I may have mentioned my daughter started her permanent job a couple of months ago. Before that, she and another "baby" attorney were clerking under a judge for a year. It is the custom for outgoing clerks to buy the judge a gift, so she and her cohort bought him a wooden duck and ducklings. He was so tall, with such long legs, that DD and friend were always having to scurry to keep up, so they felt this was appropriate.
The thing is, she has way far more confidence in my abilities as a seamstress than I do. She asked if I would be willing to make a "judge's robe" for the duck. Here is a picture of the duck:
And here is what she said about his size:
"His neck is 5 inches around. He is 10 inches tall. And he is 24 inches around at his widest point (somewhere around the tip of his tail)."
She gave me the links to a couple of sites with photos of judicial robes:
I'm thinking velcro instead of a zipper, a round neckline, and skipping the yoke, just going for a general pleated sort of robe.
Trouble is, I'm just not sure how to start, and I've never done pleats, though I have an idea how those might go. I don't want to line this, and I'm thinking black poly/cotton blend, or maybe just the deep Amish black cotton fabric in the Keepsake Quilting catalog. Any suggestions? Or should I just shoot myself now?
Thanks in advance, everyone.
After quilt group this morning, I went hunting more Halloween stuff. I won't show what I have just yet, because there is more to be done, but yesterday I carved 18 apple heads.
These will sit out for the next couple of weeks to get nice and dried and then be displayed in a couple of different ways. Since the theme is Mad Scientist's Laboratory, some will be in the fishbowl, and I'm thinking I'll poke some on sticks to line the sidewalk.
While I was out, I picked up a bazillion bags of candy for the big night, and some candy corn for us. It's the only time of the year I really eat it, though I like it a heap of a lot. On the back of the bag, it reads:
"Did You Know...? Each year Americans consume enough Brach's Candy Corn that if laid end-to-end, would circle the earth 4.25 times...WOW!"
I certainly intend to do my part.