7th January 2012: Coat progress Finally! Christmas is over and I am now allowed to sew things again, so I ventured out in the rediculous winds of the outside world to go and find fabrics to get started on this and the other 5 costumes I'm working on right now.
As far as Jasmine is concerned, I know where I'm getting the majority of the fabrics and will be putting in that order sometime next week, so the only things I picked up are the Satins for the coat/jacket. I know what you're thinking, "Satin?! Are you mad woman?!", but it really is the best option for this and since she is the daughter of a sultan it is far more appropriate than any more matte fabric that would have draped in the same way. However, I'm not stupid enough to buy cheap Satin like so many Disney Princess costumes I've seen before, so I bought some high-quality Duchess Satin from the lovely guys at the Bridal Satins stall in Birmingham Rag Market. £5 a metre with Cosplayer discount (yeah, they are that brilliant) and just the right colours I needed.
So voila, the jacket is now nearly completely cut out and pinned together to see how it will look. It's so pretty to wear, and billows out when you walk in it which should be an absolute asset in hot May weather, not to mention the fact that the fibre content should keep me cool too. All I have to do now is find some lining fabric and something for the sleeves and I can start sewing.
On the mannequin is also a mock-up possibility for the construction of the bodice and trousers made out of left over fabric from a dress I made years ago. I think this still needs a lot of work as the bodice shape is not working brilliantly and looks too bulky with the panels, so I'll try out a few other methods before I decide on one. The waistband however, even without the elastic, works really well in creating that deep V waist that reaches up to my waist at the back (this is hidden by the jacket and will help it stay up), so I'll keep that to be placed under the bronze decoration.
Also, little note: The background in these pictures is the fabric for the blue fairy. I literally cannot contain my excitement.