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Thursday 27 January 2011

Gentleman's Walking Cane

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A walking cane for the slightly risque gentleman. This cane is in ebony and brass, and features a cast brass handle moulded for the gentleman's delectation in the comely figure of Venus. What better companion for the man of Mars?

Tuesday 28 December 2010

A Regency-style court sword

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It was customary for gentlemen, both military and civilian, to carry swords in the 18th century. The swords had become ceremonial in purpose, were light and intended to decorate rather than to defend. This is a design based very closely on court swords of the period, with a small coquille and very thin blade. It is supported by straps attached to a belt (not rendered, as it could interfere with clothing) which would be hidden under a waistcoat.

Thursday 16 September 2010

Regency shirt

The quest for the clean white shirt may well be over.

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For all gentlemen who already have one or the other Regency-style breeches, here is something new to wear with them. This is a Regency-style shirt. It has a closed front (you pull it on over your head), ruffles at the neck, a very loose cut and (in a concession to Martian variation) an attached collar of the stand-up variety. So, regardless of whether you are interested in the Regency look, release your latent buccaneer! Nurture the inner bohemian!

One note of caution: this shirt is far too voluminous to wear under a jacket.

Friday 6 August 2010

A Chapeau de Bras for Blue Mars

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"Chapeau de Bras", transliterated from French, means 'hat of arms'. I presume this arises from the fact that the design is collapsible and can be held under the arm, rather than that it was in origin a military hat.

The Chapeau is a Regency-era hat, and was popular among military gentlemen. The fact that the hat was collapsible also endeared it to civilians, who found it convenient to tuck the hat under one arm while attending the opera. In military form it could be flamboyantly decorated. This design has red and white ostrich plumes, a gold hatband, gold braid edging, and a red cockade. The cockade is held in place by a gold braid strap fixed by a gold button. More gold braid tumbles over the brim fore and aft. The body of the hat is black felt.

It goes without saying that this hat will work without glitching, with all my hair styles.

Sunday 1 August 2010

The "Long Eaton" Top Hat

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If the Buxton top hat doesn't have quite enough swagger for you, if you hanker for a wildly swooping brim and a towering topper, then the Long Eaton is probably your hat. Despite its dangerous curves it performs to flawless glitch-free perfection with all my hairstyles, having been properly shaped by Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator.

The product description for the Long Eaton reads as follows:

"This is an outrageous top hat, extravagant and idiosyncratic and therefore perfect for Steampunk outfits, or gentlemen who demand attention."

So, should you see a bit of yourself in this, please drop by the shop in Caledonia for a look-see.

Friday 30 July 2010

Regency Kid Gloves

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These gloves are the last important addition to my Regency gentleman's outfit. The gloves are short, pleated on the back, and fixed with polished amber buttons. In Regency days, gloves were always worn when out and about. Gentlemen would remove them (and their hats) when visiting, but would continue to keep them in hand for the duration of the visit.

Tuesday 20 July 2010

The "Buxton" Top Hat

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"This is a striking top hat, slightly rakish and therefore perfect for Regency outfits, or gentlemen with rather questionable reputations."

So sayeth the Blue Mars product description for the "Buxton". I have taken to quoting these descriptions here, because it seems that they appear nowhere in Blue Mars, curiously.

This is the third top hat in my range and, so far, the least conservative of the designs. It works with all my hair styles, thanks to my use of Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

The "Ashbourne" Top Hat

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The Ashbourne top hat is described thus in the product description in Blue Mars:

"This is a classic top hat, neither conservative nor rakish, but perfect for evening wear, morning wear, and all periods from Regency to the present day."

The top hat has a history going back to the late 1700s, and is still worn today on most formal occasions. It has become identified with formality, and is an essential part of both morning and evening wear.

The most important point to note about this top hat is that, due to the application of Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator, it is perfectly compatible with all my hair styles. Gentlemen can be confident that wearing my hats and my hair styles together will ensure a proper appearance, free from any glitching.

My work on a top hat for Blue Mars started in May 2009. The top hat was my first project for Blue Mars, and was probably completed about October 2009, but its release has been unconscionably delayed by the late scheduling of the accessories cages in the Blue Mars cloth editor. It is therefore with something of a sigh of relief that I now place the Ashbourne on display. Visit Caledonia to see it and try it on; it's at the back of the shop.

Wednesday 12 May 2010

Regency tailcoats - and outfits

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Here's the Regency gentleman's tailcoat in midnight blue, and a soldier's version in red, too.

The gentleman's coat has a velvety finish, with a high black collar. The coat is double-breasted, with cloth-covered buttons. The tails of the coat are in a swallow-tail style and divided down the middle, the sleeves are puffed at the shoulder and rather tight at the wrist. Under the coat is a buff-coloured waistcoat, beneath that is a white shirt, and around the neck is a white neckcloth tied in the Irish style, perhaps. This ensemble combines very well with the Regency breeches in buckskin, and the brown Hessian boots. As soon as hats and gloves are feasible in Blue Mars, I shall be adding them to the range.

The second tailcoat to be released today is the same in cut, but there are a few key differences. The most obvious is colour, as this coat is in a suitably martial red. The buttons are brass, the coat cuffs are black to match the collar. The waistcoat is similar in colour to that of the gentleman's outfit, as is the shirt, but the neckcloth is black, as favoured by soldiers of the era. This coat combines well with the Military breeches with side stripe, and the black Hessian boots. This outfit would look well with a chapeau de bras - so there is something to look out for.

At the moment, the gentleman's outfit is on display. Due to current space limitations, I cannot also show the soldier's outfit, but I shall be swapping them around fairly regularly.

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Military breeches

When I branch out into uniforms, I will certainly be incorporating military-style breeches. Indeed, here is the first example, which can serve in both military and civilian ensembles.

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Originally, these were soldier's breeches for wear with boots. These are drop-front breeches, with buttons at the knee, fly, drop-front, and waistband (for braces). The are coloured black, with a bluish tint, have a red side stripe, and are laced at the back. Note that the red side stripe became popular with civilians, just as did the boots.

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