23rd May 2012: Almost there... I spent the whole day working on my skirt today, its been rather time consuming but its finally coming together. I'm working on hemming the skirt and adding bias to my petticoat, but I also still need to add some velcro and poppers to the halter top.
Ohhh and my shoes turned up today! They're really cute, proper dancing shoes, and the same as the ones in my reference picture just without the glitter (not a fan of glitter really lol) Bought them second hand off ebay so they were a real bargain!
Once i've done all that...i may well be able to say I'm done!!
I must get back to work! only 1 more day til expo....eeek
22nd May 2012: Further Progress, but only 3 days to finish!! I doesn't surprise me that i'm still working on this til the last week before Expo, I always work on a costume right up until an event begins lol
SO far I've attached the star to the hat, and just thought i'd practice attaching it to my head with hairpins. Its difficult to get the angle just right, so i'll have to practice some more.
Next I've been busy working on the large waist cincher and the lapel. Both have turned out okay, but not as good as they could be, I'm terrible with sewing awkward shapes but they're passable. I've made the cincher do up at the back with velcro and the lapel attaches to the top with poppers.
I've got a few more bits of sewing on the top but I've also go the skirt to make, which will be a challenge as its red and white panels that'll need to be sewn together....think I'll be spending the whole day tomorrow at my machine haha
Anyway, off to bed so i can get up bright and early to get this costume on the road to completion!
15th May 2012: Hat!!! The hat was a new challenge for me, I've never made anything like it before, but i've been lucky enough to join the Uso Girl Costume Construction group on Facebook, that has lots and lots of resources, and tutorials for making these costumes. I used the tutorial as a rough guide, and made a slightly lazier version, without any wire or lining inside haha
I made a frame with some buckram fabric first, I used the tutorial pattern for the correct shaped pieces and then sewed and glued the parts together. I used masking tape to hold the buckram in place while it dried.
Rather than using wire as the tutorial suggested, I just reinforced the bottom edge and the inside of the hat with more buckram to give it a more solid shape.
Next I covered the frame in felt(which the tutorial suggested, I would've used white but i had some black lying around lol) I glued this in place before cutting out my blue satin.
Finally I pinned and sewed my satin in two pieces, the top, and then the side. And last but not least, I pinned the star onto the hat, a little off center from the front, all i need to do is sew/glue it on, then it'll be complete!
15th May 2012: Satiny goodness! With only 10 days left for me to work on this costume, i've finally got my butt in gear! The halter top is mostly sewn, and took alot of faffing and shaping...unfortunately the shape isn't an screen accurate as i'd like but its my own fault for leaving this til the last minute. I need to hem all the edges and add a zip before its complete, but at least its in the making!
2nd May 2012: A Good days Shopping! Wow I'm soo pleased with my shop today, as I more or less have everything for my Uso girl costume, except the shoes (but i've found a pair on ebay!!)
I went for a reasonbly cheap satin in the end, I would've like to have used better stuff but the colour selection was limited. The blue I've bought is slightly too light, but I'm not too fussed now, considering i have less than a month to complete this!
Also purchased some Buckram fabric to give the pillbox hat a go, a metal silver belt, some fishnet tights and some lovely motif stars!
I'm also using a tutu that i bought, and never used, but have finally got a use for it ^_^ I plan to make it longer by adding more netting fabric (luckily i had some of that lying around too)
So far, so good! The resource hunt has gone well, so now onto construction.....oh dear lol
callmemilo - 24th March 2012
Yay! More than excited! :D
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