It is possible that my choice of Little Red Riding Raven Hoodie for Once Upon a Thread is a bit obvious, but with all of the recent renditions of Little Red Riding Hood popping up, I just could not help but give this little girl an update too, Clever Charlotte-style of course.
So, here's my modern inspiration:
What sealed LRRH as my choice was a certain vintage curtain that I purchased 10+ years ago at the antiques fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The fabric is double faced with a red and white damask pattern. I've been looking for the perfect use for it since I found it, and I knew immediately that it would look great as our Raven Hoodie with faux fur trim. To complete the wintery look, I chose a heavy creamy velveteen to make a pair the Finch Shorts.
I made a few basic changes to the Raven and Finch patterns--nothing too tricky, honest.
First, I added the aforementioned fur trim to the hood of the Hoodie. To do this, I first sewed one long edge of the trim in between the main and lining layers. Once the Hoodie was turned to the right side, I turned the other long edge of the trim to the inside of the hood, tucked in the short ends and hand sewed everything to the lining layer to secure it in place. This was the first time I have sewn with faux fur and, but for a short coughing fit caused by the small amounts of fur that floated into the air after cutting the material, it was remarkably easy to work with.
In lieu of the pattern's waist ties, I used a satiny ribbon at the top of the front center opening to tie the neck closed--again, the ties were sewn sandwiched between the Hoodie's two layers before flipping it to the right side.
For the Hoodie's lining, I used the backside of the curtain fabric which had been woven in the reverse. I had to get creative with my cutting as the curtain was badly faded in certain areas, presumably from hanging in the sun for who knows how many decades.
For the Shorts, I skipped the side and front tabs and added a creamy grosgrain ribbon along the side seams for a tuxedo'd, tone on tone look (inspiration here). (In case you were wondering, I sewed the sides of the shorts first, so that I could sew on the ribbon before sewing the crotch seams.) I also used buttonhole elastic in the back waistband and lined the waistband in an off-white Duchess silk.
So here are some more shots:
See the versatility of this outfit? It is just right for work...
I am pleased as punch how this look came together, as was Nora. I think this look has "visit with Santa" written all over it--which unbelievably, is in just a few weeks!Happy Sewing! ~ Erin
PS In case you'd like to know, Nora's shirt is from Target and her super-comfy and stylish boots are by Kenneth Cole Reaction available from Nordstrom's.