I love Halloween. I love everything about it. I love inventing costumes and adopting a new persona for a while. This year, I have decided I want to be a bishop. The reasons why is something I won’t address right now but in later updates.
So what do I wear and where do I find it?
I’m sure there are ready-made adult bishop costumes out there and that if I looked around, I could find plenty of material. Yet you never get exactly what you want, which is why I am making my own costume.
Yes, I will be sewing my own vestments, and this is from someone who has next to no experience sewing and who has never sewn a piece of clothing a day in her life. I thought it would be fun to try something new at the same time as doing something I love to do. I might like it.
The hardest part will be sewing the cassock. The design is simple-it is a robe that buttons in front. The hardest part will be sewing on the mini-cape and the collar.
I still have that nagging question: How big?
I will start off by measuring my height, the lengths of my arms, the circumference of my upper arms and shoulder, and my neck and wrists. I will draw out the front and back separately on design paper before I cut. When I cut, I’ll add a few extra inches for wiggle room. It is easier to trim the fabric than to add on. Those part I get.
When I make the front and back, I am just concerned about width. I don’t know if the width of the yard of fabric will cover me, or if I will have to sew attachment strips near the seams because it just…doesn’t…quite make it around. I will be duct-taping my chest, so that won’t be an issue, but that still leaves the rest of me. I want there to be two seamless front and back sections joined at two seams at the sides.
If I have to expand the width of the fabric, what do the seamstresses around here recommend? I don’t suppose it would kill me to do the fabric in three or four sections instead of two. Many graduation gowns are sewn that way, but I still would like to avoid that.
The “shape” of the cassock is a flowing robe, and like I said, I won’t have to worry about chest measurements because I won’t have a chest. I still want it to have the sleek look and not look like a sack. So now I have to worry about “shaping” the cassock without making it skin-tight, which might mean expanding the width of the fabric again. Grr, I’m back where I started.
I’m still undecided on the sash because I cannot decide whether I want to tie it or sew it closed. If I sew it closed, I will need to take hip measurements and make sure I can slide into it easily. This will mean top-of-hip, bottom-of-hip, and around-the-hips measurements. If I go around the hips, my sash will slide down to my ass. If I do below the hips, it will fall off my ass. My best bet is doing it (partially) above the hips, but then it might be too high up and I don’t want to strangle myself.
Trial and error, I suppose. I’m excited nonetheless. I think this will work out well.
Is there anything else I should know about sewing or adapting clothes for larger people?