Wednesday, February 19, 2014

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!

Got my cheapo $12.00 Effie Trinket wig today, sprayed it with a wee bit of pink spray in hair color, added my new accessories and voila - instant Effie!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Musings on Cersei

Looks like this will be a year of media costumes for me, seems like most of the projects I have planned are repros or interpretations of movies of tv shows.  Anyway, I've been musing on my plans for my repro of Cersei's aqua gown from Game of Thrones.  While I don't mind making acres of pinked trim for 18th C gowns or sewing on spangles and beads, I have all the embroidering skills of a blind three year old.  So embroidering the birds on Cersei's gown is never part of my plan.  Luckily I happen to have some amazing embroidered fabric that I can use to applique onto the gown.

I think that, coupled with the beading,  will end up looking pretty good, not exact but good.  The other problem I'd been having was finding the right fabric for the side panels of her gown.  I can't get this image to upload but you can see a close up of the fabric on my pinterest here. It looks to me like a silk, probably shantung, dupioni or taffeta, with a large paisley print.

But while the pattern seemed familiar I wasn't able to find it anywhere.  So when I stumbled across a silk taffeta at Home Fabrics in the right color for only $5 per yard I decided I'd just make my own print.  I bought some of the same fabric paint I used on my American Duchess shoes in "Metallic Rust.

 I plan on making a paisley stencil and stenciling the design on.  I've liked the Lumiere paints a lot,  the metallic paints are very bright and luminous but still flexible, so I'm hopeful this will work.  I'm going to try some tests first before tackling the stenciling so fingers crossed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Historical Moulin Rouge

So as I said I went down the rabbit hole a bit in researching 1890s neck ribbons and in the process I stumbled across a wonderful website of photographic portraits of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec's models.  I found it fascinating to see what the models looked like in real life, both in terms of the costumes the Moulin Rouge performers and can-can dancers actually wore, and how his paintings managed to capture the essence of their characters. 

So many of them are so covered up compared to what we'd consider risque or burlesque today - often wearing a full coverage, high necked bodice (and even hats!) and only revealing in that they showed off their bloomers with those high kicks and splits.  Incidentally, I'd often heard that the reason that the can-can was so scandalous was their drawers had split crotches but at least in the photos I've seen so far that is not the case.

Be forewarned though, the site may not be safe for work as there is some nudity on it.  Many of these images as well as others I found in 1890s French advertizing posters can be found on my Pinterest here.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Effie's Trinkets: Reaping costume neckband and hat

So I was going to enter these accessories in the HSF but I came to the conclusion that while there are some real historical costume accessories related to these trinkets of Effie's (more on that in a moment) they probably aren't really close enough to count.  Oh well, they were a nice Valentine's day set of projects to work on that got me that much closer to my Effie costume.

Speaking of which here's the costume in question, Effie Trinket's Reaping Day one from the first Hunger Games movie:

What's interesting about this shot is that in the high res version you can see that the hat is made out of felt.  Felt hats and floral decorations have been around a while but I can't say I found any historical examples that were just one big honking flower, so no go for the HSF.  I didn't use any pattern for this, I just winged it, cutting out slightly irregular petal shapes, sometimes pleating the bottom, and sewing them together.

It's really closer to the color of the one in the movie, my iphone just can't capture it when there's so much light out.

Effie's neck ribbon, and in fact this whole outfit with the big sleeves, reminded me somewhat of the girls Toulouse-Lautrec painted in Paris in the 1890s.  But when I went down the rabbit hole of researching those Moulin Rouge/Folies Bergere girls I found that what in my memory was a black neck ribbon with flowers attached was really a black neck ribbon with a bow or a buckle or dress flowers next to their neck ribbon.  Probably won't stop me from using this as an accessory for that French dance hall girl costume I'm feeling I must now one day make, but I thought you'd like to know...

Anyway, here's another shot of Effie Trinket's neck ribbon:

I wanted to capture the feeling of this but just use flowers I already had in the stash.  Luckily for me my fabric flower stash is um, more than adequate!  I liked the way Effie's flowers colors changed from pale taupes and mauves to bright fuschias and hot pinks so I tried to mimic that in my colors.

Next on the Effie list - making a mock up for her jacket...

P.S.   I realized the necklace actually does fit another challenge I've been participating in - Trystan's Accessorizing from Head to Toe.   The February challenge is Jewelry and while this isn't sparkly it does count as bling!