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« on: September 28, 2005 06:32:01 AM »

I need moral support and technical help please. My husband decided to be Captain Hook for Halloween. I told him No Problem. I've worked Renn faires and did the SCA and Sci Fi con thing for awhile. I'm good at costumes. I'm NOT good at patterns.  This one scares me to death. It doesn't seem to be a "costumey" pattern. The pattern was priced at $15.95 (thank God for half off ). The jacket alone is going to take 7 yards of expensive fabric, and this is going to need extensive alterations because of my husbands huge shoulders and long arms.I've never done set in sleeves before - that's why I like Renn costyuming, when in doubt tie it on. A mistake will cost big$$.
Has anyone ever used this and can tell me that everything will be fine? I'm just about afraid to start. I'm doing a muslin first. EEk!
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005 07:20:10 AM »

Ahh, I'm going to make that pattern for my boyfriend, but not until next summer (we're buying a huge barge to live in so our housewarming is going to be "pirates and wenches" themed, so we've got to be the best dressed there!).

The jacket looks a bit complicated, but the rest should be easy to wing, and if you mess up, just rip a hole in it and add some fake blood and say he's been in a battle. Wink

PS: Anyone else reading Neal Stephenson's "The Baroque Cycle" and smile at the mention of Captain van Hoek? heehee
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2005 07:36:27 AM »

Pedeka,

Here are a few hints:

1. Check the pattern against clothes that fit him well.  Adjust if you need to.

2. Make a muslin first.  Use any old piece of fabric - an old sheet would do, or buy the cheapest stuff you can find.  Don't bother with the details, just make the alterations you think you need in the main pieces, cut it out and sew it together to check the fit.  You might even cut the pieces with an extra 1/2" in the side and back seams.  Use tracing paper to mark where the seams belong (5/8" in from the original pattern lines) so you'll know where to sew.  The extra gives you more room to let it out if you have to.  If you alter the muslin, mark your new lines with a pen and use that as your pattern.

3.  Use your muslin to practice setting in sleeves too. 

4. When you make the real thing, machine baste the seams and try it on again. 

5.  Remember it's a costume - it doesn't have to be perfect. 

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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2005 11:23:36 AM »

Thanks guys, I just needed someone to tell me I can do this. If that makes any sense. I'm just going to have to teach myself to do alterations on the muslin. I have to take this pattern from ( according to the measurements on the package and what I took from the pieces) being too small as an extra large in the shoulders and arms, to an extra large chest, a large waist and medium hips. I just am thankful this pattern only has interfacing around the opening and doesn't ask for a complete lining and that the buttons are only decorations and I don't need 36( I think) buttonholes.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005 03:18:55 PM »

We are going to be using this same pattern for our Captain Hook.  Our school is doing Peter Pan for the musical this year.  It really will be easier than you think, but do make a muslin before you start cutting into the expensive material.  It will save you a lot of headaches!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2005 06:33:59 PM »

If you need to add width to the back, do it by splitting the pattern thru the middle and adding the necessary space int he middle.  It's the same concept as a shorten or lengthen line in the center of a pattern piece for skirts or pants.  asure you also allow for any changes you make in the main body of the piece in the accessorizing (lapels, peplums, etc).  And, when making costumes, repeat after me:  Fabric glue and gold braid are my BEST FRIENDS.  A multitude of ills can be covered with strategically placed braid.

Good luck!  This sounds super fun.  Don't forget pics when it's done.
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2005 11:28:34 AM »

An update: I am working on a muslin right now for fitting purposes.  I advise anyone using this pattern to be very sure about where the waistline on the jacket will hit. The skirt of the jacket has 3 large godets for fullness and if they start at the waist and not at the hip, the jacket becomes a dress. A very silly dress. ( I need to get pictures of darling husband in the muslin*snicker*)
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2005 01:51:06 PM »

Another question if anyone is looking at this thread again - does anyone have any ideas about where to obtain the vast numbers of 1" buttons needed  for this jacket and vest without having to sell my car and dog to pay for them?  Brass would look best, but I am thinking that I may have to stoop to plastic and a can of krylon antique gold. I have a feeling that I need to do a good job on this because my husband just informed me that he bought $150 boots to go with this jacket. *wonders if this really is just a "costume"* Huh
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2005 07:50:16 PM »

 An update for those who are making this pattern.These are some pictures of how the "muslin" is going.  The fullness in the skirt  in back is with only one of the 3 godets added in...... so this thing is gonna swing!

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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2005 02:36:35 AM »

teehee, I know it's just a muslin, but the fabric makes it look like he's wearing a mumu! Wink

But wow, that IS very swingy! That explains why it requires so much fabric...
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