Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hamish Loves His New Clothes

I mentioned before that Bob's bear Hamish is named for one of the characters in the Braveheart movie.  I have had it in the back of my mind for a little while that he needed some clothes to go along with that character.

I wanted to go to Petoskey yesterday to visit my daughter Becky, and asked Bob if I could take Hamish along with me.  He said that was a good idea, since he was going to work and thought it would be good for Hamish to have an adventure.

Becky and I had talked about making the bear a kilt, so she got out her selection of plaid wools and Hamish picked out the pretty blue one.  He knew his daddy would like it because it was a color  he could see (Bob is color blind, but can see blue).

Hamish is sitting here while Becky is cutting the fabric after she took some measurements for his kilt.  She needed a long strip of fabric for pleating.
Hamish is "helping" her pin the pleats.  He learned about sharp pins the hard way!  Ouch!
The pleats were stitched down and then he tried on the kilt.  It looks just about right.  I took it to the ironing board to press the pleats, so it would look nice and swishy when he moves.  Guys and kilts are just about as bad as little girls with their twirly dresses.

While I was pressing, Becky got out her leather, punch, and buckles and created a belt.
She is making the final adjustment before trimming it to the right length.  Hamish is quite proud of his REAL leather belt and big buckle!
Well, isn't he a handsome lad?!
The over the shoulder cloth really adds to the outfit, and pressed pleats really are swishy!
Bob and Hamish both are quite happy with the outfit.  Happy birthday from Becky!
The Left-Over bears and all the other Griswold bears have been one of my favorite projects.

Stay tuned for the story of Gypsy Rose, which will be coming soon.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad that Daddy and Hamish like the kilt. That was a fun afternoons's work!
    By the way, if anyone else wants to make a "cheater kilt" (meaning that you don't have to pleat it every time you put it on, but it looks like you just pleated a length of fabric and belted it on) my instructions can be found here: http://www.dagorhir.com/forums/index.php/topic,26133.0.html