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09 September 2008 @ 07:07 pm
Calling all costumers - Sisters of Plenitude?  
Greetings once again, fellow TARDIS crafters! 

I'm considering making a Sister of Plenitude costume for Halloween this year and I was wondering if anyone has ever done this before?  Or knows someone who's tried it?  I have an idea of what I'm going to use, and it shouldn't be too hard, but I'd appreciate any tips anyone would like to share!!!
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eve11: dw_donna_sneakyeve11 on September 10th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Okey dokey, here you go:

Start with a 26"x15.5" piece of white buckram fabric, relatively thick. It's about the thickness of felt but it's much stiffer. Then follow this diagram:

- Thin solid lines indicate a cut
- Thin dotted lines are just guide lines for angles (no cutting or folding!)
- Thick solid lines indicate a creased fold
- Thick dotted lines indicate a kind of curved fold, not creased but just "suggested" by the other folds.
- All inch markers indicate the space between the first two lines (of any kind) that are encountered. So for example, to get to that oblique cut for the bottom edge of the "wing", you measure 9 inches down from the top corner and put a mark M1, then measures another 1.5 inches down from that mark, then measure 2.5 inches in on a right angle and put mark M2, then cut from M1 to M2.

A caveat: the back of this hat does not look exactly like the backs in the episode, but I think it's good enough for government work. I kind of winged it, and this worked best to get the right kind of shape up front.

Step by step:

1) Cut away the bottom left and bottom right corners.
2) Cut out the back flaps.
3) Fold the creased folds toward you as shown (Do NOT fold all the way to the top of the fabric, otherwise it will not keep its shape).
4) Match the four layers of fabric together at point A by pinching them together from the outside, and put a stitch there to hold them. Flip up the top until you get a nice cylindrical shape to the hat. The hat's shape is going to be "held" by the strength of the fabric in keeping that curved fold that gets put into place when you flip up the top 2 inches of the hat.
5) Fold down Flap1, Flap2A, Flap2B, Flap3A, Flap3B in that order so points "B" match up. Put a holding stitch at point B. Points "C" should also match up now, or at least be close. Put a holding stitch at point "C" to hold down the last flap completely.
6) Mess around with placement of stitches, flip-up folds, etc, until the hat is the way you want it.

Hope this helps...
eve11eve11 on September 10th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
... I should add that for some reason it looks like it might possibly want a 2in cut at the top (by where it says "Flip Up"). That's wrong, there's no cutting that goes on up there, I think I accidentally drew in a guide line there with solid instead of dotted lines... sorry!
Noweianoweia on September 13th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Just one last request - have you by any chance got a photo of the back of your hats? Just so I can see how it goes together? Thanks!
eve11eve11 on September 13th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Allright, pardon the modeling (heh)-- I put mine together with some straight pins and took some pics. It's kind of rough-- I guess the flaps don't line up so well in the back but for a quick job it's not too bad shape-wise. If you can get the back to look more circular through folding it or creasing it better, yours will probably turn out better. Anyway, gallery is here:

eve11eve11 on September 13th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
(Actually, after a bit more fiddling, it works better if instead of gathering and pinching the bottom together from the outside, you overlap the edges a tiny bit at the bottom to give it more of a cylindrical shape down there.)
Noweianoweia on September 13th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that, now I see how it works :D I was getting stuck trying to make the back work!
dozmuffinxc: sweeneydozmuffinxc on October 25th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I'm referencing this pattern for my own Hame Halloween costume, but can't see the diagram anymore! Is it saved online somewhere, that I could access it still?
dozmuffinxcdozmuffinxc on October 25th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Blast, I lied. It has reappeared. Sorry for the bother! And thank you for posting this. It's going to prove infinitely helpful. Thank you thank you!
eve11eve11 on October 25th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
no problem ;) I've also got it in a gallery of me showing off the finished product here: http://pics.livejournal.com/eve11/gallery/0001ewwf
(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
fluing nun hat
thank you sooo much! A friend asked for help n I didn't have a clue! You are truly awesome!! Thanks again!!
droxy: illusiondroxy on December 14th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Do you have the simplicity pattern number? The link wont work here. =) I can make the hat. But I am not casting my appliances...LOL
LitgoddessLesley Sackett Winfield on September 29th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you
This is all exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! My only question is did you modify the collar piece of the nun habit at all. In the pattern, it looks smaller than the sisters have it. I can play with it, but you seem to have down a perfect job with it. Also, do you have a pattern for the apron or did you just do a rectangular piece with a hole for the head?

eve11eve11 on September 29th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
Hi! :) I did not alter any of the pattern elements for the collar, no. And for the apron we just used a rectangular piece; well, two pieces sewn together at the shoulders, and hemmed along the edges. They don't need to be pretty at the top as they will be covered by the collar :)