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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Once There Were Three Hobbits


It feels like the Shire around here. Except our doors are, unfortunately, rectangular instead of round; we eat only three meals a day; and are entirely incapable of blowing smoke rings.

I made Peter (in the middle) his costume this summer, but thought it'd be fun to have a couple more costumes in honor of Sara's inaugural reading of The Hobbit. And, oh yeah, the movie came out yesterday.


Once again, I used all Ottobre patterns for the costumes, and really didn't have to alter much. The pants were cropped to hobbit length.

Sara's costume was a pre-movie surprise. So I placed her costume on her dresser for her to see when she woke up in the morning - except I hadn't finished the "hobbit maiden skirt" I'd cut out. But I should have known, she desperately preferred hobbit pants to any kind of skirt, hence the third pair of hobbit pants (very easy to make, at least).


Alex's vest is identical to Peter's, except bigger. It is Onni Vest (Ottobre 6-2007-20). I had to upgrade this pattern 3 sizes for the length - that's the first time I've upgraded so many sizes and it did work fine.


The fabric is a gold flecked upholstery, which I also used for Robin Hood capes I while back. Lined with navy satin.





Sara's vest is from Ottobre 1-2008-36 (Juliet vest). I was sorely disappointed to have only 4 brass buttons instead of 8, but being short on time, and (amazingly) having made everything else from my stash, I didn't want to buy more. It's faux double breasted, so the bottom of the vest does swing out a bit without the other two rows of buttons keeping it in alignment.


I used my handy-dandy snap pliers to punch holes and apply eyelets. The laced flaps are separate pieces sewn into the back princess seam.



The shell is embroidered upholstery fabric and it's also lined with navy satin.



And since I'd cut out the skirt pieces, I decided to stitch it up anyway. I have two more girls, so somebody's bound to wear it on a hobbit adventure. 

The top portion of the skirt is a yoke, and the overskirt (blue) is attached at the yoke. I don't really like wide expanse of tan before you get to the rest of the skirt. You can't see it well, but the outerskirt is gathered at the side front. The skirt is Double-Layer Skirt (Ottobre 2-2008-33).


 And lastly, the blouse (Amanda Blouse - Ottobre 6-2007-15). I really like this blouse, and may make it again for everyday wear. It has a Peter Pan collar and the bodice is slightly gathered to the front yoke.


27 comments:

  1. They all look like shire locals in their outfits. And they look great too.

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    1. Thanks! I wish I could have photographed them in a more Shire-like environment.

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  2. Wow, these look fantastic! It is fun to make "fun" clothing for kids to wear. Something so special that no one else has. :)

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    1. You're right - these were so much fun to make.

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  3. Hug those hobbits for me, would you?

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  4. The lace up back is great, and everyone is so adorable. My husband and I saw the movie yesterday, so we've been geeking over the finer points of Middle Earth history since. How special to make an outfit for your daughter for her first reading--I can't imagine her not loving the story with such a costume.

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    1. Thanks! I have yet to see the movie, but I doubt it will be featuring much girl hobbit costume! I have good memories of reading the LOTR as a child (without a costume, no less), so I guess I'm passing on the tradition.

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  5. Adorable! I love the girl's vest and the blouse - need to have another look at my Ottobres! (Did you let your kids watch? Starting at what age? I'm a bit disappointed the movie is recommended for older children - in Germany, anyway.)

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    1. Thanks! The blose was my favorite, I think.
      The Lord of the Rings movie is recommended for older children here, too, but the Hobbit has a lower age recommendation. After some thought, we let our almost 9yo girl and older boys see the Hobbit. Our 9yo is not sensitive, so I may have made a different decision for a different child. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is fairly intense/suspenseful/dark, so she will wait a few years for that (contrary to her wishes, hehe).

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  6. This is the 'fun' side of sewing - seeing the kids in one-of-a-kind costumes. They certainly look the part.
    Off to have a peek around the rest of your blog...J

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    1. I do love being able to give them one-of-a-kind things like this!

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  7. What a fantastic set of costumes! I remember the one you made for Peter from before. You are such a good Mum to make these lovely things for your children. Cute that Sara wanted to wear trousers just like her brothers! :)

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    1. Thanks, these were a lot of fun to make. It's a good thing Sara wanted trousers, as I didn't like how the skirt turned out. And the trousers are, well, trousers.

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  8. Love the Hobbit outfits in honor of her first reading of the book!

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    1. Now, I'm not going to do this for every book....hehe.

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  9. What fun to have outfits from a favorite book. You win the "Best Mom Ever!" award

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    1. I don't know about that since there are plenty of things I didn't do, hehe, (which I don't blog about!) but they were a lot of fun to make.

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  10. Love it! And way to go for raising your kids to love awesome books. :)

    I'm going to be re-reading it soon myself--I've read all of the Lord of the Rings stuff multiple times, but I saw the movie with my fiance over the weekend (twice...*ahem*) and now he's all excited and FINALLY wants to read the books himself! So I told him I'd do it with him.

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    1. Funny, I never see LOTR mentioned in parenting books, hehe.

      I've been overhearing my husband read the Hobbit to the kids, and have felt inspired to finishing the middle earth "extras" I have on my shelf.

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  11. So sweet! Your kids are lucky to have such a talented mum to sew for them, what great outfits.

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  12. Oh my goodness, that is so adorable! And I love that your kids aren't too old or cool to play dress up.

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully they'll never be too old to dress up sometimes.

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  13. I love these costumes! (And the film, I saw it yesterday) :)

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    1. Thanks! I still haven't seen the film - will probably wait until I can see it from my own sofa (:

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