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« on: June 28, 2010 09:21:26 AM »

First posted this in recons, then realized I should've stuck it here instead. Apologies for the double...

This was a costume from a mid-year "Halloween" party. I cut up a fabulous old Gunne Sax wedding dress, then rebuilt it--and a pair of matching bloomers using a ton of scrap fabric and antique handkerchiefs and buttons. The joints and wind-up keyhole (not pictured) are sharpie, courtesy of The Spouse.

In action, with make-up. Unfortunately, I don't have a full-body shot; the dress is just below knee-length, and the bloomers fall to mid-calf; under them, I was wearing harlequin tights and black mary janes. Everything looks much pinker in this photo; something about the lighting.



Bodice detail. The quilting took forever, but it was totally worth it. The buttons don't actually perform any structural function, but they do all attach properly, with hand-made loops.



Bloomer Cuff #1. I left both of these very ragged, on purpose. Unlike the bodice, the bloomers actually have functional buttons.



Bloomer Cuff #2.




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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010 09:41:06 AM »

This is STUNNING! I'm so in love - wish you  had a full body shot!
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010 10:03:06 AM »

Thank you! I'll try to get a shot of the full costume sometime in the next few weeks...
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010 02:14:21 PM »

SOOOO awesome! Those little strips of the red & white stripes are wonderful. I'd love to see the full-length view, it sounds fabulous all together!
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010 02:29:40 PM »

That Costume is amazing! I am so uber jealous/inspired.  I may end up doing this for Halloween ( similar  but unique). I like the fact that it's lace , fussy and sexy without being over the top ( like the Hooker Disney princesses I see ugh!)

and I really want a pair of bloomers...  Tongue Roll Eyes

Do you think a male toy soldier outfit could be made as well ( with the buttons and such) ...so my Boy and I could match . I love the way your "joints" look!

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2010 04:16:07 PM »

That Costume is amazing! I am so uber jealous/inspired.  I may end up doing this for Halloween ( similar  but unique). I like the fact that it's lace , fussy and sexy without being over the top ( like the Hooker Disney princesses I see ugh!)

and I really want a pair of bloomers...  Tongue Roll Eyes

Thank you!  Smiley

Bloomers are SUPER easy, especially if you plan to wear them under things--just sew or buy a very basic pair of light pants or pajama bottoms, cut them off at the appropriate length, and add cuffs, ruffles, detailing, etc. as desired. This pair started out as a pair of pajama bottoms.

Do you think a male toy soldier outfit could be made as well ( with the buttons and such) ...so my Boy and I could match .

I don't see why not, although I think that, for a uniform, a less fiddly style might work better--larger swathes of fabric rather than the super-minutely-detailed stuff I did on this. Gibbous's high-collared men's coats are a good example of the general aesthetic I'm talking about.

Either way, I think that, with doll costumes, the styling--make-up, accessories, etc.--is as important as if not more important than the costume; doubly so for a costume as specific and iconic as a toy soldier. You can get away with a lot of kludging, costume-wise, if you pay enough attention to the styling.

Another option I've played with would be to have the other person go as a toy-maker, with a tool belt, the doll's wind-up key, etc. Definitely a different--and creepier--vibe than a second doll, but I think it'd be cool.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2010 04:30:45 PM »

oooo Doll maker .... thats creepy ...I like it lol !

Originally I was going to go as a  Leia from star wars ( not the chain mail one lol) { the boy is a Star Wars fanatic)

and he was going to go as Riker from Star Trek TNG ( I am a Trekie lol)

but this is more unique and honestly a little creepier ( with some serious feministic undertones lol)
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2010 09:32:31 AM »

oooo Doll maker .... thats creepy ...I like it lol !

Originally I was going to go as a  Leia from star wars ( not the chain mail one lol) { the boy is a Star Wars fanatic)

and he was going to go as Riker from Star Trek TNG ( I am a Trekie lol)

but this is more unique and honestly a little creepier ( with some serious feministic undertones lol)

Funny you should mention that--the idea was in part homage to Mari Kotani's brilliant Mad Scientist Japanese Tea Party, an interactive sci-fi performance piece inverting the traditional Japanese maid caf.
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010 04:56:06 PM »


This was a costume from a mid-year "Halloween" party. I cut up a fabulous old Gunne Sax wedding dress, then rebuilt it--and a pair of matching bloomers using a ton of scrap fabric and antique handkerchiefs and buttons. The joints and wind-up keyhole (not pictured) are sharpie, courtesy of The Spouse.




The costume is lovely, but I ADORE the ball joints!  Seriously brilliant.
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