24th November 2010: After the Ball. 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.
15th November 2010: It is done. 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.
30th October 2010: The Hat 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.
28th October 2010: Jacket assembled 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.
26th October 2010: Sewing and assembly. 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.
24th October 2010: Cut 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.
27th September 2010: Capt. Selous 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.
21st September 2010: Thought on the character. 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.
Monkey - 21st September 2010
Wonderful! I look forward to seeing this! :)
Joshua - 22nd September 2010
Thankyou. I worry that it is a bit subdued to make an impression, but mr. Quarterman has always been one of my favourite characters.
Wyrdsister - 19th November 2010
That jacket looks really professional, amazing work, I must say.
Anonymous - 23rd November 2010
UnaSpi - 25th November 2010
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!
Joshua - 25th November 2010
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.
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