June 1, 2015

Narcissa Malfoy

I had the insane idea to make a last minute Narcissa Malfoy.  I knew I was taking pictures with Jason Isaacs on Friday, and since I was not about to wear River Song’s winter-y outfit in the Phoenix heat, I needed a new costume.

The dress was pretty straight forward.  Obviously drawing inspiration from (if not directly copying) the “La Sirene” dress designed by Charles James. 

I pinned the center pleats and the sides.

My next challenge was to make the hair extensions.  As I have brown hair approximately the correct length, I didn’t want to have an entire wig, so instead I just made the pieces I needed.  Unfortunately I had read this tutorial: http://www.arkathwyn.com/bjd---wig-wefts.html

The process seemed simple enough, but it really didn’t work well for me.  I lost 70% of the hair in the weft, sewing around the fine pieces was just not secure enough.  I did use a layer of hot glue to try to hold it together, but that only worked marginally well.  I had also planned to ventilate the pieces so they looked natural, but in the end I was just too exhausted to stay up all night before the con getting ready. 

As a result the pieces do not look very natural, but they worked.

The coat started out as two velvet dresses that I got from Goodwill for $14.  I had purchased some really nice velvet at Joanns, but it was $70, and my overall budget was $50, so I knew I would have to compromise somewhere.  Were I to do this again, I would probably have done it differently.  The dress was stretch velvet (something I had avoided buying at Joanns) and this created all sorts of complications.  Narcissa’s jacket is lined with black satin.  Lining a stretch fabric with a non-stretch fabric isn’t impossible, but it is HARD.  It took 5 hours just to get everything lined up correctly.
I couldn’t decide if the design on her jacket was painted or embossed, but I decided to paint my design to keep in my budget.  I used silver and black acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium. 

The evidence of small bugle beads sewn in places on the design is small- I could only tell they were there when I watched Deathly Hallows part 1 and noticed the way it glinted every so often when she moved.  As it was 1 am on Thursday that I got to the beads I decided to hot glue them on, rather than sew them as I should have.

Besides my horror at wearing such obvious hair extensions, the outfit worked wonderfully.  Jason Isaacs recognized me immediately, and in the end, that is all that matters.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if the problem was the type of hair you used to make the hair extensions. The tutorial you followed said other types of hair can be used for the technique but they used doll hair for their wig. What type of hair did you decided to use for your hair extensions?

    Tommy Clark @ Her Hair Company