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Outline the story …
I was inspired by the character of Pomona Sprout from the Harry Potter series of books. I initially hesitated in this choice because I do not wish to promote the discriminatory views the author has been sharing more recently... However, the story is an old favorite and I feel a strong kinship with Pomona's welcoming personality that is always trying to share her love of plants (and their magic) with her students. I felt I could costume her as I imagine her: a kind woman, who especially looks out for her students who are less accepted by their peers. And I feel strongly that good stories and characters take on a life of their own in the minds and hearts of the reader.
I drew my inspiration from nature, several vintage clothing pieces, and my own favorite things to wear in the garden. I imagined a backstory that included a young Pomona who went into service with the British Woman's Land Army during WWII. I saw the practicality of their uniform influencing her later wardrobe (linen blouse & overalls), when she was still a younger teacher at Hogwarts in her early 40s. I imagined that she would love, as I do, attention to detail and a sense of beauty in her wardrobe (a work cloak inspired by a 1902 Cheruit evening wrap and the collar lines of blouses from around 1912 ) and I included embroidery and beading, lovely natural fibers, and tried to include practical touches (like pockets!)
Outline the construction…
I drafted all as original patterns, with a small assist from Folkwear's Armistice Blouse 210 at the shoulder/armscye of the cloak.
This was a "stash busting" project, almost totally created with fabrics on hand.
Linen Blouse: Reconstructed thrifted vintage original - fabric recut to include new seams, inserts & plackets, buttons, darning and Sashiko mends, and patches of a variety of linen fabrics. Dyed Hufflepuff yellow with turmeric.
Overalls: Brown linen/Cotton blend Inspired by the 1940s, but cut with plenty of room for a chubby Pomona to move with ease. Embroidered front pocket flowers (thread inherited from my grandmother.) Pockets lined to match cuff-tabs (vintage fabric.) Vintage buttons and hand-sewn buttonholes. All seams felled for smoothness and durability. Top inner-lining sewn down by hand.
Cloak: Cotton velvet body, with Melton wool collar and cuffs (the only fabric purchased!) Lined with brown cotton/linen blend floral, with yellow linen at hem, in sleeves, and under collar. Entire lining sewn in by hand. All seams felled by hand (lining and outer layer) to lay flat. Pieced sleeve & pocket seams felled with fern stitches. Embroidered fern embellishments done with fair trade cotton threads, faux-gold thread, and bronze glass beads.
Hat: crochet from wool blend yarn (the other purchase for this project) and shape stitched to hold wrinkles and brim.
Belt: Vintage velvet tape, with woven leaves Matched (it was in 4 pieces!) and sewn to be reversible.
Besom Broom: Handmade from privet growing in my yard, with hemp twine and a earthenware button.