I actually made something! And finished it!
Yesterday was the Starfleet USO show. It's something that I've known was coming up for, quite literally, an entire year. So what do I do? I decide, three days before the event, that I should make a new dress for my Cardassian persona, Iliana Malek, to wear to the shindig. Because, you know, reasons.
Of course, I have all of $2 in my bank account, so I can't afford to actually buy anything to make it from, so it has to be a Stash Dash project. I wanted to use some of the burgundy taffeta that I have (I bought 20 yards for a project I never actually started on), but what to pair it with? I had some matching burgundy plaid, but a Cardassian in plaid? No way. What I did have was a few large scraps of the "flame" burnout velvet leftover from a Star Wars Amidala costume I had made for a client years ago. Perfect! Except it's royal purple. Hmm...surely I can find a way to fix that. I'm resourceful, I'm clever. Can't use bleach since it'll disintegrate the fabric, so what do I have in the house that can get rid of the color? Peroxide, of course!
Yeaaaah...not so much.
I left it for the remainder of the 30 minutes, stirring it every once in a while, and then I sent it through the washing machine to rinse out any remaining colour. I ended up with a very light gold/tan.
Huh. Well, I didn't need it to be completely white, just light enough to dye over, so I was okay with it. My next obstacle was dying the velvet to match my taffeta. After looking at the color chart on RIT's website, I decided to use Cherry Red and Black to create my burgundy. Since I had it on hand, I threw in some Scarlet, as well. (There was only about a tablespoon left in the bottle, so I just dumped it in with the 1/2 bottle of cherry and 1/3 packet of black.) Miraculously, it turned out perfectly!
Once I got to the point where the sleeves were on and the bodice was finished, it was only a few hours before the event. I had wanted to have a drapey neckline thingy (I'm sure there's a term for it, I just don't know what it is), but wasn't sure if I had enough time to add it and apply my scales in time before the event. Then I though, screw it, I don't have to be there when the doors to the venue open, I'll get there when I get there. So, I added the drapey thing.
Another thing I had been working on while making the dress was a set of chest scales. I had always gone without them before because the dresses I made had a high enough neckline that I didn't need them. But, part of the reason I had made the dress the way I had was because I wanted to make chest scales, so I stayed up late one night and sculpted myself a set.
I also decided to pre-paint my pieces before the event. This cut down on a TON of time applying them the night of the event, and I actually managed to get myself in my scales and my skin painted to match them in under 2 hours, less than half the time it usually takes me, even with the new chest scales! So worth taking the time to do it beforehand, I don't know why I never did it before.