Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yes, I DID add a costume to my list already

So, erm... about that list I posted of my 2012 costumes. It's grown already.

I've decided to add Katniss Everdeen's District 12 hunting costume (from the new Humger Games movie) to my list for Dragon*Con. Hot Topic sells this replica bow. It's very lightweight, and though it says 'for display purposes only', it seems strong enough for me to draw it for pictures. I tried on my Jedi pants with this and the pattern seems sound, so this one shouldn't be hard to make, save maybe the leather jacket and crafting a quiver and arrows. I'd like to find a wig to wear with this so I don't have to dye my hair brown, but I will if I can't find the wig. Also, I happened to find these awesome boots at DSW that seem a very close match. My own picture quality this round really sucked, so I made this pic:

Also, I don't need the pin with this costume, but I ordered it anyway. It's not exact, more flat than the real one, but it works:

Aaaand, while we're on the subject of Hunger Games costumes, this one may or may not be done for Dragon*Con, or it might get tacked on next year. This is a bridesmaid dress of mine I've been holding onto for years:

I usually make everything, but this shape is already so perfect for Katniss' Mockingjay dress from the second book. This will be a project in embellishing. I plan to use appliques, possibly custom-ones made on my mom's new embroidery machine. I plan to put lace, and black pearls, and feathers everywhere, plus make sleeve/wings, and possibly a surprise feature. But I may or may not do this for D*C, depends on how my other projects go.

Friday, February 17, 2012

White Witch

Well, 'secret project', aka finishing the Parade Handmaiden from the first Star Wars prequel I started in college didn't pan out. I didn't have enough fuschia dye for the lining and backing, so now it's back to Edwardian corset and White Witch.

I finished the largest panel for the White Witch and started the next panel (about half the width of this one). I think they are too skinny so I've expanded this panel by a row on each side and will be making the back of the skirt a little wider (it's smaller than the belt underneath, been bugging me.) It weighs 1 lb and 14 oz.

Now, I finalized the length once I got in my platform boots. Tilda Swinton is 5'10" and I'm 5'00". The horizontal line across my hips wasn't doing me any visual height favors, so I decided to add platform boots. They are 3.75" in the heel and 2.5" in the platform. I did a comparisson shot for funsies.

I'm hoping to go to Tandy Leather in the next couple of weeks for the corset material, I've been testing metal and paper clay for the lion crown, and I have the fur for the shawl sourced and am ready to order it. 6 months left til Dragon*Con!