Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cersei Birds Progress

I've been slowly working on the Cersei birds dress. I'd decided a while back that in order to conserve fabric I'd be cutting the bodice and skirts separately.  That wasn't how they were really done, but it's easier to fit, saves on fabric and is covered up with a belt.

 Anyway, I'd cut the bodice out a while ago but needed to rejigger it with the weight I'd lost, so today was a lot of fiddly fitting bits but I think I've got it right now.  I had one of those iron-spits-on-your fabric horror moments but I've got enough fabric to cut another bodice and the spit-upon bodice will now be the bodice lining.  Whew.

I'm going to make this an actual wrap dress this time so I can keep the side panels seamless, I think I should be able to do that by just cutting two of the center front skirts.  Although the skirt bit that gets wrapped under may be pieced to save on fabric. I cut the sleeves out and man, are they massive!  I ran out of fabric on the Cersei mourning gown so my sleeves were a tad skimpier than I would have liked, but these ones are HUGE!

My plan is to put parts of the dress together and hoop (if possible) them while I sew the embroidered motifs and beading on.  Because the embroidery runs over the seams it really has to be at least somewhat constructed first.  Then I'll put the lining in so all those stitches will be covered on the inside. I fray-checked around all the embroidered birds and then cut them out to create "patches,"  just like I did with the lion motifs.  I pinned a few of them on and I gotta say, I'm liking it!

I'm a little differently shaped from my dress form so you'll just have to trust me when I say this fits me rather well.  :P

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Effie Returns!

Last time I made an Effie Trinket costume it was the hot pink one she wears during the first Reaping. I decided Effie was so much fun to cosplay that I needed another one of her costumes so I've started work on this purple outfit which I plan on wearing at the Costume College Pool Party.

The skirt is in progress but I've had a few days where hand sewing was easier than dealing with the machine.  Dragging a machine to a waiting room didn't seem like such a good idea!  :P  So I decided to work on the little fascinator and flower corsage she wears.

I generally aim for a fairly accurate look without the pressure of trying to be 100% accurate, it you know what I mean.  So in an effort to replicate her hat I bought some pleated purple crinoline, purple butterflies and purple netting.  I coun't find puprple crin quite as wide as what they used but I think it works.  I used fabric from my stash to cover the base of the fascinator (just a small circle of buckram I zigzagged millinery wire to) and then I took apart one of the roses I'd had in my stash and used the petals as a template to cut more petals out of the dress fabric (a crushed purple velvet) to emulate the original.  I edged the net in a strip of bias silk taffeta from the stash then pleated it and attached it to the fascinator base then I stitched on the rose, crinoline and butterflies.

The corsage is just a base of buckram covered in purple fabric with a bunch of fabric flowers stitched to it and a pin back.

Incidentally, if you find yourself hankering for a Capitol City costume there is a great auction catalog of Hunger Games costumes here!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ren Faire!

We told the boys they could each invite a friend to come to the Renaissance faire this Sunday. I'd thought originally it would just be me and 4 kids but the moms came too, and a brother, and my husband so it ended up being a bunch of us!

 My old pirate gown is TOO BIG (Yay!) so I cobbled together another pirate costume from the costume stash at the last minute. Faux leather leggings from Target + old lacy sleep shirt from Victoria's Secret + Hot Topic corset top + pirate boots and all my pirate accessories from many years of going to a pirate feast in Maryland = successful costume!  I basically did the same thing for my husband.

My younger son has been cosplay crazed since we went to Wondercon  and wanted desperately to be Link from Legends of Zelda. So I told him we'd thrift/make Link and had him help out some. We bought Uggs, gloves and belts from Goodwill and some green and brown suede cloth from JoAnn's. We cut the tips off the gloves, made covers for the boots out of the brown suede cloth and I made a green tunic. I told him I'd buy him one thing at Wondercon and he chose a Link hat so he wore that, his Spock ears and used a wooden sword he'd gotten at Ren Faire a few years back - and voila - Link!

He was psyched that people recognized him and he got pics with a few of the other Links we saw there.  The girl one in the first pic below made her costume out of an old t shirt and used soda tabs for chain maille!

It was hot and dusty (I'm still coughing up lung bunnies) but there was a nice cool breeze so it wasn't too bad. It was "Time Traveler" weekend so we saw more than a few Doctors as well as some Trekkies, Lolitas, Night's Watchmen, Harley Quinns, Steampunks and the requisite barbarians, pirates and wenches.

The Joust was especially dusty, but fun.  We joked about the knights being different characters from Game of Thrones.  "Ser Jorah" was the knight with the red feathers and our section was rooting for "Ser Loras, " who won.

We went on a few rides and generally joked around and had fun.  So much fun that one of us fell asleep on the car ride home...