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The Christian from Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots

27 Oct

That crazy German title, “Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots” means “The Obligation to the First and Foremost Commandment”.

This opera, Mozart’s first, is an allegorical play about Christianity where Worldliness (similar to a disguised Satan) comes and tries to lure a sleeping Christian away to earthly pleasures.

My photo illustrates this allegory. The Knight has cast his armor aside, and fallen asleep, while Worldliness disguised as a beautiful woman comes to seduce him.

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

I wanted a super-cool Knight costume for my sleeping Christian, and because I was in my early stages of learning to sew, I wanted to re-create something I loved, the costume Prince Caspian wears in the film “Prince Caspian”.

Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia in a costume by Isis Mussenden.

Isis Mussenden, the costume designer for “The Chronicles of Narnia” blew me away with her handsome outfit from the end of “Prince Caspian”. I wanted to try to recreate it, and like most early costumers, I didn’t know where to look for the correct fabrics. So, I used my favorite, silk, the completely wrong weight.

Jake models the outfit I made for my sleeping Chrisitan.

Jake models the outfit I made for my sleeping Chrisitan.

To bolster the weight, the silk is fused to a heavy interfacing. I altered another pattern, this time really heavily. This was one of the early projects that started to teach me how patterns are made.

Another front view.

Another front view.

I like how the outfit turned out, even though if I were making it today, I probably wouldn’t copy Isis so thoroughly.

The Back.

The Back.

In my images of the costume that I used on Etsy, Jake models wearing a different shirt than the one I used in the photo. The shirt I used in the photo was made from the best fabric I have ever found. I love the colors, the pattern, and I used every inch to make this shirt. It is one of my favorites!

Gold damask shirt.

Gold damask shirt.

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