Blue linen underdress

Focus on neckline and cuff of new blue linen underdress

Focus on neckline and cuff of new blue linen underdress

 

In November I attended a Tavern night with the SCA group in Calgary, and found that my skirts (well, dresses) were just a bit too short for the cold weather. I made a mental note to explore the wearing of pants by women (there are stories in the Icelandic sagas that mention this..) and also to make a longer underdress that I could wear for indoor events like this.

I used some of the navy lightweight linen from Fabric.com that I got for less than $5.00/yard (before tax and shipping) – it was such a good price that I bought 25 yards of it, and have used it for a bunch of other things too… it washes up really nicely!

The pattern

I used the same kind of pattern I’ve used a few times before for general early-period underdresses.  I’ve used this same general pattern (with some variations) for my most recent brown linen underdress, a blue underdress (with an embellished hem), a white linen underdress (with embellished hem) and a pink & purple underdress, and the black linen underdress I blogged about last year. Continue reading

Enchantment Under the Sea – Necklace

Necklace for my Enchantment under the Sea costume - dangling clear blue beads on a silver chain

Necklace for my Enchantment under the Sea costume – dangling clear blue beads on a silver chain

When I was collecting my pin-board for my Enchantment Under the Sea costume, I came across a necklace that I really liked for the concept. Although it doesn’t necessarily say “1950s” I thought it had a watery look to it that appealed to me for the overall costume theme.

Keep reading below and I’ll share how I made it!

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Enchantment Under the Sea – Hat

The cocktail hat or fascinator for my "Enchantment Under the Sea" costume.

The cocktail hat or fascinator for my “Enchantment Under the Sea” costume.

You’re never fully dressed without a … hat!

I looked at hats from the 1950s and saw they were as diverse as hats today (albeit probably more commonly worn than today..) I opted for a small fascinator/cocktail hat, since it was a “prom” dress costume after all. (Other common options were wide-brimmed hats which seemed less workable). I wanted the hat to look like a nautilus shell curled up, accented with things like starfish, netting, etc.. Continue reading

Enchantment Under the Sea – Gloves

Gloves or "hand - fins" for my costume

Finished gloves or “hand – fins” for my costume – one shown face up, the other face down.

One of the hardest parts about this costume was the “gloves”. In the costume sketch, I really liked the look – but when I came to drafting the pattern, it got a lot harder to translate that basic sketch into something I could work from.

I wanted a fin-like glove, similar to Miss Tess’s sheer glove (below, from Pinterest) but I wanted my fingers to be free so I wouldn’t have to take the glove off and on in order to sip my drink, nibble on the delicious food I’m anticipating, or to do anything to help out with the party. Continue reading

Enchantment under the Sea – Ear-Fins

Completed ear fins for my Enchantment Under the Sea costume.

Completed ear fins for my Enchantment Under the Sea costume.

One of the elements I wanted for my Enchantment Under the Sea costume was ear-fins. I saw a few variations on Pinterest (some using wire, some using foam, some using paper) and decided to do mine in wire and fabric, since then I could match them to other elements on the costume which would also be fabric-based. Continue reading