Here is my final tutorial to complete a Mozart-inspired historical costume. If you’re on the hunt for an 18th century period piece, then look no further. This tutorial is for you.
I took one of Piano Man’s jacket as a template for the design of the Mozart jacket. After inspecting the seams, I determined it would be a simple six piece cut out of the following: two sleeves, two front pieces, one back piece, and a notch collar.
I had plenty of leftover red fleece fabric from the days I sewed Piano Man’s first costume together, the Red Angry Bird costume over three years ago. I also had plenty of everything else from previous Halloween costumes, like the LEGO Legends of Chima Costumes Series of 2013.
– red fabric (fleece optional)
– red thread
– gold fabric
– beige, gold thread
– sewing machine
– mat cutting board
– rotary blade
– template (in my case, a kid’s jacket)
– brown paper bag or butcher paper
Step 1. Design a template using a recycled paper bag or butcher paper. Trace six pieces for your template: sleeves, two front pieces, a back piece, and notch collar.
When tracing the sleeves, make sure you consider adding a wider cuff to reflect the fashion style of the period. When tracing a template for the front pieces, make them overlap one another, so there is room to add velcro enclosures.
Step 2. Cut out your pieces from red fabric.
Step 3. Stitch seam along the sleeve. Be sure to not sew the cuffs. Leave enough space for the cuffs to fold over.
Note: When I traced the template onto the fabric, I didn’t take into account that the cuffs would fold over, revealing the traced edges. Be aware of that when marking your seam lines.
Step 4. Sew front pieces and back pieces together.
Step 5. Pin and stitch sleeves to the body of the jacket.
Step 6. Pin and stitch velcro pieces to make enclosures for the jacket.
Step 7. Using a rotary blade and mat cutting board, cut out gold fabric pieces to make an embellishment run around the collar and down the front of the jacket.
Step 8. Voila! Project complete!
The jacket wasn’t perfect, but it created the essence of Mozart. Piano Man wore the outfit well and fit into the role of Mozart quite nicely. Memorizing a “Theme of Don Giovanni” helped him to personify Mozart in kid-like fashion, which was just adorable.
If you missed out on some of the other Mozart-inspired tutorials, you can click on the links below:
- TUTORIAL: How to Make a Fake Ruffled Shirt Front
- TUTORIAL: How to Make a Kid-Size 18th Century European Buckle Shoe
- TUTORIAL: Mozart-Inspired Music Paper Wig
- Mozart Reincarnated
- The Big Reveal: 18th Century Historical Costume
From my hometown to yours,