I've just recently binge watched The Queens Gambit on Netflix and I am in love. If you haven't watched it yet (why?) the tl;dr is that it's a series following a child chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, and her chess playing career. It always appears to be Beth in a sea of men wearing ill-fitting suits. Below I've put together a round up of some of her outfits, matching them up with vintage and modern sewing patterns. Hope you enjoy!
Let's start with the coats.
The Queens Gambit images are all stills from the series, copyright of Netflix.
This coat Is so classy, especially paired with the beret and gloves of the same colour! I adore the covered buttons and think this Simplicity 5148 pattern looks close, just swap out the raglan sleeves for set in ones, make it a wee bit slimmer and turn up the collar. Viola!
This coat is incredible. That neck collar (is that what its called?) is so unusual and makes it such a stand out item of clothing. This Simplicity 3307 is close and it's got those glorious double flap pockets. You'd need to self draft that neck piece and make the collar larger and you'd be pretty close.
This McCalls 5516 is a good fit here, if you deepen the V neck and add in a white 3/4 length sleeve top you'll have nailed the look. I love the tartan fabric choice here, the deeper V make it just that little bit cooler than a school uniform.
Next up we have a simple top with a contrast collar and I think the Deer and Doe Ondee Sweater is a pretty perfect match here.
I love this look. I couldn't find the exact top but came pretty close with this Butterick 9098 dress which is described as having a Deep V and kimono sleeves. A small pattern hack project there and you have the top! For the skirt I found a close match with the Arielle Skirt by Tilly and The Buttons, and all you'd need to do there was add a pleat in to get the exact look.
And lastly, who can forget this outfit which represents both sides of the chessboard and a subtle nod to the Queen chess piece. Yas Queen👏! This is a pretty classic sleeveless A-Line dress with a high neckline. I found both a vintage pattern and an indie one that comes close. The Vintage Vogue #1930 pattern is closest in terms of shape, but you would need to change those princess seams to bring them in to join as a point. The Zadie Dress by Tilly and the Buttons would need a few more changes, a higher neckline, remove the gathers at the front and alter the z seams. Both such cute little dresses. I think what's striking about this dress is the black and white together and sharp lines, its so dramatic!
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