Turkesque Autumn Entari

Going over my wardrobe plans for Highland War I realized I was about half an outfit short, so I decided to break my self-imposed ban on new projects to actually turn my corded velvet into something wearable. I started out making an entari to reasonably period-accurate specifications, but I decided to do a sleeveless design. I’ll probably add sleeves later in the season as colder wars come up.

Then I realized that because this fabric is heavy, drapey, and striped, the¬†straight-cut period design didn’t fit exactly right and looked very very square, whereas the lighter fabric I used last time hugged my shape really well with the original design. In any case, I decided to add subtle waist curves, which made for a much more flattering fit.

In the long term, I’ll want to match this with a different gomlek, because the neckline of the gomlek is a little lower than the neckline of the entari, and that looks a bit silly. I also don’t really like the bunchy sleeves with the sleeveless entari, so I think the next gomlek I make will be straight-sleeved, with a high, round collar.

What’s Period About it?

  • Material: under debate! I was of the impression that corded velvet was period-accurate, but I’m having trouble finding nonverbal evidence online. That doesn’t mean the evidence doesn’t exist, but the source is, in hindsight, somewhat dubious, so I’m setting about to do some more research.
What’s NOT Period About it?
  • Color: As with the other piece, this is a little bit too subdued in terms of colors. Also, stripes were worn by the lower classes, whereas velvets weren’t.
  • Closures: Entari closures are typically button-and-loop or long frogs. I used metal hook-and-eye style broaches. I thought the gold leaves fit well with the autumn colors of the fabric, and since I knew I already wasn’t going 100% period, I was less worried about straying than usual.
  • Cut: as mentioned, the cut should be straight through the waist, and instead it’s curved. I could have avoided this by starting my gores higher and cutting the waist seams straight but at a slight diagonal, but I didn’t, so there we have it. As a result of both the tailoring and the fact that I cut it just an eensie bit too big, there isn’t as much bust support as the green cotton entari offers, so I’ll have to wear a bra with it.
  • Sleeves: there aren’t any, and there ought to be.
This is why I listed it as Turkesque. “Turkish” gives it far too much credit. It’s more of a costume piece than an actual recreation, but it’s pretty, and it’s comfortable, and I’m ok with that.
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