Gray and Black Doublet Outfit by Bethzilla
This project started out with a dual purpose: to make a really great gift for a long-time friend, and to use only materials from my stash. As sometimes happens with my projects, it kind of took on a life of its own and grew to be an entire head-to-toe outfit. The boots were purchased new, but I managed to stay on track with the rest of it by shopping in my sewing room!
The shirt is a cotton or cotton/poly blend that looks like cotton gauze. I serged the neck and cuff ruffles with gold thread to add some flair. The doublet is gray silk dupioni and polyester moire, with whatever gold and black/gray trims I could scrounge. They don't all perfectly match, but they're darn close! I created the gold sunburst pattern on the front and back using a special cording foot for my machine. That one piece of equipment really made my idea come to life - I don't think I would have had the patience to do it by hand. The sleeves are removable, tying on using ribbon threaded through buttonholes. It's lined with a very RED satin, which is why I chose to add some red accents elsewhere in the outfit. The pants are a basic drawstring deal, made with comfy knit. I didn't bother getting good pics because let's face it - they're not the star of the show by any means! The leather boots were a lucky ebay find, and a great deal.
My friend loved it and it was a very budget-friendly project. It's not the most historically accurate thing I've ever made, but I'm really proud of how it turned out.