What can you make with a remnant piece of lace fabric, leftover elastic band, thread, and a pair of scissors? Well, nothing, until the perfect project comes along. When Piano Man’s teacher sent a notice about an upcoming school project, the perfect sewing project came to fruition.
Piano Man is participating in a project that allows each child to portray a historical figure of his or her choice. Each student will research about a person from the past, write a biographical speech in first person, and present it before the school. It’s a unique project because the entire school participates, which involves classroom and parental support to study history and culture from the past. The study of a historical figure is also a good lesson on understanding the world around us, particularly the past to better understand the present and the future.
And what’s the best part about this project? Each student gets to dress up like the historical person during his/her presentation. (It’s like Halloween or Carnival for the studious!) One of the pieces to complete Piano Man’s historical costume will have a ruffled lace look. Can you guess which historical figure Piano Man is going to be? If not, you’ll have to wait in the coming weeks to see how each piece of his costume comes together.
For now, here is a quick tutorial to make your own fake ruffled front shirt. Think of it as an accessory for a pirate costume or a dickey collar (garment) that Howard Wolowitz in “Big Bang Theory” portrays so well on the show.
Step 1. Cut Fabric.
I used a piece of remnant fabric that was 27″ wide. I chose to cut 7″x10″.
Step 2. Create cascading folds.
Step 3. Cinch at the top.
Secure with needle and thread.
Step 4. Tie a knot with elastic band.
Step 5. Sew elastic band behind the cinched area.
Fold the top area over elastic band, covering the knot. Secure with needle and thread.
Step 6. Voila! Project Complete!
The final length of the lace tie measures approximately 10″ in length.
If you want to check out Piano Man’s costume, you should check out the Mozart-inspired paper wig. That’s a big clue!
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