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Celia in the Ice Garden (The Night Circus)
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This outfit is my interpretation of Celia from Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus in a magical, dreamlike circus tent called "The Ice Garden". I made everything in the photos except the white skirt and the blue tights, I even painted the flowers to look icey.
The Ice Garden is Celia's favorite tent and she visits it often. It was made by her opponent and lover, and she once said she feels surrounded by him while in his creations. I chose the shape of the outfit based on Victorian and Edwardian elements (which fit the novels timeline) as well as outfits that Celia is described as wearing, but with my own signature look.
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I have very little experience sewing and no experience at all with these materials so this was a sometimes frustrating but very rewarding project for me to complete. This is my favorite book and the scope of the project just kept growing out of excitement so I found myself a little overwhelmed toward the end. I faced challenges with painting and gluing acrylic plexiglass and PVC vinyl (the materials that the corset and mask are made of) which don't like to stick to stuff. I had a vision of the corset without any seamlines which I thought might work into my lack of proper sewing skills BUT I found that gluing cleanly and with proper positioning is also extremely difficult and takes a lot of time, practice, and intention. In the themed photos there are some wrinkles which I fixed for the other images. Unfortunately I had to shoot the themed shots earlier than expected and the shoot was my first actual fitting. I made all the patterns from scratch as well but I do have experience in pattern drafting for hard leather goods & corsets. I normally rivet my corsets and they don't require bones so I adjusted my pattern slightly. I also added hip pieces that snap on and off. The dress is 5 layers of tulle (turquoise, blue, and white & silver ) This is my first successful dress and it has a matching full-face mask/hood. The lace accents are removable and attached to PVC.