Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pirate Costume-Captain Jack Inspired

My husband agreed to dress as a pirate for our upcoming Disney Cruise.  And he was quite the sport for doing this photo shoot in 103 degree weather!
I used the Simplicity 4923 for the three pieces. 
The white shirt is plain muslin.

The trousers are a bottom weight cotton.

He purchased the boots.  Hey, every man needs a little fun and after all-Shoes!!

The vest is from a stash of 35 meters of upholstery fabric we bought eleven years ago in Damascus, Syria.  We had planned to re upholster our furniture but no one would touch it here in the states because the fabric does not have the rubberized backing.  It is just fabric.  It actually washes and dries beautifully! I have used some for bed skirts and sewn some as a slipcover for a footstool. it pleats well.  However, it is extremely heavy in bulk.  I have thought of making a 1600s style costume, but it would be heavy.  (Any suggestions for its use would be appreciated.  Or I could be persuaded to sell it.)

The scarf is one he brought back from the Middle East and I added some fish net to complete the look.

Thank you for looking at my Captain (place name here) inspired costume.

Pirate Costume-Tia Dalma inspired

My husband and I are taking a Disney Cruise this August for our 30th Anniversary!   Our son went on one two years ago, as a reward to himself for doing a year in Afghanistan.  He thought we should go to celebrate and set this up for us.
One night of each cruise in the Bahamas is a Pirate themed night and guests are encouraged to dress up.  Of course, I never do anything simply or subtly.  So I got on track making costumes.
My Tia Dalma inspired costume is made on the cheap. 
The overdress is a lace table cloth dyed purple and the overskirt was a gold brocaded cloth shower curtain, also dyed purple.  Both pieces together were $5 at a garage sale.  The purple underskirt is a worn white sheet that also received the dye treatment.

The corset is one I started in the spring and finally finished for this project.  I then put a loosely stitched layer of fish netting over it.

The belt is drop cloth strips frayed and washed, then layered with faux suede.  I sacrificed several old necklaces for the beads and sewed them randomly over the belt, along with seed pearls and shells.

The chemise under it all is also from the old white bed sheets.

Sorry for the pool hair, but it was only 103 degrees while we were having our photo shoot.
I hope to have better photos from the cruise.
Thanks for checking it out.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bustle Pad-Natural Form Era

How's this for under ten dollars? I made a bustle pad for the Mermaid costume.  The pattern is Simplicity 1819.  I used 100% organic cotton from an old bed sheet, the ribbons were off of a gift, and stuffing from a pillow.  So Free!


Historical Sew Fortnightly
Challenge: #13, Under $10
Fabric: 100% cotton,
Pattern: Simplicity 1819
Year: 1878
Notions: thread and questionable content ribbon, polyfil stuffing
How Historically accurate: machine sewn with proper fabric.  50/50 I would say
Hours to complete: One at most
First worn: July 4, 2014 for Mermaid photo
Total Cost: FREE
Thanks for stopping by,

Challenge #6 Victorian Mermaid Fairytale Dress

I finally completed my Fairy tale reinvention of ah historic dress.  My daughter loves The Little Mermaid so I decided to attempt an 1878 dinner dress.  First: the completed costume on my dress form.

Here is the inspiration dress.  It is in the collection of the Met Museum. It is a Lord and Taylor dinner dress in silk. It has a lovely side profile, but I was not too crazy about the front view.  Makes the wearer look rather broad through the shoulders.
I traced the photo to lay out how I wanted the three colors of blue to look.  I also smoothed out the edges of the train to make more mermaid rounds rather than squatted edges.

Here is my daughter in the dress.  We are a good two hours drive from the ocean so we took photos in the back yard. I also changed the back of the jacket to remove the long tails. I used TV428 for the jacket.  I did not put cuffs on it and I cut out the collar.
For the skirt and train I sort of created my own pattern.  There is also a bustle pad that I made.





I used shells and pink "coral" for the embellishments.  I envisioned more but decided I didn't want it to be over the top.


No sea but she did pose by the pool!



By the way, She is a size 2 in ready to wear.
I am so happy this is done.  On to the next.
Historic Sew Fortnightly:
The Challenge: #6 April First (LOL) Fairytale
Fabric: 100% polyester bridal and costume fabric from Joann's
Pattern: TV428
My own construction for skirt
Year: 1878
Notions: Thread, shells.
How historically accurate?: Umm, 30% for the patterning and technique. All machine stitched except for attaching the ruching and shells.
Hours to complete:  Untold, Don't ask! Way too much time spent thinking of how to do the skirt!
First worn: July 4, 2014 for photos.
Total cost: Approx. $100
Thank you for stopping by to see what I FINALLY accomplished.