This part is about making both headpieces and fixing the gloves.
Starting with the gloves, I searched everywhere in town for satin gloves, and the only gloves that had a satin look were some cheap costume gloves from a costume shop. Since there wasn’t enough time to make gloves or enough time to buy them online I just purchased the white costume gloves. I made a coffee bath for the gloves, and then a tea bath for them. I wanted them an ivory cream color and not stark white. I left them in the baths for thirty minutes, removed them from the water and set them to dry overnight on a towel. The next day I put them in the washer and dryer. They ended up a little more beige pink than planned, but you cannot really tell in the pictures. The only other thing that I needed to do was to shorten the length. I shortened them by 2.5 to 3 inches. That finished the gloves.
For the headpiece I purchased about 5 inches of the cream peach skin. Cut that into 4 strips. Pinned two strips together and sewed down each of the strips length wise. Folding out the piece and turning the seams inward was the most time consuming of the process. I took a safety-pin, stuck it to the outside and then painstakingly put it through the loop. Fold down the edges inward, sew closed. After ironing the headband flat, I marked where the beading will start and end, then sewed a line down the center to make a placement for the beads. This made the beading process easier. Then the next hour or two I spent beading the headpiece. Once again you do not have to follow the same beading process I did. That is optional. When the beading is done, the first headpiece is finished.
Here is what the headpiece looks like.
Second headpiece was easier. I already owned a metal piece for setting stones into it. Kind of like a filigree stamping, but this one has a place to inlay a stone in the center. I used a pearl shell I purchased at a bead shop, and gemstones that were purchased at another bead shop. To set these into the headpiece you will need to use an E6000 type of glue or a jewelry glue. When you use this type of glue make sure to wear a mask or stay in a well ventilated area. The only other thing to add to the headpiece left is a clamp to secure it to your hair.
The last thing I did for this costume was to buy the necklace set online. I purchased an Indian Bollywood style necklace set. I bought matching chain to turn the headpiece of the set into a slave style bracelet that Inara wears with her jewelry. Because I found the earrings to be a bit heavy, I took off the extra bling and used earring hooks to replace the straight earrings. They were still a bit too heavy for my ears and I just bought a gold and pearl set of earrings instead.
By some miracle of a chance I was able to find gold shoes the day before a con for the low price of 18 dollars. It was the only pair of gold shoes in all the shops I went to.
I will say this, if I were to wear this again, which I will at some point, then I will make the gloves from scratch.
That is all for this series of post on this costume of Inara Serra. I hope you enjoyed reading the process and found it informative. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. And thank you.