug a piece of left over faux fur out of my stash, and got to work.IMG_2835

I cut the pieces for the hat in fur, cotton batting and linen for lining.IMG_4842

Then I hand stitched the ends of the rectangle together,IMG_4848and attached the circle shaped crown.

When pinning the lining in, I realized the bating made it to bulky, so I decided to remove it.
Then I stitched the linen to the fur and turned it right side out.

The finished hat:IMG_4934






The Facts:

Pattern: N,one – I just drew one rectangle and one circle a few cm bigger then my head measurements.

Fabric: 0,3 m of faux fur and the same amount of linen.

Notions: Thread

Time: About two hours

Cost: Basically nothing. The linen was leftover scraps, and the fur have been in my stash for a year and a half just waiting to be used for some winters stuff.

Final Thougts: This was such a fun, quick and easy project. I would love to make some minor modifications to the pattern and then make several of these hats and sell (I already have a few interested buyers…)

Fur on My Mind

If you’r following me on facebook and have been paying attention, you might have noticed my resent obsession with fur. I’ve posted several pics of lovely fur trimmed garments, to get you all feel warm and coosy.

And I might as well admit there is a reason for my obsession (besides the facts it is freakish cold outside).
And I will tell you (later).
But for now I will just leave you with some more lovely fur trimmed goodies.

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Les Modes (Paris) 1910 robe d'apres-midi par la Maison Agnes




Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, c1861-c1865.


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Les Modes (Paris) November 1927 Robe d'apres-midi pa

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A Masquerade cape

As the HSF Challenge 22 Masquerade drew closer, I knew I wanted to make something I could use togheter with more than one costume.

I had also noticed a big hole in my costuming closet – outerwear.

I didn’t have anything to wear when traveling to my upcoming costume events. I needed something that would keep me warm yet not mess up the dress worn underneath. It would also need to work both with my medieval dress and an upcoming 1850s gown.

So when reading the challenge recuirement I noticed Lemomoni mention “cape”, and knew it would be perfect.

A pretty medieval cape…121_large

And some Victorian.



After searcing a bit on the internet, comparing the medieval cape to the victorian one, I decided to make a short cape with a fur-trimed hood. It would not be strictly historical, but it would serve my purpose for a multi-functional garment.

I bought some brown velvet and a piece of brown faux furr.


I draped and drafted a “quic and dirty” pattern, and started to cut the pieces.



I sewed the cape together, tucked the seams and attached the hood. I marked the lenght, and cut and hemmed the cape.


Then it was time for the fur. I cut stripes and sewed them on the front edges of the cape and hood. Then I sewed a hook and eye for closure at the neck.









Just the facts:

Challenge: 22 – Masquerade

What: A short cape

Year: 1300-1900 (sort of)

Pattern: None, drafted my own.

Fabric: 1 m brown velvet and 0.2 m faux furr.

Notions: Thread and hook and eye.

How historical accurate: Not much, but I think the look of it will suffice for several periods.

Time: 8 hours

Cost: 100 Sek (11USD)

First worn: On the 9th of november, at a Medieval fiest.