WIP: February 2015

Another month of 2015 is nearly over! As I write this, North Texas is in the midst of a last-minute winter freak out. There’s almost 3 inches of snow covering my yard and it’s supposed to continue throughout the day. That’s as good of an excuse as any for a craft weekend/binge session of Arrow!

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My half-finished wig. Not pictured: the odango-style bun that will replace that poof in the back.

Speaking of crafting, I only focused on one project this month (well, aside from last-minute touch-ups on Captain Marvel): my spin on Belle’s yellow ball gown from Beauty and the Beast. It’s been really nice to just focus on one project this month. I have a lot of commissions scheduled for the next 3-4 months, so being able to take my time on a single costume just for me has been a very pleasant experience. I’m planning to debut this costume at All-Con in two weeks, and I’m currently at about 70% completion. I was hoping to knock out the last bits of her corset this weekend, but I’m currently waiting on steel boning to arriveย in order to finish.

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ALL THE CORSET LAYERS! I wanted this corset to resemble a bodice more than a corset, so I opted for the floating layers approach described in Sidney Eileen’s blog. My fashion layer is made of satin and brocade, the strength layer is duck cloth, and the lining is a fun Disney princess cotton I found at Jo-Ann’s.

Aside from being one of my dream cosplays, this costume has given me an excuse to make a corset, which is something I wanted to practice before tackling Lulu. I’ve put off corset-making for quite a while since it seemed so intimidating and I didn’t feel like my skills were up to par. But honestly, it’s not that bad! Definitely time consuming (I think I’ve put about 8 hours into it so far, and I still need to bone, bind, grommet, and lace it), but now I get why people say that if you can sew a straight line you can sew a corset. I’ll go into more detail on this when I do my costume write-up on Belle.

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Floofy skirt is floofy. There’s about 20 yards of fabric in this skirt. The base skirt is a self-drafted 6-panel skirt made of satin, and another longer 6-panel skirt made of glitter tulle and organdy. The waistband is elastic, because who’s going to see that nonsense under the corset?

My hope for this snowy weekend is to add the final details to my corset fashion layer, cut and file the plastic boning, finish the wig, take up the skirt hem another inch or so, and make the shoulder pieces. If time allows, I’d love to also make Lulu’s “fur” stole and do a non-cosplay thing. I’ve sorely neglected my garment and other non-cosplay projects so far this year :(. The rest of my supplies should make their way here next week, so hopefully I can wrap everything up soon!

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The modesty panel for the back of the corset. I opted to make it out of the same brocade as the front of the corset since it’s just so pretty. This panel will have loops that the lacing will go through to keep it in place.

What’s on your craft table right now? ย 

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7 thoughts on “WIP: February 2015

  1. Whooooooooa, that skirt!! Love the look of it. This will look amazing once you are done, I’m sure ๐Ÿ™‚ (And hi, just found your blog).

  2. It looks great! I can’t wait to see it finished. While I’m not sewing anything, I plan to work on my Widow!Derby tomorrow. I ordered a tank but the red wording isn’t red enough, so time to get out the fabric paint!

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