This is a leather outfit I made for myself for participation in the Virginia Renaissance Faire.
Not everything that you can see in the photos I made myself. The things that I did not
make are: The hat, the rapier sheath and frog, the main gauche sheath, and anything that is not actually clothing (rapier, dagger, ermine, etc)
The parts of it that I did
make, and submit for your consideration are:
- The doublet, which is black leather with dark blue suede edge trim, black suede, dark blue suede, and burgundy leather accents with silver trim across the chest, shoulders, and upper back.
- The sleeves, which are black heavy suede with wine-red silk lining, black and burgundy leather cuffs, and sterling silver buttons.
- The chemise, which is a light-cream linen.
- The breeches, which are black doeskin.
- The gloves, which are black doeskin with burgundy leather flame-motif appliqué trim at the cuffs.
- The boots, which are burgundy leather with black trim built on top of the foot part of an old harness boot. Essentially I made the easy part; everything from the ankle up, and sewed it to the bottom part of a boot I'd cannibalized. Note that the boots are of a style called "gartered", and are actually supposed to be floppy like that and have straps going up to the belt.
- The main gauche frog (the little bit that attaches the sheath to my belt right at the small of my back).
In this photo, you can see the doublet, sleeves, breeches, and part of the boots:
In this one, you can see the sleeves a little better (especially the cuffs), and the angle allows you to see some of the black-on-black trim on the front of the doublet:
This last one I put in primarily because it shows the glove on my left hand clearly, and you can see the main gauche clinging to the small of my back, thus implying the existence of the frog. It also shows the doublet trim going over the shoulder and across the back. I've left the photo cropped to a wide scene so that the reason for my odd pose is evident; that's a rapier coming in at me from the left:
I've scaled the images down for posting here, out of consideration for bandwidth. Here are larger versions of the front view
, side view
, and the one with the glove
Seek out wisdom in books, rare manuscripts, and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it also in simple stones and fragile herbs and in the cries of wild birds. Listen to the song of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover magic, for it is here that the old secrets are still preserved.