Friday, September 8, 2017

Some Wicked Inspiration for the Literary Sewing Circle

 Are you thinking of reading along with the Literary Sewing Circle as we tackle our first group read, Something Wicked This Way Comes?

If so, here are a few ideas to get you thinking about what you might want to make -- while I'm mainly showing sewing inspiration here, remember that you can create anything you wish -- sewing, knitting, embroidery, quilting, whatever you love most.

One of the strongest images in this book is that of the magical carousel that lures Will and Jim into Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Sideshow.

You might want to stitch up a carousel skirt with a cute print -- like this one.

Found Here
 You could use a pretty print like this one found at Spoonflower:

Or this luscious Liberty Tana Lawn

Or be inspired by this celebrity version

Or this one... although I do hope you won't take things quite as literally as Manish Arora did with this dress worn by Katy Perry!

You might also find the cast photo from the new Hugh Jackman musical, The Greatest Showman, inspiring for big top fashion.

And after you've ridden Cooger & Dark's magical carousel, you might think about making this Carousel Dress from Oliver & S for yourself...

Find it here

The opening pages of the book are thick with an oncoming storm and a lightning rod salesman named Tom Fury approaching the boys. Taking in mind the frequent appearance of night and dark and storms in this book, perhaps something that evokes that feeling would do the trick.

A simple dress like the Emery or the Orla would highlight the fantastic print of this Aimee Wilder "Rainbolts" fabric, available in 6 different colourways.

Or for something more dramatic try this stormy design by AndreaAliceNZ on Spoonflower

Of course, there are many other elements of the book you may want to pull out: the 60's date of publication, the library which plays a key part, the varied sideshow inhabitants, a small mention of one of the minor characters... we will be talking about more ideas as we go. I hope you are starting to read, and starting to formulate some ideas of what your make is going to look like...


  1. I'm on Chapter 6. I'm not sure yet what project will be making. I read this book a long time ago and remember being afraid of the imagery. I'm enjoying the reread. Thanks for starting this project!

  2. I'm excited and really enjoying the book so far. Thanks for hosting this cool sewalong.

  3. These all sewing clothes are so pretty and unique...


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