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Thursday, 28 April 2016

1790s Black and Gold Turban

Here is a project I managed to finish in a couple of days. It was very fun and relaxing, all except for how sore my hands are now from hand-sewing! In all, I'm pretty happy with my results despite the base being rather flimsy due to all the weight of the fabric. So much, that I wish turbans were in fashion today! I've been wearing it around the house and probably terrified the cleaner when I ran around the corner and bumped into her wearing it, haha!
It was very quick and fairly easy due to instructions and blog posts on the web - I used Frolicking Frocks' post as inspiration - so I'm very pleased. Initially, I thought it would have to be a project I put off until my open robe was done.

Firstly I cut a circle 14 inches in diameter as Natalie suggests, and gathered it to a piece of bias I made (from a thick ribbon ironed like a piece of bias binding), the size of the circumference of my head. This made a shower-cap type of hat style, which became the base for wrapping and draping the other fabrics over the top, and also leaves a circle of fabric at the top so that it looks more like a turban.
I twisted my black ribbon with the spotted taffeta quite tightly and coiled it around the base, pinning and (I have to admit) glue-gunning as I went. I tacked it in places and glued it in others, where there was too much fabric to baste down.
Then I wrapped a piece of corded trim around between the coils of the turban, slipped feathers between a gap in the turban, and stitched little pearls over the places where the tacking was visible.
Lastly, I stitched the other side of the bias by hand to the inside of the hat.

Additionally, here is a photo of my open robe in progress!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

More Details of Florida

Dragon breathing fire at Gringotts. This is my Dad's photo - I failed to catch the fire in time!

Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom.

An exhibition on kawaii culture at Epcot Japan.

A cut out of Glinda the Good Witch that I found at Gods and Monsters. I was very excited to see her dress in quality and detail!

Details from Florida

My family and I went to Orlando, Florida for two weeks, and while I can't summon the energy to write about the whole trip just yet, here are some photos I took that I rather like.

We stayed in the Hard Rock Hotel and this was the first photo I took there.

 Outside the Mummy ride at Universal Studios. I love this ride and went on it four times!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. This place is so atmospheric that I want to live here. Gringotts ride was really fun, and had my favourite characters Bellatrix and Voldemort. The Forbidden Journey is the best, too!

Looking out for crocodiles on an airboat ride at Wild Florida.

 The Great Movie Ride, featuring (my favourite film ever) The Wizard of Oz!

Splurging Far Too Much in Florida

Hello, sorry it's been a long time since I've posted! I've been away to Florida for two weeks - it's been amazing!
Holiday photos are to come, but first I thought I'd share some of the items I've bought whilst on holiday. Most of this was bought with my birthday and Christmas money for the past two years, as where I live doesn't really have many material things that catch my interest enough to buy them, and therefore I save for long periods of time. My parents also bought some things for me as a gift, such as the fabric, seeing as it "keeps me out of trouble". ;) Idle hands make work for the devil, as a lady in Jo-Ann's Fabrics said, after all!

Cinderella's carriage charm and necklace from Pandora, to wear everyday and with my Lolita coordinates.

Fabrics! I got; some gold taffeta with black embroidered spots and some black ribbon for my 1790s open robe, three yards of teal spotted chiffon for a 1920s one-hour dress, and some brown suiting fabric with a thin teal stripe for a future Victorian child's dress.

Japanese candy from Epcot.

Wizard of Oz photos from the Old Town.

Kira Imai postcards from Epcot.

Jasmine Becket-Griffith postcards that I've collected from all over the Disney parks.

A book on the Haunted Mansion, my favourite ride at Disney, a mixed media magazine and an ornate copy of the Wizard of Oz books 1-5 from Barnes and Nobles, and the art book of Jasmine Becket-Griffith, whose art I've recently discovered and absolutely love!