Fitz Chivalry



Hannah Vosseberg


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Outline the story …

The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb are my favourite books since childhood. The hero of the story is Fitz Chivalry, he is constantly misunderstood, trying to fit in but never really to understanding the world. It was easy to identify with, as a kid growing up. Fitz is a boy turning in to a man. He is one of my favourite characters, the other one is Patience the wife of his father (not his mother). Because I am a woman it would be logical to choose Patience for a garment. My curiosity won of how Fitz would be as a woman.

Now Fitz means: son of… but lets make a turn and go against the patriarchy since there is no equivalent of Fitz for the female half of the population. It is also practical, since I want to wear the garments in real life. I got instant inspiration about the ‘look’ for Fitz, so Fitz it is! To place the books I would say Tudor period. My very little to none experience in sewing decided not to go overboard, and I made it not historically accurate but used the Tudor period as inspiration.

Note: the trousers and boots are not included, only there for the picture.

Outline the construction…

Cape: American Duchess wrap cape pattern. First time pattern. First mock-up did not fit since I am quite tall. I had to alter the pattern, and I also altered the length of the cape and added a hood instead of the collar. This way the cape is more to my liking, and suits the character. It took two mock-ups to get it right. Fabric is an English wool tweed and a linen wool blend. The cape is reversible. I did cut out one front on the wrong side of the fabric. I did not have enough to cut it out again, and one front wrap is a little narrower.

Bodice: pattern Simplicity 5582. Not my first choice but the only one I could get in time. Fabric is left over furniture fabric. Due to delivery errors I pulled strips from a linen blouse and used it as tape. This fabric was a bit too thin and difficult to handle for a neat finish.

Blouse: Pattern, Bernadette Banner, 18th century blouse. Sewed it completely by hand using linen bedding and two-ply linen thread with bees wax to coat it. I removed fabric from the body part. This brought me trouble later when I stitched the collar on. It turned out I removed the fabric that was needed for my shoulders and neck. I looked up 18th shirts and saw that some shirts had a triangle next to the collar, so I applied that to my shirt as well to restore the fit.




  1. Avatar Jean F. on March 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    What a great take on Fitz! I too love these books and his character. I think the color choices and styles work well.

    Ingenious use of fabrics!

  2. Avatar Leora W. on March 11, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!! This is one of my favorite series and I NEVER thought in a million years anyone would do something based on it. This is GLORIOUS and I was so excited to see it I literally gasped out loud. WELL DONE!!!

  3. Avatar Alex on March 11, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    The colour combo of your fabrics is just gorgeous!

  4. Avatar Sue on March 11, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Eeekkk!!! I love the Farseer
    Series!!! This is all so beautiful

  5. Avatar Juuna on March 11, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Aaah I love seeing the gardener trilogy represented !! This is a great take, I totally into your edit of the warp caoey this is genius !

  6. Avatar Missy on March 12, 2021 at 2:00 am

    I love how the crossover of the cape and the bodice interact – they look like they were always meant to go together when you have them on!

  7. Avatar Susan on March 12, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Yeaaah! I thought if I were to enter it would be to come up with Kettriken’s day wear. I love what you did with Fitzy-Fitz!

  8. Avatar Ingrid on March 12, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    What a marvelous piece of (art)work!!! You look so stunningly beautiful in your outfit.

  9. Avatar Ju on March 12, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I love this SO much. FitzChivlary and his Beloved are my favorite Hobb characters and I instantly felt like I saw Fitz before me. Weel, bloody, done <3

  10. Avatar Andrea Olinte on March 13, 2021 at 10:25 am

    The collar, the cuffs, the embroidery of the holes – marvellous!

  11. Avatar Shevaun Handley on March 13, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Stellar job that really capture the Fitz as a teen… I can almost see you out there doing the hard slog and Nighteyes prowling somewhere close.

  12. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 13, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    I love the colours and textures you chose, great job on construction, too!

  13. Avatar Camille on March 14, 2021 at 11:28 am

    I really like the bodice, it looks very well with the shirt too 😀
    A nice Fitz Chivalry indeed 😉

  14. Avatar Valerie Meachum on March 15, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Such an excellent unified design, and such beautiful details! I’m in love with those compass-rose-like eyelets.

  15. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Stunning! I love the cape, nicely done there. I also love the bodice is very nice. You can come over after the Pandemic…if you want, that is! Love it! Thank you!

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