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Costuming Meme [27 Aug 2006|05:46pm]

[ mood | sore ]

Sorry, I've just started a new job and have barely had time to keep up with my regular routine, let alone get sewing again. Hopefully I'll be able to recover from the shock of it quickly and get going again. This is a meme I stole from padawansguide. I'm not a huge costumer, I admit, it's just at this moment something I enjoy (though it is one of the three majors I'm considering at the moment). Anyway, respond if you want. If you post this in your journal, I will respond as well. Thanks!

1. What costume (that I could realistically pull off) would you like to see me do?
2. What costume (with no constraints on time, skill, or money) would like to see medo
3. Which costume that I've completed do you like best?
4. What genre costume do you think I should do more of? (ie, Star Wars, LOTR, etc)

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Skirt Update [05 Jul 2006|08:28am]

I've been working only a couple hours at a time on the top of the dress, but I decided to leave that until last. I worked on the skirt all day on Monday; the problem is, it doesn't seem like I got very far. Most of it was cutting and marking. I did eventually get the main satin layer together (that's the easy part), and I practiced on the topmost flounce. The pattern may have the perfect number of flounces, but they are badly shaped. The ones we want start on the front sides (easily fixed, though), and start short in the front and go much longer in the back (the tricky part). There is also the problem that the flounces have seams in the sides, not the front and back like I want. I got something close to what I wanted, but I won't post it until I have completely perfected it.

There really isn't much to see of the skirt, yet; it's just a massive blob in an extremely shimmery rose (I didn't notice how shimmery until I laid it out on the floor). For pictures, I finally scanned my swatches. It doesn't show the texture too well, but the color is much better. Keep in mind the charmuese satin is much prettier in real life; I've had that swatch everywhere, searching for a matching chiffon fabric, so that swatch has water marks and who knows what else all over it. I finally found one chiffon at Joann that I special ordered. The chiffon swatch you see in the picture is the same one I'm talking about. It's a little lighter than the satin, but it looks really good with it. I'm very pleased with the fabrics I wound up with. The thinner swatch in wine is actually an organza ribbon for the waist. As for where I bought each fabric: The satin came from Syfabrics.com (100% polyester), the chiffon came from Joanne and was called, "Casa Rose Chiffon," and it's 65" in width (100% polyester), and finally the organza was just your typical fabric store roll in "Wine."

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Yule Ball Stuff [13 Jun 2006|07:18pm]

[ mood | listless ]

This is a really weird update, since everyone on here thinks I'm making the Phantom dress. I may do that later on, but I started Hermione's Yule Ball dress a while back (but haven't had much time to post due to school). I may post an analysis later, but we'll see! I'm trying to make this one as accurate as possible; I realized this one would be hard to make modest without making it unrecognizable, so I'm just gonna be tacky and wear a flesh-colored shirt underneath. Tacky but recognizable! ;) Anyway, I'll start with patterns.

For the bodice, I have no pattern. I'm totally making this up as I go along. It took several yards of muslin and some flimsy pink cotton to get it where it is now, but it's getting much closer. I really have no advice here other than patience, yards and yards of muslin, and something to measure with. Okay, so the rest of the bodice, the part that goes below the three-striped bust, I'm making with Simplicity pattern 4401. The seams they have are pretty off from what I want, so I combined pieces 4 and 5 to make the front (cutting it with 4 matched up to the fold), and pieces 6 and 7 to make the back (cutting it on the selvage of 6 so I could have the invisible zipper in the bacl). The back is pretty high, since it was intended to be attached to the bust. Just cut a bit off - it's mostly just guesswork based on images. This pattern can also be used for the chiffon sleeves. It might be a little short, but that wouldn't be too hard to fix. For the skirt, I'm using McCall's pattern 5046. I swear that this is a miracle pattern! It has a seam down the front, just like the Yule Ball dress, and it has seven chiffon layers. Seven. What are the odds of that? It'll need a little modifying, of course, since the chiffon layers in this pattern are even, and they get higher towards the front on the Yule Ball dress. I haven't had a good look at the pattern, yet, but hopefully that won't be too hard.

For a different but much easier bodice, anyone interested could try using part of the Simplicity 4401 pattern. It won't be accurate, but it will definitely be easier.

Next, I'll post my latest muslin. This is actually made of a really flimsy cotton I had laying around. I should've used muslin, but I'm running low and there are no fabric stores nearby anymore. Anyway, it's working just fine at the moment. All I need to remember to do are to trim the middle stripe (I had to sew in quite a bit of it, so it looks all right in this picture), and cut off the excess bust that's sewn down into the side seam. You can clearly see about four inches underneath the muslin. :D Other than that, it's coming along. Oh, and I only sewed half of it, so the other half is covered. Probably won't make any sense, but at least I know what it looks like.

Next and lastly, I ordered several swatches and I think I've found what I'm looking for. On the first image, the two swatches I like are at the very bottom. The one on the left is polyester chiffon (from fabric.com) for the skirt and sleeves, and the one on the right is polyester satin charmeuse (from syfabrics.com) for the rest. My digital camera is low quality, so it's hard to see the actual colors. Here is an image from syfabric's site of the silk charmeuse (the color is PERFECT, though it's not exactly the texture I was looking for - it's a little thin.):

That's all I have for now. Hopefully I'll get to ordering those two fabrics (or driving more than I should to see if the nearest Joann has anything better) and get cracking!

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PotO Costume Study [22 Jan 2006|07:12pm]

I've officially decided on a costume (well, that's giving myself too much credit. My brother's girlfriend was the only one who actually gave me an opinion -- and Liv confirmed it'd be a good one later. ^_^). It's Christine's Dressing Gown from Phantom of the Opera; I'm not entirely sure why this one stood out to me, but it was one I seriously studied when choosing costumes.

So, here's my costume study, though I've never done this before. No one else seems to have done one for this costume, so I'll take the liberty! Don't expect any kind of complex jargon, but be prepared for several names such as "thingamajig" and "doohickey."

Anyway, on to the study!Collapse )

That's all I have. Sorry for the massive images; I didn't bother to create thumbnail images, so this will take a while to load. As for those corset patterns, here are my ideas:

Corset PatternsCollapse )
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[18 Jan 2006|07:00pm]

Okay, I've actually gone through and decided which costumes I'd want to do. Here's my list (bolded are the ones I'd particularly like to have):

*Episode 1 Burgundy Handmaiden Battle Outfit (yes, that was a mouthful.)
*Pirates Gold Dress
*Episode 3 Green Robe
*Christine's Dressing Gown
*All I Ask of You Dress and Cape
*Think of Me Dress
*Dead Man's Chest: Elizabeth's Pirate Costume
*Eowyn's Refugee Outfit
*Eowyn's Shieldmaiden Outfit
*Episode 3 Sleeveless Outfit
*Eowyn's White Wool Dress
*Episode 1 Tatooine Handmaiden Outfit
*Hermione's Yule Ball Dress (I still stand by altering the top, but even if it wasn't recognizable, it'd be a great formal dress anyway)

The wool dress is italicized because I'd love to have it, but the belt would be pure heck.

I honestly don't know which one to do. I wouldn't be able to start until February, about, not that that makes any difference, since I have no deadline (and I love it!). I love Christine's dressing gown -- no explanation, sorry! Haha.... and the All I Ask of You dress would be awesome, since that's my favorite part of the movie, and is very easily recognizable. I discovered Elizabeth's pirate costume the other day and have fallen for it. I don't know why, but I really, really want to make that one. I've always wanted to make Eowyn's wool dress, the belt always getting in my way. Well, I've explained the Yule Ball one.

Anyway, I don't know if I'll get any feedback, but I'd love some... some preference of somekind would be muchly appreciated. I really don't know what to make, or I wouldn't have this huge list asking ya'll for opinions. ;)
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Costumeses Again [17 Jan 2006|05:43pm]

[ mood | ambitious ]

So, today I officially decided that despite the stresses of deadlines and whatnot, I need to make a new costume. I don't know what, and I don't know for what purpose.... that's where I need help.

I have no movies coming up that I don't already have a costume for, so I honestly have no idea what to make. I don't have much preference, though I'm admittedly still traumatized from the Padme outfit -- mostly due to excessive embroidery -- so I may pass up Star Wars costumes (unless it's one of the handmaiden outfits; I always wanted her Tatooine one or her burgundy one from Episode I.). Lord of the Rings would be a fun option, too, but I have no experience with jewelry stuff, and I'm a poor senior in high school without a job, so buying the jewelry is not an option. I would love Eowyn's white dress, or her shieldmaiden outfit, or one of Arwen's dresses; I dunno which, though. I'm Pirated out for the moment, as well (but they're so pretty I may just give in if someone argues the point well.). I really don't know what else there is. I have pretty much the one recognizable Harry Potter outfit there is, so I think I'm done in that territory for a while, plus I'm in a dress mood (and I'm still not feeling Hermione's dress. I got used to the skirt, but it'd be hard to alter the top and still make it recognizable, and I'm not making it without altering the top).

Uuumm... yeah, suggestions for costumes or purposes would be muchly appreciated.

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Hair and Make-up Tutorial [21 Oct 2005|08:23pm]

[ mood | protected ]

It's time for my now traditional hair and make-up tutorial! I should make a website out of these, but there's one set-back; I know very little about hair and make-up and am not good at either by any means. Anywho, done rambling, I did two different styles:

Elizabeth's extremely high half-ponytail, and her waves.

I covered the bottom half of my face... I'd rather show as little of myself as possible. ^_^

Plum Gown Hair and Make-up TutorialCollapse )

I think that's it... probably not very helpful, but I thought I'd share. ^_^

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Finished [20 Oct 2005|05:02pm]

[ mood | protected ]

I'm completely finished. I'm sure I have some stray threads to cut, but other than that, I'm totally done with my Pirates costume. I have only one picture, and it's not the greatest. I'll take more on Halloween with my hair done and whatnot.

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Updating [12 Oct 2005|02:54pm]

I'm sorry I haven't been updating too frequently with my plum costume. For the record, I only have a tiny bit left on it, so I probably won't be taking update pictures until I'm finished, which, I'm anticipating, will be before the end of this week. All I have left is a tiny bit of trim I forgot to put on the first time through, a couple buttons on the underskirt, 2 more frogs. That's it! Oh, there's one other thing, but I need some help...

padawansguide, how did you make your overskirt go from this to this? Mine's still dangling there, and I'm not sure how your gathered yours like that. Thanks much!

Sorry again for lack of updates.... this costume is much easier, so it feels almost fruitless to post everything I finish, since it only takes about half the time my picnic costume did for just about everything on it.
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Over Skirt [10 Sep 2005|07:07pm]

[ mood | protected ]

Quick update:

I added the black lace to the inside of the bodice that flips out.... I also added the overskirt. I'm flying through this thing, and I hope I can keep that up! My next project is putting the hooks and eyes on the bodice and making the underskirt. That shouldn't take too long, then I can start the trim and whatnot.

Thank you and good-bye.

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Sleeves [27 Aug 2005|04:47pm]

[ mood | protected ]

Spent the day making the sleeves.... now I just need to add the elastic and the lace. I bought some material for the inside of the bodice, so it won't be white when folded over anymore.... still need to add that. I did what I normally do -- start off by using the pattern's instructions, then ultimately decide the makers don't know what they're talking about and do it my own way. Haha... the instructions lay forgotten about 20 minutes into it. And here are the pictures (you'll notice the material is actually a dark plum color, not burgundy. My pink room has a tendency to over pinkify everything.):

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Plum Gown [25 Aug 2005|04:28pm]

[ mood | protected ]

I know I haven't updated in ages, but I really have been working my costuming. I ended up choosing the Plum Gown. I've already bought the material on the luckiest sale of my life. There were two bolts of the material, and I needed 17 yards. I took both up and asked for 17 yards. Of course, the woman cutting sorta laughed and said, "Honey, these only come with about 12 per bolt. You're gonna have to order if you want that much." She measured the largest bolt first, and came up with not one inch more or less than 17 yards. Just on the one bolt! Anyway, I've been lucky during these shopping trips, I really have.... I've also had the material for the shift for the island dress for ages, but yeah.... I found a material that looked identical to the real costume's but I traded an identical part of the costume no one would see for something more comfortable: off-white cotton with a white floral print. The material I was looking at was intended for drapes and would have been like wearing a potato sack. I also bought some trim, buttons, etc., but still need more of those.

I'm using the exact same patterns as padawansguide, since there's no need to redo her amazing work. Her tutorial is found here. The only thing I'm using a different pattern on is the underskirt, because the McCall's pattern is no longer available. I'm substituting that with Simplicity 5041, View C:

Anyways, for the real updates... the island dress is 100% finished. I finished that on Tuesday while watching all three of the Original Trilogy Star Wars (Well, almost. I was barely on Endor when I finished. ;)). I also got my bodice boning in, and the layers sewed together... it's still not much of a bodice yet, but not too shabby.

The shift isn't form-fitting like padawansguide's, but I didn't have a ton of time on my hands, so I made the dress as-is, then eventually cut down the center and on the sleeves, then put them back together using 6 yards of white cord and 70 button holes (I believe that part lasted me about 1 and 1/2 SW movies, though I'm not positive.), Making button holes isn't exactly quick work, and I'd never done it before.

Here's the bodice, or whatever you wanna call it at this stage:

Aaaand that's it! Hopefully I'll be able to update more.... and I will certainly be working on it more. ^_^ There's still tons to do, and only two months to do it! Next I think I'll finish as much as possible on the bodice and then do the sleeves, and then the skirt! Weeee! ;)

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Pirates Planning [15 Jun 2005|06:22pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

I swear I'm still alive and ready to costumize. I'm planning on making a Pirates costume....the problem is, I'm known to change my mind about things once in a while. My problem right now is, I'm not sure I want to make the Plum gown anymore. I know it's the most recognizable, but I think the gold dress would be much more fun to wear (and thanks to Costumer's Guide, I have access to plenty of information on both gowns.). I will probably end up going with the purple dress, since I've already looked far into that, but I'm not a very good decision-maker. If anyone wants to decide for me, you're more than welcome. A few of my friends want to costumize with me, and one of them wants to make the gold dress....I don't think that'd be a problem, but it's nice to be original....dunno! I'll just ramble to myself a little longer.

Reasons to make purple:

1. Recognizable
2. Beautiful color
3. Original (I've never seen anyone around here with one, and I don't know anyone who's planning to.)
4. Probably easier to make than the gold dress....and cheaper.
5. Easier to find fabric
6. No embroidery

Reasons to make the gold:

1. Fun to wear--it'll be fun to wear the corset and panniers and all.
2. Beautiful!
3. I have the time for it, now.

Okay, looks like I'm making the plum dress. I'll start searching for fabrics and patterns and whatnot for the next little bit! But, if anyone's still up to deciding for me, go for it. Told you I'm bad. ;)

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Total Cost [21 May 2005|08:42pm]

[ mood | tired ]

I calculated the time and money it took to make the Picnic Costume:


82 Hours

I guessed on a couple of the prices, but they should be very close (I've been keeping this list since I started buying materials). I guess on all of the time. I know I spent 16 hours the day before I needed it done (I spent 8, my mom spent 8. I figured if I'd been doing it all, it would've been 16 hours), and I calculated how long the corset took by how long it took me per yellow swirly thing. Ouch....no wonder I haven't slept much in the past 5 or 6 weeks.

But yeah! Lots of time, and quite a bit of money. Even after looking at that, I think it was well worth it. :D

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Done [20 May 2005|10:32pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

I didn't take pictures along the way like I said I would, but I'm so relieved that it's finished. Here you are--a Mormonized Picnic costume. ^_^ Unfortunately, I was missing 3 rose bunches from my corset by the end of the night. One is missing in the picture of me waiting in line. I didn't take pictures as I went along, like I promised. I'm sorry, there just wasn't time! I ran into a few problems, like the corset not fitting (I had an absolute melt down....haha, I was bawling! Of course, I hadn't slept in 3 weeks at that point. Maybe 4....anywho, it's been about 5 or 6 now, and now that these major stresses are over, I can sleep again! :D), and realizing that patterns come in sizes, not just small, medium, and large. Fortunately, buying a size 18-22 for the skirt made it fuller. I didn't even need the yoke (besides the fact that I'm 5'8", and probably needed another couple inches. Eh, no sweat. Now it'll fit Livvers better, if she still wants to wear it. It'll be big on her, though, being thin as she is!), so that's good! I stayed up until 2:00 AM on May 17th....well, I supposed the 18th, since it was that morning at 2:00. My mom stayed up until 3:00 putting velcrow, hooks and eyes on the actual dress. I was a little late for school on the 18th, since I was cutting out ribbon so all I'd have to do is tie it on later (I had to stay after school to work on my pottery, so I needed all the time I could get.). Mmm, that's about all. I don't know what I haven't mentioned, so if you have any questions about what I did on this costume, let me know.

These are some pictures of the corset, taken by tumamoc:

Also taken by her....actually, these all are. The hair:

The final costume (I'm just behind the ginormous line for the midnight viewing.):

Just wanted to thank padawansguide for all her help. I basically copied her tutorial all the way through, only modifying the top so it had a neckline and the sleeves connected to the top. Thanks for the ribbons, too! Thanks to my mom for her help and staying up late with me (and past me, one night) to help get this done on time. And my brother's girlfriend for putting my ribbons on my sleeves and gluing sequins in my skirt (and punching them out.)! I couldn't have done it without ya'll!

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Update [11 May 2005|03:21pm]

[ mood | rushed ]

Sorry I haven't updated. I've been working my tail off to try to finish this costume before May 18th. My corset is completely done, except the zipper took too much away from it, and now it doesn't fit right (on top of my putting the zipper on upside-down in my haste), so it needs to be adjusted. I bought and dyed all my fabric--looks a little light, but it's okay. The vines are getting close--I have enough done for the top and the sleeves. Speaking of tops, the top is almost done as well. After that's finished, I'll glue the flowers on. I'll do sleeves next. I bought a skirt pattern that's six sizes too big for me. Fortunately, it'll make the skirt full, and it looks like it'll be okay.

I think that's it. I'll take pictures along the way and really update when I have the time.

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Picnic Gown Hair and Make-Up Tutorial [01 May 2005|07:10pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I practiced doing the Picnic Gown hair and make-up today. I took step-by-step pictures, so hopefully it'll be a helpful tutorial. This is how to do the hair if you're using all your own hair. padawansguide suggested using doll wigs to fill the snoods instead--great idea! Doll wigs are cheap and just the right size. If you don't have enough hair to use them and do the rest, I'd definitely recommend that.

Finished product:

(I tried to pose like this picture of Padme....didn't work so hot.) I didn't have this picture out when I did this hair; I tried to do it by memory. Next time I do this, I'll pin the curls ONLY around the headband, and lower the curls in the back to cover the ponytail's downwardiness! At least I know this way worked! And I may use some of the same curlers tumamoc used with her blood-red dress for time and tighter curls (As seen here.

Here's the back:

The TutorialCollapse )

Hope that was helpful!

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To-do List [17 Apr 2005|03:23pm]

[ mood | stressed ]

I just made a little schedule for me, including what I'll be working on for which days in both history studying and costume-making. Here's my to-do list with the date I'm planning on having things done:

Picnic Gown:
Make outer layer of corset
Embroider Corset (April 23)
Buy corset material (April 25)--4-23: Done!
Put corset together (April 27)
Buy material—12 yards, 2 layers (April 28)--4-23: Bought the outer layer
Buy/order sequins (April 28) --4-23: Done!
Buy remaining ribbons (April 28)--4-23: Bought one of 'em. Now for the other....
Embroidery vines on outer layer (May 7)
Glue sequins (May 9)
Make skirt (May 10)
Make sleeves/top (May 11)

Obi-wan Costume:
Sew inner tunic (May 12)
Buy material for outer tunic—5 yards(May 13)
Outer Tunic (May 14)
Belt/tabbards (May 15)

I'm cuttin' it way too close. I think I can do it, especially after the AP test is over, because I won't have history studying on top of the costumes.

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Headband and Shawl [08 Apr 2005|01:50pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I had to go to school this morning at 8:00, even though we have the day off, for a review game. I got home and decided to make the headband. I measured how much ribbon I'd need for the headband, cut that, then cut another piece to match. I glued them together, then started cutting roses off the curtains and glueing the netting down behind them, then glueing them in the pattern of the real costume: bunch of three, bunch of one, bunch of three, bunch of two, bunch of three....basically alternating one and two roses with a bunch of three between each. I still have some hot glue strings on it, but it's looking pretty good! There are some places where the netting is visible, but it's not too bad. I think I finished that in 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

I was expecting the shawl to be an all-day project, but I estimate it didn't take more than about 20 minutes, 30 minutes tops. First, I measured the width around the arms where the top would go, using the bottom of the curtain as the top of my shawl (the sewing on the edges matches the real costume very closely). Then I measured how low I wanted it to reach. I measured 9 inches from each side on the bottom, then cut diagonally to reach the ends of the top. I put it under the needle with settings ofon the zigzag width to 5, and the stitch length to 1, hit the pedal, then stopped. It didn't work right for one thing, and for another, I hadn't used a practice piece. I got a scrap and the tension was way too low for that thin of fabric. I set the upper tension to 5, then tried again. Perfect. I had to start about an inch in, so I could pull from the back. It turned out very nicely--the thread matched perfectly and it was tight enough to make the edges slightly wavy. It's a little smaller than the real version, but that's okay; I don't think anyone else will notice.

Here are the pictures:

Now my break is over, and back to work with me. ACT's tomorrow. *gulp*

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Ribbons! [07 Apr 2005|03:36pm]

I got my ribbons today! padawansguide sent them to me, and they're perfect! Here's a picture:

Thanks, padawansguide!

I think I may take a break from the embroidery and make the headband and perhaps the shawl. I'm hoping this weekend, but I never can tell.
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