I think I am calling the ice fairy costume done. I finished the final “big” pieces this week. The shoe situation will probably be figured out very close to DragonCon.
The last piece I had to sew was the “pickup piece” I have been thinking about since my first musings on the skirt.
I had no real clue how I was going to make this piece because all I really wanted to do was make a messy cascade of matte blue satin. I was also dying to use some of the sheer snowflake print organza somewhere in this costume.
So I cut an fairly large rectangular piece of fabric. I wanted to make sure there would be extra fabric to make the pickups nice and poofy. I put right sides together on the longer sides of the rectangle and stitched the rectangle into a tube, overcasting the edges. I also stitched the top of the rectangle closed. When I turned the fabric right side out, it looked like a pillowcase.
I decided on this as the start of the pickup piece because I knew I would need an under or back layer to stitch the pickups down. So I poofed up the front layer of fabric as artistically as I could, folding little bits under here, tucking other pieces in there and then ungraciously shoving it as best as I could under the presser foot. I stitched back and forth 1-2 straight stitches in each spot I identified as needing one. At the bottom of the piece, I didn’t really close the rectangle off so much as fold the messy ends under and tack them down at the occasional pickup spot. And as a final touch, I tacked on a bit of the snowflake organza. Below is the result from the side.
And from the front!
Now, I have to say that I am no longer as enamored with the pickup piece as I was at the beginning of the skirt. It doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the costume, particularly with the tattered skirt look. But the beauty of it is that I intend to attach it with safety pins, so I don’t HAVE to like it. I need other opinions – do you think I should keep the pickup piece as part of the ice fairy costume? Or no?
The other final bit of costume is the crown. And you can see it in the last shot above. Not a lot of crown process pictures, but here were the steps.
1) I started with some glass icicle Christmas ornaments, some grass strands, and a hot glue gun. I shaped the strands into an oval / teardrop shape using the hot glue, and stuck the icicles in the same way.
2) Then I used masking tape to protect the icicles and spray painted the whole crown white.
3) I gathered lots of different doo-dads to add to the crown. Tulle, pearly white leaves, crystal berries, and more. I used some silver branches like on the wings and added the crystals to “ice” them a bit. Hot glue and twisting of wires is really what attached everything.
Crown from the front:
Crown from the side:
Slight above the crown view:
And me wearing the crown. I like the dangles. I feel like it looks odd on my head in this picture, but I think with the full fairy costume it will work quite well. MInus that one tiny strand on my forehead which I have already cut off.
All done! Don’t forget to chime in with your thoughts on the pickup piece – yay or nay?