It seems as if there are tons of pieces to Taylor’s costume (I suppose there are), but I’m happy to report the wings are the last one!
I had thought the wings would be more difficult to construct, but they were surprisingly simple. Even though they were easy to make, overall, I’m disappointed with them. For one, they aren’t very big. When the wings are attached to the bodice, they are barely noticeable. My second complaint is that they are unfinished. I was so shocked when I read the directions and they had me sewing them wrong sides together – they just looked ‘messy’. To help hide the interfacing that peeked out, I wound up using a sharpie to help darken them. You can’t see it unless you look closely, but I know it’s there! I would advise anyone making this pattern to add a seam allowance and sew them right sides together, especially if you’re using lame, that stuff can be so ‘fragile’ and fray so easily that the wings might not hold up throughout the evening.
So, without further ado, I present to you the finished costume:
Notice that there’s something missing? In the previous post, I told you that Taylor wanted to wear a wig…. after putting everything together, she changed her mind. Want to know what it looks like with the wig on? Click here.
One thing that Taylor liked about her patterncostume is that the model was wearing a wig and horns. Upon searching for horns that might match her costume, I came up empty handed – it appears that almost all of them come in red (which didn’t go with the colors we had chosen), so, I set out to make a pair of my own. I thought I would share the process of how I made mine (this would also work if you need to make cat ears as well).
Headband (smooth, without teeth preferably one that is the same size throughout)
Thread to match
Hand sewing needle
Hot glue gun
Step 1: To determine what size to cut your material for your headband you’ll need to take a few measurements. First, measure the headband width (if the headband is wider at one point, use this measurement). Add 3/4″ to width size. Additionally, measure the headband length, adding 1″ to measurement. Use these measurements to make a headband covering piece and cut from your material. Additionally, cut 4 horn or ear sections from material.
Step 2: On longest edges of Headband Covering Piece fold under 1/4″ to wrong side. Press in place.
Step 3: Make the horn or ear pieces by sewing 2 sections, right sides together. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff firmlywith fiberfill leaving 1/4″ of the bottom edge free. Baste raw edges together. Repeat for second ear or horn.
Step 4: Fold long edges of Headband Covering piece so that finished edges are even. Press in place. Next, determine the center of the headband – crease this measurement by pressing with iron. Open up Headband Covering piece so that wrong side is up. From the center crease measure down 1 1/2″. Place edge of horn section next to this measurement so that basting is even with the creased edge and pin in place. Repeat this step for the second side. (Note: These measurements can be adjusted so that the ears or horns are closer together or further apart depending on your liking). Again, fold up finished edges of Headband Covering so that finished edges are even – however this time, pin them in place.
Step 5: Sew close to finished edges and across earshorns. It may be helpful to switch your machine foot to a zipper foot when sewing across the ear or horns. Slide your finished Headband Covering across purchased headband until hornsears are centered. (Note: Stitching and horns should be centered across the top of the headband)
Step 6:: Fold under raw edges of headband ends (short ends) to wrong side of headband. Hand sew or hot glue in place:
First off, let me say I chickened out. Originally, I had set out to make the bodice of Taylor’s costume in black pleather, but when I found out that I was in a time crunch (i.e. make a costume in under a week) I decided that I wasn’t prepared to work with such a temperamental fabric in a short amount of time. Instead, I opted for a black ‘snakeskin’ print faux suede – it was softer, more friendly to work with, and would still work work great with the costume.
Before cutting into the fabric, I checked the pattern envelope to see the finished size. According to Taylor’s measurements she falls into a size 14, the finished bodice was going to be huge so I decided on going down one to a 12. After two days of sewing, I had this (photo on the left):
A huge bodice! Even though we went down one size, I easily could have gotten away with making a 10 and have this fit. I had no idea that the finished garment would be so large! Taylor was extremely unhappy with the look as well, so I altered it – taking off 1 1/2 inches (at least) on both sides to get the photo on the right. We also decided to omit the ragged look to the bottom edge so I also cut off much of the excess in this area.
I’ll have to leave you in suspense as to the rest of the costume…. we’re headed out to a wedding on Saturday so there won’t be a post over the weekend. I promise when I get back, I’ll have lots of goodies to share – the rest of the costume, a tutorial, wedding pictures, new fabric, and a package or two! In the mean time, have a great weekend and see you all on Monday!
Another portion of Taylor’s costume is complete! This time it’s the tulle skirt:
This was another simple piece to create – sew two skirt panels together, cut the edges so they appear jagged, gather the tullenetting, and attach to the waistband. I decided to serge the waistband and the tulle together to keep the satin waistband from fraying and to give it a more polished look when worn . My only complaint is that I wish the green showed up more, it blends too much into the purple, in my opinion.
I’ve been marathon sewing (at least sewing during Easton’s naps and when the kids go to bed) and am happy to say at least one piece of Taylor’s costume is completely finished!
I decided to start with what looked like the easiest part first – the bloomers. Early on we had decided against the ‘bad fairy’s’ version of the pants which had a ragged look to them and opted for the more finished version instead. Both use the same pattern pieces, however, the ‘finished’ version has elastic around the legs for a more poofy look. After completing them, I’m wishing I had cut a size (or two or three) smaller – these things are HUGE. I even wound up cutting the elastic for around the legs one size down because I could immediately tell they weren’t going to ‘grab’ around her thighs, just hang there. I my opinion, if you’re planning on making these for yourself, go down a size!
I love the fact that I have such a wonderful husband who supports my hobby – I spent a relaxing afternoon in the sewing room and managed to work on quite a few things. Not only did I start on Easton’s costume (I’ll be posting more on that tomorrow), but I also cut out almost everything for Taylor’s. Thankfully, there are much fewer pieces than the monkey. However, I found myself cutting them out multiple times (not to mention all the pieces that need interfacing). I did have to make a few changes to the pattern based on what Taylor and I talked about. First, we omitted the ‘ragged’ look to the bodice and decided on a more clean look. I’m still deciding on how I want to sew this up since the original pattern piece has a shorter lining to accommodate the cuts you need to make to the edges – consequently, I didn’t cut out this portion of the fabric and will hold off until I have more time to think about it. Secondly, we decided to omit the ragged look on the bloomers and went with the gathered edge style instead – it’s slightly more ‘cutesy’ than what we were going for, but neither one of us like the jagged edges (especially on satin, can you imagine the inevitable mess it’s going to be?). Lastly, I never could find crinoline at the fabric store and have decided that I’m just going to interface the heck out of the wings. I cut 8 layers (2 for each side of the wing) of woven interfacing and think that it should support the material enough.
Halloween is getting very close and even though I’ve already purchased all my materials for Easton’s costume, I still needed to get something for Taylor (I told Taylor that even if she doesn’t go trick-or-treating this year, I’m making her one, just in case she changes her mind or goes to a party). After pouring over pattern books, Taylor selected Simplicity 2875, view A – a bad fairy costume, and a pair of neon green and black striped tights. Keeping with the green theme, I picked out the following fabrics and a few notions:
For this costume, I selected neon green and purple satin and tulle, black pleather, and a novelty melted black lurex fabric for the wings (I had also used this same material for Taylor’s Zombie Bride costume two years ago). I (proudly) came home with my purchase and showed everyone what I had picked out… that’s when Bret pointed out that her costume is in the Joker colors! Oh well, at least I know the color combination will work together. I’ll be starting these October 1 so they will qualify for Pattern Review‘s Costume Contest (and crossing my fingers I get them done in time for Halloween).
I also took in some ‘retail therapy’ and found the most adorable pair of pajama pants and matching slippers. I love my lounge pants!