July, 2015

New Project :) Vintage Batgirl!

It’s finally time for Batgirl-Batman’s most helpful female companion!

The version I’m going to try and create is the wonderful looking character portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the mid 1960’s.

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I’ve been watching old Batman episodes on Youtube, getting a good grounding in what she’s wearing, and now everything in my head is punctuated by Biff, Blam and Pow in giant cartoony letters, lol!

Batgirl, as we all remember, wears an awesome royal purple sparkly stretch unitard with a purple cape lined in golden yellow, a purple hood with ears, darker purple partial facemask, purple gloves and purple kitten heeled boots. And of course her golden utility belt.

The first challenge was the fabric for the skin tight suit itself. Even choosing the right colour for it was something not to be taken lightly, because depending on what promo photo you were looking at, sometimes it looked positivelt blue and some times royal purple. After watching the episodes and looking through as many pics as I can find,ย I’m sold that it’s royal purple ๐Ÿ™‚

The skintight suit needed to be made out of stretchy fabric and this proved difficult to find until I stumbled upon Funkifabrics. They’re fabrics are terrific quality and worth every penny (or pound, as they’re in the UK!) Even then though, it’s a leap of faith in terms of colour. You know, colours on your monitor may not be as they appear yada, yada….

Life’s risky, so you know, dive in. Take the risk, order the fabric, lol! Wait by the mailbox until it arrives…..

Then it arrives,

and,

it couldn’t be more perfect! This stuff is amazing!Happy joy dance ensues.

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Back to work now though. Focus, pay attention, me, not you!

The cape. Hmm, the cape. At first, I though, yes right, now as few seams as possible, do it circular.

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I’ll add weights to the hem points so that it drapes. The purple silk I’m using is happy to drape. Not so much the stretchy gold lame. Hmm. I know it needs weights! So I sew drapery weights very carefully on the inside of the cape. I turn it right side out. Looks a little like a squid, lol! Cute, sort of, but you know not a cape. So ok, now it needs lines of stitching between each batty panel. So I try that. It hangs like a fatigued squid now.

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So, no, go away and think some more.

Shelve the squid!

Rethink your earlier disdain for seams. Silk is (a least in this instance) thin and so, seams can be handled! Below, is a non-circular paneled version…

So I try again with panels, and I do it with lovelyย purple silk and the gold lame. And then I realize, the metallic gold lame is wrong. I mean, her cape is not metallic. Yes, it’s gold and it’s shiny like satin, but not metallic gold. It’s shiny like satin. So duh, how about some butter yellow golden satin then? Preferably silk.

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(The silk I used in the above example is gorgeous, and amazing, but it has an inherent stiffness and doesn’t, yes, you guessed it, drape!)

So off to the fabric store. They don’t of course have butter yellow golden silk. (I seem to have a little trouble finding exactly what I want. Maybe I’m just super picky…. yup, that’s probably it.) But, they do have dye! And I have lovely white silk satin at home. Who doesn’t, lol!

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So now silk is quietly turning a lovely yellow hue even as I write this. When it’s all dry I can continue on with the sewing ๐Ÿ™‚ In the above pic, the brightest yellow is the dyed silk, (still wet, it dries slightly lighter) the white piece is an example of how polyesther doesn’t take dye (at all) and the lovely but too stiff silk I already had ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

 

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Janet Jackson 06-07 Concert Clothes Done!

I’ve come to the end of this project. It took some time, but worth every moment spent I think, when I look at the outfit as a whole.

This outfit is going to someone with a gorgeous custom Janet doll to wear it. I sadly, don’t have a Janet but Basic Jon said she would step in as model ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what I was emulating, one last time!

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Without further ado, here’s a look at the final….

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I was told that the collector for whom I’m working, has , what with one thing and another has been waiting some time for this outfit to be a reality. I was happy to tackle this project and I just hope that it was worth the wait!

I’ve got some new projects lined up already, so best get working! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

~awsumgal

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Janet Jackson Concert Clothes WIP 6

Today is Janet’s shirt and the finishing of her belt and boot covers, now that my zippers from Zipper That Doll have arrived (Thanks Leeann!)

Let’s start with her boot covers ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m using a faux suede for these. They are lace leaf/feather topped and the perfect lace was elusive to say the least! I checked all my favorite haunts, of course, to no avail. I spent hours online, searching. I started looking at international ebay and other shopping sites. Not everyone describes things in the same way, and sizing isn’t always available either! I knew something appropriate existed because I had a piece. I just didn’t think I had enough. I’d had this for years, I think it was something from my Mothers’ stash…. Clearly, I was going to have to make this piece work!

Ok, so here’s the bit….

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I’m going to have to cut it apart, of course, and sew it onto the lace piece. I added some silver thread and a few silver beads too.

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There! Ready for zippers ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a quick fit test first…

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I’ll put that aside for a second and move to the belt. This was a fun piece to recreate. Lots going on here. The basis is a cotton woven multi strand affair. I have treated the ends so that they will stay together and not fray and the rest of it will all be sewn. The discs have a baby soft suede backing so that I can circle them with silver beads. I found a nice irregular cube to go in between the two discs. A trio of pretty smaller silver round edged beads flank the discs.

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Just checking against the original…..

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Feather charms….

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And the other side of the belt…..

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More feather charms ๐Ÿ™‚

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And three more for the middle and a fastener at the back and the belt is done – woot!

Janet’s shirt is next. I’ve chosen a tissue thin silk and cotton blend fabric for this. It’s hallmark is the really wide lace edged collar and lacy cuffs. ย As I gathered images of this outfit I came to realize that Janet has at least two different versions of the shirt. Very similar, not exactly the same. Both feature the statement collar and lace edged cuffs, so mine will too ๐Ÿ™‚

Below, I’m prepping the lace cuffs for the shirt. Prepped separately, it will be sewn to the shirt when finished.

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The shirt above needs an ironing to be sure, and it has no lace on the collar as yet, but it does what I want it to do! The real shirt has elastic along the lower edge, no doubt to guard against an unplanned wardrobe malfunction, so mine will too. I don’t want myย shirt to ride up either!

Next time, this complicated outfit will be finished!

Thanks for joining me,

~awsumgal

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