Peryn W.N. (peryn_wn) wrote,
Peryn W.N.

Leather and beads

In the last couple of weeks I've been working on my batgirl costume, but I've also completed a few costume-ADD projects including a beaded leather headband for the Historical Sew Fortnightly and a new belt based on one worn by Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. It's going to be a long post so I'm going to put it after the jump.

The first of these is my beaded headband for the Dreamstress's Historical Sew Fortnightly Flora and Fauna challenge. I wanted a 20s-esque beaded headband, but my materials were fairly limited. I decided to bead a strip of leather with metal and glass beads I already had. I drew a feather design on the leather and cut it out. I then began to bead it, deciding what beads would go where as I went. After all the beads were on the feather, I couched hemp cord onto the leather to outline the feather and finesse the edges of the band. Then I added the final seed-bead pattern along the arms of the band.

Just the facts, Ma'am:
Fabric: Black leather
Pattern: None
Year: c. 1920s
How historically accurate is it? Not as accurate as I'd like, or normally do. And I'm not wearing it 20s-style in the photos. But we'll say 'plausible' because I'm sure many women would have made their own DIY accessories to fit with the times, and they weren't all diamond-encrusted. Glass and metal beads were certainly used, but I'm not sure about the leather base as opposed to ribbon of some sort.
Hours to complete: Maybe 4? I've really got to start paying attention to that...
First worn: Last weekend to a wine and cheese party (hence the non-historical photos)
Total cost:
50 cents for the leather scrap. The beads probably cost way more, but they've sort of collected in my room over the years...





Next, we have my new belt. It's based on this one, worn by Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises:


I needed a belt to wear with my tunics and dresses, because they're all too big in the waist, and I fell in love with Talia's belt. And it looked like something I could make pretty easily. So I grabbed my steadily-shrinking hide of black oil-tanned leather, cannibalized an old belt for the two belt buckles, and headed to Queen St. W to get the findings I needed. I found silver findings in the required rectangular shape, but couldn't find brass ones. So I bought a brass chain with links of the right size, and then used a pliers to take apart the chain and re-shape the links. Then I put it all together and added some brass studs to keep the findings from clumping up too much. The belt was cut in two pieces; one is about 2/3 the total length, and then the remaining 1/3 is buckled on. That means that I could potentially wear it wrapped twice instead of three times. Here's the final piece, worn with my Black Milk "Cathedral" leggings:


And here's a close-up of the belt:


So there you go! Other than that, I'm still working steadily on my batsuit. =) I'll update on that soon!
Tags: beads, belt, costume, finished, historical sew-fortnightly, leather

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