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Vintage Mego Wonder Woman – Dive Suit – Start to Finish!

I have set about creating a 12 inch version of Wonder Woman’s dive suit for underwater crimefighting! It’s a form fitting blue unitard with gloves and heelless boots, a hood, wrist guards, belt and lasso (of course!). Since I have already finished this outfit, I will recount the whole thing in a single post 🙂

I started with the unitard as it’s the basis for all things 🙂 Here is the actual real life costume…

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I had some fabric troubles here and there. I was using a two way stretch fabric and altered my four way stretch pattern, but alas not enough, so it took a couple of tries to get it just right. Sadly, my sewing machine was in a long winded and sometimes violent argument with my sewing machine! What I mean is, my machine hated to sew this fabric! New needle, no help, top tension adjustment, pfft, nothing, bottom tension adjustment, a most minor of improvements, stabilizer….. Yes, with the reinforcements in the ranks by way of stabilizer I was able to successfully sew this up. Then, calamity of calamity, the delightful blue shiny fabric of which I was so proud and excited to have found, wore. I mean wore down, shiny all gone! Right on the bust points, and the hips. Well, that;s not going to do is it?

Here’s that one…

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I mean sure it’s a little light, but I could live with that. I couldn’t live with it wearing out before I’d even finished the project!

After all of that, I had to find a different fabric. My original fabric seller was most helpful, but didn’t have what I needed. Sigh. Just as well probably as time was of the essence and I am closer to the east coast and they are closer to the west coast…. Next time. (Cali Fabrics Check them out!)

Luckily, my local had liquid metal! And in the right colour! So off to work again! From the beginning, and yes, new fabric, more pattern tweaks. My machine like this fabric only a little better. But we soldiered on and made it happen.

Here’s the new fabric beside her wearing the original version. You really can’t see that the finish has worn off the bust because of the flash glare, but trust me, wear off it did.

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This new blue is backed in black and your doll peeps know about that! For those who don’t though, black (or other dark or strong colours) can leach onto the vinyl, plastic or resin of your doll staining her. Most dark or strong fashions have a light, neutral lining and I have planned that here. The other reason for lining in this case is the impossibility of getting this unitard onto the dolls’ impossibly long semi soft vinyl legs! It’s like they grab onto the unitard and will not budge! So I nade the lining and put it on the doll and it’s great! So then I put the unitard on and it slips right onto her and I’m singing and it’s fabulous!

Silly me, then I attach the two together, and we’re back to an impossible tug of war trying to put it on her. Back we go, separate the two, and all is well again. So that’s how it will stay, thank you very much!

Tired of mediating the fight between the fabric and my machine, I moved on the gold bits for a bit of a break. (That blue hood is trashbound – wrong blue!)

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A little glue, a little support, and some “clamps” 🙂

 

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Proportion check…. The belt is good, but the gold cuffs are too wide. Ew. We’ll fix that.

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With that finally all sorted out, it was on to the hood, which I also lined. I left the back of the head open to faciltate putting it on and will add fasteners. It will need some gold bands and a red star.

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Then her red boots…. I looked at an episode I found online where she’s diving in this suit and her boots are heelless, so that’s what I’ll do as well. I toyed with the idea of incorporating them as one piece with the unitard, but decided against it. Realism (such as it is in this context) won out and I made them separate so they can be removed if desired. They’re stretchy and have the sewn on white tops and front stripe as they should. The soles and insoles are a series of fabric and card and glue and paint and stitching 🙂

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Next the gloves. These are always a challenge, but especially on this doll because of the shape of her hands. She is in a perpetual semi grip hand formation that makes it quite tricky to apply gloves. They too are separate from the unitard and need patience to put on! They are lined as well. I don’t want the doll’s hands turning black.

Her golden wrist guards need a tiny perfect red star each. I’ve done pearl shaped beads and stretchy thread loops for fasteners so they’ll fit over the glove and sleeve ends.

Last but not least, the embellishments on the upper chest of the untiard. Stars, stars and more stars!

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Big stars and little ones and one red band and one gold. Cutting out all of those tiny stars was a challenge as was placing them just so. Then they all got a single stitch each.

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Separately stitched, to preserve the stretchiness, and the fasteners down the back and it was finished 🙂

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I’ll be making a dress for someone next and then I’ll finish Pompadour’s shoes (finally) Phew!

Thanks for reading this long winded, entire project in a single post!

~awsumgal

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Wonder Woman Outfit Finished!

Wonder Womans costume has had its’ last stars handpainted onto her starspangled shorts :o)

I took the time to repaint the original Mego Wonder Woman dolls’ face. She was experiencing facial difficulties. Widely varying hues and degrees of pigmentation of her face :o(

That would never do! Here she is before I evened out and deyellowed her face and painted new features….. (She’s also wearing the reject gold vinyl tiara

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Here she is after a bit of time at the dolly spa,

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I think she’s looking much better! Hey though, that’s just collateral! It’s all about her costume :o)

Here’s a parade of pics of the finished outfit. It will be removed from this Mego Wonder Woman and sent to my wonderfully patient client to put on their very own Mego Wonder Woman (who is in better shape than this gal)

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DON”T MESS WITH THE WOMAN!!!!

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Hope you’ve enjoyed the trip :o)

Some rather exciting things have arrived on my doorstep in the last couple of days, more on that this weekend!

Happy Friday all,

~awsumgal

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Wonder Woman WIP 3 Seeing Stars!

My Wonder Woman ensemble is nearing completion.I’ve done quite a bit since my last post about her… Here’s some catch up,

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I decided to make a change to the gauntlets and the tiara. Looking ahead to the eagle on her chest the gold vinyl just wasn’t gong to have the same impact as something shinier. I wanted the eagle motif to match the gauntlets and the tiara, so when I made the decision to cut the eagle out of shiny gold lamé, the tiara and gauntlets had to be remade too. Maybe I’m a little too picky…..

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Anyway, it’s done now :o)

Here’s how the bodysut looked so far…

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She’s still wearing the old gauntlets in this pic, but I’ve finished all of the fasteners up the back of the costume.

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I’ve used coresponding coloured glass beads and hand knotted thread loops as the fasteners.

The golden eagle motif is semi-attached. It will need a few strategically placed stitches to hold everything in place. I can’t sew it all the way around the edges as the piece is only about an eighth of an inch wide in most places and the bodice is three dimentional, so it would look, in a word, messy…..

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So strategic stitching and a little fabric glue is the way to go. The eagle motif above is not the one I ultimately used. I cut another (well 4 actully, argh!) that is narrower and shaped slightly differently.

I’ve also added the stars to her star spangled shorts! What with the star on her tiara and her gauntlets plus the stars on her shorts, I’ve been dreaming tiny fabric stars seemingly for weeks, lol!

Five pointed stars are a little tricky to draw for me. It’s so easy to make them look wonky and unbalanced. After this project though I getting loads of practice in drawing them! I was musing about how best to apply stars to her costume. I could cut them out of fabric, but it have to be a fabric that didn’t fray because they’re so dang small. They couldn’t be sewn on because the stitching would interfere with the shape of the star. I could glue them on, but frankly I would suspect that eventually they would fall off and that would never do. Despite the fact that there is some glue on her bodice, I really try to use glue sparingly. It is, imho, bound to fail at some point in the future. I want my work to last as long as possible, and not fall apart :o)

In the end I decided to paint them. To help them look neat and precise and, of course, place them in exactly the right spots, I cut a stencil.

My most wonderful sister Mandy Budan of Budanart suggested the stencil idea. Quite fitting as she is an award winning artist,  a painter of much renown! Click HERE to see her work. Prepare to be floored :o)

Rather than just cut a single star stencil, I cut a stencil that encompasses the entire front. This makes sure that I place them properly, and there are three different sizes of stars. This seemed the best way to accomplish this part.

Stars and stencil before cutting:

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Below are th new gauntlets :o)

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Here’s the stencil, in place, with stars carefully cut out and ready for painting!

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And poof! There you have it! Stars a plenty, lol! This is the new narrower eagle motif as well…

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I’ve made her all improtant lasso also. I have hung it from a hand turned brass wire hook from her hip. Ah, but which hip? I have pics of her with it on both sides.

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Two shots with it on the left hip, but then……

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Shazam! Here it is on the right. Since this is signed I’m thinking that the other pics have been flipped at some point but I don’t know why -_- Just to be sure, I checked with the omnipotent YouTube and sure enough there are some episodes of the Lynda Carter series and a bunch of other random Wonder Woman related material. Some authentic, some spoofs and crazy remakes. If you want to see the real woman in action click HERE to see an original TV episode on youtube and be transported back to the 70’s! Sure enough the lasso is on the right hip, so that’s where it went on my costume as well :o) That’s it for today, until next post,

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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Wonder Woman WIP2

Today was dolly day for me… I worked on Wonder Womans’ outfit (and a Sybarite wig, a Gene repaint  and I took a break to shop for a few Blythe dolls, but that’s another post, lol!)

Wonder Woman is looking gorgeous I must say :o)

Here’s what I’m going for…

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Today I made the boots. This is a good thing because doll footwear is tricky for the indy dolldork like me! I can’t mold plastic into heels and footbeds for example , which are the foundations for most doll shoes (although I’m working on that, lol!) There are of course other shoe solutions and I’m always looking for new ones…..

My Wonder Woman boots are red cotton poly stretch fabric with sewn on white trim. I have lined them in white to protect the dolls vinyl legs. This is likely unnecessary, as I don’t think my delightful client will ever change her wardrobe, but you never know…..

Here are some pics of the boots coming together:

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Originally I thought I would use the same nylon for the stripe that I’m using for the lining of the boots, but then I decided that madness that way lay…….

In other news, I bought a new work surface. It’s Purple! It smells a little like machine oil.  *sigh* I hope it outgases soon -_-

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I chose a non fraying white drapery lining coated fabric instead. Much more better :o) It’s sewn on, so it’s never going anywhere, it’s completely staying put!

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Both boots are done, except for the heels…..

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I’m happy with how the boots look. I think they look like the real things….

Then I worked on her gauntlets and tiara.

They are gold shiny metal in the real thing but metal mirror finish is tough to achieve, and her gauntlets and tiara match her eagle motif on the front of her costume, so it had to be fabric of some sort. Metal just wouldn’t be possible here, so I chose gold vinyl.

The gauntlets and tiara needed to have some structure to them, some rigidity beyond the vinyl itself. I chose watercolour paper as a substrate. Good watercolour paper is acid free and relatively inert, so it’s not going to react with anything and won’t degrade over time like many other substances would. Also it can get a little wet!

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The fact that it can get wet and not completely dissolve or fall apart makes it ideal to shape into a curve. In the pic above, I have gently dampened the surface and curved the paper. The tiny clothes pins are clamping the paper until it dries completely. As you can see I have not yet begun on the tiara curving yet….

The gauntlets and tiara all have a red star motif on them. There were a couple of ways that this could be achieved. I could cut out littl red stars and glue them on. I couold draw red stars on, ew yick not likely!

I decided to cut the stars out of the gold vinyl and back it with red fabric to create the stars. That way, I know the stars will never fall off, they’ll never fade, or fray. And hey, I like the way they look! Here they are all clamped and drying….

I love tiny clothes pins! They make awesome doll clamps!

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Tomorrow I hope to finish the fasteners on the jumpsuit and plot out the eagle motif and belt. Then It’s just her lasso and she’s ready ready to trounce the foul wherever they reside!

Thanks so much for reading and have a fab evening!

~awsumgal

August 11, 2009

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Wonder Woman WIP1

Hi there,

I am working on a Wonder Woman costume to redress a vintage Mego doll from the 70’s I believe…..

The original doll had a painted on bodice (rather like Linda Carter ;o) tee hee. And star spangled “shorts”  This vintage doll is rather slim through the hip. We needed to pad her assets a little!

Here she is with just lining

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Here comes some hip padding……

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The padding is then all hand basted in place so that it won’t migrate!

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Then I drafted, cut and sewed the bodice lining..

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At this point I Rfted a slightly larger version of the “shorts” and laid them atop to see how they would look and I noticed the the layers of padding were visible through the blue satin! So….I had to give the whole business and overlay so that wouldn’t show anymore :o)

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She’s got a little padding in the bust too.

Here’s the blue panty/short. It’s not attached all the way but it gives you and idea…

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It still will require stars of course and I’m still cogitating about the best way to recreate the gold eagle/bird motif on her chest. Even with the extra padding it’s a relatively small area, lol!

Ok well that’s all on Wonder Woman at this time.

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Thanks for reading :o)

~awsumgal

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