These are the extras I made to go with the evening gown, bridal, prom dress or party frock I wrote of in my previous post. If you have just landed on this page and haven't read the latter then you might want to go back and read about it here as it also contains the tutorial on how to make the fabric flowers for the tiara, shoe clips and ribbon bracelets. I am mainly using repurposed materials and at very little cost.
Rebecca Tierney as Elsa, the Magic Maiden, in a scene from The Golden Goblet wearing the tiara. It is formed on a cushion, like an old European crown and the hair goes up through the centre. It also can give a trompe l'oeil effect of a bun with a tiara on top.
Tiara Design, Inspiration and Materials
I was asked to make a golden crown for the character of Elsa and I toyed with the idea of using fabric (in this case lace) and a PVA glue and paint mixture. I had used this method before when making hundreds of fabric roses for a department store window display. However, as this was to move and be affixed to an actress's head rather than be immobile, I thought I should make something along the line of a royal crown, complete with faux ermine band and half-arches of 'gems'. The design on the left is by Dior. I also wanted to continue my original inspiration of the swan and the ballet and create something delicate and filigree in nature. The crown above right is interestingly a Wedding cake topper made of rhinestones!
I could now go ahead and form my circlet and then set up my wires, ready to create the half-arches of the crown.
With this now complete I went on to construct the faux fur band. I measured the circumference of my circlet and then worked out the rectangular piece of fabric I needed.
With right sides together, I sewed this at one end and down the main seam and then turned it inside out.
I then finished it off by adding a Mediaeval touch by winding some gold filigree and beads or rather a piece off one of the strands of the Christmas ribbon I had purchased in a final 'everything must go' sale.
I then folded in and sewed the two ends of the tube together to form my crown band.
I then built up the rest of my design, using the 'ermine' band as a touchstone to check how the finished tiara would look.
If you are making this as a present, or as I was sending it through the post, or even just putting it away after you have worn it, it is a good idea to stuff the inside of the crown with tissue paper to keep everything in place. Most vintage, costume jewellery tiaras I have come across have suffered badly from 'metal fatigue' by being repeatedly crushed and then formed back into place.
Shoe Clips and Ribbon Bracelets
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Above, Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire feeding her chickens in a ball gown. Photographed in 1995.
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