Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CAPEtown, Rivendell

You have chosen the Evening, but my love is given to the Morning. And my heart forebodes that soon it will pass away for ever. ~Lord of the Rings

Tailored capes suited for young Elvish(es)
I have an old pattern I've used and abused over the years. It's the same pattern I've used for a Super Hero, an Eagle, Ponchos, Queen Amidala (of Star Wars), and of course, Arwen, and more. It's a one-size-fits-all with little or no adjustment needed! The only thing that would be different are the fabric and the clasps--which give any cape such character. I'll post the pattern so you can pick up a copy and make your little ones their own personal cape.
So here's the pattern I mentioned earlier. Finally posting it for you. See how tattered it is. It's been used and re-used many gazillion times. Enjoy. It's really easy even if you're not a savvy seamstress. Yet.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Measuring Up

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” ~Dag Hammarskjold

These are scraps from one of my son's old camouflage pants.  
Sewed them altogether to make a long piece...
Then gather them up.
I cut off the hem of the pair of jeans, pinned the extension piece, and used the zigzag stitch.
You have to do it nice and slow, otherwise, gathered piece will crunch up in one area.
Here's the final product, or so I thought!
I have yet to patch up the holes on the knees.  That wasn't too hard.
I used the left-over camouflage scraps and sewed them in.
But FOR THE LIFE OF ME! the jeans were still short!  How could this be?  Did she grow in a week?
I was desperate and I was tired.  I did not want to waste this old pair so I just quickly added another piece to each leg.  Not as flouncy or ruffly but it will do.  For now OR never!  Oh well.  She's just happy her pants are long enough.

Lesson learned: Measure accurately and make sure you have enough material.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Don't be such a (Tee) SQUARE!

"Aurë Entuluva!" -Hùrin Thalion
(Day shall come again!) 

Turning this Square into something Shapely...
I simply added elastic to the high (empire) waistline to add shape
TC loves the Quenyan language (Elvish) by JRR Tolkien and often writes on anything write-able.  I found this scrap of material she wrote on with her Elvish writing.
Took it and incorporated it with another t-shirt scrap to sew on the hemline.  Red, black & white are her school colors.
And here's a newly refashioned baby doll school uniform =.)
(Check out her other art work at Chorsah Gryphon @ Deviant Art.)