This will be the last update before the final reveal of the Retro Cupcake Costume. It has been a crazy busy couple of months but I got it done in the nick of time. Yes, I am famous for procrastinating but I work well under pressure and never miss a deadline! Get creative, the possibilities are endless and I simply went with what was readily available in my local stores and most importantly, cheap! The last two elements that remain are the crown and back bow.
The base of the crown is a plastic headband from the dollar store. Simply overlap the ends and hot glue them together to create a ring shape. Once the glue solidifies, you can start creating the gold trim with a 1.5 inch wired gold ribbon. Simply fold over the ribbon while leaving a 1 inch pleat for the length of the ring base. Apply a small dollop of hot glue between each pleat to help hold the shape. Don’t worry about making it perfect, the pleating creates a nice three dimensional look. Stop! Do not glue the ribbon trim on just yet, put it aside for now. (I had to remove it and continue to the next step before reapplying the trim to the base.)
Search for scraps at your local fabric store as you do not need more than a yard to create the crown, preferably a thick velvet or any rigid fabrics. The next step to create the crown is to cut the fabric for the poof. Using the resources around the house, I grabbed a wide plastic cup to help stretch the fabric to achieve the right shape and size. Once you have pulled the fabric through to the desired size, cut away the excess around the base of the crown (cup). In order to trim the rough edges, fold the fabric into a half moon or quarter moon. Since I was only able to find a blue velvet, I added a purple colored organza overlay and quickly sewed them together.
Once again, place the fabric over the cup and slowly slide the ring down until you reach the bottoms edge. Carefully hold it in place and hand sew or hot glue the fabric to secure it to the base (hairband). Pleats are part of the design, perfection is not necessary. After you have secured the poof to the base, apply the gold ribbon trim with hot glue sparingly.
The following step to creating the crown is the gold ribbons to create a look of royalty. Check the scrapbooking section at your local Michaels for a thick cardboard sheet in gold. Cut two 1 inch strips and ensure the length will work to wrap around the poof. Simply hot glue each end securely inside one of the ribbon pleats while ensuring they are spaced evenly to create the crisscross pattern. Gently fold the cardboard where the strips meet at the top of the crown and push down to mold the shape. Add a sparkly red pom pom for the cherry on top of the cupcake (not pictured, I have to make one last trip to Michaels). Adorn the gold trim with some multicolored jewels and the royal crown is now complete.
Using the same wide ribbon for the sash, it is time to create the bow. Measure out extra ribbon to ensure you will have enough to create the large bow. If you need help creating the bow, there are tons of how-to tutorials online that will walk you through the process step by step. As you can see above, I opted for a simple design and trimmed the ends to form a inward V shape to match the sash. To attach the bow to the corset, simply use a few safety pins to secure it in place.
Last but not least, the inspiration design had cup like shapes on the bust area but decided to change it up a little. I adorned the corset with some cute swirl stickers to create the look of candy on the cupcake. They are easily removed and will not damage the brocade fabric.
I am just as excited as all of you to piece all these elements together and see the completed design. It has been a fun new venture and so thankful to Orchard Corset for selling such amazing corsets perfect for unique costume creations.
Stay tuned for the final reveal…