Tri-Wizard Tournament and Marauder’s Map with The Inspired Wren (competition)
It’s CraftingCon! It’s Harry Potter! I’m as excited and nervous as a First Year about to be sorted into her house at Hogwarts. I’ve read the books (more than once), I’ve listened as Jim Dale read the books to me (more than twice), and I’ve seen the movies at the theater and at home (countless times). *cue music: Hedwig’s Theme* I can do this. I can sew for CraftingCon!
CraftingCon: a monthly sewing competition with a different theme every month. Four competitors each month will each sew up one look. The looks should be inspired by the theme, but practical enough that they can be worn to the grocery store – in other words, no costumes.
I turned to my favorites, Lupin and Snape, to see if they could inspire some magic in me. True professors, they didn’t tell me exactly what to do, but led me—through brainstorm sessions with family and friends—to the Marauder’s Map. Sometimes blank, sometimes covered in ink, the map was transfigured by my printer and sewing machine into a reversible garment. (Head over to The Inspired Wren for more details how.) The original map was magicked for use by animagi; in this version [a modified Beach Robe by Dana of Made] the animagus wearing it magically transforms into her animal form when the map is active and the hood is up. Once her mischief is managed it’s simply a blank, hooded beach cover-up.
It meant sewing a bathing suit. That’s tricky spell-work for any sewist. First, it was hard not to simply copy the Hogwarts swim uniform from the Triwizard Tournament: a color-blocked tank and swim-shorts that already look like every day wear. Second, I’ve never sewn swim wear before (and I don’t own a serger). I decided to attempt a rash-guard with a raglan sleeve [modified from an Ottobre Design pattern] paired with swim-shorts/briefs/trunks/whatever-you-call-these [modified Euro Swim Trunks, to be exact, by Jessica Kelly of Running with Scissors].
I kept to Gryffindor colors but cast some visual magic with metallic fabric. Then I added the arm patch. It’s subtle, you won’t see it from down the beach without Moody’s magical eye, but that little addition to the suit, sewn on with gold thread, is my favorite part of the entire ensemble.
After the young Triwizard champion casts her Accio spell, she can store her extra gillyweed away from Snape’s abnormally large, prying nose in her beaded handbag. But her golden egg won’t quite fit. Undetectable extension charm to the rescue! [My wand happened to be a crochet hook, my charm a modified Crochet Market Bag by Tiffany Roan.]
Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.