Friday, October 23, 2009

Foxy Costume: Fails and Wins.

Somehow between the crunch of getting Anton's Doublet finished and this weekend, I have managed to get my foxy gown done, sans a couple hooks and eyes here and there and wee little additions here and there.

Lets start with my chaos of the mask.

I bought the crackle kit I had my eye on. I bought the paint colors that I thought would work. I bought a substitute for gold leaf I found acceptable. I had a plan.

And it all. Seriously. Failed.

First, I had no idea how to use the crackle kit. The directions were less than helpful, and I was started to feel the stress.

Behold the plethora of products:



And my base color

These things combined would not make a crackle to be seen. Then I figured out after reading many a tutorial that i needed two colors. Oh. That would have been very helpful, directions!!

So I decided to make a base coat of gold and the russet would crackle over that. Worked great, kind of.

Then I tried to paint the black on the inside of the eyes, and the gold on the raised filigree. This did not work at all, so I just started throwing paint and gold on there and mushing it all about in frustration, then ended up with this.

So Im probably going to hot glue some pealrs around the edges and some jet beads or what have you and turn it into something somewhat presentable.

-DEPRESSED.- I do not do masks.

Enough of that, onto the dress.

I got bored and decided I needed something to do at work so I started beading the bodice with jet beads and tiny little pearls. Don't question my sanity, its done and it looks great.

Veeery subtle but nice.

I also did it more sparingly on the apron over skirt.

Then it was time for the final bits, the pleated ruffle on the bottom which I decided to do in knife pleats and not box pleats, which in the end proved to be a wise decision as I barely had enough.

It looked great, but I felt like it was missing something.


So I spent a day at work on the downtime sewing oh id say well over 100 pearls onto some lace. It also had a purpose besides looking pretty, it kept the lace tacked up so it didn't flop over like my regency gown.

Tada!! Now the gown is set, stunning, and as over the top as I can possibly make it. It is a ball gown after all and it is a masquerade afterall. I have just a few more additions to make, like this

And possibly some flowers on the sides of the over skirt. I know I will have some in my hair. I have to manage woodland y!!

Well thats all for now. I suppose I will have some event pictures somewhere down the line.


  1. Depressed you shouldn't be, Maggie! You mask looks amazing, like something you would see in Venice, and would pay big bucks for. Lovely gown, cannot wait to see it in person!

  2. I love it! And the mask looks fabulous! Are you going to wear ears?

    I'm so bummed I can't be there to see it :-(

  3. SOMEBODY got an award!