All right. It is time for details on Dapper Day outfits. For those who don’t want to read through an exacting spiel on all that was put into these outfits, scroll on down. There was a lot put into these. Making them was part of it, but what we really want to show off is all the little references and such we slipped in to stay true to the characters. The devil’s in the details.
I’ll start with mine (Peter). I think going to break it down by article of clothing. Yeah, yeah. Definitely.
First off, it is impossible to find a decent leaf/vine brocade when you are actually on a mission for one. From the beginning of designing this ensemble, I was bent on a green waistcoat with leaves to simulate Peter’s skeleton leaves. Through L.A.’s garment district and all of my local fabric stores, I eventually found one with a color and pattern I was happy with and stitched up the vest from scratch. No pattern or nothin’, because I just don’t do things that way. Just sketched it up and altered along the way. Next it was on to my quest for acorn buttons. Given I don’t live near anything remotely arboreous to pluck them up and make the buttons myself, it was off to etsy. Lastly, I found a Tink pin to add to my lapel (had to make sure it was one that showed off her ‘tude!).
This one I didn’t make, but I did do a lot of altering. Venia (Tiger Lily) can attest to how many times I dyed, bleached, and redyed in different shades of yellow and green (and some super dark coffee) to get just the shade I was determined to get. This was probably my biggest headache and most damage on my hands, but I finally got a nice color, I think.
Short pants were another constant from my initial design. Though I didn’t make these entirely on my own, I think I altered about every stitch but the crotch. They were originally a pair of granny dress pants I picked from the thrift store, but I took them in about a billion inches all around, cut off the bottom and added a contrast of brown plaid wool to help break up the green overload.
This started out as a lifeless olive hat I bought from Target. I dyed it dark green, attached the feather and a old bronze button I had floating around for accent.
Accessories and Et Ceteras
The Ears: Bought from Aradani Studios (which I highly recommend). I sought out some tiny bronze earcuffs with leaves engraved in them for an added touch. I hope you can tell from the pics!
Tie/Tiebar: I wanted the tie to replace Peter’s brown belt since I didn’t really have one, and I fashioned a tie bar for his dagger. It was originally just a bronze pendant, but I wrapped it with a red floss to make it look more like his and added a backing to attach it.
Panpipes: Bought off ebay. They’re unplayable, given they’re not real pipes but just whistles. Going to get a real set for next time!
Pocket Compass/Watch: This one was fun. I got an old pocket watch and gutted it. I painted a face to replace the old one with the night sky showing off the second star to the right and set back the needle to give it the look of a compass. Since that wasn’t enough, I found the crocodile watch charm and added it on.
The Shoes: You would be surprised how hard it is to find the perfect pair of shoes. Originally, I was going to go for a pair of kiltie loafers, but all of them looked too… loafer-ish. I wanted a classier look, and after literally three months of searching, I finally found a pair I fell in love with. These are vintage Florsheims I’m guessing are from maybe the 1940’s judging by the style and the fact that the soles are leather and the heel is wood. Not sure, though, given I’m not that informed about that sort of thing.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things, but the rest was either simply bought or doesn’t have any story behind it. I think that about does it for the breakdown of this outfit, and points to you if you actually suffered through to the end of it.
These outfits and characters are very dear to us and we just love to share all the construction details and such—and hopefully you don’t mind hearing it! Going to write up Tiger Lily’s next!
Oh my god, this is stunning. I love reading the details of people’s costumes, too - this blog is a new favorite!