Friday, July 27, 2012

Keep it secret. Keep it safe.

Frodo: "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."

Gandalf: "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."

Fitting advice from Middle Earth....

I first devoured the Lord of the Rings series when I was in about 5th grade. My uncle Joe lent me his precious copies. I later found my own copies - a fancy boxed set with illustrated covers - for a few dollars in a used book store. The boxed set would cost more now!

This was long before the movies burst on the scene, so I felt that Middle Earth was all my own!

I never imagined I'd make a Frodo costume, but Peter's off to camp next week and one day the kids are to dress as their favorite fictional character. Hence, the Frodo costume. I loved envisioning it, choosing patterns, and searching for fabrics for it, so I'm not complaining!

The most difficult part was finding a gold ring. The party store and the dollar store were a fail. I finally found Amazon sold gold rings as cake decorating supplies (from Wilton). So...we have 48 gold rings!

 Now for the details:

I used a plush burnt orange upholstery fabric for the shell. Peter insisted on navy satin for the lining. I had to laugh, but I think it was a good choice.  The welt pockets are just flaps. It would have been wonderful to have real pockets, of course, but after working with the eager-to-fray upholstery, I was relieved the pattern didn't include real pockets so as to tempt me to make them.

Turning a tube of that fabric proved impossible, so what we have in the back is a turned-under-and-topstitched-fake-buckle-strap. Lacking a buckle, I used a small d-ring. Peter chose the nice wooden buttons.

The shirt pattern originally has some western-style front yokes, as well as front pockets, but I left off the details to whip up a quick shirt. Ha ha. Actually the shirt went together smoothly thanks to the new collar construction I've been using (see sidebar for link to Convertible Collars). I used broadcloth, something I normally use for linings, but it's so very soft and I'm liking it for this shirt. Peter chose the buttons for the shirt, too, this time my nice akoya shell buttons, hehe. Certainly there was no plastic in Middle Earth!

I'm very pleased with this shirt's fit. Do-it-myself in this case means his shoulder seams aren't hanging off four inches into baggy space.

And lastly, the pants are just elastic waist trousers, cropped to Hobbit length. They're made from rustic brown homespun.

Grey 'n Cool Linen Shirt: Ottobre 6-2009-24
Onni Vest: Ottobre 6-2007-20
Taku Linen Pants: Ottobre 1-2009-21.

Ottobre pulls through for me yet again!


  1. Awesome costume! I hope he has a great time at camp.

  2. Fun sewing! It is good to indulge your childhood fantasies at the sewing machine.

  3. I love Lord of the Rings! I bought a Frodo bookmark a few years ago, and it came with a gold ring with the engraving on it, just like the one in the movie! I wish I was close enough to lend it to you! The vest is awesome. Have a great time at camp, Peter!

  4. Peter makes a wonderful Frodo in this outfit. I hope he has a great time at camp too.

  5. Oh gosh, he is going to have fun dressing up in this awesome costume! Hurray for summer camp and mom's who sew!

  6. He'll have the BEST costume of any of the campers!

  7. I love this. He will have the best costume there!

  8. What a fun costume! I bet he will love camp (and the dressing up)!

  9. Fun!! I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan too, so I'm slightly jealous that you got to make a hobbit costume. (Oh well.... I still have my Elf or Eowyn-inspired costumes for the Ren Faire.) I bet he'll have the best costume of any of the campers--and he'll be all set for when the Hobbit movie comes out in December!

  10. Long-time LotR re-reader here, too. I had never before thought of Gandalf's words as fitting advice, but I will now! Great costume!

  11. What day will they have the costume event? I'd like to sneak over there and peek through the bushes from the roadside. Or maybe I could get invited to be an unbiased judge.

  12. ahhh this is so awesome! I love it! Also now I want to rewatch the trilogy right now.

  13. That kid is ready to step onto a movie set with an outfit like that. And the photography is excellent.

  14. He is truly the most adorable Frodo ever. I love this whole costume@

  15. What a great costume! he looks so sweet too.


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