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Thread #34130   Message #458905
Posted By: Jande
09-May-01 - 03:28 PM
Thread Name: BS: Latest Creative Project--Medieval Gown
Subject: Latest Creative Project--Medieval Gown
Well, we did it!

From Scratch. (Actually from some hunter-green velveteen drapery material I've been *meaning* to make curtains out of for a couple of years)

With no pattern. Just a cartoon drawing tht Lissa found somewhere on the internet.

Added some twisted green and gold cording for trim and one of my batikked scarves wrapped with cording as a waist tie.

Some of you may laugh, as we did when Lissa presented us with the honour of helping her make her self a costume for Medieval Night at her school. I rarely sew. I never use a pattern when I do, instead I tend to modify something that someone else (or some machine) has already made.

Well, it has taken three days so far. Starting with laying Lissa down on the material and drawing around her with one of those chalk pencils dressmakers use, to get the approximate size of the thing. (She loved that!) Then, with Lissa doing *most* of the work, cutting forming, trying on, pinning, trimming, seaming, hemming, and adding the finishing touches, the hours and hours of learning curve and concentration gave way to a beauty of a gown that any M'lady would be proud to appear in.

Lissa learned to use my pfaff power sewing machine in no time at all, and was a very careful sewer. She was a delight! I still smile every time she thought she'd try to get me to do a particularly tedious bit, and I would say "nice try, kid, but it is *your* project." She replied" Yeah, I know. But I don't have to like it! Then she paused and said "But the finished product will be worth it!" And it is!

If you want a peek, here are some pics of it:

Front -Arms out

Front -Arms down

Back -Arms out

Back -Arms down

Our original sketch

Medieval Night is sometime around the 23 of May.

Our Lissa has much to be proud of.

(Why she's *almost* as creative and courageous as my own daughter... eh, Hes?) ::grin::

(I hope those BlueClickies turn out right this time!)

~ Jande