black necktie

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Angular and elegant, he was precariously thin, with nervous hands and a shrewd albino face and a short, fiery mop of the reddest hair I had ever seen. I thought (erroneously) that he dressed like Alfred Douglas, or the Comte de Montesquiou: beautiful starchy shirts with French cuffs; magnificent neckties; a black greatcoat that billowed behind him as he walked and made him look like a cross between a student prince and Jack the Ripper.

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I think it’s about time for another of my Favourite Costume posts.

And on this occasion, I am featuring Geillis Duncan’s Raven Dress, as worn in Season 1, Episode 11, The Devil’s Mark.

I think this is SUCH a defining dress for Geillis. It completely highlights her strangeness, her other-worldliness.

Tbh, I was afraid to attempt a copy for a long time, thinking it was too complicated, but actually in the end, it was a great deal easier than I anticipated. Once I had worked out what fabrics to use, everything pretty much fell into place.

So using a heavy black velveteen for the skirt, black felt for the bodice, and a cream lace for the insert, it soon came together! To give the layers of lace some added weight, I stitched them first onto some white cotton, which helped in the making up process.

As to her black lace necktie, I used a small piece of white lace, and painted it black! 😬

And ultimately, I think DollGeillis looks stunning!

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character appreciation | francis abernathy (the secret history by donna tartt)

“Angular and elegant, he was precariously thin, with nervous hands and a shrewd albino face and a short, fiery mop of the reddest hair I had ever seen. I thought (erroneously) that he dressed like Alfred Douglas, or the Comte de Montesquiou: beautifully starchy shirts with French cuffs; magnificent neckties; a black greatcoat that billowed behind him as he walked and made him look like a cross between a student prince and Jack the Ripper.”

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Inspired by Charlie’s incredible edit. 

The third boy was the most exotic of the set. Angular and elegant, he was precariously thin, with nervous hands and a shrewd albino face and a short, fiery mop of the reddest hair I had ever seen. I thought (erroneously) that he dressed like Alfred Douglas, or the Comte de Montesquiou: beautifully starchy shirts with French cuffs; magnificent neckties; a black greatcoat that billowed behind him as he walked and made him look like a cross between a student prince and Jack the Ripper.

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TSH Series:

The third boy was the most exotic of the set. Angular and elegant, he was precariously thin, with nervous hands and a shrewd albino face and a short, fiery mop of the reddest hair I had ever seen. I thought (erroneously) that he dressed like Alfred Douglas, or the Comte de Montesquiou: beautifully starchy shirts with French cuffs; magnificent neckties; a black greatcoat that billowed behind him as he walked and made him look like a cross between a student prince and Jack the Ripper. Francis Abernathy was his name. Further inquiries elicited suspicion from male acquaintances, who wondered at my interest in such a person.

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tsh characters; Francis Abernathy

The third boy was the most exotic of the set. Angular and elegant, he was precariously thin, with nervous hands and a shrewd albino face and a short, fiery mop of the reddest hair I had ever seen. I thought (erroneously) that he dressed like Alfred Douglas, or the Comte de Montesquiou: beautiful starchy shirts with French cuffs; magnificent neckties; a black greatcoat that billowed behind him as he walked and made him look like a cross between a student prince and Jack the Ripper.

Got a few asks for these numbers. I’m conveniently combining prompts.


“You heard me. Take. It. Off.” Levi says in a low voice between gritted teeth.

Eren prances away into the bathroom, taunting back, “Come over here and make me,” a laugh trailing in his wake.

And that is how Eren finds himself crowded up against their bathroom mirror, Levi looping his hand around Eren’s black necktie, tugging him down, even as he shoves him back with his hips.

“Le-vi,” Eren whines, shuddering when Levi tugs at his bottom lip between his teeth. “C-Come on, we need to head out for the wedding soon. Agh-! Levi, I spent like twenty minutes doing my tie!”

“You didn’t do it very well anyway,” Levi breathes onto his neck, dipping his tongue under the white collar. “I’m always happy to help tie things up for you, anyway.”

The Secret History: Characters [Francis Abernathy]

“The third boy was the most exotic of the set. Angular and elegant, he was precariously thin, with nervous hands and a shrewd albino face and a short, fiery mop of the reddest hair I had ever seen. I thought (erroneously) that he dressed like Alfred Douglas, or the Comte de Montesquieu: beautifully starchy shirts with French cuffs; magnificent neckties; a black greatcoat that billowed behind him as he walked and made him look like a cross between a student prince and Jack the Ripper.”

“Once, to my delight, I even saw him wearing pince-nez.”

“He reached over and got a deck of cards from a box on the end table–Tiffany cards, with sky-blue backs and Francis’s monogram on them in gold.”