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1830s Crowley from Good Omens
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Outline the story …
"Good Omens" is a fantastic book by Neil Gaiman and Crowley is one of the main characters. He's a fallen angel who was the snake who tempted Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He's been on earth for centuries, and has seen many fashions. I've got a soft spot for the fun and very extra fashions of the 1830s and when I came across this plaid that matched a light version another costumer has, I thought it might be fun to potentially do a collaborative historical cosplay with her (she's done something else for the competition so it's a future thing). My main inspiration for the decorative flame/feather elements and bows were from an 1830 fashion plate, and the hair is designed to resemble an apple tree with a snake intertwined in its branches. My bonnet when going incognito mimics the trim on the dress, with the interior brim bows that are common on many fashion plates. I've also always wanted a pair of realistic-ish feather wings, and while not as big as I might have wanted, they're still fantastically fun.
Outline the construction…
Silk aside from cotton lining/some trim. Since it's not a symmetrical plaid I had to cut the entire bodice twice, and the side back panels 3 times, and the plaid matching still isn't as perfect as I wanted. Thankfully piping helps hide the sins. I love the sleeves, the lower and upper sections are cut on the bias with the wider stripe angling down towards center front, same as the bodice. The poofs are lined with a stiff netting to cheat and keep them floofy, and hand basting was used on sleeves and bodice to flatline all the things. It's front closing with alternating hooks and bars, lightly boned, and the gold bows are hand finished and tacked open. The black ribbon is hand sewn on, and snakes that were hand cut were glued in alternating poses and mirrored. The flame/feather bits have one edge machined and then hand gathered and tacked onto the dress.
The bonnet is a wire trash bin I modified, with everything attached by hand. The apple tree hair piece is made with wire, a cheap wig, and hot melt glue. The apples are made with model magic, and the snake is made with wire and the same snake print/texture trim used on the snakes on the dress.
The chemisette is hand sewn aside from the 2 shoulder seams, with vintage lace.
The wings are silk with glued on feathers, that open and close.
The corset is a wearable mockup of the Ballerina from theboudoirkey.