****another edit!! 5/28/2013*****
So these costumes still aren't finished but they're pretty dang close!!! One of these days they will be done enough to put into the showcase section hahahahha! But for now enjoy these photos!
AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO RPF USER FAILLE FOR LASER CUTTING OUT MY CROC VEST!!!!! SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now the slew of photos. I'd warn you all in the headline but I can't seem to edit it anymore. Sorrrryyyyyy....
So I'm updating even more with my Belle costume that will go with Rumple! I would have edited the title of this thread to show that info but for some reason I can't seem to??? But yeah, here is my Belle dress so far and also my blue contacts! They look good without the flash but with flash is when that unnatural hue tends to come through. But hopefully when I do my makeup for real and my hair that will help blend the color a bit. Plus they really enhance the actress Emelie De Ravin's eyes (which are already a wild color blue) so hopefully it still goes.
Beginning of Belle dress hanging out with new Rumple costume jacket:
Starting to work on the beading/hand sewing around the collar area. This is going to take time and probably wont be finished for the sat event but I'm going to try my hardest:
A more full view of the WIP dress:
I'm going to put this at the end of this thread as well just in case anyone may miss it here and because I will continue my updates from that point on as well.
I have decided to update this costume to put a bit more time and perfection into the materials and the styling. So I will be redoing the jacket and boot spats out of leather and the pirate shirt out of silk. I will also be adjusting his makeup and he will have contacts when we do the studio photos of this costume when it's finished. If you go to the last page the updated comment there has a photo of the leather and everything else I will be changing.
So the costume is finished! I still need to take more pro photos of the costume to really show off some of the detail and have a more controlled environment but here are some photos from the masquerade ball that we went to!
So I'm making this costume for my fiance because apparently no matter how hard I try to make him a "normal" costume, I see something like this character and I get all giddy. I'm pretty sure he's becoming concerned about how attracted I am to the "creepy" characters lol! So here is the costume I'm going to aim for:
Here's a cleaner view of his under costume which I will be replicating some of. The costume above has the jacket so I wont be doing the sleeves on his vest or the high collar since his jacket already has a high collar. I also will be doing leather pants instead of the burgundy pants since the costume above has leather pants.
Here's another really good view of his under outfit:
Right now I'm trying to focus on his shoes:
I'm having a hard time finding the perfect shape. All the boots I've found do not lace up so I would have to cut a "tongue" for the shoe and punch in holes on the sides. The few that do lace up don't come high enough up the leg. None of them seem to have as pointy of a toe and the ones that do have a pointy toe have a really weird heel. I've tried looking up dress, shoes, womens shoes, cowboy boots, ankle boots, demi boots, shoes in general.....I've looked up snake skin, snake print, snake boots, alligator and crocodile print and skin and the list goes on. I don't have $400 to spend on shoes, I'm looking for $100 preferably. Here are some shoes I've found but Im still unsure:
I'll have to cut into it^^ and the toe isn't as pointy as I need. It's a bit shiny but it's real snakeskin so I hope I could "mattify" it if needed. This seems to be my best option.
I found these but the pattern isn't as stand out as I would like and again I'd have to cut into them.
Mens Vintage CUBAN HEEL SNAKESKIN Pointy Shoes / by Flipsville
I'm finding stuff like these shoes but they're really all wrong:
Giorgio Brutini Exotic Dress Men Snake Skin Shoes 15522 | eBay
What would some of you do? Does anyone know of a better place to hunt for shoes like these? Does anyone know of any cobblers that would be able to make the shoes??? I would be willing to spend a bit more money on something like that probably but again our funds are a bit limited. Would some of you perfectionist be happy with that first option I mentioned even though it's not "ideal" but seems to be as close as I can get in ANY budget.
I already know I'm going to use this stuff to do the collar of the jacket. I'll have to soak it and mold it in shape and then I will dye it to be two toned like his is. I still can't tell if it should be black and brown or some form of dark brown and red?? Yeah I haven't gotten that far yet lol!:
Tandy Leather Factory - Impressions Embossed Cowhide Sides Gator Print
If anyone has any ideas for other aspects of the costume or has cleaner shots of things like his jacket that would be awesome! I have an event at the end of June that I plan on wearing my Evil Queen from Mirror Mirror (I haven't forgotten about that thread just been super super busy with other folks costume orders) and my fiance will wear this costume. I figure they're both fairy tales and still fit in a weird way. I'm just not the evil queen from the tv show lol.
Also here is my fiance (badmonkey on here) who will be going as Rumple....I think he's going to pull it off brilliantly! So excited!