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.

Semi-corset by Baytree Costumes1

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

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.

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