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Yet another Senatorial Leia WIP!

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 5:50 am    Post subject: Yet another Senatorial Leia WIP! Reply with quote

Hi everyone!

I'm taking the plunge into the most classic Leia costume there ever was! Because I'm crazy, I'm going to try and have it presentable by the Solo premiere. Sometime after that, after I've had time to work out any remaining kinks, I want to start the submission process and (hopefully) join RL!

So far I've been using P & S Costume Creations' tutorial as my main guide (http://chucrew.com/Leia/leia.html), with some help from other stuff I've found on this forum, Padawan's Guide, the Bun Squad group on FB, and more. Since I ended up (mildly tragic story to come) making the dress in two parts, I'm also referring to Angel Monkey Studio's tutorial here: http://costumesandartwork.blogspot.com/2010/10/anh-leia-senatorial-gown.html. I bought 8 yards of Jet Set from Joann, some veg tan leather for the belt, Tarrego white leather dye, and the Dritz half ball buttons everyone uses (size 45 - 1 1/8 in). My husband's going to try and machine the aluminum plates. I already have some plain white leather boots that should do the trick (I'll post an image of them here later).

A few days ago I successfully got my fabric wrangled and folded properly despite my smallish workspace, and promptly began the process of making the pattern and cutting out the fabric. Unfortunately, I stubbornly continued working into the night despite being too exhausted to think clearly, and naturally I had a major mishap. I'm not sure what possessed me to go ahead and attempt to cut the keyhole but the results were suitably disastrous as I cut right through the front of the dress as well!

After curling up in a fetal position for half an hour or so, I reached out to the lovely ladies on the Ladies of the Legions and Bun Squad FB groups and received not only kindness and sympathy but also the brilliant suggestion, like a ray of light straight from heaven itself, to save the bottom half, only buy enough fabric for the top, and sew a waist seam (I had not thought of this, being, as I demonstrated earlier, too tired to think).

Feeling full of a new hope (get it? hahaha*), I went out and bought 3 1/2 more yards of Jet Set, thankfully still on sale. Today I successfully folded and cut it properly!

*oh my gosh I'm so sorry everyone... it appears that my current state of exhaustion, though not as bad as that first unfortunate day, has sunk me straight into Pun Hades

Following my celebratory dance, I sewed along the sides and the bottoms of the the sleeves of the top pieces. Then, I cut the keyhole (solely on the back this time!), and after some experimentation I got the two layers turned inside at the edges and was able to sew together the keyhole and the sleeves (this is a hard-to-describe process, but see the links above).

And then I promptly stopped this evening before my mind decided to give me the finger and skip off.

So all in all, a good day!

I have a few pictures to share (not great ones tbh, and also sorry for my face, but they're what I've got), and a few questions to ask. How does this look so far? I'm worried that it's actually a little too baggy in the front, as there are a lot more wrinkles than I see in pictures of Leia. I know one of the problems likely contributing to this is that the neckhole I cut ended up being too small. It's 1.5 x 1 in. (dimensions refer to the size of the cut when the fabric was folded in quarters) — the first tutorial had said 6 x 4 cm was a little too large, so I was trying to scale it down some. The ends of the neckhole (where I cut the keyhole) currently don't meet in the back when I'm wearing it, so the whole bodice lays a little funny. Tomorrow I'm going to cut the neckhole larger and see if that helps. Any thoughts? Do I also need to consider bringing in the sides or the sleeves a little, or do you think it will be fine once I adjust the neckhole? (For reference, I'm 5'3" and somewhat petite, and this feels like a crapton of fabric.)

Does the length of the sleeves look okay (if you can tell from the admittedly limited perspective of these late night bathroom selfies)?

(note that this costume has not yet been attacked, however gently, by an iron)






Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for the feedback!
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay I'm back with a few more pictures after adjusting the neckhole for my apparently gigantic neck, lol. I'm much more happy with how it lays now! Any thoughts? Does the arm length look okay too?

I'm including a picture of the back this time. I'm not sure why the area around the keyhole is a little wrinkly at the bottom. I initially tried resewing it a couple times and that only made it marginally better than it was at first. Is this a problem, and if so, how do I fix it? I'd like to get feedback on that before I add the collar soon so as to avoid more seam-ripping than I have to.







UPDATE:
After getting feedback on the Bun Squad FB group, I realized I had forgotten to make clips in the seam allowance! I did that and it helped immensely, though it still looks a little weird to me (see following picture). Any more suggestions or is it alright as is? I may play around with it a little more and see what happens.



Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you have done some great work on this. Smile A bit of light pressing should help with the keyhole/slit. Don't make your sleeves any shorter; they have a great length now.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Lora! I ended up reworking the keyhole a little more and it looks a lot better now. It still could use an iron though so I'll do that soon! In the meantime, here's my latest update:

After a lot of trial and error, I finally figured out the collar. Also, I put together the skirt part and attached that to the top part where I think the waist seam should be (also with a lot of trial and error). I think I've got it right, now, but I'd appreciate any feedback on the pictures below re: whether there's enough blousing. Note that I haven't sewn the waistband elastic on yet and consequently it kept slipping down in the back despite my best efforts, so the blousing is admittedly pretty uneven and messy from the back, but just let me know if it's approximately right. Also note that I've left quite a bit of fabric in the waist seam allowance as I want to make sure the waistline's in the right place before I cut it down, hence the fact that it looks like I'm wearing a very short slip.

Here's a picture from the back (pictures from the front are down at the bottom of this post with my comments about the belt):



This one has a good look at the (yet-to-be-ironed) keyhole:


I haven't sewn on the collar yet (waiting to sew it on with the hood) or put the hook & eyes on it, and I've got a bobby pin contraption holding the two ends of it together on the back of my neck, lol, so that's why it's not closed right.

I got the hood cut out and hemmed it with a rolled hem, which I sewed by hand with a blind stitch (as in the original costume). No matter what I did the stitches weren't hidden completely on the front as they made the fabric pucker a tiny bit. I ironed it to try to get it to look smoother but this was the best I could get it. Does this look okay? Honestly it's not that noticeable unless you look really closely, and the photos of the original costume look fairly similar to my eyes, but because I'm probably overthinking this way too much I just wanted to check.



And now for the belt! Husband is likely going to finish machining the metal plates tonight. Today I've been working on nailing down the shape of the belt. To start with, I printed off the bottom left belt pattern on the Princess Leia Belt Guide printables by Song of Amazon, Kaydee, and Jordan West here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WKMo8ZZCG2Ym1tMl9wQzg0c2s/view. Then I adjusted the shape and the size until it was both proportional to me and seemed to matche the reference images I found of the real belt. This involved making the whole belt slightly thinner and curving the bottom point. Here's what I ended up with:




Here's some pictures of me wearing the paper belt — the first with the dress blousing over the front and the second showing more clearly the way the belt looks on me (though this was before a few more last minute modifications to the bottom curve, so see the pictures above for the exact shape it is currently):




How does all this look?

Next step is to cut out the leather and paint it, sew in the elastic waistband, and attach the hood and collar.

Thanks!
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