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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Masquerade costume on: March 26, 2012 07:36:25 AM
costume made for a traditional style masquerade ball. The persona i chose was Ostara (easter)

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/398283_209394169167309_100002901838914_312374_279079786_n.jpg

I made the stays, paniers, chemise, underskirt and robe Francais from tutorials at this site
http://www.marquise.de/en/1700/index.shtml

the wig was made by knitting a simpl ribbed cap and then needle felting fibre onto it (supported with a little fibre fill in the middle) and then hot-glueing the flowers on.

Edit: i forgot to mention that my friend painted the mask for me based solely on a description of what my concept was. it was perfct he rocks!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / simplicity 2207 collar help on: August 21, 2011 08:25:55 AM
I'm working on a costume using the jacket from simplicity 2207.
I'm not usualy a pattern girl but i wasn't sure i could get the right look or the collar without one. anyway ...
I'm having difficulty understanding the directions for the collar.
I know it's a costume, but i was hoping somebody who has made it, or somebody who has made another collared item might have some tips, advice or a clearer explanation for me.

Thank you.

the pattern:
http://www.simplicity.com/p-5900-misses-steampunk-costume.aspx

the instructions:
http://printsew.com/instructions/sim2207.pdf
I'm struggling with steps 6 and 7 on page 2.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / period dress - where to start? on: March 10, 2011 11:06:18 AM
I want to make this dress here.

the yellow lacy one (although possibly not exactly the same and likely not in buttercup yellow).

The basic elements i can see are conical crinoline, with one or two rigid hoops, conical (half or full circle?) skirt, and a conical (half or full circle) lace over skirt.
Under-corset and bodice with humungous sleeves.

So here are the questions:
  • Do you reckon it is a full circle skirt, or a 1/2 or 3/4 circle skirt?
  • I'm guessing the bodice is hooked/buttoned/laced at the rear, but i can't figure out the front construction. It doesn't look like princess seaming, so what would work (bearing in mind I am petit and at mosta  B cup)?
  • I've made slightly puffy sleeves before using gathers and/or pleats but never anything quite so full. Any special techniques or tips i should know about?


I have about one and a half months to make this, which really isn't enough time. Actually I have about one and a half months to make two ... but hey who's counting! I won't realy have time or money to do a muslin mock, except for crucial technical bits, and thankfully i have a suitable corset to wear underneath but eeep! I realy need to go fabric shopping and start ASAP!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easy wrap pants in glamorous green on: November 19, 2010 05:13:16 PM
I made a pair of wrap round trousers to wear to a wedding. I used this tutorial http://laupre.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/easy-breezy-wrap-pants-tutorial/ which was fantastic and easy to follow.
But wrap around trousers are to casual for a wedding you say?
well firstly this was a fairly relaxed wedding and secondly, nothing is casual when you make it from green silk satin embossed with silver oriental print!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / PVA glue drying times on: June 08, 2010 12:16:22 PM
I'm using a mixture of PVA glue, bird seed and a small amount of acrylic paint so achieve a textured affect. It is on in a fairly thick layer but i was wondering how long it would take to dry. Anybody have experience of drying times of thick layers of PVA?
Would a low heat help at all or possibly blasting it with a hairdryer on a cool setting?

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / wax seals on: May 13, 2010 11:29:32 AM
No sure if this si the right board but it's kinda image reproduction ...

I was wondering if anybody had ever made their own wax seal (the kind used on ancy letters and documents, normally a small metal disk with a riased design that is pressed into a puddle of wax to leave and imprint).

I haven't tried yet but i think i can make a rubber stamp but for the costume event i'm going to however, a wax seal would just be more impressive. or both! I want to make a rose design and can't see any pre-made seals about that like and/or can afford.

How would i go about making one?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / best stitch for sewing ribbon on: May 04, 2010 12:01:54 PM
I'm attaching ribbon to a cotton dress: around the neckline, and in 3 bands around the bottom hem.

The ribbon is 5mm wide, and i think is a chiffon organza. It has a lot of sideways movement, which is great for getting it to follow the gentle curves of the neck, but very tricky to keep in the pinned shape when i'm sewing.

what stitch e.g. zig-zag or straight is best to hold it in place, without it going wavy. Do smaller tighter sticthes work better, or larger looser stitches?

Thanks Sophie
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Making a fire daemon costume -lava effect skin? on: May 04, 2010 10:41:45 AM
I have to make a fire/darkness daemon costume. We want it to look something like The Beast from the Angel TV1 show.

The costume has to be comfortable for somebody to wear for long periods (well over 12 hours) and has to be flexible so that the person can move about and take part in fights.

The ideas is that i will use pieces of molded foam strapped to the persons body to create the correct contours (i.e chest shoulders, goat legs) and this will then be covered by a stretchy body suit. Exposed skin like the head, will be painted with face paint and have appropriate prosthetics attached (horns and ridges on the head etc). The suit will be black and orange to mimic molten larva

But im not sure what to make the suit out of. I once, many years ago, saw a dress made of some sort of stretch fabirc (like a spandex or some such) which had had a layer of tar applied to it when in its relaxed state. This meant that when the tar had dried and the fabric was stretched cracks appeared in the tar and bits fell off. It looked wonderful and had that bubbly crusty lava flow2 look i need.

I would just rather not have tar in my house. Does anybody have ideas on how to create a similar effect fabric without using tar?


1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/buffy/angel/images/340/s4_beast.jpg
2http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/volcano/images/anat_lava_flow.jpg
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / creating a lava effect on: May 04, 2010 10:33:39 AM
I'm posting here and in the costume maing section - i'm not sure realy what category this fits into.

I have to make a fire/darkness daemon costume. We want it to look something like The Beast from the Angel TV show (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/buffy/angel/images/340/s4_beast.jpg)

The costume has to be comfortable for somebody to wear for long periods (well over 12 hours) and has to be flexible so that the person can move about and take part in 'fights'.

The ideas is that i will use pieces of molded foam starpped to the persons body to create the correct contours (i.e chest shoulders, goat legs) and this will hten be covered by a stretchy body suit. Exposed skin like the head, will be painted with face paint and have appropriate prosthetics attached (horns and ridges on the head etc). The suit will be black and orange to mimic molten larva

But i'm not sure what to make the suit out of. I once, many years ago, saw a dress made of some sort of stretch fabirc (like a spandex or some such) which had had a layer of tar applied to it when in its relaxed state. This meant that when the tar had dried and the fabric was stretched cracks appeared in the tar and bits fell off. It looked wonderful and had that bubbly crusty lava flow look i need.

I would just rather not have tar in my house. Does anybody have ideas on how to create a similar effect fabric without using tar?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making trousers - tips and pitfalls? on: May 01, 2010 02:10:58 PM
I have never made my own trousrs. In fact i make very little everyday clothing. This is something i want to change,

So, after the current heap of costumes are finished (2 regency dresses, a new medieval style blouse, full length skirt + petticoat, and a bodice hmm could be a while) i intend to make some blouses and trousers just to wear.

I was thinking of something relatively classic and high waisted like these from Butterick http://www.sewdirect.com/acatalog/info_1783.html . I'm not fantastic at following patterns (dyslexic and used to having to make the costumes up as i go) so was worried these might eb a challenge.

What things should i keep in mind when making trousers? What are the difficult bits? What are the surprisingly easy bits? (please tell me there are surprisingly easy bits)

Thanks

Sophie
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