I stripped all the cotton padding off the legs and covered them again with just the velvet.
|The finished wasp. No more tarantula legs.|
Here is the inspiration hat.
|Velvet dinner toque, ca. 1912. The Met.|
"Although the velvet appears to be draped in a casual and carefree way, it is in fact painstakingly manipulated over a complicated wired foundation to create a specific form."
I made the base for my hat out of the base from the grey fur hat that I used in my striped muff.
|It's made of a fishing line like filament.|
|It doesn't look as casually draped as the original, but it's close enough.|
|They weren't very stable on the bottoms and kept flopping over when I was sewing them on. It would have been better if I had made the bases wider.|
|It is not quite this pink.|
The wasp didn't look quite right sitting up there all alone, so I filled out the space with a tuft of almost black fur, which also counts as Fauna.
List Of Facts
The Challenge: #9, Flora and Fauna
Fabric: A large portion of the front of the bodice of an ugly synthetic velvet dress and a small piece of synthetic pink satin.
Pattern: No pattern. Just draping. Except the fins, which I drew with chalk.
Notions: Approximately 26" of nylon bias tape, a mesh form from a fur hat, an unknown length of wire, some green cotton yarn, a few small scraps of cotton quilt batting, a small piece of extremely fluffy fur from another hat and about half a teaspoon of very tiny seed beads.
Year: The Met says 1912, but after looking at a lot of fashion illustrations I think it might be a bit later. The hats seem to be bigger and floofier at the beginning of the 1910's and get smaller and more simple towards the second half of the decade.
How historically accurate is it? Not too bad. The general silhouette of the hat is correct and the look of the fabrics is accurate, although most of the materials are synthetic, which is not so good. I don't have any documentation for wire wasps, but there were certainly bugs in Edwardian fashion. I have seen many antique clothing articles that included bits of wire wrapped around and around with thread(Hooks and eyes, for example) and a wasp like this one could have easily been made from the materials available in 1912.
Hours to complete: Unknown. I did most of the work on the wasp over a year ago and I didn't keep track of the hours. I just remember that the wings were horribly tedious because I formed them before I covered them, so I had to pull an enormous length of thread through the wing with every single wrap.
First worn: Today.(Monday, may 6th, 2013)
Total cost: $0. Every single material was from my stash. A lot of it was left over, or recycled, from something else.
I apologize for not having any good pictures of the finished wasp. In every picture I took the beads turned into fuzzy spots of light, this thing just doesn't photograph well.
|My eyes are squinting because there is too much sunshine. I must obtain a parasol.|
I have got a black, beaded, tiered cape that I'm planning on reproducing someday. I think it's from around the same era. I shall have to do a post on it.