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Kids Pattern Suggestions
Simplicity 4762 - (men & boys vests) V-neck & shawl collar vests, just right for Bilbo's vests, Frodo's Grey Havens Vest, many other hobbit vests
Simplicity 4944 - (medieval-oid costumes) Children's version of Arwen, Eowyn, a knight and a pirate?
Simplicity 4980 - (girl's fancy dress) Can be adapted to Rosie's Wedding Dress
Simplicity 5399 - (girl's V-neck blouse) Can be adapted with work for Eowyn's White Dress. Cut the two-piece sleeves from view B as single piece, and flare them more. take out some of the ease in the blouse to narrow it, and lengthen it (remember to flare it towards the bottom)
Simplicity 5439 - (dress & pinafore) Child. Great for Hobbit girl (skip the red bow!). Feel free to make the dress with different color top and bottom.
- (cape, tabard & hats) Child. Make the cape and hat in grey and pretend to
be Gandalf. Another view would work
for a Nazgul. The hooded cape in
white would be lovely for Galadriel's' cape
or in various colors for Hobbit Capes,
or in black for Strider's Cape.
Simplicity 5909 - (Wedding costume) Child. Make the dress with the laced vest part brown for Eowyn's Shield Maiden outfit.
Simplicity 7276 - (long sleeved dress, round neck) Girls. Use the long sleeve view. Make it in white with a slightly lower neck and 1/2 circle sleeves for Galadriel's Mirror Dress. Make it in blue for Eowyn's blue underdress for either the KO outfit or the Refugee outfit.
Simplicity 7357 - (vest) Child. Use V-necked button vest for any Hobbit Boys vests.
Simplicity 8234 - (childhood stories) Girls. Use the "Alice" pinafore for a Hobbit Girl (child). If you use the dress pattern, feel free to use different colors for the top and bottom halves.
Simplicity 4797 - (Children's Nativity costumes) Useful for when you just want to start with a robe that has long sleeves and a high round neck that closes in the back. Good base for lots of dresses and robes. (old pattern #8276)
Simplicity 8953 - (Child's dress) add a short sleeve hobbit blouse and this could be Rosie's Wedding Dress.
Simplicity 9374 - (Harry Potter wizard & hat) make it in grey for Gandalf Robes.
Simplicity 9834 - (bathrobe and trousers) this pattern could be used for Elrond's Council drape and the cranberry trousers he wears underneath. Make the sleeves REALLY big either leave it hanging open, or make a small string tie to close at the center. Could also work for Legolas' leather Jerkin. Adapt for the sleeve wraps and create an upper chest overlay & yoke for the dark green area with the design. close with a brown belt.
Simplicity 9836 - (7-14 girl's renaissance costume) May be adaptable into Rosie Cotton's party dress. Use the bottom right view: shorten the dress into a blouse (even has drawstring neck & inset sleeves!), widen the apron until it wraps nearly to the back, shorten the skirts to mid-calf. For the bodice, lose the peplum and cut the bottom even across the waist, adapt for back lacing, and create a contrasting center front panel.
Simplicity 9910 - (costumes for children) Girls. Use the Angel pattern without the wings for Galadriel or Eowyn.
Butterick 3316 - (long sleeved dress with raised waist - knit fabrics) Children & Girls. Make it floor length in white for Galadriel or Eowyn - adjust neck and sleeves as necessary.
Butterick 4220 - (pullover A-line dress - to size 16, flat) could make a nice start of Eowyn's WW dress or even the overlay for Galadriel's dress. Tweak the neckline a little and lengthen & adapt the sleeves.
Butterick 4314 - (lined, ankle length coat, mandarin collar) Use the coat for Boromir's surcoat or many of the Elven Robes
Butterick 4320 - (Children's/Girl's classic character dresses) Give the pink dress bodice a squarer neckline to make Rosie's Wedding Dress.
Butterick 5656 - Aragorn's Rivendell Outfit. Use the tunic and shirt patterns, make them longer and adapt the necklines appropriately (the doublet would need a yoke to put the designs on and doesn't need the standup collar). The brocade shirt actually has a Left side (off center) closure using frogs, so you might want to adapt the left side to extend past the CF. Remember that Aragorn's sleeves do not end in a cuff, but are straight the entire length and end in a slight petal shape. You'll need to get a trouser pattern from somewhere else. The doublet might be adaptable for Theoden's brown velvet surcoat. The shirt could be faked into Theoden's black undervest as well as the red sleeves. The tunic is the basic tunic of the average Rohirrim peasant.
Butterick 6505 - (biblical costumes) Children, Girls, Boys. Use short robe in burgundy for Boromir's Surcoat. Use long vest for Strider's Jerkin (maybe add some ties). Use long robe in white for Galadriel or Eowyn - adapt neck and sleeves as necessary. Use long robe for underdresses for Arwen's Green, Blood Red, or Requiem dresses.
Butterick 6697 - (robe, obi, wrap...) Children. Use top for Elrond's salmon robe - make full length. Use robe for Elrond's Council Drape - leave sleeve ends open and fold back. Wear the obi around the top, but no knot in back, and add a long drop sash in the front. Trousers are fine.
McCall's 2340 - (children's Nativity costumes) Useful for when you just want to start with a robe that has long sleeves and a high round neck that closes in the back. Good base for lots of dresses and robes.
McCall's 2854 - (classic costumes) Girls. Use the Dorothy outfit for a Hobbit pinafore, blouse and skirt. Use view C (Sleeping Beauty???) in white for Arwen's Angel Dress (scoop the neckline), or in Rose for Arwen's Rose Dress.
McCall's 2937 - (Wizards, Grim Reaper) Child. Make a wizard robe and hat in grey for Gandalf. Make the Grim Reaper in Black for a Nazgul.
McCall's 3789 - Robe A is very close to Gandalf's Grey Robe (the yoke should be a diamond instead of squared). Robe B (same as A but with a hood) could make a good Nazgul. Trousers can be shortened a little above view E for hobbits or long to view D for nearly everyone else. Tunic C can be used for Boromir's under tunic (the black shirt with the maille sleeves and grey undersleeves), tighten the sleeves for Elrond's cranberry tunic (the one where all you can see are sleeve cuffs!),
McCall's 3967 - (bias dress) Teen. Make the sleeveless, floor length version, with seam allowances to the outside (and maybe 8" wide!) for Arwen's Dream Dress.
McCall's 4013 - (tops & skirts) Child. This elastic necked top can be a great Hobbit blouse. Use the skirt in two different lengths for Hobbit skirts.
McCall's 4082 - (Renaissance dresses) Child & Girls. Use view A for Eowyn's White Dress. Maybe make the outside parts of the bodice in brown to look sort of like Eowyn's Shield Maiden outfit.
McCall's 4575 - (girls) elastic neck blouse. Raglan sleeves. Would work for Hobbit Blouse, skip the elastic waist and side slits.
McCall's 8701 - (adult and children) Patriotic costumes. Use Lincoln's coat for a generic Hobbit Frock Coat. Knickers can do in a pinch for Hobbit trousers, just make the legs a little longer and loose at the hem.
McCall's 9496 - View C could be made into Eowyn's Shield Maiden dress, View D can be a good base for a Nazgul. Make it in grey for a very basic wizard robe.
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Butterick 3184 - (Harry Potter robe) make the robe pattern in grey for a Gandalf robe, or in black with more ratty layers at the shoulders for a Nazgul. Make it in rust, leave off the hood and let the robe hang open for Elrond's Council Drape. Make the under gown in salmon, add a mandarin collar and paint on the swirls for Elrond's Salmon Robe. Make it in dirty whites and leave the robe open (and lose the hood) for Saruman's Drape, adapt the robe with a yoke and frog closures for Saruman's Robe.
Butterick 3186 - ( A-line dress w/ princess seams & pinafore) Girls. Perfect for a young Hobbit Girl.
Butterick 3413 - (elastic neck pullover top) Girls. Use top for a Hobbit Blouse.
Butterick 3592 - (A-line dress with contrast bodice and lower sleeves) Children/Girls. Use view B in white with a brown bodice for Eowyn's Shield Maiden outfit - evening length.
Butterick 3676 - (sleeveless princess line dress) Girls & Teens. Use view A in white, add sleeves that don't attach at the top for Arwen's Bridge Dress. Use for velvet top layer for Arwen's Green, Blood Red, or Requiem dresses.
Butterick 3897 - (fairy costumes) Children & Girls. Lose the wings and
the organza overlay. Make in white, floor length for
Eowyn's White Dress. Make in grey
velvet with silky sleeves for Arwen's
McCall's 4504 - (mandarin collar girl's top) since it's a flat pattern, it's basically unisex - so this is good for any of the Elf Lords like Celeborn or Elrond or Legolas' Coronation robe (or Figwit or Glorfindel...), adapt the mandarin collar for a funnel collar to use for Legolas' silver shirt.
McCall's 4575 - (girls peasant blouse) elastic neck, raglan sleeves, fine
for a Hobbit Blouse.
McCall's 8937 - (princess, queen, Maid Marion) . Use princess pattern in white with gold ties at upper arms for Eowyn's White Dress. The cape could work for Galadriel's cape. Use the princess dress for the under dress of Arwen's Green, Blood Red, or Requiem
Always make a mockup to check for fitting before you cut your good fabric!!!
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This page was last updated 11/24/09