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« on: May 01, 2018 07:57:25 AM »

My kid is a part of the fae cast at an area Ren Faire this year, and the costume is based around a Granny's Cloak moth and a purple/yellow bearded iris. The entire costume isn't yet finished (faire is a WHOLE FIVE DAYS AWAY...) but the skirt part is basically done, and I am really pleased with how it came out. The rest of the costume is a pair of yellow leggings cut off to just below the knee like a pair of breeches, a mid-purple jerkin/vest and a yellow blouse, wings made of custom-printed chiffon from Spoonflower, and a headpiece with custom-dyed ostrich feathers to look like moth feelers, and I will probably post it when finished.

Here it is from behind. The petals sit one over each hip and one like a bustle.

The front is open so as not to obstruct movement too much. Sitting will require a little getting used to, but shouldn't be too bad.

And here's a little bit about how I got there:
I started with plain white polyester satin because that's what was on sale. I got some RIT DyeMore Synthetic, in yellow and purple, and used a Crock Pot dye bath. (I then also set the color with an iron after thorough rinsing and light wash, but this piece isn't meant to be washed, really, so I also wasn't terribly worried about the dye being colorfast during laundering.

First dye bath was a dip-dye in the purple. (I also dyed a piece of fabric for the waistband and a jerkin/vest.)

Then, a dip-dye in yellow.

Next, I painted each petal with acrylic paint, allowed to dry for 24 hours, and set the paint with an iron. I did not use fabric medium. I wanted to add the bit of stiffness.

I created structures for the upper part of the petals out of Worbla and punched holes in them, sewed a piece of marabou down the center vein of each petal, then stitched the petal to the Worbla using buttons as anchors to prevent stress points.

Then I sewed the petals onto a waistband, again using the buttons as anchors, and the whole thing is further supported by a belt.

All in all, I think it looks quite strikingly realistic.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018 09:44:16 AM »

Stunning! Such incredible detail, you did an amazing job with this. Wow.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018 05:40:35 PM »

Thank you! It's a labor of love, but honestly, it didn't take long, even including the failed attempt to wire the petals before I decided to use the Worbla. It was actually a successful attwmpt to wire the petals, I just didn't like the way it looked.
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