I wanted to share a teeny tiny "tutorial" of sorts on making my mask. I debuted this costume at NYCC 2013 (more pics to eventually follow). The mask was a scary thought at first, since I've never made a prop before. I always choose costumes that require only a sewing machine, fabric, and notions. I sculpted a lot in HS in various ceramics classes and as a hobby, so that part was easy to remember, but nothing ever had to be wearable before.
I started out with a plain white costume mask from the art store ($5) and sanded the surface with a rough grit sand paper all over the front. I then cut the eyes to look more like the actual ones (as close as I could given the shape they were already). Afterwards I cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol to get off any sanding dust and drew on the details that would be added in clay; I used a reference image from google for help with the details. Search "Clockwork Droid Mask" and a lot of images pop up. https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/994628_655181084521655_2050430553_n.jpg
I then bought "Paperclay" (http://www.paperclay.com) from the art store for about $6. If you've never worked with it before, it's great stuff! You can smooth it out with a little dab of water and when it dries, if you need to add more detail you can. Keep in mind that the more water you use and the thicker the clay, the longer it will take to dry. I started by adding in the facial features themselves to build up the mask's dimension. Sure you can simply paint on the design, but the 3D effect will look more stunning in the long run. https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1381239_655181081188322_2008953712_n.jpg
I then painted the whole thing white with two coats of gesso, painted on the purple (female droid) cheeks, the red lips and "eyebrows" and used a metlalic gold painters pen on the details. I then went crazy and DREW ON the crackle effect (I'm insane) with a mechanical pencil (nice fine point). The whole thing was then gently rubbed with a tissue to give it that aged look by using the pencil's natural smudging ability. It was then sealed with a few top coats of clear acrylic spray. https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1375688_660746737298423_670424901_n.jpg
Seeing as laundry day usually results in a few single socks now and then, I knew I had a black laying around that I had hoped a mate would be found. I made sure to stretch it out and hold it up to my eyes to verify if I could see out of it. After a few tries, I found a single black dress sock worked best lol. Why buy fabric when single socks are plentiful!? I hot glued the bottom eye edges, let it dry, and then pulled it tight and glued the sides and top. I am able to see out of it remarkably well, I just have tunnel vision is all. Hold it up to your freshly teased/styled wig, and you have a clockwork droid mask! https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/q88/1377516_10153332489520015_764259900_n.jpg
I've always loved the Tenth Doctor and his quirkiness. I never really did a gender swap costume before, so I decided to try it on ten. If you aren't familiar with gender swap costuming, you take the opposite gender character and turn it into something you might wear, but is still recognizably that character.
I love seeing femme Tens, but I wanted something different. I love the 1940's style suit and fashion in general and went in that direction with my version. I was in the Philippines for work in January and was bored on the plane ride from NYC (omg 21 hour flight), so I sketched out my idea. When I got home I was able to start sourcing things.
The fabric was going to be the hardest. I could get it from a reproduction house for about $60/yd , Spoonflower (kind of cheap looking), or traverse my backyard (NYC Garment district). I opted to scavenge NYC and came up lucky at Mood Fabrics. I found a beautiful brown wool suiting fabric with a teal pin stripe for only $18/yd. I got 5 yards (yay gift card for my birthday!) and was super happy! I then hit up my usual little fabric store and found a funky TARDIS interior'esque lining fabric. I love awesome linings on my coats (see my other posts), and this was no exception. Luckily the lining was only $3/yd lol.
I then had to decide if I wanted to draft a pattern from scratch as I usually do, or try and find a suit jacket pattern at least (the skirt would be easy without a pattern). While searching through patterns, I found one that about 95% exact to what I had imagined in my head and drawn out... THAT NEVER HAPPENS! I was so happy that I didn't have to draft something up! I can, and it works, but sometimes a premade pattern for such a fitted garment is easier All I changed was to taper the sleeves more and add a back "belt" treatment (like Ten's coat had). I also made the peplum piece more full and longer. I wanted something dramatic in the rear for a simple suit jacket
Accessories were next. My drawing had the model wearing a tilt hat, Louis heeled oxfords, sonic screw driver, and Ten's signature swirly tie. Luckily I had the sonic, an had painted a replica of the tie for my hubby last year. The hat was found on Etsy and was a vintage wool hat. The shoes were found on eBay and were originally a dark brown and beige. I removed the original ribbon from the hat and took a black Grosgrain ribbon and painted on the "POLICE Public Call BOX" to it. There is a simple bow on the opposite side. I get so many compliments on the hat alone lol. The shoes were painted to mimic the famous Chuck Taylors that the Doctor always wears. I painted mine Cream and made the front toe area white and added cream silk ribbon for laces I LOVE THESE SHOES!
I had actually finished the coat and skirt in April. When I went to try it on in about mid august, I realized I shrank. I had to undo the lining and take in the entire coat by about 3 inches (YAY!) and make the sleeves just a wee bit narrower. At least the skirt was easy enough to make smaller lol.
This was my version of a Sansa dress. It isn't any one specific gown from the show, but rather something I came up with based on what she wears and how the dresses are patterned. I started with McCall's 4491 costume pattern as a base. I modified it like crazy by adding seams, making the back closed, changing the neckline, making my own sleeves, and making the front a robe style front instead of solid. It was a good starting point for my own idea. The skirt was lengthened by 3" to accommodate my long legs (I'm 5'7"), otherwise it would have been way too short. The front and the sleeves are trimmed in a burgundy piping to coordinate with the dress fabric. It has a scarf that goes along the bust-line and down, as well as a petti-skirt for body. The Scarf is just one long piece of shantung that goes to the floor and simply drapes around the neck. It is pleated the whole way down for a cleaner look. The pettiskirt took me 30 minutes to make. It's a 3 yard long rectangle that is the length of my waist to floor (42" in my case). The top edge was gathered and then sewn into a waistband. It closes in the back with a hook and eye. The bottom edge is simply serged to keep it from fraying. The little bees are a stand in until I can find nice enough dragonflies, or make my own. Costume Page - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.630126143693816.1073741835.142393185800450&type=1
I was bored today, so I made this I got to leave work early, so I went fabric shopping. I then got home and put this together in about 4 hours. It's a pattern I made and had used before for another dress, so I changed it up a bit to make it maxi dress instead. I loved the print on the fabric, with the detail on the selvage edge. It still needs to be hemmed, but otherwise, it's wearable I have a slip dress I wear under this, since it's sheer lol EDIT: I added a "belt" to it and hemmed it. I added a photo of me wearing it, since the dress form doesn't do it justice
This was something I just whipped up this afternoon. I want to try and wear dresses all summer, and I have a lot of fabric laying around I bought this fabric while on a quick layover in Hawaii back in January. My friends there took me to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet to get my souvenirs. It was a TON of fun and I came home with so many goodies for very little money. This cotton fabric was a 4 yard piece for $10! The pattern was a heavily modified version of the Vogue V1094 pattern... it doesn't really look a thing like the pattern lol ( http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/87378 ) I also made a sash that ties around the middle, but it's hard to see in the photo.
This was a dress that came about due mainly to my love of 50's dresses. Mix that up with my love of Doctor Who, and it was made to be! The dress was made using the same pattern as the blue TARDIS dress, but modified in the shoulder area. I used a Duchess Satin and a silk crepe embellished with the perfect pailette sequins. I got a chance to wear it out at the Brooklyn Sakura Matsuri festival and then to my favorite TARDIS bar, The Way Station!
My main goal for this dress was to be able to wear it as a dress, and not let it become something that looked like a costume only. I wanted it to look like fashion. I used a royal blue Duchess Satin and a Royal Blue poly chiffon. The chiffon was a bit more purple in hue than the satin, but once laid over the satin, it looked more blue. It's actually nice to see a color shift of lighter blue under the darker chiffon as the dress moves.
I started with Vintage Vogue pattern V1094 as a base. I was going to make this a back zipper dress, but after looking at the pattern and seeing finished dresses, this design is better suited to the original side zip the pattern calls for. Instead of making the lining layer 4 panels and the chiffon layer in 6, I made the whole thing in six. I serged the top edge of the layers together, and then box pleated the entire waist line. The original pattern called for gathers, but I felt the pleats looked better and more polished.
I've been costuming like crazy since January and just finished this "Sexy" this weekend. The dress I made to use for another costume and realized it was a familiar shade of blue. I bought a white corset, since it was cheaper than making my own (and faster). I had some black ribbon trim and pleated satin trim in my stash that I used to accent the corset to look like the windows of the TARDIS. I took 3" wide grosgrain ribbon and hand painted on the POLICE BOX info like a sash. My headpiece is from the costume the dress is intended for, but worked double duty here too.
I'll post in a few weeks the costume that the dress is for (making the corset for that one still).
I wasn't 100% sure where to put this, but since it was a costume first, based on real clothing, I figured it belonged here. This is not a purchased dress, I made everything on it.
I tried several times to get the real dress and in my numerous attempts to own one, I failed. In my failed attempts, I got to know how the dress looked and draped pretty well, and decided it couldn't be hard to make! Knowing full well that the fabric was most likely custom to the Whistles dress (the original manufacturer), I set out to recreate it. I put my artistic talents to use to draw the pineapples and then used Photoshop to create the fabric repeat. I found a fabric printer that would print on poly chiffon and after a few swatches and PDF files, was happy with the results and got 3 yards (60" wide) printed up. It was the MOST expensive fabric I've ever purchased at $25/yd (not counting S&H), but totally worth it since it was custom.
I got some Navy Blue cotton fabric to flat line the bodice with and a navy jersey to make the skirt lining from. I used old shopping bags as pattern paper and drafted out a pattern for it based on the high res images I could find online. I made a mock up from the cotton lining and after a little tweaking, it was how I wanted it. I then cut into the good fabric and sewed this beauty up. It took pretty much all of my Saturday to make it, and a bit of Sunday to finish it. I really love this dress and it's so comfy. I plan to wear it as a dress, since it was actually made after a real garment from last season. I even made a matching self covered belt to go with it. Apparently self cover buckles are hard to find, so I got a vintage one on eBay for $2 that was the perfect size. It should have grommets, but I didn't want to ruin it, so it just slides into the buckle and holds its own pretty well.
The jacket, shoes, and tights were bought locally or online.