Thursday, November 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I read all of the Little House books in elementary school and positively adored them.  I remember being really excited and happy when the library told me I could take more than one (!) book out at a time, and I promptly grabbed almost every single book in the series (and then, ya know, read them in like, a day, and had nothing to do for the next two weeks).

Since I loved the books so much, I really wanted to dress up like a pioneer for Purim.  The following outfit is, apparently, what the little 3rd/4th grade me thought a pioneer on the American frontier looked like in the 1840s-1860s.  Please note my halter-top-dress-turned-shirt-I-don't-even-know with cherries on it, my apron (borrowed from my grandma, maybe?), and my long skirt (definitely borrowed from Grandma).  Also please appreciate my adorable-as-hell braids and my how-do-I-even-have-this historically inaccurate  bonnet (pretty sure it was from my last trip to Colonial Williamsburg, which I was (and still am) enamored with).

Egads, the amount of what-even in this picture astounds me.  Please know that I value historical accuracy a lot more know and would never be caught dead in such an outfit ever. 

Throwback Thursday Sum-Up

Age at Time: I don't know if I was in third or fourth grade, so anywhere from aged 8 to 10.

Costume: Pioneer on the American frontier / Laura Ingalls / 1860s

Event: Purim 

Level of embarrassment (scale of 1-10, 10 being deathly embarrassing): 10.  Yup, this rates a 10.  Please see above note about historical accuracy. 

UPDATE: Forgot to mention that this is going to be the last post in a while.  See you in January!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2013

Two weeks ago, I attended Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo.  In a way, it marked the anniversary of when I got into costuming because I wore my very first thrifted, modded, and homemade Steampunk costumes to the same convention last year (even though the con was in September last year, but November this year). 

My sister took a lot of the pictures from Saturday below.  I missed most of the morning thanks to the SAT, but I gave the camera to her with instructions to TAKE PICTURES!

I'm getting spoiled by Comic Con.  Though this is a smaller con, it gets bigger every year.  Last year was a major improvement over the previous year, but this year didn't seem to have been as accommodating of the larger attendance.  I was disappointed with the variety of panels and shops (though the quality of the panels was still very good and I nevertheless managed to clear out my wallet).

A group of Deadpools on the stairs.  If a group of birds is a flock, a group of fish a school, I wonder what a group of Deadpools is called?

IT'S QUEEN AMIDALA!!!! Oh my goodness, the details!

I'd just like to point out that my sister is wearing a shirt with Lt. Uhura as Communications Officer on the Enterprise on it, but siting in the captains chair on a model of the bridge of the Enterprise D.  Hah!  

I might be in the wrong "Star ____" universe.

With Han Solo in carbonite. 

Bustles are so much fun!

Oops.  Wrong universe, again.
With a wonderful Vader from the 501st guys.  He kept on calling me, "my lady," which of course will make any gal squeee!

With Steampunk Hana Solo and Luka Skywalker at the Costume Contest.

Costume Contest on Saturday night

This author was kind enough to let me take a picture of her corset.  The leather appliqu├ęs were really well done.

BEST Doctor with his TARDIS that I have ever seen and that I probably will ever see.

Halloween 2013 Sewing

This post was scheduled to go up over a week ago, but I probably messed up setting the date and time, so here it is now!

I don't have many pictures of the in-process construction of my Halloween costume because I finished it a mere six-ish hours before I had to wear it the next morning.  (Yeah, it was like that.)  "Finished it" is very relative in this sense.  The blouse is fully wearable, complete with closures, but the belt had to be safety-pinned closed.  As I learned from a friend at CoCo over the summer, you do not need closures for something to be "done."

This is what my costume looked like on the 26th, right before I started the mockup.

No pictures of the mockup, unfortunately, since the ever-wonderful sister that normally acts as my photographer was comfortably reading in bed and could not be moved.

Working on the lining to the tune of Doctor Who

I have discovered the secret to watching movies or television while working: the program has to be something I already know by heart, so that I do not spend more time watching than I do sewing.  I also finally got smart and raised the table using volumes of the OED (three under each leg -- it's a running joke with my sister that we use OEDs for everything but looking up words).

I'm really proud of the boning channels in the lining.  They're very neat.  That is all.

Decorating the hat -- $15 fake flowers from JoAnns, hat from the dollar store.

Over this five day long sewing marathon, I watched: HerculesMulan (1 and 2), Lilo & StitchKronk's New GrooveDoctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog (twice), 11 episodes of Doctor Who, many episodes of Teen Titans, and a couple episodes of Downton Abbey (to get me in the Edwardian mood).  I broke two sewing needles and bent almost all of my pins (especially one yellow pin that's not even usable any more -- pics to come once I track it down).  I poked myself with pins several times (but only needed a band-aid twice), and got one bloodstain (my own) on the belt.  My mom poked herself and drew blood twice (don't know about the band-aids for her, though).  I got a blister on my thumb from hand sewing (even though I didn't do that much) and ripped a gazillion seams a gazillion times.


I'm very impressed with the pattern.  I used the (fairly) recently released Butterick 5970, which was historically accurate enough for my needs.  I haven't found any evidence of the weird elbow poofs, but then again, my elbow poofs came out a lot larger than what the pattern called for.  (I was running low on time, so I didn't add the upper sleeve piece that would have covered most of the puff.)  I did get the opportunity to chat online with a friend of the pattern maker, who said that the pattern was based off an extant dress in the pattern maker's personal collection.

Got this brooch at CoCo and I love it -- have no idea if the placement is period, though

I'm still impressed with how the ruched collar came out 

Close up of trim above elbow poofs -- the trim is actually covering the raw edge of the lace 

Grr.  The collar stitching broke when I tried to undress alone -- always have someone on hand to help you get a back-closing bodice off.  Always.  Unless you are a contortionist.

Such tiny stitches (on the outside, at least)!  This is at the wrist, and will at some point be covered with lace trim.

Sacrifices must be made to get a fitted sleeve at the wrist.

Why are you taking pictures when you can be petting me?

One fault with the pattern: it's unclear what to do with the raw edges of the fashion fabric of the bodice, so I did my best to cover it with the trim.

I need to move the buttons at the top near the collar to adjust for my poor posture. (And I have yet to fit Louisa to my own measurements.)

A friend of mine saw that I bought a new parasol at CoCo and offered to teach my how to recover it.  We got together to recover our parasols just before the school year started, but I unfortunately had to head home before I could finish, so the pieces have been cut out since August.  I was really glad that I'd gotten extra fabric for the parasol, because I ended up making the belt with the same fabric!

Temporary fix to keep the parasol closed = ribbon

I have a thing for scallops.  The discoloration is due to Fray Block.  I should have tested it on the fabric first, because I found a bit too late that it doesn't scratch off easily like it does with most fabrics.

My hat is also not perfect -- I didn't get the flowers to lay perfectly, like I wanted them to, but I'm very happy with the overall look.  My classmate took a cell phone picture of me in AP Art History when I got up to write on the board.  We were having a fun review day with crossword puzzles.  You can see the back of my hat fairly well.

Thanks, Katie!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday

World-shattering announcement:  Throwback Thursdays are becoming an every-other-week kinda thing.  This is half to draw out the number of old pictures I have and half to allow myself enough time in between posts to give you something more interesting.

This is my interpretation of a pirate in 3rd grade.  I have a bandana and a neckerchief.  Wow.  I think my sister at least got a stuffed parrot on her shoulder when she dressed up as a pirate.

Throwback Thursday Sum-Up

Age at Time: almost 9

Costume: Pirate!

Event: Pirate Day at school maybe?

Level of embarrassment (scale of 1-10, 10 being deathly embarrassing): 8

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Halloween 2013

All those "Edwardian Hair Attempt" posts were not in vain!  I finished my Halloween costume on time and enjoyed very much wearing it to school for Pumpkin Day.

Prepare yourself for pictures.  Lots of 'em.  And most of them are silly.

Baseball with a parasol.

Golfing with a parasol.

Fencing with a parasol.

Tusken Raidering with a parasol.

Oh, how scandalous!

Attempting my best "Dreamstress" pose...

... which quickly devolved into the "Egyptian walk"

Look, I can fly! -- I have no idea what's going on here.

Finally!  A serious picture.

And the obligatory butt picture.
The next post will (hopefully) be a bit more serious.

A huge thank you to my wonderful friend who took these pictures for me!  I'm sorry I can't take serious pictures sometimes, but they came out beautifully.