Some time ago, I interrupted my To Sew list of
projects to start on the girls' Renaissance Festival
costumes. I didn't really want the whole King Henry VIII -
Anne Boleyn look - I thought something Queen-Guinevere-
meets-Lucy-Pevensie might be more fun for small
children. Found this illustration in one of our books
and decided it was exactly what I had in mind.
Minus the velvet/velour/crushed panne look,
though - it is the middle of summer, after all.
So used jersey knits instead - like Tshirt fabric, but slinkier -
and whatever trims I could find at Joann's
and went to work to make a Small,
and a Large
Very fast work, as far as costumes go. The kids' slopers
were current, and all it took was to adapt the neckline and
the sleeve block into a long fitted sleeve slightly flared
at the elbow, inside an outer bell sleeve.
A bit overachieving in that they are done about a
month before the actual festival (hurrah), but I wanted
to finish them and share them in the middle of our
drafting series as an example of what a sloper
can do, even for two-year olds,
and even in stretchy knits.
I love the fit of a custom draft -
and the drape and movement of the fabric
- cool and comfortable like an old T shirt (literally!) and
yet with such a nice weight. The girls thought they felt
like nightdresses and wanted to wear them to bed.
I don't think I'll even bother to finish the hem since it doesn't fray.
The plan is to wear them to the festival and have the
girls pick out their own crowns (they're wearing
last year's crowns in the photos).
When I was sewing Emily's, I couldn't believe how much
hers looked like an adult's. When did she get so tall?
She's only five! I need to stop time.