It’s WIP Wednesday! In Paris, 1927…

The Circus Arcanus is first mentioned in the Fantastic Beasts franchise on a movie poster briefly seen in NYC in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is according to the Harry Potter Wiki Fandom, which let’s be honest, is a pretty darn good source.

The Circus Arcanus is first really seen in Fantastic Beasts, Crimes of Grindelwald. And oh, what a vision it is. And the inspiration of our Wondercon Masquerade group this year. We have a Newt. We have a Grindelwald. We have a Queenie.  And…. Nagini! Also, Antonio, a nifler, and hopefully, an occamy.  If we can find someone to puppet Occarina. Plus, a ZOUWU.

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This is Charlie, our Zouwu. His design is largely based on the puppets and costumes of Broadway’s Lion King.

Charlie is Puppet No. 3. His eyes blink- FINALLY.  It has taken me the better part of 3 weeks to get his eyes to work right and to not be frosted because I accidentally tried to clean plastic with nail polish remover.  UGH. Ultimately, I had to replace the fronts of his eyes. It SUCKED. Also, I had to cut his nose out and completely redo his muzzle….

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Do you see how low his nose is here?  It just doesn’t look right….

OK- backing up…. to the start of Charlie.

First- his eyes and nose. I created the eyes and nose out of DAS- a sculpting medium that air dries hard and is pretty easy to use. I was first introduced to DAS years ago- when the Block at Orange still had the Wolfgang Puck restaurant. When it first opened, the restaurant had a resident artist every night. One night, when we went in, there was a guy sculpting a fairy.  From DAS. I hung out, watching and talking to him. And bought some DAS a few days later.  20 years later, I finally found a real use for it.  The jaw set is Dream Vision Creations- the large dragon jaw set. Everything was painted with my airbrush set- which I got with a Christmas Amazon gift card a year ago- I’m so much further along with the airbrush than the DAS…

Charlie’s eyes are set up on the blinky model from Tiny Badger’s youtube videos- except I use slightly different pieces for the spring attachment.  Also, I use Loctite for attaching sprinkler hardware to the wood dowl for the eyelids. After the eyelids are added and the eyes blink, I started building Charlie’s face from scraps of floor mat foam. 9 bucks a pack from Harbor Freight.

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The bottom of the mouth is largely shaped based on the Dream Visions jaw set. I did not intend for Charlie’s mouth to move, since his head is essentially going to be a hat.

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Note that Charlie’s nose has been elevated in this pic. I’ve only partly attached his mane in this pic- while I was working on his mane, I realized he was missing something….. EARS.  The final Charlie has huge ears.  Almost like a coyote.

So- talking about Charlie’s fur.  All of his face fur is faux.  Its pieced together- most of the face fur consists of small pieces measuring an inch to two inches long, and 1/2 inch wide. Most of the fur is also trimmed. His mane, though, is actual animal hair, specifically Icelandic sheep from Iceland.

And here is how we acquired the Icelandic sheep skin….

Nowadays, Ken and I both make our livings as archaeologists.  And all archaeologists have, at some time or another, worked as what is known as a “shovelbum” or a “dig bum”- basically, an archaeologist who moves from job to job, a kind of Indiana Jones style drifter. Unless a shovelbum has a permanent address, often their stuff is crammed into a storage unit in some random state, and they rather float around the country. Our friend, Eric from New Jersey, was just such a dig bum. He criss-crossed the US so many times that he could have given Jack Kerouac lessons. When I met Eric, I was a dig bum, too, and Ken was teaching physics. Yah- this was a while ago.  We had a HOUSE  and SPACE and Eric lived with us for the better part of two years, while he worked at various places that I and eventually Ken worked.  Hellman Ranch. Playa Vista. Tehachapi. Eventually, the work in California slowed and Eric wandered off to travel the world for a year or two.

Fast forward about one or two years after Eric left. I got home from work and there was a box on our porch. Just a label with our address.  No return. The dogs were wild over the box. I opened it.  There was a plush animal skin in the box.  No note. No indication from whom the box came. Weird, right?

But, I am an anthropologist. An archaeologist. And I have WEIRD FRIENDS. So, I ran down the list of possible people who might send us an unlabeled animal skin. Eric was an early possibility. So, I texted him. “Musk Ox?” (I’d just recently been to Alaska for work and thought maybe Musk Ox?). He replied almost immediately. “Icelandic Sheep.”  Ah, ha!

We put it out in our living room, at that time, recently restyled as a sort of Gryffindor type common room. That lasted approximately 3 days. We have 3 akitas. If you are unfamiliar with akitas, they are essentially fancy looking wolves. They play like wolves (vaguely horrifying if you’ve never seen it), fight like wolves (occasionally, they have actual disagreements that require breaking up and sometimes vet visits), and have a lot of wild left in them, despite claims of domestication. I mean, they really are great with anything that is considered pack- they don’t bother our chickens, our rabbits, or our cat.  All those things are PACK.  Things that are not PACK- mail people, Fedex delivery people, other cats, squirrels, other dogs, and the Icelandic sheep skin. They pulled it apart. INTO PIECES.

We put it away. And it sat. In storage for nearly 8 years. Until Charlie. I needed something that looked like a mane and I thought, I could get one of those sheep skins from IKEA! But, then, I thought about the pieces of sheepskin from Iceland. It combs out beautifully, holds it shape with a little spray glue, and looks like an actual mane. And honestly, what better use could I get from our poor beleaguered sheep skin than a piece of art like Charlie? Who will live in a plastic tub that seals and is stored way above where the akitas -wolves can reach….

 

Important link!!

Tiny Badger Blinky Eye Tutorial

 

Rethinking Salazar Slytherin

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All pics in this blog post are York In a Box, @yorkinabox on IG

I am the puppet maker and the puppeteer. And when I found a bunch of extra fur and other random supplies and thought, oh, I could make a basilisk! And, there was no question of who would cosplay Salazar. Despite my Hufflepuffle-ness.

King George is really the best of basilisks. Just look at how KAWAII he is!!!! I LOVE him. Even if he BLINKED AND CLOSED HIS EYES IN EVERY PHOTO HERE!!!!! He has a special place in my sewing/creature workshop where I can reach him easily for pets and loving words. And he hasn’t turned a single person to stone yet or killed anyone. Sigh. Despite my non-Hufflepuff list of potential victims, well, okay, mostly the Ass Neighbors… But, I digress.

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Let’s talk about Salazar- who, by the way, I had a wonderful time cosplaying.
Fact 1: Salazar is not Lucius Malfoy and the latter’s opinions are not those of the founder of Slytherin.
Fact 2: Salazar was genuinely friends with the other founders. And, let us really think about that for a moment. 990 AD. Y’all know buttons weren’t even a thing, then, right? The Scandinavians mostly ruled the British Isles and Old Norse was spoken. That is what Odin and Frigga spoke. Just for reference. In case you need some context. The Founders were FRIENDS. All four of them. Goodest and bestest of friends. And all of them talented and powerful enough to create HOGWARTS and hide it from the Muggles. Ahem. ALL OF THEM THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE HIDDEN FROM MUGGLES. Should I say that louder for people in the back?
Fact 3: The reason Hogwarts was hidden from Muggles is because it was dangerous to be a witch or wizard in 990. Or frankly, 1100. Or 1200. Or 1300. Umm, 1980…. Or…. y’all getting the gist? There are more of them than us. And there always have been.
Fact 4: Slytherin did not trust the Muggles. Not necessarily because they were non-magickers, but because they were excitable and unpredictable and numerous and did not understand real magic.  Also, they had discovered fire when they were still Homo erectus.
Fact 5: Salazar was a Parselmouth. Y’all remember the story of St. Patrick? He drove all the snakes out of Ireland? Oh, Ireland, you say? Full of fens, you know. Everyone on this side of this essay firmly believes Salazar was Irish. Why? Well, he wears green. I mean, have you been to Ireland? Even the construction equipment is green. More green coats than I’ve ever seen anywhere. Also, he’s the ‘villain’. Typical English- ahem, Rowling. And then, there is “the no snakes in Ireland because of St. Patrick bit”- drove Salazar right out, you know. And well, four founders and yeah, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales didn’t really exist as they do today in 990, but the beginnings were definitely there. And would it not be awesome if the four houses also represented those early groups?

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Fact 6: Salazar placed the basilisk into the Chamber of Secrets before he left the other Founders and Hogwarts. And that’s it. That is the FACT. Why did he do it? Well…. that part is completely up for debate. I’ve seen many (read most) claim it was to kill Muggles and purge Hogwarts of any with Muggle blood. Maybe? See Fact 3. Muggles were dangerous for Hogwarts and the Wizarding community. So, was the basilisk meant to cleanse Hogwarts of Muggle borns or was the basilisk intended to protect Hogwarts and its students from outside Muggles? That is the thing about history- we’re never sure. Its written by the victors or those that were there and Salazar wasn’t. There. My vote is for the latter. Yours?

Puff Style, A 10th Century Version

Of all the Founders, Helga seems to be the most down to earth witch. She gets along with all sorts of people- wizard and muggle alike. She is a fantastic cook.  She is impressed with hard work and loyalty. She is the one I’d most like to hang out with- a sort of comfortable person that is fun to be around and always has your back. Thus, when we chose the fabric for her outfit, we opted for comfortable down to earth looking fabrics:  a lightweight black embroidered cotton, a gold colored silk-like blend of cotton, and yellow-tan cotton gauze.  All entirely plausible 10th century colors- with slight modifications to material types.

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Mostly finished Helga costume.

The costume is made of 3 pieces- a long shift, an underdress, and an overdress with straps. The badger brooches are actually just craft foam, painted and sealed. They have pin backs which attach to the dress. The strung beads are hung on buttons hidden by the brooches.

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A note on the trims- although each costume piece was intended for Helga- I did not use any one kind of trim on more than one costume piece. I thought this gave each piece a more cohesive look and the costume overall looks more like just clothing- albeit 10th century clothing. Braid was a commonly used trim type- so claims a few archival sources. Helga doesn’t seem super fancy, so the trims we picked were fairly simple. I like layering different trims because it always gives a piece a richer more complex look.  Again- like something Helga might actually have worn.

The shift and underdress are made from the two patterns above. For the shift, I used pieces 1, 2, 2A, 3, 3A, 4  AND 13 and 14 from Simplicity 4940 and the sleeve pattern from the McCall pattern M6817.

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Because the collar is visible, I added a little embroidery detail- 3 hand stitched chains of three different shades of yellow. It was easier to work on the embroidery BEFORE I attached the collar to the rest of the dress. Also note, the collar is entirely lined.  The lining and the collar are ‘glued’ together with Wonder Under so that the collar stands up nicely and the embroidery doesn’t cause any sagging. The additional layers are also good for embroidering- a single layer of just gauze would not have taken the embroidery well and would likely have puckered horribly.

The shift, which is made of gauze, has a lot of stretch. It actually has no closures- I simply stitched all the seams together and the shift slips over the head.

For the gold underdress, I used only pieces 1, 2, 2A, 3, 3A, and 4 from 4940 and the sleeve pattern from M6817. I also cut out an extra set of 1 (front-one piece), 2 (front side-each side), and 4 (back, two pieces), to just above the waist line. This is to completely line the top of the dress. The little pieces that the pattern offers to hem to the top of the dress are insufficient for the back of the dress, which will be laced up. By lining the top half of the dress, and adding fusible to the back closure, I could put button holes into sturdy fabric. The back of the dress can then be laced up with ribbon in the button holes. Since the shift is under this dress, I did not need to add any modesty panels to the lacing.

The last piece of the costume is the strapped dress.  I did not use a pattern for this. The strapped dress is simply a band, which wraps around the chest, with two yards of 60″ wide fabric gathered and stitched to the band, and straps added.  I added trim to the top and bottom of this dress. This dress closes on the side with a single button. Again, since there are layers under this dress, it wasn’t necessary to add a zipper or additional buttons.  One to keep it closed is completely sufficient.

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Helga Hufflepuff

Lastly, a bit more on the brooches…

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Yes, they are badger faces. Aren’t they cute?  These are each small circles of craft foam, slightly shaped so they bevel out, with thinner craft foam shapes glued onto the circles. The smaller accents are puffy paint.  I put the puffy paint into smaller bottles with very narrow mouths to get the finer line than using the paint directly from its original bottle would give. Once the paint dried, I spray painted the entire brooch with 3 shades of spray paint. Brilliant gold, antique gold, and brown. Once I had gotten a gold looking brooch, I added the accent colors with brushes. Finally, I Modge Podged the heck out of them- in the pic above, the Modge Podge is still drying.

Do let me know if you have further questions- I’ll update with additional photos once the dress is completely finished.

The Nearly Futile Search for the 10th Century Fashions of the British Isles

Our first cosplay of 2020 is the Hogwarts founders. We will wear them for Anime Los Angeles, aka ALA. Primarily this decision is based on the desire for a cosplay to wear with King George, my basilisk. And there are enough Wizarding World games, videos, etc., where the characters have been animated to count, I think.  Yes? Also, we have ribbons.

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This is King George. He is the most Kawaii basilisk, EVER.

According to all HP (Harry Potter) literature, Hogwarts was founded circa 990 AD. Late 10th century. And we thought- hey, would it not be awesome to reproduce some 10th century fashions?  A good plan, right?  Well…

All of the founders drawings, pictures, etc. that I have found are umm, mostly not 10th century. 13th on a good day, maybe.  But, generally, crazy late. So. Clearly, this situation called for RESEARCH…

There are some- read, very painfully few- paintings and drawings which depict the clothing of the day. Like the Book of Kells. These primary sources are sparse and frequently depict the clergy or higher classes. You see, the truly hot item in 10th century funerary wear was the burial shroud- leaving the archaeological record of 10th century fashion as bare as the bodies buried at this time.  So..Little…Information. SIGH.

To orient ourselves properly…the British Isles in the 10th century.  The Romans are long gone. The Gaels, the Angles, and the Saxons occupy the Isles. Also, the Britons. And the Picts. At least during the early 900s. Parts of the Isles had converted to Christianity.  Plus, Scandinavians, aka Vikings. By, the late 900s, the Norse and the Danes controlled large swaths of land within the British Isles. Ireland was so overrun by Vikings that it had two- TWO- Viking Ages, people! In addition to their holdings in Ireland, in the late 900s, Vikings controlled lands on the east coast of what is now England, lands in what is now Scotland, AND land in what is now Wales. All areas from which our founders originate.

And with this control, came INFLUENCE. The Vikings had brought their Norse gods and returned paganism to the Isles. Old English and Old Norse were spoken. Someone, somewhere wrote Beowulf. Maybe this is where Salazar got the idea for his basilisk? Towns were growing into cities and in these urban places, there were more imported and available goods- cause, you know, VIKINGS AND BOATS, and things like silks made their way into the Isles. Wool was a popular fabric of the day – those fens of western Ireland and eastern England were cold and dank- although more opulent fabrics did find their way to the Isles. There was use of various dyes- greens, golds, blues, and reds did exist (PHEW!!!). Decorations consisted of a lot of braiding, some beads, and metal jewelry.

Let us return to the Vikings and their INFLUENCE. They lived all over the Isles and styles were predictably influenced by what they wore. Sleeves were close fitting. Cloaks were voluminous and draped and pinned on the body in a way which reminds me of a toga. Men’s tunics were longish- longer meant more affluence (more fabric used shows wealth, I would assume). Men wore leggings with wraps around the lower leg or without. Viking fashions seemed to prefer the leg wraps. Women’s fashions changed more quickly than men’s and offered more variety to an intrepid costume designer. Is anyone even remotely surprised?

Ultimately, we finally found various pictures of original art and reenactments on the British Library site, the National Museum of Denmark site, and on a small number of reenactment sites which provided us with a starting place for our 10th century Founders Group. Thank all the gods previously mentioned in this post!

 

Here are some WIP shots of our various Founders- If you’re at ALA this upcoming weekend, please find us for a ribbon.  You will only have to answer a Wizarding World trivia question or kiss a basilisk…. I’m sure all will be fine. 

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Salazar Slytherin

 

Hodor Funk

Right after Wondercon, we were able to participate in the filming of a fun parody video, called “Hodor Funk”.

Link here:  Hodor Funk!

The following blog contains ALL season spoilers, bad language, my skewed views on GOT and its characters, a possible rant, should be generally rated ‘MA’, and possibly read by No One.

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Us, as Rhaegal, Drogon (Mama’s Boy!!), Viserion, and Mom Photo is York in a Box

Firstly- the video.  We were dressed as above in southern California in March. Honestly, strike 1 against us.  Who does this???? BUT, the GOT photoshoot was run by a friend of ours and our Bitch Please, Fairy Godmother of Dragons who Takes No Shit from Anyone had our backs. So, we were in and out of that GOT shoot like, well, dragons attacking Slavers’ Bay.

The director, Michael Siegel, chased down our BPFGMoD, etc. and handed off his contact info.  I found the scrap of paper with his info in a Trader Joe’s bag when I was washing all the undergarments necessary to properly Dragon.  The garments smelled.  Bad. So did the paper.  And we figured, why the hell not? Right?  And it was awesome.

We are latecomers to the fandom of GOT. Bryn is still watching Season 2.  And I will sic our Bitch Please, Fairy Godmother of Dragons who Takes No Shit from Anyone on whoever tells her of the most recent episode.  Seriously.

Years ago, when the series first started on HBO, a friend gave us the first book. I read two pages and put it down. I read fast.  Seriously fast.  Most books I can read in two sittings. I read one of the last Tony Hillerman books, The Sinister Pig, standing in the bookstore.  And I read a shite ton of fantasy. One of my personal favorites is Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. Look it up. The Fellowship of the Ring took me the better part of a week to finish. A week!! I kept picking it up and trying to read a few more pages. Some books I just need a little more time to get into. I think A Song of Ice and Fire may be one of them.  After all, I am one of the few among the living up to date on Robert Jordan’s A Wheel of Time. I still haven’t managed to get past Page 2 of the first Ice and Fire book.  But, I hear all the Stark kids are wargs, so I am intrigued.

I have now watched the entire GOT series 3 times.  Working on 4. Originally, I just wasn’t interested in the actual “Game of Thrones”. I honestly don’t care who sits on the throne. Sadly, its not going to be Hodor.  I’ll have to satisfy myself with watching the Hodor Funk video for that. I don’t care if Cersei opens a spa and lives happily ever after or if she is eaten by one-eared irate dire wolves. The political aspect of the show holds as much interest to me as watching the great grass sea grow. Once I learned there were ice zombies, dire wolves, and dragons?  I was all in! And, honestly, that is why GOT is so awesome.  If you are into the politics, the human interactions, the intrigue, the sex,- it’s there! And if you are into magic and creatures and zombies and fairies, score!

I did look up the fates of all the dire wolves and the dragons before I committed.  If they all die, I’m all out. Frankly, I’ve never gotten over Hedwig. And even with foreknowledge of what 7 seasons could provide, Lady still sucked, btw. And since I didn’t bother looking up the people, Ned might have been a bit of a shock, except that since he stopped doing Sharpe, Sean Bean just doesn’t fare well.  AND Oi! The Red Wedding! OMG!!!

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We also cosplay Season 1, House Stark (Dragon counterparts: Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion)

Now, I watch a TON of British TV and almost all of the GOT characters have shown up on Poirot, Marple, Vera, Midsomer Murders, etc. Which might be why when Joffrey died, I said, “oh, look at her! That sneaky Olenna!” I may have cackled with glee.  And rubbed my hands together. Ken was vaguely gobsmacked. “That was supposed to be a cliffhanger.” I pointed out that if they wanted it to be a cliffhanger they should not have had her in the background of the shot of Tynian  (Tyrion) ( I am horrible with names, btw). Overall, I really love the series.  I confess, I tend to leave the room when Cersei shows up.  I find her irritatingly annoying and generally uninteresting- like Umbridge.

When we all decided to that cosplaying our favorite characters, the dragons, was a good plan (was it really?), Bryn had not seen any of the series. She and our Dany, daughter of our BPFGMoD, etc., watched the Frozen Lake scene only. At Disneyland. Specifically, at the Plaza Inn. As one does.

Moving onto the present day. If one is reading the books, I’m told, Dany’s dragons are still alive. And there are Ice Dragons and Sea Dragons. I guess Viserion was raised as an Ice Dragon.  Might Rhaegal be raised as a Sea Dragon? Honestly, with the dark screen Starbucks train wreck we’ve seen thus far, it doesn’t seem possible. Also, the book series has other dragons roaming about!! Note to self: must start reading the books.

I’ve watched 3.5 episodes of Season 8.  Ummm. I must admit, that I’m thinking, what?  We are gifted this amazing story build up with the first six seasons which include the Children of the Earth, the White Walkers, dead bodies (about to rise) cut in pieces and arranged in symbols we later see as cave art, the Three Eyed Raven, and blue eyed corpses. And of course, the episode, Hardhome (Season 5). Who else has watched this multiple times?  Its soooo good.  “WunWun, to the sea!!!” Ken and I also really enjoyed Season 7. The battle with Drogon. Yeah, I’ve probably watched that at least a dozen times. All this amazing and wonderful build up to the most over the top orgasm ever, spanning seven seasons, and then, right at the payoff, BAM. It goes LIMP!!!!   WTF.

I watched Episode 1 and 2 of Season 8. Huh. And then, Episode 3. Could ANYONE SEE ANYTHING?  Again, mentioning Hardhome, GOT created this fantastically beautiful undead army that, in Episode 3, is mostly not visible. That army was gorgeous.  Absolutely gorgeous. Their look.  Their vocals. Their movements. But, in Episode 3, everything is too dark. And then, last week.  Episode 4. The Last of the Starks.  Sigh. Last of the Starks, all right. Who wants to be associated with that? I watched the first part. I was nearly done when Jon was suddenly possessed by his alternate ego, a canine hating asshole who needs desperately to hire a Westerosi detective that can find him a clue. That segment was written by dudes that have never even had a gerbil as a pet, let alone a dog, and have possibly never seen a member of the opposite sex. In person.  The woman hating was fairly horrifying. There was a bit more I was able to watch, until we came to the shark jumping debacle that defined the remainder of the episode. I assume that the writers sent Euron after the shark which needed jumping while Dany was drinking Starbucks. I was done at that point.  And I might be done with the HBO series for good. Its okay. I have all the previous seasons and Hodor Funk. (Dragons are still alive in Hodor Funk btw.) This upcoming Sunday, I may go see Tolkien, instead.  The previews indicate a bitchin’ ass dragon. And George RR Martin loves Tolkien, I’m told. ∎

 

Making Sansa

This is  a quick summary of how I made Season 1 Sansa Stark’s dress.  The blue rose dress- you know, the light blue one with the roses at the neck and the green embroidery.

I used the following patterns from Simplicity, and specifically, the following pieces of those patterns:

Simplicity 1009, piece No. 6 (sleeve)

Simplicity 2463, pieces Nos. 11 and 13 (for the fabric roses)

Simplicity 4940, 1, 2, 2A,  3, 3A, 4, 13, 14 (for the main dress)

The roses are from Simplicity 2463. The ‘ribbons’ are just eyeballed. And the embroidery is just an embroidery that came with the machine. I did the embroidery before I cut the ‘ribbons’.

I made the dress from linen, with a full cotton lining. I cut one set each from the cotton and from the linen of all of the pieces listed above from Simplicity 4940. I put them together as the directions indicate. EXCEPT I left the side seams open on both dresses. Note, sleeves are NOT attached at this point.

I attached the ribbons (see above) to the linen dress. Once the ribbons were attached, I stitched the linen dress to the cotton dress, right sides together, at the neck. I left the back of the neck open – as shown on the directions for 4940, that is where a closure will go. Note: the side seams are still not attached and the sleeves are not attached, and the entire thing is a bit of a big floppy mess.

The sleeves were a bit long for a kid, so I rucked the sleeves so that they would hang to her hands. See below. The dress from the show does not have rucked sleeves.

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Once the collars of the two dresses were attached and flipped and ironed, I pinned the sleeves to the dresses. Then, once, the sleeves were attached, I stitched the side seams on the sleeves and the dresses together in one fell swoop, leaving about an inch at the bottom of both side seams. The back is still open.

I stitched the back of both dresses closed, one at a time to the mark on the pattern, just above the waist. This is a bit harder to describe- but after ironing those seams, I folded the open part of the back of the dress, starting at the collar, in so that the unfinished edge was hidden. I ironed both sides and pinned them. Then, I added button holes and buttons, without sewing any seams along the opening.

I hemmed the bottoms of the two dress separately so they dress would lie right. After hemming, I closed up the last of the side seams. I left the bottom overlong, as that is how Sansa’s dress is pictured. I also hemmed the sleeves. The fabric roses were attached by hand.

 

Sally’s Harlequin Mask

The Harlequin traditionally wears a half mask. Sally’s original mask- top left was modified into the more traditional Harlequin mask of the bottom right.
My Sally mask is a Volto mask. Volto was a citizen mask, worn by the common people during holidays. Originally only white and referred to as ghosts masks, Volto was worn by both men and women. Although the first Volto masks did not cover the entire face, now, Volto masks are full face masks worn with the fantastical costumes of the Venetian Carnevale or for any masked event. Like a ball or a convention.  Or a Masquerade.
The updates to Sally are minor.  I’ve added a half mask of crystals, and updated the eyelashes and stitches to be heavier to match the tights for the costume. The mask isn’t completely done- I am considering lights and glitter and possibly more crystals.
The final mask. A half mask of the Harlequin has been added. Circa 1930 curls, inspired by Hercule Poirot’s BBC Miss Lemon have been done in red crystals.  All her stitches and her eyelashes were redone with black puffy paint. Leftover feathers from the creation of Fawkes the Phoenix for our holiday decorations in December complete the overall asthetic of Sally’s new Venetian Carnavale look.  She looks way fiercer and far edgier than she originally did.
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Sally WIP

A progress shot of Sally.  This is the undershirt, the unlined and unboned bodice,  and the pantaloons without the gathers at the bottom. And her coat.
Sally is entirely constructed of scraps I have been saving and muslin.
Most of the green pieces are from the Golden Afternoon headdresses made for an Alice in Wonderland play.  Most of the pink is from various tightrope walker costumes. The mint green was for a Scrump dress. One green scrap is from the small piece left over from a centaurette costume. The back of the pantaloons has scraps from Susan Pevensie, the Alice mandarin costume from Through the Looking Glass, and Elsa dresses for little girls. When I still made Elsa costumes for little girls.  Its been a while. The dark gold is from a Thanos dress. Snap! The bright gold and green are from a Maleficent costume. The browns and oranges are all from our Jungle Book cosplays from two Wondercons past. There is black from Jack Skellington and gray from a not yet announced cosplay for D23.
The coat is lined with leftovers from Ratigan and Princess Calla.
Once I get all the patchwork done, I’ll start adding the next layer.  Detail shots to come….

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