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« on: July 22, 2009 10:49:05 AM »

Soooo the faire that I go to added a Midsummer Fantasy weekend this year and I knew right away that's the weekend we'd go.
I went to town crafting up all the fun things I could think of, all the nifty bits and pieces I always want to wear but can never find an outlet for. I wanted horns, pointy ears, wings, sparkley makeup, a corset and yeah.
I made just about everything I wore - the blouse, skirt, corset, wings and pouches. I had made a set of polymer clay horns but I dropped one and it broke and I couldn't get it glued back together properly Sad and of course ran out of time to make new ones.
So here's the photos, you can see more at my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/parallax/sets/72157621772418320/

Close up where you can see some of my makeup. I glue bits of feathers to my eyelashes and used shimmery copper and gold eyeshadow, glitter and stick on gems. You can't really see the sparkle in still photos, though. Also, check out the adorable little kitty face buttons I found! I cut that pouch out of an old fake leather backpack and used the button and a hair rubber band to make the closure.

Full body with my husband prior to entering:

My wings

A good shot of the corset

Fooling around with my friend who dressed as a plague doctor. Yes, he made his mask himself! He cut out the leather, wet-formed it and then stitched the pieces together. The lenses are soldered in and from an cheap pair of sunglasses. He used a light white wash over it and sealed it with wax to withstand any moisture. And yes, he stuck a bag of period-appropriate herbs in the beak to fend of the miasma. In this picture he is checking for buboes. Little does he know that impy little fae don't get the plague, we CAUSE the plague Tongue

So the corset is made from the TV 110. I used black polyester shantung from Joann's and I used WonderUnder to attach it to coutil, with the duller side out (the shiny side was just too shiny for me). I used black twill for the inner layer. It's boned mostly with industrial zip ties, although I put metal in the channels beside the grommets. I did one mock-up and then went to town with it. It's the first time I remembered to short it at the waist (I'm very short and short-waisted) so it's also the first time I've achieved a nice hourglass reduction.
The wings are made from 14g wire I bought at Walmart and their .33 cent white knee highs. I played around with the wire until I got a shape I liked, then I stretched the pantyhose over the frame and secured it with clear electric tape. Then I took a stick of incense and used that to poke all the holes. I used basic acrylic craft paints to paint the designs. I watered down Elmer's glue and painted that where I wanted glitter and just dumped a ton on Tongue I took each set of three pieces and twisted them together and then sealed them with more tape and then used the stems (I left at least a foot and half of wire on each piece) to make the bracket. It's a squared-off "U" shape with a figure eight twist below. I wrapped ribbon around it to cover up the tape and wire and that just got stuck down my back and supported by the corset.
The skirt was super-duper easy - four panels of fabric that I made a 1" tube on and threaded waistband elastic through. I will be sewing up some of the panels, though, because having four super high slits made it hard to stop from showing a little too much skin (even though I wore striped pantyhose). That was the only uncomfortable part about the costume.
The blouse is a peasant-shirt that I didn't add sleeves to.

Aaaand that's pretty much it! I hope you like it, I'm really proud of it and got many compliments from the actors and people working there. Most of the patrons were less impressed, though Sad I think many people prefer typical looking fairies and not so much with the dark fairy/imp look. Oh well, I think it's awesome!
« Last Edit: July 22, 2009 10:54:39 AM by parallax » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009 10:55:20 AM »

Wow! This absolutely fantastic. All the hard work you put into your costume really shines! It looks professional, and very well made. I am very impressed, and wishing I had your talent!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2009 11:21:27 AM »

This costume is AMAZING.  I love it so much!  I also really like your friend's plague doctor costume.  You guys did a great job.  This rocks!
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009 11:58:56 AM »

Your costume looks amazing.  I love the corset and the wings especially. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009 12:18:11 PM »

You put a lot of work into your costume and it really shows!  The corset is fantastic and I'm drooling over the wings-  They're so whimsical. 

Surround yourself with beautiful things!!

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009 10:40:06 AM »

Thank you everyone, such wonderful compliments! I really appreciate it Smiley

I thought the wings were pretty easy to make, I encourage you all to give it a try. The best part is that if you already have craft paint and wire cutters, they only cost about $10 to make! And they also make lovely wall-art peices Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2009 03:11:22 PM »

You look, like I could have loads of fun with you!
The outfit is great, I envy it, and your friend as Dr. Schabel!

It is just so stinkin' addictive!
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2009 07:46:28 PM »

Just beautiful. I just love the corset. And your makeup is great.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2009 09:11:55 AM »

IMPTASTIC - yeah you heard me, imptastic. that's totally a word.

Awesome costume. The wings are fab and the corset is a great fit. Can be worn again and again.

(Tell your friend his plague doctor mask is superb too!)
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2009 11:28:42 AM »

You look, like I could have loads of fun with you!
The outfit is great, I envy it, and your friend as Dr. Schabel!

Thanks you, I don't recognize the name Dr. Schabel, though. Could you tell me more about the doctor?

IMPTASTIC - yeah you heard me, imptastic. that's totally a word.

Awesome costume. The wings are fab and the corset is a great fit. Can be worn again and again.

(Tell your friend his plague doctor mask is superb too!)

Haha I love the word Imptastic, I will now work it into my regular vocabulary! Thanks for the compliments! I definitely went for an all-purpose black corset that'll go with just about anything. It will cut down on my sewing time for other costumes now, hopefully Smiley
And I will definitely pass your compliment onto my friend. That was just his prototype, too, he's planning on working on another one - I can't wait to see what he comes up with!

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