2nd November 2011: Postponed! Looking realisticaly at the cossy, I can not get it done, the way I want it to be done, in time for Thoughtbubble. So I am putting it on a back burner to complete for another date, rather than taking a hash up I am not happy with to the event. I will be doing this outfit, just not for Thought B this year.
31st October 2011: Begun work. I have spent the last few days cutting and sewing. Cut the main body of the coat, and it's lining, and am sewing the gold braid on the panels. I am not happy with how it is going, partly because I don't like the look of the braid, partly I am not happy with the cut.I will take it a bit further and see what it looks like at the first fitting when I put it on. I will not abandon the concept, but I am seriously considering wearing something else for thought bubble, and starting over again on on the baron for a later event.
19th October 2011: In the end, velvet, sigh! Looking at my reference pics again, I think he has at least one of his coats in velvet. In the end, I think that is what I am going to use. I would have prefered wool, it is far easier to work. Detail, detail, detail....
1st July 2011: The right stuff. In 18thCent stuff the right cloth is a big part of the final effect, and a mate of mine has turned up a limited amount of the right stuff. Deep red pure wool, made by Hainsworth, who make cloth for the british army red coats, and have done since 1812. Cutting starts next week.
11th December 2010: Fiction not fact. Interesting to see a contemporary portrait of the real, clean shaven, man. The whiskered image seems to have come in with a 19thC satire.
I will go with the film image, it suites me better. Now to chase up some good red cloth for the coat.
26th November 2010: Image search There are surprisingly few pictures from this film, not just of the baron, but of any of it. It is a cult classic, but not a lot of it out there. At present I am collecting, reference material, and braids and cloth for the costume . Actual work on it will come some time in the future.
17th November 2010: First thoughts. I've fancied making and wearing this outfit for a while now, and it will no doubt take some time to make and assemble. So planning and research start now.
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