November 17, 2014

Hudson Bay Capote

Winter's chill has come to Oregon so my brother has unpacked the wool trapper Capote I gave him last Christmas.
This was a special project that I was thrilled to make for him. He is a boy scout (just earned his Eagle!) and is part of Order of the Arrow, an honor society for scouts. In Order of the Arrow it is common to have coats like this to wear out on winter adventures in the woods.
The blanket is traditionally the cream Hudson Bay blanket with colorful red and green stripes and the coat is cut so it utilizes the entire blanket and shows off the stripes. These days Hudson Bay blankets cost hundreds of dollars and I wouldn't dream of cutting into one, but I had something better. This is made from my grandfathers old grey army blanket--too ugly to put on a bed, but warm and perfectly striped for this Capote.
My brother carved his own wooden buttons to finish the front. The guide I used for cutting and sewing the Capote is available here.

November 15, 2014


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Hello Garret Corner. It's been quite some time since I've ventured up here, this place needs a good feather dusting.

I've decided to venture back onto this blog. I can't promise any consistent posting, or how long it will last. But it's nearly Thanksgiving and my creative juices are flowing with projects and ideas for the holidays.

Also, I have been in a slump lately with my historic costuming. That used to be my favorite hobby but lately has been more of a chore. My closet still has some unfinished things that would be nice to wrap up so I'm going to use the inspiration of other bloggers and motivation of posting to get a few things done this winter!

If you've found this post--two years after I abandoned the place--well done! Thanks for reading.