Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baby Hobbit Dress

We have a baby hobbit!

I've wanted one for so long. And now I have my very own. Hobbits are adorable and baby hobbits are even more adorable.

I used the Sense and Sensibility Girls Regency Gown pattern for this. The pattern arrived yesterday so I whipped this up in feverish excitement. I ran into a few snags along the way - mainly, the tan double-knit fabric I tried to use to line the thing just did NOT work out at all. . .so I had to rip the lining out and re-line it. But besides that, the pattern went together well. I like Sense and Sensibility patterns a lot. (and there was a purpose to the insanity of attempting to use a non-woven fabric for the lining. I thought it would be warmer for the baby to wear.)

I dug into the stash for fabrics to use so this costume ended up not costing me anything at all. The main dress fabric is a sheer woven plaid in sage green cotton. The trim is made of strips of wool-blend fabric that I dyed to a light violet color. The lining is natural colored muslin. I made the skirt lining a smidge longer than the sage-green skirt to give the appearance of a double skirt.

Now, I cannot claim authenticity on this dress. Simply because there are so few pictures of hobbit babies from the LOTR movies. The most famous example is Rosie holding little Frodo and the details are almost impossible to see. It looks like the baby is wearing a simple shirt and a sleeveless gown over it and a little gathered brimless cap.

I thought about making an outfit like that, but then decided I really wanted the baby to look as hobbity as possible. A simple jumper and shirt could look like ANYTHING. . .it doesn't really scream "hobbit".

In the end, I decided to combine elements from my own hobbit costume with modern practicalities for dressing an infant. Anne's dress is all one piece instead of being different elements (like the chemise, skirts and bodice that make up my own outfit).

I still wanted to give the appearance of having different elements so the sleeves are different from the main fabric of the dress, the waist seam has a welt of wool to give the appearance of a separate bodice and the two skirt layers are treated independently. Instead of lacing up the back I used flat buttons (bulky buttons would maybe look more "hobbity" but would be uncomfortable for the baby to lay on).

The sleeves are gathered with elastic to make a "cuff" that loosely fits Anne's arm.

I made the size 1, which fits her a bit roomily at present but still looks well. I think she will be able to wear this dress all winter.

I made a little mob cap to finish it off. Gathered-circle mob caps are not historically accurate so I thought that it would look hobbity to have one since a mob cap does not point to any particular era of history. Besides, several hobbit ladies in the LOTR movies wear mob caps so why not??

Just a few more days til the movie comes out!!! I can't wait!!!

Love,
Sarah


18 comments:

  1. Well she's the cutest Hobbit on the face of the entire earth, top, middle and bottom!

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  2. The dress is so lovely. In my opinion, you could easily have her wear it on other occasions.

    And Anne is such a charming baby.

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  3. Cutest baby hobbit in the world!

    *runs off to finish binding stays for her own costume*

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  4. Cutest baby hobbit in the world!

    *runs off to finish binding stays for her own costume*

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  5. she makes an adorable baby hobbit.

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  6. That is a lovely dress in it's own right, and it looks very hobbity indeed!

    I'm so miffed I can't go see the movie yet for awhile (no babysitter), but, ah well....

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  7. She makes an absolutely darling hobbit baby! I love that she's starting to smile for the camera now. So precious :)

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  8. Precious! Thanks so much for sharing info on Sense and Sensibility patterns! I had never seen them before.
    Well done!
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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  9. I dont even like babies and even I think that's just adorable!

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  10. Dear Sarah,

    Ah-dorable, adorable, adorable.

    Hugs,

    Natalie

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  11. Little Ann is so adorable sarah! Her outfit is perfect and I am sure you all will be turning heads at the Hobbit opening weekend. I am also dressing up as well, except I will be Arwen for the day.

    I have awarded you the Liebster blog award by the way over at my blog. You don't have to do the tag if you don't want to. But you can if you like.

    Merry Christmas!
    Rebecca

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  12. Cute as a bugs ear. I can't wait to see your entire Hobbit family in a group photo!

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  13. Would you be willing to sell it? Looking for a hobbit costume for my 10 month old. Contact me on Facebook. Sussy Hunter.

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  14. What a cutie! Your daughter looks adorable, and you are such a gifted designer. I'm looking for a baby hobbit costume too, but cannot find one anywhere and I do not have the skills to design one on my own. I need one for 12 or 18 months. Do you sell any hobbit dresses like the one shown on your December 2012 blog? What about hobbit feet? How much would you charge?

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  15. What a cutie! Your daughter looks adorable, and you are such a gifted designer. I'm looking for a baby hobbit costume too, but cannot find one anywhere and I do not have the skills to design one on my own. I need one for 12 or 18 months. Do you sell any hobbit dresses like the one shown on your December 2012 blog? What about hobbit feet? How much would you charge?

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  16. What a cutie! Your daughter looks adorable, and you are such a gifted designer. I'm looking for a baby hobbit costume too, but cannot find one anywhere and I do not have the skills to design one on my own. I need one for 12 or 18 months. Do you sell any hobbit dresses like the one shown on your December 2012 blog? What about hobbit feet? How much would you charge?

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Thank you for your lovely thoughts!