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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Chemise a la Reine on: November 04, 2019 09:23:07 AM
I made this Chemise from 8 yards of Cotton Voile, and used a silk dupioni from my stash for the waist sash and in the hair. I used a moire silk for the petticoat. Since it was going to be chilly that day, I also made a short cloak from a vintage heathered wool and a satin lining. I'm allergic to wool, so it had to be lined to avoid itching. I didn't really care if it wasn't period correct, so long as I was warm and comfortable.
The shoes and stays were already made by me several years ago, so it was nice to be able to use them again for another project. I styled a wig I had in my costume room from another project and added a silk sash, fabric flowers, and ostrich feathers. Jewelry was from my collection of antique pieces. It was refreshing to have something so light and airy to wear for a change.
There are more construction photos on my page here: http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/originalcreations/chemisealareine

The dress was draped on my form and channels for ties were added at the waist and neckline area. These were gathered into the correct size for my body and then the shoulder pieces were drafted. Once the shoulders were in place, I was able to add the neckline ruffle. This was a 3 yard piece, utilizing the selvage edge of the cotton voile, so that I would not need to hem that part. It was gathered and stitched to a silk ribbon, and then hand sewn to the neckline. It was done like this so I could remove it at a later date if I so chose.

The sleeves were then drafted and channels were sewn a few inches from the bottom edge. This would allow the bottom edge to form a ruffle effect when gathered and tied. Silk ribbons were used to tie the sleeves.

The sash was a silk dupioni that I had from a previous project. I bias cut it to be 6" wide by about 4 yards long. This way I could wrap it around my waist a few times and then tie a nice big bow. A vintage RS slide buckle was added to the front for a little bling.

I had to make a new petticoat for this particular dress. The one I made a few years ago was made to sit over side hoops and was the wrong shape under this dress. I was hanging significantly lower at the sides and peeking from under the dress. This was self drafted as two big rectangles that were then pleated into a waist band with silk ribbon ties added.

There is a bum pad under this dress, so the dress was hemmed based around that. I didn't want a train, as I didn't want to have to worry about picking it up all the time. The dress was made and then allowed to hang for 2 weeks to let the fabric stretch and settle. I then leveled the dress form to one inch higher than I would be in the shoes that would be worn with this. It was carefully marked all along the edge for where the bottom ruffle would be. I made an almost 10 yard piece for the bottom ruffle. It was first baby roll hemmed, and then a gathering stitch was made across the top. I gathered the entire length by hand, carefully pinning it to the dress as I went. It was sewn to the dress and then the excess fabric from the dress itself was cut away with pinking shears. Another line of stitching was added to help secure everything inside.

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Star Trek Discovery: Ensign Sylvia Tilly Skant Costume on: May 16, 2019 01:10:10 PM
I LOVE Star Trek Discovery, and my favorite character is Ensign Sylvia Tilly! I knew as soon as I saw her that she'd be my favorite. She's just as quirky as I am and I love it. The added bonus is that she's ginger too! I was in awe of all the little details on the new Discovery uniforms. From the intricate top stitching to the tiny deltas on the sides of the jacket fronts. I knew I had to recreate this somehow.

When I finally settled on making the costume, I took it a step further. I crossed the fine details in the new uniforms with the feel of the TOS Skants worn in the 60's. I have a Red version of one of those and used it as inspiration for my design. Now, there is a Skant seen on Discovery, as worn by Commander Nhan, but I wanted something to call my own.

I draped and drafted until I was happy with a shape for the dress, and then drafted up all the detailed bits. Things like the deltas were all cut using my Silhouette Cameo II with a mirror foil stretch HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl). I then had to puzzle piece the deltas onto the front side panels. The HTV sheets are only 10" x 12" and my panels were much larger and odd shaped. It took about two hours to get each panel cut, arranged, and pressed. Then it was just a matter of adding it to the side front pattern pieces. The stripes on the shoulder had to be cut by hand using a template I drafted. You can't just use straight lines due to the curve over the shoulder and under the arm. The side stripes were also cut by hand and carefully pressed into place in sections. Since the sheets are only so long, I had to overlap by about 1/8" in areas and be careful when pressing to not shift the next layer. The placket on zipper was made from navy blue cotton broadcloth and the HTV. I folded it over, pressed it to crease, and carefully stitched it to the zipper tape. It really finishes the zipper off nicely.

I think my favorite part to come up with was the cuffs on the sleeves. They open up and have a wrap around part on top. This way I can roll my sleeves up to wash my hands without worrying about the costume.

I really love the way that this came out and had a lot of fun wearing it at Awesome Con in Washington DC in April.
Build photos: https://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/discotilly

Photo by Maeden Cosplay, used with permission

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Disney Bound Porg Dress and Coordinating Floral Wire Ears on: October 19, 2018 09:17:32 AM
The other Disney bound that I created for my trip this week was a porg! I love all things Porgs and it was only fitting that I meet Chewbacca while bounding as a porg <3 This dress was a lot of fun to design and create. I used the Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Crop Top with Short Sleeves as a jumping point for my own design. I know that this pattern fits me really well, as I've made 6 other dresses from it. The over sleeves are meant to mimic the wings on a porg, and are fully open underneath for air circulation in the FL heat. The can be worn on the wrist to look like a wing, or left off the wrist to hang like a little capelet. The skirt is a full circle and has a high-low hem so that the back is longer. This was done to give the feel of the adorable little tail on the porg. I made simply floral and wire ears for this one and will pair it with giant sunglasses to look like their cute giant eyes <3

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Disney Bound Princess Leia Skater Dress and Coordinating Minnie Ears on: October 19, 2018 09:05:43 AM
I'm leaving for Disney tonight and had to create myself a few Disney Bounds to wear while there. Since we'll be in the Magic Kingdom on October 21st, which is also Carrie Fisher's birthday, I decided I had to have a Leia bound for that day <3 I used the Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Crop Top with elbow length sleeves for the top of my dress, and altered it to be what I needed. I lowered the neckline in the front, and added the open bell sleeves at the elbow. The skirt was simply a full circle skirt that I drafted myself. There is also a scarf styled hood (like on her classic white dress) attached at the back neckline starting at the shoulders. I made the Belt from a silver marine vinyl and the ears from a glitter mirror canvas that I had in my scrap stash. The bow is marine vinyl and accented with a swarovski crystal. I was trying to make the bow feel like her belt <3

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Everyday Tote - Ahsoka Tano "The Clone Wars" on: June 07, 2018 10:32:36 AM
If you're a Star Wars fan, then you know who Ahsoka is. She is also one of my favorite characters and the actress who voices her is an amazing inspiration. I made this bag modeled after the character and her features with a few of her costume details. Everything was applique work that was cut by my Silhouette cameo from Marine vinyl, and by hand. I had a lot of fun making this bag, and I really love it. It might be my new favorite creation to date.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Olive - Sassy Star Wars Pinups Vanity Case on: May 18, 2018 06:23:54 PM
I can't help it, I had enough fabric to make one more bag! This time I took the Star Wars pinups from KNITorious Fabrics and turned them into a super cool vanity case! I altered the pattern to make the zipper go almost all the way around, and moved the handle to the front, making it the top. The back panel, I put all glitter vinyl, and now it's the base of the bag. I love it this way, so that my bottles and things inside do not flip over and get all mixed up. The inside is lined in a fun purple swirly galaxy cotton (from Joann Fabrics) and coordinates nicely with the main fabric.
The pinup fabric is available for pre-order until May 20th  Cool

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Bonnie - May the Fourth Floral Lightsabers! on: May 15, 2018 06:19:12 PM
I'm out of flex foam at the moment due to a shipping snafu, so I had to make a bag that didn't use foam in the body. This left me with one of my favorite patterns, the Swoon Bonnie. I also had JUST enough of this fabulous Floral Lightsaber, fabric from KNITorious Fabrics*, leftover. I paired it with a teal marine vinyl, which I also had just enough left of. This is such a fun and nerdy summer bag, and is incredibly subtle with the lightsabers mingled into the flowers.
*KNITorious is running a pre-order for this fantastic lightsaber fabric until May 20th!

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Vivian - Sexy Star Wars Pinups on: May 07, 2018 05:43:28 PM
I love retro styles and I love Star Wars, so imagine my joy when I saw these sassy Star Wars pinup ladies! They're being run by Knitorious Fabrics until May 14th. The colors in the background go really with this pink glitter vinyl.
I chose the Swoon Vivian (handbag size) for the retro feel to go with the pinups. This pattern has very few pieces and actually sews together fairly quickly. The sides have slip pockets which easily hold a cell phone for quick access.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / May the Fourth - Porg Dolman Tee Shirt on: May 06, 2018 02:13:44 PM
I know I'm posting a little late, but happy belated May the Fourth! For the uninitiated, that's an unofficial Star Wars day (like May the Force be with you, but May the Fourth Cool ). I've been working on expanding my geek chic wardrobe lately. This dolman tee shirt by "Patterns for Pirates" looked like a great wardrobe builder, and it is! It's very easy to cut and sews up quickly. I used this adorable Porg panel and coordinating lightsaber floral print by Knitorious Fabrics (pre-order for their fabrics ends on May 14th).

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Lola - Peggy Carter Inspired Handbag on: April 26, 2018 06:33:00 PM
I was inspired to make this bag after a friend asked for a wallet. I started brainstorming and thinking of how to take the wallet design and translate it into the bag. I ended up going with the Swoon Lola (one of my favorites) and giving it that feel of an old briefcase with the accent corners and handles. I used a great olive drab upholstery vinyl from my stash and a tweed looking marine vinyl (stash again). I'd been hoarding these two vinyls for a while, and was unsuccessful with pairing them with any of the prints in my collection, so I continued to hide them away. Who knew they'd make such a great vintage inspired bag!
The logo in the middle is HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) that I fused to a cotton with two layers of interfacing on the back. I then satin stitched the edges of the applique, to make it more like a military patch. I used a straight stitch to apply it to the main body of the bag prior to construction. Gold hardware and a gold toothed zipper finish off the look. The inside of the bag hides a fun news print cotton, which features headlines that Peggy would have seen during her lifetime. I ended up making two of these, as my friends all wanted one really badly.

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