phantom costume replicas

1. Seams are the bane of my existence. If you look at the area I circled, you’ll see that the seams were snipped (in an actual stage worn costume) in order to ease the tension that’s created because the line curves. It’s a really good and effective solution to the puckering I’ve been getting on my costume and I had always anticipated that I was going to end up doing that.

But after working with the insane amount of fraying there’s been… I reeeeeally don’t want to leave any part of it that exposed. 

2. I’ve also been debating whether I should stay true to what’s done in the UK costumes and have it close in the back with hooks and eyes (unlike the US ones which lace up in the back and zip up the front) The problem with the UK one is that it’s going to be a huge bitch to try on. 

3. I swear to god this is the only version of the costume with a rounded neckline.

Literally

every

other

version

ever features a sweetheart neckline and I am genuinely torn between sticking to the more common look, or going with Katy Treharne’s. I do feel that the sweetheart is more distinctive though…

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My Wishing Gown color sample came in! This is the $18 satin that Spoonflower carries because I wasn’t sure I really wanted to do the cotton I normally use, but the problem I’m sort of seeing with it is that it’s quite shiny and while the Wishing Gowns do have a bit of sheen them, it’s only when they’re hit with display lights and I don’t want to go with that look if I can avoid it. 

The thing about the authentic Wishing Gown material is that it’s a really complicated animal, which is what gives it such dynamic coloring under different lighting (royal blue, teal, turquoise, etc.). Rather than the silk just being one shade of dark blue, it’s much more like teal threads on one grain and blue on the other, which lends to its muted sheen. 

I’m waxing poetic about this because it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to. The US wishing costumes especially play on the teal hues in the material and actually feature a lot of aquarmarine colored trims as well as navy blue, which is why I ultimately decided to fiddle with the color that I’ve been using (thank you SO MUCH katikut for your patience with me ) and blending in some green. To make a long story short, I was SO relieved when the sample came in and I was happy with the color because that stupid 8x8 swatch costs $6 a pop, not to mention I now have to figure out what fabric to ultimately order it in. The satin is too shiny, the cotton might take away from the overall look of the gown and the silky faille and silk crepe de chine is going to run me a ridiculous amount of money once we get into a 10-12 yard length, but I might just have to bite it since it’s gonna be such a big undertaking either way.

Do we have any definitive answers as to whether the UK Hannibal Slavegirl costumes are made of a shorter pile velvet, or even a different kind of velvet than the US Slavegirl costumes?

It dawned on me somewhat belatedly that this will be the first costume I make that I haven’t seen up close in-person. I’ve always been under the impression that it WAS different, but the more I look at certain pictures, the less sure I am.

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I don’t always go fabric shopping for non-Phantom projects, but when I do, I somehow manage to assemble the exact materials used in some of the costumes.

The first pic shows two out of three of the trims used on Christine’s Serafimo skirt. The green one I actually found a few years back, before I really started doing replicas, so I just picked up two yards thinking that they looked like something that would be on the Sylphides. Little did I know, until a friend pointed it out, that it was the exact trim used on her skirt. Unfortunately, most of it has been used on the various Sylphide headbands I’ve made and sold. 

The blue trim I actually came across while I was trying to pick up my Meg Degas materials. Since I was already in the area, I decided to keep an eye out for the green trim to see if I could buy some more. I ended up going back to the store, seeing some blue trim that looked close enough until I go home and find out that this too is an exact find.

Third is a burnout velvet used in the ruffles of the dressing gown. Truth be told, I was on vacation and ended up in a fabric store with no real need to buy anything, until out of the corner of my eye… I spot the most beautiful burnout in the world and it’s like 75% off original price.

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Just a reminder that the Degas costume is for sale and you still have a chance to get bodice fitted to your measurements before the bodice is completed if you’re interested in purchasing it!

I see Triangle Girl, Dressing Gown and Serafimo in my future, as far as costume replicas go.

I am also open for commissions of all kinds, Phantom costume replicas, regular clothing, accessories, designs, etc. Just drop me a message and we can talk!

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The Phantom Costumes I’ve Made! (For anon)

There is of course my very first foray into Phantom costuming, the Meg Masquerade, which we will acknowledge but never speak of.

1. Meg Gypsy: The Halloween following that particular project, I made the Meg Gypsy costume, which was my most expensive and elaborate costume to date (It’s been really difficult mustering the energy to chase all the trims and fabrics for two months then have to come home and put it all together) But I will never stop being proud of this costume, especially after the disaster of the year before, I wasn’t sure if I could do it while drowning in homework.

2. Degas (Broadway): After the Meg Gypsy, I wanted to take it easier on the next project as far as material hunting went, so I chose the Degas where I knew exactly where I could find accurate fabrics, etc. But I also wanted to take the time to focus on and sharpen my tailoring work.

3. Wishing Cloak: A commissioned Wishing Cloak! Lots of fun on this one!

4. Dressing Gown (x2): I’ve been commissioned to make two Broadway replica Dressing Gowns, and am working on a third right now. Still haven’t gotten around to my own… I’d say more about this, but I’m a little burnt out on Dressing Gowns right now. Dressing Gowns are my jam though and I’m infinitely proud of mine. :P

5. The Phantom’s Cape: A labor of love. But this ended up being one of the best replicas I’ve ever made. It’s hard for me to feel 100% happy with anything I make, because I’ll always know about the things I could have done better, but as far as this cape goes, I just feel like everything, from the velvet collar to the appliques, to the gunmetal lining, just came together just right.

6. Serafimo Cap: I had some left over fabric, a lot of trims and some extra time on my hands, so I made this. The trim on the bow however, was $20 a yard (SHIT I KNOW RIGHT?)

7. Meg Masquerade Hat: Made back when I was still working on the costume, from trims that were bought for the costume but never used.

Selling a Degas!

(I just realized exactly what that sounds like to someone outside the Phantom community)

The Degas is completed (minus a hem)! Putting that part off until I get around to picking up a pair of pinking shears because I am currently so broke that I need to actually make the sale before I can afford to buy the shears

Can I just say how freaking hard it was to fully line that bodice? I ended up having to hand-stitch the entire neckline in order to sandwich the lace properly. But the payoff is that you won’t be seeing any unsightly exposed seams.

Showing here:

My pride and joy currently features:

  • Hooks and bars to attach the skirt to the bodice, as in the real life stage show Degas costumes.
  • A multilayered tulle, crinoline and cotton gauze skirt
  • An elastic waistband with hook and eye closures
  • 7 rows of spiral steel boning
  • 5 layers of fabric in the bodice (Linen, three layers of stiff stuff, and a satin lining)
  • Elastic straps
  • Fabric covered buttons
  • Piped hem

And I have to sell it. 

So contact me if you’re interested, or you can just look at the pretty, that’s cool too. Please reblog!

Number of times I walked into a fabric store yesterday and asked “Do you have any burnout velvet?”: Upwards of 25. 

It’s starting to look like I’m going to have to dye velvet to do the collar and faux vest of the Wishing gown if I want this burnout velvet in the right color and I was at least able to source a white version on Thai Silks. I’ve actually managed to find the perfect baroque pattern in… get this… chrome green, mint green, burgundy AND… gray.

On one hand I really could get away with just using a regular blue velvet because it isn’t completely unheard of:

 Or even something with a laser cut print like this:

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Couple of things:

1. I found the fancy gold bead! Let us rejoice! It’s $5/per oz. I was in a hurry that day, so I forgot to ask how many would actually be in an ounce but I feel like I’d be lucky to get 20? If someone who has experience with beading would like to chime in, please do.

2. Would I be right in thinking that silver bead you see between the green and red used to be gold but the color just wore away after years of use?

3. Should I used metal wire or plastic to string everything together?

4. For the green and red beads, is $5/66 beads expensive?