fabric: I searched for
months to find a fabric with the strength to give the body the
costumes needed, but would have the beautiful pattern on them that
you see in the episode. When I couldn't find anything similar, I
settled on a denim I found in the exact shade of pink-but still
needed to somehow get the beautiful design.
Celtic Knot Design: I
toyed with the idea of creating a stamp-but nothing was big enough
or strong enough. Then I thought of painting on the designing
by hand, but figured out that it would take several hours for each
garment. Finally I hit on the idea of using a stencil from a
quilt stenciling website-which had a design that was nearly perfect.
After the pink denim was cut, the design was painted on.
After the garments were sewn together, the red jewels (found on the
Garment Design: I spent many,
many hours (even days, LOL) going frame by frame thru my episodes
from the show trying to figure out exactly the line of the different
costumes for the different members of the wedding party. The final
garments were made of a combination of patterns for pajamas, robes,
Halloween and historical costumes, with a dash of 18th Century
evening gown costumes thrown in. Some work was finally just done
free hand. The men's costumes are essentially
a pajama pattern (made in the red satin) and a non closing jacket
pattern made in the pink denim. The Chiana costume is
a straight skirt and square top in satin, and a bolero jacket in the
denim. The Empress costume is a basic dress
(satin), with a flared cape in the denim. The Jenavia
costume is a basic straight dress (satin) and a jacket in
denim. The pattern used for the jacket was modified to mimic
the angled bottom hem and the almost bustle on the back. The Katralla
costume is a basic straight dress with an elastic neckline
(to leave the shoulders free) and puff sleeves to help puff the
outer cloak (satin). The outer cloak (denim) is a mixture of
pattern and free hand. The cloak is off the shoulder and
flares out floor length with puff sleeves, it has a few hooks to
keep it closed, and the "points" on the top were freehand.
accessories were created using a laundry basket,
plastic eggs and foam. All the hair accessories were made
cutting out the grids from a rectangular laundry basket. Using
the DVD, the pieces of basket were cut to match the patterns of the
particular character, then the pieces were boiled and then molded into
curves using bowls and vases. Then the pieces were spray painted
silver. Hair combs were wired to the pieces to stay in the hair.
The jewelry was made by using large plastic egg halves, spray
painted black. The patterns on the eggs and the background were
cut out using pictures as a guide and spray painted silver.
Everything was attached together and large "safety pins"
were attached to the back. The Empress has a black beads strung
on fishing line. Jenavia's necklace was hooked to a silver piece
of metal around her neck. Katralla's and the Empress's jewelry
was pinned to the cloaks. Chiana has gray makeup and a white wig to
complete that outfit. All the other women had white and red
makeup applied in a similar style as on the show.