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I felt the need to compile the pics I’ve been putting up (dirty mirror selfies, yo!) so that I could have all my Inara costume work all in one place.

This is the training house costume. Go see Serenity if you don’t remember it or if you’ve never seen the movie…tho you really should start with Firefly.

Morena Baccarin’s costume is made up of what looks like 3 pieces. There’s a dark vintage gold charmeuse jumpsuit (yah! jumpsuit!!) and then a lightweight (chiffon I’m guessing) skirt draped over it and a jacket made of a dyed and embossed pony skin leather. You can read more from where I’m getting my info here.

I’m probably not going to dye and emboss pony skin leather (unless it lands in my lap all done and cut and ready to wear) and the awesome Gillian sent me a red sari which will work perfectly for the skirt! Here’s the sari next to the silk charmeuse for the jumpsuit.

I’ve seen some cosplayers attach the skirt to the jacket which would totally work fine for me. I’m still working on getting the jacket put together and while I have draped the front of the jacket, I still need to find the perfect fabric. I think this one fabric I saw at Fishman’s last time I was in Chicago would work so long as it matches the red sari.

I do have the jumpsuit in a good place in muslin land. Here you’ve got the pattern I already had in my stash for a jumpsuit next to the jumpsuit from Inara’s costume. I thought it would be a good starting point so I cut the first muslin.

Alterations: FBA and forward shoulder. I also cut the pattern based on the final measurements. I measured myself and added what I like for ease and cut the size closest to that number. The hips have 6 inches of ease, the waist has 3″ (a hair more than I like) and the bust has about 3″ as well which I was not about to do. I went for an inch in the bust plus the FBA.

Here’s dirty mirror shot #1 (don’t worry, I only have two). As you can see, the FBA I did was way too big. As Rachel pointed out, I’m sewing for my old body. I think one of the reasons why I was so nervous about making anything that needed bust alterations is because I knew I would have to reassess my body and make different alterations. But, see, I’m used to adding a 2″ FBA. I’m used to adding 1-2″ of extra length. In the case of this jumpsuit bodice, I didn’t need a 2″ FBA but the length came in handy. I minimized the FBA to about a 1″ bust increase cos mah bewbs aren’t changing that much. Ha!

After some reworking of the bodice (cos you know I’m not crazy about poofy anything at my bust, I made it into a princess seam bodice! Woot! I felt so great once I got that done. Special thanks to Brooke, Heather and Katie for pushing me to just do it!

It’s a little wrinkly but that was fixed in part by wearing a different bra- the one I’m wearing in this picture is too big but it’s a foam cup bra so it holds it’s shape while I sink inside it. Yeah, TMI! That’s why you read my blog, I’m sure.

As you can also see, I changed the neckline a bit so it would look more like the bodice from the movie. I will have to move the zipper of the jumpsuit to the back or the side since the pattern has you insert it in the front. However, having the opening in the front was perfect for trying on the muslin.

Here’s the first muslin bodice I made

I tend to add a couple of inches to the bottom of bodices just in case. It’s my little insurance. Like I said above, I needed the length but not all the width.

Now, here’s the bodice after I made the FBA an inch smaller and closed up the underbust pleats and the side dart.

I kept pacing the sewing room floor thinking my two pieces should look different. Once I smoothed the pointy bits to a nice curve and stitched the pieces together I realized that’s just how I’m shaped. More bewb on the side. Heh…more TMI- just what you were hoping for!

But it worked! Since I was there and had started creating a bodice that would look more like the movie jumpsuit, I put the bodice on me and chalked out how narrow I could go with the straps while still covering my bra strap and how low I was comfortable going and there I was…closer to the costume I wanted.

To end, I’m here to do a Nike promo and say “just do it” but really, honestly, how many times have you held yourself back when you really could do something? How many times has doubt captured your attention to the point of stagnation? Do you remember a project that could’ve been done in half the time if only you hadn’t doubted yourself?

Here’s to powering through your doubt and to making muslins so you don’t stress the mistakes.