The brood is super into Moana this year, so it made picking a holiday card theme pretty easy. It’s the first year I made all four costumes from scratch though, so it took a while. Thankfully they were all fairly simple.
Sorry for the delay getting the rest of this tutorial up! Getting our holiday card done ate my brain for the last 2 months. Ok, so back to making Moana’s top…
I made the top as a tube top with a shirred back piece.
I’m making Moana costumes this year for Halloween, so I thought I’d do a series of Moana costume tutorials on how I am modifying the official Disney costume.
To start with, I decided to re-make the top. I really like how the skirt looks, but I don’t like how the top requires straps to stay up and the top edge looks wrong. I figured it can’t be that hard to make a new top that is actually a tube top and has a shirred back for fit.
Today’s tutorial is on how I created the fabric for the top.
I needed pattern weights so I was doing some research into making or buying them. I found some really cute polymer clay ones on Etsy but I am world’s biggest klutz (like I run into walls on a regular basis), and anything made from sculpey is pretty much doomed around me. Then I remembered these cute plastic macaron boxes I had seen on Amazon that I could turn into pattern weights. Those would stand a good change of surviving an unexpected trip to the floor!
If you’re interested in making a set for yourself, here’s a super fast tutorial for making macaron pattern weights…
In May, I made an 18th century round gown to wear to Colonial Williamsburg. I’ll post photos later from the trip (assuming I ever catch up on photo processing), but I wanted to post a couple of quick photos of the dress.
A lot of people in the historical costuming community have made dresses using duvet covers and curtains from IKEA. I needed a breathable fabric for the heat of Williamsburg and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on fabric, so an IKEA duvet cover was a perfect choice.