Busier than usual here this past week. We had some friends in town this Memorial Day weekend. The hubby was on call so we couldn’t do a lot of “out” stuff, but we had a fun barbecue on Saturday, and a nice lazy day on Sunday. The weekend included lots of good company, yummy food, a game called ladder ball, a trip to the subdivision pool, and some games (Telestrations, Quelf, and a few others).
On a serious note, since its Memorial Day, I want to say thank you to all the soldiers, current and former, who have protected this country’s people and freedom at great cost to themselves and their families. We appreciate all that you do, and hope that you know your sacrifices are not, and will never be, unnoticed or forgotten. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
While we had company this weekend, I did manage to cut the flannel fabric that I purchased last weekend while I was visiting my family. All in all, I cut 3 pairs of pajama pants, so I suspect I will get to at least one of those this week. My parents come to town this week, so I doubt there will be a Thursday post, but I think Mom and I may do a little bit of sewing while they are here. Pajama pants are fast enough that I imagine I could finish two pairs in one sewing session.
The other sewing thing that I did is related to my next costume. I cut the pattern pieces from Simplicity 4795 so that when the fabric for my costume arrives, I can begin to work on it. The costume is going to be the Vestments of the Virtuous from World of Warcraft. While I don’t play the game right now, I have been an avid player in the past, and acquiring these robes with my main character, a dwarven priestess named Breyna, was one of my more impressive accomplishments. I would like to wear this at DragonCon in a few months too – it is perfectly acceptable (encouraged?) to wear different costumes on different days of the con 🙂 So one day will be my Steampunk gear, and one will be my robes. I do have two more days to worry about, but not sure what I will decide on that. Below is an image of the robes I will be attempting to make, shown on a sexy troll avatar:
I think this will be a good challenge, and also my first attempt at pattern drafting / modification. I am using the Simplicity 4795 pattern as a baseline, but will definitely need to modify to get all the details in. I have ordered some pale yellow and ivory knit fabric to use. Not sure if the knit will work out well or if I should stick to a more standard costume fabric like satin. Please chime in if you have an opinion. Attaching that head / collar piece will be an interesting challenge. I have bought some extra firm interfacing and some batting to use for it. I feel like I will need something similar for the shoulder pieces. I’ll also have a belt, and some decorative work to do – I have not done appliques or top-stitched stuff before, but I feel like this will need one or both. Possibly even some terms I don’t know! I can’t decide if I could make a single piece robe with the ivory as the color, or a double piece robe – more or a skirt and slightly long tunic. Or perhaps I do the single piece robe with yellow as the sleeve base and ivory as the front and back base? Decisions, decisions!
One thing is for sure … no matter how much I try to plan this out, I am really going to have to be ready to wing it and make modifications on the fly here. I would love to hear some ideas if you have them!