|Lettie and Daisy's Halloween Costumes|
Upon returning I designated one day, for each piece, to design and create the items necessary to complete two sets of Lettie and Daisy's Halloween costumes. During this time and preceding our holiday, I took a few photos of the costumes in process. While I personally feel the candlestick hat is the most remarkable, it is the border of witches on the same costume that has illicited the most interest. Unless you attempt to make something like the candlestick hat, it can be difficult to fully comprehend all that it took to create it.
|All those flocked witches!|
|Figuring out placement.|
|Peeling the backings off.|
The candlestick hat was my other bane. Out of all the buckram based hats I've made, this one posed the most challenges. There are four basic shapes that needed to be created, then sewn together. One was the brim, which is slightly turned up. One is the cone of the crown. There was also the candle base and the handle. It took me two weeks to figure out the best approach, and I even tried a wire mesh sculpture which cut my little paws to pieces. At one point, I purchased a crystal candlestick and tried to for the buckram around it. Nothing worked. I settled, finally, on building it from buckram and hand stitching the entire hat. There is a little wood disc in the top that I drilled a hole through to set the candle in.
|A soft-sculpture with real candle.|
Each dress was fully lined for ease of hem and adding volume. The orangey-red cape-coat is also fully lined, as are the yellow vests. You may recognize the vest pattern from the 4th of July costume. The witch hat is a buckram base covered in heavy costume satin, with a yellow silk band. As with all my hats, they, too, are fully lined. Stockings were made and so were four pairs of shoes. I'd run out of white lambskin, so I made the little bat slippers from the same silk as the dresses. The bats are leather, which seemed appropriate (leathery bat wings and all). And tiny thread loops sewn to the stockings keep the silk laces up on her legs.
One other trial was in creating the Marie Antoinette sleeves of the candlestick hat costume. These are half-moon fans of fabric edged with gathered lace, and ruched at the crook of the elbow. Its the time it takes to figure these details out that (so essential in creating the overall look), is often daunting!
Right now I'm in the midst of Polly Pratt's costume, and the processes will be quite similar in approach. She's very sweet to sew for since she is smaller in stature, and younger in age.
Hope you're having a colorful autumn. Enjoy each day and gather a few apples and leaves to decorate your own little hole in the wall.
Miss E. Mouse