26th August 2013: The Path to Princedom Part 6- The Chronicles of Coat. And now the most complex part of the costume broken down- the COAT.
13th August 2013: Shirt! Made from an old bedsheet and lace I had hanging around. Realised in this photo that I need some beige underwear for this costume...
Full shirt making pictures over here: http://khaoskostumes.com/?p=801
11th August 2013: Final wig! Used a lace front blonde wig, back combed the top and slowly made it into a beehive shape. Total time about 8 hours- had a real task with the curls on the side and had to use bobby pins to secure them into place.
11th August 2013: Wig mark one First attempt at wig failed. It got so far then I tried it on and found it too heavy at the back. I wanted this costume to be comfortable and to be able to wear it while working so I decided (after a 3am stare at the ceiling session) to order a new wig and start again.
3rd August 2013: Waistcoat done. I'm awful at getting selfies in costume.
3rd August 2013: Waistcoat before bias binding and beads Had real trouble lining up the button holes on the lining with the outside. Next time I'd add the button holes last.
3rd August 2013: HERD U LIEK BEADS. About 200 on the pocket flaps alone. Sads.
3rd August 2013: Waistcoat embroidery finished 46 designs, most of them the little swirls on the body of the coat. If I had to redo this I'd leave out the button holes and do those separately towards the end of the costume.
26th July 2013: ENORMOUS TROUSER detail Buttons are embroidery on the taffeta with a felt backing. Cute little pearl clusters that NO ONE WILL SEE BUT I CARE.
26th July 2013: Path to Princedom part 2- ENORMOUS TROUSERS Total work time on trousers- 9 hours. Made from 2m of taffeta, which is annoyingly see through. Embroidery was designed then applied to the marked out areas on the fabric before being cut out. Trousers were then self lined before the front flap welts added for that authentic crotch feel.
20th July 2013: The path to Princedom Part 1- References and Materials I spent a good few hours going through the series and screen shotting the costume. Unfortunately I couldn’t track down where the costumes ended up, though the costume maker in the series is billed as Annie Hardinge. I spent far too long finding out what the hell a watch/seal fob was.
Patterns I’ve taken from my pattern store and include the basic coat from burda 2471 and the trousers, waistcoat and shirt from simplicity 4923
Most of the materials in this costume are recycled or taken from my fabric stores. The hardest thing to track down was a suitable pink for the coat. In the show it is clearly a silk, but I went for an upholstery fabric in a dusky pink, the only fabric I could find with a tessellating pattern on it.
For shoes I’m the same height as Christian, so we decided to put me in heels and him in flats to attempt to make me look like the tower of manhood that is Hugh Laurie. I spent a very long time looking for the right colour shoes before deciding it was impossible and buying the lightest suede ones I could find. Suede is fantastic for cosplaying because you can paint suede and it doesn’t flake.
Angelphie - 7th August 2013
Amazing, love all the embroidery and bead work - looking forward to seeing it finished!
KhaosKreator - 11th August 2013
Kei- I'll be doing the masquerade and sunday night live with Christian as my faithful blackadder! Are you doing something this year? Looking forward to catching up with you!
madmazda86 - 22nd August 2013
This was so damn fabulous. You and Christian were awesome :D Was great to see all that embroidery and beading up close, what a fiddle but so worth it, it looks amazing!
Amy-Lou - 22nd August 2013
Epic! You guys were on top form on stage and the detail on this costume is so inspiring, it's a work of art.
Nesproxy - 22nd August 2013
Waaah! You were superb, I saw you in SNL! :D
MoonLily - 26th August 2013
You were just perfect in this and it was lovely to meet you! ^^
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