Saturday, June 1, 2013

Back in Black

So what to work on in the last few days now that Myth Masque is done?  I should be working on the Tissot gown but I'm just not feeling it at the moment.  I'm feeling more 18th C, and given a few friends here were talking about making chemise dresses I  decided to make one too!  Well, I guess it's really a gaulle since it's got the fitted back. 

I have to admit something.  I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the chemise dress.  Much the same way I feel about 1920s gowns - I love the way I they look on other people, but feel a bit on the dumpy side when contemplating the same styles on my body.  But I'd bought some black striped cotton voile in the last sale fabric mart had (or was it fashion fabric club?) in the hopes that I'd feel a little less like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man if I made one in black.* So that's what I'm doing. This has always been my favorite chemise gown inspiration pic, so I'm hoping to do something like this but in black.


I've got enough for a hem ruffle but I think I like it better plain.  Maybe with some frills in white at the wrists but no neck or skirt ruffle.  I think it will look good with the new 18th C bonnet a la Taylor for a kind of Mrs. Dashwood look or with the Lunardi hat I made in Mela's class at Costume College a few years ago.  

* So instead I'll look like a fat, old goth stay puft marshmallow man.  :P

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Myth Masque Part 1: Our Costumes

The only food full length shot of us! (Care of Stefan)
Myth Masque! Finally! 

I thought I'd split this up into two separate posts  So first here are our costumes, and I'll post pics of the other Myth-goers after this. 

We had grand plans to go up on the rooftop garden of our hotel and take tons of pictures before the event...but we were running late and that was the first thing to be jettisoned.  As a result we have some fine pics taken by my friend Kim's husband Stefan, and some crappy iphone ones I took.  :P

I ended up added even more feathers to the hat, so it's layer of ostrich and coque feathers and has a bit of a "tail" hanging down the back, this turned out to be a brilliant idea because the "tail" also helped keep the collar standing upright.  I also added a resin raven skull to the front of my hat to match the one my husband was wearing on a chain around his neck.  And I made a little standing secondary collar for my husband which we just pinned in. 

Being silly (care of Stefan)

You can see the skull on my hat pretty well here

Added bonus, Kim and I got our picture in the LA Weekly's slide show of the event, #32 here!