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Sew Very Doomed
Earlier in the week, The Countess prepared one side of the Littlefinger costume on our dining room table. The table was now tucked in the bay window to grab all the sunlight needed to work with dark cloth. She transferred onto it the measurements from the pattern she made over the weekend and gave herself a half-inch, um, ... I forgot the phrase for it, but in print it's called a bleed, the buffer zone between the material you definitely need, and what you can cut away.
|The cloth is more black than this picture depicts|
The cloth was folded on itself to form two layers. She pinned the layers together along their outer edges, except where the cloth was folded. That fold makes the exterior edge. Pinned together, the shapes created a deflated tube. She made a short instruction list for my half of the work, and I tackled that when I got back from work yesterday.
Following her original blue pencil outline, I cut outside the pins, creating two blocks of double-layered cloth. The table was too short for me to cut confidentially, and I moved everything to the floor. I was then instructed to duplicate her original length of fabric. I laid the cut blocks end to end on the floor and unspooled (unbolted?) a similar length of material.. I folded that cloth inside out, as hers was, and placed her blocks atop it.
|Her blocks under my length of material|
|Tracing around her blocks|
|Cutting and kneeling and sweating a little|
|The four blocks, still inside out|
While I had Deputy duty for bath and bed, she turned the fabric right-side out and pinned quick pleats onto the fabric to play with widths and weight. We draped it on me to check the angles of the cloth and the length of the cloth; it will end right above my shoes.
|The early pleats.|
I cut a small length of fabric to play with fabric paints. Once the pleats are done, and the sections joined, I'll add dots onto the edges of the pleats. And that means the costume is 80% done. We'll have the tabard, the robe (the collar will be supported with an interior clasp), the silver pin, and the cloth layers under the robe. That leaves the shoes and belt and maybe out-turned cuffs on the sleeves.