Thursday, 28 November 2013

Yet more glitter

Excitement here in S.Q.H.Q. My shipment of glitter has arrived! Crystal Iris Jewels and Squares to be precise. If ever you need any type of glitter then I can't recommend Flints Theatrical Chandlers

This is what 500g of glitter looks like

Monday, 25 November 2013

It Has Begun

It's starting to get really sparkly in here. Had first fitting with the Snow Queen herself on Friday. Now have to prepare her costume and Kay's and Gerda's for promotional photos next Tuesday. It feels good to be actually making a start. There is only so much research you can do! I do have an awful lot of things to make but with my team of wonderful volunteers, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I think I still need more glitter though. You can never have enough glitter!

The beginnings of the wig

Detail of the Snow Queen's entrance cloak

Friday, 8 November 2013

A snowy dress fit for a queen

Tentative steps.

This is the costume I've wanted to make all my professional life and now I get to make it and I don't know where to begin! I do have some guidelines to help. I can't be completely white as it would get lost in the set so I'm thinking a base under dress of white satin with an overlay of silver mesh. Also, thinking of a cloak of ice blue velvet with grey fur trimming and white satin lining. The actress has mentioned that she doesn't fancy anything too figure hugging and I really like the idea of textures and layers and trying to avoid the evil queen stereotypes. So I'm making samples and sketching for the first time in years

Playing with fabrics and textures

The Snow Queen's boots

The first of many sketchy ideas
I love the fluid textures here. It looks very icy but isn't white ('Morphos' from world of wearable art website)

Next step, a few more sketches and a consultation with the actress. Knock up a toile and get cracking. There will be a lot of sparkles to sew on!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Of braid and sparkles and polar bears......

The time has come to begin what I have been looking forward to all year. Time to stop pinning and looking at pretty pictures. Time to make decisions, write lists and start sewing and constructing and assembling. All this is easier said than done. But where to start? How about a box full of braid?

To get an idea about how all this treasure will be put to use, just take a look at my Pinterest board for the Snow Queen

No better place to start than with the Snow Queen herself and so my next post will cover the first steps in realising her costume.....