Lisette la Roux became my apprentice in 2004. She is apprenticed to me for costuming, music, and cooking.
She has been the Exchequer for the Barony of Lochmere, and Baronial Rapier Champion twice, and she autocratted Lochmere's Night of the Fools in 1994. Her awards are
Award of Arms (2001), Undine (2001), Companion of the Eagle's Feather (Baron of Lochmere) (2002), Fountain (2003), Coral Branch (2008) .
Below is some of her costume work, with her commentary.
Light Green Corset and Skirt
This Corset and Skirt combo is completely hand sewn, including the trim.The fabric is 100% 5.3 oz weight linen in the color of “Tarragon” and the trim is black bias tape.The corset is boned with an interior ribcage made of the green linen and doubled Ridgeline.The ribcage is hand stitched into the lining of the corset.This was done to avoid visible boned stitching in the front.The eyelets are also hand sewn.
The shift was purchased from Historic Enterprises.
This ensemble was inspired by portraits of the late 16th century in Western Europe, especially the Joris Hoefngael painting “Fete at Bermondsey” 1570's and Vincenzo Campi's “Kitchen” 1580’s .
(The picture is from Night on the Town 2007.)
Brandon's Blue and White Doublet
Brandon’s ensemble is completely hand sewn including the faux buttons on the doublet and pants.It is made from 100% blue linen with cotton lining.The trim is white linen tape.The shirt is hand sewn and 100% linen.The faux buttons are fabric stuffed buttons and hide the easy access of snaps (not visible when worn).The ensemble was inspired by a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh and his son by unknown artist in 1602.
(The picture is from Night on the Town 2006.)
Lisette has made a committment to hand sew as much of her historical clothing as possible. A number of her outfits are entirely hand-sewn, and except for the heraldic surcoat, all are hand-finished with absolutely no visible machine stitching (except for purchased accessories, but that's not her work).
To check out more of Lisette's costume work with her commentary, click on the thumbnails below.
Lisette is also committed to documentation and teaching; to check out her documentation papers, go here.
Text and images copyright L. Mellin, 2000-2008, except where noted. All rights reserved.