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Costume Diaries: Cardcaptor Sakura- The Flower

I’ve decided to start condensing my costume progress posts into one comprehensive post, because I tend to get really wrapped up in my projects.  So I figure if I talk about the whole thing after it’s finished, I don’t have to feel like a noob for saying I’m going to do continuation posts and then get sidetracked, lol.  This could be kind of long, so grab a snack, tea, coffee, and leggo! ❤

Animazement was this weekend (well, as I write this, today is the last day of the con, but I only went for one day, so for me it’s over, lol), and after all the (literal) blood, sweat, and tears, I got to wear mah costume!!  It got so much love, and I couldn’t have been happier.  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve gotten to really cosplay.  Financial setbacks kept me on the sidelines for a while, so this costume was really special to me.  It’s frustrating when you can’t participate in a hobby you love.  I wore myself out, finishing this costume.  The week before a con is called “con crunch,”  or I like to call “hell week (throwback to my high school days working backstage in the drama dept),” and I’d say that’s what my week was.  I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, and I’m talking 3-4 AM.  Your girl is tired, but so, so, so happy. 😀  I’m going to break this down into three sections, since I’ve already talked about the vine wrist cuffs, and the petticoat.  I took a lot of inspiration from images online of intricate wedding dresses, and other costume designers such as Firefly Path, who is one of my absolute favorites.  I’ve dreamed for so long to be able to create elegant fantasy costumes like she does.  But without further adieu, here is the result!

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Photo courtesy of my friend Rey Colon

The Bodice

So for the bodice, I used Simplicity 1728 as my pattern base.  It has a slight off the shoulder pattern that was exactly what I wanted for this.  It took some time to modify the top of each piece, to take on the shape I needed the neckline to look like.  I’d contemplated trying to make the front of the bodice look more like the open front that the character has, and using  fabric close to my skin tone to make it appear “nude (but not actually nude because I wanted to keep it family friendly, lol),” but I decided not to do that, in the end.  The neckline is scalloped, which I patterned to match the scalloping on the lace overlay.  The bodice is made of pink matte satin that I purchased from the Online Fabric Store, two types of Pellon fusible interfacing, and lined with cotton broadcloth I bought from JoAnn.  I wanted to give this strength, and structure, and I knew that I would need the neckline to be a bit stiffer, so it would stand up, and I didn’t want to have to use wire to achieve that result.  So I used one type of interfacing for the each entire piece of the bodice, and then made smaller pieces that were just for the top, and fused those to the rest of my pieces.  For boning, I went with spiral steel, which I happened to have an entire roll of from a while back, that I completely forgot I had.  In addition to putting boning in the seams, I also added extra channels in the front and sides, for a smoother silhouette and structure.

The overlay is made of special occasion lace, and I was only able to match the two back panels of the bodice to the scalloped edge of the lace.  For the other pieces, I cut off the scalloping and re-attached it along the raw edge of my lace, to match.  The seams are serged, and I attached it to the satin by sewing the two layers together at the arm holes and shoulder seams, before attaching the lining.  I also went back and tacked the scallops of the lace to the bodice to make sure it wouldn’t side down.  The lace overlay is longer than the rest of the bodice, and I cut some of the panels at an edge, and then distressed the edges with scissors so it would look less deliberate.  The bodice is COVERED in rhinstones, I wanted to sparkle like the magical girl I am, lol. I bought a lot of 720 Swarovski-like (they are very similar to Swarovski) rhinestones from a seller on Etsy, and with as many as I used, I actually still have maybe about half of the bag left.  I’m thinking about going back and adding more, because why not, lulz.  The majority of them were glued on by me, but a friend did come over one day to give me a little bit of a helping hand with finishing the blinging and I appreciated him so much. ❤  The artificial flowers are both sewn and glued on, and each flower has a rhinestone in the center.  I used larger rhinestones in the larger flowers.  IT’S SO SPARKLY!! ❤

 

Part II: The Skirt

The overall look I was going for with this costume was organic, whimsical, and realistic, while still keeping elements of the character’s design. Her skirt has a small top tier, and then the rest of the skirt, so I decided I wanted my top tier to be a tatter skirt.  I bought about 3-4 yards of different types of lace from work, cut them into strips, and again distressed them with scissors for the tatter skirt.  I was going to ombre dye the edges of the tatters, but I changed my mind.  The main skirt is made of the same pink matte satin as the bodice, with a pink organza overlay that I ombre dyed myself, using two colors of Jacquard Acid Dye to get the shade of pink I wanted. I used Simplicity 8490, and added a few inches to the length.  The seams are serged, and I roll-hemmed the satin by hand, and used fishing line in the hem for the organza.  The large flowers on the skirt are removable for cleaning purposes.  I was unsure of just how many flowers I wanted to add to the skirt, but I still have quite a few left, so I will most likely be adding more.  I also kept most of them off of the back of the dress because I wanted to account for when I would be sitting down, but I think I ended up kind of lifting my dress up a bit to sit, so I think if I add some to the back, they’ll be okay.

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Close-up of the flowers

Part III:  The Wig

I know you’re not going to believe me, given how this turned out, but I am NOT a hair person, seriously.  I’ve never been one to do a lot of hair styling to my own hair, and at best, I’m pretty good at cutting bangs now, so how this wig turned out so well, is BEYOND me.  There’s only been one other time I have done major wig styling, and that was  with a Flame Princess cosplay when I was still pretty new to the scene.  I didn’t know what I was doing then, and I damn sure didn’t know what I was doing for this, but some way, somehow, this wig turned out better than I could have ever hoped for.  The wig is an Arda classic “Chibi” in the shade “Victory Blonde.”  I went with a shade of blonde that I thought might be complimentary to my skin tone.  The matching wefts I needed were on backorder, but I found an equivalent in the classic wefts, and ordered 4 of them.  It turned out to be too much hair, I used one bag, and part of a second one, but I had no idea how much hair this would call for, so I’d rather have too much than not enough.

What I did know, was that I needed the base for the pigtails to be as light as possible.  My boyfriend suggested that I make a series of cones into the shape I needed, but it just didn’t turn out that way, lol.  I ended up making a cage out of a combination of poster and cardstock, and a bit of 14 gauge wire for stability.  After I made the cage, I covered it in felt, and then wrapped clear packing tape around all of that, because I wasn’t sure if the felt would absorb any of the products I was going to use.

I looked up how to make drill curls, and started with that end of the wig, since the ends of her hair are in a spiral.  After some trial an error, and lots of Googling, I went out to get some clear silicone caulk, and in addition to the caulk, I used Got2B hair gel, as well as some hot glue.  I did the drill curls first, and then glued them to my base, so that I could blend the other wefts in, and make it look as cohesive as possible.  I trimmed the bangs and used the hair gel to keep them out of my face.

You won’t find me trying to enter the Arda Iron Wig contest anytime soon, but I am definitely proud of myself, and it gave me a nice confidence boost for sure!

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Who even am I?!

All in all, this costume turned out exactly the way I hoped, and I am SO, SO, SO HAPPY!  There are two things I didn’t get done in time, and that was a pair of earrings, and an umbrella I wanted to modify to look like a giant flower.  I’ll be getting those done after I’ve had a little break.  I’ll also be doing a separate post about the makeup, which I’m still kind of toying with.  I’ll probably keep playing with ideas for the next time I wear this costume.  Thanks for reading, see you soon!! ❤

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Cosplay WIP: Card Captor Sakura: Petticoat

Ah, petticoats.  They add shape and volume to costumes, and can look absolutely gorgeous despite the fact that they won’t be seen.  They are also…  A complete pain in the ass to make. 😛

I’ve only made one petticoat in my life (up until this one).  I bought an obscene amount of netting from JoAnn to make one for my Princess Tiana costume (which I will get back to working on ASAP because I’m seriously ready to get done with her and take her out for adventures ❤ ).  It’s like three layers, and gathering all of that fabric was probably one of the most tedious things I’ve ever done.  I’m a little OCD when it comes to certain things.  If I make a costume and use my serger, I like to have thread that somewhat matches, even if you’re not going to see it.  I like colors to match, and so in my mind, my Tiana petticoat is for Tiana, I bought netting that matches the color of the skirt for that costume.  So I felt like I needed to make one for this costume.  THIS petticoat is going to be an “all-purpose” petticoat.  I’m using white cotton fabric, white works with anything, so this petti is meant to be worn under whatever costume I want, in the future.

First off, I am SO GLAD I chose cotton.  Making petticoats is tedious regardless, but using cotton over netting just makes life easier.  When I first decided to make one for this, I decided to try something other than netting.  I did my calculating and was prepared to buy an obscene amount of cotton to make a two layer petticoat.  But then one day, I had a flash.  It hit me that we carry extra wide quilting cotton at work.  And then I went a step further and realized that instead of making a two-layer skirt, I could make one skirt and add ruffles to it.  So I first bought 6 yards of 108″ wide cotton.

My goal with this petticoat isn’t really to have a big poofy skirt, but to obscure my hoop skirt.  I’ve just got a pet peeve about being able to see the outlines of the hoops with ballgowns.  So I felt that doing a ruffled petti would be perfect.  Six yards was ALMOST enough for the whole thing.  I came up just a tad short for two of the ruffles, so I had to buy a little more fabric.  So, I’d estimate that about 8 yards would have been enough, maybe even a tad too much, but I always prefer to have a little more than I need because you just ever know what’s going to happen, lol.

For this adventure, I used Simplicity pattern 5006, view D.  I liked the idea of an elastic waistband, and will also be doing an elastic waistband for the main skirt for this costume.  After adjusting the sizing for my body and getting everything cut out and run through the serger, I started working on the bottom ruffle, which called for six panels.  I reasoned that I could do 6 on the bottom, 5 on the next tier, 4 for the next one, and then 3 for the final ruffle that would be sewn to the yoke.  And when I mentally thought about how to attach the other ruffles, I thought I could add the other two, after putting the rest of the skirt together.  But when I went to work on pinning the next ruffle to the skirt, I figured out that I had a small problem.  Well, small in theory, but fixing it was going to take some work.  I realized that first off, the best way to put the ruffles on, was going to be with the main skirt ungathered.  I don’t know if ungathered is a word, but it is now. 😛  The other thing I realized was that my other ruffles actually needed to have the same number of panels as the very bottom, which was six.  So instead of the ruffles having a count of three,four, five, six, they needed to be three, six, six, and six.  The top ruffle was perfectly fine with three panels.  So I had to take the yoke off, undo the gathering in the skirt, and fix all of that.  I currently have one of the two ruffles done, and sewn on to the skirt, and have one more to put on before I can re-attach the top ruffle and yoke.  I’ve also decided (for good measure) to go back and add an extra ruffle behind the bottom ruffle, which will be made of petticoat netting, just for good measure, and a little extra flare at the bottom.

I have to say, when choosing between making cotton pettis, and netting, cotton is my preference.

Thanks for reading, see ya next time! ❤

 

 

Cosplay WIP: Cardcaptor Sakura- The Flower Clow Card

I’ve sort of been out of the cosplay scene for a bit.  It wasn’t by choice, though.  Life happened, and for a while, I just simply didn’t really have money to go to cons, work on stuff to completion, and all that.  But things have started to turn around, and this year, the first con I’ll be going to is Animazement, here in Raleigh.  I’m only planning on going for whatever day we’re doing this group, but we’ll see. 😉

A friend of mine wanted to do a group of the Clow Cards from Cardcaptor Sakura.  This isn’t the first time I’ve done this costume, but it will be the first time it will (hopefully) be completed, lol.  A long time ago, I was supposed to be part of another CCS (Cardcaptor Sakura) group, and I can’t remember why, but it didn’t quite work out.  In that group I had also chosen The Flower, and seeing as how I never got her off the ground then, I decided that now was the perfect time to re-do the costume, especially since there is SO much more I have learned about costuming since 2013.  Since the costume was never worn for its intended purpose, it became a fairy costume I wore one year to the Festival of Legends.

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The look I went for with her back then, was more source accurate with a little bit of creative liberty, as far as the costume was concerned.  I was still really new to sewing, too.  And honestly, for being new to sewing, there was a lot I managed to do, so small pat on the back for 2013 me, hehehe.

Flashing forward to 2018, your girl has some new ideas. ;-D  In this post, I’ll be talking about the wrist cuffs.  And for reference, this is the character I’m working on. 😀

 

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This image came from Google, with credit to the artist.

The first time I made these, I had ordered some artificial flowers from ebay, and went to either Michaels or JoAnn for pink ribbon and velcro, to make the cuffs, as well as her earrings.  The character wears simple cuffs on each wrist, that consist of a pink band and a big flower.  I think these were poppies.  Though I love flowers, I am not good at identifying them (aside from the obvious ones), so I think these were poppies, if not, my bad. XD

 

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Cuffs, circa 2013 or maybe 2014, lol.

I got the idea of making some different cuffs for this cosplay.  So this time, the bands on her wrists have evolved into these:

 

I adore these cuffs. The overall look I have envisioned for this costume, is a more realistic, organic, shabby chic fantasy design.  I don’t know how to describe it, but that’s probably as close as I can get to putting it into words.

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The supplies.  Not pictured is the felt because I had to decide on using pink felt or green on the bottom of the flowers.  I went with green, which I didn’t have when I took this photo.

These cuffs are not hard to make.  The most time consuming part is wrapping the wire in floral tape.  I went to Michaels and bought floral wire, floral tape, and spent at least an hour going back and forth looking at all of the flowers (they have a LOT of flowers, jeebus), trying to figure out what I wanted.  I chose a length of wire and started to twist it in various ways, trying to figure out what I liked, and when I finally came up with something, I cut the wire, and took a picture so I could re-create it later.  After that, I straightened out my wire and started wrapping it with the floral tape.  The first thing I did, was I bent the ends of the wire back, so that the ends would be rounded.  Nobody wants to accidentally stab themselves, lol.  It took me at least an hour (maybe more) to wrap each piece of wire, because you have to make sure the floral tape gets tacky enough as you wrap it. Once I was done with that, I went back to my reference photo on my phone and bent fitted the wire back around my wrist the way I’d come up with before.  It was a smidge different, but that was okay.

After I eased my hand out, I went to my flowers.  I got a small bouquet, and chose different sizes to use.  I took the flowers off of the bouquet, and took out all of the plastic pieces holding the petals together, then started hot gluing them to the cuff.  I glued each petal layer to the next.  After that, I took some E6000 and some spare Swarovski rhinestones I had on hand, and glued a stone in the middle.  I also glued a piece of felt to the underside of each flower, to secure it on to the wire.  This is the result:

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*Ding!*

I don’t know if I will add more rhinestones or not, but right now, I’m pretty happy with these!  Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon! ❤

Making A Costume: Deanna Troi’s “Green Dress” (Part 2)

Sorry for the long silence!  Life has been very busy, but now I can get back to updating this section of my blog.  I’ve since finished this costume for my friend, but I want to continue with this series and finish before I move on to my current project.

So continuing from my last post, I said I would talk about the bodice and skirt.  My bodice pieces were exactly what I needed them to be, so I continued onward to the neck pieces.  Because of the odd shape of the neckline, it wasn’t going to work out for me to cut  once piece on the fold of my fabric and cut it out.  I had to make four pieces, which I sewed together with a basting stitch, and then ran through my serger.

 

At the corner of the neck piece, I made sure to leave seam allowance space to that it could be sewn on properly to the the bodice, seen here:

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The next part to tackle was the skirt, which was pretty straightforward.  I cut out all of my pieces, and then modified each one to mimic the asymmetrical waist line of the bodice.  I didn’t make pattern pieces for this, as my medical paper wasn’t wide enough.  It didn’t occur to me until later that I could have combined pieces to make it wide enough (whoops), I’ll blame that on lack of sleep or something, lol.  The skirt had five pieces, which I sewed into two “halves.”  One “half was comprised of the side front and side back pieces, and the other was the front, side back, and back pieces.  I left them that way for a bit so that I could figure out how much to cut off for the asymmetrical look.  I ended up cutting off about 3 inches, and I replaced it with 4- 3” pieces (plus seam allowance) for the waist band that separates the bodice and skirt.

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One half of the skirt, with the waistband

After basting and serging all of my seams, this was the look of the skirt at this point.  (I also did make sure to accommodate for the split in her skirt, but drape of the fabric is masking it.)

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And after that, I put the pieces together!  I think I mentioned it earlier, but my friend decided that she wanted to keep the sleeves a little shorter than they should have been, so they stop just past the elbow.  I added a cuff to each of them to finish them.  The cuff was 6″ wide (plus seam allowance), and folded in half to 3″, basted on to the sleeve, and serged.

I used a blind hem stitch on my serger, to hem the skirt.  I think it’s really cool that my machine has that function.  I still plan on saving up for a cover stitch machine, but until then, the blind hem stitch is pretty close. 😀

The difference between a blind hem and a cover stitch, is that a blind hem looks basically invisible on the outside, and overlocked on the inside, while a cover stitch is the type of stitch you see on most commercial clothing where there is a double straight stitch visible on the outside, and overlocked on the inside.  I’ll include some photos from Google to show the difference.

And here was the finished dress on my friend! 🙂

Sara Troi Dress

Thanks for reading!! ❤

Making A Costume: Deanna Troi’s “Green Dress” (Part One)

A friend of mine is going to Dragon Con (sadly I can’t go this year), and commissioned me to make her a costume.  The actress who played Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation (Marina Sirtis), is going to be a guest this year, so my friend wanted her green dress made.  The funny thing about this dress as I was looking up reference photos, is depending on several factors, the dress either looked green, teal, or turquoise.  I did my best to find fabrics that looked close and consulted with my friend.  The fabric we ended up with is probably darker than the actual color, but she  loved it and that’s what mattered to me. 🙂

Somewhere online, there is an actual pattern for this dress that someone came up with, but it’s rather pricey.  So I went through the plethora of patterns that I have, and found one to modify.  I went with Simplicity 1045, specifically View B for the bodice of the dress.  Stretch knit fabrics aren’t on the list of recommended fabrics for this pattern, but I’ve had no problems with using it for this.

Pattern

View B highlighted in pink.  Also, coffee is an essential part of costume making. 😛

First, I cut out the pieces I needed, and traced them out on medical paper, and increased the sizing.  This pattern went up to a size 20, and I needed it to be a few sizes larger.  (*Sewing tip:  You can increase the size of a pattern by measuring the distance between the sizes that are printed on the pattern.  You don’t need to worry about adding seam allowance if you are going by the pattern’s sizing because that is already figured in.*)  The main pattern pieces for the dress are all one piece, but I needed to only make bodice pieces for the time being, so I traced the pattern to be longer than what I needed, and then determined where I needed them to stop, which looked to be just above the hips, according to the reference photos.  So I patterned the bottom of the bodice to the asymmetrical shape of the dress.

The top of this gave me some issues.  After some trial and error, what ended up working for me was sewing the two side front pieces and the front pieces to each other (using some scrap fabric), UNMODIFIED, and then cutting the neck line into that same asymmetrical shape.  When I did that, these were the resulting pieces I got when I took them apart:

Pattern pieces 1

The lowest point of the neckline stops about at the very tip of the bust point, but I raised it a little bit higher, as my friend has a bigger bust.  I made a mock-up of the bodice using some performance fabric I had bought a while back and never did anything with, and tried it on myself.  My friend and I are around the same size in dresses, so I figured that if it fit me, it would fit her.  I had her come try on the mock-up a few days later, and it was a success. 🙂

The sleeve for view B of this pattern is about a 3/4″ sleeve, and has a bell piece that attaches around it.  Obviously, I didn’t need that part of the pattern, but my friend decided that she liked a shorter sleeve, so we decided not to lengthen it to a full sleeve. However, the bottom of the sleeve will be taken in to be more fitted to her arm

Next time, I’ll talk about the neck band pieces and the skirt!  The design of this dress overall, actually is not very hard, but the asymmetrical neckline has been interesting to work with.  Thanks for reading! ❤

 

 

Lunar Fairy: Moon Circlet

I feel like every fairy should have a cute headpiece.  I’d only made a circlet one other time, a very simple leaf circlet for my first photoshoot as a Greek goddess, when I first got into cosplay.  Jewelry making isn’t something that I’ve done a lot of, I have a lot to learn.  When I started on this project in 2015, I spent hours and hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration and different headpieces so that I could figure out what kind of style I was going for.  It was kind of overwhelming, because there is a LOT!!  The only thing I was sure of, was that I wanted a crescent moon to be on my forehead.  After starting to get some ideas, I then spent hours on ebay, and I ordered a bunch of stuff that I thought was pretty, and I’d figure out what I wanted to do once it got here.  When I picked this project back up last year, I went ham on buying beads and pearls and rhinestones, and other odds and ends.

I found that once I really got started, I was able to envision as I went along, what I wanted.  And I’m really proud of the end result.  I finished it up yesterday, and I seriously can’t wait to wear this beauty!

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The full circlet, finished!

This was honestly a lot of fun to make, and I’m SO happy with the result.  Let’s get close-up and I’ll talk a little bit about the details.

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The large filigrees were square-shaped when I first got them.  All of the filigrees are the same, but I modified them.  The metal was thin enough to cut, so i took wire cutters and cut all of the corners off of 4 of the filigrees, and then left two of the corners on the one I wanted to use for the center (pictured above).  I ordered some cameo settings and glued on the rhinestones.  The small rhinestones are Swaorvski Elements, and the large ones came from a site called Jan’s Jewels.  I had ordered some other stones from ebay, but they were taking a while, and I started to worry that they’d gotten lost, so I ordered these.  The other rhinestones finally showed up not long after I got the ones from Jan’s, so I compared them to see which ones I wanted to end up using.  I went with the ones from Jan’s as I felt they had more of the look I wanted coupled with the Swarovskis.  Then I glued the cameos to the filigrees.

The crescent moon at the front of the circlet also has Swarovskis glued to it.

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The wig in these photos is also the one that I bought to wear for this costume.  I’m currently trying to figure out how I’ll end up styling it, and I’ll talk about it in a future post. 😀  Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time! ❤

Costume Progress: Princess Tiana

My biggest current costume project is Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.  I started this costume back in 2014, and it kind of got put on the back burner until sometime last year.  What I love about Tiana is how much of a hard worker she is, and how she dedicates herself to reaching her goals.  I do the same thing when I’m really passionate about something I want to do.  That might be why I finally made myself pick this project back up again, because I really want to challenge myself.  My other blog has some of my progress, but I decided to go ahead and have it accessible here, as well.

There’s a line of special edition dolls that Disney released some time ago, called the Fairy Tale dolls.  I don’t think you can get them anymore.  They consisted of the princesses and princes in more elaborate versions of their iconic outfits from their films.  When I saw the artwork for Tiana, I was immediately in love with it.se-princess-tiana

I’ve come a LONG way with this costume.  I’ve learned a lot about sewing techniques, and things that have inspired me and caught my eye, have changed how I originally planned for it to look when I first started.  The skirt started off as a single layer of upholstery brocade, and the leaves were just going to be sewn on to the skirt, with a separate bodice. I knew I wanted a brocade because of the artwork showing that there was a floral pattern on the skirt.  It has since evolved into a three layer skirt.  I was really inspired by the 2015 live action Cinderella dress, and I wanted to make Tiana a little more magical.  In addition to the brocade, I also added a layer of glitter tulle, and then organza.  I’m also a big fan of lettuce hems, so I took fishing line and sewed it into the hem of the organza. Horsehair braid was added to the hem of the brocade layer.  When you get up close to the skirt, you can see subtle sparkle from the glitter tulle underneath.  The lettuce hem also makes the dress have a more flower-like feel and appearance.  I also didn’t have a standing dressmaker dummy when I started this.  I had a duct tape dummy that my friend Adrienne helped me make.  My dad bought a dummy for me that he happened to come across at Goodwill.  It’s made life SO much easier!  I’ve also since moved and now have an actual craft room.

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Another addition is a three-layer petticoat that I made for extra fullness, as well as obscuring the bones of the hoop skirt.  The petticoat still needs to have the yoke and waistband added and also needs to be hemmed, even though you can’t tell in the photos.  But I wanted to see how full the skirt would look with everything on, and it’s beautiful!

The bodice has undergone some changes, too.  Initially, I was going to just have the two bodice panels, and sew them together with the petals.  But then I decided to take extra precaution and add an extra center lining panel to make sure I’d be keeping my cleavage in check. A green cotton base skirt has been added, and my plan for that is to sew all of the leaves on to that base skirt, and then sew the bodice so that it’s like a separate leaf dress that will be worn over the skirt, etc.  The bodice and leaves are made out of a faux-suede fabric.  The petals are made out of the same brocade as the skirt, with a layer of beaded lace fabric laid over top.  I put a stiffer interfacing in the petals for structure, and there is a piece of white steel boning behind the center panel.  The bodice will also have white steel and spiral steel boning.

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I’m currently working on hand embroidering about 26 individual leaves to go on the base skirt.  This is my first time doing any kind of embroidery.  I have a machine, but I haven’t sat down with it enough to be able to know what I’m doing.  I’m also not sure that I can program the machine to do the pattern, so I’ve resigned myself to doing all of these by hand.  I’m finishing up the second leaf, and then I’ll be starting on the third one.  If I get it the machine figured out, I will probably switch to that.  But for the time being, I’m using the puff paint method of outlining the design in puff paint, and then embroidering over it with metallic gold thread.

In one of my next blog posts, I’ll talk about the shoes for this costume.  That’s all for now!