Have been trying for the last half hour to post pictures of the coat mockup, which fits perfectly, btw.
If this doesn't work, I don't know what to do. Stupid LJ.
Initially I didn't think I was going to dress up for Halloween this year, but now the restaurant I work at is having this Halloween party on the 27th, and the costume bug is biting...
So, I've decided on Velma Kelly, as played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago." In less than 3 weeks. Because I am insane. It's not going to be an exact replica, partly because I don't have the time/funds to make/buy yards of beaded fringe, and partly b/c I don't have legs anywhere as hot as Mrs. Michael Douglas. But I did get plenty (I hope) of various black sequin-y trims, and I got regular black fringe. It ought to be enough.
Thus far, I have gotten most of my supplies, including the fabric and trims, wig, fishnets, and thigh highs.
The costume has a corset worn underneath an overdress, so I will be making that from a Butterick corset pattern. I'm not going for anything really intense as far as boning, I'm just using the plastic stuff and replacing the busk with some hook and eye tape. I'll be working as a waitress that evening, so I need to be able to move more than I would in a regular busked corset. And I don't know for sure, but I doubt they were still using busks in the 1920s anyway.
Though Zeta-Jones got away with just high-cut spankies under the dress in the movie, she was dancing in a night club, and like I said, has awesome legs. This mere mortal will be adding some little tap pants made from this stretchy sequined fabric to go underneath the dress.
I'll be drafting/draping my own pattern for the overdress. It doesn't look too complicated, really. Just a series of diamond-shaped pieces. The base fabric for the overdress will be a stretchy black mesh, so I don't have to fuss with bias cut or darts. I was just given a serger, so now it won't be any problem to deal with all the stretch fabrics.
Eeep! I'm so excited. Pictures later!
So I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and I actually accomplished some sewing this summer, though not nearly as much as I had hoped. Things have been very busy the last few months. In any case, I have an update on the coat-- Mockup No. 2 is complete and ready to be mailed for fitting. Finally!
Here are some in-progress and final pictures, just to prove that I actually have made something. :)
Now I'm just praying the thing fits. There will be nine functional buttons on each sleeve, an interior welt pocket, and a back vent. Bag lining the coat was a nightmare, since I had to draft my own pattern for the lining, and it took forever to find a tutorial on how to bag line a jacket with a back vent. And even then I managed to screw it up several times. But it's done now, and looks pretty good, once you get past the ugliness of the fabric.
I have a couple other projects that I'm working on right now as well. More on those later.
So, I've jumped on the bandwagon and started a livejournal. As of now, I plan on using this journal to document my sewing exploits, but in time the focus may shift to other things.
So, to start things off I've posted a couple pictures of a coat I'm making for my friend David (horatiobosco), according to his design. The one sketch is his, and will be what the final version looks like, although to get the skirts to do what they're doing in the picture he'll probably have to stand in a wind tunnel. But it will be black with red lining, at least.
The picture of the coat in the hideous purple mixed plaid/herringbone/who the hell thought this would look good on anyone fabric is Mockup 1.0, and I'm now working on Mockup 2.0 (in an even more hideous orange and brown plaid). Passive aggressive, me? No.... Heads have been cut off to protect the not-so-innocent.