Cinderella Live Action 2015…You Shall Go To The Ball… Part Seven: Wig & Shoes (Petticoat Adjustments)

This one shall be an easy post. At least in the grand scheme of things. Let’s talk about the part that I thought would be the most challenging out of it all. And how wrong I was in saying it was impossible.

The wig, having never styled a wig before it, was a daunting task. I purchased a wig online from Wig Is Fashion. Great store for wigs, reasonably priced, fast shipping. Great quality. I purchased two lace front wigs. One for Cinderella and another for Commander Lexa. The colors I received were not what was pictured. The Lexa wig isn’t as dark as it appears on the website, so I was unable to use that for the character. And the Cinderella wig was not my shade of blonde. The color did match up really well with the photo though. But I have deep dark brown almost black hair, same with my eyebrows, which I tried very hard to lighten them. Didn’t work. Even blonde eyebrow pencils didn’t seem to work. They just looked darker. So I left them alone.

Back to the wigs. I have never styled, let alone worn a wig before. This was incredibly stressful. And I am glad I received guidance from my dear friend Simplyalexei. She showed me how to make the braids and she showed me how to style a wig by styling the braids of my Lexa wig for me. I watched closely how she did it. And then she told me how to set curls in the wig. What products to use. Everything. And then with that knowledge I went home feeling very much relieved.

I set a day of my time away for each wig. And Cinderella only took a couple of hours. I am a slow hair curler. Especially when it comes to putting hair in rollers. And this wig has twice as much hair as I do. That took an hour alone. Then came time to boil the water and set up an ice bath. The water was hot, but not a roiling boil. I made sure it wasn’t hot enough to melt the wig (the website will let you know how high of a heat you can use, if there is none suggested than you need to ask the company), just hot enough to heat the curls.

Grab your wig and dunk it into the hot water, be sure to be quick about it. About 5 seconds max. And then soak it in the cold water. For a minute or two. Until the hair curlers are cooled. Some of my curls unraveled in the quick motions, so I just raveled them back up and continued in the hopes that they will hold a curl. I let mine dry in a towel to get the excess water out of the wig. And then I let it sit with a dowel on the wig head until all curls were dry. I think I waited a solid 3 days before I messed with it just to make sure everything was fine.

After the curls were released I braided the two rope braids. One on either side.

I added some sticky hair gems to the wig. I couldn’t find more gems locally to put in the hair. Nor did I have enough time to add them with eyelash glue. Which I will for the next one. Thanks to my friend for letting me have the rest of the hair gems she didn’t use for her Fairy Godmother wig. She really was my Fairy Godmother.

Glass Slippers

Onto the shoes. I purchased two pairs of shoes. One shorter and one with the perfect heel. The perfect heel came last because I couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. They were either sold out or not available in my size. It took me two months to find the perfect shoe. And it isn’t even the best. But I am happy with the silhouette of it. Since I didn’t use the short pair I won’t go into detail on how I made that one, but here are in progress shots.

The white pair, started out as a shoe with embroidered flowers and chains and beads on it. I could have left those on and just gem around the embellishments, but I decided I wanted the whole shoe to look crystalline. Like glass. I tore off everything from the shoe, even some of the fake leather bits came off. I have about 10,300 gems. All ab glass, from a seller on etsy, BlingeeThingee (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlingeeThingee?ref=search_shop_redirect), all varying sizes between ss4-ss30. Make sure to also purchase the wax pencil. It makes picking up gemstones so much easier. Thus it only took me a solid like 10-12 hours a shoe. This isn’t a fast process. But be careful, the wax pencil is fragile. {This isn’t a sponsorship or an affiliate link. I do not receive any monetary value if you purchase from her. She has reasonably priced gems that are great quality and with great discounts. All the gems for Cinderella came from her shop.}

To get started, you will need syringes for the glue for easy application with extra tips, E6000 glue, good ventilation, the gems in varying sizes, the shoes, the wax pencil, and a zillion hours. Not really, but you need a couple days set aside for this project. Don’t use the glue if you are underage, it is toxic, get a parent to do it for you. I used about 3-5 bottles of glue. Some were old and didn’t work properly and none of them were full.  I chose to start outlining the shoe first, then fill in the heel. (If the heel is shiny you need to sand it first so the stones and glue have something to stick to.

I squeezed some glue onto the heel with the larger tip of the syringes. I made sure to spread it out with the syringe and not lump it into one spot. Then I proceeded to pick up gemstones of all sizes and placed them on the shoe in one cluster and spread out from there. When I got near the edges of the heel I made sure to place varying stones along the edge of the shoes heel. This will give a solid straight outline for the gems to be inside of. Then make sure to fill in all the gaps of the heel so there are no visible spaces. With a white or tan shoe this is better. Black or any other dark shoe will be very visible if there are the slightest of space between gems.

Then outline the top and bottom of the shoes with all the same gemstone sizes. You don’t need varying sizes. We want the top and bottom to be the same. Start at the back of the shoe and move inwards until you get to the inner mid foot, next you will want to go all the way around the outside of the shoe. The only part you want the seam line to connect is on the inside of the shoe. That way it isn’t as noticeable, even if there is just the slightest variation in the pattern. It shouldn’t be noticeable at all. The stones should line up.

With the gemstones covering the whole shoe, you can now work on the butterfly. Now, for myself I couldn’t find the perfect butterfly. Nothing would work There was either too much bling, or not enough. Not the right color. It wasn’t until I was in Philadelphia that I found a butterfly pack that would work. Wrong color. Not enough gems. But that wasn’t anything a little paint or liquid leaf couldn’t fix. The other issue was that the butterfly didn’t have bent wings. Which is what I wanted on my butterflies. So I bent the wings myself. Painted the wings. Then added gems to said wings. As well as the center body. All that remained was gluing them onto the shoe. I most definitely recommend E6000 for this part for added strength.

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Thus your shoe is done and your costume is complete. I do not have before the con pictures of the shoes. And since the con has passed some gems have fallen off, maybe 5-10 total, and one butterfly wing snapped right off. Hopefully nothing that can’t be fixed with a bit of glue. I was getting up from the ground when the gems fell off and I clinked the toe against a concrete step as well. (The shoes have since been repaired. Yay for extra gems. And the butterfly wing was glued back together.)

For an in motion video of the shoes be sure to check out my Instagram. They really are something I am proud of.

Petticoat Adjustments

Onto the petticoat adjustments. When I tried on the petticoat with the skirts on top they just dragged and trapped my legs. The skirts and petticoats were too heavy. Or maybe it was the drag of the carpet I was on. I didn’t have a chance to take it somewhere else before the con. So…the only option that popped into my head was to cut large godets out of the waterfall petticoat. I was very sad and upset about destroying it. But here is what I knew I had to do.

And in order to do that I had to set it on the ground. It was so heavy and huge it kept falling onto the floor off of my table.

And I also ended up cutting this off of the underskirt.

Here are pictures of the underskirt with the multicolored chiffon layer on.

Also the new waistband after this top layer was removed.

I ended up unpicking the waistband at that mishap there. It bugged me and needed to be fixed.

Now if you have any questions at all about this post them in the comments below. When I have time I will answer them. This was most definitely an experience to make. I loved every bit of it. And the con was great, got to meet exciting new people, compete in a contest. Fun was had. Thank you for taking the time to read this long series. Also long overdue. I am sorry about that. I should be back with regular updates now that the move is over, still a bit of unpacking. But I should be back. I’ve missed this. Thank you. I still need to get photos done for Cinderella. Those shall be posted in a week or two.

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Author: consortcreations

This blog is all about my sewing adventures. Whether it be cosplay, historical-esque, or original designs. You will find all of those things here. I am 26, I have been sewing for a total of two and a half years. I started it as something fun, a small hobby. But it has turned into a bigger part of my life. Bigger than I thought it would be. I am completely self-taught. That is I had no first hand sewing teacher. I learned through the power of trial and error as well as reading blogs. The inspiration to sew came from many places. Television and literature being the two biggest. And I figured, I might as well try to make it myself, it would be more cost effective than paying someone else to make it. Besides how hard could it be? And boy was it hard. But then not so much. It is just trying something and if that didn’t work try it another way. If you have any questions, just ask. Or if you want to comment feel free.

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