Monday, September 9, 2013

Ok, I caved...

I'm willing to play and see how it goes (largely cuz I have the vast majority of this done, and I need to finish it for the Carnival event in Feb anyway).

More info here, come play with us (ONE OF US! ONE OF US!).

I am claiming Lady Innes, Thomas Gainsborough, 1757

Because I already have this (thanks Noelle!):

Robe a la Francaise

Robe a la Francaise

Robe a la Francaise

And I really want to wear it! So I need to fiddle with some bits and then do trim and I am golden.  Just have to have someone get me into it is all...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Iron Man Bustle Dress timecard

So, people asked me a lot while I was at DragonCon how long it took me to make the dress. And I actually had an answer ready: 117 hours.

When I was working on the butterfly dress, my co-worker Laurel asked me the same question, but I didn't have an answer. "Uhhh, I dunno. A while." is I think what I said. So she said that I should log it sometime just to see. So I did. This was my log, in case you are interested.

2.5 cutting
1.5 flat line
1.25 sew lining
 2.5 main fabric
5 hours boning
11 hours stomacher
5 hours making sleeves
2 hours lining
2 hours basting
2 hours button holes
3.5 hours inserting sleeves
3 hours button sewing  
41.25 hours total
8.5 hours sewing
.5 hour cut
5 hours making trim
2.5 hours sew on trim
1.5 hours Bustling  
18 hours total

 .75 cut
8 hours sew
10 hours make trim
 5 hours sew trim  
23.75 hours total

2 hours

12 hours
 5 hours Mask
 2 hours sewing trim
19 hours total 
Dying fabric and retrieving stuff
4 hours

Random time doing stuff
9 hours

Total: 117 hours

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

All Pictures posted! Con Report!

If you have time and are interested: check out my Flickr set of photos from DragonCon as there are some REALLY great costumes in there! 

Mia, Sahrye, Amber, Holly, Hal, and I all had a really great time at the con. Its really hard to explain to people what DC is like, but really, the best way is that it is a 4 day long costume party.  Sure, there are panels, and dealers rooms and workshops, and autographs and all the normal con stuff, but more frequently, you just spend your time wandering the three main hotels, checking out people's costumes and being checked out in return.

I wore my Iron man Bustle Dress on Friday for my photoshoot with Anna, who was super relaxed and easy to work with. I think we got some great shots!  After that, I was just going to walk my costume for an hour or two and then take it off cuz it is HOT in the ATL, but kept getting swept into other things and ended up walking around in it for about 9 hours. It got a TON of photos taken of it, and a million really awesome compliments, which were greatly appreciated.  I didn't really realize how much attention I got until I walked around not in costume with other people who were in really great costumes too, and they didn't get nearly the amount of stops and photos and comments that I did. I wonder what it was about it that made it so popular.  It's sort of intimidating though because it sets the bar really high for next time. :-) You really have to bring it at DragonCon. I guess I need to have a photoshoot every time!

Considering it was my first time actually costuming at a Con, I think it went exceedingly well.  It's also the first time I felt really "done and ready" wearing a costume and was super proud of what I had done. I hope I can continue that now that I know what that looks like.  In the mean time, I am gonna wear the CRAP out of this dress to every event I possibly can to get my money's worth out of it! :-)

I'll post my time log that I kept for this project next so you can see how much work went in and how slooooooooooooooooow I am, but it totaled up at 117 hours, and really, I think that was low-balling it. It doesn't include all the time I spent thinking about it and stewing on techniques.  I guess I did something right though, cuz it certainly was a magical experience to wear it this weekend!

Sunday, September 1, 2013