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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

[Battle] Tauriel Cosplay - The Dress

Here arrives the promised post:

The dress for my battle Tauriel costume!

But first, some progress pics from the making of it.

The bodice, which really shows the importance of fitting pattern-made clothes before you sew them together. I lengthened the pattern piece so it would fall a bit below my waist, instead of right at it:


The collar, which I altered quite a bit from the original pattern piece:


Bodice + collar sewn together:


The skirt, which took an extremely long time (see how I didn't say "forever"? ;)) due to the huge hem and getting the correct length. And yes, it is split down the front and back.


The sleeves, which took a bit of time to fit as well. As you can [barely] see, they're split at the wrist:


And finally -- the finished product! It was so worth all the work, and I totally reccomend this pattern (McCall's 6818). Fairly simple to follow, and with a lovely outcome (okay with altering ;D).

(you can't tell very well, but the skirt really is split down the front and back, I promise;)
And one picture of me wearing it. :)

(excuse the no makeup ;))
P.S. 76 days in the countdown to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

43 comments:

  1. WOW. Its gorgeous! I'm very impressed. I love the collar on this costume!

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    1. :D You're too sweet Karis. Thanks!! The collar is one of my favorite parts. :D

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS Beth you are amazing! It's gorgeous!!! And absolutely can't wait for BOTFA. :)

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    1. Awwhhh shucks. ^_^ Thanks so much Madison!! I absolutely can't wait either ahhhhh... :D

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  3. Hi Beth!
    I've been reading this blog for about a month now, but I've never gotten around to commenting on any of your posts.
    I love this dress! It's so pretty! If only I could sew. . .

    -Hope

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    1. Ahhh a belated welcome to my little corner of the internet and hello!! I'm so glad you commented becaaause they make my day. ^_^

      Thanks so much for le compliments about the dress! And "if only I could sew"... that was me, 3 years ago. ;) All it takes to get started is a sewing machine and some fabric! :)

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  4. This is AMAZING!!! I love it that it is like perfectly tailored on you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Leia! Yes -- I've found that perfectly tailored clothes make outfits look 100x better. One of my little costuming tips. ;)

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  5. This is amazing! and you look flawless wearing it! Gosh you're so talented! Nicely done!

    Cant wait til the Battle Of Five Armies! Although, I will admit....I haven't seen Desolation Of Smaug yet.......

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    1. Thank you so much, Faith!! You're too kind. ^_^

      Whaaat you haven't seen DoS yet??? *tsk tsk* Better get on that - you've got less than three months to do so... ;) And yessss I'm so excited too ahhh...

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  6. Beautiful, magnificent, stunning!
    Love it!

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  7. Wow! It looks great!!! That color does look perfect on you. So glad that was what you finally decided on ;)

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    1. ;D Thanks Alissa! Yes, me too. That fabric ended up being the perfect choice, I think. :)

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  8. Wow.. that is beautiful...you look absolutely stunning!:)
    I just chanced upon your blog, and I love it!:)
    How I wish I was that amazing at textiles...
    June
    The Journeys' of my beating heart

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    1. Ahh thanks so much, dear! I'm so glad you stopped by, and for the compliments. ;) :)

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  9. Hi, I found your blog while looking for reviews of 6818. Great presentation of how this pattern goes together! Looks to me like you picked just the right fabric, too, excellent drape. I'm hoping to make this for a steampunk event by making the collarless version out of lace with a lined bodice. I am wondering if you lined yours, and how that went? Thanks for a great post.

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    1. Hello! So glad you stopped by. This pattern is absolutely gorgeous -- great lines for a very flattering fit. That sounds great -- I kept thinking while I was working on it, how great it would work for a steam punk style dress.

      As for the lining, I made a half lining. Basically, I only did the front two bodice pieces. It went together quite well, and I finished it by sewing the edge about 1/8th inch on the princess seam allowance. You'll definitely need to do at least this much of a lining, or the closures won't be invisible (they're hook and eyes, sewn to the lining side of the bodice center). I'm sure a full lining would work great, though. I just chose to do a half lining because, personally, I can't stand linings, so I try to avoid them when possible. ;)

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  10. I love your blog! I've started one of my own - The Fangirl in Me - but its nowhere near as wonderful as yours! I was wondering if you had any tips that would help me along?
    Also, I love this dress, and all the other cosplays you've done before. You have an amazing talent!

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    1. Oh, thanks dear! :D Ahhh I just visited yours, (and followed yayy!) and it's lovely! Your most recent post [why Captain America is the greatest superhero] wassss awesome. I 100% agree with your premise - Cap is the absolute best. ^_^

      As for tips... just keep writing!! You're off to a great start -- and the more you blog, the better you'll get! It's all about the practice. ;)

      Thanks, again! You're too sweet. (:

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  11. Love, love, love this post! Also, great new look on the blog! :D

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    1. Thank you, Maggie! ^_^ Hehe thanks about le blog, too! I'm still trying to decide if I like it or not.. xD

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  12. Beth, it looks sooo pretty!!!
    The color suits you wonderfully and that pattern turned out to be very lovely (I like it)
    I love the way the skirt falls (mysterious effect here) and again the color :) and that split you made at the wrist looks awesome .

    Love the new look on the blog too ;)

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    1. Thanks so much for all the compliments, Laura!! <3 :)

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  13. This looks amazing! Can't wait to see the final product! Do you think the pattern for the top part of the dress would work for her green dress? (the one you made to see DoS)

    ~Jacquie

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    1. Thanks so much!! :D And YES! That is a fabulous idea -- really all you'd need to do is make some adjustments to the shape of the collar, and shorten the skirt and it'd work fabulously. :D

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    2. I remember saying you had a pattern for the collar. Where did you get it? I've already made the bottom of the skirt, but I'm so scared to start on the top of the dress!! I've never made anything like this before, and I know that once I cut, there's no turning back. : / Do have any advice?

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    3. Yes.. I think I was just talking about this picture: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/95138610851221595/ Which shows the shape of the collar if you're doing that kind of pattern. However, if you're doing something similar to the pattern I used for my Battle Tauriel dress, you could use the shape of the collar I have in this post. So it just depends. :) And I totally get you!! It is *so* scary - that moment before the cut. O.O So, do you have a pattern? Or just freehanding it? If you're free handing it, I would say to grab a shirt that fits you well (and not stretchy), and use that as a kind of guide for the top, so you're not just blindly cutting. :) Also, decide how you want the seams to be on it -- you'll probably want to do 8 panels on it, 4 front and 4 back. Then you can decide how you want the princess seams -- going up to the top of shoulder, or curving around under the arm hole. Sorry this isn't as helpful as it should be -- it's a little tricky to describe. ;D

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  14. Ugh, thank you!!! Well, I'm just kind of free handing it, but thankfully I have a friend who is going to help me! She's done dresses before. Which is easier, the princess seams, or just the regular that goes up the middle? I had thought of doing the later, but at this point easier would probably be best. I'm sooo nervous I won't get this done on time!! :(

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    1. Well awesome!! That will help tons, I'm sure. :D As for which is easier... I'd say the straight up the middle are easier, though they're pretty comparable. Here's an illustration for the shape, which should help you in cutting out the pieces: http://www.clothingpatterns101.com/images/princess-seam-4.jpg Obviously, you'll just do the neck opening a bit different, but that's the main idea. Also, the back seams will be mostly straight, with a tiny bit of the princess curve in them as well, since your back isn't completely straight. ;)

      And lastly -- DON'T WORRY!!! By God's help you will get this costume done in time. :) And if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask! :)

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  15. Thank you soooooooo much!!!! The pattern will definitely help! Unfortunately, I was not able to get together with my friend, but hopefully I can "pray, hope, and don't worry", and everything will turn out! You've been such a big help!

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    1. You're so welcome!!! :D Yep, just keep working hard on it, and like ya say, "pray, hope, and don't worry" and it will turn out awesome!

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    2. Oh my word!! Thank you for all your help!!! It turned out amazing! http://tolkienbookfan.blogspot.com/2014/12/my-middle-earth-adventure-tauriel.html

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  16. I was wondering, what type of dress form is that you have? I've been wanting to get one for myself to help with my unending desire to make costumes and refusing to do so without making several adjustments to the pattern pieces. I've been on the look out online for an adjustable one at discount and I figured maybe I could find a used one at a goodwill store near me.

    I was curious which brand you had since all the adjustable dress forms I found online have mixed reviews so I'm kinda on the fence about buying one and hope for the best, or making one by using muslin and a pattern involving princess seams to get my exact shape (with a zipper in the back) then filling it with either scrap fabric or cotton batting.

    What do you think?

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    1. Hey! So sorry I didn't reply sooner. Life gets busy. :P

      So, the dress form. I've got a Dritz Sew You, in small, and I absolutely LOVE it. It's fully adjustable, everything from the hip width to the neck, and is easy to adjust as well. Just turn a few knobs and you're done. As for the hardware of it, it's very sturdy (fairly heavy too), and the felt cover on the form is nice, though it can make fabric get static-y. For help with costuming, it has been a DREAM. It's my best friend for draping, pinning seams, as a secure and safe place to hang in-progress pieces, etc etc etc. While it *is* quite expensive (I got mine for $80 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-Sew-Dress-Form-Small/dp/B007PBHZK0/ though currently it's 99), it is such a valuable piece, especially for making costumes that so often have to be adjusted and designed apart from a pattern and all that. :)

      As far as making your own... I thought about doing that for a while, but something like that will take quite a bit of work to perfect, and probably won't last for years to come. So I decided to just take the plunge and buy a dress form. But for you, I say: try making your dress form, and see what happens. Who knows, it may turn out great! And if it doesn't, you'll have done it inexpensively, and now know that it just didn't work. If you come to that point, then you can keep an eye out for a dress form. Just a tip, I know that Joann's has them, and if you could get one of their 60% off coupons, you could get one for fairly inexpensive, I'd think!

      Anyway, I hope this helped, and thanks for commenting! :) :)

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