Channeling my inner Sherlock



Inge Sahuleka


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Other Credits

my iggy @fairyfinn for being my Italian Sighthound of the Baskervilles, my daughter @glowwOrms for the outside photo's

Outline the story …

My inspiration was "The Hound of the Baskervilles", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was probably one of the first books I read in English, in highschool. Even before I went to Scotland, the British moors attracted me, and this story was an opportunity to combine a few of the - somewhat sporty - 1890's items I already wanted to make.

I used existing patterns. The tailored cyclist bloomers from, which conveniently happened to be in my size (I have never altered a pattern before, and didn't have to this time either), the 1890's Ladies Vest by Black Snails Patterns, and a deerstalker pattern from

Outline the construction…

I used a woolmix plaid fabric, linen for the lining and interfacing, biasband, twill tape, a bit of buckram for the deerstalker, mostly sewing machine yarn (although I did a lot of the stitching by hand), linen yarn, silk yarn for the button holes on the vest. YouTube was a big help, as was the foudations revealed website, since I almost never "properly" sewed anything, except cheap straight prinsess skirts for 5 year olds and two straight linen pants with a draw string. My mother sewed a lot when I was young though, so I must have picked up some skills by watching.

The Black Snails pattern came with a very handy book, explaining a lot. The Bloomers were pattern only, so I had to guess my way around, using my "Handboek voor zelfmaakmode" (a Dutch language sewing handbook) and YouTube (thanks Cathy Hay, Bernadette Banner, Abby Cox, Nicole Rudolph, Noelle Costuming Drama, for the information and inspiration). Most of it (except the longer, straight invisible parts) was done by hand.

The ladies vest was the most difficult garment I made so far, and I have learned a lot by making it (a lot of different stitches, and of course welt pockets). Amazing how you can figure out welt pockets making your mock-up (that was a first too), and having forgotten how to when you make the final thing.




  1. Elizabeth Licata Elizabeth Licata on March 11, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    This is so chic! And it looks so well constructed. Bravo!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      thanks Elizabeth😁

  2. Avatar Diana Nichols on March 11, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Wow! What am ambitious project with all that tailoring. Great job. Love your little hound as well and the color story you’ve created.

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 11, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      It definitely was quite ambitious. But I will wear it in daily life too.

  3. Avatar Léa Ponce on March 11, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    It looks so classy and cool, I love the bloomers! And your pup just adds such a lovely touch!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 11, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Léa. I may even make another pair of the bloomers. They are quite comfortable too.

  4. Avatar TERRI BLEN PARKER on March 11, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    LOVE this outfit, so carefully detailed in wonderful plaid fabric. Agree it is classy!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 12, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Terri 🙂

  5. Avatar Laura Holland on March 11, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    The game’s afoot!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 12, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Indeed it is, and it’s so wonderful to see everyone’s entries now.

  6. Avatar Caroline on March 12, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Do I need to say I love this outfit? 🥰 You know, don’t you? It’s so well made, the little details, everything! It’s just gorgeous!
    P.S. can I borrow it? ☺️

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 12, 2021 at 7:31 am

      Hahaha, thanks Caroline.

  7. Avatar Rebecca on March 12, 2021 at 5:38 am

    the game is afoot! (or whatever sherlock actually said) i just started following you over on insta when you posted some of these photos– i love them all! you look so chic and smart. you look like sherlock, but it’s not a costume– it’s style. good luck from craftyroo/icarus!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 12, 2021 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Rebecca.

  8. Avatar Teri Biglands on March 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Before I even read a word I knew who your inspiration was. So well done, Congratulations, I love this !

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 5:29 am

      Thank you Teri

  9. Avatar Samanthalovestosew on March 12, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Your costume is wonderful. And how I love tweed … and dogs. A perfect combination!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 5:29 am

      Thank you. I hoped people would like my little hound too😉

  10. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    This is beautiful- I love it

  11. Avatar Katherine B on March 12, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my gosh, that matching hat!! Really, this whole outfit is so chic and wearable today, I mean, you look like you could climb that tree, chase a criminal, ride a horse, play a round of golf, and then meet friends for drinks. The buttonhole twist and twill tape you chose is such a good match and designer touch. This is such a kickass entry.

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 5:32 am

      😊 Thanks so much Katherine

  12. Avatar Anne on March 12, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Found you:D It is stunning. It’s so beautiful. The bloomers are amazing and the pockets ….. YUM!! And the buttons and the deerstalker …… I LOVE it.

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 5:30 am

      Thanks Anne😁

  13. Avatar Amy Sakovich on March 13, 2021 at 1:14 am

    The detail work on here is so well done! I love the welt pockets on the bloomers. (I love your hound as well!)

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 5:33 am

      Thanks, (I think I forgot – again – how to do the welt pockets 🤣.)

  14. Avatar Eugenia Snyder on March 13, 2021 at 3:20 am

    That buttonhole. The tailoring, wow! Love this!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 13, 2021 at 5:35 am

      Thanks Eugenia. A lot of first times on this project, but I loved doing it.

  15. Avatar Camille on March 14, 2021 at 11:51 am

    the waiscoat fits so well ! all is great 😀

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 15, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you Camille

  16. Avatar JAYE SUDAR on March 15, 2021 at 4:06 am

    The whole outfit is lovely. You did well on matching the plaids. 🙂 And the hat… oh my.

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on March 15, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you
      I couldn´t do a Sherlock without a deerstalker hat…

  17. Avatar Stephanie on March 16, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Fantastic! The pattern matching is *chefs kiss* You have a great eye for detail!

  18. Avatar Laurie on March 17, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Excellent! Brilliant hound, too. 🙂

  19. Avatar Alora Fox on March 20, 2021 at 12:59 am

    You look so cool! I want to make those items now!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on April 2, 2021 at 9:53 pm

      I’d love to see yours too😁

  20. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    The cut of this is BEAUTIFUL! Perfectly embodies Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work! (And i love that the dog leash matches that one orange through that goes through the checked pattern and the ribbon on the inside)

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on April 2, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you
      (He also has a turquoise, lilac, green nd yellow collar and leash, but I had to use his orange set here, obviously, glad you noticed.)

  21. Avatar Teri Plemel on March 26, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Not only is the plaid matching fantastic, but the entire look is fabulous! So nicely done!

  22. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 26, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Watson! This…THIS…is not, most definitely NOT elementary! Very well constructed and nicely done. I love that fabric! Iggy is essential, I’m sure! Thank you!

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on April 2, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks, you made me smile😁

  23. Avatar Benigna on March 26, 2021 at 11:18 am

    This is very wonderfully Sherlock. I love it.

  24. Avatar Deborah Melo on March 27, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    The cut and fit are just perfect! And I absolutely love the pocket!

  25. Constance MacKenzie Constance MacKenzie on March 28, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Wonderful use of fabric and pattern within the design. I do like the inclusion of your Hound of the Baskervilles too.

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on April 2, 2021 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks so much Constance

  26. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 29, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Nicely done! You got a great fit and I love your fabric choice!

  27. Avatar Sue (sue-mcfluzen) Assenmacher on March 29, 2021 at 5:27 am

    Amazing job. I love this.

  28. Avatar Peta Pendlebury on March 29, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    You’re obviously a natural! Great tailoring and welt pockets too! Yes, I too have forgotten how to do something like this by the time I come to doing it again and have to resort to the books. It is certainly a lovely look and will go down very well walking the dog 🙂

    • Avatar Inge Sahuleka on April 2, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Peta. I already know I’ll have to look it up again🤣. And yes, it’s great for walking the dog. I’ve worn it a few times already since entering the competition.

  29. Avatar Amanda on April 5, 2021 at 1:28 am

    This is my dream outfit, right down to the furry companion. Absolutely love it!

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