This cosplay is my reproduction of the design and craftsmanship of Colleen guy Atwood, who created the costumes for Sleepy Hollow based on fashion from the 1780s.
It’s not 100% screen accurate, I still need to add trim the tops of both cuffs and find some 18th century shoes to wear with it…
But I am SO incredibly proud of what I’ve created. Almost everything is made entirely by hand and without preexisting patterns. I didn’t make my stays corset (that is underneath everything here and you can’t even see it but it was important to wear for the structure and silhouette of the garment) and the bases of my gloves, though I did add the trim to them. I’ve been watching so many historical dress creators the last few months attempting to use as many traditional sewing methods and construction as possible.
I truly adore looking at it on my dress form. I feel like I’m looking at a museum exhibit. I’ve never made anything quite like this before and with such detail. I seriously can’t believe I’m sitting here looking at this outfit, let alone that I made it, and in less than two months on a last minute whim. I’ve always wanted a historical styled piece and now I have one. I am so exhausted after weeks of late nights hammering away at this, but this overwhelming sense of accomplishment despite how terrible things have been in my life recently gives me such joy. I will, quite literally, create my own happiness.
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