Re: [LR_Cos] Fabric for Bilbos robe from The Hobbit
- that's an excellent image. You can see how the smaller patches are
grouped into blocks or strips across the arm, for instance.
Ha, I think I'm getting mixed up too, might get drawn into this when
I'm done with what I'm in the middle of now! :D
Yes, make the fabric first, then cut the pieces. You obviously don't
have to make 45" wide yard goods, just sections big enough for each of
the garment pieces. But you do want to make pieces that are going to
be adequate to trim out each sleeve, front, etc. Any time you are
dealing with a multitude of seams across a garment piece (like this, or
with many rows of pin tucks, or a lot of embroidery that might scrunch
the fabric up a tiny bit) you always want to have an intact pattern
piece to use after the many seams are finished, so the final garment
piece actually matches the pattern piece. This is especially important
with a truly fitted garment. This is a bathrobe, so the place it's
going to matter most, is in matching the sleeve cap to the armscye.
Assuming you have made a muslin (or flannel, or terrycloth....) test of
your pattern, you want your patchwork to fit the same way.
Colors and fabrics... here we come to the perennial conversation about
whether your goal is something that (how exactly?) replicates the
garment as it hangs in the wardrobe trailer, as it appears on screen,
or what will look best on you with your particular coloring. For wowing
everyone at a costume event, maybe 1 or 2. For enjoying at home
forever, maybe 3rd option is best.
As I fell asleep imagining myself into this project, I wondered if I
would go so far as to use Chanel type couture construction like I saw
in a Threads magazine article... where the lining is basted to the
fashion fabric up to within an inch or so of the seam lines. The
fashion fabric is seamed together and then the lining seam allowances
are tucked in and hand sewn. For a patchwork dressing gown like this,
it would keep it nice and light, for the underlining to also be the
lining... maybe a nice charmeuse... mmmmm yum. :)
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From: girlspurplegreen <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [LR_Cos] Fabric for Bilbos robe from The Hobbit
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:51:23 -0000
I found this image which doesn't show the full length of the garment
but what it does show is nice and clear. The texture is gorgeous.
I've read through all the messages but am getting mixed up with who is
making the gown - but are you thinking the best way is to "make your
fabric first" taking into account the straight cuts of the body length
finishing on the edge of the fabric, but then cutting out the set in
sleeves (as it looks like in the photo)?
I remember first seeing the gown in one of Peter Jackson's video blogs
- I thought it looked ghastly but they went on to explain that with the
48frames per second they had to look at colours and patterns
differently so it would appear "right" on the camera. I am a little
concerned that mine may just end up a bit ghastly if I don't get the
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- oh, and while shopping the thrift store for appealing fabrics, don't forget to look at the neckties, some of them might be in good brocades. Old neck ties are also great for piping, like along the edges of the shawl collar and the cuffs.
- On 2/20/2013 8:41 PM, Sarah wrote:
> oh, and while shopping the thrift store for appealing fabrics, don'tTies are already on the bias... so you get full use of the length.
> forget to look at the neckties, some of them might be in good
> brocades. Old neck ties are also great for piping, like along the
> edges of the shawl collar and the cuffs.
- WOW Sarah - now I am getting super excited! Need to get some things out the way asap so I can start!
And great tip about the ties Sarah and Cat - I wouldn't have thought of that. In fact I should check my husband's stash of ties - I may be able to find a sentimental one of his to incorporate into the project. Thank goodness his birthday/father's day is a while off...
- The Threads issue with the Chanel jacket construction article is #121,
Oct/Nov 2005. Your library may have it if you don't collect the magazine
yourself. There are probably other couture books with the same info,
this is just the one that pops into my mind.
I too am feeling the urge to begin going through the back of my closet
and local thrift shops and start collecting ingredients. :)
On 2/21/2013 1:35 AM, girlspurplegreen wrote:
> WOW Sarah - now I am getting super excited! Need to get some things out
> the way asap so I can start!
> And great tip about the ties Sarah and Cat - I wouldn't have thought of
> that. In fact I should check my husband's stash of ties - I may be able
> to find a sentimental one of his to incorporate into the project. Thank
> goodness his birthday/father's day is a while off...