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« on: October 31, 2011 04:59:42 PM »

I went from being completely uninspired to spending an afternoon madly putting my Raven costume together.  Credit for the ideas behind the costume goes to my friend who dressed as a seagull, fellow craftster Donella's beautiful, amazing owl costume (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364681.0), and the raven masks made by the Tlingit and Haida people.

I knew I wanted a short cape with feathers on it. But I did not have a sewing machine so I couldn't attempt the fabric feathers Donella created. Instead I took a bunch of scraps and cut them into feather shapes and then cut the sides to make them look more feathery. I made the cape from chiffon and twill tape. After I had my feathers pinned in place on the cape, I sewed each feather on to the cape. This was all done by hand and it took quite awhile. I then decided that it would make a good contrast if I took some of the black (real) feathers and sewed them on to the cape too.

Once I had the cape finished, I made the headpiece. I used a paper bag and cardboard to create the headpiece. I then spay painted it black. After the paint was dried. I glued feathers to the head section and added felt nose holes to the beak. I also added eyes. I then took tulle and stuck black feathers through the tulle. The tulle I attached to the top of the headpiece.

I then sewed feathers to a pair of earrings that I already had. Underneath the cape I wore a black velvet dress, black tights, and  black boots. I'm really please how it came out. It's not the most creative thing ever but it was a lot of fun to make.

And I even wore the costume to rehearsal today. So here is the ballet version of my costume Grin:

« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011 09:46:50 AM »

Awesome! I love the mix of feathers and fabric on your cape. Smiley
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011 01:26:34 PM »

wow nicely done!

« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2011 05:06:11 PM »

Oh I love the veil! Great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2011 07:58:25 AM »

oh very nice!  (and ravens happen to be very special to me personally)  i really dig the shape of your headdress/hat... nice execution there Wink

« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011 08:20:23 AM »

It is great!

« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2011 10:51:00 AM »

Oh my goodness I love that! Cheesy
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