Since I feel good about my recent hat aquisition, I decided to move on to some of the other costuming side projects this week.
I decided since my Steampunk coat has some nice large pockets in the front, I should definitely fill one of those side pockets with something useful … like a flask! Carrying one of those around is an easy way to save money on the insanely priced drinks at the convention. And if I am going to carry a flask, said flask needs a decorative cover.
I acquired some faux leather at Hancock earlier this summer for just this purpose. It was on the clearance scrap table. I don’t remember how much it was, but it was cheap.
I measured the circumference of the flask and added some extra room for seam allowances. And then I measured and cut a second piece to go around the bottom of the flask cover. I planned to leave the corners open.
1) First, I placed the right sides of the main piece together, around the flask, and marked how big a seam allowance I needed. Then I straight stitched the seam. I was not sure how it was going to go attempting to press the seam open with an iron, but I tested it on a scrap first. It didn’t seem to ruin the pleather, so I did my best with the iron to press the seam open. I placed the cover on the flask to check fit. It was snug, but easy enough to place on the flask.
2) Then, I hemmed the top of the flask cover. I didn’t bother folding the bottom edge of the hem under to make it neater, the faux leather was thick enough to work with anyway.
3) Once the top edge was done, I placed the cover on the flask to mark where I wanted the bottom hem to go. And then I stitched the hem down. Let me mention here that the circular hem that had to be done on the top and bottom edges was interesting since the circumference was a bit small.
4) Next, I placed the cover on the flask, and measured the piece to be attached to the bottom. I marked the hems and stitched the fabric along the edges accordingly.
5) I turned the main piece of the flask cover inside out again, and placed the right side of the bottom piece against the wrong side of the flask and “stitched in the ditch” (stitched along an already created line of stitches) of the hemline to attach the two pieces together. Here is a picture showing this, as well as how interesting and fun it was to sew within that small circular piece of fabric.
6) At this point, I realized I miscalculated a little bit. There was no way I could attach the other side of the bottom piece to the cover without stitching the cover closed. Ooops. In the picture below, I had measured the cover on the flask, and marked where I wanted the seam to be. However, I am sure you see the dilemma – to stitch along the red hemline would cause me to stitch through both layers of the flask cover.
7) So I decided to use velcro to close the cover. I stitched a piece of velcro to the right side of the flask bottom fabric and a piece of velcro to the wrong side of the main fabric piece.
8) After I finished constructing the cover, I realized I made another error. Part of my plan to decorate the flask involved an applique. Which I should have done first, prior to stitching the main piece closed. Ooops. I had the applique ready – the heat and bond had been ironed on to the red moleskin and cut into an oval shape. I just had to iron it on to the cover, which I did easily.
But I could not zigzag the applique edges down, or add a trim to the edge for the same reason I had to add velcro – I would stitch the cover closed. Grunt. I wound up hand stitching a silver trim around the oval applique edges. Have I mentioned that hand stitching sucks? Regardless of the fact that I made it more difficult for myself than I had to, the finished applique came out nicely. I added some decorations with fabric glue – a pretty pendant and some gray roses.
Even though I made mistakes here, this was a very quick and easy project, and one that I would certainly do again.
In other news, I also added a silver cord to the back of my Steampunk coat.
The only thing left on the Steampunk costume is boots at this point.
On the Breyna costume, I completed the second glove this week. The only thing left there is adding velcro. And creating a staff to carry with it. That is also in progress, though my friend is doing the majority of the work on this. More to come on that soon.
Meanwhile, I am starting to prep for my next projects. I cut out several patterns last night, and also cut fabric for one of them. I am definitely not as excited about those ordinary projects. I wonder if I can just plan and make costumes year round? I’ll wind up all dressed up and have nowhere to go …