Posted 4 days ago

enchantedseacostumery:

See all of the photos over at my Enchanted Sea FB page in the Dressing Gown Album!

Thank you again, Shelby, for letting me create this for you and for helping me do what I love to do! <3

Costume originally designed by Maria Björnson; based off of the Broadway version of the gown. Visit my website if you’d like to ask about a commission for yourself!

Posted 1 week ago

enchantedseacostumery:

Progress, Wishing Gown. Only the back half of the bodice is constructed (and in need of boning & ironing). I need to purchase more navy cotton for lining; I thought 4 yards would do, but I could only line 8 of the 12 bodice pieces. (Each piece had 4 layers of cotton). However all 12 pieces of the fashion fabric are cut; I could just only work on 8 of them at the moment!

And, the appliques I custom made. (Top two are finished. Bottom appliques need the “+” cross in the middle, which I have to add manually after they’re embroidered, due to limitations/fussiness of my autopunch software. I could give a more technical explanation but it’s boring). Those appliques took 6 hours… WITH the help of a machine!

As usual, everything took twice as long as I thought it would! But I love a challenging costume! And now I know better for the future :)

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Posted 1 week ago

Progress

I’ll update on progress soon!  So much to write about.  Today + yesterday I’ve clocked about 16-17 hours total on the UK Wishing bodice.  No, it’s nowhere close to being done but I do have something on the dressform finally! :) The appliques alone took me around 6 hours!!  Loving it.  WHEN is this going to be my full-time job?  When, when when??  I’ve had the taste of being my own boss and nothing will ever compare.

Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Vacation Notice

I should have posted this a few days ago!! I forgot. I’ll respond to any emails and inquiries Wednesday :) Thanks for being patient while I’m on vaca.

Posted 3 weeks ago

In Case Anyone Wanted to See…

…the authentic Red Death bear.  I didn’t want to post until after my auction was over, since it kind of beats my bear by a mile!  Although I think mine was pretty awesome too :)

And of course I must mention master of the Phantom Bear, Brianne — check out Bri’s bears, the sheer number of them and awesome detailing — take a peek!!

Posted 1 month ago

operafantomet replied to your post:
The UK and Hamburg ones seems to be dipped in some glue like liquid. They don’t look taped, it’s rather looks like they dipped the ends in melted candle wax (which it’s obviously not, but just to give you an idea of the substance).


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I wonder if it’s hot glue??

Posted 1 month ago

Well, Knot & Rope Supply, you’ve lost my business.  I was a repeat customer too, and would’ve been a customer in the future.

…I found an alternative supplier for my nylon rope for the UK Hannibal costume.  I’m just using slightly less, since it was more expensive.  (I think it won’t even be noticeable; I was going to use 4 - 1/4” strands per inch, but I’m just going to use 3 now.  There’s like 1mm or 2mm of gap between the strands.. might even work out better).

Now, to find a clever and neat way to finish off the ends of the rope?  Burning is the traditional way, but it can look unflattering.  So I’m thinking a combo of light burning and perhaps narrow colored tape over the ends that match the color of the rope.

Problem is, I didn’t quote labor or extra costs for any of that, lol!  See, there’s so much in costuming you just don’t expect.  I’m hoping it’ll only take 1 to 2 extra hours of labor which wouldn’t be too bad.  I’ll have to make a note for future versions of that costume :)

If anyone has advice on nicer ways to finish off ends of nylon rope please let me know?

Posted 1 month ago

Projects

Just in case anyone’s interested in where I’m at currently!  Here are my current projects.

Red Death Bear - [Complete] - Um, finally!  After two years!! I was just uninspired to finish the project for quite a while.  Then I pushed myself to just finish it up so I could auction him off - hopefully to regain a lot of money I put into him - and earn some money for charity - and, if I am fortunate enough to make a large amount on him, I can put some earnings back into my business.

Dressing Gown #11 for Shelby - [In Progress] - we are waiting on the paisley silk to get to the silk suppliers here.  I spoke to a few of my suppliers and one of them said it comes by boat… and takes forever.  They estimated June or July, and it hasn’t come in yet, so fingers crossed that it comes early July so I can continue on with the skirt! :)

Wishing UK Bodice for Ariel - [In Progress; Early Stages] - Just posted about this :)

Hannibal Slave Girl - UK Version [Beginning Stages] - Yep, new commission and I’m very excited to make this version! I’ve got materials coming in from like 4 different countries for this one, I found some great stuff!

Star Princess #4 [On Hold - Future Commission]

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Commission status*: contact me :) depending on the type of project, the deadline, etc, I might or might not be able to take on another project.

*This is for brand new inquires only… If you’ve already contacted me, and I’ve given you a quote for a project, I will definitely take on your commission :)  I have a few people in consideration/limbo right now and just wanted to ensure I’m available for you all.

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Lots of love to you all.  I won’t have progress for a little while — maybe one day next week.  I have many, many, many hours at work this weekend, and then I leave for vacation in the middle of next week.  !!!  But you know me, if I have one or two days off in between everything, I’m always working on costumes, because I love sewing :D

Tangent: I really, really hope I could one day make this into my full time job.  Just tonight, I was in my work space, constructing that mockup, and streaming a live Jimmy Buffett concert.  I could take a break whenever I damn pleased, and I get to sit down.  Such simple things!, lol!  All those of you who stand 24-7 at work understand, I’m sure!!

Posted 1 month ago

Wishing UK Bodice Construction

I’ve been working on this bodice for Ariel quite a while over the last few days.  I wouldn’t say I’m an expert pattern drafter, but I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner.  Still learning.  I thought I’d share my experience here [on my personal blog] since it’s a bit more of a “me figuring stuff out” rather than presenting costume stuff that’s almost done.  IE, enchanted sea blog.

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So, here was my first draft of the pattern, it turned out pretty well I think!  It might be hard to see, but I had to pinch it in at the front and at the lower sides.  I studied the photos of operafantomet's Wishing gown to get the correct number of bodice panels and location of seams.

Keep in mind it’s just a muslin, no boning! :) (can you tell I have a hard time showing unfinished products??? since they’re not perfect/finished??? but I figured it might help some people out or just be interesting to those who construct clothing…)

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(I have slight padding underneath the bustle area to mimic a bustle being there).  I followed the real wishing gown seams, where the faux vest actually spans across two of the front pieces at certain points.  I always thought it was it’s own piece connected via seam, but it’s actually just stitched on top of the bodice, it looks like…

So, I loved the back, but altered the bottom sides and center front slightly in the seams.

Here’s the same muslin mockup, but altered:

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Here you might be able to see what I mean about the vest 

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That is larger than the center pieces; it just goes over it.

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The back didn’t need altering, but the sides did, which is what I’ve shown up there ^

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Then, it was time to make the paper pattern… I only did slight changes like extend out the parts over the shoulder where the sleeve will be attached.  And added small allowances for when I serge all the edges of the pieces.

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Duck Cotton Mockup

I took this pattern, cut it out of thick duck cotton, and serged the edges.  Then, constructed it:

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I haven’t purchased the final zipper yet, and this was the longest I had in my stock pile (it’s an inch or two short there at the bottom in the bustle area).

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It’s hard to tell from the front (I forgot to take a side photo) but I might need to nip it in just a teeny bit more in the front, under the bust.  But, before I make any changes, I’m sending this off to Ariel for a fitting :) which is what will give me the best idea of if I need to tweak it further.

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It’s always difficult to try and mimic the final product in a mockup. For the finished product… I’ll have a few layers of less stiffer cotton for the lining, and the fashion fabric is a weight that can stand on its own (not too thin, doesn’t need extra lining/interfacing in certain areas).  Also, it will have boning to shape it even more properly. There will be very slight give in the seams.

So, a muslin mockup is too thin and stretches too much (won’t be as restrictive as the real deal).  The duck cotton gives a better idea since it’s thick - gives more of the idea of the “structure” almost as if there’s boning), but it’s also stiffer (zero give) than the real deal.  I usually have more success with the duck cotton since the seams don’t “give”.  It also allows me to work with one layer, not 3 to 6 layers like in the real deal.

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In other words, I’m far too much of a perfectionist.  Yet I don’t believe humans will ever be 100% perfect, so I just strive for the high 90’s. I’m excited to see how it looks on a real body and will be even more excited if I don’t have to alter it much more :)  One can hope, right?  But most things need slight changes for that excellent fit.

Posted 1 month ago

Win this Item! Contest Open Until Tuesday, July 1st.

***On INSTAGRAM*** Open to everyone, worldwide!

All you have to do is regram or repost on Instagram and tag “@enchantedsea” in the description!

Posted 1 month ago

Lots of stuff posted on my Enchanted Sea tumblr. Please go follow!

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(I’m only re-blogging finished or very large projects on this kaedralynn blog — things that would go on my portfolio.  Check out the other blog for all the little details and projects!!)

Posted 1 month ago

enchantedseacostumery:

»»> Red Death Bear up for auction HERE!  ««<
Part of the proceeds will benefit an animal rescue shelter :)

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Also check out more on my Facebook!  
Please “like” and “share”!  
There are even more photos in the album on that FB page.

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I’d love it if you could re-blog this post
to help get me some exposure for the auction!
 
Thank you so much!

Posted 1 month ago

enchantedseacostumery:

Look who’s finished! He’ll be up for auction soon. Please “like” my FB @ Facebook.com/enchantedseacostumery !! 

Here’s some additional photos: I think he turned out to be the perfect mix of cute and menacing? - And yes, his ears and tail stick out from the costume ^_^ 

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Better photos coming in the next few days when I get out my good camera.  Then he’ll be listed on eBay.  Please follow my FB for all the updates!!

Posted 1 month ago

raphael2054 said: I remember there was mist… swirling mist upon a vast, glassy — OMIGODWHATHEFUCKISTHAT?!?!?!?!

I only went to Vegas twice, that time & the closing weekend, but that 1st time was still my favorite.  Probably because it was the first time seeing Vegas, it wasn’t so hectic, and I wasn’t on my deathbed.  Oh, and everything was free… ^_^ ^_^ ^_^ a much more special memory than my 2nd trip there!!