As I mentioned before, we go to King Richard's Faire every fall to celebrate our daughter, Maura's birthday. Her birthday is actually right before Christmas, but she chooses to celebrate it at the Faire since she loves it so much. I can't blame her, I love it too!! It's one of the things I associate most with fall. Love the smells of the insense and food cooking, the loud games, the glassblowing and blacksmith demonstrations, and most of all the COSTUMES. Maura's costume was finished last week.
To make this I laid the fabric out folded in half, cut a half circle to fit over his head, just as shown in the photo. Next I pinned double-fold bias tape over all the raw edges. Just sandwiched the edge between the fold that was already there, and stitched with a zig zag all around.
For the dragon applique, I used a tracer I had on hand from Maura's past obsession with dragons, and traced my dragon onto the wrong side of Heat N Bond Lite. Then I fused it (very quickly or the fleece will melt) onto the golden-colored fleece. Then I flipped to the paper side and cut out the dragon. Next I peeled off the paper, and ironed the applique to the tabard. I did it on the reversed side of the tabard so I was heating the adhesive from the underside, again fleece can melt a bit. I only wanted it to bond enough so I could easily sew it down. So I did that next...