Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm Back! LoJ 2010 Bellydancing costume and Steampunk Progress

Yeah...I have been completely neglecting my costume journal. Things have been a titch busy. But now I'm back and have enough projects lined up that should keep me busy for a while! So hopefully this means that my updates here will be FAR more frequent!

But for now, here are some pictures of my Labyrinth of Jareth costume I made this summer along with a progress shot of my steampunk costume.:)

I'm the green one. Click to enlarge
Originally I wanted to make a basic steampunk lady costume for LoJ since Friday night is the Goblin Clockwork Ball. Unfortunately time wasn't my friend (as usual) so I had to scrap the project. Luckily I didn't even start it so it worked out. Instead I decided to make some bellydancing garb and just accent it with some slight fantasy style details like the leaves and the sparky butterflies (Which unfortunately I never got good shots of) to just step it up a notch.

The Gwazee vest was made out of sari fabric my friend Michelle brought back for me from Srilanka. I have been hanging onto the fabric for years, not sure what to do with it. Not to mention I have a lot of yardage to it. I was deciding between a red and orange costume and a green costume. Green won out after I remembered I had this fabric. Click to enlarge, the details on the print are amazing!

Detail shots. On the left is a shot of the chemise sleeve. The sleeve drape is left over chiffon I had from some project that ended up getting scrapped. the chemise is left over garb material. You can't really see it in this shot, but I sewed in various ribbons and trim to give the sleeves more movement, finished it off with some leaves. The Coins on the bra are a bit chintzy looking but unfortunately I was working on a budget and time constraints so that's all I had available. Luckily the bright gold tied in with the gold/yellow in the vest fabric. The medallion was a raffle prize from my first SCA war. If you take a look at the buttons, they have a sun goddess face on them. Love them! I also made the hair clips which included the green sparkling butterflies on them. The fringe belt I'm wearing in the top picture was purchased. Unfortunately I ran out of both time and steam to really finish off the costume. I wore my basic black garb pants under it all. I wasn't too find of the silhouette with the pants and would have rather made either really voluminous green pants or a circle skirt to go under it all. Well, if I end up digging this one back out of the closet, I can always go the route. Overall, not a bad job for slamming it together in about 24 hours.

And here's a quick progress shot of my Regina Black costume as I continue the major overhaul.

Click to enlarge. As you can see, everything is pinned on right now while I decide on placement and such. I've removed to cog buttons. They were just too dang cheesy for me and replaced them with more period looking ones. Put them on both sides of the coat for a more double breasted look. I returned to the vest simply because I really love that vest fabric I found. But I removed the hastily made clasp covers and instead put more buttons there to act as mock clasps. Also added faux pockets to the vest and will be attaching that watch chain later on. The medal was a random find. Not sure yet if I want it there or somewhere else. I wanted to create this sudo military look to give a sense that Regina was once a part of British armed forces. Just need to make the Medal look more like a medal. After all the details are attached I'll be distressing the coat even more with paint, sandpaper and possibly a lighter. I'll be doing some distressing on the vest as well. I want her to look pretty darn gritty. she IS a zombie hunter/scientist after all.

So that's all she wrote for now! Next project will probably be my full viking garb I plan to make for the Leif Erikson tourney coming up in October. And hopefully I'll also have started a Halloween costume as well. This years theme for our Halloween Party is Alice in Wonderland. debating a March Hare costume. This should be fuuuuun!