My play is four more rehearsals away. My brain is dealing with this fact by giving my subconscious free rein when it comes to really weird dreams.
Like last night, where Passepartout, Fogg, Fix, and Aouda (my view of things flashing back and forth between first person and third.) all went off on a Indiana Jones-esque adventure.My Mother was the double crossing villain who had a change of heart all of a sudden when she was pushed down the random stone vault/well/fancy-hole-in-the-ground, and had (lit on fire) potatoes thrown down on her.
My mother was allergic to potatoes in my dream- I don’t know if the flames had anything to do with it.
So…yeah. Feeling slightly nervous.
Anyways, I volunteered to make a hat thing for the waitresses (The ever lovely Hannah and Sadie.) and thought that, even though the process was extremely simple, and could be explained in a few words, I should make a indepth tutorial on it. This means that we can all wear head doilies every day!
Before I get going, here’s the picture I found for inspiration by googling ‘1872 waitresses’.
Okay. So. You will need….
- A 7×4″ square of some sort of white material. Well…. it doesn’t have to be white. But for the purpose I chose, I thought that worked best.
- Two 15×2″ strips of the same material. (actually, you might want to make it a wee bit wider. depends on your fabric.)
- Matching thread.
- A sewing needle. (If you want you can use a sewing machine. I didn’t, since I found this easier. IE, my sewing machine was covered in a pile of junk.)
- Approximately 2 ft or so of lace to sew on…
- A pair of lace weight knitting needles,
- A thick tapestry type sewing needle (basically, something with a big eye and a sharp point),
- And some sort of matching thick thread. A cotton sock yarn/lace weight would work well, as would embroidery floss. It doesn’t have to be fancy, I have no idea what I used- it was just lying around my kitchen.
Okay. So, using your sewing thread and sewing needle (the small eyed one) start hemming your big rectangle of fabric.
And when you’re done it should look pretty much like it did before. Except a bit smaller. And with nicer edges.
Now. If you’ve got sew-on lace, please feel free to, well, sew it on, and then skip to the strap section. If you don’t, and you kinda know what you’re doing with knitting needles, than read on. (and don’t worry if you drop stitches. It adds to the lace effect.)
Now, if you’re doing the lace the way I did it, then take your needle with the big eye, and your random thread stuff. Knot it, and start whipstitching along the side of the dandy hem you just made.
Whip stitch all around your hem. And when you’re done…
Okay, now take one knitting needle, and slide it underneath the stitches on one side of the rectangle, so you’ve got something to knit off of.
Once you’ve got all of the stitches on one side picked up…start knitting. Any ol lace pattern that expands nicely will do. I just made mine up on the spot…something like
Row 1: purl all stitches.
Row 2: knit two, yarnover, repeat till end of row. (to make your stitches come out even you can A) plan ahead of time to have the right count, or B) fudge the heck out of it.)
Repeat Row one and two.
Row Five. Bind off loosely in purl. (loosely!) All stitches but one…
This brings us to the corners. I suppose you could do a fancy mitered lace corner, but I just knit that one last stitch over and over again, about four or five times, so that it would ‘fit’ over the corner, without making it all skewed looking. Or, more so than before. Knit the same stitch a couple of times…
Anyways, rinse and repeat for the other three sides.
The knit lace is probably gonna be kinda sad looking, so I suggest you block it.
In case you don’t know, the whole point of blocking is to stretch the knitting out (or, at least in this case it is), so you can see the pattern more clearly, and it doesn’t look all crumpled.
Most people would lovingly wet their head-doily and carefully tack it into place. I stuck mine under the tap to get it soggy, viciously wrung (yes, wrung!) it out, and ploinked it down with pins. Rather like a specimen inside a shadow box.
Anywho, well it’s drying out, let’s work on the straps/ ties. You know. The things that keep it on your head.
Now, start sewing.
Now, if you’re using a lighter weight fabric (The only white fabric I could find was some old flannel.) You’ll probably be able to turn it inside out, and thus hide the seam. I couldn’t. Ah well. Seen from stage, this won’t matter.
Once you’ve finished both of your ties,
and the lacy rectangle is all dried out, you can flip the rectangle upside down (it helps if you unpin it first, dontcha know.) and place the ties where you want ’em.
Sew them on! Don’t be shy about it- you don’t want them breaking off, as they are what’s keeping the doily attached to your head. (in a emergency you could use duct tape, I suppose. Just don’t hold me responsible for what happens when you try to take your costume off.)
And now you should be pretty much done. Get rid of any offending ends of thread that are cheekily sticking their heads out at you. Dust any dirt off. Plunk it on your head.
Anywho, I leave you with that very long, very wordy, very picture filled tutorial. (It could have summed up in “Sew ties on rectangle. Add lace.” However, that would have been boring.)
May your dreams grow ever more and more odd!