Instructables user cdstudioNH made a Sherlock Holmes-esque inspired character and costume for her daughter and wanted to come up with a costume for herself that complemented it. She pulled togethether items she had on hand to make a creative Victorian Forensic Scientist ensemble. She put a lot of thought into the design and the result is an ecletic and unique costume. She modified several components of the costume, including the trousers.
She embellished a pair of plain brown pants with leather strips to give them a textured look. She used chalk to mark where the leather strips would go and stitched the leather into place and added stripes down the sides of the pants. She built on the design to make the pants more functional:
I want to build around function, so I gather all the accoutrements that I think I’ll need.
1/2. I buy a lot of Gingher embroidery scissors, and they come with leather sheaths that I never use, so I thought I’d put them to good use and make mini pockets out of them. Forceps, tweezers and stork scissors will find their homes in these.
3. Forensics can build up quite a thirst, so I used the red leather strapping to create a t-strap for the flask to drop into. “According to Chemistry, Alcohol is a Solution.”
4. I wanted more interesting and functional carriers, so stitched more of the red strapping over the existing ones. This gave me the opportunity to attach some clips in the front.
5. My lip balm holder holding some mint chocolate lip balm that I made. Yum!
6/7/8. Now for the back pocket to store my notebook(that I will make in several steps ahead)
9. Finally, a long, narrow pocket to hold my long-stemmed pipe.
Read more about the design and assembly of this costume at Instructables.