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!
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!