Thursday, December 31, 2015

Costume Year in Review

My most ambitious costume of the year, maybe ever!
It's always interesting to look back at the years and see what I actually got done costume-wise.

It seemed like I didn't make as much in 2015 as some years but I finished one very long and complicated project (the Game of Thrones dress to the right) and I'm pretty happy with what I've accomplished for the year.

The first costume of the year was this 18th C men’s banyan for my husband.


I made a green silk Regency gown, an open robe and garters for my Lost Hope fairy costume.

I made an 18th C floral print gown and petticoat.

The Purple Effie Trinket costume from The Hunger Games which consisted of a Jacket, Skirt, corsage and hat (with my Capitol City partner in crime - Jenny-Rose)

I finally finished this year's magnum opus - my hand-embroidered, hand-beaded reproduction of Cersei's Blue Birds gown from Game of Thrones -- complete with hand-painted fabric!  It took forever to make - I started painting the paisley fabric in April of 2014 and embroidering the first bird in October of 2014!  The whole gown was finally finished in mid-July of 2015.  And I made garters to match!

Then I started working on my Georgiana Fox outfit and made hat, garters, under-petticoat, riding habit shirt and waistcoat.

For my son's Halloween costume I made a repro of Link’s shield from the Legend of Zelda

At the last minute I made a Victorian bustle ballgown in homage to the one in Daniel Deronda 

I've got a few other costumes in the partially finished state but they will have to wait for 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Force Awakens Costumes on Exhibit

I took some photos of the small group of Force Awakens costumes on Exhibit at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood.  I don't want to spoiler anyone so click on this link if you want to see them.
I also thought you might enjoy some of the non-spoiler fun things the theater did in honor of the movie:

Organist playing Star Wars theme with bad-guy logo in background

a fun laser "lightsaber" show before the movie

Street view of the theater

They had a teaser playing on continuous loop where you see R2-D2

Monday, December 28, 2015

HSF #12: Re-Do: Silver Screen - Fox riding habit shirt and waistcoat from The Duchess

 I finally finished two more pieces for my Fox ensemble - before the new year and in time for the last Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge of 2015 - whew!

I've also got the petticoat partially done.

Maybe I can finish it for the HSF's first challenge :procrastination -- as it's been sitting in a 1/2 finished state on my cutting table for the last month!  Or maybe I'll finally get to finishing my Outlander petticoat.

If I work quickly maybe I can finish the riding habit coat for the gender bender or protection challenges...

And I still have the bustle ballgown to finish and anything new I want to make for the Jane Austen evening in January.

Gee, I guess 2016 is already filling up!  :P

Challenge #12: Re-Do 

What the item is: An 18th C riding habit shirt and waistcoat

What Challenge/s are you re-doing? #11: Silver Screen - the inspiration comes from the "Fox" riding habit Kiera Knightly wears in the movie The Duchess.

Fabric: cotton lawn for the shirt and wool/silk blend for the vest front and linen for the back

Pattern: I used this diagram from Reconstructing History the basis for my shirt.  And I took the advice of Merja and Aubry and modded a pattern for a men's waistcoat from Costume Close Up - many thanks for all your advice ladies!

Year: 1784

Notions: Thread, fox-faced buttons and hair canvass for the waistcoat, and dorset buttons for the shirt. Ribbon to tie she shirt and lace up the back of the waistcoat.

How historically accurate is it? I've done a fair amount of research on what Georgiana might have actually worn during this time and I think these patterns are fairly close, however most internal seams were sewn by machine and I have no idea if the fox buttons are remotely close to period but they were too cool to pass up.

Hours to complete: I have to admit I always hate this question. I work on too many things at once to know! And I have kids! And I'm scatter-brained! And old compared to all you whipper-snappers! Grumble, grumble...

First worn: Not worn yet.

Total cost: The lawn was $22.00. The vest front fabric was expensive! $45!  But the rest of the fabric came from the stash.