Monday, September 05, 2005

Bippity, Boppity, Boo!

What happens when one has entirely too much time on one's hands?? You finish the project that was suppose to keep you entertained for the next month in one weekend. Wrapping paper wings still to come, though.

One of the biggest challenges on this project was dealing with the various fabrics I had purchased. The sequins on the purple fabric have been glued on. Every time the needle ran through a sequin, some glue residue would coat the the needle. Then the thread would start sticking to the needle, and would break. This sometimes happened every 3 inches. It drove me crazy. Below is the leaf collar: this process involved several broken thread crises.
The nice pinkish fabric and the green organza would ravel if you looked at them funny. A lot of the edges in this costume were left raw and were not finished...which caused problems. I solved this by using fray check.

Another source of frustration was attaching the skirt to the bodice. The skirt is several layers. First, you attach 10 petals to the bodice, and it looks like this:

After this, you cut three ENORMOUS skirt panels - a good two times taller then I am for a child-sized dress. Then I did the same with purple tuile. Then, I sewed the skirt and tuile together, and gathered it to fit the bodice. There was so much fabric, I had to gather it up as much as possbile for it to fit. Then there was the problem of attaching this massive skirt to the waistline. This picture tries to give you an idea of big it was: I had a hard time getting the fabric to fit under the sewing machine foot.

I think my favorite part of the costume is the adorable little flower petals hat, complete with a stem. It went together without a fuss, and I think is should look absolutely adorable!


Dave said...

Pretty impressive stuff honey! I'll be interested to see pictures of the wings as well as Nadia wearing the completed product.

Now where can I get a hat like that?

Inoui said...

I know a great seamstress that will only charge you $100 for an exact copy. She's also been known to barter for fabric.

Dave said...

One-hundred dollars!? I could get that on eBay for alot less than that!

Besides, what would be the point of my paying you $100? Since what's mine is yours and vice versa, wouldn't that be somewhat redundant?

As an accounting nerd I can fully appreciate the idea of double entry bookkeeping, but even we don't make entries to record a transfer of cash to oneself.

DR: Cash $100
CR: Cash $100

Hmm... doesn't work well. It conjures up weird chicken and egg type questions like:

What if there isn't $100 in the cash account? I suppose you could argue that the debit occurs first and therefore there would be cash in there before the credit hit, but who's to say that the debit occurs first? Yes it's listed first, but that's just a style convention.

Dave said...

Ha! Look at this! It's only 99 cents and I get the hat and the costume to boot! Too bad there's not a Buy It Now feature... I can tell that I'm going to have to fight for this one!

Dave said...

Argh! $34.08! I was so close! Sniped at the last moment... wouldn't you know it.