|Cost :||too bloody much|
|i'm going this costume in a pair with my fella Mangachild who has bravely agreed to don a blonde wig and strut his stuff with me|
i wanted to have a dress for the up-coming Grand Cosplay Ball that would really raise the standard of the costumes i have been doing previousley and i wanted somthing beautiful that i could put my whole heart into,
i havent actualy played lineage but fell in love with the artwork when i saw it and mike has agreed to wear the counterpart costume for this so i'm really looking forward to it
bought the fabric for the main body of the dress yesterday which i am now thinking may not be quite right :( the colour i got is a cream because i didnt want to be too Bright White, in reflection i may be able to get away with it as i'm doing the main bodice of the dress in a pale gold lace ontop of a cream base with the top floaty layer of the skirt in a crinkle shiffon that i plan to do a lettuce edge on
i just need to decide if i want the chiffon to be white or cream :S
ok, so i decided on cream chiffon and have bought everything i need to get started, i wasnt sure on how the colours would go so i plonked the fabric in a dress shaped heap in the floor to see if the fabrics would suit,
Yay, dress shaped pile of fabrics make me feel happy!
lettuce edging is hard, i put 9 holes in my dress whilst doing it,
the stupid fabric is like tissue paper. :(
extra info on how to sew a lettuce hem found online
Q: I would like to add a lettuce hem to some lace fabric but I just have a regular sewing machine, not a serger. Can this be done?
To "lettuce" a hem, press the fabric along the hemline and then stretch the fold as you satin stitch along the fold.
Set the machine for a 3 mm to 5 mm wide and a .5 mm to 1 mm long satin stitch. Use an embroidery or satin-stitch presser foot.
Press under the shirt hem allowance.
Holding the fabric in front of and behind the presser foot, stretch as you zigzag along the creased edge letting the needle fall off the edge of the fold on the right-hand swing. The more you stretch the fabric, the greater the lettuce effect.
If greater thread coverage is desired, stitch over the previous stitching, again stretching as you sew.
On the wrong side, trim the hem allowance close to the stitching.
Answer found at:
|cut top layer of lace to sit flush with lettuce hem||High||Complete|
|tack stitch flouncy layer to hold in perfect position||Low||Complete|
|add weird droopy down loin cloth type bits||Low||Complete|
|add edging to lace folds on the back of the dress||Low||Complete|
*SNAP* ahhh crap!! (Posted 24th November 2008)
OK, so this weekend hasn't been overly forward going,
apart from that I've still not decided how I'll be making the gloves, or what I'll be making them out of,
i have made some templates for other bits and have drawn a few pattern ideas but its getting increasingly difficult to work on a dress i have to wear at the same time, I'm thinking i may have to sweet talk my sister into being my mannequin whilst i pin it,
blah blah blah blah blah (Posted 21st November 2008)
ok, in the last few days i've done all the lettuce edging on the middle layer, kinda fixed the tiara ant attempted to make the bottom layer of the skirt
the skirt section i made was a bit too small to go over the crinoline i bought so i need to open the back seam and hide another section in to make it fit properley, i'm hoping that the layers i have will be long enough to hide my errors, tonite i'm hoping to add a section to the dress and add the rose detailing to the front, anything more than that will be a bonus
Update 17/11/08 (Posted 17th November 2008)
OK so because i am a giant lamer i haven't updated this in ages so here goes,
The dress is 3/4 of the way done,
as my corset making skills are crap at the moment i was originally going to use an old red corset that i had lying around but once i started to work with it i could clearly see it wasn't going to work...
so i decided not to use the red Corset as a base because i didn't think it would give me the sheer shape i was looking for, and after about 4 months i found a seamless moulded Basque that i could use to give me the effect I've been trying to achieve,
because the Basque was white i first covered it in a stretch cream fabric (kudos to my mum for finding it and letting me steal it)
the middle section (with all the lacy flouncy bits ) was a real swine... i couldn't find anything suitable that would give me a decent lettuce edge, i tried everything from t-shirt fabric to crinkle chiffon and everything in between,
in the end i found an Alexander Mcqueen dress in TK maxx (£300 ticket price)that had the perfect fabric that i was after, it was a couple of layers of really flouncy stretch mesh that looked beautiful, not wanting to dramatically increase my budget i tried as much as i could to find the same fabric anywhere and everywhere.... and failed
so with my fantastic fabric in hand i made a seperate layer of lacey frills to go between the boddice and skirt
i need to add lace/lettuce edging to the middle layer, depending on what i decide to do...