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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wonder Woman


The Eagle has Landed! 
 After an all day hand sewing marathon the Eagle on the Lynda Carter replica Wonder Women costume was completed.  I say that a bit tongue in cheek because as soon as you take photos of it you can see where a bit of tweaking needs to happen.  But overall I am pleased with the results.  Thanks again to our wonderful client who not only provided this opportunity but also supplied an abundant amount of well organized research material.

 This close up shot helps you to see the the unusual texture and beading. 
 The Costume designer  Donfeld stated that the Tiara was constructed out of leather but due to the limited amount they had, the rest of the gold was something else.  The color match on the leather to the lame is so well done you are easily fooled into believing that all of the gold is leather.  I believe they used a gold lame flatted to an under structure to give it the same appearance as leather...a neat trick. I replicated this by fusing the lame to felt.  Below you can see the individual feathers that were created, tried and rejected.  It required a lot of finessing to acquire all of the correct lengths and shapes.
The bodice and trunks are both made from a poly duchess satin.  The trunks are lined with a flesh colored moleskin and boned along the back princess seam to help keep the seat from creeping up on her.  This is a detail we noticed from some pictures of the original costume on a hanger, where the  casing for the boning is apparent.  The bodice is built over a custom made  steel boned corset.  This corset is what provides the breast support along with allowing lots of physical activity without upsetting the apple cart....so to speak.  The back closure is a bit of a mystery, the research we did seemed to indicate that it is hook and eye tape and so that is what I used which was a new technique for me, but the results were successful, it seems to replicate the look of the original quite well, where a zipper did not. 

I will post pictures of the inside corset in a few days.  The Tiara will be the next item to tackle followed by the infamous cape.

48 comments:

  1. beautiful Lynne! sent you an email!

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  2. Excellent work! I'm in awe. Thank you for sharing your process, findings, and photos, Lynne! This is the most accurate replica I've ever seen.

    Ray

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  3. how much do you charge for this? my email is afelmly3305@gmail.com

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  4. How can I reach you?

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  5. @ Anonymous, please leave me an e-mail address, so that I can contact you. You can also find me on Etsy, just click on the link at the top of the page, or on Facebook under Williams Studio 2

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    1. Hi pls email me Tat esperanzameza9@gmail.com pls really want this for halloween

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    2. Could you email your price please gc2@hotmail.co.uk

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  6. hi, do you make this for the public? please send me price quote if you do .. hmfrias@yahoo.com. thanks!

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  7. Hi lynne.... it is a wonderful replic of the costumer.... i wander how much do u charge for it?
    my email is vampiro_sj@hotmail.com

    greets from argentina.

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  8. I'm impressed. I got to try on the original costume from a guy who bought it at auction for $40,000. I took a ton of photos of the inside and outside close up and your version is the closest I've ever seen!!! I think it had a double row of hook and eye closures in the back. Tons of beadwork. How did you get the lasso ends so perfect? Great job!!

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    1. Hey Jen ... I would so love to see some of those pics you took of the costume ... Are they posted anywhere? You can also contact me at scotthelmchen@me.com

      Thanks so much,

      Scott

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  9. Do you sell these costumes? Please email me at Keela_wiglesworth@hotmail.com thanks!

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  10. Really fantastic costume as I posted on another set of photographs. One thing though that I wanted to mention is that Don Feld mentioned in an interview that instead of using gold lamé on the eagle and belt, they used gold foiled leather. Apparently the lamé during testing for the costume wasn't durable enough and was found to fray. The gold foiled leather was even more difficult to light and photograph as it over powered most of the bugle beading. Just thought you might like to know for future reference. Fantastic work on bloomer/panties. Haven't seen anyone else get the cut or seams right.

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  11. Thanks so much, appreciate the kind words. Would love to see the interview of which you refer, is it available? I use a gold foiled leather for the Tiara, and I know there is much discussion about exactly what the Eagle and belt are made from. I have done samples in the leather, but on top of it being difficult to bead, it wasn't a dead ringer for the original...which confuses me a bit. Maybe I will have to try it again.

    @ Jen - would you be interested in sharing the photos you have? I am always looking for more reference:)

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  12. you are awesome! an inspiration, i'm working on making one of my own, and i want it to be as accurate as possible, but i am sure it will not even be able to touch this

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    1. Have fun with it and give yourself plenty of time to look at it. The proportions are critical to getting an accurate look. Try not to expect it to be right the first time, but allow yourself several attempts, each time you will get closer to the results you are seeking.

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  13. I want one....please....please contact me...mhojer1@gmail.com

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    1. Michaelle - you can go to my Etsy store to place an order. The Etsy Store link is on the side bar.

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  14. Hello Lynne! How are you. Well as everyone says this is an excellent work. How talented you are. If you still make the Wonder Woman costume, would you please e mail me for prices and so forth? nannalittle01@yahoo.com

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  15. what is your etsy store ?

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    1. Here is the link to my Etsy store.
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/lynnewill

      Etsy is an on-line market for artists. Each artist or crafts person has their own shop which allows them to sell their products without having to operate their own web-site. You will find some of the items I sell there on the right side bar under,
      " Goodies for sale at my Etsy shop". Clicking on anyone of the images under that listing will take you directly to the store where you can make a purchase.

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  17. how much is this wonder woman costume please nyc2manhattan@gmail.com

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  18. i REALLY REALLY, REALLY REALLY CANT BELIEVE the details!!!!!
    it is GORGEOUS!
    greetings for Spain!!

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  19. there are no words for this... incredible piece of art!!!
    do you sale it?
    how much?

    just wanted to know :)


    cheers for your gifted hands and for WW!!!!

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  20. Helo Lynne Williams...
    My name is Stephanie, I'm french and I live in Paris.
    I just want to say "WAOOOUUUWWW"!
    This costume is so great!
    I am looking for a wonder woman suit, for several months...
    I did not find your work on the Esty site...
    If I leave you my email address, please, can you tell me if you could make one for me?
    I have seen so many WW costumes on the site, that are not very nice but very expensive...
    It is for a shooting on the French Riviera.
    Can you tell me the price (costume + shipping).
    Thank you very much!
    Have a nice day.
    Stephanie L.
    slavidalie@yahoo.com

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  21. HI Lynne.
    I would like to purchase a replica of the Wonder Woman costume. can you please email me prices for it.
    Thank you.
    colormixstudio@aol.com

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  22. Hi, I love the costunw and would love to know how much it cost and how much would shipping be? Im from Puerto Rico. Please email me at erickavb@gmail.com

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  23. Hi, I love the costunw and would love to know how much it cost and how much would shipping be? Im from Puerto Rico. Please email me at erickavb@gmail.com

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  24. Hi, I ve been looking for a replica for a long time now, and yours is the best ive seen. How much would it cost and post to the the UK. Thanks leyahprinces@gmail.com

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  25. Hi my name is Jennifer can you contact me via email Lemoncup2000@yahoo.com i'm interested in the wonder women costume, How much do you charge?

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  26. Hi please email me your price at tlwatkins82@gmail.com

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  27. Please email me at newtieboi@gmail.com

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  28. hi please msg ana.wines@optusnet.com.au about price to make and sent to australia

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  29. Please email me pricing michelegranger77@yahoo.com stunning!!!

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  30. please email me pattikake65@yahoo.com with pricing

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  31. Abfernandez3@Gmail.com please with price. Thank you :-)

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  32. Hi lynne,
    ur email doesnt work ,so I am wondering the cost of wonder womans suit and do u make other suits as we were wondering if u can make a shredder suit and the cost too i have a large family who love costumes so there are alot of suits and costumes we do want definatly I but havent found the right person for the job if you could get back to me when.ur not busy.that would be wonderful, my email is.tootchades@gmail.com
    Thank you
    From kerrie

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  33. Hi lynne,
    ur email doesnt work ,so I am wondering the cost of wonder womans suit and do u make other suits as we were wondering if u can make a shredder suit and the cost too i have a large family who love costumes so there are alot of suits and costumes we do want definatly I but havent found the right person for the job if you could get back to me when.ur not busy.that would be wonderful, my email is.tootchades@gmail.com
    Thank you
    From kerrie

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  34. Hi Lynne,
    My wife is an massive Wonder Women fan and with her 30th birthday coming up, I wanted to get her something special - if you are willing, I would like you to make one for her - please contact me on neil.woodhouse@me.com to discuss. Many Thanks.

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  35. I've visited your page a couple of times, specifically to see the detailed making of your Wonder Woman costume, but am continually amazed by the other works of art you have created. It's people like YOU who truly make the world a better, more imaginative, and possible place to live in. Thank you!

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  36. Hi there,

    I can see from above a few people are having issues with your email, as am I

    My email is laurenrmitchell@hotmail.com and would lOVE to purchase the wonder woman costume if you are still selling

    Please let me know costs etc

    Lauren

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  37. I would like to know if you sell the replicas of Lynda Carter's wonder woman costume for low income families too if so please email me at harrisonjustin04gmail.com

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  38. I would like to know if you sell the replicas of Lynda Carter's wonder woman costume for low income families too if so please email me at harrisonjustin04gmail.com

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  39. Hello please email me! Kakristenanderson@gmail.com

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  40. Has anyone been able to get a hold of her?

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