**THIS COSTUME DOES NOT INCLUDE THE WIG OR SHOES.**
This costume DOES include:
HAT: made from scratch, the hat is mounted to wires which feed into a wig, and can be clipped in place.
EYEPATCH: Made from sculpy, ties with a thin brown ribbon, lined in a soft felt for comfort.
JACKET: Made from polyester suiting and crepe suiting, lined with taffeta. Cuffs are custom made from Taffeta, with applique accents, twisted piping trim and eyelet ruffles sewn directly into the sleeves for ease of wear, and less bulkiness. Jacket will fit a size medium-large size woman, bound.
PANTS: Made from the same polyester suiting and taffeta cuffs made in the same fashion as the jacket. Stripes on the side of the pants are made from the same taffeta that lines the jacket, and are satin-stitched applique. Pants are roughly a womens size 12.
SHIRT: The shirt is a tank-top with crepe suiting ruffles pleated and sewn near the bottom, for the ruffles that protrude under the vest
VEST: made from custom-dyed stripe taffeta, fully lined and trimmed with the same twist piping as the sleeve and pant cuffs. Buttons are covered with the same fabric as the vest, to match.
SASH AND RIBBON: The striped ribbon is loose but fully finished, and is safety-pinned on the jacket. The sash is made of casa satin, and the pleated 'ribbon' at the bottom was done completely by hand. The custom chocolate crown is permanently attached, and the entire sash just slips on over the head.
SOCKS AND GARTERS: Sock and Garters are separate, the lace tops made from a stretch lace that is pulled on over top of the sock. the leg ribbons secure with a hook-and-eye over top of the lace band.
this costume does NOT INCLUDE the wig, or SHOES or SPATS.(the spats were ruined and thrown away, and the shoes have been recycled for other uses)
- Construction Details:
- I will say up front, I KNOW a lot of this costume is Not Right. I know it. But after so many hours of trying and trying to get it right, with the dying, and the trim-work, and the sewing, and the hunting... I just couldn't take it anymore. I focused more on making it look good, rather than worrying too much about accuracy, and even now, I'm no so sure I succeeded on the Looking Good part. As Always, I'll start from the top and work my way down. The wig was purchased from Cosplay.com Shopping, and is a Medium Bob in Slate Grey. I trimmed into to that style, and luckily, it wasn't much work. The hat is made 100% from scratch. I started by building it with craft foam, and then creating the melted effect on top with LOTS AND LOTS of hot glue. The ribbon, while not accurate to the picture, is something I found at fabric depot. The Chocolate Seal is made out of craft foam, hot glue, and spray paint. the cookie sticks were made by my friend Kayla using small wooden dowels, and scrapbooking paper. I used a brown 'satin finish' paint on the majority of the hat, and a black gloss on the brim. The eyepatch cookie is made out of sculpy, and was also made by Kayla. The jacket and pants are made using a brown polyester suiting, white crepe-suiting, and lined in a gold-ish party taffeta. I used a Napoleon/French Revolution costume pattern as a base for the jacket, and made modifications here and there to get closer to what I envisioned it must look like under Lizzie's hair. The cuffs were made from a hand-dyed stripe curtain taffeta, and are trimmed in a brown twist piping. The pants are made from a women's slacks pattern, which I then had to draft a pattern to add the cuffs to the pants. The stripes down the sides are satin-stitched, and made of the same taffeta that I lined the jacket with. The ruffle cuffs are made of a cotton/polyester blend eyelet fabric, that I dyed ti give it that yellowed, aged look. The vest is made from the same fabric as the cuffs, but in a different color, and trimmed with the same piping. The ruffles is made from the same white crepe suiting that I used on the contrast pieces of the jacket. Each cuff and the front of the jacket have stripes of satin-stitched applique work to create the illusion of large button holes... or whatever those are supposed to be in the illustration, because lord knows I don't know enough about period clothing to do it authentically. The sash is made from a banana-yellow Casa Satin, as so is the 'ribbon' -- I made it myself by doing box pleats, and then gathering it into a spiral. The chocolate crown in the center is made from craft foam, hot glue, modeling clay, varnish, and the same satin-finish spray paint that I used on the hat. The gloves were a pair of black costume gloves I had from a Halloween costume, and were bought at the local year-round Halloween store. Almost done! The socks are just a pair of brown trouser-socks I bought at the drug store. the 'garters' on top where made out of a stretch lace that I had to sew together to get the scallops on top AND bottom, and the ribbon is just that -- a yellow ribbon. I could not figure out how to get diagonal stripes on nylon socks, so I didn't bother. XD the shoes are a pair of black victorian-style boots I got for 2 bucks at a garage sale AGES ago, that I painted the soles and heels on, and then drafted a Spats pattern to go over it. And after all that, can you believe I want to do MORE of this stuff? XD
- Personal Thoughts:
- Although I'm very proud of the work that went into this, and the actual construction of the final piece, I am very disappointed in how I look in it. I think the design just isn't very flattering on me.