Padme's Picnic Dress at ECCC

It's been a long journey, but I was finally able to wear P-19 (Padme's Picnic Dress) to Emerald City Comic Con. It's not quite finished, there's still more embroidery to be done *sigh* and I need to make a few fit adjustments, but it was wearable.

This costume was quite the experience to make. I don't really know much about embroidery, and this was an embroidery heavy costume. I kind of just made it up as I went, but I learned some new techniques along the way.

I'll be writing up some posts on the making of, which will include a tutorial for the headpiece, but for now enjoy some shots from Comic Con.

Thank you to everyone at ECCC who complimented my costume, and to my friend Lilly for the photo's.

P-19 Progress Update

I haven't been very active at blogging so far this year, but I've been busy sewing all month. Emerald City Comic Con is only 2 weeks away, which means it's time to hustle and get Padme's Picnic Dress done.

Because of the high mount of embroidery, I know I'm not going to have all of it done in time for comic con, but I plan to have enough to make it look good and will finish it afterwards.

Last week I finally (finally!) finished the bodice; embroidery, lining, and all. It's by no means perfect, but I'm quite happy with the end result.

The big piece I've been tackling this month is the skirt embroidery. It's simple, and has been going faster than I expected, but I'm still learning as I go and have a few spots I need to go back and re-do when I have the chance.

And finally, this weekend I got around to making the headband and hair pieces. The buns were crocheted, which is something I haven't done in a long time, but they turned out pretty well. I'm working on a blog post with a pattern, which you should see sometime soon.

Headpiece making supplies

The finished buns

The headband, in progress

I put it all on Trisha to see how it looks and I'm quite happy with how everything's coming together.

1914 Skirt Beginnings and Research Troubles

New years hit and I've been in a bit of a sewing rut these last few weeks. I haven't had a ton of time, or energy, to put towards sewing lately so I haven't been too productive.

However, I managed to get started on the first part of my 1914 era ensemble, the skirt. I'll write up a post when it's done with more details, but for now here's where it stands.

My goal is to make a hunting suit similar to the styles seen on Donwton Abbey, however I've had a hard time finding information on women's hunting clothing from the era. So far I've only been able to find one example. Apparently hunting wasn't as common of a sport for women as Downton made it out to be...

I have been able to find a couple of original jacket patterns, however, that I'm using as a reference to draft my own. Until I can find more information I'm just doing my best to make something that looks appropriate.
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