Horns get iridescent

Horns get iridescent

Omg. Omg…. That turned out betteř than I hoped!

MALEFICENT PIECES

MALEFICENT PIECES

by michaela de bruce, September 25, 2014

Bed now but I have molds and ears. Well ear casts- imperfect but workable.

MALEFICENT

MALEFICENT

by michaela de bruce, September 23, 2014

Bluray is out here on Oct 1. Sigh. So my bodysuit and sculpts are on hold until then. I think I do have the seams worked out for the bodysuit and the base shapes of the hip and spine pieces, just not the textures or details.

The hip shapes look smooth in the various captures and VFX, but I don’t fully trust what I have seen before I can watch the scenes in super slow mo at the highest resolution I can.

But I did draw lines and fit a basic bodysuit (precut, hooray! I may do a few more of these!) so I can at least pretty well just go for it.

I also patterned the boot covers.

And found the lime green soft soft soft lederhosen (not kidding, they are leather shorts!) I cut apart years ago. These will be soft enough for the collar but may also be perfect for the headdress. So I cleaned my head cast.

Dribs and drabs, bits and pieces. Trying very hard to not overdo things as my wrists are definitely hot, squishy and painful (do not touch! Yes they are sore to the touch not “just” with movement.) And I did sleep in til midday today and spent nearly all of yesterday and the day before asleep. Fatigue is definitely not relenting, I’m just coralling it in to a different pattern.

MALEFICENT SCULPTS

MALEFICENT SCULPTS

by michaela de bruce, September 21, 2014

 

Sculpting and resculpting. Getting a headstart or creating more work? No idea. Just hoping NZ gets the same release date for the DVD as the rest of the world.
New cheek prosthetics are slightly ott but with the horns being slightly ott this may not be a bad thing.
Okay, in the morning I’ll suck it up and have some steroids seeing as I am supposed to be on them. But I’m blue enough to have difficulty sleeping anyway. Not throwing steroids on that mess of stress hormones.

GRAHHH!

GRAHHH!

by michaela de bruce, September 19, 2014

Spotted what look like butt cup seams on Maleficent’s bodysuit. So I’ll definitely have to try and work out how that fits in. But it does possibly mean I found the main seam for the side leading in to the body. Now to hunt back the side back seam, which again I think I spotted the bottom of, as more shaping of the butt.

Now to hunt down the other screen caps which seem to have gone astray….

Didn’t find them made more 🙂 Using them to start sculpting the hip and spine pieces. I can hopefully wait til the Blu Ray for clearer body details.

HIDDEN STRUCTURE

HIDDEN STRUCTURE

by michaela de bruce, September 12, 2014

Stay tape. It’s working, this stabilises the edge and helps keep the shape- be it curved or straight. Yes it would be better black. And I may need to swap sides. Poot. I will.

I STEPPED BACK FROM THE VELVET SACK

I STEPPED BACK FROM THE VELVET SACK

by michaela de bruce, September 13, 2014

I do really need to fit and fix the neckline on the stand. The stay tape is brilliant, I do need twice the width for the front though.

CURRENTLY A BIT OVER BEING SICK

CURRENTLY A BIT OVER BEING SICK

by michaela de bruce, September 10, 2014

Really?? There are people who enjoy chronic illnesses?

Today Mr Boo(Boo) had some minor surgery. He has growths on his ears and nose (the nose one is the worry) and they have been frozen off. His paw had several cuts on them and there was a small pocket of nasty fluid still that got aspirated. He also got his teeth cleaned and blood tests taken to check on general health.

He has been dopey and smoochy and now dopey and grumpy. But he has pain medication for the next few days as well as antibiotics.

I meanwhile may need more antibiotics. My tonsil are itchy again, my skin is gettig tiny sores all over it and I was unable to wake fully until about 1pm. Been hot and cold all day.

So, once again Mr Boo and I are on antibiotics at the same time.

Oh and I have not heard him…. pass wind.. before. But this time was impressive. Possibly part of the anaesthetic.

Meanwhile my horns look good 🙂 The prosthetics look good, my tabbard looks good. But they all need tweaking and it’s the kind of time consuming tweaking I am just too tired for.So I will have to book in again tomorrow and see if I can get a quick clinic with my GP to get more antibiotics. I’m not impressed by this infection, it’s coincided with a few insect bites and allergic reaction so… not happy Jan!

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    • KRISTEN

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    • September 10, 2014

    Awe poor kitty, it’s amazing how resilient animal are to health issues, especially cats. He’s is white isnt he? They do tend to get skin cancers more easily than darker colours. My old buy Chino was a pale biscuit colour with a pink nose and ears and he had a problems there. But he carried on regardless. A few times had to stop him sun bathing!

SIMPLER MALEFICENT PATTERN OPTIONS

SIMPLER MALEFICENT PATTERN OPTIONS

by michaela de bruce, September 8, 2014

I’ve had a few questions about patterns so I thought I’d do a quickie update 🙂

Dress exhibit notes:

http://hollywoodmoviecostumesandprops.blogspot.co.nz/2014/06/angelina-jolies-maleficent-christening.html

The train has been totally removed and we cannot see the back, but this shows some great details that may help with decisions on what effects to choose and what to not.

The collar: you can clearly see the wired struts underneath. The edges are cut not stitched so I’m going a bit crazy trying to find the thinest russet I can to dye and polish. I have used russet before for(my Mass Effect Blood Dragon armour as well as my Shaak Ti apron.) The collars are quite flat, using the maleable nature of leather and the wires to hold the shape.

The sleeves: the sleeves are a front and back with a seam along the top (very narrow tucks that are more like easing than full pleats at about elbow) and narrow inserts on the inside panels only. The sleeve edges also look overlocked rather than seamed normally. I hand prickstitched my first gown to get this effect. It’s hard to see but you can see some classic fuzzing of the overlock threads- my skirt hem has this effect!) The sleeves are also sewn in to the side seams. The outer seam has a slight S shape with a good curve as expected but it curls back towards the hem rather than following the same arc.

The dress body: you can see the skirt side front and side seams. If you follow the hip decorations to hide the top seam you can get some good shaping and fit over the hips regardless of your proportions. There are no visible bust or underbust darts or seams. This is in part due to the use of the bias and the pleats to form to curves.

The fabric: it is an arashi shibori and a very soft and thin fabric.

 

Doll references/simpler pattern options:

I have the Disney exclusive doll and I think the pattern of her dress would scale up beautifully. If you can’t get hold of her (she is a bit pricey just for a pattern) then this page has a really good comparison with the Jakks and close up views of the dress:

http://www.toyboxphilosopher.com/2014/05/a-maleficent-doll-comparison-review.html

The Jakks doll is another option for getting another more simplified style. The Disney exclusive is much much closer with the alternating bias of the train and even the unseen shaping (there is a triangle under arm piece from armscye to waist to allow for the dress to fit as a single piece rather than having the sleeve partially mounted to a shell lining like I did. This will require a bit more care in shaping but if you make a pattern from lining fabric with a similar stretch to the outer shell it is a really good option.

The only issue with the dolls really are the lack of a back of skirt, the train is a bit more complicated in the real dress in that it is partially inserted in/on a side back seam and there is a clear ground length skirt underneath. But this is a costume nerd factor and for not going sheer bloody crazy I’d go for the doll version which is essentially a godet or several godets inserted in to the centre back seam.

I can get some photos of the inside of the doll dress, I have already swapped Elsa and Maleficent and had them play dress ups with Zam and Eowyn. The doll dress is sewn a little far up so I had to unpick a few stitches to get it off the doll so she is not in mint condition anyway 🙂 And to see lots of Maleficents for Halloween would make little feery heart flutter 🙂

The doll also shows how you can reverse a fabric for effect- in this case a satin backed shantung so you don’t need to then try and wrangle leather or pleather!

And the Hot toys doll is just staggeringly beautiful. The bust shaping is something I’d recommend for the lining/support layer and to then smooth the shell fabric over.

http://www.hottoys.com.hk/productDetail.php?productID=236

The dart/seam under the bust merges in to the skirt seam really well so even if it is not visible in the original it is a really well scaled and nalanced alternative. The sleeves also taper and twist much like the original though perhaps a little more tapered. But it does show how much excess fabric you can eliminate (great for if you have smaller amounts of fabric.)

Fabric amounts:

I made my first gown from 10.4m (1m=40″) of 1.6m wide fabric and cut off a fair amount of excess fabric. I managed to beg a further 6.5m and 1.4m length of the same fabric which is being hoarded! With my blog getting so high in google searches I suspect there may be a bit of a run on the alternative heat set foil knit fabric. In Aus/NZ/Singapore it is still available at Spotlight in the 100% Dance section (black on black and gold on black is very readily available.) It is about $NZ25/m so I’d highly recommend at least 11m for the full train and gown. And I’d recommend a lining, either a stretch charmeuse or another slinky knit. You want stretch to only go in the same direction as across the fabric/perpendicular to the wrinkles/pleats so the fabrics hang on the bias well. I wouldn’t recommend a lining cut on the straight with the fabric on the bias due to the amount of stretch you get with a crinkled fabric.

I’d recommend a good 15m/yards for narrower fabric. It is a fiddly dress to pattern on the bias so it is easier to have extra- work areas need to be quite large to support the fabric and not cause over stretching of one layer or area.

Clip or cut off the selvages. Especially for a fabric like I used which had a very firm selvage. I lost a bit of width but it allowed the fabric to rest at a mid stretch when laid on the the floor.

i may have a few more notes to add to this, but I don’t want to make any definitive statements about the parts of the gown not clearly visible or open to interpretation.

4 COMMENTS


    • KRISTEN

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    • September 9, 2014

    Wonderful! ive never noticed the wire in the collar until now! Makes total sense how it stands up now.

      • ADMIN

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      • September 10, 2014

      I had spotted it on another image, but not the shorter ones at the front, I think they have memory so as to keep shape and not warp. The small collar on the velvet gown is made totally differently with the edges sewn and a thin layer of foam but I cn’t find a really clear view to see if the raised tuck is wired or just in the top layer or what. No idea where to get a super smooth leather like that too. And I need it asap! Actually.. I have some lime green shorts I cut up to use.. I think that has the same buttery surface and it should dye and polish well.. oooh. Yay! And I think the pleated collar can be made from my dark green leather again tinted and polished 🙂

    • GWIISH

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    • September 25, 2014

    I love all these little notes! I’ve been researching for my own costume and finally settled on crushed taffeta for the outer, I’m just crossing my fingers that it will drape the way I want 🙂 I’m wondering if you estimate 11m each for the outer and lining or 11m of overall fabric? Sorry to be nosy, but your blog is pretty inspirational! <3

      • ADMIN

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      • September 25, 2014

      Thank you 🙂 I think crushed taffeta is a lovely choice 🙂 Oh, the original dress has some top stitching holding the crinkles over the bust 🙂 The lines of stitches follow the creases and are used to shape the outer layer to fit over the bust 🙂 http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=225201 I put a list of references here to keep them all in one place, and I’ll add them to each of my costume pages here as I get to them 🙂 It’s about 11m for the lining and the shell fabric each sorry :/ It’s a bit of a monster in that regard! I mean I did chop off a fair bit but it was better than trying to add extra 🙂

HORNS HAPPINESS

HORNS HAPPINESS

by michaela de bruce, September 7, 2014

Sorry for the blur, but low lights and I can’t be bummed trying to set up my good camera.
I am also coming down from an andrenal high. Mr Boo Boo went missing for a few hours. He was actually on the garage roof, just on the side I couldn’t see. So I went on a sanding spree once he was found. So now I have a headache from the horns and the worry. I think the neighbours will be happy though. But I try to have a Don’t Piss Off the Neighbours’ rule that coincidentally should hit the stop before breaking rule.