Friday, August 2, 2013
Poor Beggar Frog
As you may be able to tell, making the grungy cloak was really an adventure. It started out as a pair of linen/rayon slacks that I hadn't worn in about 10 years, so it was definitely time to "repurpose" them.
Per my usual method of making clothes for my doll characters, I first made a pattern with a paper towel, taped the seams together, and fit it from there. With a fair amount of confidence in the pattern I made I proceeded to make the cloak from the slacks fabric.
As you may be able to guess, dirtying up the cloak was the most fun. I scraped at the fabric with sandpaper and a knife, pulled along the edges to fray them, then cut and punched holes. Next I dampened the cloak, crumpled it up, and dabbed it in various shades of brown watercolor. Once it was dry, I caught a few of the folds - particularly at the corners of the hood - in place with tacking stitches.
A walking stick cut from a small tree branch, peeled of its bark, and dipped in brown paint for the dirt, completes the look!
I love my little Poor Beggar Frog!