I've been cosplaying casually since 2007 but recently been working hard to raise my game! I usually attend London MCM Expo but try to get to a few more events and meets where I can!

Currently Working On:
- Aramis (The Musketeers)
- Belle, blue town dress (Beauty and the Beast)

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Did the mock-up for Belle’s bodice today (using the old dress I made years ago). First attempt just straight from the pattern I did (oops, didn’t realise the back was bunched up). Then the second with amendments. I think the sides need to come down a little further over my hips. And I clearly need to practice invisible zips a bit more, though I know where I went wrong.

It’s not hemmed, being just a mock-up, which is why the straps look a little wide.

Got the stuff to begin the braces! From what I can tell, they’re thin blue braces (flash was on the camera so my material looks lighter than it actually is), but I can’t tell how they’re attached to the trousers yet. Feel free to chip in if you know. ETA: an eHow article says they were first attached with ribbon ties in the 1700s and then moved on to button attachments. Can’t seem to find when the switch was yet.

UPDATE: Buttons. It’s not a clear crop from a screencap but where the braces meet the trousers there is a slightly darker circle in the middle. Plus they’re being held against the trousers very closely, as you’d get with a button. If it were a tie, you’d see some slack or the ends dangling. But, as always, if I’m wrong, do chip in.

Why does it matter anyway? Nobody will actually see it and it’s just a costume. Well it matters because I’d know about it and I’m horrifically picky about some of my own stuff.

All along them are those rounded diamond shapes with a simple enough pattern on them. But there’s a lot of them and it’ll be fiddly so I’m making a start early. May want to get a slightly darker thread though. The one in the picture is leftover from my Pendragon crest.

Belle bodice pattern! The front on the left, the back on the right. Accidentially did the neckline too low on the front part so I’ve made a note on it. And to add the seam allowance when I’m marking out on the fabric.

Belle bodice pattern! The front on the left, the back on the right. Accidentially did the neckline too low on the front part so I’ve made a note on it. And to add the seam allowance when I’m marking out on the fabric.

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The Musketeers costumes - Hats 1/2

First, the fancy hats! All three hats are made of felt, with a leather band around the crown and a couple of feathers as decoration. The crowns look about 6 inches/15 cms tall and are oval - as opposed to the round 17th century cavalier hats, some of which are also seen in The Musketeers. Examples in part 2!
They should not be too hard to make, and it´s the part I’m looking forward to learning most. I’ll post progress pictures once I get that far. ;)

The brim of Athos’ hat is either cocked on the left side (from the wearer’s POV) or left mostly flat. Occasionally the right edge is curled up a little as well. The band around the crown crosses over itself on the left front side. There are three black (oh, Athos..) rooster tail feathers attached with what looks similar to a boutonniere holder.

The same goes for the brim of Aramis’ hat. His band has a leather loop around it on the left front side. He carries a rather tatty brown feather, a pheasant’s tail feather and a black rooster feather stuck behind the band. I think he looks after his hat well, since dirt and scorch marks from firing his musket would show up more clearly on the lighter colour.

Porthos, as with everything, has a larger and bit more elaborate hat than the other two. The forward left side of the brim has a pinned fold and is cocked up dramatically (but not pinned to the crown). The right side is occasionally turned up a little as well. The band crosses itself on the right side, where the feathers are fastened as well. He has three long light brown and beige striped tail feathers. I’m not sure what bird they are from, maybe a different type of pheasant?

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The Musketeers costumes - Boots 1/1

The musketeers’ boots are variations of knee-high leather fold over boots.

Athos has suede boots with smooth leather on the inside where the boots fold over and on the reverse of the spur leathers (the somewhat butterfly-shaped pieces of leather strapped to the front of the feet). There are extra strips of leather reinforcing the toes and along the bottom edges of the boots. The spur leathers are attached with straps that go around the back of the ankle, cross over at the front under the leather pieces and are attached to the side of the sole (as with Aramis) or continue to loop underneath the foot. The boot shaft has a seam up the back, and the fold over has a seam on the front as well. The edges are topstitched with a thick contrasting thread. There is a series of interwoven leather loops on the outside side of the boots - as decoration or the decorative end of a way to fasten the boots at the top? If anyone has a better shot of it, please let me know!

Aramis’ boots are made of a much thicker leather, which is probably why he needs belts attached to a belt under his coat to keep his boots up. The spur leathers are attached with a strap over the top across the front of the foot. The ends of the strap are attached where the boot meets the sole. There is a seam up the back of the boot shaft (reinforced with a strip of leather topstitched over it) and a horizontal seam between pieces of leather about two thirds the way up to his knees, with a narrow curve down and up again in the centre front. The upper part with the fold over has a seam in the front. The fold over is curved so it is longer at the front than at the back. All the edges except the centre seams are topstitched.

Porthos’ boots are also fold over boots but he doesn’t fold them over. They are made of four pieces of leather each, with front and back seams along the whole length of the boot and a horizontal seam about three quarters of the way up to the knee. The horizontal seam is topstitched and the top of the boot is bound with magenta/red binding. A very dark burgundy sash is threaded through holes cut below knee height to secure the boot to the leg.

D’Artagnan’s boots have lower heels than the others’. There is a seam all the way up the back of the boot, reinforced with a strip of leather topstitched over the top. There are straps just under the turn over to secure the boot. The edges are topstitched.

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The Musketeers costumes - Aramis’ Coat 1/1

The body of Aramis’ coat is made of four panels; two front panels that wrap around the sides, and two back panels. Both shoulders are reinforced with an extra layer of scallop-edged leather that curves down from where the centre back seam meets the collar to about two thirds down the arm scye at the back, and down from a little bit below where the shoulder seam meets the collar to about halfway the arm scye on the front. These pieces are topstitched on. The side seams of the coat do not run straight down from the armpits but are placed further back, starting higher up the arm scye at the back and curving in further towards the centre back seam before running down to the waist seam. The waist seam slopes downward from about waist height at the centre back seam, around the sides and down to meet in a shallow downwards v-shape in the centre front.

The lower part of the coat is made of long panels of which the back ones are as wide as the upper back panels, the side flaps are as wide as the distance from the curved side/back seam to the centre side and the front panels run from the centre side to the centre front. This makes the front panels the widest, followed by the back panels, then the side panels as the narrowest. The panels are wider at the bottom than at the top and the front panels are shorter at the centre front edge (ending just below the knees) than at the sides, where they end at the same height as the other panels. The edges of the panels are bound with strips of leather.

The sleeves are two-part sleeves that run down a little over the wrists. Only the top half of the sleeves are attached to the body, leaving the armpit open. The bottom of the sleeve has a split along the outer seam. The open edges are bound and the cuff is closed with a button and two leather loops.

At the centre front the binding of the edges continues up the front of the body and along the collar. The collar is lined with more leather, and there is leather facing a couple of inches wide along the inside of the front edge of the body panels, where the loops and buttons attach. The rest of the upper part of the coat is lined with a darker brown fabric, probably linen. The buttons are sewn on loosely, near the bound edge of the coat and are not sewn to the loops on that side. When closing the coat, the loop on the button side is fastened over the button first, before the loop on the other side. The edges of the coat do not overlap and the buttons end up centred on the line where the edges meet. There are three buttons close together on the collar and nine spaced out down the front until the waist seam.

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The Musketeers costumes - Shirts 1/2

The musketeers’ shirts are all basically similar, differing only in details. They look like they’re made of linen using a very full rectangular pattern. The material is gathered in tiny pleats at the collar front and back, and on the outside of the arm at the top of the sleeves. At the bottom of the sleeves there are pleats all around. The cuffs are open, tied shut with string. The shoulder seams are covered (if there are shoulder seams at all; the front and back of the shirt could also be made from one piece of fabric). On Athos’ grey shirt and D’Artagnan’s shirt (in part 2) you can see where the shoulder reinforcement splits at the collar for the neck gussets. The others probably have those too.

Athos’ shirt has scalloped lace attached to the edges of the collar and the sleeve cuffs, and there are little cloth-covered buttons and string loops on the front opening of the shirt.

The sleeves of Aramis’ white shirt are very full. He has lace with triangular edges attached to the collar and cuffs. His grey shirt is less fancy, with smaller sleeves and a narrower collar. The rectangular lace is sewn onto the collar itself rather than attached along the edge. The cuffs don’t have lace. Both shirt fronts have strings attached as fastenings.

Morgana embroidery progress!! I think some parts look messy but I’ll go over them once I finish the other parts.

Morgana embroidery progress!! I think some parts look messy but I’ll go over them once I finish the other parts.