Some winter sewing with Poe

This was a sample sewed up for Fabric Anthropology, and the theme of this round is Horror and Halloween related.  Edgar Allen Poe is not really Halloween-ish, but he was a bit of a darker writer.  It fits the theme.  One of my favorite works of his was The Telltale Heart.  He was probably one of the first well-known horror writers.

One of his more popular narrative poems was The Raven, published in 1845:

The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”

 

This print is a rendering of Edgar Allen Poe, along with ravens on a blue and grey background. The fabric base is double brushed poly with a good weight to it, so it will be warm in the fall and winter.  The sleeves are made from a fleece backed poly for warmth.

I wanted to put some feathers into my top, so I drew up some feathers and put them together into a design (cut file in the folder linked on the sidebar – added one that looks like wings).

I adhered them to the fabric with my new heat press.  Wow, does that go on so much faster than an iron!  The bad part is that it takes forever to heat up.  I will make sure I do batches of HTV, so I don’t have to reheat it too often (it is also a bit smelly).

I added some strips of blue, grey and the print to the bottom of the sleeves.  I thought it would add a bit of interest and tie the print and it’s colors into the sleeve.

The pattern here is the Sneha by Wardrobe by Me (shocker, I know).  I added a little length to the top part, and instead of cutting as one piece, I added a strip of black ponte in between to break it up a bit.  The cowl is black ponte and a grey sweater knit.  I made it to fit into the neckline with no stretching, and it ended up about 32″ wide by around 12″ long.

The pre-order with this print includes several prints related to horror and Halloween geared movies.  Go check it out if that is your thing!

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