31 May 2015


This cloak did take some tinkering. 
In the book it is described as follows:

[…] He pulled open the pack, then whipped out a dark gray cloak. Large and enveloping, the cloak wasn't constructed from a single piece of cloth-rather, it was made up of hundreds of long, ribbonlike strips. They were sown together at the shoulders and across the chest, but mostly they hung separate from one another, like overlapping streamers. […]

[…] “It is colored and constructed to hide you in the mist” [...]

I wanted it made out of a very light material. I tested the overlapping technique on a white sample of synthetic voile.. The sample tended to gather static. It seemed to move by itself which I found was a positive characteristic of this fabric.
I ended up using the same fabric in dark gray.

The cloak is made with a number of strips of fabric, each is folded in half and stitched to the neighbouring stripe across shoulders and upper arms.  

I have used a shimmering fabric paint to obtain a mottled effect and  so that it will reflect the light in unexpected ways.

I am not sure that these cloaks would be decorated but I used the same tendril design used in Vin's gown on the shoulders of the cloak.

The Cloak is held close by 2 polymer clay buttons painted in metallic acrylic. This s in keeping with the story where no nobleman or woman is supposed to use metal on his or her clothing.

25 May 2015

Vin's dress

This is one of the dresses I imagine Vin would have worn at the balls. 
I made itn as the assignment for the Theatrical Costume Class I completed at the Belfast Metropolitan College.

Reading the book I imagine that the dresses mentioned would be similar to those of the mid 18th century in North America. At the same time those dresses require very large cages and a number of crinolines. Vin doesn't seem to have do undress completely in order to run or jump. My dress is, therefore, less cumbersome.

I initially considered the possibility of usin the tipe of corsets found in Elisabethan dresses because the corset was described as rigid. The profile was, however, too squared and I decided for a more modern type of corset.

The decoration is meant to be a reminder of the nature of Vin. As a Mistborn she finds solace in the Mists. The tendrils of mist are made of bias binding tape I made using leftovers of silk from the main dress. The fabric was dyed with acid dyes in darker shades of blue and hand-stitched on the dress. 
Other, thinner tendrils are made with a double or single whipped running stitch using hand-spun and had-dyed silk and metallic embroidery thread.


The dress is held in shape by a petticoat with inbuilt hoops. 

The dress, with its inbult corset is closed by a long laced fastening. 

The dress was exhibited at the End of Year Show in Stormont.
As I had only one mannequin at my disposal the dress is displayed with the Mistcloak.


6 January 2015

Bathroom rugs with rice flour resist cotton edges

I managed to improve on the flour resist method I used on the bags I made in this post: Rice flour and gum Arabic resist
When making the bags I found that using a piping bag caused the four-water paste to separate in its 2 components (water and flour).
To avoid the problem I purchased a bottle with a very fine applicator.

The flour still attempts to separate from the water but I can shake the bottle every so often to mix the paste again and now it seems to be working OK.

I purchased from Empress Mill at the RDS in Dublin their Egyptian cotton fabric. Some of it was in long strips which I will use for the borders of the new bathroom rugs.

I created the resist design with the applicator bottle and I let the rice flour resist dry for a day. I am not sure whether this is necessary but I like the cracks that form when the resist dries completely. 

Using a clean Mr Muscle bottle full of Procion dye solution I sprayed the dye on the fabric.

The main part of the rugs is made of 2 layers of old, scratchy, frayed and thick bath towels.
I cut them to size and joined them using the strips as an edge.