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.
This was my first winter coat I ever made for myself, back in 2008. The pattern was McCalls 5513 and I used the size 10 to allow me to wear a thick sweater under it and still be able to close the coat. The fabric was a gift from my hubby as an anniversary present. The fabrics were Plum colored wool coating, purple plaid wool suiting, and a purple wool sateen. I went with all wool for warmth, even though I'm allergic to it, it does it's job lol.
I sort of made the buttons from velvet covered ones I found. I added the rhinestones to it because I had a thing for bling at the time (my phone was COVERED in rhinestones). I ended up only using 3 buttons since I didn't like the way they looked when I laid them all out, it was too cluttered looking.
I also lengthened the sleeves to make it more wearable for NYC winters. I omitted the applique on the back since it was kind of tacky looking to me. The collar facing is also made of the coat wool in case I want to fold it down. There is also a bit more top-stitching to give it a more professional finished look. I didn't top-stitch down the pleats, I left them open to give it bit more flowiness.
Since we had Hurricane Sandy rip through the east coast and I was stuck home, I made a coat! I was luck to have power and internet, but I was stuck in Brooklyn. My job has no power right now and my train line isn't running due to flooded tunnels.
The fabric was salvaged from the soon to be trash of a fabric designer. It was 3 yards and *just* enough. I would have preferred to have it a few inches longer, but you have to make do with what you have sometimes. I tried to match the pattern as best I could considering I had to piece together some of it.
The lining was the only thing bought for this jacket and cost all of $10 in garment district. It was sold as a poly print, but it feels like silk and held up to a super hot iron without melting. It might be rayon. There was only 2 yards of this, but because I didn't have to really worry about the pattern, it was enough. I love the pattern on it so much, it's just a basic white and black. The pattern was small enough that it doesn't really fight with the large plaid print. I wasn't too sure at first, but seeing them together sealed the deal. I didn't want a plain lining, I like to keep things interesting.
The body of the coat was made using Vogue 8346 view A. I omitted the upper collar portion and drafted a hood pattern instead. The hood was attached in the same manner that the upper collar would have originally been.
I also lengthened the sleeves, because these patterns always have shorter sleeves on me (long arms). The pockets were also made a little wider and deeper. When it's cold, I like my whole hand and wrist to stay toasty warm.
I added a belt I already had in my stash and I love how it finished the look.
This was taken with my actual camera.
This was taken with my camera phone. I didn't get one with the good camera because the wind picked up and kept blowing the hood off.
Last year I made the back up singer variant of the Captain America Dancing Girls with the red skirt. This year while making another one of those for a friend, I was inspired to make the lead variant as well. The costume is the same in the dress construction, but that's it. The lead singers have the Helmets (or striped hat) and a sequin Bolero/Lapel or red Satin Lapel. The skirts are blue and white with either a red, white, or blue bodice (depending one which lead you are). I made both variants of the lead, which can also be switched up (satin lapel and helmet) for a third version seen while touring with the troops.
I drafted the bodice pattern and the bolero from scratch. The skirt panels and lapels were done by a friend for our group. I got an unissued helmet from the 1960's from a friend and painted it to look like the one from the movie. I chose the "A" since that is what the blue top variant wears, it's also the helmet that Cap' wears when he goes on his rescue mission.
Oh my! Pin-up style.
At NYCC two weeks ago.
For reference, a still from the movie.
Stripe Hat and Satin Lapels version, this is me on stage at Dragon*Con during Masquerade. We had 10 girls doing the dance with a Cap reading the war bonds lines.
Making the striped hat. I made a red satin side piece and used white silk ribbons for the stripes. The frame was 2 layers of heavy weight buckram with a wire frame on the top for shape and base.