Help with patterns / garments

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by AmazonChitlin, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. AmazonChitlin

    AmazonChitlin Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey all,

    I am currently piecing together a plague doctor costume from Season of the Witch. I can't for the life of me figure out what the white outer robe they wear is called. I don't think it's a cloak since it has sleeves, but I wouldn't call it a gown because it's open. Same with their undergarments. The white directly on top of the black looks like a pretty standard surcoat with a pocket sewn in and straps sewn onto the sides. The black outfit underneath looks like a priest robe, but I'm not sure.

    If you know what these articles are actually called, please let me know! Even better if you have a source for patterns or close to patterns/garments.

    Included are some screen grabs.

    Thanks for any help!

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  2. the_batdemon

    the_batdemon Sr Member

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    Those do look vaguely liturgical; cassocks, surplices, etc. The outer hooded garment reminds me of a ladies hooded poncho from the 60s.
     
  3. AmazonChitlin

    AmazonChitlin Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I didn't even think of a surplice! I'm kinda thinking that the hooded garment may well be a modified surplice, lengthened, split in the front and a hood added!

    The middle garment looks to thick to be a surplice to me. To me it looks like a surcoat (or tabard) modified with a pocket to hold the bloodletting tools. I could definitely be wrong though!

    You're definitely right about the bottom layer being a cassock.

    Any ideas on the black hood? I wonder if it'd be a modified coif?
     
  4. Risu

    Risu Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The black hood looks to me to be your standard 2-piece balaclava pattern with the whole face cut out and extra material in the back to allow the head in since stretch fabrics didn't exist.
     
  5. AmazonChitlin

    AmazonChitlin Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi Risu,

    I was thinking the same, but then starting thinking of historical accuracy and threw myself for a loop. I mean come on, it's Season of the Witch we're talking about here, hahaha.

    I may try a balaclava once I get the rest of the costume worked out and see if it looks right! I'm not going for a 100% copy, just an approximation.

    Thanks for your help again, guys!
     
  6. Risu

    Risu Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm not saying you should use a real balaclava, just get two pieces of fabric, cut a rough head profile shape with a straight back from the head down the neck, and sew them together.
     

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