Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Truly Victorian Imperial Bustle

So, I have decided upon many things. Firstly, I will be revisiting Disney World Promptly. I will be going for the Halloween Thing. Yes.I will go twice, once as Ariel in the dinner dress, and then again in a group entitled:

Princess and The Frog Does Bustles. 

Oh yes, I will be Lotte, bustlin' it up, making my sister Dr. Facilier, and my other sister into Tiana. Oh, the engorged backsides. Oh, the trims! I cannot wait. 

In the meantime Im using some Truly Vic patterns to start with another Project, my Eye Watering Plaid dress. First things first, a Proper Large derriere. 

This is my fabric, a lovely polished synthetic that looks like carnivorous alien plant life: 

And of course I have the amazing pattern by Truly Victorian, 

The hooping as well. I have hooping, but I wanted to make the first one to the ideal measurements. 

For my boning channels Im using up some vintage (60s) bias tape I inherited. Yay, reduce reuse and recycle, (CHA!)

Love how this looks. OMG, it makes me sad I put them on the inside. 

My fabric choice came from a long tablecloth/runner, so had limited fabric. I wasn't able to ruffle the whole back but I got a good few flounces. I LOVE box pleating. Seriously. LOVE IT.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tobelsa, Letting Gender Confusion Go

So, my son can be defined as a typical boy. Dirty, whiny, running on some kind of nuclear battery that never ends, and adorable. He's also, if you want to put a name to it, on the autism spectrum. This is a HUGE spectrum, from people who are socially awkward (Yeah, thats a thing) to people who are violent and incapable of functioning without major assistance. My boy is a realm unto himself, as are all autistic children. I worked as a special ed admit for a few years and am familiar with the children who are slotted into the 'special' category and lemme tell ya, he is something else all together.

Aside from the obvious differences between my son and other children, there is one thing I didn't think to plan for when picking out baby booties at Babies R Us. My son is completely innocent. Seriously. He contains no negative emotions whatsoever. No anger, or hatred, or spite and, the important part to this particular post, no shame. He is just as quick to grab a swatch of fabric and toss it over his shoulders as a cape as he is to slip on my hoop-skirts and trot around proclaiming he's a Princess. This is not 'gender confusion' its honestly the pure and untainted desire to play pretend, without any kind of filter or consequences.

Its rather unnerving to me, since I never before thought I was traditional minded when it came to gender roles.

And now we reach the meat of the blogpost. There is a slim chance that my family might be able to go to Disney again this year. When I asked my boy what he wanted to be for Halloween at Disney, he smiled up at me and said "I wanna be Elsa!!"

Oh boy.

Some awesome, cool, mild-mannered parents are able to let thier child go into public dressed as they pleased. If a boy wants to wear a skirt? SURE! If a girl wants to dress like a Prince? Why not? These parents are amazing, and I dearly wish I could be one of them. But Im not.

I live in fear that my son's oblivious innocence will be crushed under the cruel boot of insensitive children. Or worse, that they will tease and be mean and he wont know why they are doing so. I can't even imagine what I would do if I saw this happening, I mean, he wouldn't understand cruelty like that. I am a mama bear when it comes to my boy.

You would be surprised at how introspective I got from a simple costume!!!

After contemplating the casual cruelty of children, my own horror stories from grade school, and everything I know from personal experience and stories of my friends, I made an executive decision. I was going to make a genderswapped Elsa.

Duh Holly. Geez. How obvious! I mean, best sides of both worlds, without encroaching on the whole, gender confusion thing! Ive decided to let that decision tree go until he's a little older. lol. So, off to the Google to see how other people pull the Genderswapped Elsa.

by Crazy-FanGirl27,

Hoo boy. Thats it. All I need, right there. (Click images to go to where I got them from, if they are yours and you dont want me to use them, please say and I will remove them immediately. :D) 

Obviously, my five year old will not be sporting man-cleavage, and the honkin, BEAUTIFUL pectoral will be sadly lacking in his portrayal. Loving the colors, white, pale blue instead of Elsa's teals, and the cape... the second image has something like what I looking at.... 

Pattern (Cuz I gotsta have me a pattern.) 

M5214, Tabard, Doublet and Belt
Mccalls 5214
Now, wait, don't knock it till you try it. The costumes on Frozen are all pretty well mid 1800. Coats and tails, heavily tailored kind of things. They cut high in the front, military decoration and all that. But, I was thinking about Elsa's parents. 

Her fathers rockin' the tunic looking thing. 

So Im gonna do as I do and damn the rest of it. :D

Anyway, heres the plan. The poufy sleeves are going to be a gauzy, sheer fabric with an embellishment of sparklies on it. 

The tunic is a icey tealish blue taffeta, much like my Ariel Dinner Dress, 

lastly, the cloak will be this netting, it is silver and looks like icey frost. 

Im splicing the pattern look, the artwork, Elsa's dad, and Jareth the goblin king together to try and create a male Elsa with the same snowy umph but not so much the snowflake frill. 

The cloak Im going to hand drape. I keep seeing a design in my head of one should pleated heavily with bulk, and the other shoulder having just a scrap hanging on, with drapery in the back a la bitchy Roman dudes. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Abraham Lincoln Funeral: The Boy's Costume

In may here in Springfield Il, there is going to be reenactment of Lincoln's Funeral. The whole shebang with the calvary, and civilians. Some people are going to do it full on. Hand made costume, setting up tents, going full monty. (Not naked, mind you. Fully clothed full monty)

I am not that dedicated. I will hand sew hems til my fingers bleed but I can't seem to make myself buy twelve yards of really good cotton/wool/silk, when I have SO FREAKING MUCH POLY that would do the job perfectly. Im in the mindset that if it Looks like it could be accurate, its accurate enough. Part of that comes from my noncomformist streak, part comes from the beautiful fabrics I already have which are not 'technically period' and lastly, Im cheap. Seriously. I can make a gown just as easily from a duvet cover as brocade and I can almost certainly say no one will have a gown like mine.

(Not that they would WANT to, but still.)

So, I will be gowned appropriately (In my eyes) and have decided to garb my son as well. I gotta tell you, looking for kids photos from the Civil war era is HARD. Oh, not that they arn't there, oh there are TONS.

Just half of them are POST MORTEM.

Yeah, nothing worse then trying to judge seams when you can't see through the haze of tears because that is just a baby. It makes sense, to try and preserve the memory of a loved one, but my god is hard for a mother to look through. Anyway, at least I found this NOT POST MORTEM photo.

CDV Victorian Boy by C T Newcombe of London Lovely Lighting c1860s Photograph | eBay

I took this idea into making my son a costume. I used a Burda pattern as a base to keep my pieces the proper size, but cut... well, creatively.

Heres a selection of photographs as I went through and made this costume

Originally it was this nice, inoffensive beige scratchy wool like fabric. I can't even begin to guess what kind of fabric it is lol. I wanted something a bit more sombre, so I thought about dying it. 

There is actually a TON of research and historical accuracy about dying clothes in civil war era. When it was too expensive to make all new wardrobes for the mourners, they through original outfits into dye-bins and made them black. I used a cheap dye kit from Walmart and dyed the whole thing. I know, I know. Your supposed to dye just a bit to see if it'll work, but heck if I can't even make a muslin Im sure as heck not waiting to dye something! Anyway, it turned out better than I hoped: 

This really nice dark grey, pebbled fabric. Somber and still not as stark and pure black. Yay! 

Then after this point it was mostly hand work. Hemming, button holes, and such. 

I plan on getting a slouchy hat and black boots but after that, he's all done!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ariels Pink Dress Tutorial Three

For the back closure I knew three things.

1) No zippers. I dont have anything against them, as a whole, trust me. But in my costumes an obvious zipper just kinda sticks out badly.

2) No buttons. A thousand buttons like seed pearls swooping down the spine in a row looks gorgeous... but have you ever tried to sew those suckers on? omg. And image, getting INTO and OUT OF the dress!? So, no buttons.

3) Buttons and zippers are the only things I had experience with.

There is a third option. But it involves... murder...


No, I jest. it involves lacing. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pink Ariel Walk Through Numero DOS!!!

Wow, can't believed I actually am writing the second one! And so quickly to! And, more to the point, AT THE RIGHT TIME! Mainly I will write one part, then ignore it until I get the project done and do a rush post. Lookit me, being all numerical and in order! Woot!!

Okay, as of right now the gown looks like this. (dont get excited, its still in pieces I just drape it up to keep myself interested.)

Okay, so heres what I did so far. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ariel Pink Dress Tutorial Part One

Okay. So. I know there's been some issue with Ariels pink dress. A lot of very influential bloggers have stated they dislike it. Red hair, it is commonly known, does not make good bed partners with the color pink. Brichan, my very favorite artist has even made a most amusing picture ->

Which, by the by is HILARIOUS. So many cosplayers have seen and posed in this way because Bri is like a demi-god in the Disney world. She deserves that status believe you me.

Anyway, for my part, I've never seen anything offensive about the gown. In fact, it is my favorite Disney Princess dress. I can recall the scene perfectly, where Ariel steps out from the shadows and into the light, modest and eager, and Erik is all like; DAYUM.

Anyway, bottom line. I want to make some Princess getups for myself and this is at the top of my list for being my favorite Disney Dress.