Angel Out of the Closet



B Lisles

Outline the story …

"Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" is a depiction of the events preceding Armageddon and the lives of hereditary enemies, the Principality Aziraphale (Guardian of the Eastern Gate), and the Serpent Crowley. Recounted by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the angel and demon endeavour to sabotage the apocalypse leading to the eventual Armageddon’t as part of the Ineffable Plan.

Canonically, both demons and angels have no determined sex or gender unless they make “an Effort” and said Effort being their own choice. While Crowley has played with gender and appearance, Aziraphale tends to stick with a male appearance. Both generally use male pronouns though more common terms of address are “My Dear” and “Angel” respectively. The pair are Best Friends, irrespective of fan theories of romantic love between them.

I wanted to play with how Aziraphale might express himself if he were to play with the gender binary as Crowley does. I feel this might be something Zira would try during the stretch of time where he danced gavotte in discrete gentlemen’s clubs. Aziraphale is soft, fussy, unfailingly kind, has elegantly manicured nails, a preference for tartan patterns amongst the neutral angelic palette, he is collector of books and hoards them voraciously undercover of a bookshop owner and dances the gavotte. He is simple but goes to excesses over things he loves; books, food or his clothes, well-loved but several decades out of date.

Outline the construction…

I used the Sew Curvy Victoria pattern, which is an 1880s style with six panels, single boned channels, flat steel boning either side of the eyelets and synthetic whalebone elsewhere. The corset is lined, and seams machine sewn with other elements done by hand. The more menacing white flossing subconsciously shows Aziraphale’s distaste for the aseptic blankness of heaven while the gold is comforting. I imagine Aziraphale putting his feelings into the corset in the making up. The outer is an understated beige cotton twill, elevated by cream satin binding and lacing, with decorative beige and golds featured in the design.

With Aziraphale’s tendency to hold on to things, I wanted it to be something he would hold onto and wear frequently, featuring elements that are important to him. An embroidered facsimile of Crowley’s demon mark is on his left hip, remembered whenever he went to draw his flaming sword, had he not given it away. The middle back panels each feature an angel wing, as a representation of his angelic nature.

The lining is pieced of cotton mix fabrics from my stash though it may have been better with one lining fabric only, possibly linen with a coutil fabric for the outer. Regulating the width of the boning channels was a struggle, which I countered by using the half the width of the presser foot.




  1. Avatar Wendy on March 12, 2021 at 2:56 am

    I love the embroidery and your interpretation. Very nice work!

    • Avatar Beck on March 22, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks, it was my favourite part of doing it.

  2. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    You portrayed them perfectly! Very well done

    • Avatar Beck on March 22, 2021 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you, part of it was on instinct and what I would want, other bits were going through descriptions from the book, reference images and fan art.

  3. Avatar Leora Wambach on March 13, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Ohh, that embroidery is so pretty!!

  4. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 14, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    The tiny details looks lovely! So delicate ❤

    • Avatar Beck on March 22, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you, there are bigger bits I’m not happy with but I really love the detail elements.

  5. Avatar Jem on March 15, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I recognized that tiny serpent! I love Good Omens and love your interpretation!

  6. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 26, 2021 at 5:37 am

    This is lovely, I really like the flossing and embroidery! Thank you!

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