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Making a Hobbit Inspired Dress

Created By:

Vivien Lee

Skill Level: Intermediate

Hi! Vivien here of freshfrippery.com and @freshfrippery on Instagram! If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings books or movies, you’re probably a fan of hobbits, those charming folks whose ladies wear very cute pastoral outfits. With the new Rings of Power show coming out soon, I thought this would be a good time to show you an easy hobbit lady outfit. Many of the hobbit women wear a 4 separate garments: a blouse, a bodice that laces up the back, a skirt, and an apron. To simplify the sewing and getting dressed, I decided to turn the last 3 items into one zippered dress. This dress also works great for a trendy cottage core look and is a wonderful stash-buster for combining all those various fabric scraps you have that aren’t enough to make up a full garment by themselves.

Janome Supplies Required

Materials needed:
2 yards fabric for skirt (I used 58″ wide blue linen)
1 yard fabric for apron (I used a floral print; you can use a lace fabric too)
1 yard fabric for bodice
1 yard fabric for bodice lining
Fabric scrap for center front bodice
1-2 yards colored twill tape or ribbon
1 zipper plus various matching threads

Instructions

Note: I am a member of the  Janome  Maker program and this skirt is sewn on a  Janome Skyline S9  and a  Janome FA4 serger. (This post is sponsored by Janome but all content and opinions are
mine).

I self-drafted my own pattern (with the basic shapes shown below), but you can start with any
square-necked basic bodice or a dirndl-style dress that fits you. You will take your pattern and
slice the front bodice into 3 parts (a front center and 2 front sides). The front center is going to be
a different color of fabric that we will add crisscrossed twill tape or ribbons to. The width of
your front center will depend on your body measurement, but for reference, I cut a 6″ wide panel
(for a 5″ finished panel with seam allowance) for a 34″ bust.

The first thing you will make is the front center panel. Put down strips of twill tape or ribbon in a
criss-cross pattern on your rectangle and stitch them down. The raw edges will get trimmed and

then sewn to the front side pattern pieces. (If your decorative fabric is thin like mine, then you
will want to back it with a second piece of fabric).

Once you have the front center prepped you’ll sew it to the front sides, then sew the bodice backs
to the front sides, and also join the shoulder seams according to your dress pattern. For the
bodice lining, you’ll do similar construction, except you’ll skip making a decorative front center
panel. Don’t forget to put darts in your back panels if your pattern calls for them.
Stitch the fashion and lining layers right sides together at the necklines and flip right side out,
creating a clean edge at the neckline. For the armholes, fold the raw edges in, pin in place, and
top-stitch. For the center back, where the zipper will go, serge the raw edges.

To make the skirt, I used two rectangular panels of 58″ wide fabric cut to a length of 30″, but the
length can vary based on your preference for a longer or shorter skirt. (I am 5’6″, and after some
length is taken up through construction and hemming, the skirt falls a few inches below my
knee).
Optional: If you want a pocket, you can cut a strip from one of the skirt panels and use that to cut
out pocket pieces. I like to use my cell phone and hands as guides for how big the pocket should
be. Serge all the raw edges of the skirt and pocket pieces first. Stitch one pocket piece to one
skirt panel at the edge, right sides together. Put the right sides of the skirt panels together with the
pocket pieces flipped out to be right sides together as well. Sew down the skirt side seams and
around the pocket as shown by the pins, leaving an opening for your hand to reach in.

For the apron, I cut out a 22″ wide and 20″ long rectangle (with the exact size according to your
preference). You will want to hem the sides and bottom of the apron to finish the edges before
pinning it to the center of the front skirt panel at the top edge and then serging the raw edge of
the top of the skirt.
Split the back skirt panel down the middle to allow for a zipper and serge the new raw edges.
Pleat the top of the skirt to fit your bodice, matching up the side seams of each. Sew the bodice
to the skirt and press the waist seam open and flat.

Insert a zipper down the center back from the bodice to part way down the skirt, then finish the
rest of the back skirt seam.

Hem the bottom of the skirt by folding it up twice to your desired length, and your hobbit dress is
done! Pair it with a cute blouse and a floral headdress, and you will fit right in at the Shire!

Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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