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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really excited to see this build, especially with the 3D printed headdress! This is a dream costume of mine as well <3 Hope you get the answers you need on washing the fabric, I'm terrible with those things and never know what to do haha
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey all!

Now that the holidays are over, I finally have time to devote to this beast. I've slowly been ordering more fabric for this as I go. Here's a look at my bengaline, satin, and fur swatches all lined up together.



I tried tossing the bengaline swatch into the washer and dryer for a bit, and it didn't really do anything to it. No reduction in sheen or size. I'm thinking of trying again and increasing the heat a bit.

As for the hoop skirt, I started on that last night. Its about halfway done, hoping to get it mostly done tonight. Then I'll start on a mockup of the main dress!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoop skirt has been completed! I'm very happy with how it looks, the trumpet shape came out beautifully once I added the hoop steel. And it's much lighter than I was expecting it to be.



I'm wearing the shoes I bought for this in the picture, so length is as is. I'm hoping to get started on the dress mockup today, start planning out what the pattern will look like!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

woohoo! looks great! For the dress pattern, I used the same pattern for each panel I used for the underskirt, except elongated and made sure it fit around the top of my body. Are you making the dress completely out of panels or are you using a yoke? I thought to use a yoke because it would be easier and no one would be able to see it due to the collars Laughing

However, I would recommend test runs in costume - everything can get quite heavy once it's all on. I think next time I would put suspenders on my hoop skirt to keep it from falling. Also, I kept finding that my hoop steel would cave in sometimes when I walked (from kicking it or it being too low? Just some obervations)

Can't wait to see more progress on this, it's looking great so far! Amadalia
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's exactly what I was planning with making the pattern, just elongating the skirt panels. I'll have to redraw the skirt panels, but that won't be too hard. And I was planning on adding a yoke to it, you are right in saying that it would be easier with one!

Suspenders isn't a terrible idea, I might try that out.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good underskirt. Smile Are you planning to use one or two (or more) petticoats with it? Maybe one with ruffles and one without? Something to prevent those hoops from showing through the outer layer.

It's a good start, so keep on going. Amadalia
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was actually planning on using a thick fabric in between the bengaline and lining fabric for that reason. Something a bit lighter than the duck canvas I used on the skirt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let us know how it turns out. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an historical costumer, I generally advice on using more layers of a very thin and ruffled fabric, rather than a single thick layer for hiding the hoops. If you can get cotton organdy that is a great fabric for petticoats
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think best to do right now is complete the gown and see what it looks like then. I'll make a petticoat if the hoops are still too visible then.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been a while since I've updated here, but I finally made good progress on my dress mockup. I had a rare opportunity to troop at the Star Wars costume exhibit in St Pete and see the gown in person (again), so I felt super inspired to get more progress done. When sewing the panels of the dress, the measurements for the top half somehow ended up messed up, so I had to cut it off. Redrawing the top half worked extremely well, looks much better than it did before! In the picture below, I just have the sleeves pinned to the mannequin. Only sewed one set of the sleeves to save fabric.



Next step is to seam rip all of this to use the pieces as my pattern for the actual dress. And sew yards and yards of piping. Yay!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is gorgeous ! Love the shape Amadalia
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shape is indeed great. Good luck for the next parts ! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to some more pictures of the sleeves before you rip everything. Razz Would be great to see how it all looks on you from different angles, and not just the dress form. Smile
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