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About this Costume
- Construction Details:
This one one of my most extensive patterning endeavors (next to Sailor Neptune), the base started out from a pattern from 1962 that I found in a bargain bin at a local thrift store, really the only thing that I kept about that pattern was the yoke of the jumper. The rest was altered to acomidate the 4 yards of box pleated linen that made up the jumper. After all the work of pleating it I was sort of sad to ruin it. The ash effect is made by mixing tanish-grey acrylic paints, wheat flour and water, as well as additional staining with Ben Nye Ash Character Powder and tea staining on the collar and cuffs of the blouse. I smell like bread when I re-iron the jumper. The shoes and socks are distressed by dry brushing acrylic paints onto the surface. The shoes have been through the ringer, having been run over with my car a few times, sanded, beaten with a hammer and dragged through the mud. The mud has since fallen off, but that's probably for the best.
- Styling Notes
- This wig was DESTROYED. I bought a wig from a local beauty supply (it was 12 dollars), I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on a wig that I was only going to destroy anyway. The wig was originally styled in a deep wave, so I straighten it using hot water to only have moderate effects. So I busted out my old crappy straightener and went to town. I actually melted parts of the wig by mistake, but it sorta works. A good deal of hair was removed from the wig to keep it from looking too much like scene girl hair (which I'm still struggling with), and straight weft was added in uneven chunks to add length through out the wig.
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