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.

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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

Sew now it begins……..

So I decided to start a costuming blog. One so I can better track my various different projects from conception to completion. Two so I can share how I make the various different projects. Simple enough right?

So a little brief background, I have been costuming for 20+ some odd years give or take since I was a teenager. I am more or less self taught, beyond that silly little Home Economics class in Junior High that briefly touched some basics for me. I had actually already been sewing awhile before then anyways. I have always enjoyed arts and crafts in general, however, I am a better multidimensional artist; so I have always wished I could draw or paint but just never seemed to have the nack for it. Let’s say I can do some awesome stick figure drawings and leave it at that. So My earliest memories of sewing are making blankets and halters and such for my Breyer horses as a child. I actually made some pretty neat little items once I figured out how to manipulate things. My mother sewed, so we had a sewing room in the house full of fabrics and notions and such, and I went in and pretty much helped myself to small little snippets of fabric, trims and ribbons and went to town decorating my little herd to my hearts content (I don’t think she ever even noticed). I also seem to recall spending some time making clothes for my Barbie dolls, however, I was much more obsessed with the Breyers and horses in general so I by far focused more on the horses and making fun little items for them.

Now forward a few years to high school and I was a pretty typical geeky teen. I was really into science fiction/fantasy books, various different historical eras (oh yeah I loved the Renaissance faires) and was a bit of a gothy/metal teen. So I started making costumes for myself. The first real big project I started was a Dragonlance Theme costume, I made a clerics costume for Crysania, pretty basic white on white robes and cloak. It was a fun project and turned out pretty well for a teenager with no real idea how to make garments. I didn’t even use patterns, I just kinda guessed the basic shape for the pieces and well hey all I can say is no one could have told it was not made from a pattern. I kinda wish I had some pictures, for an early project it really was a good turn out. The gown/robe was a pretty slinky white knit and the cloak was a fake fur lined in satin. Now along with this, I made a really awesome native American inspired outfit for my best friend of the time to dress up as Goldmoon. This I must admit made me realize I could make costumes fairly intuitively. Again no patterns or guides I simply got a bunch of brown felt and fake sheepskin fur and cobbled together a pretty little skirt and halter top for her covered with beads and decorations and it turned out pretty dang good. Now this one I really wish I had a picture of, since it was the piece that really inspired me to get my shit together and really learn about how to make costumes.

So I began really looking into how to sew, I learned how to read patterns and cut out fabrics and on and on from there. I actually would love to take some more advanced classes on tailoring and pattern making, but I have a pretty good idea how to do most of that by now and would consider myself at a professional level as a costumer.

So through my 20’s I participated in Renaissance Faires and this created more opportunities for me to really expand my costuming repertoire. Then after moving from Southern California to Oregon about a decade ago I started going to Sci-Fi conventions, found a new Ren faire group and participated in various different LARP groups and joined some local costuming guilds all providing more sources for costuming inspiration and projects.  Now one of the reason’s I wanted to start a blog was to help track different projects, since at this point many of my pieces are long gone and I never got any photos of them; which always seemed a shame.  Several years ago I lost a considerable amount of weight and decided to sell off most of my pieces on Ebay since it seemed silly to keep costumes I couldn’t wear anymore. So here I can start collecting images of past projects I can scrounge up and make sure to keep track of my current and future projects.

So hopefully that is just enough and not too much about me to get us started here.

White Italian gown

Here again is an SCA inspired gown, made for a feast with an all white theme. Beautiful off white raw silk overgrown and jacquard patterned gown with amber and gold accents. I was always quite surprised that I managed to keep this one as clean as I did, especially at the feast.