I woke up today and it was snowing…which was perfect inspiration and gave me the little push I needed to complete this!
This took a lot longer then I thought it would. It was slow to sew together, though it all went really smoothly. And the fabric is so delicate it had to be hemmed and topstitched by hand, which took around five hours.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s a seven piece pattern drafted by me. The skirt is fully lined with peachskin, and the overskirt is a gorgeous silk - I’m not sure what material it is, but it feels like a mix between chiffon and organza with metallic threads running through it. It was an end cut found in NYC in the garment district, and a very lucky find!
And so it begins…
I drafted this last night, along with the bodice, and cut it today. It ended up being a seven piece skirt pattern, not including the waistband. It will close with eight grommets up the back. It doesn’t look it, but it’s actually quite fitted at the hips.
The fabric itself is pretty impossible to explain, it’s silk, and feels like a mixture between chiffon and organza. It’s not glittery, but it has silver threads woven into it and it’s gorgeous! The whole thing is lined with a blue peachskin.
The ~actual~ fabric color is like the top three photos, a medium teal sort of color. For some reason it photographed an ice blue on the dress form.
I’m really excited to work on the bodice, but I need to take a trip to home depot before I can begin (don’t even ask, my plan is insane)
Is there a reason you don't have a facebook page? Do you plan on making one soon?
I don’t plan on making one in the near future…or ever, really.
I don’t really see the point in having one. I have a tumblr (and a blog) where people can follow me if they are interested in my work and I think that’s enough.
Plus I don’t really like the format of facebook, how everything is sorted into albums and how the time line staggers posts and hides certain things makes them sort of hard to navigate. And now facebook is prioritizing posts by how many likes/comments they have on them, so you can miss a lot of updates because of that.
Tumblr just seems simpler I guess, it’s easy to page through all my posts and you can tag search for specific things.
I already struggle to keep tumblr and wordpress updated (let’s not mention deviantart….) adding another social media site doesn’t seem like a smart choice, especially not one I don’t care too much for.
If I don’t post for a while it’s probably because this costume has eaten me.
The underskirts have twelve…or fifteen yards of netting in them, along with a few yards of organza and three yards of hooping wire. Overall I’m really pleased with the shape, It’s what I wanted and I’m glad I achieved it without using a full hoopskirt. With just the single hoop it’s much lighter and more mobile.
The skirt itself is just one big rectangle gathered into a waistband. There will be a lot of draping and ruffles added overtop of it, which should be fun.
I had to pin all the waistbands at the back, and to avoid them stabbing me I had to stagger them slightly, which is why it rides up so high. This should be resolved when I add the proper closures.
Magical cloak in progress. I love the way it looks so far, but it’s really heavy so i’m not entirely sure how well it will stay on. I guess that’s a challenge I shall deal with later.
It will eventually have a hood too.
Finished this today! I’m putting up the christmas tree this evening and was in a crafty mood. So I made my christmas crown /head wreath/ heap of plastic and glitter.
I used boning for the base and sewed strips of gathered organza onto it. Then I hot glued a lot of shit on until it pleased me. It looks pretty obnoxious but it has a pretty crazy dress to balance out so I think it’s perfect.
A little dress I drafted last night and stitched up today! It hits three inches above the knee (or so) and closes with a zipper. It’s hemmed, and all the edges are finished with bias tape. But it’s missing the collar since I don’t have fabric for it yet.
I’m going to make a vest to go over top of it out of cream wool. I adore this fabric but I think it looks a little like curtains so I might make some sort of chiffon overlay for the bodice. Decisions…
I may scan this pattern once it’s done and put it up on etsy for a dollar or two. Its really simple to sew and alter - both to make it larger, smaller, or longer (it can have an empire waist, hit on the waist, or be somewhere in between like the way i’ve made it).
The sleeves are now attached to the bodice! I have to sew up the sides and then the bodice will be done. The skirt was cut last night so it just needs a zipper and a waistband. Still not sure if I will leave it as two pieces or attach them together, hmm…
I also started fiddling around with the flowers I bought and shaping them into some sort of crown. Though I will definitely move them a lot before securing them, I really like the look of it!
I’m pretty sure I will start calling this my christmas angel costume since it makes me feel like I should be on top of a tree or something. So glittery!
This should have been an easy project, but it ended up being really frustrating. Despite measuring things several times the lengths ended up wrong, the bias tape wouldn’t attach without puckering and the netting kept tearing. Even with super careful cutting one side is four inches longer then the other and I don’t know whyy
I ended up sort of giving up on it at the end and the last few steps were done very poorly. It will work, but I’m going to reattempt this project when I next require a full length petti.
Updates should be back to usual, this week was spend completely reorganizing my workspace so it’s been too messy to sew in until now!
Though this isn’t at all relevant to my blog these arrived for me today and I’m really excited! And they are so cute that I had to share. They are all skin care products from the brand tonymoly and the packaging pleases me very much.
Despite the cute packaging I actually chose them based off of reviews. They are all supposed to be quite gentle and moisturizing so hopefully they will work for my super dry skin..and they also smell like fresh apples and honey.
Finished a corset in my class today~ (though I will trim threads and iron it before turning it in)
It’s a pretty tricky project for a beginners class, I think, but luckily I din’t have any trouble with it. However I did find it very odd using someone elses pattern and sewing technique! It was also weird spending (over) a month on something I could have finished in a day if I wanted to.
It’s made from cotton sateen with a twill lining. It can be cinched quite a lot but I’m unable to lace things on myself so it’s pretty loose in the photo.
Some changes to my blog
First of all: My tumblr will still be active (more so, actually)! My wordpress blog will still be active too, and nothing will be deleted.
But there is some stuff…
This fits my dress form so poorly it’s not even funny. But I started on the cloak, which has attached sleeve covers! I have a few dozen hours of hand sewing to do before it’s wearable, but so far i’m really pleased with it.
This cloak has been the most confusing pattern to draft ever btw ;; but it was easy to make after I figured it out.
Sleeve overlay…things, are pretty much done (or at least one of them is). I have to make a band for between them and a wrist cuff, but then it will be good. Tomorrow I should be able to attach them to the bodice!
also today I went to Michaels and purchased some gold stuff that was on sale. They are supposed to be used as christmas decorations but I think they will make a glorious hair piece to match this dress.
Sleeve progress! The bases are finished! I am honestly SO ridiculously happy with these, the shape looks exactly the way I had hoped it would. I really hope this progress continues to go this well ;;
I was concerned that the organza overlay would look cheap but I don’t think it does at all. Now to make the strips that will go overtop of this~