AnimeIowa was just a couple weeks ago. I got to hang out with Snow, which is always such a great time. One of her friends suggested doing a group cosplay of Rainbow Brite characters but with a Victorian spin on the costume. I was super intrigued by this idea, mostly for the excuse to learn how to sew something complicated like a Victorian dress. So I somehow ended up with Lala Orange, one of Rainbow Brites friends/minions/cohorts/whatever. She has a cute little baret, at least.
So, Snow suggested basing my design/dress on Simplicity pattern 2207.
I like it actually, and there’s so many possibilities for modifications.
Anyway, I started sketching out design ideas and settled on something based on some of the 1880′s walking dresses I’ve seen on the internet. The combination of a tailored jacket and long layered skirt looks really striking, and I think fits my personality, but also Lala Orange.
But I was at Joann’s scouting materials for an unrelated project today (if it works out, I’ll definitely being posting it here. You’ll get a kick out of it.) . I found Simplicity pattern 2172.
The long coat flares down at the waist and really reminded me of Lala. So on a whim, I threw it in my basket. And the cashier only charged me a dollar for it. I’m sitting here wondering if it was a mistake on her part or if this was strangely on super sale. I guess either way it doesn’t matter. Basically, I saved so much money on this pattern, that if I change my mind, I can go get the one that Snow suggested.
Reading through the instructions, it’s going to take alot of fabric. I wish I had easy access to an SR Harris, because even with sales and coupons and favors, this is going to be an expensive project.
- 12.5 yds fabric
- 5.5 yds lining
- 3.5 interfacing
- 4 yds boning
- whatever other trim I want to use
I want to make a test dress before buying lots of pretty orange fabric though. After watching Project Runway (so addicted to that show, omg), I learned about muslin. There’s relatively cheap muslin online, and really $1.00 a yard for test fabric isn’t that bad. But I can’t help but wonder if there are cheaper alternatives for test fabric at thrift stores. Hmm…..