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    1 Week Ago  Sep 12, 2017, 2:42 AM - Elise de Laserre #1

    I am interested in starting a dedicated Elise de Laserre thread to discuss the building of this costume. I am in the early stages of trying to work on this costume with my daughter and I would be interested in sharing patterns or pictures of other people's costumes. I'd be curious to know what fabrics people used, how they made their props, etc. Elise's costume has some very distinctive patterning on it and am thinking of getting some fabric digitally printed. I would like to know if anyone else has done this and what fabric they may have used to print on to.

    I will post updates on my own build as things progress.

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    1 Week Ago  Sep 12, 2017, 3:18 PM - Re: Elise de Laserre #2

    So one of the first things I have done is tried to recreate the pattern for Elise's tunic. I have done it in Illustrator and will have this digitally printed on fabric. I am thinking a canvas type fabric of about 250 gsm might be about right.

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    1 Week Ago  Sep 12, 2017, 4:29 PM - Re: Elise de Laserre #3

    I took a tonne of measurements and did a bit of draping to eventually get this profile for the leather gaiters. We want these to stay up so we have spent a lot of time making sure that the profile is just right and the gaiters will fit snug. I used to draw everything out onto to pattern card but I ended up with all of these giant card patterns taking up space. Now I draw all of my patterns up in Illustrator and then take the PDFs to a nearby Office and Stationery store which has an instant print shop. They have a large format printer which will do an A1 B&W plan print for about $2.50 and an A0 for about $4.00. Pattern card actually costs me more than that to buy and my patterns are stored on my computer instead of in my cupboards, under my bed, in boxes, in drawers, etc.

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    1 Week Ago  Sep 12, 2017, 6:42 PM - Re: Elise de Laserre #4

    So it is really hard to work out what the pattern on the collar looks like, but this is about as close as I can get. I figure that even if it isn't perfect it is going to be close enough once it is part of the whole costume.

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    1 Week Ago  Sep 13, 2017, 6:28 AM - Re: Elise de Laserre #5

    As far as possible we want to make this costume look like it actually could have been made in the 1770s, so we are trying to use all natural materials. The other day we found a red, loose-weave, merino wool scarf, at a charity shop and picked it up for $2. It was branded by some company that makes pearl jewellery and it seemed a shame to repurpose it but it looked like it would make a perfect sash for Elise. However, it was too short being just a little over 1.5m long. So tonight we sliced it in half lengthwise, joined the two halves end to end, then folded it and overlocked it all the way along to make a 3.25m tube. Once it was reversed out it makes a perfectly good sash about 12cm (5in) wide. Because of the very loose weave wool it has a fair bit of stretch to it which means it won't tend to unravel as the body expands and contracts.

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    Loose-weave, deep-red, merino wool.

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    The puny (but very nice) scarf as found at a charity shop for $2.

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    Cut lengthwise.

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    Now it stretches across the room over 3 metres long.

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    The ends look a little rough now that the tassels have been cut off. We will probably do a hand whip stitch to close the ends. Now that we know the finished size, we can start making a couple of those little Maltese cross ferules out of EVA foam to slip over the ends of the sash.

    The whole job only took half an hour (in fact this post took longer).
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 13, 2017, 8:07 AM - Re: Elise de Laserre #6

    Interesting choice of costume! Love it already...yes, choice of fabrics will be the diff between good and great. Eager to see the next update!!
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 13, 2017, 9:05 AM - Re: Elise de Laserre #7

    Pattern for 2mm EVA foam ferule for the ends of the sash. Not sure how we'll stop them from sliding off. Perhaps use a earring glued inside and fixed through a small hole in the back.

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    EDIT: We have started thinking that, if these ferules are supposed to be similar to the pressed tin tiles that you sometimes see on 19th and early 20th century ceilings and picture frames, it may be more interesting (and easier) to make these ferules out thick aluminium baking trays and ageing them up with a bit of dry brushing.

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    A pressed tin ceiling tile,
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 15, 2017, 8:00 AM - Re: Elise de Laserre #8

    I used the aluminium of old soft drink cans...sturdier than the cooking tray (in my opinion). The hearing glued behind it is a good idea for sure!
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    1 Week Ago  Sep 15, 2017, 5:37 PM - Re: Elise de Laserre #9

    joberg said: View Post
    I used the aluminium of old soft drink cans...sturdier than the cooking tray (in my opinion).
    Great idea. Can't believe we didn't think of it as we have used aluminium cans in the past for a Mrs Lovett costume that we made. Thanks.
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    4 Days Ago  Sep 18, 2017, 11:04 PM - Re: Elise de Laserre #10

    We found this 15mm ribbon for the choker which seems very close to the in-game one. We found a shank button and sanded it down so that it was flat. Then we took a smaller shank button and glued it to the back of the larger one. The button was covered in brown linen. A button hole was sewn into a length of the ribbon and another length of ribbon was hand-sewn into a rosette. The whole lot is put together to form the choker. Need to find a piece of lace to go into the choker sandwich.

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    We'll use a couple of press studs to clasp the choker, however, we'll need to get the shirt finished first in order to get the length right.
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    3 Days Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 4:28 PM - Re: Elise de Laserre #11

    Good work! And the piece of lace will surely complete the whole look. Eager to see the next update!

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