I take it back, the collar was hard. More so time consuming than hard. It took forever to wrap white electrical tape around every wire. But let’s start over.
Hello. This post you will read about today covers the collar and both crowns I made for this. We shall start with the collar (I have no pictures of the process, sorry about that).
For the collar I gathered down four different sections of fabric. I started with the white satin which acted as a base layer before the laces. A layer used to shield the wire from view. I cut out two 12 inch strips and gathered both down separately. And then I followed the same with the soft delicate lace. I laid those out in reach and began to work on the wire base, I was going for a more Elizabethan collar kind of look, although it didn’t necessarily look like that in the end. I used a 16 or a 12 gauge wire.
I unrolled a bunch or wire for this and made the outer edges first. I made the outside of the collar first. Making sure to place it against my dress form to make the shape just right. And then lines of wire were twisted around the inner portion of the collar going up and down. From here I should have added a middle support wire, but I didn’t. When you have the base structure all done then comes the tedious part. Wrapping all wire in electrical tape, preferably white. It protects you and the fabric from the sharp edges that may protrude and stick you. The last thing you want is to have the wire poke the back of your neck or shoulders. It would be quite uncomfortable. Bend the base into the shape you desire. It will still bend once it is completed, just easier to see what the shape looks like on the underside without the fabric covering the wire.
Add the satin layer to the underside and stitch to the bottom of the wire portion. The second satin layer goes on the top side of the base layer stitched at the bottom of the wire the same way as the other satin layer. You are going to want to play with the gathers at the top to get them to lie down properly. Pin the satin layers together and stitch it down at the top by hand. With the satin stitched down you can follow the same method for the lace overlay. Just remember to be a bit picky with the way the lace sits. The lace will be visible in both the front and the back.
To finish off the collar add bias tape to cover the edges, the bias tape is made from the same satin we used to cover the wire. I did have enough matching lace trim from the bodice in white to cover the lower edge on the front and the back of the collar. As for the decoration at the top of the collar, I decided to bead it with seed beads and pearls. Gives it a delicate but regal touch. A you can tell that word was used a lot in the making of this. As I wanted it to look royal, fit for a princess.
(I can remake this with pictures if you guys want to see the actual process instead of just reading about it.)
I wanted a crown to match the queenly character she is. I know she is a princess, but princessly isn’t a word. So queenly will have to do. I used rigilene boning to make the base of the crown. And then on top of that I used a craft foam from Joanns. The same craft foam that I made Anastasias crown out of. The crown is an inch and a quarter thick in width.
Then painted with gold paint mixed with gold glitter paint. There are roughly 4 coats of paint on it to get it to the right opacity. On top of this is a red trim, unfortunately the seams didn’t quite match up with the pattern, but the solution for that was a matte red gemstone.
The gemstone had a clear coat of gloss nail polish on it to remove the matte coating.
I also added blue gemstones on all the dots between the leaves. With AB rhinestones, the stick on ones, to the surrounding gold edge. I should have just left the edge gold. It would have looked better and the gemstones wouldn’t pop off at the slightest touch. Which they do. When I left the con I dropped the crown onto the seat next to me and gemstones flew up in the air. I’m still finding them in the car.
The flower crown. This one took longer to make and was not photographed because I made it the night before the 3 Barons Renaissance Fair. I felt the need to make the red flowers by hand. To do this I used the left over peachskin from the sleeves. I cut 1 inch strips into the remainder fabric. Then cut .5-1-1.5 inch sections off of those strips. Cut the top edges of those rectangles to make them round. For this part if you are underage you need a parent or guardian with you. Also use supervision if you aren’t good with fire. And don’t play with the fire.
Light a candle. The last thing you want to do is to keep flicking a lighter at every petal. I burned all edges of every petal. There were roughly a hundred or so petals. More of the or so. With all edges burned and neatly in a section. Less of the neatly. I began again with the burning. This time the bottom edge, now I know what you are thinking, I’ve already done this edge before. But not this way. Create a pleat in the bottom edge of the petal. To keep the pleat in the fabric you need to melt the edge of the pleat down. Repeat this step with all the other petals.
The half inch petals go on the inside of the flower. Each flower has 8 petals. For this part I used a hot glue gun and began glueing the petals together at the base. With the little one on the inside and going larger as we went around it. I made way more flowers than I used. I used 9 red flowers total. And three yellow flowers, they were bought from Joanns for a different project and I speckled them with the gold colorshot cans that were used on the gown.
The base of the flower crown is wire. The same wire as the collar. Also wrapped in electrical tape. But instead of just using electrical tape, I also wrapped ribbon around the wire and hot glued it to the wire. In case you see it when I wear it. The flowers are separated equally. Three red flowers then one gold one. Three red, one gold… You get the order. After all the flowers were added I had four long thin leaves also speckled with the gold pain and added them equally to the crown. With that the crown is complete.
And after all that you are finished with Snow White. It has been a journey. I wore her to Arctic Comic Con and placed second in the costume contest. It was just amazing. There were so many great cosplays and so many great people. I even met John Schneider. I loved him in Smallville, one of my favorite characters in that series. Even though it was the inaugural con and the first comic con in Alaska, it was just wonderful. They did a great job. And I cannot wait to go back next year.