All for one and one for all… the Buttons!

Despite the many, wonderful and varied costumes that we create here at Midnight Costume Services it is always the Historical Costumes that excite me the most. There is a certain amount of Indiana Jones-ing to be done with the Patterns as I hunt for resources hidden in my studio Library  and across the internet, which is always enjoyable!

This Commission was for a 3 Musketeers Cloak, inspired by the BBC TV Series…

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This Cloak is secretly super cool, as you can un-button and re-button the side seams to create sleeves, or a cloak! Wicked, right?

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I actually have this Pattern among my historical resources so all I had to do was locate, scale up and re-size for my Client. Above on the left you can see another version of the Pattern, with an extant example , and on the right is my Pattern.

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This was a time consuming but relatively simple make to be honest, I made and lined each piece separately, made over 60 Button Holes and sewed on over 60 Buttons. The Collar was added in so my Client could wear the Cloak in a variety of ways, including off the shoulder.

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I used a really beautiful Midnight Blue soft, drapey wool with matching lining and Brass effect Buttons.

For such a simple Pattern I was absurdly pleased with the results!

Happy stitching!

Free and easy…

Every now & again I stumble upon a gem like this. Thanks to the wonderful Dreamstress for this hilariously worded piece of newsprint from the Evening Post from 5th April 1879!

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Which leads beautifully in to her article on What is a Tea Gown. Do visit her website if you are historically inclined as there’s some lovely posts which are very helpful indeed.

Happy Stitching!