‘They don’t count’ because it’s more of a social project, an excuse for hanging out with friends regularly, or it’s a gift for someone, or or or etc etc etc. What it really means is that I was sneaking extra projects onto my WIP-list without actually having to report them here. So much for accountability! A few I have completed since then and I’m not going to dig those up now. But today, I am coming clean about three ongoing secret projects I have been hiding behind the scenes – and adding them to my eternal WIP-list.
First up: Jedi tunic
My boyfriend and I both love science-fiction. He is more into Star Wars, I am more into Star Trek, but we manage to co-exist quite peacefully regardless. Last year, I promised him that for next year (i.e. this year) I would make him a Halloween costume. He immediately went online to show me pictures of a Jedi costume and asked me to make him that. How could I refuse?
A Jedi costume consists of several parts: an inner tunic, an outer tunic, a tabard, an obi, trousers, a belt and high boots (and, y’know, a lightsaber). I told my boyfriend he was responsible for his own belt and boots (and lightsaber) and that I would make the rest.
The good news: many people have made Jedi costumes before so there is no need for me to reinvent the wheel.
The bad news: my boyfriend is not a small person. A ridiculous amount of fabric is required for this costume.
Most guides recommend natural fibers for the costume, like linen or a linen/silk mix. Personally I’m a big fan of a linen/wool mix (less folds and wrinkles!), but since that can be hard to find, and linen/silk mix is too expensive, I decided to just go with this beige coarse linen for the outer tunic, obi and tabard. Pictures show that the inner tunic and trousers are made of a different, finer fabric, so for those I bought a dark cotton which has since, apparently, sold out.
I started with the outer tunic and accessories, because even with a regular shirt and trousers those will be a reasonable Jedi costume. I adapted this pattern for a housecoat for the outer tunic.
Once the outer tunic is finished, I will move on to the inner tunic and trousers, but I’m not pushing myself on that. This is also why I am considering them as three different projects ( or possibly 2, outer tunic and inner tunic + trousers) rather than one whole.
Second: Japanese quilt
This is one of those ‘social projects’. A friend of mine, who has a similar interest in crafts as I do, asked if I’d like to make a quilt with her (or rather, alongside her, both of us making our own quilt). And me, liking the idea, wanting to hang out with her regularly and, frankly, not having enough willpower to stick with my own goals, said ‘Of course!’.
We decided to make a small quilt, maybe a wall hanging, consisting of 9 blocks with a Japanese theme. We both love Japan and Japanese culture provides a lot of beautiful images to use in art and crafts. While most of our blocks will be the same, there will be a few differences. I want to use koi and darumaka, for instance, and she doesn’t. I’ve never really quilted before, so I am learning a lot of tricks from her!
Since starting a few months ago, I’ve finished two blocks – a fan and a kimono – and she has finished three, the same two plus an origami crane. It’s going slowly, but surely. We’ve mostly been using her fabric stash, so at least I’m not buying extra things!
And finally: Elsa dress
What can I say? There is a little girl in my life who asked – nay, demanded – I make her an Elsa dress from the Disney movie Frozen. So I am. I am using the official (licensed) Simplicity pattern. I’ve just gotten all the supplies, have traced the pattern and am ready to get sewing!
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