Maximum Poof

Along with my recent interest in sewing life-size clothes came an interest in historical dress. So when I watched this video about making a ‘pirate’ shirt, I immediately wondered how it would work in miniature.

Petra stands in a dark wood library, with a string of ivy hanging behind her. She wears a very poofy 'pirate' shirt, in cream with a v-neck and gathered at the cuffs. It's paired with her grey pants, and she smiles at the camera.

It’s a modified version, because collars and cuffs at this scale are hard, but it still has a similar look!

Close-up of a cuff of the 'pirate' shirt. A small cream bead is sewn onto one side, and a small braided loop is around it. The white ribbon binding on the cuff is also visible.

There’s a bead-and-loop closure at the cuffs, which is a little bulkier than I’d like, but you can’t really notice it because of the poofy sleeves.

It looks equally at home in a dark wood library, huddled over heavy, fancily-bound books by candlelight….

Petra sits at a dark wood table in the dark library, a string of ivy hanging behind her. The table is scattered with old-looking books, pieces of paper, rolled-up documents, a few rocks, some candles, and an inkpot. Petra is writing with a quill on a piece of paper, wearing the 'pirate' shirt.

….or at the helm of a ship, sailing (or about to sail) the high seas.

Petra stands at a railing, overlooking the sea with waves crashing behind her. She wears the 'pirate' shirt, has a hand on the railing, and is smiling at the camera.

(These photos weren’t actually taken on a ship, unfortunately!)

Petra stands at a railing, overlooking the sea with waves crashing behind her. She wears the 'pirate' shirt, has a hand on the railing, and is looking out to sea.
Petra stands on a grassy, vegetated hill overlooking the sea. Waves crash behind her. She wears the 'pirate' shirt and is smiling at the camera, hands by her sides.

I am so happy with this shirt! It’s definitely got the poof I wanted, and the folds and wrinkles in the fabric look gorgeous. I’m not sure I’d make another – it was very fiddly, even for me! However, it has got me thinking about miniature historical dress….. Maybe I should try something else, like a skirt…..

Anyways, see ya!

FillieFanatic

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