“I take the precaution of a good coat and a short friend.”-SH
Well in my case the coat is a cardigan and the short friend is…me.
I acquired the grey cardigan from Target awhile ago with a Hipsterlock cosplay in mind, and stitched in the red accent around the top buttonhole myself.
This is a rough cosplay that I threw together just to see how the cardigan would look with the blue scarf. Hopefully there will be higher quality photos and outfits to come (fingers crossed!) But for now this will do.
My Sherlock cosplay from S1E3 came together really easily (thanks to a new dressing gown in preparation for school and a brother who has no qualms about lending/giving his clothes away).
After sleeping on an outdoor picnic table for several hours straight, I came home and decided I was in the mood to make a fool out of myself.
For Halloween I dressed as the Aaron Tveit version of Enjolras and had everything I needed in my closet, except for the iconic red coat. I found an old, oversized red T-shirt that I never wore and decided to try turning it into a “coat” with as little sewing as possible.
You will need:
A large, red T-shirt (even better if you have a shirt with long sleeves)
5 large buttons (gold if you want to be more accurate)
Needle and thread
Ruler and tailor’s crayon (or you can free hand it if you’re daring enough)
Turn the T-shirt inside out. Measure the center of the shirt and draw a line straight down. Cut down this line.
Flip the T-shirt right side out. Try it on to get an idea of where the buttons will be placed. Fold down the top corners and pin down to make a collar.
Carefully slip out of the shirt, taking care that no pins fall out. Measure and cut out the front portion of the shirt underneath where the lowest button will be. I left the side stitching in to prevent the fabric from curling since I didn’t want to hem anything.
Sew on three buttons. Carefully cut buttonholes. I found that sliding the very tip of the scissors into the fabric was enough. It is better to make buttonholes that are slightly too small as they will stretch out with use than to make buttonholes that are too large.
Sew down the collar so that the fabric doesn’t keep flipping up.
Try it on and make sure everything fits nicely.
A small detail that really enhances the coat and makes it more accurate is the two gold buttons on the back of the coat. Pinch a bit of the fabric on either side of the center of the back and sew down. Sew the buttons on top.
Done! Now go out and build a barricade.
For more pictures of my full Enjolras costume click here
I did a countdown of the Doctors completely from items in my closet without using any actual costume pieces (except for the jacket, bowtie, and suspenders I used on Eleven). It resulted in stuff I could wear to work without looking like I was in costume.