Will Turner Costume
Below are the photos of the costume that I feel show all parts of the costume fairly well. Click on each for a larger picture.
Starting from the shoes on up, this is what I have determined from the pictures so far:
- Brown buckle shoes, typical of the time.
- Basic stockings colonial stockings, available at several re-enactment websites.
- Dark brown pants, definitely a different shade than in his vest.
- Basic off-white/ecru shirt with a button on the color and at the wrists.
- The vest front fabric is a textured material.
- There are ten buttons on the vest.
- The back of the vest looks to be a tan or beige color and is split down the middle.
- There are two swords with corresponding baldrics. He also wears a leather belt.
- The baldric buckles are different as well as the shade of brown leather used for each.
- The cape is a dark red color and is tied with a long chord that reaches a little past the waist.
- The back of the cape looks longer than the front.
- The hat is a tan almost gray toned in some light with a large dark brown band and floral accent.
- There is also a gold decorative trim along the underside of the hat as well as a large white ostrich feather.
I also found *this* website that had some wonderful information on the costume. This site has some of the same observations that I had made and breaks down the information very well.
I had originally planned to purchase JP Ryan patterns but since I know my husband will only wear this once, I ditched that idea. Instead, when JoAnn Fabrics was having a pattern sale, I picked up a Butterick pattern for 99 cents.
The second view... I figured I can close up the bottom of the vest, only put in 10 buttons, and change the pockets to get a vest like Will's. Then I planned on sewing accent buttons onto the pant cuffs. I am going to purchase a white or off-white billowy shirt at the Renaissance faire this summer since it'll probably be cheaper than I could make one.
I am still hunting around for a cape pattern. However, I found several online make your own cloak sites that look like they can be easily adapted for Will's cape.
© 2004 The Rosy Brunette