Jean-Luc, the Ship Rat ~ a Bonvivant Gentleman of Fortune
I just finished Jean-Luc yesterday afternoon and took some quick photos of him today. This little rat was aquite a bit of work. His entire costume was hand sewn, including his wool tri-corner hat. It was really interesting doing some research on pirate costuming. The Gentlemen of Fortune website was a real storehouse of information. I don't think I'd ever heard of slop pants, bucket boots or justacorps ever before. I never realized exactly what went into making those cool pirate coats. The pattern that I found on the internet was pretty involved. There was a lot of readjustment to get it rat -proportioned. They tend to be thicker in the waist than a human. Pictured below is the pattern that I found. You can see just how tiny the waist was.
Jean-Luc's eBay auction will begin Sunday, February 7 at 6:45 pm PST.
His reserve price will be set at $165.00 and his Buy It Now will be $295.00