Our "Deadwood" costumes

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Our "Deadwood" costumes

Postby Sew Queen » Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:00 pm

I just want to thank all of you inspiring creators on this site. My wife and I were invited to a costume party and we chose Deadwood as our theme. Thankfully I found this site and we were able to pull it off well. Take a look and let me know what you think.

http://trulyvictorian.com/gallery2/main ... =x2a506b21

I used a Simplicity pattern for her frock coat and vest but Truly Victorian 405 vest basque (slightly modified) and 208 trained skirt ensemble. I know I should have trimmed the skirt more than I did but was short on time. The hat is a buckram frame from California Millinery Supply in downtown LA covered in taffeta with real feathers and a bouquet of woven straw leaves.

The night was so much fun. I would wear a dress like this for every occasion if it didn't make me a spectacle.
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Postby Madamekat » Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:59 pm

Really fabulous!! I love the color combo and the details are so pretty!
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Postby Manon Antoinette » Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:30 pm

That is really pretty!
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Postby Danibelle » Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:42 am

I love how you modified the vest basque! I have that pattern but haven't even touched it yet...you really made it one of the most unique ones I've seen! I also love the trim around the bodice's neckline. Do you have any pics of the hat?

BTW, you both look great!
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Postby tinman815 » Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:08 pm

I also want to know how you did the collar, and the "layered" look to the vest front of the bodice.... So clean and simple, LOVE IT!! :P
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Postby Lioness » Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:38 pm

Those outfits are gorgeous! Could we gat a close up of that FABULOUS hat, please?
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Postby Kelly V » Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:24 pm

I love that colour of the dress! Wow it looks beautiul. Great job
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Postby valleyviolet » Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:12 am

How beautiful! You look like you both stepped right out of a movie. ;)

You did a lovely job tying the two costumes together, too. The burgundy around the jacket lapel is a particularly nice touch (binding, I assume?).

Do please show us a picture of your hat. :D
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Postby Sew Queen » Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:04 pm

Thank you all for your comments and compliments. Since you are interested, we took a few photos of the hat. For the party I had set my hair in pin curls so it looked more authentic when curly but I guess this will do...

http://trulyvictorian.com/gallery2/main ... temId=1252

The basque kind of designed itself while I was sewing. I had left over ruffle from the apron and it struck me as a brilliant collar alternative. I had also gotten some lace from a friend that had a scallop in the design so it complimented the ruffled collar once I cut the scallop out. As for the layered "vest", it really has two layers. Since I don't own a corset, I wanted the basque to be VERY fitted and as rigid as possible so I used hook and eye closures up the front and then the outer layer just fastened in the center to give it a more decorative appearance.

Like I said before, this was so fun and all of you are "sew" inspiring with your projects...this is only the tip of the iceberg for me now. :D
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Postby Elin » Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:45 am

I love the way your dress looks, especially from the back. The trim on your hat is amazing. Did you construct it (meaning the "wing") yourself or was it bought? I have noticed that stores that sell supplies for fly-fishing have lots of feathers, whole wings and sometimes whole bird skins but yours looks more like vintage millinery feathers since the wing is so beautifully spread out.
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Postby Sew Queen » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:57 am

Thanks Elin, you pegged the feathers...they are vintage millinery, from the 1940's I think. The staw bouquet is as well. The store in LA (California Millinery Supply on Spring St.) that I got them from has a huge inventory of vintage trims. It is a very fun place to putz around.
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Postby Lioness » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:40 pm

Lovely hat! It's nice to know we will be seeing more of your Fabulous creations. Besides, you wouldn't be a spectacle...you'd be a VISION!
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Re: Our "Deadwood" costumes

Postby shpgr1977 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:24 pm

I can't see the pic. :cry:
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Re: Our "Deadwood" costumes

Postby kellydofc » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:46 pm

Me either :( and everyone is praising the outfit so much I really want to!
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Re: Our "Deadwood" costumes

Postby Madamekat » Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:51 pm

I could see them when they were first posted, but now it's saying I don't have permission to view them.
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Re: Our "Deadwood" costumes

Postby 7brides7brothers » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:19 am

I cannot see the picture either! I am very sad because its a Deadwood theme! I live near there and know all the history so I am excited to see the dress!

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