Summer Wrap-Up

HAHAHAHA…It’s September.

/sigh

Moving on.

So July and August came and went in a flurry of activity, and in case I didn’t mention it, I have an Instagram account now. Those two things are only related because despite having an account and following really nifty people, I haven’t figured out what it’s for. Are any of you who know me surprised? Feel free to send suggestions for better management of social media. At this point, I just link each thing to each other thing so that I can access my own content from whichever app runs the fastest on my poor phone that day.

Blogging is a great way to record how I made stuff, since I make it up as I go along and rarely remember what I did from event to event. It’s also better than my physical closet, since I also forget that I have at least one costume for every fandom that is special to me and I really need to curb the desire to make so many. Mom brain is the worst. To provide insight on my “process”, I’ll run down what I consider to be a banner month.

  • I get an idea for what I think is a costume that will appeal to the event’s primary audience (ex: comic based character for a comic con, a companion for a Doctor Who marathon, something stupidly complex for Halloween even though I’m only wearing it to work for a few hours and only a dozen people care).
  • I work through the design, listing all of the pieces I plan to include. Then, I shop my stash and make a list of anything I don’t have.
  • From the inside out, I make, buy, or alter the costume’s pieces and props while working a full-time job and keeping my husband and two kids alive and moderately happy. This equates to two hours per weeknight with interrupted eight hour stints on Saturday and Sunday, IF I don’t have other events. HA.
  • The last couple of days before the event, my sleep schedule drops to a max of 5 hours (infants and toddlers do not give a shit how tired Mommy is), so I just double up the caffeine and power through.
  • The event happens and is a magical experience that I will never forget…until I do.
  • Upon unpacking the car after the event, none of the luggage makes it too much further than the inside of the front door and stays there until the following weekend.
  • I sit down at my handy dandy laptop, open up my WP dashboard and my Google calendar, throw down pictures on the page in chronological order (that random strangers were kind enough to take, since I’m horrid at it), and fill in the blank spaces with words that I hope make sense to my six or so readers (love y’all).
  • Lastly, I frown at the mess around me, close the laptop and go to bed.

“Where did this rant come from?” you ask. We just returned from the Baltimore Comic Con, and it was the best year yet! I’m slowly descending from the high, so I wanted to write it down before I’m slammed back into reality while cleaning up the costume shrapnel blast in my front room. Let’s go back to July.

My friend is on the local Rocky Horror Picture Show cast, and convinced me to attend their Disney night. Clearly, I needed a mash-up, so [after drafting a much too complex burlesque Mulan] I happily settled on Dr. Facilier (The Princess & the Frog) as Columbia. Bonus: I had everything on hand. Please note the face makeup is a cross between the floor show and Facilier’s voodoo look. I’m still proud of myself for this one.

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Near the end of the month, I provided craft supplies and support to my brother and his friends for Otakon. I also made another eye patch (Debito, Deadman Wonderland) and painted and sewed in a zipper for a Tokyo Ghoul mask.

August brought the beginning of the PA Ren Faire, and my Tiny Princess requested a Rapunzel dress. Since PARF switched things up to Henry VIII, I chose a Tudor style for the Tangled look. Her pouch is a stylized Pascal and may be the cutest functional item I’ve made yet. Husband’s existing green Italian-ish doublet was altered by adding a skirt. I had exactly enough green left and lined it with a floral black and gold curtain panel.

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On an exciting note, The Tudor Tailor had a sale last month, so I picked up their fitted gown and French Hood patterns for me and the hose pattern for Husband. I can’t wait to make new outfits in the off season.

Closing out this chapter was Baltimore Comic Con, which, again, was so very great. I had planned on three costumes to cover the now three day con, but I couldn’t decide what to wear on the first day and didn’t want to wear something I already had. I don’t often regret decisions…but I’ll leave it at that. On Day 2, I wore my new Dee of Rat Queens costume. I loved making this, and I was crazy happy at the number of fans at BCC. I had perma-smile when I wasn’t trying to pose like a badass.

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On Day 3, the fam pulled out our Saga cosplay and received a number of compliments both in person and online. It felt good. I had a malfunction with my wing attachments, so I added the jacket as we were walking out the door. Despite the sweat, I liked the look much better.

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Photo credit: Comicsheatingup.net

It still feels good. I’ve said it before: I love my family.

You guys are pretty great too. If you happen to run across any comic con photos of me and my friends, please send along links.

  • Day 1, I was dressed in a Captain America cropped vest and jeans with Jessica Rabbit (50’s Housewife) and Selene (Underworld).
  • Day 2, I was Dee, walking around with Catwoman (TV – Julie Newmar) and Gamora (GotG).
  • Day 3, My family was the Saga family with Poison Ivy (as Elsa, Frozen) and The Bat-fan-girl.

Dress how you want, when you want. Thanks for reading!

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March Wrap-up

To begin, there aren’t enough pictures for this post. This month, I was busy with preparations for a bellydance festival, so my crafting was dance heavy. Also, I don’t feel like uploading from my regular camera, so you get cellphone pictures for now. It’s not that I don’t love all six of you, but I wanted to get something out before April.

The Tudor Child arrived, and it’s just as beautiful as the others from The Tudor Tailor. The Tyrant picked out her favorite styles, and she might just get one. We’ll see.

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I finished the lace hip scarf, belt, and vest on my performance costume. I’m waiting on the professional photos to come back, but here’s the link to my performance video, if you have a few minutes. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, and I only had one wardrobe malfunction. While I was waiting backstage, one of the jump rings on a belt chain opened, so I found myself at the mercy of a very fabulous vendor, A Case of Random. Earlier in the weekend, she offered to shorten a necklace I purchased, let my mom and me rustle through her plentiful and adorable selection of wrap pants, and entertained my daughter who tried very hard to get at the shinies on the table. I’ll do a short write up on the costume pieces when the pictures come back. In case you’re wondering, this year’s Art of the Belly was the best yet. I recommend the festival for dancers and dance-lovers alike.

This month, I also made a tutu for one of the Tyrant’s classmates and a wedding veil for a friend. I am not a fan of tulle. That is all.

Cleaning my makeup brushes has become a fun exercise thanks to this tutorial. I used to let my brushes go uncleaned for weeks…or longer, but now, I can get the cleaning done in a few minutes and with better results. If you have makeup brushes, you should make this tool.

That’s pretty much it for the month, aside from continued knitting fun with the 4th Doctor’s scarf and some spring cleaning in the work room. I finished separating fabric scraps and ended up with four bags. I alerted Facebook to come and get them, so I’m two bags closer to a less cluttered space.

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This month will be focused on the Steampunk World’s Fair. I’ll be completing last year’s entry for the costume contest, and if I love it, I’ll enter it this year. I also need to piece together something to go with my Damsel corset. If I have a couple extra hours, I also want to make a new belt and top for the monthly hafla. We’ll see about that.

If April could pass a little slower than last quarter, that would be much appreciated.

Thanks for reading!