Added Oct 23, 2011
En garde! In 2009 my husband and I went as Milady and d’Artagnan for Halloween – and in keeping with the season, here are some photos from our “Halloween past!”
The tabards you typically see in most ‘Three Musketeer’ movies and illustrations are based on Maurice Leloir’s rendition of a musketeer – he was the main illustrator for Dumas, and while he strove for historical accuracy, the tabard was likely inspired by the theatre, and based on the court pages of the 17th century.
I tried to get to a halfway point between authenticity and fantasy. My husband’s tabard is based on a cassock/mandillion pattern, which normally would have buttons going all the way down the front. I altered it so that there were 3 buttons at the neck, and 13 at the bottom, with a hand embroidered fleury cross emblem in the middle. There are a total of 113 pewter buttons on that cassock!
So apart from the ‘tabard,’ I made his linen (under)shirt, slashed doublet, breeches, linen cuffs and collar with lace, blocked his wool felt hat, and dyed 2 ostrich plumes. For myself I made a shift (undershirt), bumroll (to give me that girlish 17th century silhouette), three petticotes, reed-boned bodice with stomacher, cuffs, collar, sash, black mask and gold rosette bows for my shoes. Looking back I’m not too crazy about my outfit – at the time I knew very, very little about sewing, and I was spending most of my efforts on the musketeer costume, but I’d like to revisit the patterns and maybe make a Constance outfit.
And yes – my husband grew a mustache and beard just for this.
linen, wool, embroidery thread, feathers, pewter buttons, reeds, lace, organza,
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