|Cost :||Probably around £90 total|
|For the SCIV group at Ayacon. I'm not fond of Ivy's 1p, but I love this outfit despite the fact that she appears to have copied Maxi's hairdo.|
This is my first attempt at wig colouring, as I am putting some lilac into a white/silver wig to get Ivy's hair colour as accurate as I can.
I also love Ivy because she's built like a brickhouse and so am I ^_^
Commissioned Tab (KhaosKreator) to make the buckled belt for me, as I hate making belts and am rubbish at sculpting.
|Glue brooches on to sleeve tops||High||Planned|
YES! (Posted 20th July 2009)
I finally convinced the fabric to dye.
Now if only Royal Mail weren't (%*"&£(%£ I'd be able to really get working - but until I get that bias binding, nothing much can happen. It literally holds the costume together!
Wig colouring (Posted 19th July 2009)
Here's a comparison picture of the wig before and after colouring. It took me three evenings to colour. I think I went slightly overboard and it's come out more lilac than I intended, but it's still a reasonably subtle colour.
Used 3 Letraset markers in "Lavender".
Things are progressing! (Posted 6th July 2009)
The wig is fully coloured and cut, and it's in a few plaits at the front to get a slight wavy effect.
My experiments with dye have so far only turned my white fabric into light grey fabric, but I've ordered more dye in two types. There's a risk it'll end up black, but if that happens I'll just go with it - I initially thought the costume was black anyway.
I spent the weekend patterning the corset/basque and skirt, and I've now cut out all the pieces. They need interfacing but I'll do that once they're dyed. The lining has also been cut - in fact, the only pieces that remain to be cut are the black chiffon pieces.
I also need to pad out the bra. My boobs aren't exactly small, but Ivy is renowned for her ample assets and the design of this costume allows for padding, so I'm using a bra two cup sizes larger than I wear myself. Combined with a corset to give me more of an indented waist, it's giving me a reasonably accurate silhouette.
I've commissioned Tab (Khaoskreator) to make the belt for me, as I hate making belts and wasn't sure on what to make the buckle out of, and I know Tab will do a great job particularly as he's using real leather.
Royal Mail has delayed my progress somewhat, however >_< Irritatingly, they decided to return my parcel containing bias binding and eyelets to sender after less than the official 7 days, so now I have to contact the seller and let them know it's not my fault. Incidentally, this parcel was not delivered properly - there were 5 people in our flat, 3 of them very close to the front door, when the "sorry you were out" card was pushed through. No knock, no attempt to properly deliver the parcel. I'm not at all impressed and I think I'll be chasing this up with them.
Wig (Posted 17th June 2009)
I got a marker pen from Letraset in their "Lavender" shade and started colouring the wig last night. Because it's such a subtle tone, I'm getting away with colouring small chunks with the broad-nibbed end of the marker. I think I did about 50% of the necessary colouring last night, although I don't know if washing the excess ink off will mean I need to do another coat - the wig is a bit stiff with the ink now.
The colour is coming out really nicely. It's a bit of a shame, as the wig was a lovely silver colour beforehand, but I was determined to try and get the right colour hair for Ivy as it's something you rarely see.
I've also purchased some brocade fabric. It's white and I don't know how well it will dye, so I'll be doing a test dye with Dylon multipurpose in pewter once I've picked up some dye. If it doesn't work I may give up on the idea of having the brocade details, as nothing I've found comes close enough to matching both pattern and colour.