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Cloud City Leia Build Thread

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:14 am    Post subject: Cloud City Leia Build Thread Reply with quote

I started this project a few months back and I wanted to finally start a build thread.

I have this pattern to use as a base for the tunic and pants:

New Look Sewing Pattern 6602 Misses Dresses, Size A (S-M-L-XL-XXL)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RSTXOK/

I will use view C with sleeves and a zipper or hooks at the shoulder(instead of buttons) and the pants with the bands added at the ankle.

For the fabric I have the Casa Collection Crepe fabric (for the tunic, belt and pants - 10 yds) and the Casa Collection Solid Chiffon fabric (for the cape lining - 5 yds), both in Chili Oil

https://www.joann.com/casa-collection-crepe-many-colors/16025868.html

https://www.joann.com/casa-collection-chiffon-many-colors/16023996.html

For the copper I trim I got 3 spools of Kreinik Heavy (#32) Braid in “021 - Copper“

http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Heavy-32-Braid-5m.html

For the cape, I am using the Spoonflower fabric for embroidery on Poly Crepe de Chine
https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/5978487-princess-cloud-embroidery-by-princess_seams

For the embroidery I am using DMC threads colors:

Dusty rose - 3778
Rust Red - 400
Dark burgundy - 3857
Dark brown - 801
Butter Cream - 746
Light yellow - 745

Shadow stitch for everything but the Light Yellow, which is a stem stitch.

I was provided a rough ‘map’ of the color placement from a member of the Bun Squad Facebook Group who I was working on the updated standards. From that I pulled together this rough guide for myself with a photo of my spoonflower fabric



I hope to make a neater ‘map’ soon to share.

Here is my first finished panel:






And for those wondering what the back of a shadow stitch looks like,


I can go more into detail about the embroidery in a future post if people want tips. I like to pass on what I’ve learned, so people might not have to make the same mistakes I did.

The only thing I am missing is the material for the yoke of the cape, which might be hard to match, and the shoes. I plan on going to a local bridal shop with a fabric swatch and getting a pair of custom dyed ballet flats.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!

I think your progress on the embroidery and the colors are excellent. Very Happy Very beautifully done!

And please share more about what you learned embroidering; we can always use more pointers.

We also look forward to seeing a cleaned up version of your color guide; that would undoubtedly be a great help to others.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to share the pictures I took of my completed embroidery panel with the tunic and lining fabric

The lining is underneath, tunic fabric is next to it.






All the fabric


And a close up of the tunic fabric next to the rust red embroidery that it should match per the CRLs



I also got shoes. I originally was going to get the satin ones and have them dyed, but that turned out to be really expensive. Instead I am going to cover them with the tunic fabric and Modge Podge. I found this tutorial that looks pretty straight forward

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/customize-your-shoes-with-mod-podge/

These are the shoes I bought.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071VBVSFQ/

Since I am covering them, I just got the neutral colored ones since they were the least expensive. I didn’t want black or a dark color in case it showed through the fabric. The shoes are really comfortable.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find on the tutorial and your embroidery is stunning. Beautiful stitches!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is coming along beautifully, Amanda! Can't wait to see the finished result. Great job!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking great! Mr. Green Very nice shadow stitching.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gearing up to start my own Bespin gown and found your thread and I've got to say WOW your embroidery work is absolutely gorgeous! Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Unfortunately due to Celebration costume builds, this one has been on hold.

My first tip for the embroidery is to use a hoop with a stand. I hurt my wrist doing ten first panel because of holding the hoop with my wrist at a weird angle.

I also recommend wrapping you inner hoop - I used some bias tape that I had on hand. The fabric is so thin that it is difficult to keep the tension in the hoop if you don’t have it wrapped. I personally am not using interfacing, but I like to live (or embroider) dangerously.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great advice, antoa. Very Happy Keep on embroidering dangerously.
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