Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Prince Diamond stuff...

So, in my previous post I mentioned that my fabric swatches got lost in the mail. I had originally ordered two colors of the same fabric.  White taffeta with White velvet flocking and Silver taffeta with White flocking... well, I never got those swatches... and when I contacted the company, they said they were out of the silver/white... I asked if there were going to get anymore of the silver/white, but they didn't answer... I also told them to go ahead and send me the white/white so I could at least see if that's what I wanted.

By the way, the company is Big Z Fabrics or bigzfabric.com.  

 Well, today, I got the white/white... and here's some pictures. The first two are with flash... the last two without... and I photoed from different angles so you could see how it plays with the light.

The fabric is nice, but kind of thin, so that's why there's a piece of paper behind it... otherwise it takes on a blue-gray tint from Gemmima.  I'll definitely have to line the jacket.

Also, I don't know how much I really like this company.  While they didn't charge me for the second swatch... I'm still kind of concerned that the first one never got to me at all.  I'd hate to order 50 bucks of fabric and it get lost in the mail or whatever.

And really, all I've done since my last post is worked on my wig... which I'm debating on cutting it shorter... 

Then with the magic of photoshop I did some "cutting" on a few of the pics... mostly the center row... just to see how it would look.  I REALLY like the center pic and the center right pic.

And then finally, here's a few of the digital cut pic side by side with their artwork counterparts.  The really tricky thing about Prince D's hair is that the drawings aren't consistent.  I think that's a BIG problem with ALL anime.  

So once I figure out to cut or not to cut, I'll either cut or not cut.

Last on the list is just a few pics of the coat pattern all cut out and read to go.

All I've done is added the sleeve... I may take a little more length off of the bottom hem, but I'm not sure yet.  But I tried it on and it fits well.  So, yeah, I just need to decide on fabric and get that ordered and then I'll be ready move forward. 

Fabric and Finishes


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hair and Makeup and other stuff.

So I've been hacking... I mean cutting on my wig for Prince Diamond... and it needs a little more work but it's starting to get there.

This is really only my second wig that I've done... My first was my original wig for Uranus... but I didn't really like how that turned out and have since replaced that one.

The key to wig cutting, I've learned, is cut little by little and try the wig on A WHOLE LOT.  Because even though I pin my wig to a male wig head, it still looks COMPLETELY different on me than it does on the mannequin.  

But I worked on it just a little more since I took those pics and now I'm really liking it.  

For those of you who are afraid to take on wigs... first off, read World of Wigcraft by Katie Bair.   It is AMAZING.  And once you get your mind to accept that there are very few mistakes that can't be fixed in wigcraft, you'll feel a lot more confident.  

Say, for instance, that you cut the wig to short... is the wig ruined?  Did you just waste $50?  No, you can snag some extra extensions or wig fiber and sew that into the wig to add the length back in.  

So don't be afraid of messing up because you won't get better at wigs until you start working with them. You can do it!  I have faith in you!!!

In other Prince Diamond news, I found the missing pattern pieces for the jacket so I can finish drafting my pattern.  Oh, and I'm STILL waiting on my fabric swatches.  Supposedly they were sent, but I never received them.  I'm guessing the got lost in the mail.  But I contacted the company and they're going to send me more.  SO, when I get those, maybe I can FINALLY order fabric... cause seriously, I need it soon.  I've got a TON of embroidery to get started on.

Oh, and going back to Sailor Uranus... I found this BEAUTIFUL makeup tutorial on L'Oreal's website.

This is SOOO pretty.  I'm going to try to recreate this look for Uranus.  I think the gold shadow will look really nice against the navy in the costume... Also the accent color in the costume is gold, so there's that tie-in.  

Diamonds and Gold Forever!!!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Sally Deconstructed

I made a lot of costumes before I started this blog, so I really have nothing about the processes I went through other than a few pictures I took.  So I've decided that I'd like to revisit some of my pre-blog works and talk a little more in depth about them... 

And I wanted to start with Sally the Ragdoll because I was really pleased with how this one turned out.  

When I approached this costume, I knew immediately that I DIDN'T want to do this.

It's the Sally Sack Dress!!!  If you've ever seen the movie, you'd know that Sally has curves.  

See?  There's a waist and hips and even boobs.  The costume above doesn't flatter at all.  And even when I've seen other Sallys?... Sallies?...  Salllai?... that were hand made, a lot of girls make a straight shift or a straight a-line dress and those don't really flatter their bodies, either.

So... first I needed to find a flattering dress pattern

BAM!  Simplicity 5189.  Look at View D -- the first rendering in the second row.  It's PERFECT.  V-neckline.  Knee length.  Cute flounce sleeves.  And princess seams that will show off a womanly figure and give this dress -- and the wearer -- a shape.

The dress is a 6 panel dress.  1 Center front panel,  2 Side Front panels, 1 center back panel and 2 side back panels.

View B in the bottom right corner would also been good.  You'd just need to shorten the length.

The dress DOES feature a little tie-back thing, that I omitted.  But that's such an easy omission.

Here's where the crazy came in.

Me and Michelle (the wearer and one of the awesomest Sally's ever) spent several hours pinning scraps and remnants of fabric from my stash onto my mannequin -- trying to figure out the best composition.  We wanted to make sure all of the fabrics looked good next to each other... fit into the overall look of the dress... and still managed to keep the dress looking like the reference photos...

P.S.  EVERY SINGLE REFERENCE PICTURE WAS DIFFERENT!!!  Colors, patterns, etc. varied from drawing to drawing and figure to figure. (I relied heavily on figures and statuettes for this project.)

I also sketched out the layout and different sections and, I guess, patchwork, of the dress so I had one solid reference to work from.  I had to take artistic license on some parts. 

So once fabrics were decided, I took several pictures so I'd remember where they all went.  I think I even cut out swatches and glued them to the sketch I drew.

Then I a made the dress as per the pattern from muslin.

Once I had a life size dress to work with, I transferred the patches onto the the muslin.

Looking pretty good, huh?

Well here's where all hell breaks loose. 

I took the dress apart--now each of the 6 panels had the patches drawn on them. So then I had to painstakingly cut each section out of all of the different fabrics for each panel.  

If you look at the pic above you can see that the center front panel is divided into 8 sections -- each of those sections is a different fabric. 

So I had to cut out and sew each section of fabric to make each panel...THEN I could sew the panels together...

Here I have all of the fabric sections pinned together... I did this mostly to make sure it still looked good together and all of the fabrics still worked together.

The other tricky part was when a fabric crossed panels. I had to make sure that the fabrics lined up perfectly so that the two bits of fabric still looked like one.

THE HARDEST PART was the dark blue light blue stripe that wraps around the entire dress--that's all 6 panels.  AND it starts out really wide and narrows to a point as it wraps around from the bottom of the front hem to the back waist.  Oh, AND the stripe was 2 different fabrics that had to be pieced together to look like 1.  It was definitely a challenge.

The rest of it was pretty easy...  just slashing up the bottom hem to look more tattered... And then going in and sewing the giant "stitches" which were done with yarn. 

So, yeah, this was a REALLY cool project. The coolest thing is that I paid nothing to make this dress.  It was all made from fabric in my stash.  If you look closely, there's even a little bit of the fabric I used for Jack on this dress.  

See the final dress HERE.