While the show is set in 1929, most of what Miss Fisher wears is much more 1930s. I'm totally okay with that - the '30s is my favorite 20th century decade of style, and one that I feel can be worn today without looking *too* much like you're wearing a costume. People notice you're dressed nicely, but they don't question why.
|Basing my Miss Fisher Wardrobe on this particular outfit...|
Base Color: Navy Blue
Base Fabric: Wool Gabardine
- One pair of wide-legged trousers
- One skirt with interesting deco details
- One long robe-coat
(all of the items above in navy blue wool gabardine)
- Variation will be in blouses, some plain, some in deco prints, all coordinate with the navy blue
- A selection of scarves
- A selection of cloche hats - close-fitting, wide-brimmed, etc.
- Oxford shoes, particularly spectators. I have lots already.
Not too complex, right? Miss Fisher primarily wears some combination of trouser/blouse/robe-coat/hat in every episode.
I've completed the first two pieces. My trousers are made from Simplicity 6659, the same 1970s pattern I used to make my super wide-legged white trousers, except that I narrowed the bell-shaped legs. I also added pockets (a tutorial on that later). I know this pattern is long out-of-print, so I recommend Wearing History "Smooth Sailing" Sporting Togs (printed pattern contains the trousers and blouse) orSimplicity 3688 - 1940s repro pattern with trousers, blouse, and blazer as readily available and easy to make.
|Wool gabardine trousers. I did not put a lining nor a crease in these, so they are very flowy and soft.|
I cut the dress off short, and used the bishop sleeve pattern (View C) to make the short raglan sleeves. I finished the neck edge with self-bias binding instead of facing, and the sash is separate - it can worn as a belt or a scarf.
|The blouse is tucked in and the sash is tied at the waist, but can be worn as a scarf too.|
Lastly, and possibly most important, is the hat. The hat is 90% of what makes this outfit a Miss Fisher homage and not just something to wear to work. I chose a 1970s vintage-revival Adolpho II hat I got my for my birthday a few years ago. It's a wool felt hat with rather dramatic pheasant feathers arching over the brim. Miss Fisher would approve. :-)
|Vintage 1970s Adolpho II hat - there are a lot of '70s pieces that can be used for '30s looks. It was the intention back then, too.|
That's all for now, but next I will be making the robe-coat and a couple more blouses, plus of course the hats! Stay tuned!