19th Century Costuming for Those Who Dream of the Past
1872 March Godey’s Lady’s Book
September 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM
My friends and I regularly make out own costumes (cosplay) and this time, I’m working on something new. It’s for a show from BBC called Dr.Who. I am attempting to make a human TARDIS cosplay and since they are time travelers, I was trying to get some aspects of multiple time periods(mainly past), but still have it be elegant in its own way. I currently have a corset and the skirt part of it, I am currently working on the bustle(thank you by the way, your tutorial gave me some great ideas), and I am having a small top hat type hair clip being commissioned. I was wondering if you knew if it’s possible to still make the bustle as puffy without a wire, pad, or tulle underneath(I can easily still get some tulle if necessary)
Two other things, it there any way to make a simple petticoat to give the skirt a bit more volume? I honestly don’t know where to start
And finally, with what I have right now, there would be no shoulder straps or sleeves, but I still want it to be nice looking so I was going to do a small jacket or something. Is there a specific style I could go with? I was thinking a ruffled bolero, but I’m nt quite sure
Jennifer Rosbrugh says
September 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM
Sounds like a fun project! The only way I could think of to make a bustle pouf more *without* the usual means would be to use stiff fabric like silk taffeta or cotton organdy that have a natural stiffness that holds shapes. You could spray or dip it in a fabric stiffener too. For petticoats, you could wear two or three for additional skirt support.
Good luck Tuesday!
September 20, 2013 at 2:44 AM
Sounds cool. Do you have a blog?
I’m making a historical doctor who cosplay too. Going for Edwardian TimeLady look. Its for the 50th doctor who celebration at the Excel.
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