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.
The inspiration pic I found for the costume had a tone-on-tone purple pattern on the apron front, which I approximated by quilting. First I cut out the shape I wanted and sketched the swirly, symmetrical pattern on it:
Then I cut two layers of the purple fabric, and pieced some fleece together for the batting. Remember the quilt sandwich method I used before ? Since it works well for small quilting projects, I'm doing that again. So I start by laying the two pieces of purple fabric, right sides together, down, then put the batting on top. Then I sew around the perimeter, leaving an opening (between the two red pins) so I can turn it right side out.
Then I turn the sandwich/bag so the purple fabric is right sides out, and that puts the batting in the middle. (That's why I didn't mind using stained batting!) I use chalk to transfer the basic lines of the pattern onto the apron, and begin quilting. Quilting right next to the edge of the piece closes the hole from the before, so I don't need to slip-stitch it.
I really love the look of quilting!
The next step was to make the belt that holds the apron. There's a rectangle in the back, which I made to contain a small pocket for a cell phone or ticket stub:
The leggings are a last minute project. Simply put, I mark the location of the diamond-shaped cut-outs on the RTW leggings while C. is wearing them. Then:
To make the second leg match the first, I tuck one leg inside the other, making sure the seams all match neatly, and trace the markings:
Then I do the same for the second leg as I just did for the first. Here is the completed cut-out:
Quilting, dressmaking, and history plied with the needle...
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