Sit Down, Don’t Speak

Don’t try to be a hero.

I was in a mood when I started this post, but I decided to keep the title and intro intact, just in case the content took a u-turn. At this moment, all is well, and I no longer have a ranty direction for my words. I think I was annoyed by yet another poor decision in the historical costuming sect–it’s too early in the year for that nonsense. I’m typically out of the loop because I don’t spend a lot of time on social media. I also mute people when I’m being a Moon Child and forget that I follow them at all. So when someone does a dumb, I am generally the last to know. I think the point here is, “Do less.”

We know I don’t plan on taking that sage advice.

This month, I finished Zelda’s white kirtle…like…yesterday. Putting on the buttons was a struggle since we know how much I detest repetitive tasks that require brain power. I’ll be editing the video this week and starting on the accessories during normal costuming hours. I have minimal foamsmithing to do, but a lot of 3D printing. I’m not dreading it exactly, but getting the ideas out of my head, narrowed down, and into the software takes a lot of Me. I have to keep reminding myself to keep it simple and to write down all of the lists with steps to stay focused on what’s in front of me. YouTube documentation has been great for that. Writing scripts before I start the next piece of the project has made the creation process smoother–no matter how much I dislike stitching 30 cloth buttons. I’ve always been a list junkie. If I don’t write an idea down, I’ll lose it forever, and I don’t get them one grand idea at a time. No. I get a flood of small, unrelated, rabbit-holey ideas like Santa getting a load of bad kid mail the month before Christmas. Sometimes it’s physically painful like a shitty superpower–headaches and everything. Right now, I’m trying to keep my Lore Olympus ideas at bay so that I can finish Zelda and start Sailor Mercury’s Regency gown, which, based on my calendar, is the priority. 

Casting custom Triforce replacement buttons is not a priority…though it really wants to be.

In the midst of Diana the Great’s Lore Olympus Cosplay Challenge on Instagram, I’m following the Regency Sew-A-Long which also goes through April. The Bridgerton S2 premiere is at the end of March and The Queen’s Ball falls in the subsequent weeks. January was for prepwork–gathering materials and such, so I took that time to acknowledge that I do not in fact need two Regency outfits. I can just fancy up my original plan for Mercury and save myself timeline stress. I want to find blue evening shoes rather than make or cover something. I’ll also be swapping the DAR vest for an embellished, trained open robe on top of the embroidered muslin gown. I don’t know what fabric is going into this new piece, but no one will be surprised if it’s that gold jacquard that I’ve been cutting from since September. 

Or if I order a more historically inspired light blue fabric to call back Mercury’s Eternal costume… (Sparklies are from Dames a la Mode)

The LO stuff was only supposed to come from what I had on hand so that I could express my love for the series in an artistic display of hastened makeup practice. As of publication, I have made three purchases and have one in my cart. I still need to add the painted nails to my bodywear and style a wig before next week. I’m not solid on this week’s prompt of “Loresona”, which I had originally planned to skip anyway, but I like the way I’ve managed to post the related pictures on IG in a column. So I either have to participate this week or limit myself to one post to keep the visual for the next prompt.

That was a lot of words, so here’s how it looks right now.

I started in this challenge with a goal of Artemis in a 1770s-ish waistcoat, and that was the only piece I’d planned to put real effort into making. It would be a great addition to my Georgian wardrobe, and I could use up the rest of the white damask that I already have out for Zelda’s kirtle. I still need to find and fit an appropriate mens’ pattern that I can wear over my stays, so that I can then fret over embroidery that will display the traditional Artemis iconography. Technically, I already have a generic 18th century waistcoat that I made for Talk Like A Pirate Day 2020, so I may be able to take a pattern off of that. If it works, I can start with an Etsy embroidery file saved in my favorites and fill in Artemis-nal details during the stitch out process. The issue is fitting my idea into one of the challenge prompts. Mind you, this is all subjective, and no one is grading how and when we choose to interpret and post our looks, but changing my own mind from the first idea is incredibly difficult. If I do the smart thing, Artemis doesn’t need to be done until mid-April, which is just after a B&T workshop trip and days before the Bridgerton event. If I go sideways and put Zelda’s accessories on hold, I’ll have four weeks of Lore Olympus items to modify and photograph, stalling the Princess Who Waited even further. No, not that princess–Tiana gets her own month for embroidery. And no, not Ariel–I might keep her in the Phantom Zone for a while longer. 

I really need to learn to get out of my own head. Zelda needs me.

Back to the present, this week closes out the live sessions for the Burnley & Trowbridge Tambour Workshop. I am overjoyed to finally have tambour in my arsenal. I accidentally bought a tambour beading needle many years ago, but never bothered to look up what it was actually for. Once I finish construction on this cap for the class, I have a mind to hoop up Princess Allura’s neckerchief and finally embroider Voltron’s head like in my original design…two years later. I considered doing it on the Ruby, obviously, but doing it by hand will be much more satisfying with much less fighting stitch lengths in the embroidery software. This version of chain stitch looks neat and tidy from the back, and I want to keep the practice in rotation, so tiny projects it is.

Hacking the standing hoop using the Johnson Method (tripod ball joint head) really cinched this skill for me.

With all of the selfies going on around the house and planned for the next few months, I’ve started looking at backdrops again. I have a stand and a couple of walls equipped for hanging fabric and green screens, but I’m always on the lookout for fancier options that don’t require digital editing. A fantasy landscape would be first on my wish list. A castle interior would be second. This past weekend, I finally made a black overparlet for my 16th century wardrobe using the Margo Anderson Tudor pattern set. I took some cell phone shots in 20 degree weather after a good snow and managed to not freeze off my…phalanges. But, I was thinking about my cozy backroom the whole time. Those who can’t photoshop (or leave the house), buy backdrops. 

Pre-reddening my cheeks with LBCC rouge was some Pro level cold girl foolishness.

Thanks for reading!

Author: SciFiCheerGirl

Hobby costumer, wife, and mom with a dancey-dance problem and a hankerin' for nerd makeup

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