Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spoonflower for Costumers

I'm sure most of you know about Spoonflower, the website where you can design and print your own fabric.  Recently I spend a fair amount of time monkeying around on Spoonflower with images of 18th and early 19th century prints, while I haven't gotten my swatches yet they look promising!

I also spent a lot of time drooling over all the gorgeous fabric I've seen on the site. The sheer volume of beautiful fabrics other costumers have created on Spoonflower is astounding - here's a sampling of some of my favorites.

bonnie_phantasm has a repro of the black and white fabric from Sabrina's iconic dress and several versions of amazingly lovely large butterfly wings that would be great for dresses, costumes or fairies.  I suspect this may be the fabric the "butterfly girls" I saw at Myth Masque used.  She also has some cool Tron-like fabric and TARDIS plushies!

Are you looking for the fabric for Scarlett's barbeque dress?  Or Katrina's black and white stripes from Sleepy Hollow?  mellymellow has a whole host of wonderful movie repro fabrics in her shop, including three fabrics from the Marie Antoinette movie.  You may have seen Maggie's lovely recreation of the the "strawberries" dress using mellymellow's fabric.

Speaking of 18th century, americanduchess has a very pretty collection of reproductions of 18th century fabrics in her shop, from 1740 to the regency, mostly in florals and stripes perfect for that pastoral look.

Accessory fans may want to check out carlyweggeland's shop.  She's got 8 historical fan designs, 18th Century to Regency - including one featuring a portrait of the Duke of Wellington!

Aimee's shop has fun fabric for a variety of looks from sweet Lolita looks, to mid-century tikis to Rapunzel fabric and a Pride and Prejudice toile.  Check it out!

Want something for the littlest costumer in your life?  megneticcatholic has some adorable soft book classics you can sew to make baby's first "Little Women" or "Scarlet Pimpernel."

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Breaking the fabric diet

Fabric mart has voile on sale and I kinda fell in love with the "red corvette" cotton voile. At $2.50 / yard it was a steal, so I bought 10 yards! I'm thinking of some big floofy summer bustle cross between the Buccaneers and Mina's red dress from Dracula for Edwardian Ball next year?

 LA is always so warm and cotton voile is so practical in the heat.  Yeah, this is a practical purchase...  ;)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Black Chemise Gown - Done!

I don't really know why I had so much trepidation about making the chemise dress, this was such a cakewalk compared to what I thought it would be!  I ended up using a sheer organza ribbon for the wrist ruffles.  It's totally synthetic and a little too shiny, but I liked the idea of not having any hemmed edges bulking things up.  I'd originally hoped to have this count for the rectangles/squares/triangles HSF challenge but ended up using far more curved pattern pieces than planned.  So I may skip that one or do it later with another project I have planned...


Monday, June 3, 2013

I see a chemise gown and I want to make it black...

(With apologies to the Stones.) 

So things are coming right along on my black chemise gown.  I need to sew the other sleeve, attach the sleeves, hem it, add little white wrist ruffles and I'm done!   Really, this is far easier than I thought it would be, thanks in large part to the dress diaries of Demode,  Festive Attyre, and Jenny La Fleur.    I used the back pieces from my basic 18th C body block and the front from the the Rocking Horse Farm chemise gown pattern, plus lengthened versions of the JP Ryan anglaise gown sleeves. 

For the drawstrings on the bodice front instead of making casings, I just made two tucks in the front about 2 inches apart.  I have no idea if it's accurate but it's a hell of a lot easier/less stitching and adding a casing. These are very narrow, about 1/4 of an inch or less.  I threaded very fine cording in the channels with a bodkin which gives it a nice, tight gathered look.

I also did some experimenting with underpinnings.  I noticed that the chemise gowns I liked the best had really full skirts, which gave a bit more of a small waist illusion than the ones that were slimmer looking. 

So I tried one option with a single flounced cotton petticoat and my bumroll - way too slim.

And one with my bumroll and the very full, lined "target curtain" petticoat  - much better.  I'm thinking that I may even add 1 or 2 of the flounced organza petticoats I have over this to pop the hem out even more...will experiment and post more pics.

Yeah, it's still kinda stay-puft, but pretty much what I'd hoped for out of this style.   More and more I'm looking at this as a vehicle for showing off hats/wigs, a sort of frame for spectacular headgear, if you will.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Myth Masque Part 2: More Costumes

As promised here are more of the Myth Masque pics.

I got some pretty good ones while the sun was up but once it set the iphone wasn't really up to the task. You can see my entire set of photos on flickr here.

The ladies in black - me and my friend Kim me & kim 
One of the MCs
 Lion jumping through hoop and lion tamer with scratches on his cheek! liontamer 
Horned god and consort
The Myth Masque main hall
 main hall 
 Jenny the sea siren and Kim the 18th C lady jenny & kim Crazy fringed headdress
 the fringe 
 Cat gods
Stunning headdress
Random craziness
 Another crow, dragons and rainbow unicorn! dragons 
Butterfly girls 
Masked ladies

Fire and ice
 ice queen 
 Kim and Stefan
The Crows -Me and H