This is way too much last minute costuming for me. I like getting done early and being able to focus on tiny little things in the days immediately preceding a convention.
I spent way too much time this weekend on the corset. Still. I am finally done with it, but I’m not really happy in the end. The grommet installation process was a beast, and instead of cutting holes in the fabric, I used an awl to poke holes through. I do intend to do a full post on the corset making process, so I will spare you the details. I ran out of grommets in the middle of the process, which prompted yet another trip to Jo Ann’s. The grommets I came back with were not nearly as high quality as the ones I had, and installing the final four grommets took way too much time and caused a lot of frustrated yelling and cursing. A lot.
AND THEN … I put it on. For a fitting before the final bias tape stitching.
I was not happy. Regardless of the number of muslins I did for this project and the amount of adjusting I did, there was STILL wonkiness happening under the bust (arrows). And the top wasn’t curving properly. And the center front at the top was still too far away from my body. I decided that I refuse to go to a convention in a garment that looks like this.
At my husband’s suggestion, I cut out the light blue cup pieces, and decided to turn it into an under bust corset.
Which ultimately means I have to make a top piece to go under the corset now. I thankfully have some white knit that I am going to use. Gonna start with an elastic tube structure and hope it doesn’t look ridiculous.
I did manage to get enough lace to finish the underskirt. Barely. I actually came up short on the new yardage (2.5 was not enough?!), but I added in the leftover from the first set of lace trim and it was just enough. I tried it on Deirdre upstairs, and while the top tier of lace looks a tad wonky, it will be hidden under the overskirt. Which I have cut and draped, but not sewn yet. Here’s a preview.
I also sculpted some ears, which will get glued to a headband after they are done cooling.
And I took my first stab at molding and casting a small piece for a cloud pin that will go right near the gold ties on the overskirt. Surely there were plenty of things I could do better here, but for a first go round, I think I’m gonna be happy enough. Certainly happier than I am with that stinking corset. I sculpted my cloud out of Plastalina clay, used Silicone Rubber for the mold, and cast the piece in resin.
Here are some of the steps.
I liked the ease of using the ziplock container as a base for the mold. Jesse told me my cloud looked like a turd. I suppose it kind of does, but I think the final piece will resonate as a cloud, especially for those familiar with Rainbow Dash and her cutie mark. I intend to string some ribbons from it as well, and place a pin back on it. More on that when it is done!
That’s it for now I think. Still to do:
1) Finish cloud pin
2) Make pegasus wings
3) Sew overskirt
4) Sew white top