Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Good Queen #3


stiff poly toile
1/2 inch zip ties
1/4 cotton twill tape
cotton twill

These small panniers are based on the pocket hoops from Corsets and Crinolines and several frame work frames that I have seen in museums and the blue ruffled set in “Marie Antoinette.”


I draped the pattern for these hoops on my form. They are 3 pieces of 1/2” zip ties in a ascending lengths. I drilled holes down the center of the zip ties and at their ends and used the grinder to round the sharp corners. I covered each tie win a pocket of pol toile.I sewed twill tape to the center holes and attached the ends to a square of cotton twill fabric.

There's a TON OF PICTURES on the wig construction. You have been warned. :)

Ok... this is the last of it. Making the wig was the most interesting... I learned a lot. But I think my favorite part was the panniers... because they are completely plastic and it just makes me laugh. I'm twisted I know.

I hope this is of help to someone. Have a Great Holiday... In the States anyway, otherwise, have a great weekend. :) go make stuff.


Pony tailed wig from Arda
Pony tail clip disassembled for the wefts
5 feet of wefts
loose blue synthetic hair
panty hose in both nude and white
fiber fill
tricot fabric strips
two 13 inched mirror image embroidered appliques
white feathers
AB sequins
AB heat affix crystals
two necklaces
two tiaras
2 inch pearl belt buckle
hair pins
hot glue
e6000 glue
white nail polish

I have never styled a wig before so I recruited help from my team mate Heather Irete. She gave me a basics primer, showed me how to cover a form with wefts, add loose hair, make rolled curls, and how to hide joins.

The original Tarazuka wig loosely resembles the heavily styled wigs from the 1780’s. With a high multi tiered pile of various knots, rolled curls and poufs forming a cone at the heads crown. Unlike the 1780’s though there are long straight falls of hair from the temple. Each tier is decorated with a tiara. The sides of the wig are covered with wing shaped forms. These cover from the center of the wigs crown to behind the ear. The back of the wig is covered with 8 rolled curls a large pearl belt buckle and a necklace.


The wigs bangs were flipped up pinned down and hot glued in place with a hank of loose blue hair.
 The temple falls were sewn in using wefts from the separate pony tail clip and loose blue hair
The temple fall join was covered with a sweep of hair starting from the bangs to just below the crown. The hair was pinned and glued into place. Loose blue hair was pulled through the bang puff and added to the sweep and glued into place
The multi tiered crown pile was created with 1 ring panty hose form and 3 straight panty hose forms each in nude. The forms where stuffed with fiber fill, and using hot glue covered with wefts. The loose blue hair was added last.
The covered forms were glued into place. First being the ring form. Than added the 3 straight forms, tucking them inside the ring. The forms cover the entire wig crown.
The wigs original ponytail was tucked into itself forming the central rolled curl. it was pinned and hot glued in place
The seven other rolled curls are cut lengths of wefts the ends are covered in tricot fabric and glued into a roll. The loose blue lengths are added separately and glued into place. The finished rolled curls where then glued into place surrounding the original ponytail rolled curl. There are 5 facing horizontally and 1 on either side facing vertically.
The back of the wig is decorated with a large pearl belt buckle and an enamel necklace.
The wing decorations were built with lengths of millinery wire bent to the correct shape, joined into a ring with millinery joiners, and covered with white panty hose. The wings were than decorated with mirrored oriented embroidered appliques that have been decorated with hand applied sequence and hot affix crystals. Feathers have been glued to the backside of the wing.

Bias cut 1” poi de soie tube
two 1 1/4”  five strand necklace clasp
lobster clasp
tear drop shaped pearl
two AB Crystals
silver head pin
large 2” x 1.5” oval crystal pendent
net lace

This necklace shape is based off of those chokers popular in the 1780’s. Similar also to a small Elizabethan ruff, this necklace with it’s ruffled lace and central pendant draw influence from both eras.


The bias tube was left over from the sleeve puff decorations. I cut the bottom edge off of  two lengths of lace. I used a gathering stitch to attach the lace to the bias tube by hand. I used a grinder to remove the factory loop off of the large crystal pendant. The pendant was mean to be oriented as a portrait. I than sewed the pendant to the bias tube as a landscape. I created the pearl and crystal drop by using a head pin. I sewed the finished  drop to the center of the large pendant. I created the closure by sewing two 1 1/4”  five strand necklace clasps to either edge of the bias tube, and using a short length of silver chain and a lobster clasp have an easy way of closing the choker necklace.

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