thing-a-day twenty-eight: the final bite

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I finished up the felt apple by attaching it to a headband.  The month-long dash has been a great one, and I move on with a lot of energy into preparing myself for the final stretch of student teaching, and onto job applications!  Hopefully this last project – an apple – with bring me some luck as I go!

I will be taking off the rest of the week (I know, you are SO going to miss me after a post every day of the last month =p), but expect me back next week… probably with wedding stuff!  Ha!

thing-a-day twenty-seven: apple one

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Yesterday I spent most of the day putting in applications for teaching positions, doing this until late at night.  I didn’t spend much time crafting, but I did pause to make this little felt piece, in honor of the first applications of my teaching career being sent out!

thing-a-day twenty-six: finally fitted

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There we go!  A nip and a tuck here and we’ve got a better fitting dress.  This is the lining, with edits pinned.

Wonder what’s going on with my funny dressed dressform?  Well, it’s not exactly my size, so I padded it with some extra fabric and an old, er, undergarment.  Fixed!

thing-a-day twenty-five: quick tassle earrings

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I wanted some cute earrings to wear out tonight, so I worked up a super-fast pair with several lengths of antiqued chain.

thing-a-day twenty-four: Refia’s earrings, part two

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And done!  Alas, I am fighting to find a wig in time for Animeland Wasabi… I had no luck in my local store, and online shipping takes a while… Here’s hoping!

thing-a-day twenty-three: Refia’s earrings, part one

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I started out with some gold feathers/leaves charms and enameled them with some nail polish (which is still technically enamel! hee!).  Glad I had that green polish in the bathroom.  Tonight they are drying and tomorrow I need to acquire gold-tone earwires to complete.

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 nineteen: bursting the bubble

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Nick and I had a few engagement photos taken today by our friend Lilacwire, using both her camera and Nick’s.  As a part of the project, I made these two chalkboard speech bubbles for us to hold!  They came out super cute, and we’re thinking of having smaller versions of them at the reception.

I know it doesn’t really follow my ‘wearable’ theme for thing-a-day, but they’re just too cute, and so easy to make.  Just cut out shapes from foam core, spray on a few layers of chalkboard paint, and write away!  We did these for about $5 for both.  Come to think of it, you could make cute pin-sized versions that would be really fun, and indeed wearable!