I have a slightly inexplicable love of Russian-inspired Victorian and Edwardian clothing. The cold weather rolls around and I just feel compelled to make something with a lot of braidwork or trim, something that can be paired with a round fur hat.
Last year I made a 19teens suit. This year I was saved the trouble of tailoring a coat by this utterly fabulous "Russian Seasons" coat from a surprising source, Armstreet.com.
Some of you may have heard of Armstreet before. They make medieval and fantasy armor, weapons, and costumes. You may have switched off just then, but I urge you to check out their store, because their women's costumes are beautiful. Nearly all of Armstreet's offerings are meant for LARP, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, early Renaissance, maybe SCA, even adventurous modern wear, but there are a couple things in there that are actually quite lovely for later periods.
One of these items is the "Russian Seasons" coat (which also comes with a hat and muff.) I kept seeing this Victorian skating outfit in my mind when I looked at it:
When I ordered, I punched in my measurements, and soon after got a confirmation email informing me that my coat was being cut and sewn by the seamstress. Whoa! Not just customized, actually completely custom made for me!
|The wool, poppy trim, and faux fur are excellent quality.|
I have to say this whole outfit is very warm. The temperature was about 28 degrees for these photos, but I was snug as a bug wrapped in wool and fluff.
|A future black wool skirt with a wide fur guard is in order, to make a completely matching outfit for ice skating or winter strolling.|