A few weeks ago Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out. In Nebraska, I’d get dressed up as a wizard and go with a bunch of friends. In Arkansas, my friend Melissa dressed up and went with me. I made her a hat!
My mother got me the robe for Christmas many years ago. This was before the big wizard craze, so I was puzzled as to why I had received it as a gift. “I’m sure you’ll find some good use for it.” WOO HEE I DID!
I liked going dressed up to Harry Potter for the kids. In the first book, Harry Potter starts to notice the wizards in the world of the “muggles” (the non-wizards). That he could see into the wizard world meant he belonged to the wizard world. When the kids see you dressed as a wizard, some just think it is cool, but the ones who actually read are fooled for a second into thinking they glimpsed into the wizard world, or GASP! that they may be a wizard too! That’s the best reaction, from the kids who just can’t help thinking it.
We even had some kids want to take pictures with us. I added some crazy earrings to my costume since jewelry figures so heavily into the next book. Unfortunately it is not radish season, so I could not make earrings out of those.
I started to make a pattern for the hat, but then I had the pattern so completely incorrect that all of the pictures I took are worthless. Here is the design:
Find some stretchy material, preferably dark and with some sort of star pattern on it. Measure the circumference of your head, add 2 inches to the number, and cut a rectangle of material that is that number by 2-3 feet tall. Fold the right sides together, and sew the long side closed with a 3/4 inch seam allowance. Put the cylinder on your head to see if it fits. From there the inexact science of making a cone comes into play. I sewed slants on the inside to make a pointy top. This is where you have to find what works for you.
For the brim i took a 24 x 6 inch piece of the material, folded lengthwise and tied it tightly around my head. After stuffing the cone with fiberfill, I put the ring in the cone and tucked the raw edge of the cone back into the hat. The tight fit with the stretchy material keeps the hat on the head. I’ll take better pictures to explain this later.
Bonus pointy hat content: Our friends Mark and Robin have made a statuary over their septic tank, complete with fairy-toadstool painted exhaust pipes.
The second dwarf or garden gnome is very typical, but they broke the mold when they made that first one. He is very rough and tumble, even scary with a hole in his pants and in his shoe. He is very proud of his fish and I could not resist taking a picture of him.