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Lady Ellara Amber, crow of the North

Hello my lovely readers!

Do not fret, this is not a post about another GOT inspired costume. This time is legit LARP medieval fantasy.
So – I´ve signed up for this LARP my friend is doing in beginning of September, which is high fantasy political setting. My non-walking state aside I am so hyped to go!
I´m playing Lady Ellara Durrandon Amber of Crow´s nest,  a high-born lady, a widow and a very hardened woman.

And a witch. Daughter of a witch-bitch. So the character came with silverish hair and unnatural blue eyes.

But being a witch or a bitch – the lady needs a proper attire, innit?

And here comes the fun – I actually have tons of fabrics at home, but not enough of one fabric to put together a medieval dress with wide skirt. I have this McCalls B4827 pattern lying around, which is basically a very easy pattern and the outcome might just look fabulous, but it wouldn´t be me to just not fool around a bit.

I had idea of gorgeous green gown in mind, but!
Here comes the but!
Not enough fabric in my stash!

BUT! (yet another but!)
I had two awesome fabrics lying around, doing just nothing.
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That is a really gorgeous green taffeta purchased almost a year ago to be a part of the green hunting Victorian dress, but alas it never came to be.
The other one is actually a saree.
This saree.
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And yes, I´ve cut out all those to-kill-for golden trims and kept them. They come in handy later.

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Trims to kill for!

So I have 4 meters of the green taffeta and some five-ish meter of the PES saree (I seriously believe it´s PES satin) – AND I´m in the dire need of some lining for the satin. I mean – I should probably use some also for the taffeta, but that fabric has been washed in the hot water and it´s still sturdy.
So I dive into my stash and ind – TADA – green cotton. Soft as a cloud and still nice and heavy. Can you imagine where this is all going?
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TO END IN DISASTER, I tell you!
As expected the saree was very slippery bitch. An while I tried to pin it down to retrace the pattern, it started moving. And not only that, you see. That terrible, horrible thing protested, while I pinned it to the cotton lining.
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The end was disaster. Four-times pinning down the saree fabric and ironing the whole thing didn´t help. Next time remember, gurl, just use coutil and glue that damn thing on!
LESSON TO BE LEARNED…

However this is not a problem to stop me 🙂
I´ve managed to underline the saree parts with more or less bumpy moments. Hand stitched all the parts together – and realized that it is horribly big!
I mean – look at it! This should be my size according to the pattern instructions. But this – again – is the size of a circus tent.
I am 100 % that I´m not a circus tent! Or bunch of clown, acrobats and elephants.

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My optional “can haz tail” moment

After some more pinning and horrible encounter with sewing machine, all is done and I just think it looks fabulous. I´ve cut the neckline slightly lover than on the original pattern, pinned the facing around the neckline down – at voilá, awesome dress is awesome!
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The next step is going to be funnier though. The sleeves!
I´ve drafted a two-piece pattern from one I already had. Did anyone actually told me, that it´s going to be horrible work? No, I was not warned.  Therefore I´ve started with the math, drawing and altering the pattern.
And – well – after a lot of profanity – I managed to draft a working pattern! YAY ME!

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One nearly finished and one semi-finished sleeve

I´ve decided I really need sleeves with the buttoned up elbow (because it looks amazing and I wanted to try it). Also, while I enjoy rehab with my newly broken leg richer now for two screws, I´ve taken up the old and good needle and started to sew in hand.

All stay-stitched together looks wearable 🙂

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Look, no make-up me 🙂

I have encountered numerous issues with the neckline and the sleeves in the process. I have added darts to the hem of the neckline, as the fabric really moved in wrong way. The sleeves had to be re-sewn few times to the arm holes and I am still not happy with the outcome, so I might just re-touch the dress later.

I unfortunately ended having a bit of “no time” to make photos of the rest of the progress, because – no time, really.
So without further ado – first photos of the dress, which at the end was fully adorned by the border from the sareee and also somes with a matching satchel.

First batch of photos by absolutely stunning Patrik Cvak, all credit goes to him.

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I am in love with the bottom hem trim, though I had to re-pinn it three times.
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Back lacing gave me serious nightmares and I will definitely need to re-work it some day.

 

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Look, a matching satchel. And a handsome guy, pay him no attention 🙂

 

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The dress comes with a train and some more ribbons for fun. These were done by sewing machine, as I ran out of time.

Hopefully more photos to come.

Tell me, what you think 🙂

XOXO, Rael

 

 

 

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Vassagonian diplomat/spymaster at Lone Wolf LARP 2013

Hello my gentle readers!

Do you love getting nostalgic while going through your old stuff? Be it papers, school books or your closet? I do, I very much do.

There are hidden treasures in my closet – and I mean not only those old chemises my dear grandma gave me ( and which are sure retro and I love them). From time to time I bump into terribly old costumes, some of them still wearable and in reall good shape.

This specific one was my first attempt on full costume with all the needed nice-to-haves like: hand-painted patterns, eye-catching details and sleeves for show (pretty much for nothing else, especially not shooting a bow!)

To have a bit of backstory: my friends used to run a once a year Lone Wolf LARP (base on Joe Deaver’s books) for friends, which was outdoor, full of the old and lovable “go for questing, meet few NPC’s down the road and kill some monsters” and was nothing like ,the LARPs nowdays. Think oldschool and with heart.

I was asked to play a Vassagonian diplomat, who came to the land of the good people to negotiate peace treaty. And sell all their secrets to the Drakarim in Darkland and such (no wonder, I was playin a horrible bitch).

At the end, I managed to betray everyone I could, I robbed the one surviving Kail Lord Silent Hawk of the rescued and hardly retrieved book of Magna Kai (sort of a codex and a Bible for the Kai Lords), showed the way to the place to Dark armies and… well, happily pranced away.

I left behind few really pissed players because, well, I was lying all the game, that this time I’m really playing a good character. And… I wasn’t.

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Sue me, I just really like to play bitches – I´m too nice in real life, this is like my therapy!

Anyway – this costume dates back to the time, when I´ve divided fabrics to only two categories: cheap, thus affordable and hell no, that´s pricey! This costume is the definition of using cheap fabrics to create something affordable, yet awesome.
The two most expensive pieces of the costume being the red turban, which is actually a bridal saree veil. And the red taffeta pantaloons – saying, that in 2013 the taffeta was much cheaper then now (and it still costed a bunch!)

The costume itself consist of a ghawazee, undershirt with long sleeves and cuffs, a very heavy bra with cowrie shells red pantaloons and a turban.
The pattern for the ghawazee was drafted based on a an old vest with the cut out for the bust area. I´ve used very cheap underlining synthetic sating for the body of the coat (which was actually was not that bad idea in the end).

The sleeves and all the trims are remnant of the old synthetic satin saree, which happened to be around, waiting patiently to be cut and re-purposed. The front is closed with small hooks and lot of prayers.

The undershirt was made of the saree fabric and synthetic olive green satin for the sleeves, cuffs are made of the saree trims, underlined with the satin. The pattern I used was the same as for the ghawazee.

Pantaloons are very, very easy, don´t need to go to details I believe. The taffeta has a nice vine red color with black accents (I´ve never seen that fabric ever again, shame, shame!)

The rest of the costume is few hours with fabric colors and a brush and me trying to not dip it in coffee but the actual flack with the color.

And now take a look. I think that it´s a fine piece of work for a beginner!

 

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The detail of the back pattern – Berberian lio paw for protection and courage.All hand-painted with metallic fabric paint in bronze, gold and violet.
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The full costume without the undershirt and the turban.
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Here with the undershirt and in full glory.
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A good spymaster carries a saber, bow and eventually also a bodyguard with a crossbow!  (Just don´t mind the shoes!)
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Look at me,I´m pretty -And half soaked, it was drizzling almost the whole day!

 

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I spy with my vassagonian eye…
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The Midnight circus 2013 -Zingara Radha, the dancer and fortune teller
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This is the same veil used for the turban.

 

XOXO, Rael

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Battle of Five armies 2017 Crow witch dress and headpiece

Let´s continue with the railroad of the posts.
After one Battle of Five armies comes the next one. This time really quick dress I´ve made in 2 days and really not much of sewing around actually.

Last year I was a member of Esgaroth cookie squad, but this year my friend asked to join the “Dark army”. Well, why the hell not, said I. I´ve never played strictly evil character – and actually, there´s not much of role play going on, but why the hell not.

I´ve needed an interesting costume that goes with the whole “Dark and evil” theme. As I was joining the “Higlanders” a derivation  from the Lord of the Rings´Wildling, I was thinking tartan first. But as I was supposed to be a companion for the shaman (the lovely lady on the photos with me), I went for something more rough and unrefined.

I had this dress lying around with brocade bodice (sewn for 2016 LARP summer camp). The bodice is horribly done and needs a lot of re-doing, so I just ripped the thing off and started anew.

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I ended up being very disappointed on how the bodice was not fitting, try as I might 😦

I had a piece of black linen lying around, so I´ve fished out my princess seam pattern and created bodice for the two layer skirt (which is from two types of cotton, one very light, second one being grey-ish and bit sparkly).
The bodice is very tight because, as with the Merida dress, I just don´t want to wear regular bra at the battles (running around the forest makes it super uncomfortable and makes you wanna scream at the end of the day. That´s a biiig NO NO!)  For extra support I´ve worn wide belt which served a bit of a waist cincher.

I´ve the added the sleeves and bit of rags to the neckline (which left me with the very funny looking stripey sun tan after the weekend) to make it look more like “I´ve done this overnight from rags from the dead bodies”.
Being a witch you just don´t care how you look!

The skirt has a layer of see through linen with a trail and very long sleeves, which create very nice effect while walking or in the wind. Sadly – none of the photographers managed to catch it.

TA-DA! TEN MINUTE WONDER DONE!

As for the head-piece:
I have three of them lying around. It was a project done also for the 2016 LARP summer camp. The skull is done from papiermâché, cardboard, wire a and tiny bit of cloth for the eyes.
I´ve used acrylic paint and a spray varnish to protect them from rain.
The biggest of the three (on the picture above) has very heavy beak, so I had to add weight on the back of skull by attaching a feather dreads  and clay beads. It looks awesome, but it´s not for all day wearing.
For the BoFA  I´ve chosen the smallest which is ok to wear the whole day.

Mental remark: DO NOT EVER wear contact lenses in the midst of battle, it get´s dusty and scratches your eyes.

But I looked awesome!

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This is a lovely, lovely warg costume. Also – worn leggins to avoid mosquito bites. Turned up a good idea!

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That´s no make up,this is me being horribly white. Also, photo from the morning. At the end of the day, I was red as a lobster.

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The photos are courtesy of Qilip GrayMichaela Mizakoe ZázvorkováJiří StiborPavla Krona and Michal Kára · LARPy, cosplay a tak.

XOXO, Rael

 

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Battle of Five armies 2016 Merida dress

Once upon a time a little girl had a lovely remark, when I was going home, carrying a sword.
I know it must happen to you all the time too, when carrying home strange objects or walking around in strange clothes. We all do at some point of our lives, right?
And children have this very dear habit of saying things on top of their mind.

So, while I walked home (god knows from where) dressed in skirt and blue woolen plaid, my hair down and sword in the hand (firmly clad in a fabric not to alarm people more), I´ve met this lady with daughter, five or six-ish of age.
It was one of the awesome autumn days I enjoy the most, so I was in a great mood, grinning from ear to ear, when this little girl stops and starts to point at me, yelling: “Mommy, look, that´s the brave princess we´ve seen yesterday.”

I´ve met the said girl few more times, and no matter what clothes I´ve worn, she insisted that I´m the “brave princess”. Which not only always made me smile, but also sparked the idea to do the Merida dress she´s wearing almost the whole movie.
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Yes, that one!

I´ve seen several patterns and tutorials about the pattern, but I´ve decided to do the old school fitted cotehardie style. Because being of rather sizable asset I needed support, preferably without the modern day bra. And being vain, I just want an awesome cleavage even in medieval gown.

So I´ve asked friend to help me fit the pattern, as seen for example here. I really encourage you to do some research and googling on the internet, as there are few very good advises on how to do it (La cotte simple being one of the best around).
Also, buy a bottle of wine, cakes and chips and have a party with your cavalry/friends to do the fitting.
You seriously can´t do it alone, because you´ll need a second pair of hands and lot of pins.
Also – don´t wear the bra if you want natural lift, bra does totally different things with the bust. Just have the girls hanging around and let the fabric do the trick.

If in need of extra support, add lining or – in my case – corset fusible interfacing.

I´ve bought very lovely peacock blue linen in Sartor (if I remeber, they do ship worldwide and they have very good offer) and I was ready to start cutting. –

The dress itself was pretty simple, but I´ve encountered an issue with the sleeves. Basically I had no idea what to do with the puff part.
So I´ve used bit of a google-fu I claimed over the years and found post on the same dress on Angela Clayton´s page which I found very, very helpful.

Then – and I will never do that again – I had the stupid idea to do the eyelets by hand. I´ve never felt like such an idiot doing 30 eyelets by hand. For the first time. Gah!
No more, just no more!

Anyway, it worked very well.
Until it started raining on Battle of Five armies and the dress went soaking wet and the dress, even though I´ve washed the fabric in hot water, stretched out a lot, so I had to re-sew the bodice again.
But no big deal, it still works as it should and I have the needed support.

The dress was worn over a chemise as…well, I still had this tiny, small boob window in the dress lacing. You don´t want anyone to ogle your boobs, while carrying water around half dead army.

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As a shield maiden for the Lake town army.
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Army on march.
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With battle frying pan. Serving cookies to the Army of Men
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Esgaroth cookie commando!

 

The photos are courtesy of Cordi -Photo, Alatmoroco, Petr Bursa and Šaman z Egeru
XOXO, Rael

 

 

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QUEEN IN THE NORTH also known as the Ravenna dress

Hello my dear readers,

let´s have  a crazy and magical trip to world where everything is allowed and where there are no borders of what is real and what is possible.

Are you ready?
Because this world is crazy as hell. And leaves you questioning your sanity!

Welcome to the world of Changeling: The lost.
I had the opportunity to NPC for the second run in Prague, playing a very badass raven Beast, spymaster and kick-ass biatch called Ravenna (to read about Changelings and stuff, go here).

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KRA-KRA, BITCHES! New queen is in the town.

Basically it is very well thought LARP set in the urban surroundings with a tons of very colorful costumes in contrast to the not so happy setting (Changeling being mainly about coping with being snatched away from your family and changed to something…else. All the characters were humans once. But no more!)

And you know me – I so love costumes and make up; so this was a must do!Not to mention I love playing bitches! I must have been one in my previous life.

It is one of my most favorite ensemble I´ve ever done, because… well, it turned out great and even better and I actually had tons of fun with the project.

It´s a blue and gold dress with a grey coat with blue/gold lining and feather collar. Who is not in love with some serious feathery awesomeness, hmm?

I was ill at the time, so I had almost 3 weeks to finish both – dress and the coat. So some of the details were hand stitched properly and it just looks divine!
But first of all, I needed the wig – which was happily purchased in an Otaku shop and I adore it. I´ve always wanted a proper lace-front wig and this one just does the trick.

So with the wig in the pocket and few make-up tests I was ready to start the dress.

Since I´m a huge fan of Game of Thrones and especially certain Targaryen lady´s wardrobe, I´ve decided to do a GOT inspired costume.

I purchased McCall´s pattern M6941 (here), which is definitely Daenerys inspired costume. I wanted to go for the opening on the back, which is to die for (and will show the crows on my back, teeeheee!)
I also had a quite a lot of (almost) Daenerys blue dupion lying around, so I´ve decided to give it a call. I was scared ***less to cut the fabric, but what to do with lot of nice, blue fabric, if not a beautiful dress.

The story of the blue dupion is very funny. I´ve purchased it in local store with silken products and historical brocade (here) in the winter 2015 with the aim to make it a Dragon Age mage costume for summer 2016 LARP.

Sadly the LARP never happened and it was lying around and just catching dust. So I just thought to give it a try (because it is just the right color, you know? The Targaryen blue!)

I´ve drafted the pattern on a dummy fabric first, because I really had the luxury of enough time. It always ends with the me fitting like crazy, because the size of the pattern never fits 100%. I have enough space for another of pair of boobs and half of a rugby player attached to my ribs.
At that time it was quite funny ordeal, as I had no sewing dummy, so it was all about “pin – try on – not scratch yourself – re-pin – try on”. Very tiresome process, if I may add.
I might have ended with the neckline being too low, so I had to add the golden fabric to have the dress less booby!

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Which was most likely to happen, if I was to fight in the dress. And hell yeah, I was fighting in that dress, so boo-yay for amended neckline!

I also had to do a bit of research, as the dress is a crossbreed between the following ones (for certain reasons like the front opening of the skirt, the sleeves…)

So I´ve ended drafting some of the dress patterns by hand and purely luck.
The skirt was made from golden and blue  synth. brocade and synthetic silk, which I´ve actually used also for lining of the bodice to add the solid feel (as the dupion is very soft)
All the colors go very nicely together. I´m not a big fan of bright color schemes (which makes the pink and green ball gown and the pink taffeta one of the brightest dresses I have) so the Ravenna dress was also intended to be very reserved but expensive looking.
As Ravenna was supposed to be in love with all things expensive and sparkly.

I had a lot of issue to cut the dupion, because not only was it one of my most expensive fabric, but i was not  100% sure I´ll have enough fabric. So I had to commit such atrocity like not following the warp and such. You have to position, baby! Yeehaaa!

 

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All nicely cut out and also underlined wit corset interfacing to hold the shape better.

Unfortunately I don´t have the process itself documented. Once I started to sew it went pretty quickly, the dress was finished in two days with lot of coffee breaks and time to sleep.

The long sleeves were add just not because I loved the white Daenerys dress with them, but also for my comfort. I wanted bare arms, but also something to cover my non-existing biceps (If you know, what I mean).
The sleeves are underlined with the gold/blue brocade to match the rest of the dress, duh!

I´m still not quite happy with the very plain bodice and the plan is to add the distinctive scales Daenerys has on her dress, but it´s a project for the future (I mean, the dress itself is very pretty, but I just want this one extra cherry on the top to make it AWESOME and make people go WOW!)

Also, looking at the lower hem, it will need some serious repairs!

It´s coat time!
I has in mind something interesting, as I had a tons of fluffy feathers lying around from the time I planned the Dragon Age costume (purchased here, and I really recommend to visit this shop, I have only the best experience). Nothing says raven more than feathered collar, right?

I had very heavy cotton twill in just enough length for the coat and blue/gold synthetic brocade I used also for the dress to do the magic.
What I learned from this experience is that you can do the fitting without a dummy, but it takes lot more time to do so. And oh boy, so many pin cuts and scratches one could imagine!

I used McCall´s pattern M6818, which is done after Evil Queen´s attire from Once upon a time (here).

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Again, I´ve encountered the issue with fitting the bodice. Apparently with bigger size comes everything bigger and girl just can´t have smaller wait then bust. I again ended up with too much excessive fabric under the bust and in the side seams.

Which is for me the most horrible work ever, so I just do not enjoy this par as much as the other parts of sewing. Actually I swear so much during the whole process of dress making that my husband usually asks why I do it, if it´s such martyrdom.

Well, the results are totally worth it!

 

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Almost finished bodice…

I had quite lot of time to do the lining all by hand, so it can be said it´s so far my most precise work. I actually still loathe hand stitching, but sometimes it´s really necessary in order to have everything nicely done, no unnecessary stitches showing on the fabric, right?

The feathers were bought on a lace, so it was easy to stitch them onto the collar in stripes. It creates this very impressive silhouette with lion-like mane.

I´ve also worn this costume to Carpathian Conclave for the second day. I´ve added a fur stole to the dress to have this “diva-like” feel, which is not entirely fantasy. As there was a huge guy on the “Iron throne” present (with the throne made of swords on set) I really felt like a Queen in the North.
And hey, I snatched the hunky guy on Iron throne, so, basically, it´s very good term to use.

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Ravenna with the horrid bitch face she had all the time.
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More of the make-up and wig close up. I was wearing huge black contact lenses and it was killing me.
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The coat and the dress in the action. The awesome guy is Attila (yaas, gurl, THAT Attila)
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Close up of the dress, I´ve added small raven skulls on the ribbon on the neckline. Also, still very low neckline, but at least it´s not THAT low as before!
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Don´t you just love the sleeves? I certainly do!
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One with the fur stole – me making horrid faces again. I just can´t keep them faces straight, bitch!

 

Pictures from the Prague Changeling LARP and the Carpathian Conclave, courtesy of Budapest by Night, Zsigmond Kostály (kostyal.hu), Milán Mikó ( Miko Milan Photography) and Szilvia Petka.

XOXO, Rael

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The drop dead gorgeous Victorian party dress (which is not that Victorian, more likely goth)

I´m known to do a last minute sewing stunts. You can call me a Minuteman – or more likely Minutewoman, when it comes to sewing.

I know I have all the right things to do proper sewing with all the needed refining, but I usually don´t have that much time for unnecessary things like zig zag and cleaning the hems and such.
When it comes down to new costumes, I have loads of time and then I just don´t sleep.
At all.
You must know that – it´s either not enough time before or not enough money to purchase the right fabrics.
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I know, I know: BALONEY!

Anyway, this one was my super quick sewing project for LARP Masquerade party held by Prague domain Sherif. And playing a very vain (and being a very vain) character, I´ve decided to do last minute dress – very plain, but drop dead gorgeous.
And inspired with the black taffeta dress I´ve worn on Carpathian Conclave.

Made from cotton with lycra and mixture of polyester (honestly I don´t know, what it is, I had it lying around for a while) I used the bodice pattern from the “Crimson peak” dress and a full circle skirt with knee length in the front and a train in the back (sort of high-low circle skirt).

I actually decided to go for a collar and open back (which sadly is nowhere to be seen) – which I kinda like, you know 🙂
The back has approximately 10 buttons: two on the collar, eight on the back itself. Bought golden filigree buttons, which are to die for!
Also decided to go for full length sleeves with bit of cuffs (without the buttons, so they can be folded and still look interesting).

The neckline and the back is adorned by the same lace as the “Crimson Peak” dress. I´ve also used the leftover hot fix rhinestones to go with it.  This time I went with the lace also to the bust area to have something going on.

The only other golden ornament (or bit bronze-ish) is the pendant in middle of the collar. This is hand-stitched to the dress but can be worn also without it.

I managed to wear this dress also for the College of Wizardry: The Challeneg LARP, so I´ve managed to have some really neat photos.

Enjoy, my lovely readers:

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Theressa Blackwater, the Toreador Primogen. The photo stands for “I´m dead gorgeous and bored…”
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Theressa Blackwater, the Toreador Primogen, less bored, still not amused.
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Hekate Weishaupt, the NIMBUS student, witch with attitude and Hermione hair 🙂
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This I love to call the Addams family portrait!

 

The credit for the photos goes to wonderful Michal Kára and Iulian Dinu, the Dziobak Larp Studios and College of Wizardry.

 

XOXO, Rael

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The curse of the Crimson peak inspired dress: NOT DEAD YET!

Hello again, my dear gentle reader.
No worries, I´m not dead yet. I just happen to be preoccupied with things, that prevented me from writing a lot.

The Crimson peak dress is now finished and I´ve worn it not only to the Carpathian Conclave, but also in Prague for the Masquerade LARP (Sadly no photos).
It was a bit of a race to finish the dress and I had to drop the other sewing project, because I simply didn´t had enough time to do both.

So I´ve decided to do at least the one properly. Which at the end was the right decision. This is – I must admit – my very first ensemble which not only is head to toes awesome, the underlining is fitting and it looks totally like I was planning, but is also finished in every detail.

Anyway it was a hell of a work and not much time to do anything by daylight. So was mainly falling asleep with needle in the hand.
I seriously consider buying and extra lamp for the future sewing room.

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I know, Bianca, I know… So far no new extra lamp for me!

But about the dress:
I managed to fit the lining and the taffeta dress almost perfectly (say – one of the hem of the lining is 5 mm off, that is a huge success!). However in the process I´ve somehow lost few millimeters on the back, so I had to add extra piece of cloth for the buttons. It kinda works as a modesty panel (and in the end, it still is a very close call, while wearing corset. I believe it´s the sole fact, that the corset just moves your body around in different shape.)

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Again a quite a lot of excess fabric under the bust.
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Hello sickface and a loot of bewbs!
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The struggle is real: checking if the lace will be fitting to the rest of the dress.
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Fully underlined and heavy as hell. This is a fitted bodice, ain’t gonna move an inch.Creates quite impressive waist also without corset.
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Back pleates, how I hate thee! 

Buttons are actually a terrible thing. 21 buttons, fabric and bras Edwardian buttons I´ve purchased in Bath last summer. Sadly, I could have used all black, as the bow at the back of the collar hides everything.
The thing with the all buttoned back is – it´s historically accurate, but it´s one hell of a thing to button them.
I need my husband to do all the buttoning, which he HATES! He´s actually the one strong enough to do the buttoning, because the underlined taffeta won´t move an inch, nor stretch enough to allow to button the dress easily.

I´ve managed to fit the dress by an inch – I simply can´t put on any more weight.
However the good thing is that the dress fits also without the corset, and it still looks the right way.

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I actually managed to get the dress covered in lace and at least thousand of tiny little red and onyx gems. Not only the decolletage, but also the train. I happened to purchase hot fix rhinestones in just the right colors and do a magic with the iron.
Nothing says expensive as a lot of tiny glittering stones on a lace.

The skirt itself has been finished with red ribbon and two small bows in front of the openings.
I had to wear my normal bustle and petticoat, because that lobster tail construction fail was not working as I wished. Hence the train was towing behind me in very ungraceful-like manner.
This is something I need to work on a bit – I certainly need proper undergarment.

Unfortunately I don´t have good pictures of the whole dress, just a glimpse here and there. Waiting now to have the opportunity to have some nice pics done.
The dress is worn over a chemise and an under bust corset.

 

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The detail of the bodice with all the glittery lace. It goes over the shoulders and over the back. The collar is bit loose because I was strangling myself with the bow.
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Me in the back, you can see the tiny bows on the front openings of the dress.

Pictures are courtesy of Budapest by Night, Zsigmond Kostály (kostyal.hu) and Milán Mikó ( Miko Milan Photography).

 

XOXO, Rael

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Pink taffeta day dress

There´s a part two of my Marburg costumes worn in 20 years of Marburg domain in 2016.

We had a two days event – a meet and greet soiré and a ball held at the lovely chataeu Marburg, which is a chataeu turned to a congress center.

For the first event I´ve been thinking a sort of a walking day dress in bright colours. As this was a Vampire LARP all people would be wearing dark colours (I´ve assumed- and I´ve assumed that correctly!).
I wanted something really outstanding and eye catching.

The dress turned out to be a bit sweeter then I´ve planned, but hey – in the sea of very deep blue and mainly black – it did it´s job!

I´ve fell in love with silk taffeta in pink with golden hues, so I´ve decided to add more green and gold and get away with it.

Well, I got away with it 🙂

The dress is two piece ensemble with jacket trimmed with green trims from a saree and god/black aplique at the collar, back of the shoulders and lower hem. I´ve chosen golden silk as a lining (which was not the best idea, if you ask me! Silk is terrible to work with!)

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This is what happens when you´re fitting a bodice on your own and you just forget, that you´ll be wearing a different bra! Boobz everywhere!
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The details on the gold/black aplique. Also, the bustle is sitting higher than necessary 🙂

The skirt was trimmed with golden pleats and adorned with the same aplique as the jacket. It´s otherwise very plain to go well with the silk pieces for the ball gown.dsc_0026

There´s silk golden tournure with a huge rose at the centre back and two green-gold ribbons in front of the dress (also with roses). The tournure is trimmed with the same ribbon as the jacket. It´s the same saree hem used for the decoration ribbons at the front of the skirt and it has small golden hot-fix gems on it.

The buttons on the jacket are also rose-shaped.

I´ve added vintage-beige finegr-less gloves, my trustworthy old black fan and blush-pink shoes to match the dress. It was actually a good choice, they´re wery comfy and, we did a lot of standing here, there and talking without a possibility to sit.

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I´ve worn a lace collar under the jacket and moss-green lace shirt in case I would need to take the jacket off.
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The tournure is bit longer than needed, it looks like I´m cut and piece is missing!
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The detail of the back of the tournure. Is was not folded in any intrigues way, I like the natural flow.
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The golden pleats are only at the front of the dress, giving it the feel my petticoat is showing.

I now know that the bustle and tournure were too high on my back which created the lobster tail-like shape which I plainly don´t need (I have a lot of padding on my own).
Otherwise this remains to be one of my most favourite victorian costumes I have.

Xoxo, Rael

Posted in Finished costumes

Green and pink silk and taffeta ball gown

While battling the black taffeta dress and the horrible hooped underskirt (there will be a blog post soon), I´ve decided to add some posts about old costumes, which are already finished and have been seen somewhere.
I proudly present those two beauties, which costed me nearly life and were hell to make.
I wore both costumes at 20 years of Marburg domain, which was a LARP event on the occasion of LARP group anniversary.

It was based on White Wolf Vampire: The Masquerade and also an international event, so lot´s of people from corners of the Europe came to be a part of it. A huge event, you see.

So I´ve decided to do some fancy dresses to stun people (which I did!)

With the green silk ball gown I had to re-sew an old piece I´ve sewn especially for summer holiday camp (Victorian LARP there and stuff).
You can see that the fabric is very hard to photograph. The color is not nearly that yellow-ish.
This was an old saree purchased from my friend and re-purposed to a ball gown with a train made from tha saree´s pallu (the very nice adorned piece of a saree worn over the shoulder).
The bodice had been reinforced with very heavy cotton lining, but it still did weird things and wrinkled a lot.
I also had to use nylon sheer thread to sewn the front of the bodice, as the color is impossible to find!

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That´s my irritated face! You can also see the piece of the train, it´s very lovely embroidered with pink and gold.
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And that´s my flirty face (also very large 100 yrs old fan!)

The original bodice had a frock back to have more space for the bustle. I´ve used plain yellow-gold satin as the drape and a green-ish cotton as underskirt. Worked well that time.

However! I needed to re-work that a bit. So I´ve grabbed few new ideas and fabrics and started a whole new project!

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I started to re-sew the bodice, and even I´ve worn it over a corset previously it took a lot of cutting off the fabrics.

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Terrible photo, but if you check the line at the middle of the bodice, that´s quite lot of excess fabric.

I had to ditch at least 5 cm of fabric at the front and sides to fit the bodice better.

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There´s a very straight line under my bust – that´s not an arm, but excess fabric.

Also said good-bye to the frock like back of the bodice and started to do some nice new ornaments and decorations. Lace to the décolletage, beads, gemstones and fabric flowers in pink and bits of green (all freestyle, sewn directly to the bodice) – both on the shoulder and hip.

I´ve added boning to the bodice to prevent it from wrinkling – et voila, we´re done!

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Sadly, below photos are the only photos of the dress ( I really need some better!)

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This is my “bored to death” face. Also the “doing silly things while photographed face!”
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Detail of the bodice and the capelette that goes with the dress.
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This is sadly the only good picture of the dress.

The ball gown consisted of pink beaded drape (also a saree) and pink taffeta skirt that was taken from the pink day dress.

The capelette is a very old fabric I had at home, and I just loved the mint green.
The ruffle and the collar is from a deep moss green taffeta with a matching lace. There are red feathers under the collar.

Xoxo, Rael