The gown was two years out of fashion by cosmopolitan standards of Jamaica, but it was clean, which was the main thing so far as I was concerned.
The gown itself was not at all bad, it was of cream silk, half sleeved and very simple, but with panniers of wine-striped silk over the hips, and a ruching of claret-colored silk piping that ran in two rows from waist to bosom. With the Brussels lace I had purchased sewn around the sleeves, I though it would do, even if the cloth was not quite the first quality.
“I’m glad you picked that one.” I said, touching the stone gently. It was warm from his body. “Goes much better with the dress than the sapphire or the emerald would.”
Jamie had finally taken time to notice the rest of my costume. His eye traveled slowly over me from head to hem, and a smile spread across his face.
“Ye make a verra ornamental jewel box, Sassenach,” he said. “A fine distraction, aye?”
Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn. Chapter 6, pages 101 – 104.
I love fashion. I often look at web sites of my favorite clothing stores to look for inspiration on looks and sewing ideas. Lately, I have found myself often turning to Anthropologie and Pinterest for my newest ideas. Unfortunately, my tastes do not often meet my budget. So when I can, I try and make pieces myself. There is nothing better that adding new life to something that I already own or even upscaling a piece of clothing that was once considered out of style. Just as Claire’s gown in Drums of Autumn. ♥
I was fortunate to be able to visit the costumes of Season 2 at the FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Within the store I found the perfect Outlander pins, which were part of my inspiration for this project. I wanted to update two different styles of denim jackets by adding simple vintage details and including a touch of Outlander to the overall design. I decided that I wanted to use the primary materials of lace, embroidered appliqué flowers, my beloved Outlander patch, and my newly purchased pins.
The lace trim can be found in all types of designs, colors, and sizes at your local craft store. Find the design that complements the existing structure of the jacket you are modifying.
All the stitching was done by hand. Use a thread that is the same color as your lace and try to follow the natural hem seam of the jacket. This will allow the hand stitched seam to blend into the jacket, giving it the appearance as though it was already there.
Lastly, I used double sided heat tape to secure the floral applique to the back of the jacket. Place your iron on medium heat, then gently press the iron on top of the florets for a count of five. I completed my ironing in segments, in order to be certain that all areas were firmly secured. Once completed, I created a unique jacket that I can wear to any Outlander gathering!
On my second jacket, I kept the details very simple. I decided to add a bit of detail using my Outlander patch and Scottish thistles.
Adding these simple components brought more structure and design to this jacket. Each of these items were simply ironed on to the jacket for placement. Make sure you use a moist towel prior to ironing in order to reduce the chances of possible discoloring or added sheen to the applique or patch.
It is surprising to see what we can create at home that supports our wee addiction to all things Outlander. What have you created lately? We would love to hear about it!
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