How to make a Kilt | Outlander costume – Part 1: Arisaid / Great Kilt

An Outlander tutorial! An Outlander great kilt tutorial or Outlander Arisaid skirt tutorial that I crafted just for you. Click here to go to part 2.

“Well, well, well, Ava Baytree.. This article seems even longer than your other ginormous tutorials!”

Guess what, this one is actually much easier 😉 ! Perhaps you are here because of Outlander, or just because you are as much into Scotland as I am. Anyway, you probably want to know how to achieve that key Scottish look. The modern small kilts these days don’t even reach that traditional look and feel of the amazingly functional great kilt.

Wearing and pleating a great kilt or an Arisaid is easy, it is warm and comfortable! The only thing that holds the tartan together is a belt. So no hardcore sewing required whatsoever! I’ll try to break down every bit that is key to these ancient garments.

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Scottish Limerence: Art

A new branch from my Scottish devotion-tree

I was able to do this awesome art-project and because it fell right in my Scottish devotion period (let’s call it that), of course it had to take the Scottish road of inspiration!

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Outlander | Scottish Limerence art

The theme for the project was “strange people”. And it totally made sense in my head, the English and the Scots were indeed strangers to one another from the 18th century perspective. Their culture was entirely different, it was as if they did not even share one drop of the same blood as we see emotionally portrayed in  paintings, songs, history, writings and now even TV series. Perhaps even more so in the fact that Scotland wants to be independent to this day, almost 270 years after the final battle of Culloden. Continue reading

How I made my Semi-Corset

My first freshly pressed costume how-to / tutorial / how-I-made!
This semi-corset is easy to make, looks great and requires little sewing skills.
Expensive boning? How about zip ties? Yes indeed, it made me feel like a costume hacker.

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Please note that I am not a professional. Costuming is a beloved hobby of mine, and with that sometimes come lazy solutions that provide that non-professional yet brilliant and beautiful outcome for those less experienced. Also it would be appropriate to point out that this is, in fact, my first real costume project.

Making this semi-corset took me about 3 days in total, and it was a project to happily make mistakes with! Believe me, I can now. And because I did some things wrong, I thought I would lay out my entire process for your inspiration in the hope you do not stress the same as I did ;). Continue reading

Jane Eyre – Ineffable Limerence

Charlotte Brontë‘s Jane Eyre is so well written, so full of life.
It describes the inner of Jane as almost no writer can describe the soul of a character, as of a real human being. Charlotte could psychologically reach behind the cloak of men and women as she shows through her main characters. She also knew people’s true desires and inner struggles. She gives her descriptions true, witty yet right to the heart. She shows how destiny and free will works through sharp conversations and stark events.


Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre

I envy her writing, for it is so philosophical and straight to the point yet decorated with enough description. You know exactly what to feel for every character but still you have to read every sentence carefully since they are so bountiful. Every scene has a lesson of its own. The book, as the movie, taught me, inspired me and connected me to the story, to Jane and to Edward. How wonderful of a story, how amazing the writer. I wish I could have shared a cup of tea with Charlotte. See how obliviously sharp she must have spoken and how kind she must have been. Critical, yet loving I’m sure. Perhaps we will sometime ;).

Please drop a like if you were inspired! What are your thoughts on Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë or any other delicate costume drama? Please comment below!

Outlander Season 1 Concluded – Celebration

Spoiler-free!

Outlander has concluded its first season with episode 16.. Which I have not yet watched but sure will do!
I remember when I was watching the first episode, which was kind of a get-in for me.
I got properly hooked on the show when the Scots came in the picture. I loved the roughness of the scenery and I immediately was interested in the time period. The accent is still something I try to reenact daily. In addition the clothing really paints the Jacobite picture to a full screen phenomenon. The show has romance, it has violence, it is horrific as well as satisfying and it keeps surprising as well as it keeps messing with your head.

And, If you did not know already, I am releasing my Outlander Inspired Project part by part through the coming month(s). Of which I am now working on the great Outline that will break down every part of my process for you and for your inspiration.
To celebrate this Outlander finale occasion; here are a few pictures!

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Baytree Outlander samples

Just some teasers; the second shows my first ever crafted corset and the third shows the samples I got for the main fabrics. I was so mesmerised to find a fabric with a tartan-pattern so close to the Outlander Mackenzie one.

Please drop a like and leave a comment if you were inspired. Thank you verra much!

Update: Even I, and I can bear violent TV and film scenes, could not entirely handle the horrificness of some of the scenes from this season’s finale. It is an act, a psychological awareness that a film or TV-creator can apply to certain scenes to get a point across. There is that, and there is psychological violence. It is not well done to apply the point you need to get across to a scene while the grandeur of it leaks to the audience and sticks to their minds. Some people might even get nightmares or something from this episode. On the other hand; they did balance it out. But just to say: the art is not to lay out every detail, but to leave some parts to our vague imagination. This gives the strength of lesson; rather than the strength of picture. Sure, some scenes made do, and I will watch the next season that is coming. I will be hoping for new insights into the Outlander story, and looking forward to the new costumes. Good voyage, Cristobel.

The Outlander Project: Suaip Culaidh – An Introduction

Hi there,

I’m so excited to show you my new Outlander TV-series inspired costume.

This is my first costume (or cosplay, whatever suits you 😉 ) on such a great scale.
It has taught me lots about 18th century Scotland and about costuming in general.

It has been such a blast, a grand journey like this. To happily make mistakes (never try to outdo that part, though) and perfect your ideas: it is all part of a trial-and-error project like this.
During the project, I always tend to look for the most revolutionary and practical way to achieve my set goal.

But what is that goal precisely? Well, let me tell you:
When I first watched the first half of season one from Starz’ Outlander, I was blown away by the characteristic and realistic costumes designed for the show. It gave so much atmosphere to the episodes, what first and foremost is the main purpose of a costume designer, that it made me start this project. Continue reading