Have you seen Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries? It's an Australian TV show based on the Kerry Greenwood Novels. The series highlights the Honorable Miss Fryne Fisher, who is a lady detective in the 1920's, and is played by the brilliant actress, Essie Davis. TheFryne character is the epitome of the strong, sassy, smart woman that I would love to be. AND she has a fantastic wardrobe. The show is fast, fun and well filmed. I highly recommend. You can stream it on Netflix or catch it when it airs on PBS.
Over the 3 seasons that have aired so far, Fryne's clothes continue to inspire and seduce me. She's got a hat, gloves and coat for every ensemble. The workmanship and design of the clothing are amazing. You can tell by the drape of each piece that it's been custom made for it's wearer. Costume designer, Marion Boyce has truly outdone herself, creating a wardrobe for this dazzling character. I've been so enthralled, that in re-watching the series, I've taken to sketching some of the more wearable outfits and, in turn, thinking about how to reproduce some of Fryne's looks.
I find that I'm drawn most to the wide leg pants that she wears throughout the seasons; maybe in season 3 more than the others. The act of wearing pants really emphasizes her bold character and independence. It wasn't common for women to wear pants until the 1940's, so doing so really meant that she was a woman of her own mind. I've made a pattern for these wide leg pants and now have two pairs - one in black and one in beige. Right now, I'm working on a blouse that will be similar to the blouse in my sketch. I found a Vintage Pattern Lending Library pattern for a dress and have made my blouse from it.
I think I really achieved the look by coordinating my hat and Chinese jacket, wide leg pants and pink fur at the Hat's Off to Strong, Smart & Bold Women's Who Dare Event - A fundraiser for Girl's Inc of the Island City.
Now it's time for me to finish that blouse. Keep an eye out for a post about fitting the embroidered jacket (red/orange/green above). Until next time - Happy Sewing!