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|Review submitted in Inspired By The Movies Contest|
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|Reviewed by:||Chococat|| |
|Posted on:||2/28/14 7:14 PM |
Pattern Info provided by Chococat
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 1 people Very Helpful by 7 people |
|Fabric:||Cotton Blend [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Hello! I am Chococat! I've been a member on PR before, but I became a lurker after I lost track of my old account. So I've signed up yet again! And happily, I am entering my outfit in the Inspired By the Movies contest. The timing couldn't be better, as I'm eagerly getting rid of old fabric from my stash. |
If you haven't guessed already, my outfit was inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Like other members on PR, I too considered sewing a vintage garment; there are so many fantastic old films out there, and Joan Crawford has the sickest outfits. However, I sew vintage most of the time and felt that it would be a missed opportunity to do something I am used to. Instead, I decided I wanted to challenge myself by using a more abstract film for my inspiration. I compiled a list of all my favorite movies, and scribbled a few designs on paper. The Nightmare Before Christmas was an easy choice after I discovered I had three meters of a black and white pinstripe cotton sitting in my organizer. It immediately made me think of Jack Skellington's suit. I imagined what I would look like if I were a character spawned into TNBC - like if I were Jack's girlfriend *Squeee childhood geek dreams* - and this is what I came up with.
It has some inspiration from gothy stuff, but with a whole bunch of cute thrown on top of it. I had seen some other Jack merchandise before at hot topic, but I felt it always looked really obvious. I wanted something that would make people think of TNBC, without having an eight inch applique of Jack on my chest. I think this hits the mark! I'm really happy with how it turned out. Plus, my shoes and socks go really well with it!
My dress is entirely self-drafted. Now, I am a self-taught sewer, so my drafting skills aren't exactly top notch. It's a really long process of trial and error. I started by drafting my top (similar to a style I had sewn before) in muslin, making changes as I pinned it to my dress form. Afterward, I cut out another muslin, and went through my second drafting phase, where I correct any unforeseen fit issues - there were many. Finally, satisfied with my muslin, I cut my fabric and sewed the garment, adding a liner for a more professional look. I top-stitched my edges and attached a separated black metal zipper (because apparently the silver ones don't exist here). Then I sewed black ribbon bows to the straps, which feature my hand drawn Jack buttons.
My petticoat skirt was a rather easy draft, as it consists of mostly rectangles, and I've sewn a similar skirt before. It is an easy pattern, conceptually speaking, but the hand gathering is really quite daunting. I used elastic lace on the edges instead of normal pre-gathered lace, because I found there was a striking difference in the saturation of the dye. The pre-gathered just wasn't dark enough, and I found the elastic added a bit of "poof" which I really enjoy. I then painstakingly sewed on 18 small bows and four large bows to give my skirt a bit of character. The skirt features an elastic waist band and fits very comfortable beneath the top. I'm happy to say I can also pair it with other items in my wardrobe! Bonus!
Growing up I loved watching TNBC with my best friend. I think we even watched it back to back once. Despite my favorite character being the Mayor, Jack comes a close second! If he were a chick, I'm sure he would wear this.
Here are my photos
Lace & Embellishments
Me wearing the dress!(WARNING: CLEAVAGE!)
And this is when I sewed through my finger. (WARNING: BLOOD!)
And that's it!!
Thanks for looking.
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