Snake Witch – Part 1

Dress Diary Part 1

Background

The journey has finally begun! The theme of next year’s Your Wardrobe Competition is a character from literature.  Exciting, isn’t it?! I haven’t been able to decide on which character to go for, as I feel like I can’t go down the Jane Austen lane and yet another regency gown. Unfortunately the Elizabeth Gaskell characters are from particular years which I am not willing to spend a year on recreating and the wonderful characters of Dickens are of wrong ages for me. There are some sympathetic background characters in Astrid Lindgren’s books, but I have already made a competition piece inspired by her Edwardian teachers. I have already seen many go for my dear Tolkien characters. I thouhgt a while of making a dress for David Eddings’ Polgara.  Then there is a character in the Narnia book “The Silver Throne”, which actually has tickled my mind for many years – the snake witch! When I was a child I dreamed of designing a dress for her, but then I lacked the skill to carry it out. Now, as a member of the Stitchling Society, surrounded by true masters, I  think that I actually might be able to pull it through!

The Snake Witch

I read the passages with the witch again (in Swedish). She is obviously the most beautiful creature Prince Rilian has ever beheld. Haha! She is very slender, with curly hair and a little sparkly skin. Her dress is flowy, in a venomous green colour. 

I want to make a dress for this lovely lady! In order to get such a slim waist, I will need a corset with waist reduction and breast padding. As I like the victorian take on the medieval fashions, I  will make what I call a Medievorian dress. I will use my lightweight dupioni fabric from Buchara, hoping to create a flowy texture on top of the corset base.

Corset

I made a self drafted corset pattern by Cathy Hay’s tutorial, years ago. Because of lack of money and thus lack of the right materials I have never finished it. I have returned to it several times, though, and drawn cryptical lines… I believe I originally made it for giving 2″ waist reduction and some push up.

Here comes my several mockups.

These lines must have been for an Edwardian shape? The corset fitted like a glove, but gave no extra shape.
2nd mockup, with straight lower line, some waist reduction, but no extra room for breasts.
3d mockup with too big bust, and back skin spillage because of breast padding pulling the corset forward. I add 2 cm sloping waist
4th mockup much better, but I reduce the bust a little more and change bent steel boning for spiral steel at the bust. In the sides I add heavily bent steel boning.
4,5 mockup – almost perfect? Sloping waist, waist reduction and padding for the breasts.

Now I am ready for draping the foundation layer and then the dress on the corset mockup. Hopefully I will have time both for finishing the corset, the dress and accessories in time for the competition.

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