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This is the second time this idea has struck me while washing and drying my insanely long hair that really needs to be cut, so it obviously wants to be written down. I want to save the hair I have cut off and make extensions for costuming use. Since this section of my hair is pretty damaged (leftover damage from dreadlocks, mostly), I was thinking I might dread it and use them as dread extensions to mingle with my own hair. As I was revisiting the idea of a Jadis costume, I was thinking, "yeah but the dreads. . ." and then it hit me like a lightning bolt.

Man, I must just have female villainy on the brain because three of my four next costumes are [hopefully] going to be female villains (Maleficent, Lamia and Jadis). Celeborn still gets first dibs on my time once I have a costuming budget again. Then I desperately want to have Maleficent done for Halloween next year. After that, who knows. I need to get faster. I also need more money. ;)

Jadis isn't the only one that could use the dreadlock treatment. I've seen some really neat steampunk stuff with dreadlocks. Pirates could use them. I'm sure once I get them done, I'll find uses.

As I told [livejournal.com profile] aranel13 a little bit ago, I also started thinking about how to write this up for her ezine, ConCraft. A "look everywhere for inspiration" sort of thing? A tutorial if it works out? A "y'all, I've lost my mind to costuming" anecdote?" As any good elf would answer. . .

Yes. ;)
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Another list form will work best here, too, I think.

1. Pirate - I have no idea when I'm wearing this yet, but I'm taking it. I've been working on shaping my tricorn. I had been avoiding it, knowing the brim needed some trimming and well, I was afraid to jump in and do it, thinking I'd probably screw it up. But, it's going well and it's really fun to do! Hats really are fun. I really think I have more fun in the accessories than the full costumes. Which makes me think I might want to open a second Etsy store, but. . . later. Anyway, I'm using Elizabeth's from Dead Man's Chest as a model and a wool felt hat blank from here as my base. It's pinned in place right now and I need to hand tack it where necessary then beat the crap out of it. Thinking dirt, mineral oil (or something like it), sandpaper and saltwater should do the trick.

2. Black Crinkle Gauze Fabric - I can't even remember how I ran across it now, but I found 5 yards of it on ebay and won it for under $14 shipped. WIN! Literally. :P I thought it might work for Lamia's sleeves, but I don't think so now that it's here. It's too thick, for one and also, I'm pretty sure now hers is silk gauze that's been distressed. However, I'm not regretting the purchase. While it slightly ate into my budget for current costumes and isn't even going to work for what I thought it was, well, I know I can use it for something, be it a chemise or blouse or two or a skirt or whatever.

3. Angel Gown - I'm pretty sure I'm procrastinating the Angel gown until it's too late to get it done. If it shows up at D*C, it will be a surprise to all of us, especially me. I just don't feel like working on it.

I thought there was more, but now I can't think, so I guess I'm done anyway.
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Since I've sworn off costuming and jewelry work until after the turn of the year (no matter how much I'm itching to fidget with the Angel gown on the dress form), I'm likely not going to finish anything else before December 31st. I don't think I made a public list of what I wanted to accomplish this year at last year's end and I'd probably only be embarrassed by the overly ambitious goals I'm sure I set for myself anyway. So, I'll just start this tradition now, since I actually managed to finish some costumes for once.

2008 Accomplishments )

2009 Wishlist )
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I just ordered sequins and 2-cut bugles to embellish the lace trim for the Angel gown. I think I'm going to try using my tambour hook and frame for some of it (anything that's in contiguous lines enough to warrant using it). There's a lot more I want to do with the tambour hook and so I want to get used to using it. Incidentally, the sequins and bugles I bought could also be used for Arwen's Coronation gown, not that I'm saying I'm doing that gown. Honestly, they could be used for a lot of the elven gowns: Galadriel Mirror and maybe even Prologue, Bridge gown, possibly even the Requiem gown, and who knows what else that I haven't researched. I got nice big bags of them since I know I can put them to good use in the future.

I do really want to sit down and do an end of '07/projections for '08 post, but it's more important to me right now to spend my days working on things. At night and on weekends, the computer I'm able to use is hijacked while Chris makes all sorts of changes to the server and the media center programs we use. In the middle of all that, we had a hard drive fail (thank god for arrays) and a router get fried (luckily just the router, we believe it happened in a series of power outages the other night during a storm). And just for the record, I hate Windows. I miss Ubuntu and KDE. :( But, for a silver lining, I don't want to spend much time on the machine so that means once chores are done I can sew with the free time I have. Maybe Monday, hopefully after a productive weekend, I'll have time to write that post.

I can say that I don't see me working on anything non-LOTR until after September in preparation for ALEP. This means I've tried to completely put Lamia out of my head for now. I got the one piece of the costume that I think might not be there forever. I've seen so many emerald green-shot-black taffetas both silk and synthetic that I don't believe there's any shortage of them (it's just a matter of wanting to spend only $4/yd and settle for synthetic or $20/yd for silk, right now, I'm thinking synthetic!). I'm kind of thinking spend the end of the year on that gown and take my time, making underpinnings, getting everything fit just right and will be after the 5K I want to run in October, so hopefully I'll be in shape or at least better shape.

Well, off to get some work done on this dreary, cold day. I miss that 70 degrees we had early in the week.
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So, when Maggie posted of her new acquisition from Prop Store of London, I just had to peruse what other goodies they might have right now. Of course I knew they had a Lamia gown and so I took a look at the pictures, which I thought I had already seen all of them. But, there was one new one I hadn't seen before of the back of the gown, a lot closer than other pictures.

Close up of the back of the skirt )

Not only can I now get a better look at how those complicated looking layers are done, but I noticed a couple of other details as well. Like the skirt has a yoke with a zipper in the back and the top layer of the back looks to be sewn into the yoke off to the right of center. The layers hanging there appear to be self-lined as well. I'm not going to waste time now trying to speculate on how the layers are constructed. I really want to wait until I have more muslin before I do that. But, I think when I'm ready to look at this costume again, this picture is going to help me better understand it all. The more I look at it, I'm seeing it really is more simple than I was making it.

Now for some lunch and to finish that damn wrap shirt!

Corsets

Nov. 28th, 2007 11:29 am
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So, I've been looking at corset making supplies and information and such and I'm getting more and more intimidated the more I look. I'm thinking about buying the Victorian corset kit from Farthingales just to try one out and not spend a fortune on materials to do so. It's the Laughing Moon pattern I think a lot of people have used (the Dore and Silverado patterns). It's not the underbust corset I want or need for Lamia, but it would be something I could use for other costumes I'd like to make down the road and good practice I guess. It's got the German plastic boning, though. I'm not even sure if that's a bad thing or not. Their site says they're an exception to the rule on plastic boning. *shrugs* I looked through Yvette's pages on her Victorian corset and ball gown and such yesterday and she makes it look so easy! ;)

Meh, maybe I should just settle for a book for now and build confidence. Not like I need to be buying anything more for this for several months anyway. I think it was Jess that posted today or yesterday about an ADD costume bug? I think I've caught it, too. Well, maybe not ADD, but definitely focusing on the things I shouldn't be and forgetting about things that I should be focusing on. Like things I could actually do right now (finishing wrap shirt that's so close to done it's sickening and starting wrap skirt, both of which I'd like to wear for the holidays), instead of things I shouldn't even be considering for several months.
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I got the rest of my trim yesterday and of course now I can think of nothing else but this costume. I was laying in bed last night, unable to sleep and wanting to get up and work out the skirt in more sketches. But instead, I just laid there and thought about it. I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around how to do it and I don't have enough muslin to try to play it out in fabric.

Since I'm not built like Michelle Pfeiffer, I'm thinking about making an underbust corset (the laughing moon pattern) and trying to decide if the skirt warrants a petticoat (I think it might). I'd hate to put a bunch of time, effort and money into a costume to not have it look right because I don't have the right underpinnings.

On the skirt, last night my thoughts were that I could just make the back panels in three layers and tack them up in place so they draped where they should. But, looking at pictures today, especially at the sides, it doesn't drape right for that to be how it's done. I'm sure it's more simple than I'm making it, I'm just going to have to put it out of my mind for now until I can get more muslin to start trying to drape it. I really shouldn't be thinking about this costume as much right now anyway. I've got a lot that should be in line ahead of it.
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I knew asking about sewing notions here yesterday was a great idea. I got a lot of fantastic suggestions and thanks to those of you who made them. My sewing experiences will be a lot more pleasant after the holidays. Even if I don't get any of the things on the list, I'll be picking up little random items like that myself periodically in the coming months, I think.

I'm really hoping the rain will slack off in the next few minutes. I'd like to go check the mail (the trim won't likely be here yet, but I'd like to get the mail regardless) and I've got to run to the grocery and get the two dishes we're taking for Thanksgiving started (candied sweet potatoes with blue cheese and spinach casserole, yum!). I'd really rather not do all that in the pouring rain. But if I must, I must.

There's so much around the house I could, err, should be doing right now. But I just don't feel like doing any of it. I managed to work on the adjustments to my wrap shirt a little this morning. It would be nice to get it finished today so I could perhaps wear it tomorrow or at least some time this weekend.

I worked on the wrap skirt design last night and I think I've got my pattern shapes down and my cutting layout figured out. It really helped to have a store bought skirt to work from. Helps to see the finished product and kind of pick it apart, visually that is, not literally. The only thing is I need to keep in mind I'm working with silk velvet, not stretch knit fabric. The bought skirt has an elastic waist which if I tried to replicate with the velvet would bunch up and not be the look I wanted. So, I'm thinking about doing a tailored waistline and putting an invisible zipper in back.

Looks like two of the three things I have listed on ebay are going to sell and the other has a watcher that hopefully will bid before it's over. Dinesh also somehow overcharged me for shipping (not by my calculations, but whatever, not going to argue!) and I've got a $6 credit with him. I noticed this morning that the trim he said he didn't have any more of is relisted with 10 yards. I'll be getting those extra yards I wanted after all! I guess things sometimes work out if you don't worry about them. I better go ahead and buy them before I miss out again though.
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I'm sure it was very silly of me to want to be so discrete about it, but I don't mind saying it now that I've had a chance to buy it. It was this stuff from Dinesh. It's the exact trim that makes up Lamia's bodice from Stardust and I absolutely love that dress! I've got my eye on what I'm assuming is a synthetic taffeta for the skirt as well (if I remember right it's about as much per yard as this trim was and with free shipping). But, there's well over a hundred yards listed so I won't be looking at that until after the new year. Besides, before I buy that, I'll need to buy muslin and lining fabric for the Angel gown, not to mention beads.

I'm trying to figure out if the skirt is just a single layer of green shot black taffeta or if there's also a sheer layer of a black fabric (like a chiffon or something) over it. I haven't seen the movie yet, just stills, so I haven't gotten a chance to see it in action. That would probably give me a clue. That trim on the bodice is going to be tricky too, looks like a crap ton of flat sequins. I'm probably going to have to wind up making it myself. It's so dense, I've never run across anything like it.

ETA: Doh! Looking at Lamia pictures I just realized she's got a band of this trim at the back edge of the skirt as well. Contacting Dinesh to see if I can add the additional 3 yards to my existing order or if I just need to make another order.

ETA: By the time I got a reply from Dinesh, I'm afraid someone else beat me to the additional 3 yards. I may still be able to make it work, since I ordered extra to begin with. Here's hoping!

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