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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.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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

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Pocketses

Make a pocket for workout pants from an old tee.

I am not an athlete and I never have been. I kind of loathe exercise and would rather be sewing. Ehem. That said, I do try to take care of myself. Seriously, I’m 40 and I’d rather not fall apart as I get older.

I have a fabulous collection of yoga pants and jersey shorts of varying ages. These are my favorites for taking a long walk in the morning, something my hubby and I have been making an effort to do on a regular basis (see above comment about falling apart).

One of the best parts of these walks is that I usually text with my best friend while we’re out.  My best friend, my husband and I have all known each other for about twenty years. We all shared a house in college and we’re all friends. Eli and I live in Austin. Jewells lives in Albuquerque. Texting gives us a way to walk together despite the geographic distance. It’s kind of awesome and I look forward to it every day.

What’s driven me crazy for ages is that my favorite workout pants have no pockets. No place for keys. No place for a phone. That’s great if I’m not leaving my house, but for a long walk when I want to take my phone and I want easy access to it? Not so much. I’ve tried pouches, hip bags, and neck slings. They all make me crazy. I just want a pocket!

And then this happened…

My hubby has been cleaning out his closet. He’s 6’5″ and I’m 5’5″. I love his big tees for sleeping in and sometimes I do things like turn them into pants or girl shirts for myself.

He pulled out a plain grey tee that had a pocket on it. I looked at that pocket and it hit me that it’s the perfect size for my cell phone, so I grabbed my handy Havel seam ripper (best seam ripper EVER!), and removed the pocket.

When I flipped it over, WHAM!, I realize it I can use the bottom of the tee to make more pockets just like it!

This was a serious case of “Why did I not think of this before?!”

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.  Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

This is the pocket I Removed from the tee. It is an approximately 6″ square before the bottoms and sides have been folded in, including the seam.

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

I cut a 6″ strip from the bottom of the t-shirt, leaving the hem intact. I then subcut that 6″ strip into 6″ squares. Using the original t-shirt pocket that I removed from the same shirt, I pressed the squares to match. I used Best Press and steam to get them seams to stay. My iron was a little over enthusiastic with the steam…

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

This is the original t-shirt pocket on navy yoga capris. I lined it up just below the elastic and the string in the waistband.

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

Pins are good, just to keep everything in place.

Make a pocket for workout pant from an old tee.

I stitched around each pocket using a ball point needle and a stretch stitch. Ball point needles are made for stitching through stretchy fabrics like jersey and makes stitching it much, much easier. Stretch stitches have “give” so that when the fabric stretches, the thread doesn’t snap. Most sewing machines will have at least a basic stretch stitch. A narrow zig zag works just as well.

In the end, I placed all the pockets in the same spot, on the left hip. It’s been a couple of days since the addition of the pockets, and I LOVE them. My phone fits perfectly and it’s easy to grab when I get a text from my bff. I can even keep my house key in the bottom and it doesn’t interfere with my phone at all.

So, what became of the rest of the shirt?

XXL Tee to Tank TopI used one of my favorite tank tops to as a template for this. This was the length after removing the 6″. I cut off the sleeves and just serged up the side seams so it matches my other tank top. Wallah! One new work out top and 5 pockets from one t-shirt! I still have the sleeves and a few squares from the bottom, just in case I need to add spontaneous pockets to anything else!

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Counting Down To Harry, Friday

Counting Down To Harry, Friday

This is it, the shirt I’m wearing to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2 tonight with my family. I have had a fantastic time sharing my Harry Potter tee collection with you all and I can’t wait to see the movie this evening. I will be there, with all Houses represented, as Hogwarts comes together to save the wizarding world.

This tee doesn’t have a story yet. I purchased it recently from Threadless after being on the waiting list for a reprint for ages. It’s soft and perfect and I love it. I hope it’s ready to catch the tears that are sure to fall as we proceed into the final battle.

For those of you that made it to the midnight movie…I hope you had an amazing ride. For Harry Potter fans everywhere…I’m with you, whatever happens.

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Counting Down To Harry, Wednesday

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Phoenix Rising Conference Tee, 2007

It has come to my attention that I bred earworms among many of my readers yesterday. Yes, yes, Save Ginny Weasley can definitely do that to you!!

Today’s shirt is very special to me. I didn’t stencil it. I didn’t reconstruct it. It came as-is and it’s perfect.

This is my conference tee from Phoenix Rising, held in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 2007. It was the last Harry Potter conference I attended. It occurred just two months before Deathly Hallows was released. There was something palpable in the air, a very “this is it” sort of feeling. It was the last mass gathering of hard-core Harry Potter fans that I attended. It’s the conference where I met, in real life, many of my online friends. It’s was also the debut of my Harry Potter quilt, My Magical Lens.

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We had crafty meet-ups.

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We swapped ATC cards.

Buttons for Phoenix Rising

I gave away hundreds of buttons, as well as providing buttons for a number of podcasts.

We drank hurricanes and listened to Wrock. My BookCrossing group (now defuct), book-bombed all the common areas with free books. There were costumes, and characters and theorizing, and asking, repeatedly, urgently, Is Snape good or evil?

Jewels, Stephanie, Jennifer and Petra
We went to a ball and got to be Cinderella, or Ginny, or Hermione…or Fawkes for a night.

This is the shirt I pull out when I’m feeling nostalgic for that all-too-short weekend. My sister and my best friend were there. There were friends from all over the world, all in the same hotel, breathing the same air. That conference was special, it hummed the feelings we were all having building up to the release of the final book, the one that would close our canon. For many of us, it was the first and the last time we got to see each other, to occupy the same space. Hopefully, very hopefully, it won’t be the last.

Yeah, a shirt really can make me feel all that.

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Counting Down To Harry, Tuesday

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Save Ginny, purchased at a live H&tP show during Lumos, Las Vegas, 2006

I’m not sure when I first discovered Wizard Rock, but it was probably some time in 2005.

I had heard a whisper, a whisper about Harry & the Potters. Back in 2005, Facebook wasn’t the thing, MySpace was. So I went there, and I looked, and I found them.

They’re not the best vocalists in the world, but I love their lyrics and I love their heart. They’re fans and they get it.

The first opportunity I had to see Harry & the Potters perform was at Lumos in 2006. I bought this shirt without a second thought and I have worn it until the threads are starting to come out. It’s one of my favorite H&tP songs…and one of my favorite fandom tees.

We’ve got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk

We’ve got to save the school from that unseen horror

We’ve got to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk

We’ve got to save the school again

Since the early days of Wizard Rock, about a million other bands have come on the fandom scene. My heart still belongs to Harry & the Potters…and I admit it, a little of it belongs to Draco and the Malfoys.

What?! Every girl has a little touch of poison. Click for a listen. 😉

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Counting Down To Harry, Monday

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Leaky Cauldron tee, purchased  2006

Today is a super special day for me. Not only am I counting down to Deathly Hallows on Friday, but today just happens to be my 17th wedding anniversary! Seventeen amazing years with my soul mate, Eli.  For almost two decades, he has loved me, supported me, and most of all, put up with me and all my craziness. Quite obviously, he’s a keeper!

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Eli & Jen, 1994, hiking in Big Bend, Texas 

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Eli & Jen, 2008, White Sands, New Mexico

So…The Leaky Cauldron (representing the website, not the pub!)….

This is one of two t-shirts I purchased to wear at Lumos in 2006. My order did not make it to my house before the conference, so the t-shirts never made it to Vegas.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this shirt for years. I love the design. I love the color. When I got it, late (grrr!), it was too big for me, huge, in fact.

I immediately reconstructed it to size it down. I don’t usually mess with the length of the tee when I she-shirt them, but this one was so long, that I did.  Unfortunately, I messed up and ended up with a shirt that was shorter than I wanted .

So, I tried again. This time, I added insets in the sides and extended the length with some white fabric from another tee. That worked for a while…and then I lost weight, and it was once again too big. SO, I resized it a third (and final!) time, making the side insets a bit smaller and, finally, have the shirt you see here.

This tee has also been retired to my some-day-when-I-can-bear-to-cut-them-up-quilt pile.

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