Ok, ya gotta have furry feet! I just didn't shave
for a while. Oh all right, I have a lot of old spelsau wool batting
(that's a breed of Scandinavian sheep, with really long hair length!).
I used this nifty product called "sock glue" that I bought at a dance
supply store (Irish and Scottish dancers use it, and it all melts off
with a wipe of water) and glued a pad of wool on the top of my
foot. Actually, I've done a lot more work on hobbit feet, and now
there's a whole study page about different ways to make your feet hairy
<click here for
"their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling
hair, much like the hair of their heads, which was commonly brown" FotR
Apart from the hairy feet, it's the ears isn't it! These ears are
great, a guy in Germany makes them ( http://www.lederkram.de
) but he's not selling overseas anymore, so if you want any, just drop
me an email and we'll talk.
Now you put the whole shebang together!
Hey Lady: Turn around!
To make may outfit, I used a plaid
cotton for the underskirt and bodice contrast, some left over yellow
linen from an historic outfit I did for the over skirt, I re-cut an old
yellow linen-look gathered chemise for the blouse and borrowed my
colonial neckerchief for the shawl. To make the bodice, I used a green
cotton table cloth (nice and sturdy!) and lined it with some left over
fustian from my historic outfits. I boned it with rigilene plastic
boning - no, I didn't use an interlayer and I probably should have, I
just stitched the rigilene straight onto the bodice lining and attached
the green fabric. I also probably should have glued down the plaid
contrast (being much thinner than the tablecloth, I laid it over a
regular green front panel) with heat-n-bond or wonder-under or
similar. But I didn't, and it does wrinkle a little. Also, it's a lot
easier to lay down the gimp edging on the center panel BEFORE you
the bias edging around the top and bottom.
The wig I have is from Wilshire Wigs, it's the 'sally' model.
I've now finished the green corduroy bodice like Mrs.
in FotR, this time I am
it. I was going to cord it, and I
did make a fully corded interlining, but the thing was sooo heavy that
I don't want to use it for this and I went and bought 10 yds of covered
plastic boning instead. One thing I discovered while working on the
mock-up (always make a mock-up!!) is that either the actress portraying
Mrs. Proudfoot is very slender and not on need of any tight bodice, or
the original is back-laced in spite of the button. You see, when I made
the mock-up, it did exactly what I expected it to do at the buttons -
there's only 4 buttons and they are under a lot of stressed having the
bodice pulled around - it gapped between the buttons! Since the
original doesn't, I suspect it's back-laced. I however, wanted a
bodice I could get into myself that didn't
back lace, stubborn sort that I am. So.... I cheated. The button
placket is a fake. I made the button holes, but didn't cut them and
sewed the buttons in place on top of them. There's actually a line of
velcro behind it which keeps it closed. And it seems to work just fine,
so I'm happy.
Compare with the originals
Now the apron is just one I found lying around (honestly!), and the
yellow skirt is from my Swedish costume, so it's much too long for a
hobbit. but I needed to put something on and I have no idea what color
skirt she's got, I can only tell the apron.
Ok, if you want to make your own Hobbit outfit, and you need more
instructions, go to http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/scrapbook/Judy/Dora.htm
. For that matter, for any LotR costume the whole website has more
information on it than you can shake a dead orc at! Spend a few days
and check it out. If you want to see a nice study on hobbit bodices
check out Lavenda's page at Shades
of Lavenda - Hobbit Dress Research
Dora Took: a Nightlife Adventure!
So you thought that hobbits were old-fashioned, quaint, country sorts
Then what is Dora Took doing in a motel, and wearing Legolas'