Blizzcon 2014 project

So for this years project, I have my same awesome model willing to go forth and wear a costume for me this year.

I wanted to make something a little more armorish (yeah I know not a word).

So I settled on a new character for Warlords of Draenor. Yrel a dranai paladin. This was after much debating of what seemed a good idea for this year and deciding something from the new expansion would probably be a good choice. I began with just a Google search and this image. This was the only female character I really found.

yrel

Then I went searching for some good ideas on how to create the rest of her outfit as this is a somewhat limited image. These couple images I found really inspiring and plan to do a similar skirted style and kind of mash the ideas about.

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Then a couple months ago I got into the beta and OMG to my surprise on alliance side Yrel is a common recurring character upon beginning into the new expansion and throughout your questing. Here are a couple cute screenshots I got of her for inspiration as well as some good images of her armor and horns.

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So now currently she is just a mish mash of ideas in my head. I plan to keep her original image color story with the gold and white armor with purple accents.

I did purchase some paper mache sculpting clay and supplies to craft her horns and will post those once I get them started. My general plan is to kinda start from her head and work my way down. In the meantime, still watching tons of YouTube videos on different cosplay techniques for armor making and building up my inspiration.

 

Some random things I have made this year.

These are not all the things I made this year, but the ones I actually have photos of.

 

First this cute retro dress from Butterick 4790.  Made with a cute skull and roses cotton print.

 

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Next this retro Butterick 6018. Made from a yellow and white gingham for The Historical Sew Fortnightly #17 yellow challenge.

 

The Challenge: #17 yellow
Fabric: White/yellow cotton gingham
Pattern: Butterick B6018
Year:1952
Notions:One zipper
How historically accurate is it? It states circa 1952, I am not sure if this is one of their original patterns just released again or a new one done in that style though.
Hours to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: Never worn
Total cost: Was about $19 for the cotton. I already had the thread,horsehair braid and zipper.

 

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This is a pretty basic knit top made from some clearance fabric at Joann’s. Just for something comfy.

 

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Now the biggest project/challenge for this past couple years, besides my being in a generally bad economic position, has been trying to set up my sewing room. The previous year began with the majority of my sewing room filled with all my sewing stuff still stacked floor to ceiling in storage boxes and nothing to actually set up a machine to sew on. Through the generosity of friends I did manage to get a sewing desk last fall and have been slowly un-boxing and adding new storage and organization to the room since. About a month ago the water heater (located in the sewing room closet, don’t ask) broke and leaked all over the room. So a quick evacuation of all my sewing stuff from the room led to it being put back together again in its current state, and I am pretty happy with it now. I still need several more of the fabric storage bins for the cubicle storage, but I slowly add to them when they go on sale and as my budget allows.

So this first image shows 2 of the 9 cubicle storage shelves. now these still need a few more fabric bins to complete as mentioned above. But this holds all of my trims, ribbons braids and most types of embellishments. There is a few more bins stacked nearby that will go into the fabric bins once I get them. The scary thing, those bins you see stacked in the corner and across the top are all sewing projects I have cut out and need to finish. Some have more than one project inside as well. Boy do I have more than enough to keep me busy. So that is one thing I need to do, to help clear up the room to look a little more organized.

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Next couple show a different angle and then moving over to the other wall. There is my cutting table sleeping in the corner with some PJ’s and assorted finished projects on top. This next wall has all cubicle storage and then one bookshelf with all my costuming and sewing books and reference materials. the bottom left has all my beads and other small embellishments and several general notion type items down below. Across the top are quilting,embroidery and crochet supplies and projects.

 

 

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Now this last one shows 4 6-cubicle storage shelves stacked up and filled with fabric bins. These are all of my patterns, yeah I really have that many patterns. There is actually a few grocery bags and bins down on the floor in front of them stuffed full of patterns too. This is going to be a weekend project at some point to actually pull them all out and organize them, currently they are just stuffed in the bins in no particular order and that just wont do.  Up above (sorry kinda can’t see it)  is all my general craft supplies like paints and papers and what-nots.

 

 

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Next is my sewing desk in front of this and the window with some more storage nearby of thread and on hand notions needed while working on a  project. You can’t see, but behind the door I have a magazine rack from Ikea holding all my large rulers and similar large and flat sewing supplies.

 

 

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Last but not least is the ever needed ironing station. Looks quite a mess currently beneath it, but eventually with the completion of the fabric bins this will all get sorted out at some point into the storage cubicles.

 

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Still have to decide what to do with my little TV and the serger.

A little idea for Blizzcon……..

So I have an actual project in process for Blizzcon, even though I wont be able to go myself.

Making this priesty outfit for a fellow WOW priesty player to wear at the con.

Vestments of Prophecy (Recolor)

Vestments of prophecy Primal Mooncloth

Still working out the exact details and construction.

Have some lovely grey rayon in my stash already for the over dress, and went to the local fabric depot and got some fantastic royal blue crepe for the under dress.

Plan to do this in a couple pieces.

Starting with a basic medieval cotehardie type shape dress for the under gown in the royal blue from this pattern and will add gold detailing.

mccall dress

Then will make a silver/grey overdress with gold details altering this pattern.

May need to add some type of an apron/belt piece for those front and back parts that are peeking out in the grey/silver.

simp dress

Will then need to add some dark blue/gold bracers, shoulder/mantle armor piece and a headpiece/collar.

Will post some more once I have cut into the fabric and gotten started.

Have about a month to finish and ship it off.

Still need to decide exactly how I will construct those last armor pieces so they can handle being shipped about and still remain stable and retain their shape……

 

 

So a bit of progress done. I got the blue under gown completed…………I like the pretty hem trimmings.

 

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I also did my first attempt at casting resin gems. Was a little harder than I expected to get the gems out of the molds, I ended up having to cut the molds away to get them out. Was a little unhappy about that since it means those molds cannot be used again. It scratched up the surface a touch, but that was easy to buff away with some sand paper. I also wasn’t too happy with the dyes I got, the color out of the cast was a very light grey/blue. However, following the advise of fellow cos players I painted the backs with a dark blue nail polish. I think they look pretty snazzy. Just need to figure out the whole getting em out of a mold better.

 

Vestments inprogress (3) You can’t even tell in the pics that these were barely blue without the back’s painted.

Though I will need to make another set of each size for the shoulders.

 

So about time I finish this post, since it is long since I finished this project.

 

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So here are some pics of this finished outfit.

 

I also made a little book off hand to match. This was a book shaped box from Micheal’s. I bought some scrapbook supplies and covered it to match the color of the outfit.

 

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And last but not least a couple images of my friend wearing it at Blizzcon. Doesn’t she look great!!

 

 

 

 

 

Hathor robes

Camo Nuns

So these are another fun masquerade entry my local costume buddies and I created for Norwescon, again I am sure there are more pictures for this project about and will add what I can find. Pretty basic concept making ecclesiastical outfits from desert camo, was a ton of fun.

Powerpuff Girls all grown up…….

So this was another hall costume project me and my buddies came up with, I am pretty sure there are some more pics from this floating about and will add them as I can find them. The basic concept was taking the three iconic power puff girls from the anime and interpreting them with a grown up fetish style twist. So we bought latex/vinyl in their colors (green,pink,blue) for the outfits and added corsets and such to complete the looks.

Power puff girl

PJ Princess hall costume idea

OK so just a start for this category. A fun hall costume idea Annika and I came up with for Orycon, hopefully we will actually make it this year.

So all those tacky historically incorrect yet cute princess patterns for Halloween sparked the idea and some really soft and plush fabric in the fleece and furs section of our local fabric depot. So taking a tacky pattern, see below the option we chose:

Now find some typical PJ type fabrics, flannel, fleece or such to construct this with.

Such as these below:

Cupcakes on Pink - Cuddle Plush Robert Kaufman Print  Extremely soft and cuddly.

Cupcakes on Pink – Cuddle Plush Robert Kaufman Print
Extremely soft and cuddly.

C6007 Got the Munchies? – Ice Cream Cones on Pink

And you’re all set for a fun and comfy hall costume to wear to the convention. Now I must admit it also seems a fun idea to actually find a purpose for those silly little Halloween princess patterns.

So now just at the idea stage, more to come……