Let me start by saying that my family loves The Lord of the Rings. All of us. A lot.
It’s the girls’ bedtime story right now, and it’s even going with us on a Disney vacation… if that gives you any indication of how long we can (or cannot) be without a dose of Tolkien. For that reason, I obviously jumped at the chance to be a part of Crafting Con. I was incredibly happy to get picked, and I can’t wait to talk shop with other fans!
First, let me say that I normally do costumes. Like, down to the details type of costume so I had to really focus on finding something that wouldn’t scream “direct movie reference!” but would definitely nod to the character.
Since I was hoping for something comfortable and warm enough for school in winter, I opted for the Hangout Hoodie from Peek-A-Boo (that is an affiliate link, but seriously, anything by Amy always fits great!) with long sleeves and the simple chevron shape. I used a serger to put mine together, and where the contrasting colors came together, I topstitched both for a clean look and for durability.
I totally love this pattern, because you can wear it with or without a belt, add some leggings… add some fun shoes or flip flops… totally versatile! I did widen the neck opening because I thought it’d make the neck binding fall evenly, and it does, and I love it! My daughter doesn’t love it so much, so I might add eyelets and lace them (which would be a fun detail for a boys, you could even do a ranger costume this way! Faramir, anyone?)
The biggest transformation for me through this was…. falling absolutely in LOVE with Rit dye. I figured out that I need to use cotton, but once I had that down, I dyed my green fabric a beautiful dark kelly green. I cut my pattern pieces in two where I wanted the green and the dark green to be, then added 3/8″ (don’t forget this step). Then I cut my fabrics and after sewing the color blocking back together, I went on about my business finishing the pattern. Since then, I’ve dyed a pair of shoes (the green ones in this post actually) and a pair of leggings.