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Triple C: Culottes, Cape and an early christmas gift

More than three years ago I published a post. It was about a 1942 culottes pattern I made from green linen I had bought at IKEA. As the pattern was one to enlarge at home, I offered it for you on my blog. When my blog moved to its current webspace, the post and the pattern moved, too, while the photos stayed on the old webspace. Now some time ago the host of my old domain quit business and the photos hosted there were not available anymore. Since then, the tutorial is pretty useless, hence picture-less.

I had planned to make myself a new version for long, also because the old one doesn’t live anymore. And as you see in the drawing, the pattern is not only for the culottes, but also for a matching cape. So when I came across this blue-black wool-blend(53% wool and different artificial fibres) bouclé I decided this was the fabric to turn into a culottes-suit.

As wool is not the comfiest to wear on bare skin or with thin tights, I decided to completely line the two pieces, using a white lining with a tiny flower pattern. The fabric was given to me as part of an unfinished men’s jacket and therefore already cut. This resulted in a lot of seams inside the cape and one frankenpieced leg, but after all it did work and I used all of the fabric left, so hooray for that!

I changed the upper part of the cape, instead of the hood I went for a small stand-up collar.

The original tutorial asked to sew upper fabric and lining together and then turn the whole thing over. But I didn’t want to make a quick rain cape from oil cloth, but a pretty wool cape. So I added facings and properly inserted the lining. And I added bound buttonholes.

For the slits I used a velvet ribbon leftover and little leather triangles to secure the ends.

For a reason I don’t remember anymore I moved the zipper from the side to the centre back. Maybe I did it because of the thick fabric, maybe because I lacked enough seam allowance for a zipper at the side seam, I have no idea. It is a little on the short side and a longer one won’t fit due to the v-shaped seam below it (you have the crotch seam and in the front and the back an additional seam to give the culotte-look), so I won’t advise you do to this.

While the first version of the culottes had an added waistband (as the pattern suggests though it is not shown in the drawing, but only mentioned in the text), I didn’t have enough fabric to realize one on this one. Instead I added an invisible waistband inside that is now hid by the lining.

Well, a new suit for me, for you a pattern made available again:

Please check your measurements, as they seem to be quite special. I had to remove only 0.5cm width on the waist, but a lot more at the hips, so it was made for a completely different body-shape than mine, but still with a small waist.

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Aus: Frau und Mode. Beilage zum “Blatt für Alle”, 14. Februar 1942

Please note: As some of the measurements are cut in the scan, here are the missing numbers.

Auf deutsch:

Vor über drei Jahren habe ich einen Post geschrieben, über einen Hosenrock nach einem Schnittmuster von 1942. Genäht hatte ich ihn aus grünem IKEA-Leinen und da der Schnitt sowieso zum selbst vergrössern war, habe ich ihn auf meinem Blog zur Verfügung gestellt. Als mein Blog dann auf seinen aktuellen Webspace zügelte, nahm ich den Post und damit den Schnitt mit. Nur das Bild blieb am alten Ort und als der alte Provider dann vor einiger Zeit seinen Dienst einstellte, verschwand es ganz still und heimlich. Seitdem ergibt ein Link zu den Tutorial mangels Bild aka. Schnittmuster nicht mehr wirklich Sinn.

Schon seit Langem hatte ich eine zweite Version geplant, zumal der Schnitt ja nicht nur einen Hosenrock, sondern auch ein Cape beinhaltet. Und als ich dann einen schönen schwarz-blauen Woll-Misch-Bouclé (53% Wolle gepaart mit verschiedenen Kunstfasern) fand war die Sache klar: Ein Hosenrock-Kostüm!

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Nun ist Wolle auf nackter Haut oder auch nur auf Perlonstrümpfen nicht gerade angenehm, weshalb sowohl Cape als auch Hosenrock gefüttert sind. Als kleinen Kontrast habe ich mich für ein monochrom geblümtes weisses Futter entschieden, welches mal als Teil eines halbfertigen Herrensakkos in meinen Fundus kam. Daher war es natürlich zerschnitten und ich musste etwas puzzeln. Das Futter im Cape ist in schmalen Bahnen zugeschnitten und eines der Bein-Schnittteile musste ich dann komplett aus den Resten zusammenstückeln. Aber es hat gepasst und der Futterstoff ist auch komplett verbraucht.

Anstelle der Kapuze entschied ich mich für einen schmalen Stehkragen, schnitttechnisch gesehen ist das nichts anderes als ein Streifen, längs gefaltet.

Die Anleitung sieht eigentlich vor, Futter und Oberstoff des Capes zusammenzunähen und dann zu verstürzen. Aber ich wollte ja kein schnelles Regencape aus Wachstuch, sondern was hübsches. Also habe ich Belege angeschnitten und das Futter ganz brav eingesetzt. Die Knopflöcher sind Paspelknopflöcher.

Die Armschlitze habe ich zuerst an den Kanten mit Zick-Zack-Stich gesichert, damit der eher grobe Stoff und das fisselige Futter nicht ausfransen, und dann mit einem Rest Samtband eingefasst. An die Enden habe ich kleine Dreiecke aus Leder gesetzt, das gefiel mir und schützt davor, dass die Schlitze ausreissen.

Warum ich den Reissverschluss von der Seite in die hintere Mitte gesetzt habe, weiss ich nicht mehr. Es ist nicht authentisch und er ist auch noch zu kurz (aber länger geht nicht, weil die Naht sich darunter in die Schrittnaht und die “Rocknaht” aufsplittet und wie ein auf dem Kopf stehendes V auseinandergeht, da kann ich keinen Reissverschluss mehr einsetzen). Meine Theorie ist, dass ich entweder zu wenig Nahtzugabe für einen Reissverschluss an der Seite hatte oder dass mir der Wollstoff zu dick war und ich Angst vor einer dicken Naht hatte. Also falls ihr das Ding nachnäht: Lasst den Reissverschluss wo er ist.

Im Text zum Schnitt steht, man solle einen Bund ansetzen. Da ich aber keinen Stoff mehr hatte, war das leider nicht möglich. Also habe ich stattdessen einen unsichtbaren Bund innen angenäht und diesen dann mit dem Futter vollständig verdeckt. Niemand wird je wissen, was für ein schrecklich hässliches Band das war. 😀

Und weil es ja unfair wäre, wenn nur ich jetzt einen neuen Hosenrock habe, bekommt ihr den Schnitt noch einmal hochgeladen, hoffentlich diesmal dann dauerhafter.

Bevor ihr euch ans Nähen wagt: kontrolliert die Zahlen! Ich habe beim Bund nur 0.5cm pro Naht weggenommen, an der Hüfte dafür eine ganze Menge. Die Proportionen sind also komplett anders als mein Körper und möglicherweise auch eurer.

Da ein paar Zahlen am Rand abgeschnitten sind, habe ich sie euch hier nachgetragen.

Viel Spass beim Nachnähen,

love

ette

(s)It(h) is getting colder

Though I do of course sew other things as well as do and love other things besides sewing, I decided at one point to limit this blog to textile history and sewing projects made after historical patterns. Like this I hope to give my blog a clear silhouette, knowing well that this also means I can only show you a part of my personality.

HSF challenge #20 (“Alternative Universe”) now enables me to show a passion of mine that hasn’t been mentioned on this blog. First you should know, I am a little nerd. I love science and technical history and I always put my two cents in whenever I know something about biology or astronomy (oftentimes embarassing half-knowledge, I fear). Influenced by my boyfriend I love old and new Video games and can name a frightening number of Marvel or DC heroes.

I am however not a big fan of science fiction though I have some favourites. I had a phase watching a lot of Doctor Who (though this might have been caused by David Tennant, I haven’t watched a single Matt Smith episode, I’m afraid). I love the Stargate movie (and hate the series) but have never watched a single Enterprise-movie (only the first J.J.Abrams Star Trek-film and I may have a look at the second, it is said that B. Cumberbatch is brilliant in this one 😉 ).

But, BUT, I love, love, love, adore….Star Wars. Don’t ask why. My father doesn’t like it, he couldn’t even remember having watched the old movies before Episode 1 hit the cinemas.
It seems as if I watched them pretty early. I can remember me, being maybe 10 or 12 years of age,  pacing through our flat in black leggings and long sleeved shirt, using a black shirt from my father’s wardrobe as a cape, my chest adorned with a sheet of paper, on it the poor attempts of a little girl’s crayons to copy Darth Vader’s control panel. Of course I had no helmet because I couldn’t think of anything to improvise it with.

At this point it should be clear that my choice of what to sew for this challenge was set, it had to be something from the Star Wars-Universe. In hindsight I could have chosen any pattern I wanted because it is common knowledge that Star Wars is set

a long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

so any recreation of a costume from these movies would have been historical.

Pattern: Burda august 2013, altered
Year: a long time ago

But no, just kidding, I followed the rules and picked a historical pattern for this challenge, too.

Because especially American readers are used to single pattern sheets, this is what an european 40ies pattern sheet looks like. Somewhere in there the pattern I used is hidden.
Because especially American readers are used to single patterns: this is what an european 40ies pattern sheet looks like. Somewhere in there the pattern I used is hidden.

As most Star Wars-enthusiasts I love the old movies, dislike Episode I, despise Episode II and consider Episode III as the at least best acceptable of the three. But because the book about the old Star Wars costumes is only published at the end of the month I had to work with the one I had, the book about the costumes in Episodes I to III: Dressing a Galaxy.

While some of the senat’s members wore beautifully Belle Epoque-inspired robes, I knew I wouldn’t have neither time nor fabric to copy these.
Then I saw the costume photos of Christoper Lee’s charakter, Count Dooku:

He wears a long brown cape, lined with satin in a lighter shade of brown.

The cape consists of a front, a back and side parts, so it has modeled shoulders and something like a sleeve cap.

The shoulders are decorated with parallel lines of topstitching.

Yes, that was the inspiration I needed! I had planned to do a cape anyway, so why not make a suble Star Wars-inspired one.

Maybe another reason that made me pick this costume without any reluctance was a sewing pattern in a women’s magazine I had found only one week earlier on a flea market.

Because I don't own the magazine I only have the drawing (the pattern sheet included the patterns of two magazine issues)
Because I don’t own the magazine I only have the drawing (the pattern sheet includes the patterns of two magazine issues and I bought it with the other)

A cape pattern for a fur cape from January 1945. See? Front, back, side parts, sleeve cap, all I need. And the striped pattern of the fur gave me the rest to consider this pattern absolutely perfect.
I did not want to make a mid-calf-length cape, this would have been a little too much super-hero-attitude for everyday-wear, so the length was perfect, too.
I love the five small darts on the shoulders. They add something harsh and uniform-like to it.
Because it was a little too large for me (made for 92cm bust circumference) I pinned it to my sewing mannequin and cut away all the excess. Additionally, I reduced the collar to a narrow band collar.

my not-so-professional method to adjust the pattern to my size
my not-so-professional method to adjust the pattern to my size
the adjusted pattern with the new collar line (compare to the drawing above)
the adjusted pattern with the new collar line (compare to the drawing above)

Whilst searching for fabric in my stash I had to realize that I 1) would never wear a brown cape as much as a black one and 2) that I did not have any matching brown fabric I could use for it. And as I already stated, Episode II really isn’t my favourite film neither is Count Dooku my favourite character. Maybe you might already have noticed, despite my long brown hair my first poor attempts in cosplaying did not aim at representing Princess Leia, but Darth Vader. At this point I should confess: I am drawn to evil characters. I am a Vader-, Snape, Lecter-girl, that’s what I am. Sorry, Rebel Alliance, sorry Harry and friends, sorry Clarice.

So when I unearthed a (what I thought was) black gabardine and a Sith-light-saber-red silk-satin, my choice was clear. To make it a cape to wear in cold autumn weather, I decided to add a layer of wool fleece, connecting this to the silk to create a custom-quilted warm lining.

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Now some of you may ask ‘wool fleece, never have seen something like that?’. Well, in a fabric or haberdashery store, I have neither. But I came across this in…a garden centre! Pure wool fleece, made to cover your plants to protect them in winter. Because of this, the wool is of a comparably poor quality and quite dirty (many seeds and dry plants in it), but I considered it to be very interesting and presumably warmer than a polyester fleece of comparable thickness.

the sheep say "we tuck your plants in"
the sheep say “we tuck your plants in”

To avoid shifting I hand-quilted the silk onto the wool fleece before putting together the lining. I cut away the darts and seam allowances so it wouldn’t be too thick at the seams.

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inside out
inside out the other way round
inside out the other way round

Sewing the pieces together was really easy. First you close the shoulder seams, then you insert the side pieces. Before I added these I tested if it fit me and was strongly reminded of Luke’s black outfit.
I hand-stitched the seam connecting the outer and the inner fabric as I did the hems (I hemmed them both seperately.
The side seams as well as the front edges are top-stitched with the sewing machine.

my shoulders are formed differently than my dress form's ones, that's why they wrinkle
my shoulders are formed differently than my dress form’s ones, that’s why they wrinkle

As I said, I thought the gabardine to be black. In some moments I doubted so I held it near a black fabric ‘yeah, it’s black’, held it near a dark-blue fabric ‘yes, that’s really black’ and went on. Only when I wanted to wear the cape with a black dress I finally had to realize: it is a very, very dark blue (or maybe a blue-ish black?)
A little side note: This means I still have not a single piece of black outerwear. My wintercoats and -jackets are orange, brown, grey, dark-grey, dark-blue and now, another dark blue member. Seems like a good excuse to sew a coat, doesn’t it? 😉

You may remember the topstitched shoulders on Christopher Lee’s costume. Well, the pattern I used was slightly more fitted and thus needed shoulder darts. These are much longer than the topstitching of the costume is. First I planned to make the topstitching anyway, using the dart as the given length. But while working I had to observe the dart changing from a straight seam to a very slightly curved line. Because I feared this would look odd with straight top-stitching, I decided not to add any top-stitching at all.

But there still are two small imperial features.
First I had to decide what closure to chose. Count Dooku’s cape closes with a silver chain and a decorative clasp on both ends. This was too extrvagant in my opinion to go with this cape as an everyday-garment, so I turned once again to my favourite villain: Darth Vader’s coat closes with a simple black chain and I happened to have a very similar still in my stash. Without the helmet it looked weird to place it too close around the neck, so I made the ends lie with the shoulder darts. To one end a tiny hook was added to close it with the matching eye on the shoulder seam.

side part darts and chain-closure
side part darts and chain-closure

The second feature: Well, I told you I quilted the lining. While I used radial lines on the side parts and the lower back, I thought the shoulder region could use something more impressive and topic-related:

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What is left to say? I love this cape. First because it is my Darth-Vader-Star-Wars-cape from now on (the assistant of my Professor called it a ‘veritable Dracula-cape’, I can life with this, too) and because I had wanted a cape to wear this autumn. Double-win!

There is only one little downer: The wool fibres keep pricking through both fabrics. I don’t mind that much on the inside (it’s not scratchy, though of course it impairs the effect of the imperial coat-of-arms-quilting), but the outside is looking horribly messy, as if I cuddled a white Persian cat only seconds ago. Anybody experienced something like this and can tell me how to at least reduce this?

Without further ado, here it is, my “what-would a Sith-lady wear when going for a walk on Endor”-cape:

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“Do I have to? I hate woods!”
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“Look at this mud! I really would prefer the death star’s grey steel and concrete…”
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“You want me to show…?”
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“Please, let’s restart, I can do it better!”
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“…like this!” *swoosh*
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“Another photo? This is getting boring and cold.”
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“What should be interesting about the back?”
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“Oh, shut up, don’t make me laugh, that completely destroys my authority. If…only…this…stu…pid…chain…would…argh!”
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“To ask me to undress in front of the camera is either brave or very very stupid. Don’t underestimate the power of the force, my dear!”
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But as I know what you want to see, I am willing to forgive. This is the quilting you are looking for”

The Challenge: #20 Alternative universe

Fabric: dark blue gabardine (55% wool, 45% polyester), red silk satin

Pattern: from “Meyers Schweizer Frauen- und Modeblatt”, issue 4 (january) 1945

Year: a long time ago in a galaxy far far away

Notions: wool fleece, fusible interfacing for the collar, red and black thread, a short piece of black metal chain, a piar of hooks and eyes

How historically accurate is it?  The pattern is authentic, though I doubt it would be suitable for a fabric like this, normally all the darts would have been hidden because of the fur. For the Star Wars universe it would be too short, but maybe as a travelling cloak?

Hours to complete:  lots, maybe 10?

First worn: Tuesday, 21st Octobre

Total cost: I don’t know for sure but comparably expensive. The wool fleece cost 20CHF, the silk 10-15 CHF and the gabardine maybe a little more. So something around 50-60CHF, though I already had the two fabrics in my stash.

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red dress: 2nd hand/h&m – grey wool dress: 2nd hand – belt: mum’s – shoes: 2nd hand/Hush Puppies – cape: ette/Meyer pattern – suede gloves: antique store – sunglasses: Bijoux Brigitte

 

I hope you like it.

Wish you a lovely weekend and may the force be with you,

ette