DragonCon mini recap

 Posted by on September 4, 2013  Dragoncon, Sewing  No Responses »
Sep 042013
 

It was awesome. I made all my costumes even the already custom made Catwoman costume. I could barely into the one I bought a few years ago. I thought maybe I shrunk it in the wash. I ran into a girl who made the costume out of the same fabric. Apparently it just shrinks. Oh, well….

I sat in on a lot of sewing panels. And Gwen from Torchwood called me beautiful.

Mirror Universe Uhura and Spock

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Missandei from Games of Thrones

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Eartha Kitt Catwoman

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Lana Kane from Archer

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Steampunk Miss Scarlet with Ms Peacock

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And more fun costumes

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Jul 072013
 

Mirror Universe Uhura is near completion. It’s not perfect. But it’s mine. ūüôā 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.

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My costume

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Better late than never

 Posted by on June 29, 2013  Dragoncon, Sewing  No Responses »
Jun 292013
 

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.

Nope.

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.

So here it is.

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DragonCon a no go

 Posted by on July 23, 2012  Dragoncon  No Responses »
Jul 232012
 

Alas, I will not be going to DragonCon 2012.  I was cast in RUINED at Gablestage in Coral Gables, Florida and unless I can teleport myself  immediately after rehearsals, I cannot make it.

 

 

We will meet again, one day.  Le sigh.

Jun 282012
 

Mission complete. And only one day after getting started

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!

 

To recap, this was my inspiration

From etsy site Misfit Leather

 

And this is what I googled my way into making

Harness Front

 

 

Harness Back

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.

 

Google, don’t fail me now.

 

 

Jun 272012
 

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)

Leggings

A bolero jacket

Spats

Holsters

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a Crafttool Strap Cutter. It was like buttah             I used Eco-Flo Gel Antique in Mahogany and

Eco-Flo Leather Finish in Super Shene

 

Word to the wise, although very obvious, use gloves when dying. ¬†For some reason, I did not. ¬†I started to panic, “Oh crap, this dyes leather. Skin is like leather. ¬†I’m doomed!”

 

No.  I googled a solution.  Lather hands with laundry detergent only (no water) then rinse. It comes off after a few rounds.

 

That’s all for now. ¬†Next up will be the¬†building of the harness. Part Two