FOUNDATIONS REVEALED COMPETITION ENTRY
Outline the story …
My entry comes from my husband’s bookshelf in the form of a collection of Russian Fairy Tales, "The Yellow Fairy Book" from 1894 by Leonora Blanche Alleyne and her editor/husband Andrew Lang.
Father Frost is the titular (if mostly secondary to the story) character in a short fable about the uncomplaining daughter being rewarded when her stepmother tries to get her killed from exposure to Russian winter. Father Frost comes upon the daughter either in a field or in the forest, and asks if she’s cold. Despite slowly freezing, the daughter repeatedly says she’s plenty warm enough. In some versions, he challenges her to make him a shirt from scratch overnight, and the results please him enough to reward her with furs and scarves and a trunk full of gold. When she returns home with her prizes, instead of dying, her stepmother sends her own daughter out to be rewarded by Father Frost, but the stepsister is spoiled and complains about the cold, earning Father Frost’s ire. Sometime there’s a talking dog, sometimes a pancake funeral feast, but always Father Frost shows up to pass judgement.
Father Frost, alternatively called King Frost, Morozko, Ded Moroz, and dozens of other versions of his name, has become the Russian and Eastern Slavic version of Santa Claus, and spread culturally throughout the 19th century due to the collections of fairy tales. It was translated to English and included in "The Yellow Fairy Book" in 1894 by Leonora Blanche Alleyne and her editor/husband Andrew Lang, spreading the story further.
Outline the construction…
I started with an old pattern from Laughing Moon for a Victorian frock coat that I made my husband about 10 years ago. I made a quick mock up, since he’s dropped 70 pounds this year due to health, and I knew it would swim on him! I kept the fiddleback pattern, dismissed the skirts, collars, and lapels, and created something new and fantastical. I followed the directions in "Classic Tailoring Techniques for Menswear" as far as they could be applied to the eccentric creation in my mind. I drafted what I’ve been calling a “falling caplet,” a fur covered short cape that emerges from the top of the collar stand rather than the bottom, and lined the inside of the collar with the same faux fur, no need for a scarf! The skirts are a combination of near quarter circles for the fronts, and straight cut, stacked pleats for the back.
Three blue wools from my stash make the majority of the garment; a lightweight medium blue that was flat lined with canvas throughout the garment to give it more body, a fulled navy that makes up trim, the mittens, and the belt, and scraps of a handwoven, white and blue diamond twill that was gifted to me after a commission. The outfit is further trimmed with a total of 43 yards of silver braid, and 88 snowflakes of various sizes and styles. Oversized mittens and a hunter’s cap made from the same materials complete the outfit.