I buckled down, and managed to start and finish my last Anime-Zap! costume over the last two days. Sorry in advance; this is a huge post.
I wanted to continue my sewing streak from last week and get started on my convention costumes right away yesterday. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anywhere to begin underneath the piles of UFOs I’ve got laying around – so I devoted two days to finishing up some almost-done but for some reason not-done projects I had on the table.
Last time I posted about this gown, I mistakenly called it taffeta? I’m not sure why I did that, but it is in fact satin. And while normally I avoid satin like the plague (I have a dislike of shiny fabrics) I had picked this dark navy blue satin up because it was on super-clearance and honestly, the shine was not too bad. That is, it doesn’t scream “costume satin!!” to me.
Anyhow, at last check, the gown was finished and just in need of trimming. It also, I found upon examination now two months later, was in need of hemming and some minor alterations about the sleeves. I whipped all that out yesterday.
I bought a bunch of rolls of this blue organza ribbon at the same time as I bought my fabric – also on clearance; 50 cents a roll! Unfortunately, I only got two rolls of the 2″ wide ribbon and have yet to be able to find more, and I used it all up on the neckline and front of the bodice. I intended to have trim also on the sleeves and more on the bodice, but when I ran out of the 2″ and started using 1″, it just didn’t look right to me. So I scrapped that and left the gown a little under trimmed – for now.
The lace is just tacked into the sleeve for effect; I intend to make some sleeve flounces also, since I have a good amount of the blue satin left.
A hat! I spent this morning making the hat, which I meant to do (and think I posted about doing) ages ago. It’s a straw hat from Michael’s with the crown cut down to a more shallow size. It’s covered with blue satin and the brim is lined with black silk moire (which I picked up nearly a whole yard remnant of at Hobby Lobby a while back – I’m always surprised at what I stumble across at Hobby Lobby!) The crown is trimmed with a strip of ruched and pinked blue satin, and I added a bow of ivory silk dupioni because I love bows. I adored the big silk bow on the hat that went with my Ciel ball gown, so I went with it again! I also had just enough of the ivory silk left to make a nice, long sash to tie around my waist, to bring the outfit together.
I took some white ostrich feathers I had laying around and gave them a nice tea bath in my favorite Lady Gray to make them more ivory-colored, and they’re just drying now so that I can throw them on this hat. And then it will be done! Excepting the sleeve flounces, this project is finished!
I still have lots and lots to do, but it’s nice to get one UFO off my list, especially since my list keeps growing with more and more things I’m finding I need for the convention. I want to try and go out this weekend to take some pictures in this costume, but we’ll see if there’s time. Also, it’s hella cold out right now, so I might have to save the wearing of this gown for a warmer time of year.
I found my camera (hiding in a bag of sewing junk – what a surprise) so I actually have some good photos of a project for once! at least, as good as they get considering I’ve got no talent for photography. If I take a picture without getting my thumb in front of the lens that’s pretty good for me!
anyhow, here it is – the Ciel “roses” ball gown for Anime Central 2014!
(it sits crooked on my dress form, I don’t know why. I fussed with every layer for a half hour and couldn’t get it to lay right. perhaps because it fits my body, which is not a dress form, perfectly?)
there are several layers to this costume.
first is the under petticoat and my “bustle” – a bum pad that I found in a box, I can’t for the life of me remember what costume I wore it with before! the petticoat is my Jasmine petticoat from way back when. I recall saying at the time that I might wear this over a bustle someday… I probably wasn’t imagining something like this costume, though!
the underskirt. I draped the pattern for this on my dress form; it’s pretty simple, two panels and two gores, with a small train. the back is just pleated where the bustle sits. the pleats on this sucker drove me nuts, and I ran out of fabric and luckily was able to get a little more in the same color.
the top skirt, also draped on top of the other two skirts to ensure that the shape and the gathers were just right. it was a fussy process, and I’m less pleased with the end result than I’d like, but I think I did as much as I could with my choice of fabric. I wanted two layers of pleats on this skirt, too, but I simply didn’t have enough fabric. I put a giant bow and some frills on the back just because. this is supposed to be a big, frilly, girly dress. nothing says girly like an ass bow with roses, right?
the whole ensemble. it is a little crooked, but not so much on me as it is in these pictures. the back does lace shut.
I made the little choker/neck frill thing from scraps of my ivory fabric. then I went digging through my bags and bags of ribbon stash, only to find that I don’t have a single thin pink ribbon. I did, however, have this frilly pink piece of trim, so I went with it.
and last but not least, the hat. I covered a straw hat from Michael’s with the pink fabric. by this point, I was nearly out of the ivory – down to scraps and worrying about how I was going to finish my pleats – but luckily, I had some really lovely silk in a nearly identical color, so the hat is lined with that and the bow is from silk. I feel like the cotton would have looked a little cheap; the silk brings a nice fancy touch to the hat. the roses under the brim only go round the front of the hat, and I stuck some in the back just for fun. I still have some roses left over from that bouquet I butchered; I may do a little more trimming before I call this project complete.
whew! now that this beast is past me, I’ve got another costume to get cracking on right away – my sister’s! I worked on it a little already, but I’ll save it as a surprise, and cover it in another post once I’ve made some real progress.
I’ve been working on a lot of things recently. My schedule at work changed, which leaves me with actually a lot more time for costuming.
in the past four weeks or so, I’ve whipped up an entirely new set of mid-18th century underthings (shift, strapless stays, two petticoats, and pockets,) a lovely velvet and fur pelisse for these beautiful Wisconsin winters (uck,) a big ol’ hedgehog wig, and a pretty little straw hat. Unfortunately, the only things I have pictures of today are the latter two.
The wig was a super-cheap buy on Ebay, which I had to fiddle with quite a lot to make it look right. It was supposed to be long and curly; when I got it out of the package, it was mostly straight, with some curl at the ends. So I had to curl it, which took most of the time I spent on it. It still needs some work, I think; it’s not quite as fluffy out the sides as I’d like. The color is pretty close to my own, but it’s a little more red than my hair – you can’t tell in the picture, but in real life, I think it will need a little powdering to look just right.
I know it’s the middle of winter, but I wanted to make a summery type hat. the hat is an ultra-cheap straw beach hat from Party City, and this was mostly an experiment to see if I could make it into something presentable, and I’m pleased with the end result. I didn’t spend much effort on this; I just threw together some stuff from my ribbon stash to see what I could come up with.
I’d have some proper pictures of all of the items mentioned above, but my camera’s on the fritz at the moment. I’m planning to do a proper photoshoot with all my winter items, maybe when the temperature outside gets back into positive degrees.
what’s on the table right now: a fur muff to match my pelisse, some 18th century style shoes (maybe with fur – why not have a whole matching set?) and a pierrot jacket which I’ve been working on the pattern on and off for some months now. I’m really feeling motivated lately, so it’s possible I might actually finish all these things for once!