So After going to Druid Camp Aotearoa, at the Grove of the Summer Stars, one of the Druids who is travelling to England in June, asked me to make her a Robe and Tabbard, so that she has nice ritual wear for England. As we were discussion styles and designs, i got to wondering, so many druid robes of have seen are, to put it frankly sacks with arms, not flattering, and if you are a shapely woman, or man then would it not make sense to have a more fitted robe? but then it is also down to personal preference, just like some people like to have robes for rituals, others don't. But then perhaps some people shy away from robes because of their sack like design. then there are the robes that re reminiscent of medieval gowns, which are not really my thing.. anyway, i figured it would be nice to see what i am currently sewing for this lady as it is in my opinion quite beautiful!!
This is the fabric and pattern that has been choose. The turquoise at the back is the Dress/robe with the pattern for the Dress robe in the front. the royal blue and light blue are for the tabard, which will go over the Robe. on the tabard will be an awen and goddess appliqué the goddess on the back and the awen on the front. i am also making a small bag from the remainder of the patterned fabric. the gold and silver as also for the appliqué
the pattern actually took quite some time to lay out as there was not actually enough, but lucky in one of my fabric boxes was some shot silk, well kinda silk which matched both the turquoise and royal blue..
here is a pic of the of the extra fabric in comparison to the turquoise. its difficult to get in pictures as it changes and shifts in the light.
so now we have gotten to the stage of need for fitting, and their is no arms sewing on it as yet. Once the dress/robe is finished then i can make start o the tabard..
this satruday there will be a fitting and i will be able to put the arms on, and hem it.. whoot. the colours remind me of a paua shell, which has the similar colours of turquoise and royal blue
so gentle readers, if you were to have robes made what would they look like and why?