Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cosplayers 2011

(Note to say that I don't know the person who put this out or get anything out of this in any way).

Hi friends, I just wanted to share this with you in the event that you did not hear about it. I just ordered this book from Blurb, a self-publishing book manufacturer (which I use all the time and adore).  If you are into Cosplay at all, check it out, it's a beautiful book and I like to fully support people in making these types of things and then making them available to the rest of the world! I do a lot of historical (ish) costuming, but the costuming world is vast and really cool. 

Oh, Baz Luhrmann, you make me weep for joy.

I do not, in any way, care if people judge me.  I love Baz Luhrmann.  I loved Moulin Rouge!, I loved La Bohèm, which I was lucky enough to see in San Francisco, and I adored Romeo + Juliet. There, I said it.  And you know what?  I almost died in my seat when I saw the trailer, in 3D, for the Great Gatsby.

People, it was simply amazing.  The trailer below is great, and I would go see that movie, but the trailer in 3D was mind-blowing.  It was visually stunning.  It was like my brain got to do amazing drugs and there was no consequences. I tell you, that trailer was what movies should be.

I am so excited!

Here, be excited with me:

Now Imagine that in 3D that makes you feel like you are there, walking around, at the party, in the room.This is what the Great Gatsby was like in my head when I read it.  I am so glad Baz is doing this, and I can't wait for Christmas!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Costume College 2012

I am back from CoCo this year, and a great time was had by all! I Went with Wendy and neither of us wore any costumes at all, as I find it less stressfull and more conducive to learning if I don;t need to worry about getting ready all the time. I did take lots of pictures though! They can be found here on Flickr.

I tok Shoe Painting, which was way more fun than I thought, a really great tassel class by Lynn Mc Masters, I learned to make Lunardi Hats, and 18th century buttons, and tutus and how to insert invisible busks in cirsets. The always fab HCC had a great class on how to resin cast in your kitchen, which I totally want to try now.

I saw friends, new and old and everyone looked wonderful. It made me want to do even more costumng! Here's some pictures that I particularly love:

Costume College 2012 - Friday

Costume College 2012 - Friday

Costume College 2012 - Friday

Costume College 2012 - Friday

Costume College 2012 - Saturday

Costume College 2012 - Saturday

Costume College 2012 - Saturday

Costume College 2012 - Saturday

Costume College 2012 - Saturday

Costume College 2012 - Saturday

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We have Pictures!

The pro photos came back from LOJ! I love them all, except that i think my costume needs to be de-saturated a lot! I am going to ask her to do that for me and then I will re-post, but until then, I can share them with you! You can find the full set here.

Labyrinth of Jareth 2012 Pro Pics
Labyrinth of Jareth 2012 Pro Pics
Labyrinth of Jareth 2012 Pro Pics
Labyrinth of Jareth 2012 Pro Pics
Labyrinth of Jareth 2012 Pro Pics

I'm backing this project

I don't know this girl, but I think she is awesome. I wanted to share this link with you in case you think she is awesome too and want to help her too:


Friday, July 13, 2012

SDCC Costume pics

Can be found here, for interested parties.

Costumes at Comic-Con 2012
I'll be updating this every night all weekend.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Labyrinth of Jareth 2012 Photos

I'm back and we had a great time.  I have the whole set of photos I posted up here. I will try and post also the professional pictures we got taken, in which you can see my dress better, when they come back from re-touching!

Labyrinth of Jareth 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Finishing touch

Done.

These past weeks have been crazy. My workplace was in overdrive on a project, my other workplace had extra work for me (always a good thing), I had projects that had deadlines for that were not costumes, and I had to plan for 7 different parties that I am throwing this summer with deadlines for ordering things, reservations, etc. Oh. And 2.5 costumes (one was mostly just loaning out finished pieces, thankfully).

Anyway, I'm done. Yay!

Here's some pics (it's not buttoned up or anything):

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Skirt mostly done

But I had an argument with both pocket seams today (French seamed), so had to rip them both out and start over. On top of that, I discovered a cutting error, but just spliced in some fabric and said "screw it". Hopefully it won't be super noticeable.

I hope I can finish it tomorrow so Thursday I can pack and be sane, but that seems really optimistic.

We'll see. I have a morale-ache right now.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Basque Vest is done!

I worked on it as much as I could this weekend, which was only a few hours, but it's finally done! I still have no idea if it fits! I'll have to find out tonight.

I also did all the closures, etc for Wendy's costume, so we're good to go there as well.

What is left?
Skirt
Maybe some ears?

I have 4 evenings to try and make that happen. Hopefully it'll work out!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wendy's costume was a hit!

We had a final try-on and Wendy seemed to like what I made for her do we've got a win there! I just need to do a couple things in order to completely be finished:
- sew together the elastic on the legs of her bloomers
- sew on the closure of her blue skirt.

These combined should take me about 30 minutes, but still...

My costume still has a long way to go :
Finish vest basque
Design and create skirt
Make a bustle?
I'd love to make ears
Test makeup
Figure out shoes, etc...

We'll see how far we get!

Costume progress

Today, between yard work and working on getting things more straightened and organized around the house, I worked on the Vest Basque jacket/bodice. I have the main part of the bodice sewn together, boned, and ironed out. I just have to do the sleeves and attach them, see the lining in and then make and attach the buttons. I re-taught myself how to make buttonholes today (my pal, Noelle had shown me when we worked on the polonaise, but she put them in, so this was my first real attempt on my own), and then put 11 of them in! They aren't perfect, but they are totally good enough for government work. Here's a picture of them as I was making them:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fabric is all cut and dyed!

Just an update! I'm gonna try to get this flat lined and maybe somewhat put together tonight, but we'll see!

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm now dying my lining of my jacket

And then I'll start cutting my fabric!

Wendy's costume is done!!

I got the cute tule skirt done tonight, so with the exception of the closure on that and the elastic on her bloomer legs, she's all done!

Here's the skirt over the lit cage:

Today's tiny progress

Today I went to Joann to get all of the closures and elastic and bias binding I need to get these costumes done and then I came home after my evening's activities (a massage!) and sewed on the closures for the cage and light pouch.

I know, not much, but at least it was something! The weekend starts tomorrow, though, and my husband is on a photography workshop trip, so I'll be sewing up a storm!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My hiatus is over, now for panic sewing!

Craziness at work, combined with a pretty intense social schedule has kept me back from getting these Labrynth if Jareth costumes started, but I sewed last weekend and again tonight an I am making progress!

I made a bustle cage for Wendy, who tried it on and it looks great, and also a pair of bloomers. The cage needs a closure and the bloomers need some elastic around the legs, but I need Wendy to come over and try it on for me before I can do that. I also am about 1/2 way through sewing the lights to her cage, and hope to finish that tomorrow. So, for her, the list remaining is:

Closure for bustle cage structure
Sew lights on bustle cage
Over skirt
Headband
Bloomers elastic

I got my mockup finished for my jacket and I like the way it fits so I'm ready to cut and sew fashion fabric. My list is as follows:

Cut fashion fabric bodice
Sew fashion fabric bodice
Figure out how to sew buttonholes
Trim bodice
Cut skirt fabric
Sew skirt
Trim skirt
Ears?
Hat?
Tail?

Thats right! It will be my first time making button holes!

I have all of this weekend and then the next 2 weeks to get this stuff done. It may or may not all happen, but I'm gonna try!

Oh, and I have to re-form my mad hatter hat for Nancy, but that won't take too long!

I'll post progress as I go!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bodice Mockup is sewn!

And what is really awesome about that is that I can use the mockup muslin as the lining. I am going to get some pink dye and dye it so it blends better, but at least the is two birds with one stone.

On a related note, I am now in that state of concern that my husband was in a few weeks ago, so I should be power sewing as much as possible in the coming weeks! I was exhausted this evening after a day out in the sun at Maker Faire and then watching the eclipse, but I dragged myself to the machine for even just an hour to get that step done.  I am going to try and do that every evening that I do not have something to do scheduled.

If I break it into tiny steps and keep plodding along, the task becomes more manageable. :-)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Oh My! Pompadours!

I think I want both colors of these shoes from American Duchess! They are on Pre-order from May 14 until June 1, and she needs 100 pairs on order in order to actually make this happen, so if you love these, you should pre-order some here!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I found more perfect fabric!

I was wandering around Fabrics-R-Us and look what I found! Another pink on pink stripe - way wider this time!

And here's what they look like together! They match perfectly!

No, I have no idea what I am going to do with this - probably use it for the skirt, but maybe just a bustle, we'll see.

My brain keeps adding ideas to the costume, which is bad, and things keep getting modified and updated.  We'll see how much time I actually have. :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ok, here we go!

I have a plan. It's in my phone, in the notes section, so it's real. I have also cleaned up my guest room enough to keep me sane(ish) through this process, so I believe I have pondered enough and need to start rolling as we are 7 and 1/2 weeks out and I have 2 costumes to make. Happily, I have all my undergarments already made from the polonaise project, so I don;t have to worry about doing any of that! Most of Wendy's stuff will not require a pattern, so I am not too worried that any of it will take too long, individually, but the whole thing might take a while. I have decided to do these in tandem as they are totally different and will provide me with opportunities to step away from one thing and focus on something completely different if I get stuck somewhere and need to get my head out of it.

Tonight, I have to show for myself: Cleaning and pattern prep. Thankfully, this is a Truly Victorian patter , which I am practically a size model for, so I can cut my pattern out with confidence and I don't have to do any ironing onto freezer paper for this one. Just a whole bunch of cutting.

I decided to try Truly Victorian 405 and see if I can make that work for me:





Really, it was the butt-pleats that sold it. I mean, look at them.

This will be my first solo bodice, but the last time things went beautifully (on the Polonaise), so I am confident!

The next few nights are busy for me, socially, but I think I will be cutting up the mockup this weekend, and hopefully start sewing it as well. I'll report when I have news. Posts may be short and to the point while I report progress.  I'll try and show pictures when I can though!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Inspiration! And the horror of my husband...

I have spent the last couple of weeks catching up on all of the things that I pushed off while I was panic sewing for the Titanic event, but my costume has been churning in my brain, never fear!

I pulled some inspiration images and I thought I would share them:






Somehow, my costume has inspired a group costume for LOJ this year and we have recruited in a ton of people that have never been before.  I think we have 13 people this time around, which is amazing! Everyone is going to do some sort of Alice themed/inspired costume, and we even have some of the really random characters being represented.

Oh, and I sort of volunteered, much to my husband's horror, to build most of a costume for one of my BFFs. Wendy screams Alice to me, and pretty much everyone who knows her. She was undecided on coming, but I think me making a costume for her helped push her over the edge.  I have some pretty cool ideas for it, so stay tuned.  In some ways I am more excited about hers than I am about mine at this point. :-)

Side note: When my husband heard that I had volunteered for this, he totally freaked out.  He started saying very animatedly "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!!" and "YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TIME FOR *YOUR*COSTUME!!!" and "DO YOU REMEMBER LAST WEEK WHEN YOU WERE PANIC SEWING???"  and "YOU SHOULD BE SEWING NOW!!!" which I found very amusing.  I guess I should be more worried, but at this point I am still in my dreamy ideas stage where I forget how long stuff takes and try and see how many ideas I can have about one costume.

Anyway, I pulled some inspiration for hers too:




I sure hope this works out!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Next up: Labyrinth of Jareth Costume

Just off of the last project, I am eager to make something that doesn't make my brain hurt so bad.  I'm thinking if I have enough time, I am going to make a Victorian Cheshire Cat costume for Labyrinth of Jareth, a 2 night Costume ball in Los Angeles at the end of June.  I have a few people that are going to go with me and we are going to do a vague Alice in Wonderland Group theme.

When I was in reno last, I found some fabric that I loved to hate that is absolutely perfect for this event:



The green would be for the skirt, and the two stripes for a bodice.  This would be a bustle dress of course.  By the way, this is silk taffeta and iridesces to ORANGE.  It's HIDEOUS and I love it! That was my first reaction the moment I saw it and I continue to hold that belief!

For the bodice, I will either use Truly Victorian 423 and use the small stripes for the front and back, with maybe the green or purple accents:


Or I will use Truly Victorian 405:


Probably the latter as it seems cooler temperature-wise and more appropriate to the playful nature of this outfit. The great thing about this is that I should be able to get away with wearing this at Dickens Fair also!

Then I started to doubt my green skirt, and went looking for purple since that is the Cheshire cat's belly color, although I may make both, or a skirt out of purple and accents and a bustle out of the green. I am not sure. Anyway,  I have found a few and am not sure which to go with:

#1


#2


Or be totally crazy and go with #3 (this seems really crazy with the stripes):


Does anyone have an opinion?  Leave a comment if you do!I'll probably start the mockup of the bodice super soon so I can get this done way before panic-sewing mania sets in this time!