Once upon a time I used to sew only for myself, but since November it seems I’ve been fully engaged in sewing/ knitting gifts for Christmas (apart of course from my Pan Am dalliance with New Look 6000). This week I’ve been on holiday, but right up to Christmas Eve I’m still finishing things off. Must start earlier next year. Or do less.
So at last I can start showing & this post will be devoted to a gift I made a friend who is most definitely not a Star Wars nerd, but you’ll see why I chose to have some fun with it ….and how it links to Karen’s (Didyoumakethat) Man Craft post a few weeks ago….
I saw a hooded cape on Crafty Christmas Club last year, a gorgeous blogger posted something heavenly made out of Boucle. She was swirling, it had a hood, she clearly had “the Force”. But I haven’t. Try as I might, I could not find the post, nor any other replication of the type of simple hooded scarf I’d seen. Was it a vision that visited me via a droid?
I therefore had to use my loaf & summon all my Jedi sewing skills. It was to be lined in sari fabric & made out of some teal wool with bobble trim. I’d make the scarf out of a length 1.3m long, cut in half lengthwise. The hood would be made by sewing the two short ends together, & then another seam at right angles to this equivalent to a head height plus some. There would also be pockets at arms length, sewn to the scarf once I’d assembled the hood. I’d make the lining & scarf separately, sewing together right sides together once the scarf was one piece. The finishing touch was a tassle on the hood sewn through all layers that also served the purpose of attaching the lining to the hood. (See diagram below if you want to have a go at this).
Here follows a few different views …a bit of twirling….& something sinister …
Now you see me ….
Now you don’t …
It seems to have evil properties …
Too many similarities with this chap for my liking. But why can’t I be Obi Wan? I want to be good, not bad!
Although as part of Gary’s education of me & my boys in 70s gentle (& at times unintentionally comedic) post apocalyptic films there is also a striking resemblance to Matthias from Omega Man, don’t you think?
So to explain, this is the clay head that I boasted about on Karen’s post on Man craft. Made carefully by Gary using the touch of his own head to capture bone structure curves & skull shapes (he’s so handsome isn’t he?!). It has holes for the eye sockets & the mouth, originally intended to stick candles in. (It rests with the face facing upwards). It now has glitter eyelashes (false of course). The best bit? Until its recent adoption of the cape, I have images of Gary sporting it, his own head hidden inside his shirt collar, with this (small) head on his shoulders as he danced around to Kraftwerk (Autobahn) in the front room. The best bit? He’s still got it on video!! When I can work out how to upload it, I’ll delight you with it, but we’re getting an error message so it will have to wait. What a star !
Anyway, back to the cape – if you want to make one yourself I’ve tried to create a kind of map below. Let me know how you get on?
But until then, I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas – you deserve it!