Life after Potter.

So, remember ages ago when me and my two best buddies were turning out a huge pile of these wizard robes to order? We refer back to that time fondly now as “our little sweatshop that could.”

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Well, let’s just say that you can’t make that many robes without having some extra fabric left over. So several years after I moved on from that venture, I still had a healthy amount of fabric in Hogwarts house colors lurking in my fabric closet. Quite a bit of it is still waiting back in California for the next time I come over to haul back more of my crap from the parents’ house. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the last couple of times I cut something out from fabric, I immediately turned to the wizard robe leavings.

I haven’t done a lot of sewing in the past couple of years, though, due to various life-changing events taking up most of my time. Frankencloset items and t-shirt makeovers don’t really count as fully-fledged sewing projects in my head, since a good portion of the hems and seams are already done — you’re just creatively editing a garment. Sort of like a box of pre-mixed birthday cake. My hands started getting twitchy for something a bit more in-depth this past weekend, so I dug through my work-in-progresses and pulled a burgundy dress that I’d traced out back in California more than a year ago. Recreational garment making is quite soothing — something I’d forgotten after all these years of work-related sewing machine time. It was a great way to get my mind off the whirl of wedding planning concerns for a day.

Yeah, the darts are a little mismatched because I didn’t bother with any of that meticulous measuring-and-pinning stuff šŸ˜‰ It’ll mostly be worn with a cardigan or shawl, so none of that will show anyway. Good to know that my zipper-setting skillz are still intact, too. The last repurposed robe fabric dress I made was this little thing:

Also used mainly for layering. The fabric is a polyester twill, so it’s best for fall and winter when its heat-trapping qualities are most appreciated. They go especially well with my collection of turtlenecks and long-sleeved tees that are too wildly patterned to be paired with anything else. That was the last of my robe fabric here in Finland, though, so there will probably be Finnish fabric shopping in my immediate future. Mmmm, fabric. A couple more layering pieces and I’ll be back in shape for that Regency ballgown I was planning to make this Christmas…

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