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Tribute to Fairy Tales

Ombre Belle

My twist on Belle’s classic ballgown. Ombre is my favorite technique, so I wanted to include it here. It’s most prominent in the pleated georgette swags, and there’s a slight airbrushed ombre in the middle panel of the bodice. Tulle, georgette, and hand-made ribbon flowers adorned with pearls and gems decorate the neckline. An ornate, metallic gold lace decorates the middle bodice and the hem of the tulle layer of the skirt. Each swag is pleated onto a gold satin ribbon ending in gold roses. An antiqued golden bronze necklace completes the look.

Esmerelda

Esmeralda’s skirt and accessories! This commissioned piece includes a purple petticoat to keep the costume full, a periwinkle circle skirt that flares out when dancing, a simple head scarf, and an elaborate embroidered skirt scarf trimmed in real metal coins.

 

Ariel

This has always been one of my favorite costumes. It’s simple, but the sparkle is enchanting. I layered a heavily sequined silver fabric underneath a sheer purple netting encrusted with tiny rainbow gems. To add even more sparkle, I stitched many sequins, paillettes, pearls, beads, gems, etc. along the bust and slit in the skirt. I felt like she needed an accessory, so I created a starfish hair comb encrusted with lots of sparkling things :) I photographed it in different types of lighting because it really transforms depending on the light.

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Ariel (Little Mermaid) Wig

Ariel's Sail Dress

Ariel’s Sail Dress from The Little Mermaid ~ This ensemble was sewn entirely by hand! I also distressed and airbrushed the costume to look like the sail and rope were worn and aged by the sea. Ariel’s ensemble changes a bit in this scene from something very bulky and unflattering ( http://bit.ly/1JbAa5z ) to something that looks like a very modern dress ( http://bit.ly/1Mj5Mp0 ) — I’ve seen the ‘modern’ version done a bit, but it’s just too simple and unrealistic for my taste… yet I didn’t want to go full-on copying the unflattering look. I went somewhere in-between and tried to put my spin on it. It closes in the back with snaps – the ropes are hidden behind the muslin to look like they wrap around, but they’re actually separate pieces so it’s easy to get into the dress! This will be for sale after I use it for a photoshoot.

The Evil Queen

Commission inspired by the ensemble the evil queen wears in episode 3×02 (“Lost Girl”) of Once Upon a Time. A vinyl corset belt, delicate silver & black webbing at the sleeve ends, and a leathery reptilian textured fabric throughout.

Red Riding Hood

A recreation of Ruby/Red’s ensemble from “Once Upon a Time”. The corset is made from a brown and gold ribbed fabric, trimmed with black and red lace, and decorated with gold flossing. The creamy cotton peasant blouse has chantilly lace in the center and inlaid in the sleeves. The heavy velvet cape is made from the same fabric used on the original costume, and boasts a luxurious scarlet silky lining.

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Day of the Dead inspired jewelry for sale – one of a kind pieces!

Available in the Etsy shop while they last!  Don’t miss your chance at owning a unique piece of Enchanted Sea jewelry.  Only one available in each style.

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this necklace has beautiful stone-carved skulls and resin flowers in all shades of the rainbow.  The small colored beads and black beads are also stone, too, and give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic.

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this necklace has beautiful stone-carved skulls and resin flowers in all shades of the rainbow. The small colored beads and black beads are also stone, too, and give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic.

Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos Bracelet ~ Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this bracelet has beautiful stone-carved skulls in all shades of the rainbow, intertwined with floral painted stone beads.  These give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic. The beads are strung on an elastic cord and one size fits most wrists.

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this bracelet has beautiful stone-carved skulls in all shades of the rainbow, intertwined with floral painted stone beads. These give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic. The beads are strung on an elastic cord and one size fits most wrists.

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this bracelet has beautiful stone-carved skulls and resin flowers in hues of purple and lime, intertwined with floral painted stone beads.  These give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic. The beads are strung on an elastic cord.

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this bracelet has beautiful stone-carved skulls and resin flowers in hues of purple and lime, intertwined with floral painted stone beads. These give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic. The beads are strung on an elastic cord.

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this bracelet has beautiful stone-carved skulls and resin flowers in hues of bright blue and orange, intertwined with floral painted stone beads.  These give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic. The beads are strung on an elastic cord

Inspired by signature elements of Day of the Dead, this bracelet has beautiful stone-carved skulls and resin flowers in hues of bright blue and orange, intertwined with floral painted stone beads. These give a more elegant and “real” look than plastic. The beads are strung on an elastic cord.

Recent Wigs

Getting better and better at getting the styling accurate and consistent.  As always, you can order your custom length and shade of hair at our Etsy store, enchantedseastudio.etsy.com.

 

Long Length, Dark Brown

Long Length, Dark Brown


Long Length, Spanish Brown

Long Length, Spanish Brown

Regular length, Dark Brown

Regular length, Dark Brown


Regular length, Sandy Brown

Regular length, Sandy Brown

Regular Length, Ash Blonde

Regular Length, Ash Blonde


 

Tons of New Stuff Added! Many things for sale :)

Check to see if any of these are still available at http://enchantedseastudio.etsy.com!

 Made from a silky yet textured poly stretch tafetta blend, with a beautiful luster. I don't generally use tafetta, but this one reminded me so much of silk rather than normal tafettas. It's nice and crisp, with varied tones and a slight texture like dupioni.  My wishing cloaks include a hair pin sewn into the top center of the hood, so it stays atop your head when needed. This is done in stage costumes like the real one in Phantom.  The scarf is a lovely, super-soft scarlet knit with matching 6" chainette fringe.

Made from a silky yet textured poly stretch tafetta blend, with a beautiful luster. I don’t generally use tafetta, but this one reminded me so much of silk rather than normal tafettas. It’s nice and crisp, with varied tones and a slight texture like dupioni. My wishing cloaks include a hair pin sewn into the top center of the hood, so it stays atop your head when needed. This is done in stage costumes like the real one in Phantom. The scarf is a lovely, super-soft scarlet knit with matching 6″ chainette fringe.

 

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Moon Goddess Crown

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Sherlock Necklace

 

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Free Gifts During the Month of February!

During the month of February, purchase anything in the Etsy shop and receive one of these gifts!  Your choice of gift, while supplies last!  No code needed, just write in which gift you’d like during checkout in the “special notes” section.

Reminiscent of "Beauty and the Beast", or just a romantic symbol - this necklace is simple yet elegant.

Rose Necklace ~ Reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast”, or just a romantic symbol – this necklace is simple yet elegant.

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A deep red gem is flanked by glass crystals atop a filigree base.  A single heart dangles from the front.

Valentine Circlet ~A deep red gem is flanked by glass crystals atop a filigree base. A single heart dangles from the front.

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Delicate black lace and scarlet ribbon are decorated with miniature red roses.

Red Rose Choker ~ Delicate black lace and scarlet ribbon are decorated with miniature red roses.

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A dual purpose circlet and choker, this accessory is made from a velvet ribbon base and is decorated with crystal-centered ribbon flowers.

Velvet Diamond Circlet/Choker~ A dual purpose circlet and choker, this accessory is made from a velvet ribbon base and is decorated with crystal-centered ribbon flowers.

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Star Princess Accessories

Custom resin stars encrusted with rhinestones and crystals adorn a steel base. A crescent moon sits atop the middle and sprouts stars and crystals from its' center. The tiara has combs near the back that hold it in place and the moon can be tilted/adjusted. The stars and moon are wired and soldered onto the base to be extra sturdy!

Custom resin stars encrusted with rhinestones and crystals adorn a steel base. A crescent moon sits atop the middle and sprouts stars and crystals from its’ center. The tiara has combs near the back that hold it in place and the moon can be tilted/adjusted. The stars and moon are wired and soldered onto the base to be extra sturdy!

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Matching the tiara, this mask on stick matches the icy blue moon and is decorated with a variety of custom resin stars, rhinestones, and crystals. A wire armature is hidden around the back edge of the mask to attach the wired strands to, and the dowel is spiral-covered in silver ribbon.

Matching the tiara, this mask on stick matches the icy blue moon and is decorated with a variety of custom resin stars, rhinestones, and crystals. A wire armature is hidden around the back edge of the mask to attach the wired strands to, and the dowel is spiral-covered in silver ribbon.

 

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Star Princess UK Boots ~ Created from plain black boots, many layers of leather paint and other specialty paint were applied as well as a top coat. An extended tongue was made, painted, and attached to the shoe’s shorter tongue. Custom dyed laces adorn the front.

Star Princess UK Boots ~ Created from plain black boots, many layers of leather paint and other specialty paint were applied as well as a top coat. An extended tongue was made, painted, and attached to the shoe’s shorter tongue. Custom dyed laces adorn the front.

Creating Resin Stars from Start to Finish

Not shown – sculpting and moldmaking.

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PART I – Resin Casting

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PART 2 – Trimming Edges

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PART 3 – Priming, Painting, Sealing

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PART 4 – Drilling Holes

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Part 4 B. A much closer look at where I drill the holes.

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PART 5 – Rhinestones

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Part 5. Rhinestones x a million. I need an intern… :)

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PART 6 – Crystals

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Part 6: AB Faceted Glass Crystals <3

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Wishing Gown #3: UK Replica!

This commission was inspired by the West End / UK version of Christine Daae's Wishing Gown.  The appliques are custom-embroidered, and each tassel is hand-stitched.  Trims were woven together, dyed, and layered on.  The delightful fabric's pattern is worked in different ways - a chevron pattern in the front drapery, pleated hems and cuffs, and to compliment the curves of the bodice.  It is simplistic yet extremely complex and decadent at the same time!

This commission was inspired by Christine Daae’s Victorian Gown in The Phantom of the Opera.  It differs from the US version with it’s trimmings – most notably, the appliques in the bodice, woven trims, and many tassels arranged in tiers!

The bodice is the most complex piece.  This is partially due to how many trimmings are on it, but also because the pattern of the fabric must be cut extremely carefully to either line up, or compliment to bodice. Each piece has to be cut separately, in the same direction, and to match up.  It takes twice as much fabric and triple to quadruple the amount of time to cut!

This bodice is heavily lined and boned with flat steel boning and spiral steel boning, both within in lining and throughout the seams.  It closes in the front with a series of large snaps and the small bow is detachable.

There are three areas of luscious cobalt velvet – the collar, the faux vest front, and the “cuffs” at the back of the sleeves.  They are all adorned with custom-embroidered appliques and hand-stitched down onto the velvet.  They are all trimmed in various trims; the collar in white, the sleeve cuffs in all 4 trims seen on the skirt; and the faux vest trimmed at the sides in a custom-woven silver and cobalt trim.

There are 4 (or 5, depending on how you break it down) main trimmings seen prevalently on the costume. They appear in rows: the top being a woven white scroll braid, followed by navy velvet ribbon, followed by another row of woven white scroll braid, and the last trim.  The last trim is a looped fringe that is dyed to compliment the light blue tassels.  Although it looks like a home decor trim with tassels attached, the tassels are actually stitched on separately (painstakingly!) in small tiers.  The supplier of these tassels have them originally about 1/3″ longer and with a loop at the top, so each one has to be trimmed at both the top and bottom to be shorter.

The sleeves have an incredibly decadent cuff – the underlayer/engageante of chantilly lace, with a pleated cuff overtop.  Then a small back cuff of the decorated/appliqued velvet, and rows of trimmings.  Simple from far away; very complex when studied closely.  Lace is also seen around the neckline, but it is of a different (yet complimentary) style, ruffled and attached.

The skirt carries many more yards of fabric than one might think. The back waterfall drapery is about 6 yards and has the most yardage of trimmings.  It is almost a crescent moon shape that is then carefully folded on itself and secured.

The side draperies are also trimmed in the 4 (5) trims, and the front drapery is special: in this version it is cut on the bias to form a chevron pattern.  It is hemmed in pleated fabric and the trims seen in the rest of the costume.

To hold up the very heavy skirt, there are special underpinnings: a large bustle pad and a special Victorian elliptical hoop skirt made for bustle dresses.  Unlike a large elliptical hoop skirt of an earlier period, or a normal A-line hoop skirt, this bustle-friendly hoop skirt is skinny at the sides (when looking straight on) and very flared out in the back to accommodate heavy trains/bustles.  The support is needed; if one was to use a economical A-line skirt, it would be pushed forward from the heavy weight of the train and look very incorrect.

The bodice and skirt are met in the middle back with a charming oversized bow, trimmed and filled with crinoline.

I include loops in the skirt and train to be lifted and carried on the wrist when walking over perilous mud puddles (!) if any were to come across a lady’s path.

I went way over-budget on my hours for this costume which surprised me!  I thought I’d save time because I had a few things like the front, side, and back drapery patterns already drafted from a previous wishing gown.  But I ran into a few hiccups seeking out one or two of the materials, extra time altering them, and had to spend extra time on mockups to get the perfect fit. I also hand-stitched in channels in the seams for boning – I like this effect better than just the boning in the interlining like I normally do.  However it took far more time than I was used to, since I normally do it with a machine.  This is probably the first time I’ve copied a commission (did the same version of a dress) and spent way MORE hours on it than the first – usually I can find more efficient ways to do things the second time around – but each commission is unique! All in all, it took more time, but it’s always worth it :) I’ll probably be more efficient on the next wishing gown.

 

Winter Crowns! 3 for sale, 1 for a giveaway!

Check the Facebook page for news about the giveaway on the Rustic Winter Crown!

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How to Make a Large Bow

(Commonly referred to as a butt bow in the Phantom costuming world!) These large bows are commonly found on the lower back of bodices but could be used elsewhere, including skirt or you can shrink them down to put on the front bodice or your hair!

For smaller bows that don’t require support, skip steps 9 and 14. Step 2 is optional as well and can be skipped if you’re using a regular or heavy weight fabric. (And adjust your pattern pieces smaller / to your preference).

For large bows, follow the whole tutorial :) there’s a few extra steps from how a smaller bow is constructed that help support the largeness of it.

Materials needed:

  • Fashion fabric (amount will depend on the size of your bow)
  • Fusible interfacing (amount will depend on the size of your bow)
  • Nylon netting remnants
  • Needle & thread (matching fashion fabric color)

Step One: Cut your fabric and interfacing pieces.  There are TWO main pieces to the bow: the actual bow, and the middle tie (referred to as the “knot”).  For my bow which is roughly 9″ tall by 18″ wide, I have a large piece for the bow measuring 19″ x 37″. I used 5/8″ seams (but for my math to be correct, you’d have to use 1/2″ seams. I wanted to keep the numbers easy).  The knot piece measures 9″ x 9″.  You also want to cut matching fusible interfacing pieces.

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Step Two: Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of each piece.

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Step Three: Fold the bow in half.  The shorter sides are your sides of the bow, and the top is going to be the middle. (Lengthwise across the bow).  Make sure your fabric is in the correct position if it has a complicated pattern like this one.

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Step Four: Stitch the long side, but leave about 3″ in the middle of the seam unstitched. (Shown with a pin). Make sure you back tack on each line of stitching.

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Step Five: Fold the piece as shown, where the seam is now in the center of the bow.  This will be your center back, and the seam will be hidden from view.  Press the seam.

 

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Step Six: Stitch the side seams.

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Step Seven: Turn the bow inside out from the small hole you have in the center of the long seam.

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Step Eight: Press flat.

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Step Nine: Cut two pieces of stiff netting or crinoline the size of your “finished” bow.  This is just about half of that original bow piece (so I used about 9″ x  18″ pieces).  Stuff these pieces in through the opening of the bow and try to get them to lay flat.

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Step Ten: Using a needle & thread… slipstitch, or just stitch, the seam opening closed.  This is the back of the bow so you won’t see the seam if you don’t want to be all fancy and slip-stitch it.  Just get it closed somehow :)

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Step Eleven: Using a needle & thread, run a row of large gathering stitches down the center of the bow.  Pull/tighten.  Secure the last stitch to keep the gathers in place.

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Step Twelve: Take the knot piece and fold in half.  Sew the long side seam.

 

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Step Thirteen: Press the seam open.  Move it to the center like we did with the seam in step five. This will hide your seam in the center back.  Then turn the knot inside out and press again.

 

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Step Fourteen: You can skip this step if you want and go on to step 15!  If you’d like the knot to be a little fancy, you can put pleats in the ends.  Stitch the pleats, and press.

 

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Step Fifteen: Wrap the knot around the gathered part of the bow.  Hand stitch the knot making sure this seam is in the back of the bow, not shown in front.

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You did it!

Now, to attach the bow:  Some people just stitch the bow on to the bodice (or wherever), but if your bodice separates in the back with a corset or zipper, I recommend using snaps so the bow is removable!