thing-a-day twenty-two: snippity snip!

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Not bad!  It’s a good fit other than in the hips.  A little more adjustment next time, and it’ll be great.

thing-a-day twenty-one: Refia’s dress pattern

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I started out the day patterning from what turned out to be entirely the wrong starting point; I made a too-huge mess of an unfitted top, and decided to start over.  I cannibalized a different pattern that I KNEW fit well, redrew it, and that’s ready for cutting tomorrow.

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thing-a-day twenty: Refia’s boot cuffs

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Into the twenties we go!  Just eight days left!  I believe I will be able to finish Refia’s costume in this last week; that’ll be my goal for the end of this experience!

I purchased these great boots and only needed to add a white cuff to them to create the effect in the images of the character.  A bit of the main dress fabric lined with some leftover white satin and done!  They’re even removable, set in temporarily with washable hem tape so I can wear the boots without them in the future.

I’ll be wearing this to Animeland Wasabi next month if you’ll be there, so keep an eye out for me (but look fast ‘cause I’ll be gone in another second, organizing the cosplay contest again!).  See you there!

thing-a-day seventeen: Refia’s Brooch

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I’ve started working on Refia from Final Fantasy III.  Since I’ve made other faux metal and armor from craft foam and had a lot of success, I decided to go that route with this small piece.  It’s made of two layers, one for the base, and the other with the cross shape.  The entire piece is covered with white glue which stiffens the foam and makes it smooth for spray painting.  A little gold spray paint, and it’s done!

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thing-a-day four: finished!

And here’s the finished project… a Regency dress!

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I had the fabric in my collection, though only about a yard of each, which wasn’t going to be quite enough for a skirt.  I was able to work through the long underskirt by making the hidden part underneath the blue overskirt from another fabric.  I’m loving the accents of the front bow, pink sleeve cuffs, and the rose pearl buttons on the back!

thing-a-day three: two-day dress turning into three

Oops!  I was so worn out after a day of professional development at school I couldn’t sew past 9:30… I didn’t have it in me to set sleeves after 9, alas!  I’ll finish it up tomorrow.  I just need the sleeves and skirt set, and buttons and holes added to the back.

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See, I even got one sleeve pinned in place.  See you tomorrow!

thing-a-day two: day one of two dress

Just a sneak peek today… I’ll finish up tomorrow!  I would have finished today, but some of my fabric is still in the dryer!  Oops!

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Also I’m excited once again about my sewing machine with fancy vine stitches!  Perfect for this project!

Happy 2010!

And welcome 2011!  This first year of blogging (seriously) has been a great one, and I’m looking forward to all the creativity that will come out next year!  Here’s just a quick image of what’s happened this year!

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Thanks for visiting, and see you next year!

Cool EL Wire projects

I saw the new Tron: Legacy movie this weekend and LOVED IT!  I may need a Tron costume in the future… but in the meantime, I went looking for cool EL wire projects.  EL wire, short for electroluminescent wire, is a copper wire coated with phosphor that produces a 360 degree unbroken line of visible light (rather than points of light such as in a LED rope light).  It’s a neat product that’s accessible for a lot of projects, including a costume I created, Juliet here.  I used EL wire in the hem of the dress and in the swirly hat (as well as some fiber optics added to my wig!). 

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There are a lot of costumes out there that use EL wire – particularly the Tron costumes, but I wanted to take a look at what other projects were out there!  Take a look as some of these amazing artworks and craft projects!

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Loving this glowing jellyfish, created by Jason Eppink.  I can totally see this reproduced for a lighting feature – it’s gorgeous!

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Fantastic EL wire spider web by rogueg at Instructables!  It’s delicate and still really functional as a light feature… or even just as a work of art by itself.

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Okay, so I’m not totally over the Tron thing yet… Here’s an awesome and easy mod for a bag from Lady Ada!

What’s your favorite use for EL wire?

A Costumed Christmas

My five-year-old nephew is on a serious cowboy kick lately, and I was asked by my mother (his grandma!) to make a ‘real cowboy vest’ as a gift.  However, as I am completely tapped out on funds by this point (thanks student teaching =p), I wanted to see if I could manage to fanangle this out of nothing and air.  And maybe spit.image

I raided the fabric stash and got really lucky finding a great faux leather pillow cover (from the pillow project earlier this summer) that provided JUST enough base material for this mini-sized vest.  I copied and shrank a vintage vest pattern that I’ve been saving for making Sarah from Labyrinth, and I had all the supplies I needed, already on hand!  No worries there!

Because the leather-like material was such good quality, I decided to do a really authentic look and lapped seams instead of doing a regular seam.  I stitched each one twice for durability as well as for a more authentic rustic look.  That made construction really easy and really attractive.  Finally, I top stitched all around the outside and the sleeve openings of the vest for a finishing touch.

I’m delighted with the finished product, and I hope my nephew will be as well!  This is a sturdy little garment that should last for years… at least until he outgrows it!

What’s your favorite handmade Christmas costume?