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Hannibal Accessories! [13 Jul 2012|03:49pm]

So, I'm cosplaying as Slavegirl!Christine, and while I can't sew well enough to make the actual outfit, I did decide to create the slave girl wristbands and tiara.

I sewed four layers of cotton together, then decorated it with trim, an applique, and gems.

For the tiara, I modified an existing one. I spray-painted it gold then glued on a bunch of gems. I think it came out pretty neat, and I feel like a pretty princess when I wear it :)

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The Phantom Debuts in North Carolina [18 Feb 2008|01:04pm]

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization called Elon University over the summer and offered us the rights to put on the production as part of a trial run including 4 high schools and two colleges across the nation (this explains more). I had the immense pleasure of seeing the show twice right after its Valentine's Day opening--no small feat as tickets sold out in a matter of hours--and of working with the costume department on a few of the pieces for "Think of Me."

Given the nature of this community and the uniqueness of this event, I thought I would share the link to the photo gallery the university put together of the "making of." Dress rehearsal shots are towards the end of the slideshow, but the production shots that precede it are definitely worth viewing as well. Enjoy!


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Help with Poto mask? [22 Dec 2007|01:30am]

[ mood | artistic ]

Hiya, I'm singing Phantom of the Opera (the song, not the entire play, lol) for my school's talent show next month. I'm gonna be using a mask to show the audience which part I'm singing, but I'm gonna need some help with it.

Thank you muchly for your time!

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[20 Dec 2007|03:24pm]

So this past year has seen a lot of development on my Phantom costume in preparation for the Halloween season. I made my own stage replica lace wig which took several months to complete. I made some prosthetics for the makeup (which turned out to be a sort of success/failure), updated several pieces, and commissioned that replica cape. I was feeling pretty snazzy, so I snapped several photos. Just thought I'd post so that those who might be interested could have a look!


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A good majority of my Halloween was spent at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For some fun anecdotes of my experience, please check out my blog!

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Replica Phantom Cape (Stage) [14 Oct 2007|02:06pm]

I commissioned a replica of the stage cape from Fantasyland Costume Company in California, and it arrived a few days ago. I figured some of you may want to have a look, because the pictures may prove reasonably valuable for reference.

This is, by far, probably the most elaborate piece of the costume due to the intricate beading the cape features. Capes vary between productions, and even within a production. My cape is based off of pictures from numerous different examples from various productions. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by John Cudia (current US National Tour Phantom) to take look at his costumes, including the famous cape. What an absolute treat that was (something I'll never forget!); it also lets me say that the replica is indeed very close to the real thing. The lining in the replica is black, whereas it is silver in the authentic capes, but that's certainly not a problem. Still beautiful, still intimidating, and still exceptionally heavy.

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[01 Sep 2007|02:28pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]


I've never posted here before, so I'd like to post pics. of my movie version 'Think of Me' dress. It's not done yet, I have to finish the sleeves and the eyelets on the bodice, and most of the skirt needs to be done--only the silk layer has been assembled. Both these write-ups, here and here, were really helpful!

The skirt is pinned to the dress form right now...it's not attached to a waistband.

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Meg's Final Lair Costume (Stage Version) [21 Aug 2007|08:20pm]

Yes, I've finally put a costume together that's not for the Phantom! ;-)

I've been thinking about doing a Meg costume for awhile, and since I still can't sew (for if I could, I'd do her Masquerade outfit in a heartbeat), I decided to go for the Final Lair scene costume (stage version). So I'm still technically cross-dressing, but now it's a little more legit. The knickerbockers and waistcoat are vintage, antique pieces I got off eBay (I'd be lost without it, I swear!). For a regular, costume-grade wig, I'm quite impressed with the look.

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Wishing Gown [18 Aug 2007|02:00pm]

I just found this community and thought I would share... Recently I finished my replica of the stage Wishing gown! I made it as close to the stage costume as I could while keeping it authentic for an 1870s day dress, complete with period undergarments (corset, bustle, petticoats, etc.) and period accessories to be worn when it's not in use as a Phantom dress.

If anyone has questions on how I made it, I'll be happy to answer!

Photos are below. Please ignore the fact that the bodice front is gaping... My corset wasn't laced tight enough and we didn't have time to fix it before taking the pictures. Just pretend the buttons are straight and the fabric is smooth... ;)

Side View, Front
Side View, Back
Front View
Back View, in Motion
Back View, Close-up
Back View

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eBay Sale of Costumes [10 Aug 2007|02:12pm]

I'm selling two of my costumes that I never wear any more: Rosie's Wedding Dress from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Christine's Don Juan Opera Gown from Phantom of the Opera. Both include custom, steel-boned corset/bodice. Here are the listings and links to galleries that have more pictures than eBay:

Gallery: http://pics.livejournal.com/auroraceleste/gallery/0002ssd3

Gallery: http://pics.livejournal.com/auroraceleste/gallery/0002ryyg

So if you're looking for costumes, go ahead and bid!

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New Phantom makeup and costume photos [27 Jun 2007|08:17pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Hello again everyone. I thought I'd post some pictures taken this evening with my last go 'round of POTO makeup (when I get around to it, I'll have all new supplies to fool around with instead of the cotton/latex route I'm currently doing). I'm very interested in recreating Phantom's deformities featured in the stage show, and have progressively refined my process over the last year and a half. I've always kept things "on a budget," making the prosthetics from cotton and latex, but this year I'll be stepping up to full on molds, bald caps, wigs...basically everything one sees in the stage show. The new set will consist nearly exclusively of Kryolan materials. I got a line on the exact shades used in the Broadway production, so I made sure to go the Kryolan route with rubber mask grease paint, matching cream, highlights/shadows, etc. I'm very excited about the transition, even though my bank account is not.

I have two websites, one is my main site entitled Phantom on a Budget. There you'll find Phantom makeup photos and instructions, costume photos, and some humor. The entire thing's a bit tongue-in-cheek. I also have a new LJ community where friends and I discuss various POTO-related makeup techniques, supplies, etc.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Wishing (Stage) Dress [25 Jun 2007|02:26pm]

Okay, so I'm plotting to do a second Christine Daae costume. I've done the title song version already, but that version was made for me. Now that I know how to sew, and I've done Victorian day dresses, I'm ready to take on one of my dream projects.

What pattern would you guys reccomend for the Wishing dress? I'd appreciate any help!

One of these days, I'll do the All I Ask of You dress...

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Phantom Cape Question/Desperation [31 May 2007|11:46pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

Hello all. I've lurked around this community for awhile and it's a wonderful resource for Christine's many costumes. However, there's a terrible dearth of good, clear Phantom reference pictures, especially for his evening suit/cape set.

I'm, thankfully, not working on a full costume (and am instead victimising a teddy bear), but I'm really picky about knowing the details and deciding what to use or not. I only need photos of his cape, specifically the collar which I *know* has quite a bit of beading but have no idea what it really looks like. Trawling through the Net has led to small, unclear photos or dead links. (Blasted books never seem to give good photos for it either.)

Terribly close to doing whatever I feel like and throwing in the mouse. So I'm appealing to the good folk here on all and any information on it. What shape is the general cape? Is it a full circle? Is it lined? With what? How is it closed/kept on? What does the beading look like? (What I wouldn't give for a good ref pic)

(I've had a couple of links to a phantomphans image gallery or a ALW costume pic site but alas, both are deader than dead. I've also been through all possible Phan sites on costumes than anyone should in two days. 'M going cross-eyed. X( )

I really would get down and worship any help given.

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My POTO costumes (Stage versions) [07 Apr 2007|11:25am]

[ mood | okay ]

 Two of my Phantom costumes, the Point of No Return dress which is currently still a work in progress and unfinished. It needs more detailing done and such things like that.  The other is the dressing gown which I've worn to see Phantom on Broadway, and to PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular. I also own the Think of Me gown from the movie.

and yes, that is my real hair <^-^>

The phantom (who is not in full costume) is my friend Jon.

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Costuming/Cosplay poll [19 Oct 2006|08:45am]

Hey guys, please take this poll!


I'm interested in seeing if any ideas/theories hold true outside of my own circles. Please feel free to pass this link around and pimp it in your journals, I'm trying to reach as many people as possible. Also, the results are open so you can watch the results right along with me!

Crossposted like whoa!

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[15 Sep 2006|10:04pm]

Hi everyone, I'm Adrienne, a long time lurker and I finally have something to post about! Here goes...So I have made the fool hardy decision of making a Hannibal/Dressing Gown (from the stage) costume for Halloween. I am a novice at sewing and was wondering if any one had any good tips for me. Such as; good patterns to use, where to buy fabrics and trims, and any other execution tips you would care to tell me. All the costumes I have seen here are so beautiful, and the websites so helpful as well. Thanks for all the help, and good luck to all the costumes you embark on too!

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Costuming Forum [12 Jul 2006|08:28pm]

Hey guys! I'm phantomess, and I've innocently been lurking around here. You guys have made some awesome costumes!

I recently started a Phantom of the Opera Costuming Forum for anyone who's interested:


I hope you guys don't mind! Keep up the awesome work I've seen around here!


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[08 Jun 2006|02:38am]

Has anyone tried to make the Twisted Every Way outfit? I love its simplicity and would like to give it a try. Specifically, I'd like pattern suggestions and tips for the blouse. I have an idea for the skirt, but would love suggestions for that as well, just in case. Alas, my copy of the DVD is packed while I move [I'm in agony over it x.x], so can anyone link me to screencaps? Also, does she appear to be wearing a corset under it? I can't remember. [EDIT: Nevermind, I just found a bunch of screencaps and can clearly see the corset and chemise underneath.] Thanks. :)

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Think of Me [06 Jun 2006|03:18pm]

If you go here click on the costumes section and you will see my Think of Me gown in there somewhere...

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Chatelaines for Mme. Giry [19 May 2006|09:58am]

Hello everyone!
I've been lurking here for a while, but this is my first post. Nice to meet all of you!
I've just purchased a lovely chatelaine from Handcock Fabric's webstore. They are on clearance now, so if you want one HURRY! They come in silver and brass, although the one Mme. Giry wears is silver toned. The easiest way to find the items is to visit www.handcockfabrics.com and do a keyword search for "Heirloom Collection". If anyone wants pictures of mine, I'd be happy to post a few.

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Phantom Costume and Makeup How-To [18 May 2006|07:22pm]

Greetings everyone!

I've taken some time to create a website dedicated to the costume and makeup for the stage version Phantom.


Site Features:
- About The Phantom of the Opera: Background information on Gaston Leroux's classic story, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical.
- My Phantom Experiences: Includes cast lists, stage door photos, backstage photos and adventures from my trips to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. Page also includes my various POTO collections of books, movies, and other memorabilia.
- Becoming the Phantom: An introduction to my exploits as The Phantom of the Opera. Includes photo gallery.
- The Costume: Subpage of "Becoming the Phantom" - features description and photos of my costume and tips for those interested in creating their own.
- The Makeup: Photos, supply lists, and step-by-step instructions for two versions of the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage deformity.

I hope some of those pages come in handy for anyone interested in recreating the stage makeup or costume. Comments and questions are welcome! Feel free to get in touch with me here or at my email (phantomtango1@yahoo.com).

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