1st March 2014: Hat and pantaloons So the pantaloons are pretty much done, I need to pick up the red leggings I've bought tomorrow, and then I can hem the legs and sew them to the leggings so they stay up. Then I just need to sort out the waistband which I think I'll just do with a drawstring as I've only a week till the con. Lots of short cuts being taken with this costume as I just lack time this year!
Next on the to-do list is Relm's hat. It's a weird artist-cum-Indian style thing and I've opted for a fudge job. What I've done is cut a rectangle wider than my head, pleated it to make it my head width and sewn the pleats in, then sewn the side seam. This creates something like a pantaloon leg, but on my head! I'm then going to turn it inside out and draw it in at the top so I end up with an indentation. I'm then going to make another drawstring bag type thing with a large wooden bauble in it, and turn it upside down so the ball end is up and all the gathered bit is at the bottom. I'm then going to insert it into the indentation and handsew it in place. Then I can just stuff the hat prior to wearing it to make it nice and puffy like in the reference art!
Having figured out what I'm doing with it, I just need to make a band to go around the bottom of it that will tie off at the back, and then I can start the applique work. For the hat I'm doing yellow flowers but I will tint the petals with red acrylic paint and also use red thread for the applique.
Once the hat is finished, Relm will be all done!
17th February 2014: The applique begins! I have 10 of these stars to do. 2 down, 8 to go! Using Gutermann Sulky 1187 thread. My machine was playing up again despite me having it serviced but putting interfacing beneath the stars made a big difference!
11th February 2014: Pantalooooooooooons Currently drafting Relm's pantaloons! I'm using this tutorial:
Unfortunately what I didn't do (and you aren't told to do in the tutorial) is check to make sure you've left enough fabric at the top to go around your waist after cutting out the crotch curve! I cut one leg out as an experiment and discovered that although the 14" crotch curve was roughly right, I had cut it too far in along the waist and hadn't left enough fabric for it to actually fit around my waist. Woops! So I've cut another leg out, and this one works better. I'm going to cut the second leg tomorrow and then whizz them. This is my first time making a pair of trousers, Tom normally makes all my trousers for me!
I've gone for slightly more slimline pantaloons than the ones you get out of the tutorial, because I liked the artworks I found where her pantaloons were more slimline. I will probably buy a set of leggings from Primark and sew these to the cuffs of the pantaloons to get them sitting right, which will also allow me to pad them a little with some wadding.
So great to be working on cosplay again, I haven't done anything since finishing Popoi back in October!
TheStarlightFairy - 30th October 2013
Ahh you will suit this so much! Can't wait to see progress and photos!
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