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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cinderell-y

Okay, stage two of my Princesses for Disney Funtimes. My Niece number Two is going as Cinderella, her favorite Princess. (Aside from Tinkerbelle, and Ive already ranted about revealing outfits enough). I decide to raid my pattern stash and see what I can do.

VOILA!!



Neckline not too reveling, nice historical background, and a parted 'top skirt' which brings to mind Cindy's Swags. The sleeves would have to go though.

So first I picked my fabrics. If you'll recall...




The shiny white stuff is for swags and sleeves, blue embroidered bit over white for the bodice and the blue satin is for the skirt. A note on that, by the by. The satin was originally off-white in color. I used an entire dye pot of navy to tint it blue and it came out remarkably well.




So. The bodice.

I placed the netting over the white, and then pinned it down firmly. Then I placed the pattern on it and cut that slippery mother out.




Afterwards, I sewed each panel to its backings, and then to each other. 


Bonus! Got some actual pattern matching going on there. WOOT!! Anyway. 


On Blue, in various, badly lit, photos. 

Next I used my brand new, handy dandy grommet-puncher-thingy-mabober and made eyelets. Yay! 




Of course, the skirt I didn't even bother photographing. I layered the three yards long, ridiculously wide piece down, and folded it three times. Then I sliced it diagonally. Gave me three pieces on the fold and six half pieces. I sewed them together, alternating. Then, I sewed the waistband on, just a piece of wide ribbon I had lying around. I used all excess fabric in the front, for the pleating seen on Cindy's dress. 

Next: SWAGS. I borrowed heavily from here: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6AE9Q7Nhao





SO grateful for her tutorial. Her and her mum ROCK! 

Anyway, I eyeballed the shape and haphazardly performed despicable acts upon my defenseless fabric. I cut our four and wedged a similar shaped netting in the middle for added pouf. I love Traybuff's gown but my personal preferences lean toward a slightly LESS bodacious hip-tude. Then I added a long length of netty, shiny lace to the straight edge, like Traybuff. She really inspired me with this. 




Afterward I well, I wouldn't call it draping. I PIN patterns up. So this is the dress, Pinned to Blue. 



I might mention at this point the skirt is a three yard long rectangle that I roughly pleated to fit for aesthetic reasons. I liked the shape and so sewed all the layers together and then roughly pleated the long, curved up and sewed it to a length of bias tape to keep it all together and assist in sewing it to the bodice afterwards. 



Then I roughly tacked on some swatches of fabric for sleeves to get a good look at the full picture.



 And took it to work with me, to work on the little stuff.

(A note here. Turns out the bodice needed a bit more backing and I feared that my nieces, well, 'tips' might be dark enough to show through. Since I had already sewn the bodice I had to Frankenstein a thicker lining and tack it in. THEN I went and sewed side back to front and side front to the back! So somewhere in there the lining doesn't line up exactly. Lol. As Traybuff would say. 'Can't be bothered!")



Heres my best pic of it, with the necklace I bought. Actually pictures will be put up way later. Blue is assisting me with another gown.

Sneak peek?


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Snow White: History and Rant

I want to document my thoughts and theories about my Snow White costume, because I'm one of those odd people who actually rationalize their choices. Its weird I know but oh well. Right?



So, I mentioned in one of my posts that I am seeing her gown through a film of textures. I started thinking about what we know about Snow White from the cartoon. She's a servant who used to be a Princess in a castle which looks a little run down. There are also few servants around her. So Im thinking when she dresses up she has to make due with what shes got. Im positive Evil Queen isn't going give her a few yards of satin and a pat on the head.

I see Snow finding some old curtains of yellow slightly bleached by the sun and makes a skirt. And maybe, an old dress of her mothers that she can salvage the bodice from. Maybe the sleeves came from a childhood skirt that survived. The cloak was an old bed hanging that was being thrown away. She pulled it all together and this becomes her special clothes.

This is my theory anyway, on the dress.


RANT BELOW, BEWARE!!!!!!!


Okay, I'm gonna throw this out there and let it lie.

I HATE THIS


AND THIS




AND THIS





Okay, there are some artists who cosplay and make it sexy and do it well. Their costumes are flawless, the detail is amazing. I will readily admit that their work is awesome. HOWEVER. Snow white was a thirteen year old girl who was nearly KILLED because of her beauty and only SAVED because of her beauty, and then was KILLED AND SAVED AGAIN BECAUSE OF HER BEAUTY!

The Disney version if a piece of childhood, and the original fairy-tale is a warning and I really think that sexifying the princesses is wrong. I really do. It offends me when I see it.

So while I am amazed and awestruck by these cosplayers whose art blows anything I might do out of the water, I just can't get over how WRONG it is.

Personal opinion however, feel free to disregard. Im just researching costumes and I keep seeing this!


Snow White: Eyelets



I got one of these and its my new favorite toy. Really. I love it.

Okay, so its not this cool looking one, it is one from Joanns, but seriously. I only ruined four making a line of eyelets down one side of my Snow White bodice. Thats like, 1/8th what I usually ruin making eyelets the ole fashioned way.

Anyway, I'm making a ridiculous amount of eyelets down the back of my bodice for stability and also because I might not loose as much weight as I want to, so Im also making a modesty panel and relying on my cape to keep my lacing secrets.  Here's some in action shots.






Truthfully I should've measure a little better but Im getting to the point of either I do it now, AT THIS VERY MINUTE OR CURSE IT ALL ITS NOT GETTING DONE. 

The pile o fabrics for E and A's outfits are calling me and I NEED to finish this one or I really wont. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Snow White, So Far



Okay, so I'm using the pattern. Why not? Its perfect for my needs, aside from a few, minor issues. See, I don't like the skirt. Or the sleeves. But the bodice is right on target and the collar is perfect. So, why fix what ain't broken, am I right? Okay. So lets start. 

First, find your fabrics. Now, Snow white's dress is pretty basic, so I decided to veer in on textures. Here is my selection. 




Muslins are NOT my thing. I find them annoying and saddening creations which sap my dwindling time and engery. However, this is Srs Bsns Disney stuff. So I made a muslin of the bodice out of the fabric of the skirt. The skirt I made by making a circle skirt for the twirling. Whats the use of being a Princess if you can't get a respectable twirl? Anyway, it was the basic formula for a circle skirt found on a multitude of blogs by typing in How To Make A Circle Skirt. 

I also bought the thickest interfacing I could find and cut out the basic collar. 






Next, the cape. Because I need to bop around when I create something. Why do everything in a linear manner? It just is boring. So, I cut and sewed up the cape lining. Shown here. 


So, the cape next. 



Here I should mention that I did all the cutting beforehand, yesterday. Now I was doing as much sewing as i could before I brought it all down to press it all. Sleeves next!!! I kept the basic shape the same and made it in red, and used this nice, dark blue ribbon which matches my real bodice material perfectly. 




So, onto the bodice itself. 







And this is where I am today. Next, pressing, then finishing the cape, doing the other sleeve, finishing the bodice and actually making the collar. Lot to do, but a good start I think.