Somehow it’s March again, and time for World Book Day. Apologies to the parents who dread the day but we always get carried away with this one (unlike Christmas jumper day?! or dress like you favourite sports personality day!!??!!). This year my eldest wanted to be another character from the Amulet series .(The youngest isn’t at school yet so no costume for her) .Last year she dressed as the main character Emily, and this year she requested the elf mayor Riva Ash, which happily meant being able to reuse last year’s gloves/some ordinary clothes.First up a yellow jacket – where possible I try not to buy anything when making costumes, but I didn’t have any yellow fabric so thought I’d have a go and dyeing some natural cotton drill I had with onion skins.
I boiled up a fairly large amount of yellow onion skins in water in the biggest pan I had (not big enough as it turned out) for about half an hour. When I tested the colour it was a bit too brown in colour so I added some turmeric and boiled it some more. I then removed the onion skins added a large glug of white wine vinegar and added the fabric. I simmered it for about 10 minutes took it off the heat and left it for half an hour or so. I tried to stir the fabric a bit but the pan wasn’t really big enough which led to the colour being a little patchy. But that colour was gorgeous! so I’ll take a little bit patchy. It will be interesting to see how the colour fades with washing, as I think it is a technique I’ll definitely use again, along with experimenting with avocado pit dye.
The piece of cotton drill was fairly small so I had to cut the jacket back in two pieces and with the grain running in different directions. I didn’t use a pattern but free hand cut the pieces and trimmed pieces to fit as I sewed them up.
Her jeans are another pair of Twisted Trousers by Titchy Threads which I made a couple of months ago. The pattern is one of our staples.
The snood/face scarf is a simple tube made from cotton jersey which I can see her wearing for non costume purposes too. The steam punk goggles were borrowed from a friend and, falling at the last hurdle I bought the elf ears.Lastly the back pack – a simple tote bag shape made from cotton drill with straps for the shoulders and a couple inside to try and hold the shape of the bag.