It has been so long since I've worked on this gift for my brother that it's no wonder if you've forgotten all about it! (My brother probably thought I'd forgotten about it!) Allow me to refresh your memory.
In Fall, 2016, I came up with the idea of making a camp shirt for my brother, using the Islander #208 pattern and a Robert Kaufman batik in my brother's preferred colors. He was enthusiastic.
So I made a mock-up and sent it to him, only to find that, like many commercial patterns, the shirt had far too much ease. Though the pattern envelope said my brother's measurements were a Medium (with a Large neck!), in reality, he was probably a small. At any rate, it was a ton of work with a disappointment at the end, so the wind was taken right out of my sails. The project slipped to the bottom of the pile until...
April 2017, when I found an older Aloha shirt at a vintage shop and rubbed off its pattern. I sent the original to my brother, and he confirmed that the fit was good, so I cut out the batik pieces...
And got distracted by other, paying, work, until August 2017, when I gave myself a stern talking to and put the shirt project back on the top of my to-do list for the fall!
Remember I mentioned that I was making Butterick 6190? Time for the details of this lovely project!
My client this time is my friend Rosanne, who shall be attending an autumn ball with me this year! She picked the pattern and bought it, selecting the top from view D, but the skirt from the other views, since she didn't want a train. As for the fabric, she requested a dark purple or blue-violet, preferably satin, with silver contrast. She trusted me to pick the material as she wasn't around when I went shopping. I've dubbed it the Lady Aubergine gown, because of the eggplant color.
I have not been very on top of the Dreamstress' Historical Sew Monthly challenges, not for lack of sewing, but because nothing I've done the past year is very historical! Modern clothing and mending and commissions have been the order of the day. But April's challenge called to me from the start:
The Ahsoka Tano dress being done, I had to make a few accessories to really create the character. The biggest thing was the belt with its apron front. Then gaiters for the feet, and leggings with diamond-shaped cut-outs. I'll post about the belt and leggings today, but not the gaiters, because (I'll be honest) I found the gaiters really annoying to do and I'm not happy with them. They're not bad... just not gonna be in this post. Maybe I'll post about them in future, when time has passed and I can be objective.
Well, it's been over a week since I've posted! My three regular readers must be in withdrawal! ;) In previous months, I've managed my blog by creating a long queue of posts (often written multiple posts in a single marathon session) which I schedule for upcoming Mondays and Thursdays. Then I ignore my blog for a while and work on sewing and photographing things while the blog marches on without me. I check in to see if people have commented. What happened last week was that I ran out of scheduled posts at a time when I was too busy to make more, and hence the dry spell. However, being busy with work is, as my Dad says, "the right kind of problem"!
So what have I been up to? Click Read More for an overview. There will be no pictures or geekery today, though.
The Ahsoka Tano costume continues! After all my pattern work, I cut out the pattern pieces in the red twill. I have just enough
"The original has pockets... if it's not too much trouble, I'd like at least one pocket," she said. And "You don't have to replace the linings on the smaller side pockets, if you don't want. They're not torn..."
It's funny: if someone has a list of requirements, I meet them, but if someone gives me a bare minimum and tells me that they're fine with "just" that, I always want to exceed their expectations. I want them to be pleasantly surprised.
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