Wearing the Great Kilt – A Retrospective

It has been a while since I posted my “How to make an Outlander costume – Part 1” article. It covered all the basics of Great Kilt folding and Arisaid folding, and it was just so much fun to make, to fold and to write.

But here’s the catch: I never really finished the section of Kilt Types! The slightly irritating “will soon be updated” marred the decor that the Great Kilts flair had created. Soon became months quite quickly.. But hey – yes yes – it has been updated at last! Quickly visit the article and find out what new Kilt and Arisaid types have arrived in Baytree land.

Fun

Don’t mind me…

Since every photoshoot process takes about six to more than ten hours to do, to process and to touch up, it is always a shame when great photos are not good enough to be shown in the main article. And because some are just to precious or to cool to leave behind, I thought I would make a little behind the scenes article to give you an impression of the entire process behind a photoshoot like that. And just as this garments is awesome to alter and to re-create, it is also as much fun behind the scenes to wear and to mess around with, which sometimes results in quirky and funny photos. Continue reading

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How to make an Outlander costume – Part 2: Claire’s jacket / bodice

An Outlander Claire’s jacket tutorial for you! In season one from Starz’ Outlander, Claire mostly wears these warm wool blend jackets above a tartan skirt that look so Outlandish, I had to make one myself. I hope you’ll be inspired by my own process.

Still I can’t seem to keep my tutorials short and to the point – Oops

I loved doing this project, it was very insightful. If you’ve seen Part 1 of my Outlander costume, you’ll know that the traditional great kilt / Arisaid was actually really easy to make. Pleating was basically all you had to do. Of course my Arisaid is not true to Outlander, because they wear nicely tailored petticoats in the show. But I thought pleating a Scottish Arisaid would get me a bit more into that traditional and historical part of Scotland and its practicality in clothing. I just really wanted to learn how to pleat a great kilt (and it is also so much easier!).

These photos show on which design I have based my Claire inspired bodice: 1, 2, 3.

The finished costume

Click here to fast forward to the actual sewing how-to. Continue reading

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!

Sneak Peak Bobbin Corset Sneek Peak2
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.