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|I loooooove them. They were one of my favourite outfits when I saw the series! So much blue, and stars, this outfit was made for me.|
I love blue and stars.
This is my #SewNovember project. Along with a make up brushes bag so it won't be literally everyday I post progress on this costume as whenever I'm waiting for something to arrive I'll be making the make up bag!
|3m powder blue duchess satin||£26.97||Bought|
|3m royal blue bi-stretch||£11.37||Bought|
#SewNovember - Trim (Posted 12th November 2013)
I'm on my phone atm but will link a bias binding cutting tutorial I always use without fail (I do it from memory now but when I was learning I would use this one!) And it gives me decent bias binding every time.
#SewNovember Mock Up II (Posted 11th November 2013)
Sewed it altogether and tried it on with just a pin at the back. Still needs adjustments but I'll do that later, I wanna get going on proper sewing now so gonna start cutting out the trim so that everything is all cut out and stuff!
I am not sorry for showing off my bunny pyjama shorts, they totally make the costume.
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#SewNovember - Mock Up (Posted 10th November 2013)
Made a mock up out of calico, as you can see it was well worth it!
I need to tighten up the bust area but otherwise the pointy bits flare out fine and it's good to see it implemented with fabric rather than newspaper. When I put the bust area to the way I want it I will sew it up and test it on my own body.
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#SewNovember - Bodice First draft (Posted 9th November 2013)
I've been slacking already in #SewNovember! Been super busy and tired these past few nights due to having to put on a screening at work one night then an extra long orchestra rehearsal last night. I've been doing research for another costume that's not part of #SewNovember too so ahh, why aren't days 36hrs long!?
Anyway, this is sort of how I begin the patterning process. I do any calculations needed with maths. In this case, most of the maths needed was to do with how far apart the pointy bits needed to be. I measured my waist and then roughly measured how big the area where the pointy bits end is. Divided these two numbers to get a scale factor (in my case roughly 1.5). Then I separated this into my front and back, so I took my front and quartered it and took the middle quarters and this was where the seam lines would be and the centre of the point. Took the point from my centre to the seam line and then multiplied this by the scale factor and then used this value as the distance from the centre to the point and then I joined the lines together to make the first point.
The rest of the bodice I kind of draft by heart as I've done so many bodices now... The pattern is forever engraved into my head so I find it hard to explain OTL.
Not sure if my maths made sense to anyone at all, it's much easier to sketch it out!
Now I'm going to redraw the newspaper cut outs onto calico and see if it drapes right with fabric. I don't normally do this but I want to be extra sure when distributing this pattern as it actually matters this time XD
#SewNovember - Skirt II (Posted 6th November 2013)
I cut out a new pattern using the old one as a base (mainly for the waist) and just drew it out to be 3 inches shorter.
Using the new pattern I cut out another skirt!
I only used half the fabric I bought. So if my fellow idols are reading this, only buy 2m of duchess satin and you'd still have room for errors! I'm probably going to make other people's costumes anyway so the fabric won't go to waste for me and I don't mind being the guinea pig at all :)
Now I did go to FabricLand today but I didn't intend to so I didn't bring any offcuts with me to get the right coloured thread. But I did go to buy some calico to make a bodice pattern tomorrow evening! I don't leave work til 8pm tomorrow so there's no chance I can buy thread tomorrow haha XD
#SewNovember - Skirt I (Posted 5th November 2013)
Still barely any progress but I've been pretty busy today! To be fair I was occupied with cosplay research for something else which took up a lot of my #SewNovember time, but it's all very relevant to the theme!
Only had time to cut out the lower layer of the skirt today. Tomorrow I will trace the pattern onto some newspaper or whatever I can find for the shorter layer and cut that out.
If I get off work early then I will go into town and buy some appropriate thread to start sewing as well! Otherwise it's just more pattern making for the time being.
#SewNovember - Skirt pattern cut (Posted 4th November 2013)
I'm doing things ever so slowly because I don't have time to go to FabricLand for the next couple of days. So I will run out of things to do very quickly XD
So I cut out the skirt pattern, feel ever so ripped off as it's literally just a circle skirt! But I will still follow it and will see if it's a better method to how I make it with the notches and everything. I feel the need to learn how to use conventional patterns anyway!
P.S. I always cut patterns to the largest size so that if people are bigger than me I don't have to worry about resizing it. Plus it makes it easier if I suddenly gain weight! When I say always... This is the second pattern I've ever used XD
#SewNovember - Fabrics II (Posted 3rd November 2013)
I've had this horsehair braid for ages now because I like keeping things like this in my sewing box at all times. I like getting big rolls from eBay because it works out cheaper that way but for those that will never use it again, get however much you think the hem of the skirts will be!
I always buy from this supplier - the 30mm.
#SewNovember - Fabrics (Posted 2nd November 2013)
I usually get friends from Birmingham to buy my Duchess satin for £5p/m however as this is for a group I decided to source all my fabric online so that others can buy from the same source.
I will use the powder blue duchess satin for the skirts.
And the royal blue bi-stretch for the top and handmade trim.
I chose bi-stretch for the top because it doesn't crease easily so when we're dancing it won't suddenly crease up, especially as it's so form fitting. It will however make bias binding making a right pain because it's nearly impossible to iron. To work around this problem I've bought 25-30m of horsehair braid so I can just cut the fabric on the bias into long strips and sew that on simultaneously with the horsehair braid so that it won't shift and it will stay in place. It will also give it that extra cute flounce the skirts appear to have!!
Picture is the fabric with and without flash. I'm never at home in the daytime so only have very yellow dim lighting instead!
#SewNovember - Pattern research (Posted 1st November 2013)
I'm making this costume as part of the #SewNovember challenge. I did in fact start on the 1st November however this is my first opportunity on a laptop as I had been home all weekend! So I'm already having to catch up with my journals haha.
This cosplay is for a big group at Kitacon and so I put extra effort in researching patterns to distribute to the group. The skirt pattern was the easiest to work out as there are tons of patterns out there. I bought Simplicity 3618 for the skirt as it's separate and drapes the way I want it to.
I'm going to see how short one layer is and then will probably make the second layer shorter.