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23 August 2010 @ 12:49 am

Done! My dad put a coat of shoe polish on the tips for me. I painted the silver eyelets with 'Natural White' car touch-up paint... it does flake so I have to see if I can seal it, but it looks better than the silver. I replaced the shoelaces with white silk ribbon. She doesn't seem to have a bow on her laces, so I didn't leave much extra, and I just tuck the bow in behind the laces to hide it. I couldn't find a scallop trim, so I took some thin ric rac and trimmed a straight edge, and put fray block on it then glued it on. I'm really satisfied with them, I just hope they don't kill my feet trying to stand in them all day. The last thing I need for these is socks, but for some reason I canNOT find plain white knee-high socks that don't have ribbing. I found some more nylon-type socks but I feel they're too thin, so... I have a few more department stores to try.

And at this moment I have my skirt tiers together, I have to finalize my pleating, line it with an extra petticoat layer then stick it on a waist band. I also figured out how to make something resembling the floral lace at the neckline using Battenburg Lace, hopefully will have it looking decent enough for pics soon :)
21 August 2010 @ 12:00 am
OK, I've come to a decision on how to make the skirt lay how I want it (I hope)

Before I was making a separate, 1-piece silk underskirt with the tiered organza skirt on top, but found that it wasn't laying right. Now in this pic, if you zoom in on the tiered part, you clearly can see there are two edges on that ruffle, and they lay together pretty well, so it's like they're the same length, and yet, the top tier doesn't seem to be gathered at all.

So what I decided to do was to run a gathering stitch on the bottom tier, but not gather it yet. Then, I turned my silk into a rectangle the same size except an inch taller (already hemmed), then matched up the bottoms and pinned. Then I stitched the satin as close as I could to the gathering stitch line. I ironed down the excess silk, then gathered the 4 1/3 yards down to 2 1/3 yards (I marked the skirt using tailor's tacks into quarters, made it easier to get even). Then, I made a once-inch strip using the other selvage edge, gathered that, then attached that to the back. So, the silk satin was attached, and I faked out the double ruffle out of the selvage edges, and I am then going to simply sew this on top of my top tier.

I haven't decided yet if the those two layers are to be attached, or if they are independant. I'll play with that more tomorrow. I'm at least happy to have half a skirt assembled.

I also figured out how best to curl my hair, and I'll do a tutorial after I've played with adding extensions and after I color my hair more blonde. The weather also cooperated for one last day so I could finish stripping my other boot. The tip is dyed, I painted the eyelets, replaced the laces with silk ribbon, and tomorrow I am going to use shoe polish to finish them and try and paint on a scallop.

12 Days left until my deadline...
14 August 2010 @ 06:54 pm
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. It's 19 days until Dragon*Con and I am in full Pre-Con Prep mode, so I probably won't be posting much before then. Taking my time on the skirt because I'm not sure my fix is going to work, so I tend to work slow when I'm worried I'm going to screw it up. I still need to finish one boot but the weather's not been giving me a break. Then I also need to figure out what I'm going to do about the lace. I did finish this though:

Because Alice has no pockets. I meant it to be roughly tea-pot shaped, and there's a pocket inside for cards and such. I'm also going to whip up a shoulder strap to put in the inside so I don't always have to carry it. I found a better use for that flimsy petticoat fabric I bought. I might make a few more of these after con to sell since I've been trying to get an etsy site going.

Will hopefully start having more to post :)
05 August 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Taking a break from the skirt for a couple days to think about it, so I spent tonight finishing up the layout for my Alice costume site I'm starting. Here's the bare bones of it, it's now ready to start loading up content.


When I started this journal, "Alice Kingsley" was the spelling of the name that was put out, and they later changed it I guess to the "Kingsleigh" spelling, so I got both domain names. I'm going to assemble my construction notes there so things are easier to find and for now the other pages will probably just be image galleries for research purchases, but I'm also interested in putting up a gallery of fan photos of homemade costumes, so if anyone has any finished costume pics and links you can feel free to send them to me to post :) Links to pictures, like from photobucket are preferred
04 August 2010 @ 12:21 am
Not having much luck with my organza skirt... Took me the last two nights to gather up both portions of skirt, and I pinned a quarter of it before throwing it on the dummy to see how it was hanging... it's hanging horribly, the organza bubbles everywhere. It was obvious I had gathered it too much, and of course I clipped my gathering threads so I have to rip it out and try again. Now I have to figure if I use a smaller stitch, maybe it won't be so 'bubbly', and hopefully if I press my pleats it won't be so bubbly at the top. The two layers don't want to sit together, either, even if I pleat both layers together, the organza wants to be springy while the silk underneath makes nice folds. And, unfort. I can see the stripe of the petticoat through both silk layers, so I guess I'm going to go find a somewhat crisp white lining, which I'm hoping will also help with poof... the weight of the silk was holding down the petticoat and I want the skirt fuller.

Oh well, back to the drawing board, more samples for me :p
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
28 July 2010 @ 03:02 pm
And here's a picture. 7 repeats at 13 feet :)

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
28 July 2010 @ 02:02 am

Excited, had to post :) But, it's 2am so I'm going to go pass out now. Later tomorrow today I'm going to rinse out my stabilizer, iron it, and probably take a picture in the back yard as there aren't any rooms long enough in my house to take one ;)

How's THAT for Muchness?!?
25 July 2010 @ 01:59 pm
Here's the next part to my bodice construction notes, dealing with piping, joining pieces together, and the neckline:

Bodice Construction Notes: Part IICollapse )

And a direct link to the first part:

Bodice Construction Notes: Part I

16 July 2010 @ 07:13 pm
90% done anyway, I still have a month and a half to figure out the lace. I have 'back up lace' just in case I can't find/make anything more accurate. I also played with pale make up :D I used a make up sponge and some Ben Nye white cake make up I had. I swiped some white on the sponge, and some liquid foundation (that new Revlon Photoready stuff in the palest color), and applied, then put powder on top. Still working on the damn curls though :p

The top of the scallop lace will be joined later by a snap after I add the other lace, and I need to adjust the necklace so it isn't behind the neckline.
12 July 2010 @ 10:12 pm
This is where I'm at:

To Do:

  • Pipe Bottom

  • Hem bottom lining

  • Finish Top seam, Add elastic cord

  • Neaten armscye seams

  • Add buttons, hooks & eyes

I aim to finish it (sans lace for now) in two days, end of the week latest :)
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished