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31 Days of Halloween – Tri-Wizard Tee Costume

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Crack open the WAY BACK MACHINE for today’s 31 Days of Halloween!

Today we have a fast, easy costuming option for the Harry Potter fans out there.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com Craftster Swap - HP for our kids

Originally created in 2006 for a Craftster Swap, I’m breaking this tutorial out today for anyone that might not have a costume in mind, or, like me, might need something a wee bit cooler to wear come Halloween!

The best part about this project is that you can sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine or use a serger to finish it even faster!

You’ll need:

  • 1 red t-shirt
  • 1 black t-shirt in the same size and style as the red t-shirt
  • Rotary cutter, 24″ rotary ruler & cutting mat
  • OR a straight edge, pencil and sharp scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, serger or needle and thread
  • Freezer Paper, cut into 2 8 ½” x 11” sheets (print Hogwarts Crest Stencil & Potter/Star Stencil on these sheets)
  • fabric paint in red, green, blue, yellow, white and gold
  • foam paintbrushes

Instructions

t-shirt black t-shirt red

  • Find the center of each shirt by folding in half towards the front and matching the sleeves.
  • Mark the top and the bottom with a pin.
  • If using a rotary cutter, this is your cutting line.
  • If using a straight edge, draw a pencil line from top to bottom.
  • Cut as straight as possible.

Sleeve Reconstruction

t-shirt left right sleeves

  • Select the red shirt right (right side when the shirt is worn) and black shirt left and carefully remove the sleeves from each side of the shirt using a seam ripper. Be very careful to not stretch the fabric.

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  • Swap the sleeves so that red sleeve is with black shirt piece and the black sleeve is with red.
  • Turn the shirt half you are working on inside out and place the sleeve, right side out inside the
  • sleeve hole (right sides will be together), matching the top and bottom creases. Pin the sleeve in place, being careful not to stretch the fabric.
  • Using a serger or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, stitch in a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around.
  • If stitching by hand, take small stitches.
  • Repeat for second sleeve.

Shirt Body Reconstruction

t-shirt 2

  • Place one shirt half inside the other, right sides together so that the wrong sides of the seam lines will be on the outside. You will have two seams, a front seam and a back seam.
  • Carefully pin every few inches starting at the t-shirt ribbing and work your way down, trying not to stretch the fabric.
  • If the bottoms hems do not meet, pin the bottom edges together and ease along the middle of the shirt (t-shirts can be really wonky, but you can make it work!).
  • Carefully stitch along this line as for the sleeves.
  • Snip the corners of the inside seams on the diagonal.
  • Turn the shirt right side out.

Stenciling the front (Hogwarts Crest)

  • Cut out the four sections of the Hogwarts Crest stencil.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil on the upper left side of the shirt (the black
  • side).
  • Stencil the upper left section red, the upper right section green, the lower left section yellow and the lower right section blue*.
  • Gently peel stencil away and allow to dry.
  • Optional: Paint a cursive “H” over the four sections in gold paint.

Stenciling the back (Potter & Star)

  • Cut out the Potter and Star stencil.
  • Optional: Create a stencil with your own name using a Sans Serif font OR use purchased iron on letters.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil in the middle of the back of the shirt, matching center lines.
  • Stencil the name and star with red paint.
  • Gently peel away and allow to dry.

*I recommend testing your paint on dark fabric before you start. Some paints will need multiple layers. If the paint doesn’t cover, you can start with a white base coat.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com

Need more information on stenciling? Check out my post from last week!

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TTMT #265 – Some Things

Thank you, everyone, for all the kind words. There are some crafty bits in this week’s video, despite the recent sadness.

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Proud Troll Mama

Trolls!

Today is the first day of Anime Overload here in Austin, Texas. If you run into the Trolls above, tell them hello. Better yet, tell them hello, take a picture and share it with me.

These are my Trolls. 😉

Trolls!

 

 Kankri Vantas (L) and Eridan Ampora (R)

I helped with the cloak and striped pants, they did everything else. It is absolutely amazing to have two teenagers that can costume for themselves so very well. There is every possibility that I am a little bit proud…

 

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All Hallow’s

Halloween 2012

With all the crazy going on around here lately, I have completely neglected to share Halloween pictures! Here are my kiddos, facing off before heading out!

Halloween 2012

(L-R) Schrodinger’s Cat, The Doctor, Russian Captain, Eridan, Heir of Breath

Elena and Gareth are both teenagers and I got to see them for about five minutes before they took off with their friends for candy harvesting! Here they are with their group before heading out!

Halloween 2012Eridan and The Heir of Breath

 

I created Eridan with a large amount of help from Gareth last July. This is the costume he wore to Anime Overload (more here!), with some minor adjustments. He added more highlights to his makeup as well as painting his gills.

Elena’s costume, The Heir of Breath, while simpler to make, took me most of the month to create just because I’ve become so short on time since I went back to work. She helped with the stencil and by providing lots of reference photos, as well as being a very patient live model.

The Warhammer of Zillyhoo

Elena’s absolute favorite part of her costume was the Warhammer of Zillyhoo. It was created with a variety of materials including a large dowel rod, paint, craft foam, ribbon, fabric, upholstery foam, styrofoam, felt and oodles of glue!

Anyone want to volunteer to come clean my sewing room?

Heir of Breath planning

Some of my planning for The Heir of Breath. I borrowed greatly from this God Tier John Hood Tutorial. I took liberties with this based on my own knowledge of garment making, but I used the hood dimensions exactly and it worked out perfectly

Stencil for Heir of Breath tee

The Stencil before painting…

Heir of Breath Tee

And after!

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On a very personal note, I want to thank everyone that has emailed and commented about kitty Button, who passed away earlier this week. It’s been an emotional time for us, but we are all comforted knowing that she passed away peacefully. She will be forever in our hearts. Giant hugs to everyone for your love and support.

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Test Run

Eridan Ampora test run before Anime Overload

 I was going to save this for after Anime Overload on Saturday, but I just could not resist sharing!

We did a test run of Gareth’s Eridan Ampora costume and it came out perfectly. Really, it’s much better than I could have dreamed and he is SO very happy! I can’t wait to see him in character on Saturday among other Homestuck fans!

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We didn’t glue the ears on (saving that for Saturday!), but they stayed on pretty well by themselves. Gareth did most of the makeup himself.

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Summer Costuming

Creating Striped Fabric for Eridan pants

Making fabric for Eridan’s pants

Costumes…in the summer?

Why yes, it does seem like that’s what I’ve been working on!

My family will be going to  Anime Overload in July and my kids, both of whom are awesome Cosplayers, will be going in character.

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Kagome

Elena is bring out Kagome (from InuYasha), her Halloween costume from 2009. Elena has changed considerably since then, so the costume has been receiving a reboot!

I reconstructed the top for a better fit and I’ve almost finished new forest green pleated skirt. The original skirt was an altered broomstick skirt, and I didn’t like that fabric the last time I worked with it, so I started fresh. I did try to follow a tutorial for the pleated skirt, but it was written by someone not terribly familiar with garment construction, so I changed quite a bit of the way the skirt was made, only following her guidelines on how to measure the pleats.

I’d never made a pleated skirt before and I can honestly say it was much easier (and more fun!) than I expected. It was also nice to flex my skirt making skills, something I haven’t done in a long, long time!

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Eridan

Gareth  is going to be a character from Homestuck named Eridan (incidentally, Elena’s favorite character from the series!). It’s completely outside my zone of understanding, but both my kids and the hubby read Homestuck and love it, so who am I to argue?

We’ve already stenciled a shirt (Elena made the stencil!) and picked up some inexpensive fabric shoes to paint. I’ve already made the pants using a pajama pattern and by creating my own fabric from strips of blue and black broadcloth (thank you, new serger!).

He needs a scarf, which Elena started knitting for him yesterday. We still need to figure out the horns and the ears. He and I both have ideas, we just need to work out the best way to go about it.

Pleats!

Pleated skirt, in progress

Tomorrow’s will be a very costume-y Talk To Me Tuesday!

Sewhooked 2012 Summer Challenge

The 2012 Summer Challenge is going on the entire month of June and the entries have already started to come in!

It’s super simple, just make a project from one of my patterns or tutorials and share a photo with my flickr group. Full details and deadlines are here.

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