My sister and I are going to be hitting up Anime Central for three days this year – and since time is short, I figured I could make one new costume for each of us and we could reuse some of the ones from the last convention (my Black Lady cosplay is something I definitely want to wear again.) However, since none of my other projects are going right at the moment, I was feeling frustrated today and I wanted to do something else, something easy to get me out of my funk. Well, there’s a super-easy cosplay that I’ve always wanted to do – Kiki, from Kiki’s Delivery Service, one of my favorite movies. So, I thought about what I wanted my cosplay to look like, made a run to the fabric store, and started and finished this cosplay today.
the dress I ended up wearing to my brother’s wedding last month. I whipped it up last minute as per usual, so it’s pretty simple.
I used the Gail dress pattern from Burdastyle.com, slightly modified. I didn’t like how the high collar looked on me so I substituted a strap of braided fabric. I also widened the skirt on the chiffon outer layer so that it has a nice swishy feel to it (I just love a swishy dress. :P) I’m pleased with how it turned out overall.
the wedding went off fabulously, of course.
I’m now working on a set of Civil War era undergarments, which I will eventually get some pictures of. I found a pretty decent Simplicity pattern for a 1863 shift, pantalettes, and stays. the pattern is endorsed by the Museum Society, which works for me. I’m halfway through building the corset, now I just have to wait for the rest of my supplies to arrive before I can finish it. I hate being limited by the only fabric/sewing store around being the JoAnn fabrics on the other side of town. the nearest specialty store, for corsets, boning and such, is two and a half hours away. sigh.
a top I whipped up today after finding this fabric on clearance at JoAnn and falling in love. It’s so bold, such a fun colour! it’s a nice stretchy jersey, so I felt I had to make a convertible top. I had to fudge it a bit, since I only had 1.5 yards, but it turned out alright. I cut four by 1.5 yard strips and sewed them together to make two by 3 yard, so there’s a seam halfway down each strip, but it doesn’t bother me much.
If I tie it the wrong way, you can see the seams, but oh well. I just love the stripes, the colour. the fabric is really light and airy, which I love for a summer top – I have two convertible dresses already, and they’re both fairly heavy. my tying options are limited, anyway, because my chest is so big – I found that out the hard way the first time I made one of these. so I made the overlap wider than usual and figured I can wrap it to hide the seams.
welp! my new dress form arrived yesterday (love you, Amazon! so quick!) and I thought it was about time I got my shit together and made something of this blog. I’ve got a massive backlog of crap I’ve made that I’d like to get up here eventually, but I’ll start with just one.
I used Burdastyle.com’s peasant blouse pattern, although I modified it quite a bit to my liking. I made the neckline a drawstring and cut the sleeves short, and I lengthened the torso, using the selvedge as a hem. I used cotton voile, which I just love, for this shirt. the torso pieces are doubled up, and the sleeves are a single layer. this is the perfect summer shirt for me – light and breezy, can be dressed up with jeans or worn loose and free over a bikini. it also, though not period correct, could be used as a chemise when I ever get around to working on my costumes again. I feel like making a half dozen more so that I have a full set 😀