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|Rozy's costume has just hit the stage where I can see how it's going to look. I find there's a point in every costume wher it stops being bits you are putting together and starts being a costume in its own right. Rozalin got to that stage when I added the blue bead on the front of her dress.|
To start with, I made the bodice from my usual pattern. It's black satin, lined with a particulary beuatiful, soft and cheap gold satin. The midle panel is red satin, front and back.
Rozy's skirts are MASSIVE, so needed a bit of forethought. I ended up going with circle skirts for fulllness and hang. Step one was to work out the size I needed, then constuct a pattern out of new scientist pages! I made a sector an eighth of the total circle (because I ran out of magazine!) and then transfered this to the fabric. Once I had eight panels in both black and red cut out, stiched together and pressed, I didn't have much of the day left :)
Skirts were then attached to the bodice, and a zip put in. I adjusted the seams on the bodice so it fits a bit better, and doesn't gape under the arms. I also added invisble brastraps to prevent any flashing accidents happening at the ball!
Next step - many bows. There are four on the dress and one round her neck. Rather than tie bows in ribbon, which I never feel ends up looking right, I constructed bow shapes out of satin. You make a butterfly shape, then use a narrow rectangle to make the center peice. I made all the large jewels out of fimo, painted with nailpolish to make them shine a bit more.
In order to make the skirts stick out from my body, I have two underskirts of netting - one to go under the petticoat and on to go under the red satin skirt. I'll decide whether I need a third to go under the black skirt when the petticoat is made, but I suspect I'll have difficulty going through doors as it is.
Things left to do:
Buy more red satin and make large bow at back.
Attach the other two yellow bows
Make clip on earrings
Find suitable shoes
Buy and style wig