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19May/16

Updates all around!

I can’t be more happy with the weather lately. I love the humid rains that come this time of year, it really just gives everything new life! I’m a Washington gal so the more rain the better!

This week has been really busy but in good ways. Lots of things to come and I’m super excited about them 🙂

I’ve been slacking on the progress for sure on this gown. My main goal was to do 2 Amidala dresses per year. And in all honesty I’m right on track. So nothing is too far gone.

Here you can see that I’ve started on the top.

Blue Senate Gown top front

Because I lined all the bits and pieces with interfacing, it’s coming along quite finely.

Blue Senate Gown top back

Then I’ve been doing some more progress on the beading as well and I’m really liking where it’s going! I’ll have to go back over the whole thing and add those little clusters in the lines but all in all it’s coming along great! Plus I like those tedious things. 😛

Blue Senate Gown beading progress

Lastly I wanted to do my weekly art dump. These are some warmup pieces that I usually do at the beginning of each day. Do you all like seeing these? Would you rather them be in a different post like say, Tuesdays and separate from the sewing posts? Please let me know!

5.18

5.17

furiosa sketch

5.13

Well that’s it for me today. I’ve got a long day in store for me so wish me luck!

21Apr/16

Blue Amidala Gown – Progress

Hello all! I hope everyone is doing well. Well, all of the 10 people that read my little progress in the first place. I think that what I’ll start doing is posting on Tuesday’s some art things that I’m working on then on Thursdays I will post about the sewing stuff. I really don’t think that I am in the right place to start 2 blogs going at one time so you’ll all just have to bear with me posting about all my crazy stuff that I’m working on in the first place!

Anyways, yesterday took a lot out of me because the velvet fabric is very stretchy. Also, I had about .01% left over fabric for the cause so that was a little nerve racking as well. So worried there for a little bit!

Blue Amidala Senate Gown pattern cut out

See? That’s crazy right? I was so nervous!

So, I ended up using this pattern from Simplicity.

Blue Amidala Senate Gown patterns for the gown

There were a few differences between what I wanted but over all I felt like it was a good fit. To be on the safe side I went ahead and cut the largest size that way I can have some wiggle room with the fit and size of the stand up collar. But I do know what you are saying, “Meescha, you should have made a mock up first” but in all honesty I just don’t have the motivation to do that right now. I’ve been on this project for 4 months straight, so having to sew something in a test fabric that I don’t have on hand at the moment only to sew it again really isn’t high on my priority list. So I think I’ll take my chances with what I have and make due 🙂

So I ended up cutting out all of the patterns pieces AND backing all of them with interfacing which unexpectedly took pretty much the entire day to do. I was a little disheartened at that. I did however repin the lapels on the skirt and I think that that looks much nicer.

Blue Amidala Senate Gown progress

Nevermind the messy room. Things.

Lastly, I got to do a little more work on the beading of the apron and I must admit that I am happy the way it’s coming out. I think I am at somewhere around 30 hours of beading on this so far. Yeah. I know. It’s still a lot of fun. I think it’s my favorite part to do! But still at least 10 more hours of beading on this end and I think I will call it good. I still have to do the beading on the shawl piece and that’s not as transportable as I would have liked.

Blue Amidala Senate Gown beading progress

I’ve been doing this while binging the tv show Salem on netflix. LOVE!!

Anyways, thank you for reading! Hopefully I’ll get something up on Tuesday art wise for everyone to see.

Have a great day!

14Apr/16

Velvet Overskirt Construction

Hello all!

This week has certainly been an interesting one. I won’t bore you with strenuous details, but life just keeps throwing curve balls! Oh well, more sewing was done. I admit, I was kind of burnt out of all the beading. I’ll get back to it once I take a little break from everything. I’d like to wear this ensemble to free comic book day and that’s about 3 weeks away. I think it’s totally doable but I still have to pace myself.

So basically to start the over skirt pattern I just messaged a couple squares and began my process. I know that I wanted to start the off with some cartridge pleats on the back because this is a 16th century inspired costume and there is a lot of fullness.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt front panel cut out

This piece didn’t really require I pattern per say. It was just some calculated measuring. I ended up in the end interfacing the front panels to make then lay more flat but other than that this wasn’t too complicated. I sewed the two rectangles together and then began my cartridge pleating.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt first run of bias tape

You start with the bias tape and so it on the RIGHT side of the fabric. Or at least that is how I do it 🙂 There is no right way or wrong way to go about this, it’s however you are comfortable.

Next I turn the fabric over and sew again.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt Beginning of cartridge pleat construction

I chose this fabric specifically because of the color, and not because of the fiber content, so this velvet is really really stretchy. So using the bias tape really really made this process a ton easier.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt cartridge pleating taking place

Next is just this simple task, of just pleating and hand sewing, which doesn’t take as long as you think but not as quick either!

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt back view cartridge pleating

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt back view

Once you are all done it should like something like this. It drapes rather well and I like the way it falls. Looks nice right?

Lastly, because this part took a lot of trial and error, I cut out the front panels as well. BOY! this was frustrating. The first one went together like a freaking angel, then the second one I had to redo it THREE times to make it lay right! I even had to cut out 2 sets of front panels as well. I really hope I have enough fabric for the jacket pieces. I think I do, but anyways, I’ll be finishing this skirt quite soon.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt front panel construction

My original plan was to hand embroider the gold appliques to the front, but after getting started on that beading, I decided to forgo that idea and get some fairly accurate appliques instead. It only cost $44 to get something like 24 of them, but in the long run, I think it was worth it.

Lastly, I have to start thinking about the hair piece in the back. I don’t want to skimp out on that but this dress is already costing about $500 so I don’t want to splurge too much more.

Anyways, that’s as far as I got. I really want to work on this this weekend so that I can say that I’m leaving it in a good spot for next week. I feel like I’m just a tad behind the power curve.

07Apr/16

More and more beading

Unfortunately I didn’t get all of the beading done on this but I really would like to have this completed amidala gown done by Free Comic Book Day so at least I have a deadline 🙂

Here is the beading so far.

beading so far

I am comfortable saying that I am about 75% through the beading. After Emerald City Comic Con I’ll have more more excuses about not finishing this either! Next week my goal is to finish the beading as well as the skirt piece. And it shall be done! So help me!

I’m kind of freaking out about Overwatch right now. I’m really considering doing a cosplay from that but this is first! I really am enjoying this cosplay to the fullest!

24Mar/16

How I organize my beading kit.

Hello all!

This week I’ve been working on the beading for the Senate Gown and I knew it was either going to take me a few hours to do all of it and I was just over thinking it, or, like it actually is, is taking a whopping 12 hours SO FAR just to do what you see below. I know, I should have known. But this is the largest sewing project that I’ve undertaken by far so it is admittedly, a little intimidation.

Below I took a picture of how I’m organizing everything. That’s an old Almond Roca tin that I’m using so that it’s not complete mayhem. This way I can transport everything, and sit in front of the Netlfix all day and widdle away.

Blue senate gown beading how to

I’ve printed out a ton of reference photos as well just for this occasion, that way I have something to look at and compare too.

Blue senate gown reference beading shot

And lastly the progress. It doesn’t look like much, but believe it or not this is 12 hours worth of work so far! This will definately take a few weeks to complete. There is some more beading that has to be done around the satin layers but that more finishing touches I would imagine.

Blue senate gown beading front

Anyways, hopefully this won’t take super long and I run out of steam haha. I really want to see this costume done! My original guess on 2 gowns per year is really on the mark right now!

17Mar/16

Constructing Front “Apron” for Amidala Gown

Hello all! It’s been busy over here for sure. Lots of things to draw, things to try to draw, things I want to draw, and not nearly as much time as I want to sew! Yesterday I could get a few hours however on the front apron piece for the Amidala gown which made me happy. This piece will require a ton of embroidery and beading so I’m excited to get started on it. I wanted to do the blue velvet skirt as well, but I forgot to get some extra navy blue bias tape for that, but it’s ordered!

First I quickly draped the neck and torso piece for this. It was pretty simple, I feel like I’ve done this a billion times by now.

Amidala Apron patterns done

I just trimmed them up and cut them out of the fabric. I just measure center front and extended the front like so.

Amidala Apron cutting out front

Then the tedious task of interfacing and reinforcing and ironing commences. I will probably fast forward through this part.

Amidala Apron neck piece

Then the part where you sew the neck piece onto the neckline comes.

Amidala Apron sewing neck to bodice

Now the thing I wanted to get sorted out, and the part that honestly took the most effort, was getting the center front to lay flat. Because well, let’s face it, in the reference photos the center front lays flat. So, I didn’t think this would be a pickle but it ended up to be because of the bum roll.

Amidala Apron problems with side front laying flat

Amidala Apron Front apron look

As you can see, it protrudes out quite a bit in order to lay flat. I tried putting in darts, and that made it a little better but by no means was the problem fixed. So I ended up chopping off quite a bit on the sides and adding a tie and the bust area.

Amidala Apron figureing out front

Much better here.

Amidala Apron pinning to corset

Then the bust tie.

Amidala Apron solving the problems

And the hook and eyes of course

Amidala Apron hook and yes

I think what I’ll probably have to do here is either safety pin the apron down before I put on the velvet jacket but we will see. Anyways, Thank you for tuning in! Hopefully I’ll be able to do some beading on this piece!

-Meescha

03Mar/16

Blue Senate Gown- Making the Skirt

Hello! Well I seem to be pretty steady about this Thursday thing! At least I’m keeping up with that. I’ve been working on some charcoal pieces and I can’t wait to share that here. Anyways, back to the show. Yesterday I managed to make the Blue Senate Gown Overskirt and wanted to share in the progress. I didn’t really get nice and tight photos of the eyelets I sewed in the corset, but I did take some progress shots.

I took some photos of the completed under garments so you can see what they look like. As you can see, I went for long lasting and cheap. Because no one will be looking at these, I knew that I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on them anyways.

Alrighty here we go!

Blue Senate Gown full under garments front

This is what the front and back look like, so you can see the silhouette. It turned out quite well!

Blue Senate Gown Back view of sillouhette

I didn’t get a good photo of the eyelets after they were sewn but here you can take a closer look at how the corset laces up as well.

Blue Senate Gown eyelets in the back

Blue Senate Gown Corset up close

Not bad at all if you ask me!

Anyways, this week I made the skirt to sit on top of the hoop skirt. No one will see this either, however, I made it out of the apron fabric anyways just in case. Unfortunately, this will be the last of the ‘easy’ garments for this costume. Also, unfortunately, I didn’t quite get a good photo of the making of this either so I’ll do my best to explain.

Basically I just cut out a bunch of rectangles like this, I think I ended up using only 2 though and they were about 45″ by 40″ long.

Blue Senate Gown overskirt cut rectangle

Then I sewed the edges together so that they made a big circle and draped it over the mannequin.

I hand stitched the back gathers because I know that I needed the front to be as clean and flat as possible for the apron piece to sit nicely.

Blue Senate Gown sewing gathers at top of under skirt

Once I stitched it by hand I took it off and reinforced the stitching by machine. I marked where I wanted to hem to be, and I started to drape so that it was level on all sides.

This turned out to be the finished product, I’m still not 100% pleased but for a garment that no one will see, it’ll do the job nicely 🙂

Blue Senate Gown Over Skirt back

Blue Senate Gown Over skirt front

Blue Senate Gown Over skirt full body front

Anyways, next week I want to get a head start on the apron piece because I know that will be a lot of work in the long run with all the beading to do on it. I’m expecting it to either get done all in one day or having it take weeks!

As for the gold embroidery, I decided to do fake appliques, so we will see how that goes.

Anyways, like always, thank you so much for tuning in guys! Like always, peace.

-Meescha

25Feb/16

Construction a Corset

Hello!

I must admit, that my art has been taking presidence as of late because well, I’ve been busy. And that’s why haha. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy but then again I like to sew to unwind a lot and it’s hard to do that when you have a lot of people wanting you to draw things and it’s amazing but there is only so much time in the day. SO! I have only been able to sew so much. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get into the fun stuff.

I could only manage to sew the lining into the corset with some bias tape I had laying around the house. I’m glad I did it this way, it really tied up all the lose ends. Really alls I did was pin the lining on, then pin the bias tape on, and turn on some Netflix and let it go! This took about 8 hours so far and I haven’t even gotten to the lining yet!I’ll be sure to post more soon. I apologize and the lull. I need to manage my time more.

Cut out the pattern!

Elizabethan Corset cut out pattern

Here I just marked my own lines for the boning. I added more than the pattern called more. Make sure it’s symmetrical.

Elizabethan Corset marking boning lines

Here I just sewed some lining and this is before I start pinning it together.

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset lining on top of

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset bias tape stitched on

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset Lining

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset bias tape hand stitch

This is more picture filled today then I like but there really wasn’t a whole lot to tell!

I hope everyone’s day is going splendidly!

-Meescha

18Feb/16

Making a Bum Roll

Hello all!

I know I’ve been a little lax in my blog making duties as of late. Lots of stuff has been happening and I’ve just been so busy. I do love to work but I do hate working on things that that I’d rather be working on something else. I’m a little ADD like that. I will try my very hardest to keep things going though. I will probably be blogging about my art more as well. Simply because this is my blog and I like posting what I’m working on 🙂

Anyways, on to the bum roll!

If you are curious as to what pattern I’m using, it’s this one 🙂 So follow along!

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Alrighty, so I’m going to say this for sure but the bum roll is the easiest thing to make in this costume. By far.

All you do is cut out the pattern.

Bum Roll cutting out pattern

Get some extra bias tape, or string, whatever you have laying around and pin accordingly.

Bum Roll pinning the bum roll

Sew around the edge leaving space for the turning inside out part.

Bum Roll sewing around edges

Turn

Bum Roll sewn up no stuffing

Stuff

Bum Roll stuffing the bum roll

And stuff full, really pack it in there.

Then stitch closed!

Bum Roll stitch up the open seam

It’s that simple! I kind of forget to take a picture of it on the dress form but I am also working on the corset as well and it’s taking up a little time. BUT! I’ll have pictures for you asap.

Thank you all for tuning in!

11Feb/16

Making a Chemise

Hello! Sorry for the skip on Tuesday’s post. I find myself swamped with comic work lately that its hard to keep up this week.

I did however manage to make a chemise for the Amidala Senate Gown however. I knew this was going to take a long time to make each piece but I’m still excited! Also all of the Kylo Ren pieces are coming together as well!

Surprisingly, this was a lot like making the hoop skirt! And super easy as well! It came together incredibly fast!

Amidala chemise  cutting out pattern

Always start with cutting out your pattern. The only hitch I saw was that I couldn’t find the gusset pattern with this, but it’s more than likely that one of my cats stole it. So I won’t worry too much. It’s just a square afterall 🙂

Amidala chemise sewing fronts together

Then like the hoop skirt, you sew the sides together on the front and back. And also like the hoop skirt I finished the edges with pinking shears 🙂

Amidala chemise  finishing detail

So far so good! Then I just added the gusset to the sleeve like this. Gussets are adding at moving parts of clothing that that have a lot of motion. i.e. crotch, armpit etc. They really help with everything if you can manage to put them in correctly!

Amidala chemise adding gusset

That was pretty easy 🙂

I tried it on under the hoop skirt already as well so you can see how it’s supposed to look!

Amidala chemise with hoop skirt

Adding the facing to the chemise was another story. I was having such a hard time because my fabric was thin and my interfacing was slightly stretchy, I didn’t manage to get photos of that while I was putting it in because it didn’t turn out the prettiest and I was getting frustrated. But! Luckily no one will be seeing this part of the costume so function is everything 🙂

Thank you so much for tuning in! I’ll be making the bum roll next, then the corset which I’m super excited to start. Hope everyone has a great day!

04Feb/16

Making a Hoop Skirt

Hello all!

So I went ahead and moved forward on my Amidala Senate Dress I needed to start with a hoop skirt. To save time, I went to amazon and looked through what they had and settled on purchasing this one.

The reviews were a little odd, mostly saying that the petticoat was short, but because I don’t even hit 5’3″, I didn’t even consider that being an issue. So I tried it on when it arrived and was sadly surprised about HOW SHORT IT IS!!!

Petticoat from amazon short again

Petticoat from amazon super short

Petticoat from amazong omg so short

On me, it was about 4 inches above my ankles. Now, I know that the fabric will just drape off the front but I want a little more support than that so I decided to make my own.

I’m using Andrea Schewe’s hoop skirt pattern here. If you’d like to follow along by all means!

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I like to recommend that everytime you get a new pattern is to read the instructions thoroughly. Even someone like me so just kind of does whatever when she wants to change something. I’d like to state that this pattern went together perfectly, but I did deviate from the plan a smudge.

Hoop Skirt Amidala Marking your lines

Once you have a good understanding of the pattern and what it involves make any of the necessary marks. This one has matching dots and notches and que’s to where the piping goes. Makes sure to get those!

Hoop Skirt Amidala sew up side seams

Next, following the directions I lined up the seams and stitched both front and back. Like so.

Hoop Skirt Amidala sew up both seams

My parents dog decided that he was too tired to help as well.

Hoop Skirt Amidala sammy

Once your front and back are stitched together, the instructions tell you to finish your seams. And because I was feeling particularly lazy, I decided to just do the lazy route and just pinking shears the seams. I’m doing this because 1. this is an undergarment and I’m not to concerned with what it looks like underneath and 2. I’d have to clear off my serging table and like I said, it’s a lazy day.

Hoop Skirt Amidala finishing system

But it does leave a nice finish 🙂

Hoop Skirt Amidala finishing seams

Now do that with all the seams. Don’t be shy!

This is where I deviated just a tad. The pattern says to do a side seam opening. Which is 100% ok. I just prefer a center back opening with draw string. Just a preference. So I cut along center back like so.

Hoop Skirt Amidala Cut back for opening

Then used some extra bias tape like so to finish it off.

Hoop Skirt Amidala bias tape for closure

Hoop Skirt Amidala finished bias tape closure

Because it’s a lazy day, I didn’t bother changing my thread color or purchasing a beige bias tape, I used what I had when I had it. Aren’t lazy days the best? I’m using up extra material AND saving money on something that no one will ever see! MUHAHA!! I only have myself to blame.

Then I attached the drawstring on the top and tried it on the mannequin! Looks good so far!

Hoop Skirt Amidala skirt base complete

Remember all that bias tape we made the other day? Well, we need that now.

I ironed the bias tape so that it was 3/4″ an inch across then I marked my lines and began stitching.

Hoop Skirt Amidala sewing on tape flip over

Fold over and secure, this is the bottom of the skirt so this is the only time you’ll flip over.

Hoop Skirt Amidala Sewing on tape

Repeat 4 more times.

I prepared my metal hoops for insertion!

Hoop Skirt Amidala metal hoops for skirt

But sadly I ran out so I didn’t have enough for the bottom but you can gather the silhouette of it 🙂 I quite like it!

Hoop Skirt Amidala hoop skirt finished front

Hoop Skirt Amidala Finished side

I will probably adjust the hoops a tad to make it more V shaped but other than that I love it! The pattern is beautiful and I am now excited to make the bumroll and the corset from it.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

13Jan/16

Blue Senate Gown: Fabric Haul

So I think I have pretty much received the most of what I will be needing to create the Blue Senate Gown. There are some ups and downs, but I ‘ll go through those as I pass by them.

Construction Blue Senate Gown

I was reading some of “Dressing the Galaxy” and it turns out that the costume designer was told not to make the costumes “from the future” but rather to “redo the past”. So this is a spinoff of a 16th-19th century gown. I thought what better way to have traditional undergarments as support. I was racking my brain for quite some time on how to have the front panel be without a seam anywhere and then it hit me. Because you don’t see that the “gold” is a dress, why not just make an apron? Of course, I didn’t figure this out until it was too late and I had already purchased 8 yards of Moire’ Taffeta, but you live and you learn 🙂

I will be making the top portion of the jacket separate from the bottom as well, because I’d like to use Cartridge Pleating on the bottom velvet portion to help give the full effect.

Next we have the velvet.

Blue Senate Gown Velvet fabric haul

For the life of me I could NOT find non stretch velvet in any color remotely close to what I needed. So then I thought, I’d just dye my own cotton velvet. So I got a swatch of white cotton velvet from Dharmatrading to test it on and even though the velvet was amazing and I’ll definitely be using it in other projects, it was just not the weight of fabric I wanted for this dress. It was super light and airy, as well as ever so slightly see through. So I opted for getting a stretch navy blue material. And even THIS wasn’t the perfect color. I wanted it to be slightly purple/navy blue. So I tried soaking the velvet for a while in a tub of idye poly violet, and let me tell you something, I will NOT have to worry about staining on this fabric because it took NONE of it. This is AFTER soaking in a purple dye bath people, it’s still BLUE!! HAHA!! Oh well, I will just have to manage.

Blue Senate Gown Fabric Haul satin

This came and I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and weight. Like the velvet, I wanted it just a tad purplyer, but after this soaked in a dye bath, it was clear that this was not going to take any purple either. So I just curled it up and put it through the dryer a few times. Still this is AFTER the purple dye bath. I’m beginning to think I just need to get a HUGE pot and sit it on the stove forever. Sheesh.

Blue Senate Gown satin being coiled up

Next up, we have my biggest disappointment. This is, the “gold” moire taffeta.

Blue Senate Gown Gold moire taffeta

More copper/bronze you think? I thought there surely was a mistake on the ebay sellers end so I sent them a picture, and they must have gotten this issue often because without answering any of my questions they offered a full refund. I can say that that is amazing customer service, but I already washed and ironed the fabric in hopes that it would somehow become lighter. It didn’t. And I couldn’t in good conscience send it back knowing I did that. So then I scoured the internet once again to see if there was any gold or yellow moire’ taffeta, and there is nothing. Nothing on the internet. Go figure. My “deal with it” in fabric for this project is now 3/3.

On a lighter note, the beads came in 🙂 I am pleased with the beads.

Here are the diamond shaped beads for the floral spirals on the apron piece.

Blue Senate Gown Diamond beads

And then I ended up getting more of each of these but they came in and I am in love!

Blue Senate Gown Blue beading

Blue Senate Gown white beading

I can’t wait to start using them!

Lastly I thought it would be neat to make my own piping for the jacket piece, so I went ahead and purchased some rope, but I think it’s too thick for this piece. I may end up just purchasing some already made piping but I’ll know later on.

Blue Senate Gown piping rope

Well thats it for now! Thanks for tuning in! Let me know if there is anything that you would like to see!

Have a great one!

06Jan/16

Crimson Peak Gown- Construction

Hello again!

First off I’d like to direct everyone to the lovely blog by Simplicity Costume Designer Andrea Schewe. She’s amazing at what she does and she is so kind enough to let us go on all the costume adventures with her 🙂

So the Crimson Peak nightgown is coming along swimmingly 🙂 I realized that I would probably have to make this from scratch, which isn’t so bad. Not having a pattern for something isn’t the end of the world, just means that you get to practice your pattern construction!

Here we go!

I started with a muslin draping of the top part. And fit it to my mannequin like so.

Crimson Peak fitting front

Crimson Peak fitting muslin

Crimson Peak fitting muslin 2

Looking at a picture of the original gown, I knew that I needed an upward seam to put the lacing in, so I went with princess seams on both front and back.

crimson peak gown closeup

I’m covering all of the lining with the shell fabric bit by bit. I know I tend to do that with a lot of my projects, covering shell fabric with another fabric, I need to stop doing that haha.

Getting the pattern to fit was pretty easy, so then I moved onto covering the shell fabric.

Crimson Peak attaching shell fabric

The sheen on this fabric is quite nice. I like the look of if already! I will probably end up recovering just the center front piece to have LOTS of gather like in the photo, but for now this will do nicely.

Crimson Peak collar cut out

I left the collar lining alone. Because I knew that I wanted to put more lacing on the top and underneath. Crimson Peak hand stitching lining down

And then I hand stitched it down on the inside like so.

Now for the lining, I went ahead and serged together a big rectangle.

Crimson Peak serging the lining

This picture was mostly to show my industrial serger some love 😛

Crimson Peak gathering

And then around the top of the rectangle I top stitched a large stitch width to gather it all together at the empire waist.

Crimson Peak gathering lining

Lastly this was to show some of the detail where to lacing goes as I top stitch the seam down. I love that lace! It’s so pretty!

Crimson Peak top stitching

That’s it for now! Thanks for tuning in! Please let me know if you have any questions or have any suggestions 🙂

04Jan/16

Planning out Amidala Blue Senate Gown

So I like to do these “planning” out posts because they keep me in check. Half the battle with replicating a piece of clothing is so do the research. And by that, I mean a very broad definition of research.

See, it’s nearly impossible to do a 100% recreation. Especially with the Amidala gowns, because they were made over a decade ago, and the materials used to make them are lost in history. And by history I mean no longer available to purchase over the internet.

Research can mean fabric types, to finding the right fabric for the right price. If you just do the research, you can find the same exact fabric for a few dollars less a yard, and then you automatically save “X” amount. We are human, we aren’t made of money 🙂

I am planning out the process for the Blue Senate Gown that Amidala wears.

Planning Blue senate gown

There is a ton of detail in this particular garment, but it excites me as well!

My planning process usually goes with biggest to smallest. Like so.

Planning Blue senate gown

Taking the silhouette into account, I know that there will be a hoop skirt involved, a corset because there is a LOT of fabric there and a very nice silhouette so I know that things are being cinched it. I know that I’ll need boning for the Elizabethan Collar, I know that I’ll need with tulle or netting for the sleeve shape, and I will probably be making my own piping, gold embroidery applique’s, as well as doing all of the beading. Now. Detail shots!

I must say that these images were on the amazing Padawans Guide website so I HIGHLY suggest you go there for all of your star wars costume needs.

Planning Blue senate gown

There is a lot to this thing. Glass beading, applique, piping. I’ll probably save all of this for another post. What I will say is that I have purchased some items, that I will show below.

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I bought this velvet from Fabric.com which I purchased a swatch of and quite liked. I know that I didn’t want a “stretch” velvet but this particular velvet isn’t that stretchy at all.

I purchased these glass beads off of Amazon so far.

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I also got a clear set from the same seller. I liked the color and shine so I went ahead and purchased 2.

This Taffeta I found cheapest on Ebay. Which I quite like. Just give it a wash and the stiffness comes right now.

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Then lastly, and most important thing, are the PATTERNS!!

Because I am pretty bias towards Simplicity, I went through my stash and found a couple that I will be using right off the bat.

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This one is a nice one to use, and I’m pretty sure that I can modify the collar as well to match my purposes nicely! The sleeves are near perfect as well!

Next are the under garments.

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I do think this gown was very confused with what time period it came out of haha. I’m using the hoop skirt pattern and will probably be modifying the corset just a tad for my uses as well 🙂 Perfect!

And lastly, and this is a maybe pattern. I’m not sure that I will use it in the end but just in case there is this one.

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The skirt pattern is what I am looking at because it has the fullness that I am looking for and is designed to go over a hoop skirt as well. So we will see about this one.

Alrighty! That is all I have so far! I will be trying to post every Monday Wednesday and Friday from now on. But we will see how that goes 🙂

Thanks everyone!

29Dec/15

White Mage Jacket: Finished

Hello!

I believe I left off last time with me sewing the bodice together. Well, little did I know that everything else just sort of fell into place. The sleeves went on without a hitch, and then the rest was just simply hand sewing the lining in. Which I admit, I didn’t get too many pictures of.

I ended up just attaching the red extension to the sleeve and sewing it in like usual. No problem there!

Sleeve pattern done

Then setting the sleeves was perfectly fine because there wasn’t too much ease to set in in the first place! Yay for easy patterns! 😀

Bodice with sleeves

Then I’m not sure if I showed this last time, but this is how I modified the hood piece. I just cut out some extra triangles and the cut them in half for this part. Then I layed them down and pinned them where I wanted.

Triangle hood piece

And then after this part was attached it was even more easy sailing!

Hand stitching the lining down was a breeze, just a little time consuming, but yeah, all finished! Hope you like it!

Finished white mage jacket

Finished white mage jacket side other Side

Finished white mage jacket side other

Finished white mage jacket side

Hope you like it! Thanks for reading! I’ll be starting on the Crimson Peak nightgown here soon, then it’ll be mostly Star Wars related stuff after that 🙂

Thanks for reading!

19Nov/15

Sherlock Coat- Cutting out the Pattern

Alrighty, so I ended up doing the second fitting and forgetting to take pictures, So! My bad. Sorry guys! I am on to cutting the fabric already. I work so closed minded that I always forget that I need to show everyone where I am at most of the time!

So after washing and drying, and dyeing the fabric, it’s time to cut, once your pattern is ready of course 🙂

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I’ll explain what I’m doing here.

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As I told you before, the shell fabric (The houndstooth outer fabric) is rather thing. Too thin for being a winter coat. So I also purchased a heavy duty wool coating material that is actually made to do this sort of stuff. What I am doing is laying both the outer material, as well as the coating material down together, and pinning the pattern on top of both, then I am cutting out the patter.

Now I know what you are thinking, that seems pretty sketchy.

But the thing is, I’ve done this before and it has working out. You just need to remember a couple things.

Sherlock coat sewing pieces

After cutting out each piece, you have to then sew the individual pattern pieces to their corresponding pieces. But you can’t sew all the way around. This creates a pocket and it gives the fabric a chance to bubble int he middle with no where for the fabric to rest too. So there for I am sewing along three out of the four sides like this. Leaving the bottom open. I do this because when the pieces hang, gravity will help everything ease into place as well. Repeat for all the pieces.

I cut that patterns at an inch and a half seam allowance as well, so that I could allow for any adjustments during the final fitting if needed.

I sewed the extra pieces together at 1″ seam allowance here.

Sherlock coat 1 inch seam allowance

And lastly, I got some double sided bias interfacing tape. In retrospect, It would have been easier to put this one BEFORE I sewed most of the edges on, but oh well 🙂 I cut the pieces to length, then I gently put them in between the two layers and pressed. This will make it easier for me to get a nice shape out of the fabrics so that they will act more like one piece of fabric.

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That’s where I am at now! Let me know if you have any questions! 😀

Have a great one everyone!

18Nov/15

Crimson Peak Gown- Fabric Manipulation

Hello all!

I am sort of the type to have ADD when working on a project. I enjoy doing a couple at once. I know, some of you would prefer one project, one after another, and I truly wish I could provide that for you. But I just cant.

Anyways, onto the Crimson Peak Gown!

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I watched this movie last month and I must say, I am in LOVE! Everything was just done perfectly. Costuming, casting, story, special effects. I love me my horror films, but this one takes the cake. Perfection. I also collect moths, and the fact that this movie has a reoccurring moth theme was like this movie was MADE for me!

My good friend and photographer Mike from Nowhereman Photos also saw it and fell in love, so it was naturally kismit. Plus I always wanted to see if I could do those sleeves anyways. No time like now to try!

First I started off taking the guidance from a good friend about trying to thicken the silk fabric with Gelatin so that I could achieve that ‘crinkle’ effect the the fabric has. If you look at Mia’s nightgown, it has random vertical pleats all the way through.

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The gelatin method worked amazing. however, testing a swatch was far easier than trying to let 6+ yards of silk chiffon in a place where I can drain it outside, so I am opting for the ‘air dry’ method.

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So after I dyed the fabric in the washing machine on a super hot setting, I went ahead and twisted the entire thing. The reason why the gelatin helps right here is because it helps stiffen the fabric so hold the pleats in place. I’m just hoping for the best right here. If not, I will be trying to let my fabric sit in a vat of gelatin water haha.

After the fabric has been sitting for a while, I undid a little bit to take a peak and what we were going to expect.

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It looks like it could work. After this the next step would be to take a presser (which I don’t have) and press the pleats in place. If gelatin was in the fabric, the gelatin would simply disintegrate leaving only the raw material left. I’m going to let it sit for a little while longer, then try to use my puny iron to set the pleats without melting it.

I’d also like to mention that for my lining, I procured some rayon silk. I like the way it hangs.

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I’m glad I got this fabric, for a couple reason. I’m still contemplating making Mia’s robe for this piece. I’d have to do a few more tests, like dying a swatch, seeing if it can hold a fabric paint or print out screen printing items etc. That’s for another post though 🙂

Here are some screen shots that I took of the robe by the way. It’s so gorgeous it hurts.

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crimson peak robe front

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