Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cloaks Part 2: Finished! (sort of)

I finished my first cloak! Well, finished sewing anyway, but still!

So this is the outside of the cape, sewn together minus hood.

Speaking of the hood, here it minus the comfy lining.

Then, after lining the hood with fleece, cutting the fleece patterns, sewing them together, and pinning the lining to the cloak inside out, sewing everything and pulling it right side out through a hole in the lining, I learned how to slip stitch so I could hide said hole. Once all that was done, I had a finished cape!

(I'm ignoring the puckering on the edge and hoping I can iron it out. If not... I'll say that it's just well used.)

It's lined with fleece, since the Hobbit comes out December 14, which calls for very snowy and freezing weather.

It even has a lined hood!

My current dilemma lies with how to close it. I could:

A. Sew buttons to both sides and make a flat piece of fabric with two buttonholes to hold it together

B. Sew one button on the right side (since it's Jim's cape and men's garments button from the right side, extending from the days when men dressed themselves, and women had servants to button buttons, thus changing the point of view of the buttons. Just in case you wanted to know.), then sew a leather loop on the other that the button will fit into.
Like so:

Thing is, I'm not sure how I get the curly bit to stay. Sew straight through the side? 

C. Buy a cloak clasp online. These range from simple:

to medium fancy

to very very fancy

(Link here)

D. I'm going to eventually get a elven leaf brooch for my own cloak, like the Fellowship had.

But if I want a pretty functional one, I need lots of money. So! Until I'm rich, my other options will have to do.

Still to do:
- Buy more lining so I can make my own cloak.
- Figure out button loop/ clasp/ closure thing.
- Work on my hobbit costume! More on that once the cloaks are done.
- Find a way to stop the fleece from shocking me every five seconds. Stupid dry air.

Thanks for tuning it!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cloaks Part 1: The Adventure Begins

So, as an attempt to be creative and awesome, I am currently working on making cloaks for the midnight showing of the Hobbit. Luckily, it's not until December, so I actually have time to finish the cloaks and our costumes. I hope.

This all started with the final organization of my sewing room, and now that I have a sewing machine, fabric, pattern AND a table, I can begin! I'll keep y'all updated as I go, and provide pictures for eternal documentation. =)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

F1rst P0sT!!

Hello all. Grace and I will be blogging some of our newly-wed experiences on this site. Look forward to great pictures, humorous anecdotes, and occasional science freak-outs from yours truly.