Rococo Freddie Mercury

Rococo Freddie Mercury is a mashup cosplay of Marie Antoinette and Freddie Mercury.
Rococo Freddie Mercury is a mashup cosplay of Marie Antoinette and Freddie Mercury.

Rococo Freddie Mercury is what happens when you are asked to be the lead singer of a masquerade cover band called 'Queens!' Each member of the band had to pick a queen from history. I picked a mashup of Marie Antoinette, Freddie Mercury, and requested our first cover song be 'Killer Queen'. I found proof of an extant yellow robe francaise for our documentation. The color and style of the stomacher was inspired by Mercury's 1986 Magic Tour yellow jacket costume 'Whatever you do, don't make me boring.' - Freddie Mercury.

Gown Construction

  1. The inner bodice was based off the corset, but there is a pattern for it in Patterns of Fashion 1 on page 55.
  2. The gown was made using using this excellent draped robe francaise tutorial by Koshka.
  3. The paniers were made using Simplicity 4092 though I had to shorten the length of the paniers to fit me. Here is a free tutorial on how to make paniers.
  4. The sleeves were made enlarging patterns on page 55 of Patterns of Fashion 1.
  5. So were the flounces. Give the edges a scalloped look by trimming them with these 7mm scallop scissors.
  6. The chemise is based of an extant 1780 cotton chemise. The 18th century corset was made using a free pattern by Ralph Pink. The bloomers were made using this video tutorial, and trimmed with red and gold bias tape.
  7. The back skirt panel was made by hemming the bottom of rectangular piece of fabric measuring 36” long, and 45” wide (one yard of fabric). It was gathered with a drawstring at the waistline. The front panel (of the same measure) was up the middle so it could drape over each panier, gathered with a drawstring at the bottom, and at the waistline. The stomacher covers the top front of the skirt.
  8. Straps were made of 4” wide fabric tubes sewn in half. Two inch wide belting was threaded inside it. Two pieces were needed to complete one belt strap – one is attched to the center bar of the belt buckle, the other (with the point) is threaded through the belt buckle.
  9. Trim the belting to make point, then wrap the end of the tube around it. Stitch in place.
  10. Preliminary placement of straps on the stomacher to cut them to proper length. The stomacher was made of one layer of canvas duck, one layer of white muslin (lining) and the fashion fabric.
  11. Sew gold trim around the edges. The point from the end of the buckle measures an inch wide.
  12. Baste the stomacher base together first, baste the straps on it, then sew trim all around to secure both the stomacher and the straps.
  13. Rip yards and yards of 3” wide fabric. Trim the edges with 7mm scallop scissors. Gather the fabric down the middle.
  14. The bodice trim placement was easy enough. The skirt was a bit trickier. Use a plate to make a trim template for the skirt center front.
  15. Use the template to draw sewing guides down the center front skirt portion of the gown.
  16. Pin, then handtack the trim center to the marks.
  17. I had leftover trim, so I added a bit of flounce lace over it to make a choker necklace.
  18. Rococo Freddie Mercury made its debut at Costume Con 33, and a second appearance at CONvergence 2016.