New Wardrobe Pieces

I got inspired by Peneloping a while ago to start making more of my own clothes and not just cosplays. Since then, I’ve made one Dear Creatures copy, a modified Dear Creatures dress, two skirts, five shirts, and one drapey knit jersey cardigan.  I do not have pictures of the modified Dear Creatures dress and, to be perfectly honest, I am not entirely sure I am in love with it anyway.  Of the five shirts, one is still incomplete; I haven’t yet pounded in the snaps simply because I am one snap pair short and the local fabric store is 15 mins via highway/30 mins via side road away.

Do excuse the terrible photography about to come up.  I really need to invest in some soft lights and find a spot in my house to do some decent photography.

Of the two skirts, one is made from knit fabric and the other from woven fabric.  Here is the knit skirt:

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It is made from leftover jersey knit fabric from when I made a Hunger Games Clove training outfit (which I haven’t worn yet).  I used Simplicity pattern 1616 to make it; this is also the same pattern I used to make the bottom half of Clara’s Bells of St. John dress.  It’s a tad loose around the waist but it’s a great go to skirt.

The other skirt is made from a woven cotton sateen given to me by a coworker of mine.  She thought she bought enough for a dress, but the 1.5 yards was only enough for a skirt.

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I am in love with my Clara Nightmare in Silver skirt from Urban Outfitters but it’s too short for my statue.  So I used Simplicity 2314, put a zipper in the front instead of the side, and lengthened the hem by 3 inches to accommodate the 20 inch zipper.  I originally added pockets to the skirt just like the UO skirt, but I lined this one and it sits right on the hips; the pockets opened up so they were removed.

Here are three of the five shirts.

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All three were made with lightweight cotton; the collars on two of them are made from stretch poplin.  I made all three of these, from start to finish, in a single day with plenty of time to spare.

The one on the left was made using the Colette Sorbetto top pattern.  I made the pleat in the opposite direction and lengthened the hem by 3 inches so it’s less of a crop top and more of a flowy boxy top.  The armholes are a little tight but nothing too restricting.  It’s a great free pattern that I think everyone should make at least one of.

The other two shirts were made from Simplicity 1693. Normally I go into a fabric store knowing what pattern I am going to use and then buying appropriate fabric.  In the case of these two shirts, I got the fabric first then stumbled onto the pattern.  Like the Sorbetto top, they are a bit tight in the armholes.  They are very billowy with the high-low hem but I love them.  I think my favorite of the two is the whale one since it’s so cute.

Shirt #4 was made in about 2 hours using Burda 7678 and black stretch jersey very similar to the one I used for my knit skirt.

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I changed the front neckline to be more round and hand finished the sleeves and neckline.  The original inspiration for this shirt/mini dress was the Diesel D-Quare-Dev mini dress worn by Lily Collins as Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.  I would probably wear this as more of a billowy shirt with either jeans or tights come fall (all the fabric makes it very warm despite the thin nature of the jersey).

As I said before, shirt #5 in incomplete so it’s not shown here.  It’s a sleeveless, button/snap down front with a modified high-low hem in a stretch cotton purple and black plaid print.  Very cute but unfinished currently.

I also made a drapey jersey knit cardigan this morning using Megan Nielsen’s tutorial.  The only issues I have with my cardigan is that the shoulders are funky and the sleeves a little tight.  The sleeve issue might be because my fabric isn’t exactly 4 way stretch; the shoulders always come out funky for me.

I head back to work tomorrow (oh joy…) so sewing will be a bit slow until Christmas break.  I have two cosplays I plan to work on before the year is out so expect some progress on those.  I also need to complete some knitting projects that have been sitting around since the weather turned warm.  Stay tuned!

New Name!

Hello everyone!  If you originally came here looking for “Twilighter’s Closet”, don’t worry.  You’re in the right place!  My posts have slowly morphed from being about movie replicas to being more about my crafting.  I’ll still include movie replica reviews but Sew Kurafty will be largely about the items I craft.

I’ve got some new sewing items to debut soon so look for that, and possibly a review on a Mortal Instruments replica.  Stay tuned!

Daenerys Targaryn Season 3 Dress Cosplay

I spent most of this past June watching Game of Thrones season 2. I don’t have HBO so I must wait until February 2014 to watch season 3, but that hasn’t stopped me from finding clips on YouTube and searching the net for pictures. As one might have guessed, Daenerys Targaryen is one of my favorite characters (along with Arya and Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister). I was asked by my friends to go to Anime Weekend Atlanta this year and bring a kpop cosplay I wore to Animazement but what else would I bring? I haven’t watched/read much anime/manga in the last year so either I would bring a Clara cosplay or something new. Something new I thought, but a new Clara or…and then I found images of Daenerys’ season 3 blue dragonscale dress outfit.

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Okay, sure, why not? I’ve never done anything like this before but how hard could it be? I’ve been sewing/cosplaying for 10 years so this will be easy.

Uh…oops.

The pants took me a day; the ring, necklace, boots, and wig took me a total of 20 minutes to order from eBay, Etsy, and Aliexpress. The wig took 3 tries and 30 minutes to braid. The dress…just about stressed me out.

Let’s talk about this dress, shall we? First, I had to make a mock up because there were absolutely no patterns I could just modify like I always do. It took two mock ups to get right using whatever fabric I had on hand. First mock up involved simply cutting out the pieces I needed from two patterns and throwing them both onto the dressform.

imageOnce the two patterns were pinned together, I took a Sharpie and drew out the curves I wanted before cutting the pattern to pieces and making a second mock up.

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I like to joke that I make the second mock up in Lannister red but the truth is that was purely an accident (it was the only spare fabric I had big enough).

The second mock up still needed some work before I finally cut into the real fabric. I originally planned to dye the fabric to the correct color, but it came out too light. I ended up purchasing an indigo blue medium weight linen from an online retailer specializing in Renaissance fabrics (the fabric I dyed ended up becoming the lining piece).

Once the main dress was completed, I started work on the embroidery. I got lucky and stumbled upon the website of Michele Carragher, one of the costumer embroiderers for the show. On her website, she explains the process of the dragonscale and how there are actually three versions of Daenerys’ dress. Since most of my reference images were of the second dress, that’s the one I went with. I followed Michele’s simple tutorial for the dragonscale but had to make up the rest on my own.

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Once the embroidery was done, all that was left was to piece it all together. Here’s the finished result:

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The whole process took me over a month to finish. It really shouldn’t have taken that long since I am currently on summer break from work until next week. But I had to keep talking myself into working on the dress. I kept thinking I was going to ruin everything and didn’t want to waste all my work. One of my friends, Ali, who is also a Daenerys cosplayer, had to keep feeding me words of encouragement. In the end, I love the result. I hope to wear this for an on location photoshoot before AWA so I can work out any kinks. But it is going to be epic and I am so proud of myself for doing this.

Next I think I’ll backtrack to season 2 and work on Daenerys’ Qarth dress. More challenges await with that one.

Doctor Who Clara’s Bells of St. John Dress

Been on a Doctor Who kick lately, and as I have said before I adore the new companion Clara. After sewing her Cold War outfit and assembling the screen accurate pieces of her Nightmare in Silver outfit, I set out to assemble some more of her other outfits. I have all the main pieces except the shoes for her 50th anniversary outfit. And I have plans to work on her Snowmen barmaid outfit.

One of the pieces I have wanted for a while is her Bells of St. John red asymmetrical dress. I love the Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise dress, but acquiring it has been difficult. It has been sold out for a while and trying to get it on eBay has been a nightmare.  I came close once but never again.  Like always, I set out to sew it but what fabric to use?  Finding anything close to the space dye pattern was not yielding good results…until a lovely cosplayer on Tumblr kindly told me where she got her fabric.  Turns out she got it at Fabric.com (which I frequent) but I just wasn’t typing in the right key words (the fabric has since sold out since other Clara cosplayers also purchased it).

And here it is:

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I meshed two patterns together – one of the top and one for the asymmetrical skirt – into a dress.  The fabric is stretch knit so no need for a zipper or buttons.  The downside to the stretch is that it doesn’t lend itself well to a shaped fit; I’ve taken in the sides and it is still a little loose on me.  I haven’t actually worn the dress except to try it on since it is currently pushing 90 degrees F here and cooler weather is way off.  Hopefully around October I can make use of this dress.

I bought four yards of the fabric and just BARELY had enough.  It takes more fabric to complete when you have the horizontal striped top and vertical striped dress.  I did this because, after careful study, the original dress had horizontal vs. vertical stripes although the striping of the space dye pattern is more subtle.

I don’t have anything for the shoes at the moment; All Saints recently sold out of the non-shearling version of Clara’s boots but they were too pricey for my blood.

I am still trying to bid on and win/sew Clara’s Rings of Ahkaten and Journey to the Centre of the Tardis dresses since they are two of my favorites.  No luck yet on fabric but I am hoping something will turn up eventually.