Morrigan The Raven
Here is my Morrigan The Raven costume! This is not an anime thing in case there is a character out there somewhere with the same name! I had the inspiration for the winged cape and then did a little research and discovered the Celtic Goddess of War who took the form of a raven. It was mostly complete by the time I saw Snow White and The Huntsman but I must have had some subconscious inspiration from the evil queen in commercials or something.
Everything is made by me. The only pattern I used was for the corset in a great wet-looking, black brocade. The top is a halloween polyester knit for which I could find no other use. The skirt is 8 layers of ruffled tulle, netting and chiffon which I cut hign in the front and floor length in the back.
For the cape I used an interesting fabric that I found on sale. I think its a metallic organza loosely attached to a black cotton back. It worked out perfectly for the feathery texture I was going for. I made each feather by sewing long strips of the metallic stuff and black chiffon together with one line of stitching. Then I cut the long strips into 6-8" pieces and shaped them into feathers by snipping into the edges and then going to town fraying them with a dog slicker brush. I am still finding the debris from this process all over my house. I attached them to the cape with fabric glue after realizing that the seams showed too obviously when I sewed them. I added strips of heavy weight interfacing to the "fingers" of the wings so they would remain stiff when I lifted the wings but still hang nicely at my side. I also added thin dowels on the outer edge of the cape so the wingspan would be fully extended beyond where I could reach.
I made the collar with a lot of trial and error and interfacing and finally some boning to keep it stiff. I glued real, very long coque feathers to extend over the shoulders and down the back. Then I used coque feather trim to line all around the inside and outside of the stand-up collar. I added some sequins and rhinestones around the neck, but wish I hadn't 'cause honestly what goddess wears rhinestones and sequines? Live and learn. The collar is fastened with an invisible snap and it just laid perfectly over the cape underneath which I could easily remove when it got hot on the dance floor, while still keeping the dramatic collar on.
I also added some red contacts and feathered eyelashes to complete the look. I hope you like it!
Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Charity Stolarz
Posted on Nov 9th, 2012 in sewing, design, garment construction, embellishments, reader's closet, halloween, feathers, raven, morrigan, winged cape