As I’m moving steadily through the Edwardian project, I’m thinking ahead as to what my plans are for the future. There are lots of cool ideas out there and I wanted to narrow it down a little bit, as well as give you a preview of some of the things you might see discussed on this blog at some point.
Also, after the Edwardian dress, I only plan on making one more project for myself. First of all, my closet is getting full! Secondly, I want to get experience working with various body types so I can easily make stuff for other people, and perhaps eventually get to the point where I can sell things and make money.
The first category: Historical. Here are the other eras besides Edwardian that I want to try:
- 1920s. This is the last thing I will make for myself, for now anyway. This is the perfect era for my body type- boxy, curveless, flat chested, long and slender arms and legs. I could pull off the 20s look flawlessly!
- 18th century. The noble and royal fashion in the 1700s is really quirky and cool, with the tall hairdos, rectangle-shaped skirts, and unique corset shapes. I’m fond of that era in general because of things like Mozart and the American Revolution.
- A 1940s bathing suit. In the 40s, swimsuits were really adorable and flattering but not slutty! Today they could pass for just normal summer wear.
- 1830s. The Victoria show really inspired me here! (See previous post for more about the 1830s.)
- Other eras to consider (I would probably pick one of these): Tudor/Elizabethan, 1930s, or 1860s. The Tudor era silhouette is really interesting, 1930s are the most classy and timeless dresses ever, and the 1860s are famous for those giant skirts!
Next category: Cosplays. I have enough cosplays for myself, but you never know which one of my friends might want me to help them make an amazing cosplay! Here are some specific things I do not want to miss.
- A classic Disney Princess cosplay. Somebody that could have a very big hoop skirt, like Cinderella or Belle. I’ve been wanting to make a classic princess dress for quite some time!
- I’m still wanting to do a Lord of the Rings Elven cosplay for somebody who looks more like Arwen or Galadriel than I do! Particularly Arwen’s purple Requiem gown or Galadriel’s white gown from The Hobbit. This would be perfect for someone who’s much more of a LoTR fan than I am.
- A genderbend cosplay of Enjolras from Les Miserables might be really cool! His 19th century red coat/revolutionary look would be fun to work with.
- That’s about all I feel a pressing need to do as far as cosplaying goes. Star Wars has the best things to cosplay from, and I already have two very good Star Wars costumes!
The final category is purely artistic/wearable art sort of stuff:
- A fiber optic dress. These things are super cool! People incorporate glow-in-the-dark lights into a dress to give a really awesome look.
- I had this idea for a magnificent fairy costume, in which the main focus is the wings. The wings would be represented by a massive cape, supported in the back and looking like folded up wings, probably made of delicate sheer fabric on which I would do some beading or embroidery. Maybe it would have some wiring. You know how big a butterfly’s wings are in proportion to its body? That’s how big this cape/wing structure would be in proportion to the person wearing it.
- A sheer corset. I have no idea what sort of sheer fabric is strong enough to be a corset, but I intend to find out! They look awesome! Look at this one, it is sheer on one side and beaded with red rhinestones, to look like blood.
- Another idea I had was for a gothic cathedral-inspired corset. The long, slender, delicate boning channels of my Edwardian corset reminded me of the long vertical lines of a gothic cathedral! I was imagining a beige corset with very long, pronounced boning channels, and maybe some seams that look like pointed arches, and embroidery that looks like stained glass.
Overall, I think my niche in sewing is more corset-based than anything. It’s extremely technical and creative at the same time, and a corset has so many health benefits! I want to make as many as I can for myself and for others.
Looking forward to more projects in the future! Thanks for reading!