February 11, 2016

PRP Week 2: A Study in Scarlet* (Buttonholes)

Sherlock-Inspired Cosplay sewn by The Inspired Wren

The game is on, Mrs. Hudson! I may no longer be a contestant but I was too deep in my mind palace to stay away from cosplay inspired clothes for Week 2. This is in my wheelhouse. It was elementary, my dear Project Run & Play readers.

*And by "scarlet," I mean burgundy.

PERFECT. Mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren


I've been working on this one for a few weeks and was worried it was too street-wear subtle for the competition (no longer a problem there). My original thought had been to cosplay something for Hamiltonbut I decided that was too narrow an audience. Instead I went with a BBC import. Does a BBC show really have a much wider field of knowledge than a Broadway musical? I'll let Mr. Holmes work on that one with Dr. Watson. [Aside: If you have yet to see the BBC series Sherlock please stop reading all PRP related blogs and go "at once if convenient. If not convenient, go anyway." You'll thank me. Even if you don't (though you should) I've made some references to classic Holmes here, too.] 

My previous experience working on fan-inspired every day wear taught me it has to be something you're already very excited about, and have already dived in deep. I have read all of and seen many iterations of the Holmes stories, but this Cumberbatch/Freeman version curls my toes and melts me into a puddle! [Second aside: As does Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton. Even if you can't get a ticket, get yourself a copy of the soundtrack (or stream it free on Amazon Prime Music), dive into the interactive lyrics on Genius, and thank me later.] Enough obscure cultural recommendations. Let's break down this mini female Sherlock look!


LOVE how it all came together! Mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren



How does one reference BBC's Sherlock without just reconstructing his contemporary, stylish men's wear look in child's size? And for a girl? With a flowing coat of playground-sensible denim; a reversible navy scarf with feminine polka-dots; a collar-less, cap-sleeve, button-down blouse; and slim fit "jeans" made in tone-on-tone houndstooth befitting of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creation. But what would the world's first consulting detective be without a deerstalker?! This one may fit better on the crook of an elbow than a head, however. 


The Coat

The coat bodice and sleeves are a Penny Vintage Coat by Ellie Inspired, however I dropped the waist, pointed the Peter Pan collar, and swapped out the gathered skirt for a half-circle. It is fully lined: the bodice front and back with the same stretch denim, the sleeves with a burgundy accent, and the skirt with a quilting-cotton black on black print to reduce the weight of the coat and increase the girly flow of the skirt. To keep the coat slim and feminine I left off the large pockets and the half-belt thing-y at the back waist (that I'm sure has a proper name I'm too lazy to look up). The burgundy buttonhole is a direct reference to Sherlock's costume of course; one of those God-is-in-the-details moments that I adore.

Gorgeous denim coat! Mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren



The Scarf

The scarf is sewn in interlock knit and fine sweater knit. I chose the polka dot fabric to add a little feminine youth to this somewhat adult ensemble. I completely made up the construction of the scarf as I went, cutting the length and width to fit my particular model. The detail of the folded up navy was dictated by the (too short) length of gray left over from last week -- an "oh no!" moment turned into deliberate design detail-- and I love it!

Mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren

The Blouse

The blouse is my tried and true pattern that I reach for whenever I need a button-down, a Burda 9491, View B, size 3 wide by 5 tall. Once again I modified it to remove the front bib. This time I also added a back yoke (which I sewed in place with some burrito magic, encasing the shoulder and back panel seams -- yay!). I ink-jet printed* the actual door numbers used in the BBC series onto the back yoke; a little wink for fellow fans.

*Head here to learn how-to print with your ink-jet printer directly onto fabric.

Small Fry Skinny Jeans as part of a mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren


The Trousers

The pants are Small Fry Skinny Jeans from Titchy Threads modified to remove the back pockets and replace the front pockets with a single welt pocket. Additionally I achieved the look of a formal, sharp front crease with a single pin tuck running down the length of each leg. The lining on the pocket and waistband are the same burgundy from the coat sleeves. And how perfect is that tone on tone houndstooth for this project? Almost as perfect as that button with it!


PERFECT BAG! Deerstalker Baglette, part of a mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren

The Bag

The deerstalker baglette is the first thing I saw when I envisioned this cosplay inspired look and the last piece I sewed. Another item I constructed on the fly, it is sewn in classic houndstooth suiting, black duck canvas, a little more of that burgundy lining, with some stiff interfacing thrown in. The ear-flaps have been turned into a design detail with hidden pockets, perfect for secret notes about one's latest case (or a chocolate square, acceptable to eat as long as it's not evidence). The Peanut and I are currently debating who actually owns this bag, as I assumed I would get to keep it for myself after the photo shoot, and she assumes anything sewn for the shoot belongs to her. I may just have to make a second one for myself ...maybe in herringbone like the deerstalker Cumberbatch wears in the series, with faux leather handles! Would you like one, too? A future tutorial maybe?



Love this bag! Deerstalker Baglette, part of a mini female Sherlock cosplay sewn for Project Run & Play, Season 11 Week 2 | The Inspired Wren


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36 comments:

  1. Oh wow!!! I am totally in love with everything! Your sewing is impeccable! Are they going to make any more seasons? I loved watching it on Netflix (.....I mean binging)

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    1. AT LEAST THREE MORE HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!!! (That is all-caps important information.)

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  2. Oh the details!! This is truly amazing. I love the coat and the way you tucked in the special details for the Sherlock inspriation.

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    1. Thanks! I love working the details...it's where I'm happiest.

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  3. This is so fantastic, and not just because I love Sherlock so much! That bag is truly inspired, and I love all of your pieces!

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth! It all came so easily, too -- which made it all very fun to sew.

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  4. Oh goodness!! Gorgeous!! That bag is to die for. Perfect display of Sherlock.

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  5. You so rocked this. I totally LOVE that whole look. Can't even say which part I like best.

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    1. Thanks, Annika! I love how it all came together -- each piece is great, but they make a fabulous whole.

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  6. That coat is unbelievable! So many details and beautiful sewing. The fabrics chosen were stop-on! I can see how much work went into this total outfit.... Bravo!
    Deborah @ Sew Much to Give

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    1. Thanks so much, Deborah. The Peanut put on the coat and declared it must be "an adult coat" because of the length. I love that it works for this challenge and the sleeves and skirt a extra long for growth spurts.

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  7. Great job! You have captured the style of Sherlock without making a costume, and it looks very feminine. I especially love how you made that adorable purse look like his hat. Your choice of Sherlock for your inspiration is fun, and I'm sure you would have done a great job with Hamilton as your inspiration, too. I just saw a trailer for the play a couple of days ago, and it looks really interesting. I'll have to see it sometime; I love how the creators freshened up the story of the founding fathers and made it so modern.

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    1. Thanks, Bridget! I was worried that because the source is contemporary street wear it would look too much like a recreation of the costume from the BBC version. I worked hard to make sure it wasn't. (And I would LOVE to get my hands on tickets to Hamilton; for now I make do listening to the soundtrack on endless repeat.)

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  8. Ah sooooooo goooooood! The bag totally makes the outfit! Did you say there will be three more seasons?!?!?!

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    1. YESSSS!!!! Well, no. Three more episodes.

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  9. Love the outfit and yes please on the Deerstalker Baglette!!
    Big Sherlock fans here. The BBC version is stellar :)

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    1. I've already started writing down the baglette steps so I don't forget! A tutorial WILL happen!

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  10. I've been saying this everywhere. The whole outfit is amazing and I need that bag for myself. Heck, I need the whole outfit for myself!

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    1. Right?! Sometimes my best work for her is that which I should probably just be sewing for myself.

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  11. I. Absolutely. Love. Everything. Especially the bag. I think I might have to try to make an adult version for *ahem* someone I know in my life. Okay, it's me. I love you and your work!!

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! I will be writing up a tutorial/pattern for this one (but with slightly longer straps so it fits on MY arm).

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  12. Wow! I love the baglette & jacket. Pure perfection!

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  13. love this look and I would probably keep the bag... but sewing another would be fun too! :)

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    1. I just picked up the bag this morning and found it filled with a 6 y.o.'s treasures. To create a tutorial I'll need to sew another anyway.

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  14. That jacket!!! That bag!!! In this house we're huge fans of Sherlock (the Arthur Conan Doyle version...never seen the movie/series!)

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    1. YouI MUST watch the new BBC series! It runs on PBS Masterpiece Mystery in the States and I believe Netflix has it (Amazon Prime did, but not any longer); but I just checked out all three season on DVD from my library to prep for this.

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  15. I love that jacket! I want one for myself! And the bag is really fun. =) Love the detail work!

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    1. Thanks, Charity! I kind of what the denim jacket for myself, too -- I find my best work for her is that which I should sew for myself.

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  16. Everything about this is AMAZING!! I'm not sure which I love more, the outfit, or the fact that you cosplay-ed Sherlock! Granted if you had gone with Hamilton, I might have sento a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love ;)

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