Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Clowning Around

My husband is a clown. With that being said, he is ready to continue improving upon his wardrobe.

For a while now my husband has been talking about needing a jacket for his clown outfit. So during a day off last week we went to Fabric Depot in Portland, Oregon to search for fabric to make said jacket. The look on his face was priceless as he was immediately overwhelmed with all of the choices and not knowing what types of fabric to use and so on and so forth. I told him we should start with the suiting fabrics and go from there. Needless to say, there wasn’t much in the way of suitable suiting fabric for a clown outfit, so we next traveled to the costume fabrics, upholstery and finally ended up in my neck of the woods, quilting.

It didn’t take long to find one that he liked, a simple Dr. Seuss fabric of red on red dots from Robert Kaufman, and also not long to think that a vest would probably work out better and be less material and easier to make. He didn’t want anything heavy, so the quilting fabric would probably be the best choice for that, but my main concern with using quilting weight cottons is its tendency to wrinkle easily, which while we were looking for buttons he ran into another clown making a new outfit as well and voiced the same concerns, even though she was also buying quilting cottons. Alas, after finding a vest pattern we might be able to use (which also has patterns for shirts and ties so, bonus! I get to make some ties too!) After picking out a satin to line and back the vest, we had everything needed to complete it.

So I suppose the biggest part now is the actual making of the clown vest. Ugh. Perhaps I should let my husband try to make the vest on his own. That could be fun, right? Hmm… perhaps we can do this together.

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