Sunday, August 13, 2017

My Beloved Husband, TheGood Costume Sport

Recently I downloaded all the pictures from my phone to my computer and I realized that my husband Ron has been a super good sport about dressing up in costumes with me. He professes that he doesn't like costumes, but If he is going to dress, he is going all the way.

So I have gathered a few of the costumes he has worn in the last two years.
Here of course is our 1740-1760 couples costumes.

I made him an American coat circa 1770-1780. He has yet to wear it in a full costume. It is made from cotton flannel (wool is too expenxsive and hot).  It was part of an Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow the TV series costume.

I had nothing to do with this one.  He dressed up with a fellow teacher to be Tweedledee and Tweedledum for the Mother's Day Tinkerbell 10K marathon. He ran in that, hat and all.

This one was totally on him as well.  Our high school has been having a special finals week the last two Decembers.  The kids study and take finals.  Teachers grade everything and dress silly.  this was Christmas movie day.  He wanted to be Cousin Eddy from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Nailed it!

His first marathon was Labor day weekend in Disneyland.  Our daughter and her husband and two friends dressed as Matterhorn bobsledders. And Ron was the Yeti.  And they ran 13.1 miles in those outfits.

We have been on two Disney Cruise Line cruises. They have a pirate night midweek on every cruise.  So because I love pirates,  we had to dress up the whole way.
This was our second year.

This was the first.

He gets asked to be the pastor at the school's baccalaureate.  He uses an example from modern media to help show his points to the students.  Here he is using the three challenges to Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade. So he had to buy the hat and dress the part.

Another Halloween: I was steampunk Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog.  He was zombified.

For  the previous Halloween, Bert and Mary Poppins

Thank you for taking this little costume journey with me.  I love making and wearing them and I hope you can find a little inspiration.
Which one is the best? Drop me a response, please!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Shoes for Costume College

Ok, so I realize there is a jumble of two different pairs of shoes.  I wanted to show how Ron and I covered our shoes to match our Gala Ball costumes.  This is not a tutorial!
Ron used a pair of shoes from his closet that were no longer in conditional to be worn to work.  I bought my shoes for $2 at a thrift store in town.  I was looking for a specific style and height of heel that resembles 18th century women's shoes.  These fit the parameters.

We used scraps of fabric from the costume construction itself.

I removed the leather bows from the top of these black shoes.

We used a hot melt glue gun to attach the fabric at the sole line.  Then we had to fold the fabric over into the inside of the shoes.  Several pleats had to be made to fix it all smoothly.

We covered a separate flap to the front to hide all the pleats. His shoes got silver buckles.

My shoes got bows.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

At the Gala Ball 2017

Welcome to the Gala Ball 2017: Dinner at Tiffany's.

A new friend did my hair and Ron and I helped each other dress.  I completely understand why women and me had a maid or valet to get them dressed!

These were taken against a properly set up photo booth.  There was also an official photographer.  I haven't see those pictures yet.

Yes, those are frilly salmon colored ribbons on my stomacher. I did not get an embroidered stomacher even started, much less finished.

We each "made" our own shoes. We glued fabric onto shoes that had about the right type of heel.

And here we are together.

Waiting to walk the red carpet.  They actually had a huge line of costumed party goers. And a red carpet. Chairs were set up on either side of it and those who wanted to watch and take pictures had started sitting there for 3 hours beforehand! It was fun to take out turn and then pause, pose and turn.

I hope you enjoyed these photos.  We had so much fun and can't wait for next year.  We are already plotting our next epic costumes.


Costume for the Gala Ball

Originally my husband wanted to wear a coat like the Beast wears in the outdoor snow scene of the live action Beauty and the Beast. I searched many days online trying to find fabric that would look good in blue.  Couldn't find any.  I finally found a large paisley in gold and silver and he loved it.  I ordered 10 yards.  It is a medium weight drapery fabric.  It cut and sewed very well. And then I had to decide on a pattern.

After much consideration as to exactly how I wanted Ron's costume to look, I finally decided to go ahead and use the Simplicity Pirate Pattern 4923. It is about the correct time period and the coat has the proper pleats in the back while the vest and breaches were ones I had previously used for his pirate costume.

It took some effort to get all the coat pieces on properly.  I could only cut one at a time! 

An in progress shot of the coat.

The back showing the pleats before they were pressed.

This is a close up of the fabric and the trim and buttons.  The trim we purchased at Joann's. I hand stiched all six yards to the jacket and vest.  We purchased the buttons on eBay, a total of 50, though not all were used.

These are the only photos of the making of this costume. I guess I was so busy making that I forgot to take pictures.
I used his pirate shirt from the previous year and altered it slightly.  I tucked and tacked the ruffled cuffs back and hand-stitched two rows of lace to each one.  Then I tacked down the collar and half way up the front opening.  I hand-stitched four rows of gathered lace up and down the front. This gave the costume that really fancy look we wanted.

Thanks for checking out my costumes.  Finished costumes in the next post!

Outlander Inspired Costume

I had started this costume in early May but didn't get any real sewing time on it until after school was out.  Then we had 8 glorious weeks off and I really started to sew.  And lie in the sun and take one small trip to Disneyland. I did not take a lot of pictures of the process.

I did want to share that I used American Duchesses "hacks" of the Simplicity pattern she had created of the Outlander ensemble. They can be found here.

I followed the pattern instructions and did a complete lining of the bodice.  I also put the boning in the back and in the front edges. The back I also redrafted to have shoulder seams and curved fitted pieces more like actual 18th Century work.

Most of the sewing was done on a sewing machine.  However, I wanted the outer dress to have more of a hand-stitched look. I attached the pleated skirt by hand and gathered and applied all the self trim by hand. It takes time but gives a little more authentic flair.

Originally I was going with the cuffed look with engageantes underneath.  But as I began my husbands costume I realized that the cuffed look was a bit earlier in time than his fancy duds. I decided to make self-trimmed cuffs with lace underneath.

The cutting picture shows the chalked outline of the ruffled cuffs.  These are cut out with pinking shears and not hemmed at all.  I hand stitched both the green cuffs and the lace to the sleeves by hand.  I can then remove them and make the costume wearable for a different look and time period in the future.

The original stays I made for under this costume had to be made again, only with a longer waist.  By adding and inch I was able to have the stays give the right cleavage at the top and support the skirts and petticoat. I made them out of white dupioni silk.

I was very happy with how the costume came out, in the end.  It was fun to wear and to see and be seen at the Costume College Gala Ball. But you will have to wait for another post for the final results!