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1780s silk suit 3 by FiddlingRanger 1780s silk suit 3 by FiddlingRanger
This is the silk suit I made for the White Plains New Year's Ball.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Featured here: [link]
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SophusBenigno Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if you've already answered this question, but where did you get the pattern?

I've been wanting/longing to make a costume like that myself, but I can't find a suitable pattern anywhere :(
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I actually made that one myself. Like you, I dislike most patterns on the market now. I decided to make a coat which demonstrated a change in style from the 1770s frock to the 1790s tail coat. While this one is more frock than tail coat, it still represents than transitional period in fashion, what with the slightly more pronounced cutaway front and the acceptance of lapels. The best pattern you could get is the one from wmboothdraper.com (I've spent thousands of dollars through them for fabric) and then make a muslin pattern based off of theirs. If you have a mannequin of yourself, toss the muslin on and start cutting and adding. It's all about creativity... and lots of pins... o_O
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SophusBenigno Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha xD

Well, it's worth a try I guess heh.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Some of your deviantions are featured here: [link] :)
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Why, I feel honoured to be considered amongst those tailoring giants, especially Ms. West. I thank you. :D
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
You're welcome, as always! :D
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
:D
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
White Plains??? NY?? I live there!!
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Do you? Do you know the huge old stone church? That's where all the English Country dances take place throughout the year. On New Year's they have a nice ball.
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhhhh..... there's a bunch of old stone churches! :XD: One of them is right near my house, but I doubt it's the one, it's stone but not huuugee..... If you could show me a picture of the outside, at a good distance, I could recognize it, probably...
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
hmm I'll see what pictures I can find of it. Don't remember if we took any of the church...
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although idk if I'd go... come to think of it, I've never spent a New Year in VT and I've been super jealous of Sam going to these crazy new year parties without me (Alcohol+women-girlfriend chaperone=unreasonably jealous girlfriend) =P

Of course the past two years, the *reason* for my absence has been They Might Be Giants concerts, which I will never miss if they're on the East Coast and north of the Mason-Dixon line.

But, assuming TMBG are out of town or not performing, and that my jealous rage can be subsided, and if you are going to the ball again, I will GOOO!!!

....or do SOMETHING ELSE I HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF YET BECAUSE JANUARY IS A LONG WAY OOOOFFFFFFF!!
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
the ball was in White Plains, NY though. So it was a 5-6 hour trip to my ex's house (then, gf) plus an additional 3 1/2 hours to White Plains.
There are a few in VT, however and in laces like Plattsburgh which are much closer than White Plains. You are certainly more than welcome to come. They are a lot of fun. In fact, there is one in Strafford, VT in early October I'm planning on registering now, for. I'll send you details soon...
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oohhh I see, so the White Plains New Years thing is not a yearly tradition or anything. Geesh, 6 hours to her house and then 3 hours to WP?! Its only 6 hours to White Plains in the first place! If you ever do go again, mi casa es tu casa, dude. Dwellings right in the heart of White Plains, complete with a pool and some dogs.
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
well no it's a yearly thing...
But I went to stay at her house for a day or two before the ball, then the ball, and then a day or two after. You're right though, if I drove straight from here, it would be 6 hours.
And thanks! If I go back there again, I will definitely consider it. OH! Even better- you, Kaitlin, and I should go this next one! You two live close to it. Kaitlin is probably what, 1-2 hours from it? That'd be fun! :D
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pooooooop. Well, uhhh... maybe if I'm still around next New Year I'll go! Or I can just make you take pictures XD
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Limey-Yankee Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Gorgeous! I wish men wore clothes like that today... *sigh*
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
haha thanks! I am actually working on 18th century clothing for modern fashion at the moment. I'm using the the old patterns and reworking them with modern designs, so that the style is still 18th century, but it fits in with modern fashion. Fashion these days seems to be heading back to Victorian and mayhaps even Georgian...
But fashion of the 18th century was part of the reason why I reenact that period, and even more of a reason for why I created a civilian society of the 18th century (Cato's Chapter) :)
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Oh, I read this comment and I had to tell that hey, I'm doing the same thing! I've designed few outfits, generaly to my "sailor" clothing project (women's modern wear inspired by historical sailors etc.) but then I moved to another goal and that is to bring back some pretty historical clothes, rather modern versions of them, back to fashion :D Usually when I design something at school - or in my spare time - 18th century influences me a lot).
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
nice! that is the way to do it. Glad to hear that your're also working with that too. It;s really an admiral goal to pursue. Fashion in the Georgian period (I focus mainly on English fashion, hence my sole references to the Georges) was so beautiful and I don't see why it should remain an historic relic. I envision bringing back that fashion with modern twists to it. I'm kind of wondering if we should start a group or some such thing with the common goal or idea rooted in the desire for such pursuits. If anything, a sharing of ideas and pictures of projects would be cool! :D
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Oh, I know there are some other people inteterested in this too! We really should make a group or something (a web page?). Actually I talked about mixing modern and rococo/georgian with one of my friends before. We tried to give a name for it but unfortunately neorococo was already taken! It should be called something like... the new rococo revival? Hmm, I don't know about that but anyways, the idea is GREAT! :D
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Well, I'm not sure how deviantART's group pages work, and web pages, unless made free due to lots of ads are pricey to keep up... I'm thinking I might even just start one on fb and see how well that goes. Do you have a facebook? If so, look up my e-mail: fiddlingranger@gmail.com :)
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I added you! You might have noticed it already though, hehe ;)
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
yup! thanks :D
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no clue how to MAKE groups on dA, but I've joined a bunch of them and they seem pretty easy...
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
then when I have a minute to myself, I'll see how one goes about it and we'll have a group page for ourselves :D
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Limey-Yankee Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I admire your goal of reintegrating 18th-century fashion into the modern world! I hope it succeeds, because it's a beautiful look. ;-)
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
thanks! I hope so too! :)
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QuietCritic Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
I love the way you layered the lapels of the waistcoat with those of the overcoat. Gorgeous!
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
thanks! I was working off of a 1770s pattern for the frock coat and a 1770s pattern for the waistcoat that a friend and I developed. I wanted a 1780s style suit, so I redesigned the two patterns to fit the next decade of fashion and worked off of original pictures/paintings to get my inspiration for this one.
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laureng2 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Well aren't you handsome in that costume! Nicely done :)
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
thank you! Coincidentally I wore this suit again for the English Country Dance tonight :)
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laureng2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Your welcome! Will there be pictures? :3 I'd love to see more because nothing is more admirable than a guy who can make his own garb. So says the chick who can barely sew on a button lol
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
from the ECD Friday night? I don't think anyone took any. But in less than a month, there is a big weekend-long ECD ball here in VT. People from all over New England, Canada, the south, and the mid west come to dance. I'll have pictures of that :)
And thanks for the compliments- you wouldn't be able to guess the number of times I got "wait... you sew?? But you're a guy!" haha, oh well... Perhaps I'll become famous enough in my business that a gentleman tailor won't seem so strange :P
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laureng2 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Yay! We have small Victorian and Elizabethan balls here at my college, but with that many people that must be a blast!

I hope so! You certainly have the talent, and you could make a lot of money off of people like me who want a good, hand-crafted costume but who don't know how to sew. Get a business going and you could sell to re-enactors and have your own shop or website :)
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
The one I mentioned is the Across the Lake ECD. If you are at all near VT (within 10 hours) I highly recommend going. It is a truly great event.

And thanks for the well wishes towards a small business. I am starting to get my name out there more amongst the reenactors and am thining of developing a small tag/advertisement for my clothing (perhaps an embroidered "CW" in the lining or "Tailor of Gloucester," &c. &c.). But I also make some modern stuff too. I am meeting with someone tomorrow to design for her a modern peacoat. Basically I draw a peacoat and she tells me how she wants it to fit and function and roughly what style (steampunk, &c. &c.) and I craft it in my own imagination and draft it in paper for her to see. This could be one of my biggest projects I have yet done :)
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laureng2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Sadly I am no where near VT, I'm in SC. It sounds like a great time and under any other circumstances I wouldn't hesitate to go! The "Tailor of Gloucester" is a good name, I always liked that story, but I don't know if others have also used it. Not saying that you can't share the same name, but "CW" is more unique.

I like the steampunk style, just never had the opportunity to think of a costume of my own. Just curious, how long generally does it take for you to make let's say a dress coat and generally how much? (I know it depends on amount of cloth, details, etc)
I'm already preparing for Otakon this summer, and I'll be dressing as Oscar Wilde, Giacomo Casanova, and the Poe Collector from Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I don't know if you've heard of the last one ^^;
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I grew up knowing that children's story and really loved it as a kid. Now that I am a tailor, I thought it would be neat to take that name. I did Google it, but couldn't come up with any other businesses that share the title. It's unique to a business as far as I know.
Take a look at that blue wool civilian coat I made for one of my customers. That coat, with blue worsted wool, blue linen lining, and 26 brass buttons was priced at $300. The clothing is all machine sewn except the button holes because machines cannot do a period enough button hole stitch...
And I don't know that last one... :P
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Looking terribly good! The colors suit you well and I like the waistcoat especially :D
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Thank you! I chose the green to match my eye color. Seems to work out fairly well. And the waistcoat color was a gamble really because I wanted silver silk damask but couldn't find any that I liked. I think it came out well in the end though! :)
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
That was a good choice indeed! :D I also chose a blue fabric for my first wannabe-historical dress... too bad that I don't dare to use it since it's too inaccurate :/ oh well!
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
What kind of fabric is it? Is it just the design then that's not accurate?
By the way, I really like the polonaise dress. I am a big fan of that style dress. I have only seen it one other time, in person, and became a fan then. My compliments to the seamstress! ;)
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Actually the whole dress is quite inaccurate (and not that well sewn as it was my first piece of cloting I've ever sewn, believe it or not!) and it is a pity since the fabric isn't inaccurate... plus it was expensive!

And thanks again :D I've always liked polonaises so having one of my own is a great pleasure :) Especially because I got the pretty fabric from my friend as a gift a couple of years ago. :D
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Inaccurate maybe, but it certainly is pretty :)
I do really like the fabric too.
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Naah, the polonaise isn't inaccurate, I was talking about a different dress :D
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
ah ok, mixed it up somewhere :P
Going to say though, that style looks like the polonaise I know. Though I can't feign a great understanding of women's 18th century fashion. So complicated! haha, I think I'll stick with my frock coats and waistcoats :)
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FiddlingRanger Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
thanks! This was for the ball in White Plains- I really love going to balls or even just regular English Country dances. They are a lot of fun! :D
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Friend-of-Clouds Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Snazzy! It would be so cool to go to a real ball. I hope it was fun.
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