I finally found time on Monday to get the dress pieced together, as well as the collar in place (sleeves are coming up today!). I decided the dress would be more period appropriate without lining and worn with a chemise underneath instead. This is a good choice because with all the beadwork and pearls that will eventually be installed on the dress, it won’t make for an easy cleaning. I’ll probably still put in some underarm shields to save myself some struggle later, too!
That still requires some work for the collar, a facing, something. Since the collar of this dress shows the same gold accent on the cuffs and above the hem, I went that direction and did a sort of inside-out neckline facing. This is something I learned in the SCA as it’s an easy way to add the common neckline detail seen in a lot of medieval clothing. It’s prepared just the same way as a typical neckline facing, only with the facing coming to the outside instead of being hidden inside the garment.
To make this reverse facing especially successful, finish your inside shoulder seams using a French seam or other treatment (I simply folded under the raw edges of the seam and ironed them in place). Then you won’t have to be concerned with any raw edges of seams showing at your neckline.
Here’s where the inside-out/backwards part comes in. Instead of right side to right side, sew the pieces together right side of facing to wrong side of garment. This makes it so you can display the facing (the right side of the facing, without any seams or interfacing!) on the outside of the garment! It still enables a really tidy edge, but you get a nice contrast.
I went in after everything was ironed out (don’t forget to trim and grade those inside edges so the collar edge sits very nice; I just used my serger) and stitched the bottom edge down, as can be seen in the photo. Since you have this raw edge, zig zag stitching or covering the edge with trim is advisable, though if you feel like going to the trouble of hemming and stitching it down, that’s a nice look, too! I think I’ll be using a pretty strand of top-drilled pearls to accent the REST of the beading that will go into this dress. I liked the more earthy look of the offset pattern in the beads.
So there we are! I’ve also finally received all the beads I’m going to use on this costume, so it’s just a matter of getting the trim on sleeves and hem, and getting the beading done! The wig is also in my possession, and I think I’ll toss in a few flowers in as well! Just a few more steps and Ophelia should be finished!
It’s October! Fall starts, squash and pumpkins are in season, cooler days, maybe even some snow! And finally, Halloween!
I often get comments from my non-costuming friends that Halloween must be an easy holiday for me… just head into the costume closet, pull something out, tada, set for Halloween! Oddly enough, nothing could be farther from the truth! Because so many of my costumes are tied to sources not in the mainstream, they’re typically not recognizable to the general public (ah, the downfall of cosplay!). Not to mention that even if I’m doing something recognizable, I admit to a bit of fussiness and perfectionism in the creation of it. i mean, I’ve been creating costumes and competing for over ten years now… I guess I just can’t help myself a little!
Last year I wore one of my favorites, Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle, to my elementary school. It was a success, but not as Sophie… Everyone thought I was Laura from Little House on the Prairie! Oops! I can definitely see where the resemblance might be:
Can’t really argue with that! And being that those were some of my favorite books from my childhood, too, I decided I was perfectly willing to accept that conclusion. Funny how things work out!
This year Nick and I are planning on Princess Leia and Han Solo; pretty recognizable characters! I still find myself fussing over details (let me tell you, the ordeal of finding a very soft-handed fabric for Leia’s dress… well, I can’t really complain since it was on the search for this fabric that I ran into Mondo and Michael C.!), but I’m also willing to let things go! For example, Nick’s costume is mostly altered secondhand clothing; more information about the process will come out as I continue working on them.
I am a faithful viewer of Project Runway, so imagine my UTTER DELIGHT when I was in my beloved Denver Fabrics this afternoon and who was there? Michael C. and Mondo! I know Mondo is a Denver resident (represent!), but I was surprised to see Michael C. as well. Once I got over my initial shock, I was able to approach the guys, say hi and how cool it was to see them, and even got a photo (thank you, Nick!).
HOW COOL IS THAT? I’m honestly not usually such a goofball when meeting favorite celebrities (I like to think my meeting and ten minute chat with Peter Beagle at Dragon*Con was an enlightening one!), but I think the surprise of seeing these incredible designers in MY local fabric store just sent me over the edge! Thanks for being so cool to the nutty fangirl, guys!
There are a few trends in fashion that come back periodically and I’m always happy to see again, military style being one of my favorites. This seems to constantly be in and out of the spotlight and the runway, and it seems to be back again for the fall! Of course, I’m not going to destroy my checkbook enjoying new and returning trends, so I head over to one of my local secondhand stores to try my hand at them the frugal way!
I found this delightful military jacket at a local ARC for just $10! It’s a REAL Army jacket, I’m told, as evidenced by the construction, the patches on the arms, and some tags inside (interestingly, the tags detail instructions to give to your cleaners so your uniform looks its best! Cool!). It seems to be an older style, but in impeccable condition, so we think it belonged to someone who served quite some time ago and then kept their things in storage. It’s such an amazing find from any member of our armed forces, people who take care of us every day! Thank you for your service!
It is a seriously solid jacket with a heavy lining, good I suspect even in cold weather, but good for just cool fall, too! I wore it out on Wednesday for a Whedonverse Geeks Who Drink trivia event, and it kept me toasty warm while we sat outside on the patio and racked our brains! As the fall evenings keep getting cooler, I’ll keep it around!
Hi, I'm Beverly! I'm an elementary school teacher and artist in Denver, Colorado. I love creativity in all it's myriad forms, and I share it here (as well as at Livejournal and Blogspot, too! Pick your favorite!). I do a little bit of everything: crafting, sewing, jewelry-making, music, graphic design, home decorating, thrifting, and do-it-yourself work, and here's where I share it with the world! Thanks for visiting!
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