Isaac the Burgess

Soooooo, after I finished Emmie’s lion costume, Issac came home from school saying he NEEDED a Williamsburg era Burgess costume for a social studies night, in which the whole 4th and 5th grade were going to act out a living timeline. Although I honestly didn’t have time (since I was in school) I couldn’t say no after having just spent so much time on Emmie’s lion, now could I?

I made the pattern on the fly using pictures of clothing I looked up online, in a sort of general colonial look. The whole coat-vest-shirt part is in one piece including the cravat. All of the fabric for this is from my stash, which I apparently can never get rid of, because LOOK! proof I apparently will eventually find an obscure use for everything!

this is before I made him the pants, so feel free to ignore the jeans!

The back

The hat is a 100% wool felt women’s hat I got on clearance for $5 that Isaac usually wears all floppy when we volunteer at Jamestown, and then turned into the tricorn hat by sewing the sides up. The feathers are from Jamestown (Isaac found the heirloom chicken feathers on the ground there a while ago) and the rosette is made from orange ribbon I was given while in England.

This sort of shows the one piece construction, the  vest is sewn into the coat side seams, and the collar is a false one with attached cravat.

The orange courdaroy is left over from the lining to my tree skirt, the rust stripe in the vest is from my living-room curtains, and the rest was all just fabric I had laying around in some small quantity.

Here is is all done up with pants and shoes and everything. The shoes are the ones he wears to volunteer at Jamestown, I didn’t think the history police would get mad at me for his shoes being 100 years off for a school thing! Gotta love how his attempt at a casual face looks a tiny bit pompous here. 

The kids lined the school halls with little buttons drawn on their hands, when someone pushed their button, they would come alive and give a little speech about their character. 

Isaac was pretty funny because he would pretend to be asleep between getting his button bushed, and when it was, he would make a big show of yawning and stretching before he would begin his little speech. Apparently his teacher had suggested this to all the kids to increase the “colorful” nature of the evening, but Isaac is the only one who did it, so people were always a little startled when he would wake up. (It sort of reminded me of the Old Country Bear Jamboree, at Disneyland, all of the animatronic bears would wake up too.)   

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  3 comments for “Isaac the Burgess

  1. January 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

    What a great costume!! PS love the name Isaac too- it’s my brother’s name.

  2. January 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Wonderful! Love how the cravat and waistcoat were all sewn into the jacket.

  3. January 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

    awesome! what an amazing mom! my son thinks I can sew anything since I fixed all of his stuffed animals the other day. But alas, I do not have the same amount of talent that you do!!

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