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06 April 2010 @ 05:21 pm
 So, there was a whole lot of really scary weather this past weekend.  Rain, wind, tires rolling across the freeway and narrowly missing us.

But let's get down to the important bits, shall we?  Like the costumes I've sewed my hands bloody making.  (No really - you don't want to know how many times I drew blood with pins over the course of this; my fingers are still sore!)

Without further ado, since pictures from Norwescon are posting all over the flickr account already.  Just to be clear, I did not take these photos; as usual, we were too busy actually being in costume to get any good photos.  But M's friend G grabbed a couple with her cell, while about fifty million other people at the con got tons of us, many of the more talented among them posting to the flickr group, linked above.

kistha 's friend M decided to come, and she wore a pretty gown and played Aurora for us, so we got to run all over the con on Saturday night trying to curse her evil with us.  (Because Maleficent took over all of fairy, you know, and joining her was the only way to survive.  Although Merryweather seemed a little too happy about this turn of events.  I, as Fauna, wasn't so sure...but how does that saying go?  If you can't beat 'em....)  

M played the perfect princess.  Asking every big, strong man she passed if he could save her.  Asking for ponies and kittens, while we promised to turn anyone who helped her into snakes and toads.  For next year, we plan to make her an actual Aurora gown (pink), so there will be no mistaking her, but most people got it even in the blue and brown (which we did not make).  Before anyone comments, yes, Flora is in purple.  If you watch the movie, her dress changes colors between red, orange, pink, and purple frequently. Purple turned out to be the best choice for matching the frosted blue and green dupioni we chose for the other gowns, so frosted purple it was.

I'm Fauna, in the green, in case anyone is wondering.  The hats have skulls affixed to them in the front, and our jackets are clasped with the traditional shapes they wear in the movie - circle, square, triangle - but with skulls on them.  They kept flipping around, so next year we're going to wear them on chokers, since the jackets didn't really need the clasps to stay closed anyway.  

Our corsets turned out awesome, and I wish we had a better close up of them.  More pictures should post as people from the con go through their stashes, but for now, these are what we have...

The wands are awesome!  I wish I had a close up of them.  kistha made them from sculpy, and the base is white, covered in vines and thorns of black.  Gorgeous, and totally one of those pieces that "make" a costume what it is.  We're fond of saying the accessories make or break a costume.  And it's true.  There's almost nothing worse than seeing the most awesome 17th century gown...and then the person wearing it has accessories that are obviously modern and don't match even a little.  Also, fabric choice is just as important.  Most of the time, a good quality fabric is what elevates you from a mediocre costume to a spectacular one.  We went with dupioni silk, because we needed our three outfits to be identical save for color, and we needed the colors to be in the same tonal family.  I have more than 200 swatches of colros to choose from for the wholesaler I go through, so it was easy to come up with a few choices.  

Being able to use the same silk for our hats, corsets, jackets, and overskirts really made them work.  We added shredded bridal tulle in black and matching green, blue, and purple for around the hats, the back of the jackets (to go around our wings) and our sleeves.  It worked better than I thought it would, which was a nice surprise.  Overall, the costumes were a smashing success.  We got lots of recognition, most people recognized who and what we were, and one of the judges for the masquerade (Norwes's costume contest) stopped us and told us "I wish I'd seen you in the Masquerade."  We didn't enter, for a whole host of reasons.  But who knows, we might next year.  :)
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Ambassador of  Awesome: c-sharp-icons Maleficentamphetamine_47 on April 7th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
OK, I know I post incoherent "You're awesome!" messages every time you show pix of your sewing, but... OMG you're awesome.

I am literally starting sewing lessons next week to try my hand at awesomeness.

Those are BEAUTIFUL and amazing and I'm so jealous!! Great work!
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 7th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Sewing lessons, whoo-hoo! :D Welcome to the insanity! (But seriously, it is not as hard as it might seem!)

So, here's my couple of pennies, for what it's worth:

1. If you're going to try your hand at corsets, I cannot stress enough the importance of a good, solid machine. I have no idea what sort of machine you have now, but a cheap machine is not going to make you love corsetry. I love, adore, cherish, and swear by my Pfaff. My sister traded in her Babylock after she sewed a skirt with my Pfaff Hobby 1142, which doesn't even have the IDT Pfaff is famous for. I now use a Pfaff Select 3.0, which is head and shoulders above the Hobby, but the Hobby is a great "starter" machine, and I made many a corset with it. I've heard great things about brands like Viking, but I've been super happy with my Pfaff, and never looked back. Layaway is a wondrous thing!

2. Sewing a corset, a real corset, can be a really intimidating project. But it's really about doing it with the right materials, and doing it one step at a time. My second project EVER was a full on Victorian corset, and I didn't succeed because I'm that awesome. i just have the right set of OCD coupled with creative determination! I'd be happy to point you to a couple of awesome online resources, and/or write up a step-by-step tutorial, and/or answer any Q's you might have as you go along.

Of course, it isn't all about corsetry. :) A nice skirt is an easy first project, and they have a hundred and one uses.

3. Not yet, but if you get into this and decide you love it, don't be intimidated out of buying a serger. It will be hands down, THE single best purchase you could make for yourself. Before you buy, ask me, and I'll tell you what I recommend. $300 can go a LONG way, far more than walking into your local vac-and-sew store and getting talked into an $1800 machine.
Patron Saint of Pessimism: Action Card Lab Gremlinwoodrunner on April 7th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)

Those are awesome costumes, and you look gorgeous!
annete: Fangirl Gleeanneten on April 7th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Wow, your costumes look so AWESOME! I bow down to your superior sewing skills!
eretria: beautyeretria on April 7th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm seconding the "You're awesome", especially when I look at my pathetic sewing attempts and wished I could take lessons with you!

Beautiful work, Rhien.
Fatemafatema on April 7th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
WOW! Just WOW! So brilliant!
Tessa Gratton: Azure close quartertessagratton on April 7th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Theses are great! I love the idea of the Three Not-so-Good Fairies, but you totally rocked it harder than I imagined. Lovely!