Two more photos of my Isabel costume! The full set is posted here, and I have heaps of information on how I made it posted here!
The dress is made from eight yards of flat backed velvet and is worn over a linen chemise. The dress laces up the back, is lightly boned and fully lined. The chemise is floor length, very full, and has very elaborate beading around the neck and cuffs.
It was almost completely hand sewn, including all the embroidery. Made over a three week period and took way more hours then I can count.
I’m getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow. I have terrible dental anxiety due to bad experiences in the past so i’m really not looking forward to it.
I’m determined not to let myself post anything on social media while i’m drugged up but if my stoned self decides to betray me then I apologize in advance for anything weird.
Also before I go to bed i’m clearing out my inbox, I will try to reply to everything but messages have been building up for a while so i’m sorry if I miss anything! Feel free to resend asks if you have any questions not covered by my FAQ.
Onto the main point, i’ve pre written blog posts for this week so my wordpress should be active as usual. I have a bit of content saved up for tumblr but not that much. Over the next little while I’ll be posting two/three times a week as apposed to every day.
With my low pain tolerance paired with my horrible reaction to taking antibiotics (nausea for months) I have a feeling I will be pretty down and not very productive for at least the next two weeks.
Once i’m feeling better posting will be back to usual!
The procedure went better then I had hoped - went to sleep, woke up numb, no nightmare fuel there! But unfortunately the experience as a whole has been much worse then I was expecting.
To keep it short - the pain has been excruitating. Even on day five there is a horrible constant ache and my stitches pull whenever I try to swallow. On top of that i’ve been suffering from extreme nausea and have barely been eating since it comes back up almost immediately.
Apparently I have a really small mouth which made the procedure more invasive and the healing worse. Right now i’m in so much pain, feel so sick, and am so upset since it doesn’t seem to be getting better. I know it will soon but it’s so awful and I so want it to be over :(
Another butterfly crown - this one is a little more elaborate with a gothic theme. It’s definitely not perfect but considering how different it is from anything i’ve done before I think it turned out okay!
I’ll have a video and blog post about it up soon-ish
It’s not as raunchy as it looks, I promise!
Spent the last day making this, it has boning sewn into all the seams (four plastic four steel) and will lace up with hand embroidered eyelets.
The black lace is mounted on white tulle, when the garment is worn the tulle will blend into my skin and the lace will look like it’s magically floating.
The most time consuming part was hand sewing on the lace appliques and beading it.
It’s not done yet, i’m going to butterfly it up a bit. It’ll be great.
Spotty skirt! Ended up taking out a few layers of tulle and changing it to more of an A-line shape. Kind of bummed because I wanted to make a massive ball gown but this is much more proportional to the bodice and looks better overall.
I might redo this at some point in the future. Some of the spots have small cracks forming in the paint, even though I used a glue base to avoid this from happening…
The hem is also kind of uneven due to a mistake on my part. But from a distance i’m very happy with it!
Still lots to do…
Finally a few half decent photos of my Isabel de Requesens dress! At some point i’ll set up a nice backdrop with drapery and candles, but for right now these will have to do.
The costume was drafted, made, and worn by me. The design was based off of a painting created by Raphael and Gulio Romano in the early 1500s.
It’s made from linen and velvet. Aside from boning channels and skirt seams it was entirely hand sewn. The embroidery and beading were done by hand as well.
I have several detailed blog posts about the project, which can be found here, and a few videos on making it which are here!
Gathered tulle layers for a soon-to-be ball gown! It will eventually have a cotton liner and chiffon overlay. The finished garment will be worn over another petticoat for ultimate puff factor.
I’m going to make a fall flower fairy costume and take photos at the sunflower field and pumpkin patch by my house and it will be the best thing ever.
I think I’m on the Michael’s cashiers shit list because I bought so many and it took ages to ring them up but oh well. They were all 40% off and then I had a 20% off entire purchase coupon so it totaled $60, which I think is pretty good considering how many I got!
I’m not sure what the design will be like. Probably pretty similar to my previous flower dress, but i’ll try to mix it up a bit.
Bodysuits are evil. Taking measurements in preparation for making a bodysuit is also evil.
I’ve never been so self conscious of the size of my knees. Or ankles. Or any body part, really, why do these hide nothing?
In all seriousness this has some major issues but i’m surprised by how well my pattern worked since I was 99% certain it would fail. I didn’t really understand the drafting instructions and I think I made what should be the inseam the side seam but everything turned out okay.
Lot’s of alterations to make - need to add fabric to the shoulders and take it in at the waist before I start appliquéing weird shapes on.
Not the most flattering of photos, but here is what my butterfly bodice looks like all finished! I’m excited to get the matching shorts done.
I mean not that excited….I was to lazy to make a new bobbin of black thread for my machine so I spent the whole day painting instead (new level of laziness, right there) but I should get the shorts done tomorrow!
Butterfly bodice number two! I have mixed feelings about this. It didn’t turn out as light and elegant as I had planned since the velvet material is so bulky, but I think it’s adorable.
Stripes look a bit uneven thanks to the piping rolling over the edges. Sigh.
Basically completely hand sewn, maybe 18 hours of work in all? It was made over a three day period, and I felt like it was really quick and easy to make, but looking at the times not so much.
Contrary to popular belief I can make and wear things that aren’t skirts. I just prefer not to.
Heres a pair of shorts I started on today! They will be made from three pieces, zip up the back, and have side flairs to imitate the bodice i’m pairing them with. They should be /much/ more flattering when I get the waistband sorted and the hem finished properly!
Right now they are too high waisted and a bit big. I have quite a bit of work ahead of me.
This pattern is really weird. Twenty three pieces in the finished bodice, and that’s not even including interfacing layers and boning!
I’ve been drafting and painting all day, but don’t have anything exciting to share just yet. So here are some sketches and an updated fabric pile for my monarch series.
I hope you guys like the project because (I think) i’m going to expand it into a little collection! I don’t know if i’ll be making it all at once, but it’ll be done before the year is up.
Even though i’m definitely not going into the fashion industry I think it would be neat (and look good in a portfolio) to have a few cohesive pieces. My original plan was to make two dresses, a bodysuit, and the cloak - so I’m already most of the way there.
The two additional looks will be a little more wearable, it will consist of two interchangeable tops, a pair of velvet shorts, and a short tulle skirt.
A friend made my cat a bowtie. He is super fancy and fluffy at the same time. ♡ Thank you Angie!! If I knew how to link your tumblr I would. Check out her work at doxiequeen1.
Ahh he’s so cute! I’m really glad you like it - and It looks like the fit and proportion turned out okay, I was a bit worried about that so i’m glad to see it worked out! Hopefully it holds up alright, I had to rush the hand sewing bits.
Also I didn’t know I was horribly allergic to cats until I spent an hour in the presence of Dustie but he’s amazingly friendly and playful and fluffy so it was well worth the runny nose.