Heather's Fine Couture Sewing Blog

Heather's Fine Couture designs and creates custom costumes of all types, specicalizing in ballet costumes.
This blog is intended to share my thoughts, inspiration, and progress on my past, current, and future projects.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Progress, progress!

I have made a lot of progress on the Alice costumes.  Unfortunately it has been slowed a bit due to illnesses recently.  I am hoping to take advantage of the weekend and get a lot of work done. 

The Queen of Hearts costume is nearly complete.  It just needs a collar, zipper, hem, and more embellishment.  I found perfect shoes to complete the outfit.  My main inspiration for this was the Elizabethan era.  Obviously it is not true to the period, but I wanted to give the impression of a very fussy, very extravagant queen.  I really want it to be over the top and gaudy.
The red fabric is a velvet-flocked taffeta, and the black is begaline
Bodice with embellishment
Original Queen rendering


Perfect Shoes!

 This one is my Alice costume.  I wanted it to be very whimsical and young looking.  I have a very large square dance dress skirt underneath to hold it out.  The challenge will be turning in all that fabric.   The darker blue fabric is begaline, and the lighter blue is a crinkled light weight satin.  This picture does not show the embellishment, but this costumes has been completed.

Original rendering

I have recently begun constuction on the White Rabbit costume.  This will be a long bell-shaped tutu with the bodice pictured below.  The tutu is in the early stages of sewing all the layers of tulle on.  I am not sure what I am doing with the embellishment yet.....
The White Rabbit tutu in progress

White Rabbit Bodice

So that is where I'm at now.  I feel somewhat confident timewise with my workload at this point.  We just can't get sick anymore!!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Queen of Hearts....

The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts....

Major progress has begun on the Alice in Wonderland costumes.  So far I have fit three of them, and the Queen of Hearts is nearly ready for construction.  The fabrics have all been selected for the most part, and I just feel like I am moving along.

Of course that being said, it just seems as though when I am comfortable with my workload, something else comes along.  I will be constructing two classical tutus and a romantic tutu for Sunking Dance.  I am happy to do it, and I think I can get it all done.  There may be some late nights in the future.....