Costume :Alan Quatermain
Variant :Norfolk jacket and breeches, worn at martian landing ,vol 2
Source :League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Thought Bubble 2010

Costume Photos

Bradford Industrial Museum.

posing again

posing at Thoughtbubble

We are....the Men in Tweed!

Unacustomed as I am....

Jacket assembled

Thought Bubble 2010

page from the comic, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II.


Costume Information

Cost : Cloth £20, hat blank £3,leather boots custom made for £75 by Kevin Garlic.
Awards : Won a prize at Thought Bubble 2010
Time Taken : Various odds and s#ds bought over a period of years, tailoring the 4 pocket jacket , one week. I'll update as I go

Being a big fan of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I am keeping much to their vision of him. He is wearing a 4 pocket blouse or Norfolk jacket, a garment originaly devised for shooting parties in Britain, later modified into a military garment, and in fact the prototype for WWII German uniform. With this go knickerbocker breeches or plus fours, gaiters and lace up boots. In the cartoon he is wearing a starched shirt with stand collar, which in fact would be an unlikeley combination at the time, mixing formal and casual garb.
For a hat he is portrayed with either a pith helmet or a slouch hat. Accessories would be cartridge belt or pouch belt, water bottle, and gun.
More to follow as I get on with this project.
I have to bite the bullet some time, and decide, four pocket jacket like the comic, or two like the model. I think in the end, four pockets it has to be.


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Wonderful! I look forward to seeing this! :)

by Monkey on Tuesday, 21 September, 2010 - 16:31
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Thankyou. I worry that it is a bit subdued to make an impression, but mr. Quarterman has always been one of my favourite characters.

by Joshua on Wednesday, 22 September, 2010 - 21:59
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That jacket looks really professional, amazing work, I must say.

by Wyrdsister on Friday, 19 November, 2010 - 14:23
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by poydo on Tuesday, 23 November, 2010 - 20:13
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Saw you about at Thoughtbubble looking very classy, though not being a huge comics fan I didn't know who you were dressed as. Still looked great regardless!

by UnaSpi on Thursday, 25 November, 2010 - 01:25
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Thanks everyone. I put a bit more into this one, than I would for a one shot,as I plan to wear it to some of the steampunk gigs, and from your comments I am happy to see that it worked .
You might notice that I am specializing in aging bewhiskered heroes, hah, no typecasting for me, heh heh heh.

by Joshua on Thursday, 25 November, 2010 - 01:35
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Fantastic Quatermain!

It's good to see the original Comicbook version getting some love!

by Numta on Thursday, 25 November, 2010 - 06:28
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saw you at thoughtbubble, your outfit was amazing

by LuciaDuvant on Thursday, 25 November, 2010 - 14:30
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Excellent costume. You really look the part.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 16 October, 2011 - 15:06


After the Ball. (Posted 24th November 2010)

Updating after getting hold of some pics after the con. Wore the outfit with my old Inverness cape and an Indian shawl that was very in keeping with the Victorian aesthetic. Made the gaiters at the last minute, and they worked, hoorah.
Many thanks to the guys who took those photos and let me use them. This would be a poorer hobby without those people who pander to our vanity by taking our pictures.

It is done. (Posted 15th November 2010)

At last, tonight I have finished the costume. Did the breeches a couple of days ago, complete with functioning pockets, two hip, two side. With the four on the jacket, I have eight pockets in this outfit, a record I think for any gear I've made.
Tonight I finished hemming up the jacket, did buttons, and the last buttonholes. These latter were a bit of a pig, my machine buttonholer broke while finishing the knickerbockers, so were a bit of a fudge.

The Hat (Posted 30th October 2010)

Decided to go with a slouch (broad brimmed felt) hat, because thats what Allan is shown wearing with the Norfolk suit, and have just finished steaming and reshaping the one I will use.
Some years ago I had the good luck to buy 3 good quality grey-green hat blanks at a very low price. They turned out to be for British military issue bush hats, sold off cheaply because of minor faults in the crown. Good quality hard felt, and very easy to reshape when steamed over a kettle or saucepan, with a nice wide brim.

Jacket assembled (Posted 28th October 2010)

Just now finished the sewing assembly of the jacket, only the button holes and some internal finishing to go. Then, the knickerbockers and gaiters.
This has been one of the most fiddly garments I've ever made, not much in the way of fitting, 'cos it's very boxy in cut. It's the patch pockets, pleats and straps.

Sewing and assembly. (Posted 26th October 2010)

Started assembly yesterday, and it's generaly going well. Still, at this late stage, undecided about some of the details. The problem is how close to keep to the illustrations, which are a comic afterall, and how close to a classic norfolk jacket I keep it.
I want to get some use out of this later, at steampunk and other Victorian type events.

Cut (Posted 24th October 2010)

At last, after weeks of looking at it, planning and moving pattern pieces around I have cut the whole suite out.
I've been chary because I only had a limited amount of this cloth. This cloth being original, old stock, Harris tweed. Hand woven, lichen dyed, narrow width, just the right colour and far to good for a normal cosplay.
However, a cracking material, and just right for also doin' Steampunk, which is often an outside, all weather, daylight affair with a very critical audience.

Capt. Selous (Posted 27th September 2010)

Found some pics of Mr Selous, the real life man who was the model for A.Q.They all show him in a felt hat, so that might have to be the direction I go in with my AQ cosplay. Though the comic does show Allan in a Topi sometimes.

Thought on the character. (Posted 21st September 2010)

I've got a fair bit of the stuff together, and tailoring the clothes is not a problem, I used to be a full time costumier. Still wondering about the hat and the boots, I have 2 kinds of solar tope and good high boots. Trouble is, should he actualy have a felt slouch hat and gaiters? The latter are more "correct" but the former more of the feel I want.
Otherwise, the leatherwork is sorted to a fair degree,and I've worked out my 30 second dialogue for the walk down the aisle.