I am going to a music festival that encourages the wearing of fake beards, ( in order to break the world record for this activity).
It has given me the perfect excuse to use the sewing machine that I found in a skip.
I have never used a sewing machine before, so I guess this project can be put in the easy category.
I told my friend that I would make us beards from Fake fur.
She asked for a pink one and a blue one to match her different dresses.
It was a revelation . . . I would never have thought of any colour other than brown for a beard.
Step 1: The Fabric.
Buying from the market seemed the best option.
I chose the brightest pink and blue and some brown for me.
It was £4.50 per metre;.
i bought 3 lengths of a quarter metre.
Step 2: Marking and Cutting Out.
I used some wallpaper as a template and after a few attempts, got the shape that I wanted.
I layed this on the back of the fabric and used a magic marker.
I cut it out.
I cut the moustache separate from the beard and I thought that it would look better.
I was also toying with the idea of a velcro backed moustache that was removable but . . . this is my first burl on a sewing machine so I will save that for next year.
Step 3: Sewing Around the Edges.
I don't know what all the buttons and knobs do on this sewing machine but just look at it . . . . it's like a 50's cadillac; beautiful.
I sewed around the edges of the beards and then sewed on the moustache.
Next, I sewed a length of ribbon onto each side.
I sewed a square and put a cross through it because I always like the look of this when I see it on military clothing.
Step 4: Brown Beard- Slightly Different Design.
Ok, by the time I got to my beard I was realising the possibilities that a sewing machine offers.
I cut the beard slightly bigger and folded the edge over so that I was sewing a double thickness.
It gave a slightly fuller feel to the beard.
Also, instead of ribbons, I folded the top of the sideburn over to create a loop that would allow my spectacle arms to slide through.
This means that the beard just hangs from spectacles; no ribbon.
I then added some eyebrows to it.
Step 5: The Beards.
Which one would you wear ?
Step 6: The Beards in Action.
They were a success and a good time was had by all.