Showing posts from May, 2016

Victorian Hairstyles

As I'm getting closer to finishing my 1871 dress I've started thinking about things like accessories and hair. Earlier this year I chopped my hair off to a nice long bob, which is currently just above my shoulders. While it's technically long enough to put back in a ponytail, there's not much else I can do with it right now.

Now, it's no secret that all throughout history (but especially in the mid to late Victorian era) women used fake hair pieces. With that in mind, I've started to come up with a plan for some historically accurate hairstyles.

First off, I purchased some extra hair. It sounds kind of weird when I put it like that, but that's essentially what I did. For a while I thought about investing in some good clip in human hair extensions (the one's I was looking at were from Luxy Hair), but since it would cost between $200-300 to get a good length and thickness (I have very thick hair), I ended up with a different plan.

I purchased clip in bang…

1871 Dress Sneak Peek

Here's a little sneak peek of my 1871 dress, which I'll be wearing at Costume College this year. I finished the bodice (minus trimmings) a few days ago and had to try the whole thing on. I'm so excited for it to be almost done!

The dress has been (and still is) a huge learning curve for me. After it's completed I'm planning on writing up a blog post on the mistakes I made and what I learned from this project.

Quick Rebel Costume

Every year I like to celebrate May the Fourth be With You by having a party, usually the weekend following May the 4th. This year, due to being busy, my family threw together a small get together with one of our closest family friends. We dressed up, did a Star Wars quiz, had a fire pit, and had fun hanging out together.

Earlier this year I was planning on finishing my Rey costume, but because I haven't had the time to figure out the dye I still haven't been able to make any progress on that costume. I just decided not to dress for the party. Until about twenty minutes before and I threw together this Rebel costume with pieces I had in my closet from other costumes.

I used the vest, shirt and boots from my Mara Jade costume and the pants from my Jedi costume (which was never completely finished). I pulled out my DL-44 and ta-da! Instant rebel costume! This costume was inspired by some of the costumes from Rogue One, which I'm starting to get really excited about! This cos…

Costuming on a Budget

Money has always been tight for me and it's a well known fact that costuming (or any type of sewing for that matter) isn't cheap. Over my years of sewing I've figured out how to make costumes while still being able to afford it. So here are my tips for costuming on a budget.

1). The #1 rule of sewing any type of clothing - make a mock up. Not only will you refine the pattern you're making so it will fit and look just right, if you make a mistake it's on a piece of cheap material and not the material you paid $12 a yard for.

2). Take advantage of thrift stores. I regularly keep any eye out for costuming supply's at thrift stores like Goodwill. I've bought sheets to use for mock ups for cheap, found curtains that end up being perfect for accessories, and not to mention the shoes! I always check the thrift stores when I'm looking for shoes, because you never know what you might find and they're usually a great price.

3). Coupons. This one is probably o…