I've taken on a bit of commission work for Malophyte and her good freind V. Since their store is having a HUGE Harry Potter release party, and everyone is dressing up, they wanted to commission me for some robes. Surprisingly, I'm not making Hogwart's robes, though. I was kind of surprised that they wanted custom made robes for a Harry Potter event, but didn't want them accurate to the Harry Potter costumes XD Since I know at least one of them plans to wear it on other occassions, though, I can see why she didn't want strictly Harry Potter.. but still. Custom tailored garment & not a recreation of a garment for this kind of event?? I'm surprised!
So, I'm working on getting it finished today. I have to make a robe and a cloak. The robe is almost finished. I need to trim& hem the bottom seam, and attach a frog closure on the front, and it should be set. It's a black robe with a black satin lining. The outer portion is a rather heavy, scratchy black upholstery material. There's no pattern on it, but it was the closest we found (in stock) to a nice twill suiting, and it was on clearance for 3 bucks a yard.
When we were looking through there, I found some gorgeous antique gold-colored decorator satin for 10 dollars a yard. It's really thick, and feels soft without being too slippery. I would say it's closer in texture to a bridal satin than the casa satins they normally stock. I think this stuff will be a lot easier to work with, too. D: So pretty!! I bought 6 yards with one costume in mind, but it's a costume I've always wanted to do and never been able to find the correct fabrics... so I really don't think it's anywhere near completion. This is because I haven't been able to find the perfect yellow/gold upholstery print for it yet. If I really get serious about the costume, I might make a trip to Dallas to go to Golden D'Hor and look around there.
I felt stupid, though, because I bought this gold fabric for somthing I wasn't going to work on immediately, but I didn't buy any red satin or red cord trim for this other project I'm working on. I bought this really pretty asian dress over a year ago, but the bottom was different than I was expecting it to be. I bought it on ebay from this one seller that I was already buying somthing from. The dress looked like it flared out at the bottom, and it did.. but not the way I though it did. So, it was a bit tighter around the hips than I wanted it to be. So, I decided to slit it up the sides and put a red satin circle skirt underneath. For those of you who have played Guilty Gear, I guess the closest description I can think of is somthing similar to Jam Kurodoberry's outfit, but not as short. I tried it on with my rabi skirt underneath to get an idea of what it would look like, and I think it'll be nice. I need to get satin instead of that weird stuff I made the rabi skirt from, and I don't think I'm going to need a big petticoat. We'll see. I wish I had bought some red satin while I was there.. and the trim I need.. instead of spending a ton of money on that gold satin.. but... chances are, I wouldn't be able to find the gold again when I'm ready to work with it.. and the red satin I can get anywhere.