April 27, 2015

Reveal: This is Pure Insanity

Luna approves of the current fabric selection.

Remember the circular ruffle tester I posted last week as a teaser?  Well, there are a LOT MORE of those ruffles in my future, because my crazy ass decided to replicate the Cinderella gown from the live action film!

Yup, that one.

This is an enormous undertaking.  I've spent the last few weeks researching obsessing over how the dress was made, and I'm determined to get as close as I can to the original (well, without spending $200+ per freakin' yard to get the exact fabrics).  I've already bought about 90 yards of fabric, and I've my eye on another 60 yards, at minimum.  Estimates put the original dress at 270 yards total, so even that is short of the mark!

I've already started experimenting with dyes and different fabrics, and have
had some interesting surprises along the way.

 I've already got a whole Pinterest board of research and screencaps, and I've gone a bit cross-eyed staring at any photo that shows the under structure of the dress.  Of course, I'll be sharing all the trials and tribulations as I go here on the blog.  I've already learned a few new techniques, and I can only imagine how many more I'll pick up along the way!

Early experiments in blending fabrics are looking good!

Speaking of crazy large projects, my friends/neighbors have an awesomely insane project of their own.  They're opening a vintage clothing store/event space in Oakland, and they need help to make their dream come true!  Watch their awesome video, spread the news about the OverAttired Kickstarter, and donate if you can.



14 comments:

  1. What a gigantic dress, I'll keep my fingers crossed that yours comes out right!

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    1. It's crazy huge, isn't it! Something like 6 ft across, or more.

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  2. It's going to look GORGEOUS !

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  3. I am so excited for this dress! Are you going to wear it to Costume College?

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    1. That's the plan, but oh my does that mean an accelerated timeline!

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    2. You have a few months! I wasn't planning to wear Lady Tremaine until after CoCo, but maybe I should try to move that up . . .

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    3. Oooh, all her outfits are so awesome! Which one are you planning?

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    4. This one! http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/File:Lady_Tremaine_with_her_daughters.jpg

      I'm not sure whether to get a flocked fabric for the bodice to make things easier, or go all in with the sequin fabric and add applique on top. The color's also driving me nuts. The bodice looks green in some shots and yellow in others.

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    5. Ohh wow I just noticed that it was sequined! What craziness!

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  4. Hello Christina! Oh. My. Goodness. This will be incredible!! What an undertaking; though, I am positive it will be absolutely perfect, just like all of your other creations!! You have been such an inspiration to me and I can't wait to see more Cinderella ruffleness!

    Also, I've nominated you for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! (Link here: http://youngsewphisticate.blogspot.com/2015/06/sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award.html) Have fun & keep inspiring us, Anneliese :)

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  5. OMG!!! somebody else is as insane as I am!!! Please tell me if you have any tips...although perhaps the insanity overwhelmed you, given that I can't find any more posts on this topic :(

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    1. I'm still going, albeit slowly! I've accumulated nearly 200 yards of fabric, and I even got to go see the dress on display last spring at FIDM. I'll get around to posting updates soonish.

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