And what did I sew?
Not just any cape, a purple cape for a Skelator costume.
Oh, you didn't have brothers/sons/a heart beat in the 80's to make you watch He-Man? Here's the refresher.
My sewing skills were a mixed bag at the time (not that it's all that much different now). I knew how a sewing machine worked very well. I understood the concepts of grain lines, was well versed in turning things inside out thanks to Mom's bibs. I watched her sew many things and Fabricland felt like a second home. Things I did not get?
- Patterns, the language eluded me.
- Finishing seams for wovens. Mom does not sew clothing, everything she made was turned inside out and usually had top stitching.
- Full bust adjustments (not that it's a factor in this cape)
- I don't think I understood bias tape at that point.
- I draped the three panels so there was an arm hole, very wise move
- All selvages were left alone, I knew I didn't have to do anything with them and that's true for the purple cape, it's a costume, not couture.
- All cut (well, ripped along the grain line) edges were just folded back and sewn, so you can see the raggedy edges
- I used such narrow seam allowances and crappy finishings that some of the side panel stitching have come apart.
- The hood falls perfectly, just like the character I was aiming for. This is something I didn't improve in the purple version, I should have pulled more fabric into the hood.
- The weight is mostly carried by the shoulders, not pulling back at the neck.
- It moves so well when he walked. Pictures do not do that justice.
It's a very good thing I didn't hem that black cloak shorter. It worked really well yesterday on the film shoot.
|First time I've answered to the call "WARDROBE!"|
The film shoot went well. It's going to be a video, rock song about a guy doing a series of stupid things and pissing people off. Like going to the movies and being obnoxious, being Skelator on the subway (you know not one person stopped us, a few looked, a few took pictures, but not many really stared or got pissed off). It's a series of small events, we'll see how it all comes together in editing but they have some great footage. I believe it will end up on YouTube so when it does, I'll add in a link.