|Lettie Lane's Halloween Costumes|
As usual, I began drafting the patterns for both costumes. I had honestly hoped these would be a snap, but not-so-strangely enough, they've been yet another real challenge. As with anything I approach, I try to do the tough stuff first. Well, that would be everything, it seems, with these costumes. I can't wait to begin the hats, the shoes and the lantern. Someday I'm going to learn to enjoy this, but for now, I'm still learning, and wouldn't you know, its the collar, once again, that gave me trouble.
So what are we looking at? There's a witch's costume and a Halloween candlestick hat costume. The cape on the witch's costume is actually a coat, and I've a funny story to share. After stitching together the mock up of this coat in muslin, I knew first of all that the collar was all wrong - too small, too round. I also began to wonder how I was going to make welt pockets in the coat. I'd gone so far as to gather up the sides and posted a letter to a friend of mine, Arlene, who is a genius at sewing for Bleuette. I mentioned the pockets and showed her the illustrations. She wrote back that what she'd observed in the illustration is a broom going under the coat and lifting up the back of it. And that the lump I mistook for a pocket, was actually the shape of the broom handle! How utterly embarrassed I was! With all the painting background that I have, why wouldn't I have seen this? I thanked her profusely, and had to chuckle a bit because it is so like me to make more of something than need be. I guess I'm so used to detecting hidden details that I imagined a few that didn't exist! How's that for humility?! At least I didn't have to try welt pockets in the coat, but admit that I did make a few in small muslin squares just in case.
|The mock up. Lab coat vs. Halloween cape/coat.|
|Too small and wouldn't meet.|
I was delighted with the sunny pumpkin-yellow color and it was reminiscent of the Pumpkin Costume I made for Daisy last year. Loved that hat!!
|Back to the drawing board!|
Lastly, I had another challenge finding suitable ties. They simply don't make satin ribbon in the same color as the coat, and silk would be to fine. Also, if they did carry that exact color, what would I do with 25 yards of it?! They don't sell it by the yard. What I ended up using was bias tape. Incredibly, I found it in the exact same color. It was too wide to just fold over and stitch, so I trimmed one side off, folded that edge over with the iron and stitch the strip down the middle.
Tomorrow we begin to sew on white!
|Two Vests and Two Coat-Capes|
Miss E. Mouse