"Could you make me a costume for my tudor banquet?"
"Um. I think that might be a bit beyond me, sweets."
"But you do sewing all the time!"
"But I've never successfully made an outfit. Unless you count a sheet thrown over you for Halloween."
"Yeah. See. That was great. Pleeeeeeasse!"
Silent sigh. "Let's go to the library and see what we can find."
"Fab. Yay. I wanna be Henry the VIII!"
So went the conversation in the Lace household a couple of weeks ago. Double gulp when we got the book and the 9 year old chose his costume.
He really did want to be Henry VIII. But I have to say, it's coming together much easier than I thought. And this coming from someone who just doesn't make clothes. Of course, it's not proper clothes. And it's all felt, which helps a lot. But all the same, so far, I can't say I've been stuck and actually I'm quite glad he pushed me into it. Bless him. He chose the colours for the felt, and we cut the trousers first. Hubs kindly cut the paper pattern pieces, which was beyond me. Partly because they were tiny in the book.
The trousers were a bit of a laughing point at first.
They looked too big for said 9 year old. Though he loved trying them...
They were even too big for hubs! But after gathering, I think they work.
I've been working on the jacket and sleeves today, which needed slashing and cotton sewing behind to pull through. I also decided to line them, and use little left over gems instead of pasta. Pasta was suggested by the book, but I thought it would just end up falling off.
And the sleeves are working as well. I've surprised myself, believe me.
I'll let you know how it comes together. I need to find some cheap red velvet type material for the cloak and armbands. And soft blue/grey woollen tights aren't proving easy to come across at this time of year, either. He may have to go with the bare legged approach!