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Embellishing The Skirt

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Embellishing The Skirt

I just looked at the calendar and there are only 86 more days till Costume College! Luckily, I've been getting a lot done.  Hopefully I'll find time to blog about it as well as do it!  Here's how I've been blinging the gown skirt.    The skirt is trimmed with the 3"  metallic trim that I hand painted. This trim has an iron on backing, but I wasn't about to trust it, since a test swatch peeled off the velvet easily.  It did work well for "basting" it in place, though. I had planned to hand sew the trim, but the iron...

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Pretend Alchemy: Turning Silver into Gold

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Pretend Alchemy: Turning Silver into Gold

For the Queen of Margonia gown, I knew I wanted a wide gold trim that looked like embroidery.  I fell in love with this trim: I ordered a yard of it to experiment with. This is always a good idea when you're planning a major purchase. I'm glad I did, because when it arrived, I was disappointed to find that it wasn't the rich gold in the picture. Instead, it was a light beige-y gold with a green cast to it. But I still loved the design, so I sought a solution. Paint wouldn't work, because gold paint looks like gold paint.   I...

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The gown: Dyeing and Sewing Velvet(een)

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The gown: Dyeing and Sewing Velvet(een)

When I started this project, I knew I wanted the gown to be made of purple velvet. Now, "purple" means different things to different people.   I could have gone with the most authentic choice, Tyrian Purple, the color that was the true "Royal Purple"... no, actually I couldn't.  True Tyrian purple is made, according to Wikipedia, from a certain species of predatory sea snails, and it takes tens of thousands of them to make enough dye for one garment.  Aside from the difficulty of finding the wee beasties and extracting the dye from them, I have a severe gastropod phobia and just...

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Cats in the Sewing Room: A Public Service Announcement

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Cats in the Sewing Room: A Public Service Announcement

I get it, I really do.  Sewing, and especially costuming, results in lots of little ends and pieces of stuff strewn around your sewing space. Who wants to be constantly stopping to clean it all up when you could be sewing?  It's easier and some would say more efficient to leave it all till the end of the project and then do one massive cleanup. Unless, that is, you share your sewing space with cats. Cats like to play with that stuff, and often, playing with it leads to eating it.  If your cat swallows string, thread, ribbon, or the like,...

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Embellishing the Forepart, Part II: Jeweling

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Embellishing the Forepart, Part II: Jeweling

Now that the cording is applied to the forepart, we move on to the real fun: jeweling! I'm going to use some of the jeweled ouches I discussed here and here.  These are made from square gold plated filigrees, with large square "black diamonds' in the center, surrounded by rhinestone and flat backed pearls. I tried putting them in each of the diamond shaped openings, but that looked too static.  Then I tried alternating them, but the diamond grid didn't work well for that.  So I decided to go with alternating horizontal rows of filigree ouches and clusters of gold and...

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