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.

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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.

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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.

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

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One Year Later

Let’s just file the last 364 days under “And Then Life Happened.” I thought I wouldn’t ever see my workroom, and I didn’t really. I only had a handful of items to make for a handful of events: Otakon commission, Baltimore Comic Con, Pirate hafla, Halloween, Halloween Hafla, NJ Ren Faire, First State Comic Con. I don’t even think I have pictures of most of what I made.

My excuse?

So, you know how I only post once a month? Well, before my July post (which was going to be a short one of me laughing at how I was obsessing over one costume that was taking all of my money and sanity), we found out that we were pregnant.

Yeah. I then became rather preoccupied. Don’t get me wrong, I did finish half a really huge (for me) costume, but it was the ONLY thing I worked on for two months. That was my X-Wing Fairy for Baltimore Comic Con. There’s a page in the menu for it, but the wings aren’t pictured because I kind of hate them. For all of the work I did, I learned a lot about what doesn’t work in the world of arts & crafts…and that’s it. The damned things are still sitting in my workroom, un-photographed because I can’t come up with a back mount that I like. So, the plan is to hang them with fishing line at shoulder height, stand in front of them for a couple of action shots, burn the wings, and make a new pair out of cellophane for a true tech-fairy look. I did wear the flight suit half of the costume to the Baltimore Comic Con, and it was a success, but I may never recover from the epic wing failure. Duct tape and pipe cleaners. Seriously…epic wing failure.

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The only other big project that I worked on (took about a month and a half with all my preggo naps) was for Halloween. I chose Melisandre (GoT) to accommodate my expanding waist line and as a baby announcement to people who didn’t see me everyday. IMO, it was pretty freaking great. I even made an unlined version of her nifty cloak and bought a pewter dragon goblet. What you can’t see is that the shadow creature on my back is coming out of my dress. That freaked a couple of people out. And if you don’t know the scene that this references, you’re really missing out.

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Most of my other projects were small and I didn’t attend half of the events that I did in 2013, but they all helped me retain some sanity while prepping for our new addition. His first costumed outing was to the NJ Ren Faire, where our family won the costume competition on the last day. The Tiny Princess was dressed as a Renny Rainbow Dash, and I’m fairly certain she had a big hand in the win.

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Our second outing (which is why me writing today is so fitting) was to the First State Comic Con, where we attended as Saga characters, Marko, Alana, Hazel (Baby’s first crossplay [/sniff]), and Izabel. We were met with great approval, and while we didn’t enter the costume competition (because again, I can’t get anywhere on time), I love my family. And, they clearly love me to put up with our growing costume closet.

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So, as always, thanks for reading! I appreciate everyone who comes to visit the blog. Please let me know if I can do anything to make your GLS experience more enjoyable. Or not. I have two kids now. Feel free to send snacks.