When I an initial started this blog, ns was an unemployed costumer attempting come create duration gowns and costumes through very restricted means. Although now employed, i still shot to be as thrifty together possible. I am still "The damaged Costumer"! In addition to posts around the outfits ns make top top a budget, this blog includes quick research write-ups on fashion, history, accessories, styles, or whatever interests me in ~ the moment.

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For my costume, i took out each facet separately, and also decided which version I want to make. First, the skirt. I prefer the offset flower pattern (left snapshot above), rather than the straight vertical lined flower (seen in right picture). Ns didn"t desire a large full skirt due to the fact that the flowers on a strict gathered skirt can get lost in the folds.I looked in my pattern stash because that a full, but only slightly gathered skirt. It required a bit an ext fullness, so once I cut out my practice pieces indigenous an old sheet, I included 2 inches on the facility front fold, offering me 4 extra customs of width. I added 3 inches come the length. The ago pieces ns also added 2 inches to each, and also 3 inches in length.Next, I had to number out the size of the flower. Ns looked in ~ daisy stencils ~ above line and also in stores, but couldn"t uncover the size and also shape i wanted. I finally printed out a picture of the correct flower form stencil at various sizes, and also got some stencil plastic. I would make mine own. Well, i chickened out, learning that ns am no the neatest person, and would probably make a mess using a stencil. I made decision to map it instead.I reduced practice piece from an old sheet. Climate I cut out a bunch of one from newspaper the size of the flower, and began come play v placement. The flower were offset, and also were no in a directly line walking down, but radiated the end from the waist, come the curve the the skirt. I had actually to space them out so the sample met in the back correctly. Below is the rough layout before measuring and pinning in place.
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Each the the 36 flower took about 20 minutes - 2 coats on every petal and center. So about 12 hours complete to repaint the skirt.
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I let the flower dry for a few days before including the centers.In the meantime, i made a basic little capelet. I cut a "C" form from cranberry cotton and also the velvet. Ns sandwiched white fur trim between the 2 layers.
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for the bodice, I offered Simplicity pattern 2832 i m sorry I had in my stash because that a costume I produced a play. I used the version with the short, puffed sleeves. I reduced out thecranberry velvet (my favorite color of all the painting bodices) and also lining pieces, and also sewed lock up. For the puffed sleeves, I used pink cotton v tiny white dots. After cut them out, I flat lined them v a couple of layers of tulle. Because that the white pieces on peak of the sleeves, I offered white dotted Swiss.
I placed some white lace across the height of the bodice, and also some lavender lace roughly the hem. In the picture left, ns still have actually some tweaking to carry out here and there. I have actually a light crinoline under the skirt. I may switch to my fuller one. (I wish I had an 18 inch waist prefer the portrait).I bought some inexpensive level shoes and ribbon come match. I will certainly tie the ribbon roughly my ankles ballet style. I had to occupational the alligator in somehow. I would certainly be transporting a parasol and didn"t want to bring a stuffed pet around too. Then I necessary a purse. I had actually a bright green purse v a bamboo handle, so ns pinned the alligator to the exterior of mine purse! I had actually a plain pink nylon parasol, so I just sewed some drippy lace roughly the edge.
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The hair was a trouble for me. First, ns tried to use my very own hair, but its too thin in prior to do the next rolls. Ns dug out a few of mine wigs. One was a full, curly wig the refused to carry out what i wanted. The various other was an ext of a pony tail piece. I made a bun out of it, reasoning I might put the on my very own hair. Didn"t work. Party City wanted $30 for a cheap, thin, shining wig that proved the cap.
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ns would have to order something. The was less than a week come Comic Con, so i jumped top top Amazon v 1 job shipping. Bingo! ns came throughout an adult Princess Leia wig the I could work with. It already has side rolls, and I could use the pony tail item to make a bun and attach that on the top. Ns ordered it, and also when I obtained it, ns was mad! desire to see why? I acquired A PAIR the HAIRY MICKEY computer mouse EARS! The wig is horrible. The center component is no in the center, the next buns space at mine temples. I can"t fit my hair in it, and also the ago edge ends at the center of mine head. It would certainly fit a child. Ago to square one.
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I was running out of time, so I lugged out the stunner matted curly wig ns had found earlier. I had to do it work.I played v it for around an hour, and finally tamed it enough to acquire something fifty percent way decent.First, I put the bun top top the top. I prefer the way some curls fell about my face, together I don"t look great with mine hair all pulled back. Next, i parted it down the middle and made a pony tail on every side. Do the efforts to save it native curling back up was really difficult. Ns rolled the side buns, and left part curls out to soften the hairline. As soon as I finished, I placed hair nets over the bun and also side rolls, and sprayed the hell out of it.
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My first event was Comic Con. I was pleased the so many civilization recognized my character! One young man was excited to take a photograph with me, and showed me his full arm tattoo that Lillian Gracey. Two world had phone instances with her on it, and also wanted photos. Some people stopped me and also knew they had actually seen me before but might quite ar it, until I discussed Haunted Mansion. Then it clicked. A couple of people called me April or Lillian or Daisy.Here space a couple of shots. Unfortunately, I shed my ribbon choker on the spaceship bus to the Con. The button near my waist is the portrait, and also the saying "Welcome Foolish Mortals". It to be my hint for people trying come guess that I was.Left, my friend Trip. Below, lover Birda as Belle.

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Left, my girlfriend Ramona. Above, Disney ladies Merida, me, Belle and Elsa.