Sorry for the lack of posts, I’m busy busy busy with costumes for Into the Woods.
After the Grinch, I made a Senatorial Roman Toga and a custom table costume (aka table cloth) all before Christmas. Immediately after Christmas, I started Into the Woods.
I have many pictures and will upload some soon.
Relatively easy instructions for working with decorative rope to make napkin rings.
54″ of rope (for 8, calculate 6.5″ of rope per ring and add a couple of inches)
8 medallions, beads or buttons (one per ring)
Hot glue gun
When no finishing is added to the end of the rope it unravels quickly.
Typically when a length of rope is cut in the store, tape is applied to the cutting line and then it is cut through the middle of the tape, leaving both ends bound in tape.
For this project, a quick stitch binding is applied to the rope so it doesn’t fray. For best results, use a heavy top stitch or upholstery thread. Thread needle and knot end. Insert the needle through the center of the rope (as shown).
Bring thread over the top of the rope and go through the center of the rope again. Bring thread under rope this time and go through center. Next, wrap thread around rope three time pulling it tight. Make sure loops stay on top of existing stitches. Bring thread through center of rope one more time and tie off.
For the napkin rings, 6.5″ sections off rope are used. Finish end as described. Measure length needed and apply wrapped finish just before the cut line. Apply second wrapped finish just after cut line.
Cut rope between finished sections.
Glue ends together.
Put glue on the back of medallion or button and press joined portion of the rope to the back.
When glue cools, check to make sure medallion is secure.
That’s it, repeat for each ring.
I love it when my clients send me pictures of their costume in action. These are the two Lily Munster costumes I made this year.
This is my client with Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) in the costume I made for her.
Lily Munster Costume by Cotton Costumes.
I’m in the middle of a full body Grinch costume. I was a little leery about working with 3″ long faux fur, but find that I like it a lot better than shorter piles, and it sheds less (I think).
To cut fur, the best practice is to cut each piece separately (as opposed to cutting right and left side with the fabric right sides together), with a razor, on the wrong side of the fur. Make sure to cut each piece right side up and up side down. To make this easier, I quickly trace the pattern onto the fur with a permanent marker. (Make sure it doesn’t bleed through to the right side!) Also, when cutting with the razor, just cut deep enough to cut the fur backing and not the fur.
To get it ready to sew, instead of following the pattern directions to clip the fur short in the seam allowances, I combed the fur back from the seam allowances. That produced two benefits, I didn’t have to “pick” the fur along the seam lines to disguise the seams and the fur isn’t shedding inside the costume along the seams. It basically finishes my seams for me because it won’t shed inside, the fur is pulled to the outside.
I have a quick fitting before I insert the zipper and finish the body. I also have to do shoe covers, gloves, collar and hood.
This costume will be one that I offer in my Etsy store in 2014.
Grinch Fur with 3″ pile.
Marking the Pattern
Cutting the Fur
Preparing Edges for Sewing
Body of Grinch Costume
Belle’s Ballgown shown over a 6 bone “antebellum” style hoop.
Belle’s Ballgown shown over a very full hoopless crinoline.
Belle’s Ballgown shown over a narrow crinoline.
Belle’s Ballgown Detail
Belle’s Ballgown Detail
Belle’s Library Gown
Belle’s Everyday Blue Dress
Belle’s Gold Ballgown will be available for purchase as a custom order in March 2014 in my Etsy Store. One of the pictures, above, shows a double puffed sleeve, but the custom order is for a single puff sleeve. The dress will be available in Gold, as shown, Ivory/White with crystal trim and small sweep or train, and Classic Yellow.
These costumes were made for a local theatre production and are living a second time in another production of Beauty and the Beast.