18th Century Rincewind



Sadie Belsey


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Other Credits

Photographer: Matthew Creally

Outline the story …

Rincewind is the most inept wizard on the Discworld. He is, however, a proud alumnus of Unseen University, and insists on wearing the customary red robes, despite having been expelled for his inability to do magic. I decided I would create an outfit based on 18th century female dress. Inspired by paintings of Covent Garden by Pieter Angellis of working women in just shifts, stays, and petticoats, I wanted this to be the base of my outfit, with the red UU robes over the top. There was some internal debate over whether I should make academic robes or a cloak. A travelling cloak would fit Rincewind’s character as an (albeit reluctant) adventurer, but robes are mentioned in the books. Upon further research, I discovered that red wool cloaks were popular among 18th century women, so this made my decision. Many extant examples have ribbon edging, and fan pleating in the back of the hood, which I also included, to tie together the more fantastical elements of the outfit with the time period. The robes are described as having magical sigils embroidered on them. I chose Anglo-Saxon runes, since these have historically been used for magical purposes in Britain, as well as being a nod to Rincewind’s gift for languages. One of Rincewind’s most distinctive features is his “pointy hat with a floppy brim”, upon which the word “Wizzard” is embroidered in silver, so this had to be included as well.

Outline the construction…

Constructing 5 period-appropriate garments in 2 months is difficult. For budget reasons, I used cotton rather than linen for the shift and for the lining and interlining of the stays, and I used wool/polyester blends for the cloak, hat and petticoat. To save time, I machine-stitched all seams. I opted for hand-stitching to finish the garments; hemming, seam-felling, embroidery, and binding was all done by hand, so that the garments would have a historical look to them. Most of the garments were self-drafted, with guidance from online articles (such as American Duchess’s petticoat article), and YouTube videos (Bernadette Banner’s shift video, for instance). The main exception was the stays. I followed pattern 18 from Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 5, making slight alterations. I added half an inch of width to each centre back panel after making a mock-up, and stitched wider boning channels, as I only had 25 metres of synthetic baleen. I also chose to omit the shoulder straps, and used red linen for the outer layer, which fit the character better than green silk. One challenge was getting the bias binding to curve smoothly around the skirts of the stays, without pleating. I had been trying to fell the binding from the right side, but backstitching with the right sides together made for better manoeuvrability of the binding. Meeting the deadline was the main struggle, but I’m proud of what I achieved in the time I had.




  1. Avatar Rachel Zanoni on March 11, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    I love the embroidery and the tunes along the cape opening! The lines look so clean and lovely <3

  2. Avatar Bethany Barrow on March 11, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    The rune embroidery is lovely. And I like that the skirt length for an adventurer/wanderer. Not so long that it drags on the ground or gets caught on bushes!

    • Avatar Sadie on March 11, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you! That’s exactly what I was going for!

  3. Avatar Martina Girardi on March 11, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    The embroidery is such a delightful detail! And the whole ensemble is so lovely! I’m having some sort of fantasy RPG game vibes and I like it

    • Avatar Sadie on March 11, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you! Omg that might be one of the best compliments ever!!

      • Avatar Annette Fitzgerald on March 19, 2021 at 9:05 pm

        That’s really awesome. And even you had so much to do and still did so much by hand is amazing.

        • Avatar Sadie on March 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm

          Thank you! It was certainly a lot of work but I loved it!

  4. Avatar Grace Vorholt on March 11, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    i’m so psyched to see my main man Terry Pratchett represented here!! Your costume is gorgeous and you should be very proud. The finishing details in your video are especially lovely.

    • Avatar Sadie on March 12, 2021 at 9:08 am

      From the moment the theme was announced I knew I had to do Discworld! Thank you, that’s so sweet of you to say!

  5. Avatar Megan Claire on March 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    I love it. You are the most stylish wizzard at the Unseen University.

    • Avatar Sadie on March 12, 2021 at 9:11 am

      Thank you so much!

      • Avatar Sadie on March 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm

        Thank you, that means a lot! ❤️

  6. Avatar Melissa on March 12, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Oh it looks even better than it does on YouTube. I’m glade to have found you on this adventure!

    • Avatar Sadie on March 12, 2021 at 9:13 am

      Thank you! It’s been lovely having your support from the beginning. And your Alice dress is beautiful!

  7. Avatar Samanthalovestosew on March 12, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Your work is so imaginative and beautiful – and I loved watching your YouTube video.

    • Avatar Sadie on March 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you, that means a lot! ❤️

  8. Avatar Anasazi on March 13, 2021 at 12:03 am

    I love the video of all your fine details. 😍 Beautiful work!!!

  9. Avatar Margoton on March 13, 2021 at 11:43 am

    this is gorgeous! The stays are absolutely exquisite, and I adore the colour you’ve chosen.

    • Avatar Sadie on March 13, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you ❤️ I fell in love with that red linen as soon as I saw it!

  10. Avatar JAYE SUDAR on March 15, 2021 at 3:44 am

    Beautiful work! I love all the little details. I really like your interpretation of Rincewind’s outfit.

  11. Avatar Lorraine Lysen on March 19, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    This is fantastic! It’s an absolutely gorgeous outfit, and also seems entirely practical for running away, shouting “you’re mum’s a big hippo!”

    • Avatar Sadie on March 19, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much! Can confirm, it is practical(ish) for running. The only bit that isn’t is the shoes!

  12. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 20, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I really enjoyed following the creation of this in video, and I love love love the final result. You did a great job !

    • Avatar Sadie on March 21, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s so lovely to hear!

  13. Avatar Suzanne Egan on March 23, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Nice! And you can fit plenty of potatoes in those pockets! Love the embroidery on the cape!

    • Avatar Sadie on March 23, 2021 at 11:14 pm

      An excellent use for pockets! Thank you!!

  14. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 24, 2021 at 4:20 am

    I love the embroidery! Very clever. I also love the stays, very well done. I also love that shift! Thank you!

    • Avatar Sadie on March 25, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Wow, thank you so much!

  15. Avatar Nora Wickman on March 25, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Lovely! Great work!

  16. Avatar Vanessa Isobel on March 26, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Awesome stuff. I followed along with your YT episodes on the project after you popped up in the hashtag as I was happily finding who else was creating what this year. I’ve yet to properly dive into the Pratchett universe but I’ve dipped my toes in and love it. Awesome interpretation!

    • Avatar Sadie on March 28, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you found my little channel! Thank you 🥰

  17. Avatar Mary Jo Ernst on March 27, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Beautiful stitchery I love the color and that cape

  18. Avatar Stanislava Pilkova on March 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    OMG! So cute and clever!

  19. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 28, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Loving how many people were inspired by the Discworld series! I adore the embroidery at the front of your cape, and the wizzard hat is just spot on! I loved watching the process of you making this on YouTube too. Also, you say the binding of the stays was hard, but you did such a good job of it! Well done and best wishes from Magrat 😉

    • Avatar Sadie on April 1, 2021 at 8:11 pm

      Me too, every Discworld entry has made me smile. Thank you, I’m so glad you followed along! And I LOVE your Magrat dress – it turned out a treat!!

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