Mirror Universe Uhura is near completion. It’s not perfect. But it’s mine. I search high and low for a pattern. No such luck. So I had the daunting task of drafting one myself. So, yup, full Google mode.
One Youtube channel that helped me was Secret Life of a Bio Nerd . She has a drafting tutorial for a tank top and a high low skirt. Both proved extremely helpful.
The skirt took me a few tries. It was coming out as a form-fitting high low pencil skirt. I probably didn’t spread out the pattern enough. So I just decided to draft the front of an A-line skirt, place a piece of paper over that and draw out the back. It took a minute, but eventually I had the shape that I wanted
I found the sash on Ebay. I’m waiting for the Mirror Universe insignia, which should be here tomorrow. Also need for find the jewelry.
It was also the first time I actually used my serger. I’ve had it for about two years. It skerd me. But now…LOVE IT.
My inspiration. The lovely Nichelle Nichols.
(The black on the skirt is just the elastic that flipped over)
Dragon 2013. This will happen. I’ve only been once . The year was 2010. A good time was had. I’ve been trying to get back, but things came up. Sept 2011, my husband and I renewed our vows . In 2012 I was cast in a show in Miami.
Once again, I did not start on my costumes as early as I would have liked. You would think seeing that I am self taught, I would make sure to give myself plenty O’time to Google.
BUT I did finish something. One of the costumes will be a Steampunk Miss Scarlet, from Clue. I have finally finished the corset. I started this last August, I think. Then my sewing machine broke, then I I I I…. well you now how it goes.
I did not get a Bernina for $900. I got a refurbished Janome 8050 for $199. All in all, pretty cool little machine and my kid will still be able to eat.
My Nikon D40 (along with my Dell Mini, Kindle and all my MAC make-up) was stolen. So whenever I even thought about updating my blog, I thought about how I couldn’t take photos and got mad all over again. I had unwarranted rage towards my blog.
Starting my garden, again. Last time I had anything really happen gardening wise was 2009. I just imported some posts from my old blog.
I’m currently using my mom’s old Singer Athena 2000. The woman barely used it. She doesn’t even sew. Iffing she did, I ain’t never seent her. Rumor has it, she made one outfit with the Singer. Which my dad called her $1000 outfit. (The cost of the machine in 1978-ish)
I’ve had it serviced, repaired.. But with every project, something goes wrong, then back to the repairman. I’m never 100% sure if it’s the machine or me. And so, I don’t think I sew as much as I would like, due to the potential barrage of swear words that might echo through my home when my machine refuses to catch a stitch.
I really really like the machine. I think. Maybe. Perhaps I like the fact that I didn’t pay for it (or have I?) and it was my mother’s. Though, you know, never having memories of dear ol Mom sewing my Christmas pageant costumes or altering her old prom dress to fit me, I can’t for the life of me figure out my I’m being so nostalgic.
But Mama, (me not my mother) wants a new one, and she wants a Bernina . Real bad like.
Off to waste countless hours to find which Bernina would do me good.
Because I kind of worship Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing from afar, I was all about the Bernina 1008. I even found a few on the ebay. One went for about $300. But I’m a bit weary about buying used on ebay.
So I decided to (make my husband) go (with me) to a Bernina dealer. There use to be one 10 minutes from my house, but they moved 30 minutes away. Boo.
Lynn was awesome. I let her know that I didn’t need a lot of fancy fancy. She showed me two: the B215, ($749) which I took for a test drive. MAN that thing purred. (My Singer works hard and sounds slightly apologetic) and the B330 ($949)
I’m leaning towards the 330. I will have to save BIG TIME.
Why couldn’t a Singer dressform (usually on sale for $99 every two weeks) be enough for me? Noooooooo. I had to have one that was exactly my shape.
I did a LOT of research. (SURPRISE) and when the dust settled, I decided on the My Twin Dressform Basically, you make a plaster cast of yourself and fill it with two parts polyurethane foam. I opted to buy only the instruction booklet and buy the supplies elsewhere.
I enlisted my husband, bless him, to be the official body wrapper. I can be high maintenance and bossy as all get out. and he has a tendency of not paying attention. So, unless your relationship is solid and your love is deep, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS. Hahah I am pretty sure there are many a craft related break-up.
Attempt #1: Clusterf*ck : DO NOT use plaster bandages from craft stores. NO NO NO NO. When I was cut out of it, I could tell it was weak. Plus there were holes. I knew I had to be bandaged again. I also took the advice of wearing heels while being wrapped. I tend to wear high-ish heels in life. Standing still in heels made me mean, real mean. Which lead to the second attempt.
Attempt #2: Close but no cigar: I decided to make a duct tape form then wrap that in plaster. That way I could take my time and make a good cast and not worry about standing still. I also used medical grade plaster. The cast came out pretty good, BUT it was about 2 inches too big all around. Boo.
Attempt# 3: I Think this is it: I happened upon a recent youtube video on someone making a plaster dressform. Holla. It was so inspiring !
So instead of wrapping myself in plastic, I opted to slather Vaseline on my body and apply the bandages directly. I also, as they did in the video, did the front and the back without actually connecting. (Sorry, no pictures of the foaming process. I had my hands full)
(The photo of the completed project was taken at an angle, so it’s not as crooked as it seems)
I’m very happy with it. It’s not perfect. I was not completely straight. But, for the most part I consider it a success.
Here is a rundown of my FINAL supplies.
Vaseline (If you are not wrapping yourself in a bag from the cleaners)
Medical grade plaster bandages. OCL bought from ebay (15 roles was more than enough for me. I’m 5’1 110lbs)
My arm hurts from slinging a mallet. My fingers hurt from accidentally hitting them with said mallet. But, I did it! Not gonna lie, I’m real proud-like of myself.
Google is my BFF!
I labeled the straps to keep them in order
Mallet and hole punch and what happens when you use the two on a piece of leather
My first leather joining. Rivets are fun
Now, to make the buckle
The hole for the buckle was made from a 1 inch oblong punch
To recap, this was my inspiration
From etsy site Misfit Leather
And this is what I googled my way into making
I buckled the front unevenly, thus the appearance of being crooked. I almost gave myself a heart attack.
I will allow myself a little time for a “Yay Me” dance. But I still have TONS to do for my steampunk bounty hunter. Leggings (never done before), Bolero jacket (never done before) which I will be altering the pattern to add puffed sleeves (never done before) and a corset, (Which I HAVE done before, but not this type) AND, I really want to learn how to use my serger.
One of my costumes for DragonCon 2012 is a Steampunk Bounty Hunter.
In my hopes of hopes it will consist of:
A short stay (much like a Bra)
A bolero jacket
Leather chest Harness.
And I want to make as much as I can.
After much googling on many many harnesses , I found my inspiration. (Note, when you Google image, make sure you search STEAMPUNK harness, unless you want to see some 50 Shades type of stuff)
The harness is from an Etsy shop called Misfit Leather. All props goes to them
I decided that I wanted only 2 rows of buckles and I want the holes to be grommets. (We will see if I follow through with that)
So I know what kind of harness I want. We are all good, right? WRONG. I’ve never made a belt and I’ve sure as shooting never worked with leather. I toyed with the idea of using faux leather. (Not for moral rreasons, for I will bite the hell out of a cow. But I thought it would be easier and cheaper) . But, at the end of the day, I thought leather would look better.
Off to Google making a leather belt.
I looked at a lot of stuff. This video helped me loads.
Simple and straight to the point.
Next, Google where to and how to order leather.
After much searching I decided that Tandy Leather Factory was the place to order online. I could get everything I needed (Leather, dye, all the hardware). My plan was to buy several inches of 1 inch wide pre-cut straps. The only thing, I was a bit nervous about buying material I never felt before. I wasn’t sure what thickness to buy, etc. If only I could find a place nearby.
OH SNAP. Turns out there are only four Tandy stores in Florida and one was 15 minutes from me. I was in my car and on my way in 10 minutes.
My Leather Store Experience
That place is way cool. And the people were super helpful. Cost-wise it was better to buy the leather in slab. There was sale on scrap belly leather for $9 a pop. Two would be more than enough. It would mean that I would have to cut the straps myself….. More adventure, and googling..
Time to make the hareness
First I made a paper pattern to determine measurements
I could have sworn I took a picture of my leather piece. Alas, it looked something like this.
I cut out several 1 inch pieces (each about 45 inches long) for the harness, as well as a 2 inch wide in case I wanted to make a belt.
After I cut the straps, I folded and twisted the leather, to give it a more worn look. Then I dyed and finished it.
Hello. Howdy. What’s up. And welcome. I am a googler. It’s how I learn how to do new crap, like gardening and sewing and how to NOT pay $80 to replace an Ipod battery by installing it myself.
Though helpful, my love of googling sometimes gets in the way of the actual doing. Twice I have tried my hand at gardening. I even had a gardening blog. http://myownhgtv.wordpress.com/ (which I wanted to import the pages into this one but couldn’t figure it out. Not enough googling I suppose). But bugs went at them and everything died.
SO I’m starting that again
I also want to become a better sewer, so that I can up my cosplay game at DragonCon this year. I went in 2010 and managed to Forrest Gump my way into making a corset. Before that, I had only sewn a pillow for my son (Thanks Google).
So I plan on using this blog as a way to keep myself honest. To stay on track.