A Mirabel Garlick



Thomasa L Pridgen


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I'd like to think my girlfriend Bailey Campbell for taking the photos

Outline the story …

Professor Garlick Inspired Outfit

The magical world of Harry Potter has often been an inspiration for me with its interesting blend of historical influence and whimsical detail making it a fantasy universe whose fashions enchant me. In particular, I’ve been fascinated with the Hogwarts Legacy video game released in February 2023 which centers its narrative in the late 1800’s prior to the events of the Harry Potter novels/movies. As 1890-1930 is my preferred/ favorite time period of dress this fits perfectly into my aesthetics. Within the game I was instantly taken with the costume design for Professor Mirabel Garlick, the Herbology instructor. I decided I wanted to create a take on this character’s outfit using colors i’m more comfortable wearing: Purple, Black and Gold and adding some additional historical details.

Outline the construction…

It was very important to me that the outfit I made felt like real clothes and not just a costume. For me that meant sourcing natural fiber fabrics. I thrifted most of my material only purchasing the fashion fabric layers from small to fix fit issues. Construction time for the pieces varies. The quickest being the shirt. I used an altered Black Snail Sports Blouse pattern. I self drafted a sleeve pattern to create a narrower sleeve with details on the forearm which allow for lacing to be added. This took several tries to get it right. It’s made from a thrifted curtain and took me about 24 working hours to complete.
For the Split Skirt I heavily altered a Laughing Moon Split Skirt pattern. I switched the back zipper closing option to a front side placket. The Purple Jacquard is flatlined with cotton broadcloth and the hem is interlined with an extra layer of cotton broadcloth. I also did an embroidered design on the right pocket.
The Wrap Pinafore is self drafted. The silk brocade is flatlined with cotton broadcloth. The bodice portion is given structure with canvas. The seams are bound and the edge is piped with the purple broadcloth and bound with the same gold material as the shirt. I added iron-on details along the hem and pockets. This garment took the longest at about 30 working hours.
The Jabot Scarf was self drafted and used the purple Jacquard. It took around 2 hours to complete.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on April 19, 2024 at 5:58 pm

    This is fabulous and they absolutely ‘read’ as real clothes and not at all costumey – the colour combination and the beautiful imbrodery. It looks so whimsical and pretty.

  2. Avatar Courtney Chu on April 21, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    There’s so much I love about this from the embroidered panel on the skirt to how you altered the Black Snail pattern to how you drafted your own sleeve pattern! It’s gorgeous and really looks like a fun set of garments that work as daily wear in addition to being a great competition entry!

  3. Avatar Jenny B on April 23, 2024 at 6:49 pm

    You’ve created some really wonderful stitching! It’s beautifully made!

  4. Avatar SIDSEL HORVEI on April 30, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    I love the embroidery, and the interesting lacing on the sleeves!

  5. Avatar Lowana O'Shea on May 13, 2024 at 2:13 am

    I love that you thrifted your materials – they all came together to make a really cohesive ensemble – well done!

  6. Constance MacKenzie Constance MacKenzie on May 13, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    I love any fairytale use of the surname Garlick, beautiful embroidery and some lovely pictures in the snow with your faithful hound.

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