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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Captain America Cocktail Dress - Inspired by Art on: April 21, 2013 07:42:22 PM
Thanks everyone!  I can't wait to wear this and get some photos done.

Thank You so much AmyLynn98 for the shout out!
22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Captain America Cocktail Dress - Inspired by Art on: April 21, 2013 10:57:59 AM
The original piece of awesome art was made by Kelsey Michele on Deviant Art (http://kelseymichele.deviantart.com/art/Avengers-Gowns-Thor-and-Captain-America-305808542 ). She used The Avengers as inspiration, by turning their costumes/looks into gorgeous evening wear. Of course I fell in love with Cap's 50's style cocktail dress.

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.

If the dress looks familiar, it was also the dress I used for my TARDIS gown... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422454.0#axzz2R3u3sveR






My Dress, finished Cheesy

The original art that inspired me http://kelseymichele.deviantart.com/art/Avengers-Gowns-Thor-and-Captain-America-305808542
23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Classy Little Blue TARDIS Dress on: April 11, 2013 07:38:59 PM
Thanks!  I hope to finish more goodies this weekend!
24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Classy Little Blue TARDIS Dress on: April 08, 2013 11:26:12 AM
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).



25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Firefly Shirt.................I discovered freezer paper on: March 13, 2013 06:41:52 PM
Shiny!
26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: March 13, 2013 05:30:44 PM
Thanks!  I don't usually costume "normal clothes" costumes, but I loved the whimsy in this dress, as a dress.  I didn't even know who Amy Pond was until New Years last year ('11 into '12) when friends insisted I looked like her.  I was curious and then ended up obsessed  Grin  Cool
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: March 04, 2013 07:57:49 PM
Thanks everyone :-)

I guess I should have posted a reference picture as well since I'm sure not too many people know the dress that well... (THIS IS NOT ME)

28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: February 21, 2013 06:54:48 PM
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.




My fabric  Smiley


The back of the bodice  Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Police Box shoes for 4yr old on: February 12, 2013 08:25:01 PM
SO adorable!
30  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 17, 2013 07:24:55 PM
Wow, thanks everyone!!!  I was out of the country since Jan 5th and just got back to realize what happened *blush*.  I'm so glad you liked my shoes enough to put me up there as one of the top 5 of 2012!  I'll admit that I love these so much, I keep them on display in my living room with some of my costume pieces (including my Ruby slippers) and my trophies.  I've worn them a few times, and they actually held up to a misting/light rain that happened out of no where.  I bought more comics for more shoes, I just need to find the time with all my other projects lol.

winddragyn - I'm glad you liked them enough to include them in your blog as well :-D

iheartcooking - Since I used an acrylic gloss medium, it's kind of rubbery in it's consistency, so it only cracked a little, but there has been no flaking off at all.  You can hardly see the cracks, but there are where the toes bend on the shoe, as would be expected and is probably unavoidable all together.
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