Before I forget about all the trials and tribulations (and sometimes fun) I had making my Turkish costume for Costume College 2017, I better tell you about one of the most enjoyable parts - the puffy pants!
Since Guimard's lower legs are not visible in the painting, I decided to do puffy pants - harem pants as you might know them, or "shalwar" as properly termed - based on these images:
|Costume for Idamé, in the Orphan of China. (1779).jpg|
|Costume of the Sultana used in the Comédie Française in the Plays where there is a role for this Costume. (1779)|
|My scribble-notes when planning how to make these pants. I ended up making them a bit long (because I didn't realize the cuff actually fastens under the knee, not at the ankle), so cut a good foot off the bottom before pleating.|
I cut two very basic, super-wide legs (front and back) with a very low crotch point. The waist I pleated just like a petticoat, leaving it split on the sides, which worked just fine. The hems of each leg were roughly pleated into a a cuff band that snapped around my ankle.
|Pleating and binding the top like an 18th century petticoat.|
|Swish, swish, swish - such good scroop with these pants. Not so good on the "so you have to go to the bathroom" part, though!|
|I left enough length in the legs to create a nice "bulb" when gathered into the ankle bands, which are barely visible. They snapped on the sides.|