Posted 2 days ago

Thoughts on Adapted Panniers for Phantom Costumes

Lately I’ve been working on an adapted pair of panniers to test underneath my Star Princess and possibly Aminta #2.  (I began it in the time period I didn’t have any commissions, so they’re on hold at the moment).  They were adapted from a more historical pattern, but I’m trying to do boning only on the sides, not fully around like real panniers.  They’d still be tied with ribbon on the inside to keep their shape, though.  

But I’m only 50% done with them and I just came across a really cool style on Etsy tonight:

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Double ivory cream ribbon and lacing crinoline hoop skirt on Etsy

Note: these ones listed above are apparently for fashion only, not function.  (These pannier are not strong enough to sustain fabric skirt or heavy stuff over.”)

What do you guys think about panniers for the skirts like Aminta and Star Princess? (The problem with Aminta is that there needs to be fluff in the back.  I was thinking of maybe even making a special pattern in the future).  

I’m tired of solely relying on netting underskirts, it’s sometimes cumbersome to fluff them out, and then after a night of wearing them they will go flat.  And you store them inside out and they’re usually good, but they take a little work to fluff out, you know?  They work, but I feel combining the best of both of their features is the best option.  I’ve always preferred hoops, it’s just that they’re more expensive and labor-intensive.

My own Star Princess (#2) was not as fluffy as I wanted it but I think I may have used far too much fabric which made it heavy.  I’m wondering if adapted panniers would solve my problem.

I’m not about to copy the idea in the photos - I’m sticking with the pattern I already made :) but these were really pretty and funky and I wanted to share, since I don’t have photos of the boning in my panniers yet, and it displayed the “side only” boning idea well. Mine are just made from fabric like normal panniers with channels for the boning.

Ideas/comments?

Posted 6 days ago

Here’s the lace I chose for the top of the corset.

I had to trim it down because it looked too wide and too boxy for me compared to the original.

Also, I think the bias tape at the bottom of Ruby’s corset is black, but I chose brown.  I wasn’t sure, but now I’m thinking I should’ve gone darker. Too late now!

Posted 6 days ago

Fabric Woes

Did I write a post on how disappointed I am with my Ruby corset?  I can’t remember. The fit is fine, it’s just the fabric was a nightmare.  The darker stripes are “woven” in, and every time I stitched over them, the threads were pulled.  I tried changing the tension and all that but I couldn’t get it to work nice.  Maybe the needle should have been different?? … It produces this dotted effect I don’t like wherever the boning channels were stitched.  Although my dad, who is more of a perfectionist than I am, looked at it and he said “I though it was supposed to look like that.” — but he doesn’t know anything about sewing… other seamstresses will probably notice it shouldn’t be this way.

In addition, it’s wrinkly in certain places.  I think the fabric pulled, or perhaps expanded and shrunk when ironed?  I have no clue. I handled this corset as perfectly as my last, and my last came out very pressed, flat, and smooth.  This one is wrinkly.  I think it has to do with the woven stripes again, or the type of fabric.  My other corset was made from a printed canvas.

I thought when I put the corset on and it stretched I wouldn’t see the wrinkles, but some are still there.  It’s like a few horizontal wrinkles in-between where the boning channels are stitched.

I’m just disappointed, because it’s not going to look very good in the photoshoot.  Maybe with all the other pieces on, it’ll be a lot less noticeable.  I’m always disappointed when I spend 30-50 hours on something and it’s sub-par.  I was really wanting this corset to be a work of art.

In addition it’s not something I can re-sell.  I don’t like selling things that are below what I think I should produce.

I’ve decided that I’m going to purchase a cheap skirt fabric, simply to make a skirt for a photoshoot to add to my portfolio.  Then I’m going to list the skirt and the peasant blouse on Etsy - and I might sell the cloak, I’m unsure at the moment.  But I won’t sell the corset.  It’s a weird situation. I kind of thought that I’d sell the whole ensemble, but… I’m not proud of the corset.  Also, it fits me good, and I needed a new corset.  I don’t want to have to make another for a long time.  I’ve realized historical corsets are on the bottom of my list of things I like making.  Right down there with “attempting to make organza look good”, which is impossible.

Posted 1 week ago

In honor of Y/K Phantom month, here’s a piece I did quite a few years ago.

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Posted 1 week ago

Some of my spooky/Halloween-esque artwork.  Pencil, paint, digital, mixed media, photomanips, photography, you name it.

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Posted 1 week ago

Wishing Skirt Ensemble Supplies

To my huge surprise, the tassels from Thailand arrived faster than the Spoonflower fabric, and I ordered them on the same day (Sept. 23).  Last time the tassels took like 3.5 weeks, this time about 2 weeks.  Also Spoonflower needs to get off their butts and print the fabric I need.  LOL!

Although I checked today and it said it will probably ship tomorrow.  And said something about “using a rush service”… even though I did not select any rush options originally - I think they may have upgraded me for free.  That’d be nice!  That’s how businesses should treat their customers.  It’s nice to still have good businesses around, unlike the one that just scammed me for my Ruby skirt fabric.

Posted 1 week ago

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Spotlight: Star Princess #3

Read about the making of it and see work-in-progress photos here.

Please “like” Enchanted Sea Studio on FB!  And if you want to request a quote for your own costume/clothing, take a peek at this page.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Custom Props - Tombstones in Detail (and a little about Jack)

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Ghostbusters III.  How many times have we been promised this?  How many times have actors quit and came back?  It was supposed to happen (again) this Spring, (filmed in Cleveland too!), but then we heard nothing.  And then the talented Harold Ramis died, and now there’s absolutely no chance of having all the originals in the film.  I’m ready to believe you, Dan Aykroyd, I really am.  PS, Slimer rules.

References: “We’re ready to believe you!” is the slogan the guys use on their TV commerical in Ghostbusters I.

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The Most Interesting Corpse in the World - obviously based off of Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World, one of my favorite commercials (and memes - people on the internet really have some funny stuff out there with Dos Equis man.)  I originally wanted to do a skeleton in the iconic pose holding a beer, but I was tired and spent so much time on these tombstones already.  Also I didn’t use XX, but XXX for poison.

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In Loving Memory of Dad’s Lawn - My dad won’t give me a break about how these tombstones are going to ruin and kill the grass, even though we have two entire acres of yard and winter’s coming to kill the grass anyhow.  And how it’s a pain to mow around them, etc.  I originally did this design, all except for “Dad’s Lawn”, but didn’t know what to put there… so I decided to do a little taunting payback since he never drops the topic.

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RIP Edgar Allan Poe - this was the first tombstone I designed and carved, and it’s the most elaborate.  After I was carving it I knew I was going to have to simplify the others, because it was just too complex and time-consuming.  I of course have a raven reference, as The Raven is one of my favorite poems ever… but for the epitaph, I decided to go with a reference from “Annabell Lee”… something not as dark or associated with Halloween.  Something lighter, prettier, more realistic - instead of a parody type of thing. It’s a beautiful poem.

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Sir Not Appearing In This Graveyard - A nod to Monty Python & The Holy Grail, and Spamalot. They have “Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film” and “Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Show”.  

References: In Spamalot, when they are doing the scene announcing each of the knights, Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Show comes out on stage, looks around, and leaves with a “Sorry!”.  You can see it here.

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Here Lies Squidward’s Hopes and Dreams - from Spongebob, of course.  I always loved that scene in the graveyard (although Mr. Krab’s saying “What a baby!!” at the end is cut out) …where he’s crying and bringing flowers to this tombstone… freakin’ hilarious.  I originally wanted to make Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen’s Tombstone (HE was NUMber ONE!) but it would’ve been time consuming to carve.  The original tombstone was plain, but I took some artistic license and airbrushed the flowers that are always in the background on Spongebob.

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Zero’s Tombstone - well, since I have Jack in the graveyard, I figured it was appropriate to have his doggie’s tombstone.  I made Zero one year for the yard display but he didn’t hold up after being stored.  I might make him again this year if I have time, and put him near his tombstone.

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It will look a lot better in the dark when we get all the electrical stuff wired and flood the scene with light.  (And get the support rod painted black).  The pumpkins light up too.  And I’ll take it with a better camera :)  I’ll post it separately on my blog - it will be a few days.

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In case you’ve never heard me talk about Jack, he was a custom-built prop by my dad and I in 2008.  He’s 10-feet tall.  He’s a bit tattered after all these years and his suit’s so faded, but he’s stayed together (a surprise to me.  The wood structure is built very well and tough, but the bubble-wrap & fabric are taped and glued and stapled on, haha.)  I don’t have time this year, but if he goes up next year, I might give him a new suit.

Old house’s yard:

Posted 3 weeks ago

I put up a page for my photography, just kind of for myself, my friends, & my family can have easy access to them.  I didn’t want to overload my website (or pay for more storage) so I just used FB.  Easy access for local people/theatres that might be interested in hiring me freelance, too.  I re-uploaded some that were on my deleted FB, etc.

Just lettin’ you know this exists as of today, if you’re interested.

Here’s the link.  I highly doubt it will have as many updates as Enchanted Sea, because my photography is super-sporadic and usually based on if I’m traveling to a cool location or if I get a photo gig for a theatre.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Cole Bros. Circus - Part Two  [Sept. 11, 2014 - Myrtle Beach]

Photography by kaedralynn.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Cole Bros. Circus - Part One  [Sept. 11, 2014 - Myrtle Beach]

Photography by kaedralynn.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Sociable Amish Horses

How’s that for a title?  So today on the way to Amish country my dad had an important phone call and had to pull off on one of the side roads to concentrate.  So I got out of the car and took some photos of these beautiful horses (from very far away - needed my zoom lens).

But then they started coming my way to say hi and were only a few feet away!! ^_^  Tagging phantomonabudget because I know she’ll like this.

Posted 3 weeks ago

I just realized

…this corset uses 1/4” boning. I only keep 1/2” boning around because I usually make my own bodices and just prefer the structural qualities of that.  But I need 1/4” for this.  Arghghghghg.  That means spending more money and ordering it online.  At least I have the busk, though - that’s something I don’t have to buy.  And I might as well buy matching corset lacing since it’s only $3.  *le sigh*

::suddenly remembers why I doesn’t make costumes for myself - I shouldn’t be spending the $$:: (but I’m going to enjoy it, anyhow)

Posted 3 weeks ago

I only have three options available for lining right now and I don’t like any of them.

I have this crazy metallic fabric that would look cool and is somewhat strong, but would be so uncomfortable.  So I think that’s out.

I have a rainbow metallic denim that I would use, but I worry about using denim over time (how it stretches & changes when exposed to heat or water) etc, and it’s dark - I don’t know if any sort of dye might rub off on the light cream peasant blouse.

I also have a plainer white brocade; I used a brocade in my last corset and it didn’t truly stand the test of time - after a while, the bones chafe away at the fabric and will poke through the weave, so I’m not too keen on it.  It lasted a while, though.

I don’t have it, but just mentioning I also don’t want to use duck cotton… I used it in a former corset and it didn’t have enough “give”; it was so so stiff and actually fit dramatically different than my last corset.

Do I sink more money into this and take an hour trip to the store?  Or do I just use the brocade? Decisions, decisions.

Knowing me I’m going to go all the way to the freaking store for a yard of broadcloth or twill.  It’s just so far, and so much gas, and so much time.  But I really want to get this corset done this week.  And… UGH.  

Screw it, I’ll go to the store *sigh*

Posted 3 weeks ago

In case you’re wondering why making corsets for myself drives me batty.

(and this is just the outer layer.  I have to cut the entire inside layer too.  Which I forgot I might not have fabric for… I need to see what’s in my stash.  It might be getting some crazy looking lining…)