I actually made the pants last year for an Alice in Wonderland party, but I was excited to get an excuse to wear them again. I have a mad love for obnoxious plaids, so in my very warped opinion, these are probably the most fabulous pants of all time! LOL! I made them with the discontinued Martha McCain Civil War pants pattern - Simplicity 5023. I thought they made up wonderfully, and I would definitely use that pattern again for the boys in my life if they ever need Victorian pants.
The vest was a bit of a train-wreck, and it fought me to the bitter end. Nothing fit together right, so I ended up ditching the collar and faced lining and turned it into a very dumbed-down version vs. something with authentic construction. I also accidentally cut off the underlap for the buttons, so it barely fit me when it was done. But luckily, it is made out of wide wale corduroy with a long pile, so black velvet-like fabric combined with a poorly lit theater hides a ton of flaws.
The shirt was just a cheap men's shirt from Walmart with the collar flap cut off to make it more of a band-collar style. The wool scarf is something that I wear all the time, and the newsy cap is something that I had from a previous Halloween costume.
It was such a fun costume to make and wear, and I love having an excuse to play with menswear for a change. And even better was that my friend Ginger dressed up as Irene Addler in disguise too, so I had some company with my cross-dressing shenanigans! The only problem is that it is hard to manage a "tough guy" face when you really want to smile and giggle and act silly with your friends! We'll have to work on that a bit! :)