Henry the Eight – Don’t be such a baby

2 (or 3 months) ago, when deciding on projects for Halloween (Elizabeth I for me) I realizes that this would be the first (of many?) costumes I would make for my baby, and that I really wanted it to be special.

So what would I dress my chubby redheaded infant as for his first Halloween…?

The answer came to me pretty fast:
Hernry VIII – of course

workshop_of_hans_holbein_the_younger_-_portrait_of_henry_viii_-_google_art_projectPortrait by Holbein d.y. and the one I used as reference for my baby costume.

I started by taking a close look at the inspiration/reference pic, and flipping through the pages of “The Tudor Tailor” I found what I needed.
img_1287Male Tudor outfit.

Then I hit the fabric store in search for some suitable fabrics.15451386_10211259297419846_1297395615_nLeft to right: Brown fake fur (stash), burgundy/red singel Jersey, grey/silver printed Jersey, white knitted leggings and golden trim.

Since this was to be a costume worn (once) by an infant I decided to make it as easy and wearable (read soft/comfy) as possible, using Jersey fabrics and omitting anything complicated (like slashes) or small/sharp (like beading and pearls).
I also decided it was totally acceptabel to cheat as much as possible ūüôā

My first move vas to get a pair of white leggings/tights from a well known clothing store. img_1271

Then it was time for the actual sewing.

I started with the body using a baby pattern I used previous and knew and liked. img_1266I stitched it up using my serger and a double needle on the edges.

The finished Body:img_2180I like that it is usable as a modern/regular piece on its own.

Next piece was the “skirt”, which was made from a lenght of fabric which I hemed and pleated to a elastic waistband.img_1291

The finished skirt:img_2171

Then it was time for the main piece – the cape

I cut a rektangel from the red fabric, folded it over cut it open at the front and pleated it at the shoulders. Then I stitched on some decoration.img_1261

The sleeves was made from rectangles stitched together, decorated and gathered at top and bottom. img_1264Ignore the wonkyness РI stitched this with my baby sleeping in the carrier on my belly, so not the best attention to detail.

Then I cut the fur collar from a piece of stash fabric.img_1269

img_1284Pining and stitching the fake fur to the cape.

The finished Cape:img_2182


Lastly I made a small hat/beret from a circle and a strip of black jersey. img_1310

The finished hat:img_2179

This was such a fun project and I really love how the little coat/cape came out.

and finaly

Here’s some photos of my own prince wearing the outfit:img_1718

img_1721“Eat all the things…”

And some pics with the two of us together (Elizabeth I and Henry VIII)img_1762



img_1827Photos: Elin Evaldsdotter

Edwardian Vampire

Here comes another batch from last years Halloween photoshoot.

This time we are doing the classical vampire in my Edwardian lingere getup.

interviewtomInspiration 1.
Sadly I couldn’t get anyone to play Lestat, so¬†we had to manage¬†on our own ūüôā

vampire02Inspiration 2.








img_9449Model: Jessie Lewis Skoglund
Photo: Elin Evaldsdotter
Costume & Concept: Fashion through History

Plastic Fantastic Purple Flower – Photoshoot

Even though I could’t attend the ” Plastique Fantastique” event last weekend, I still took the time to dress up for a ¬†photoshoot.

I’m wearing my new Plastic purple flower dress, pair with a purple synthetic wig, high stockings, black Kensington shoes accessorized with fan gloves, jewelry and feathers. Underneath I wear my old 18th century corset, short bloomers and pocket hoops.
















IMG_5170Doll Antoinette

IMG_5212Photo: Elin Evaldsdottra

Plastic Purple 18th century Flower Dress

The inspiration was wast for the “Plastique Fantastique” and afters some sketching I finally decided on a model I wanted to make.
20150628_164537_resizedJacket/Caraco and skirt combination.

Then I took a plunge down the rabbit hole that’s my fabric stash and came up with the perfect purple and flower combination – all in fabulous polyester plysch.20150628_164508_resized

10943917_10205707664432491_8962928573096592053_nTest drape to determent if the design would work.

As I’m really un-used to work with stretch fabrics I made a quick mock-up.¬†20150628_184932_resizedSome tweaking and it will work just fine.

Then I cut the pieces for the bodice from the flowery fabric.IMG_7451

I used my serger to assemble the pieces.
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The sewing went so fast and easy it I was bound to run into trouble…
As I discovered at the first fitting – The bodice is way to short.IMG_7461I guess the turquoise fabric I used for the mock-up must have been a two way stretch while the my plysch only stretches horizontally.

Since I had only small scraps of fabric left I decided to piece it. And to cover the edge with a belt…

I finished the bodice by pleating the peplum at the sides and attached it, trimmed the sleeves with some plastic lace and decorated the front with purple ribbon bows.

To make the belt I cut a strip of the purple skirt fabric, pressed some interfacing on it and stitched it closed. Then I attached he plastic belt buckle to it.

To finish the ensemble I stitched the purple plysch into a tube, a drawstring at the waist, and cut a shaped hem (to accommodate for the pocket hoops).

The finished skirt (worn over pocket hoops):IMG_7871


As the final touch to my costume I bought a purple clown wig.afroperuk-lila-1

The finished Dress:IMG_7874










The Facts:

What: A 18th century inspired masquerade costume

Pattern: I drafted my own, using jersey pattern templates.

Fabric: 1 m flowery polyester plysch, 1 m purple polyester plysch, 0,5m white ply lace, 1m purple fake velvet ribbon, thread and a plastic belt buckle.

Time & Cost: Nothing РEverything came from stash. If new perhaps 150-200 sek (20Usd) (wig Р100sek [16Usd])

Final thoughts: I love it! Even though I had some trouble (Guess jersey’s not my kind of fabric) it came out really well. My only concern is the right side tipping of the skirt (and the fact it’s really short)

Preview:20150630_114250_resizedMy final fitting with wig and jewelry.

Plastique Fantastique – inspiration

This spring, some of the most awesome historical nerds I knew posted an event on Facebook called:

Plastique Fantastique!

And described it as a meetup/picnic for everyone who’s tired of the whole “Historical accurate” discussion:
“Tr√∂tt och √§ngslig att du inte √§r HK? Har du innerst inne n√§rt en dr√∂m om att b√§ra den d√§r fantastiska Marie Antoinetteskapelsen i vit glansig nylon?¬†Nu kan du kasta korsett och siden! Kl√§ dig i polyester och kardborrband!
V√§lkomna till Plastique Fantastique!”
(“Tired of worrying about Historical accuracy? Do you dream about that awesome Marie Antoinette gown in shining polyester?¬†Lets throw away the corset and the silk! Adorn yourself in Poly and Velcro!
Welcome to¬†Plastique Fantastique!”
10931471_10152688327264372_9050406982234957925_n(Yep, the text’s all about¬†ironic, and humor)

Since I love all the quirky and crazy side of costuming as much as the hand finishing, of course I wanted in.

A quick googling gave me overloads of beautiful (if not totally historical accurate) versions of the 18th century.

Lets start with the o so lovely masquerade costumes:
girls_aloud_-_cant_speak_french18th century Halloween costumes – because nothing says 18th century like short skirts and high heels…
(also, read my rant on over sexulized female costumes here)

images (2)Who can resit a purple polyester perm?

1403sexysuperdeluxemarieantoinettecostum“I’m a 18th century pirate wench” (in gold lame and pink…)

34632You just got to love the lovely polyester shine…

6317955-mid-adult-women-in-18th-century-style-dress-woman-century-queenDoes she have a table under that skirt?

marie-antoinetteOh, that’s one way to use grandmas curtains…

18-century-dress-5875693Gold and bows – what can go wrong?

Then there are some fine examples of movie costumes:fantomens-stjrna-i-rsa_57494828Stage costume from “The Phantom of he opera” (2004) – It’s got extra everything! I love it!

087918th century Velvet and gold through 1950s eyes.

And couture:images (6)John Galliano for Dior fall/winter 2000/2001

And dress patterns:79_1simp_marieChange the fabric, remove the zipper and make he stomacher detachable and you do get a pretty good looking 18th century gown – but for now It fit perfectly for my purposes

Then there are the ones that’s more like beautiful art pieces then costumes:Marie-Antoinette-in-Paris-325What is that marvelous material?

1520797_387418951435365_8312075050876152832_nI just got to have those lips!

10917033_387418898102037_1681442576664186359_n“Mm, cake…”

misssisterrosevioletfacebookPastels, huge hair and heart shaped mouches – whats not o love?


Fuyu-Corset-1-bd“Ops, I forgot my dress” (so beautiful)

aab1bdf17a21312e28ca6d57bb422c7a“It need some more height, don’t you think Monsieur L√©onard?”

tumblr_mq3nfm701p1ri8bwro1_500Lady in (hair)distress

PRIChESKA-pod-parusomGhostly beautiful. Is that paper?

largeCrinoline pirate

marie_antoinette_garden_gown_1_by_johanna449-d41pqs3And Asian styled Antoinette

a557012d57e6302990b71825d96e6669The Kraken!

originalShip ahoy!

orig-11834371“Let them eat cake!”
I need to try this sometime  Рany volunteers?

dior18thcenturyCouture (clearly influential by Sofia Coppola…)

tumblr_n2qpfp8KID1qbukmqo1_1280Promo pic from “Marie Antoinette” (2006)

OK, lets talk: (WTF) Modern Halloween costumes

If you ever done a simple Google search on “Halloween costumes”, I’m sure you noticed all the female costumes explicit styles.

I mean come on, what is this! Sexy-Costumes2

Looking at the pictures from my last post the differences are just that more apparent.
_28100_600x450Withes at the turn of the 20 century.
Quality-Adult-Witch-font-b-Costume-b-font-For-font-b-Halloween-b-font-font-bWitch now.

And don’t even get me started on the gender aspect of this issue….

 mens-swat-team-costume sultry-swat-officer-costume

adult-vintage-baseball-costume P453800
ops, I forgot my pants…”

These guys says it all…

¬†To be fair, not all costumes out there are this “sexyfied”. And actually I found some ones I approve of.
Couples-Halloween-Costume-Historical-Intro1930s gangsters

hardworking-lady-costume1950s hard working women

07209034.interactive.aOk, but apart from the “cheap multi manufactured look” I could totally dress as a 17th century witch.

But I would rather make my own costume. Here are some suggestions.
news_121211_anne_boleyn_01_8dcc3eb752Anne Boleyn – Alive and powerful or dead and scary.

Marcus_Gheeraerts_(II)_-_Portrait_of_Queen_Elisabeth_I_-_WGA08657Elisabeth I (Annes daugther) – perfect for any read-head 16th century enthusiast

kristina-till-hc3a4stQueen Kristina (of Sweden) – wear your fancy 17th century gown or cross dress in men’s riding outfits Kristina style.

Reine_Marie_Antoinette_13Marie Antoinette – Any fancy 18th century gown (francaise/anglaise/chemise) will work. Or you can go for the dead queen look.

60892-004-53D4AF1EJean of arc – if you’r more into medieval costumes.

Elizabeth_Bathory_PortraitElizabeth B√°thory – If you want to go real dark, dress as one of the original inspirations for Bram Stokers Dracula.
She is on my list for possible Halloween costumes every year. maybe next year…

And if you want some more inspiration as to how to dress powerful, feminine and historical check out this site.

Halloween inspiration

It’s that time of year again…

When ornaments crowds the shop windows, the candy flows freely, the candles are being lit and everyone waits in anticipations…
The best time of year is finally here…


I’m sure most of you seen lots of pretty Victorian and 1910s fancy party costumes,
but here are a few new to me, (and some old, that I just love to much not to show).

Perhaps this can inspire some new fancy Halloween costumes.

dd2061fd7be5fcf38d88b732979d910bMy absolute favorite pic (I have it both printed and framed in my sewing room, and printed on a fabric bag which I love).
1920s Arabian Night, whats not to love.

2b593b2aa9b8649cb426b67ef6bf617bGamer, geisha or (?) green flower.

993ab443e6d58b0d32b13c5970495e8eVictorian goes 18th century, regency and gypsy.

aa1eb115706d0e1d226c5ad71b0e74e8More gypsys, Egyptian and a housemaid.

247c9ffbb277c2d4ac98d2ae67dcfaf3I’m not sure what this two are suppose to be, but a Victorian woman in pants must be shown.

df783ced3204fa201cfd883f34bc54deLove the Edwardian Cleopatra, and the harlequin costume looks almost wearable as it is.

1b2b5fe4b8ab9d9eaeed9e472b481974A few costumes for the young adults. Why not dress as a patriot, a shepherdess, a housemaid or a which.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of witches, another one from about 1880s.

59c244a5908beeea572531a3778cfbc7And the real deal.
They really did the witches better back then, don’t you think…

acb746d36605d0f85e436aa772a6b9f0A greek column/dancer/goddess

6ea21172eed9fb477866b6deb9c72c6eI’ve seen lots of these clown costumes around, but I don’t get it – is there something I’m missing here? Why are they so popular?

tumblr_lqaii8xFyZ1qidnqfo1_500The Victorians really knew how to dress up in costume.

189d9470d98253465eb198c654238a3bAnd the Edwardians wasn’t that bad either.

49f285805c8945379276d7d16ac9c322Good to know that (evil) costuming parents existed back then too.

Cleopatra Costume from 2010

A couple of years ago, I attended a theater costume course where we where asked to choose one famous play to design an outfit for.

I choose “Anthony and Cleopatra” for my play, and drew inspiration from both pictures and old movies.

MV5BNzE5Nzk4NTI5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODc4MTU2__V1__SX320_SY450_Elizabeth Taylor  in Cleopatra from 1963.

img111My costume sketch.

 The I started working on the costume itself.

I made a simple figure hugging white dress.CIMG4407

Decorated it with some golden pearl beading.CIMG4455

I also made some accessories, like a red chiffon “shawl”CIMG4518

A golden and black belt, embellished with a Egyptian scarabé beetle.CIMG4475

I bought a black wig, and cut it in a more appropriate shape, and crafted a headband from some a necklace, some beads and trim.CIMG4374

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And finally, I made a massive Egyptian style beaded necklace.CIMG4400Using a sheer golden organza as a base, and worked the beads on to it in.


And the finished outfit:





And some pictures from the photoshoot we did 4 years ago.DSC_0724







Halloween sale

Just in time for Halloween I decided to try to get yet another box of costumes out of my basement.
This time I’m focusing on masquerade costumes, I’ve made for past holidays.

Here are some of the items that is up for grabs this time:

CIMG1170A classic strapless witch/vampire dress in red and black polyester satin.

CIMG1217A black, one shoulder witch/vampire dress in plysch with a notched hem.

CIMG1272Yet another black/red witch/vampire dress. Floor length and in plysch this time.

CIMG1332A white nurse dress made from sheets, includes cap and cuffs.

And if you’r as tired of the “cliche” Halloween costumes as me, then why not go for some of the following outfits…

DSC_0724Cleopatra – queen of the Nile…
The costume includes: A white dress, red “shawl”, golden belt, neck and headpiece.
Everything made by me for a school project.

√Ösa PeterssonCarmen/Esmeralda/Phantom of the opera…
The costume contains: Yellow/purple skirt, white blouse, red/black corset/bustier (not the one in this pic) and black shawl (not depicted here).

DSC_06281930-1940s dress, in flowery grey polyester with white collar, belt and cuffs.

IMG_0487Or why not celebrate the ending of the series “True blood” with an iconic “Lorena” blouse.

How do you dress for Halloween this year?