Bringing It Home: Part One

Fall is my favorite season, partially because layering my clothes is a hobby. Mostly because I get a pause in the costuming schedule to remember that I have a plethora of other hobbies. But, this post is about what I did to end the 2014 season, so let’s look back.

First, I got a new sewing machine–the Singer Heavy Duty. I needed a new primary, since my older Singer has become unreliable, and I don’t want to have any unfortunate accidents with my pretty little Brother. The new machine, Jayne, has been lovely. I was concerned that she’d be too sturdy for my mid-size sewing table, but I haven’t had any issues.

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Late September’s events began with the local fairy festival for the Little Princess and me. Despite the silly number of wings we each already have in the house, the LP wanted to wear an off-the-rack “Green Fairy” costume, so I indulged her with new cellophane wings for both of us. I was a pirate fairy. Frolicking in an enchanted forest happened. It was a magical time for everyone.

Fairies!

Later that day, I transformed into a dancing pirate for the annual pirate-themed hafla. Good times were had.

Later that week, we had an event for National Comic Book Day at my office, complete with a cosplay contest. I decided to do the second half of an original Frozen/DC mash-up by my friend at belle la vie, as the Anna Quinn to her Poison Elsa.

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The project took less than ten hours–most of that being painting time for the mallet. The half cape and bodice were draped and sewn over two nights. The shirt and skirt were existing, and I added the diamonds with fashion tape. The mallet is a combination of floral foam, EVA foam, craft foam, cardboard tubes, bias tape, and a wooden pommel that was originally a decorative mug. This was my first Harley Quinn, and I feel like I can cross it off my cosplay achievement list.

The following weekend brought the RHPS Video Game Show. As per previous events, the audience was encouraged to dress up for the costume contest. I managed to pull a win with this Assassin’s Creed variation.

RHPS AC AC Jacket Side

The jacket took a couple of hours from draping to finishing. The white exterior might be waterproof, and I had just enough for this one day project. It’s lined with the wrong side of some kind of red [not-]silk in the hood, collar, and coat tails. The collar and armscye are piped with a braided red selection from a Jomar haul. The strapless top was a gift to which I added corset lacing. I wore black hot pants and fancy fashion tights with brown boots, belt, pouch, and my daughter’s bracers.

The cast member playing Janet borrowed my Zelda costume, so I made some updates to the vest and gloves and added a hair clip and new crown gem out of clay. I’ve never worked with clay before, so I was pleased that the pieces made it out and back the way they started. There was a lot of glue involved.

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The final week of September was devoted to the LP’s Queen Elsa gown. Over the summer, I’d picked up a glittery blue for the main fabric, blue lining, and blue tulle for the sleeves and train. I did some flat pattern drafting for this, based upon her last rennie gown that I made. My mom came in the day before the party to do the finishing and add stick-on snowflakes. The LP also wore the gown for Halloween, so here’s that shot, with the addition of a fleece shrug I made for the chilled weather.

LP Halloween

The second half of September was pretty busy for my craft room, but she didn’t get a break in October. To Be Continued…

Bringing It Home: Part Two

My last short post announced the wardrobe challenge started by Ashb0 at belle la vie, and I lived through it!

The challenging part for me is that my typical work attire is jeans and a graphic tee; working in a call center fits my “style” rather comfortably. For October, I stayed away from the jeans as much as possible, wearing at least one homemade item per week. By the end, I only missed one post and that’s because I was too busy to take a good picture–more on that later. All of the outfits are on Instagram, but I’ll highlight a few of my favorites here.

Day 8: Literary was devoted to Shakespeare (shocker). I made the earrings, cardigan chain, and skirt. According to Pantone, the bright colors I chose work together this season.

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Now, I’m going to take a break for a cute kid alert. The Little Princess wanted a new costume for the faire that would allow her to wear her new bracers, so she finally got the Link tunic and hat that I’d hoped to make her at some point. We didn’t decide until that morning, so I whipped it up in a half hour.

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Day 15: Virtual Reality was a day for gaming gear, not necessarily a specific video game, which was Day 16. I knew that I’d end up wearing my Wii hoodie with jeans, so I made it a late night and came up with a Super Mario Bros. dress. I did a sleeveless version of the Colette Laurel dress with a keyhole neckline. The earrings were made by Ashb0 because she’s amazing.

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Day 24: Characters – The Doctor was easy. Clearly, I was going to do a Doctor Who outfit, but I have more than a handful of DW tees, costume pieces, even a corset dress, so narrowing it down became making some new bits. Since I don’t have much Eleven love, I decided to go that route. I made a pair of faux suspenders out of red belting that I grabbed at Jomar. They have loops on each end and the belt is passed through them, crossing in the back. The bowtie necklace is made of clay, and I think I might paint it.

Eleven

Day 26: Ghostly Fashion is the day I was too busy to take a good picture. I had a full day of bellydance–workshops during the day and a show in the evening. My fusion piece was Corpse Bride/Bride of Frankenstein themed so here’s a post-performance headshot (taken during our bedtime routine) and a link to the performance video.

Sleepy Bride of Frankenstein

Day 27: Psychosis was more like me than I care to admit. I love saddle shoes and cardigans. I also love “The Bad Seed”…so…there’s that. I made a circle skirt dress with a Peter Pan collar on the first try out of a woven fabric and I managed to make it in such a way that I can slip it on like a t-shirt. When I got to work that morning, a drill had been left on my desk. It was just meant to be.

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While all of this madness was happening, I also had to come up with a Halloween costume. I won’t bore you with how it started, but I hope you enjoy the final piece. The corset is by MayFaire Moon and was originally purchased for my X-Wing Fairy. I made the wings out of buckram, play money, cellophane, and copious amounts of acrylic gems and glue. The rest of the outfit is two pieces: an orange underdress with white chiffon sleeves and a white chiffon overskirt with an orange forepart. The fake money is sewn into the skirt trim and origami money butterflies are sewn down the front and pinned into my fro. I used our company logo in obvious ways. Here is my Billing (as in Accounts Receivable) Fairy.

Billing Fairy

Last month was crazy, and it’s going to take another month to clean and close up shop for the holidays. Regardless, it was totally worth it. I added a lot of jewelry and skirts to my closet. I became so dependent upon the challenge list that I couldn’t remember how to pick out clothes for work this morning. I almost miss wearing a uniform. Anyhoo…

Thanks for hanging in for this two part post! Keep doin’ you!