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Less than a Week

It’s less than a week to the US Voyage of the Dawn Treader premiere, and I still have a lot to do.  I have all the fabric for the main parts of both Lucy’s Dawn Treader outfit and Susan’s Narnia dress.  I just have to finish all the sewing right now and get the fabric for Lucy’s boots and Susan’s belt. 

So far Susan’s dress is nearly finished.  I completely modified one of the fantasy Simplicity patterns (i don’t know the exact number right now) to make this dress.  It has turned out wonderful so far!!!  The pleats are perfect and I even added my out personal twist with the pleats to Susan’s original design.  It looks so pretty!  The fabric I chose is perfect too.  I have no idea what type of fabric it is because I got it from the clearance section and didn’t think to check the tag for reference.  That’s what you get for having a thirteen minute time limit in the fabric store.  Anyway, the fabric works perfectly.  It has a one way stretch that totally came in handy when I had to fit the dress to me better. 

To finish Susan’s dress I just have to make the collar and embroider it.  I’m using a pattern for the collar so I just have to wing it and see what happens.  I hope it turns out right.  I only have enough to make one collar.  Stupid fund limitations.

As for embroidery, there is no possible way I can get the collar and the other two thirds of the jerkin done in time.  I would have to be The Flash in order for that to happen.  So I’m setting for the next best thing, no embroidery on the collar.  ;_;  I might add the embroidery later, but I kinda doubt it.  The jerkin, on the other hand, is another matter.  I have between one third to one half of the jerkin done.  I did not expect the embroidery to take so long neither did I expect to lose nearly all of my embroidery supplies nor get swamped with a ton of homework before Thanksgiving break.  It’s supposed to be a break right.  So due to my lack of diligence and planning skills, I have to cut a few corners if I want the jerkin to be fairly done in time.  I have a feeling I’ll be sewing every spare and waking minute of this next week in and out of class.  Prepare for a very weak, “yay”.  I’m not looking forward to this.  But I’ll endure anyway. 

The other parts of Lucy’s costume are going well.  I have the pants and the cape done so far.  I still need to make the shirt, which I now have fabric for, and make those darn boots once I find the right fabric.  I really hope the fabric fairy leaves me some material under my pillow this week for good behavior. 

In other news, I have most of my costumes for next year planned out (see next post).  I’m also, finally, making a dress for my mom.  Ok, so it’s more like a full-fledged renaissance outfit, but it’s still a dress.  So far most of the fabric is purchased.  We just have to get the chemise fabric and the coordinating fabric for the opposite side of the bodice.  I almost have the skirt done.  I just have to finish the back closure and the hem.  I want to get all the pieces done by Christmas time so I can surprise mom with them being her presents. 

Other than the above, my sewing has been pretty dull.  School for this year is winding to a close so I hope I can get a lot of sewing done over the break.  I’m hoping to get at least three to four costumes done as well as finish my sister’s Lucy costume and my mom’s renaissance outfit.  It should be blast, a very busy almost stressful blast but a blast nonetheless.  I’m also hoping to get some photo shoots soon too.  I’ve gotten one of Belle’s green dress so far, but I hope to get others like Yuna and some of the other costumes I’m working/will be working on.  But you’ll have to wait till the next post to see what the new costumes are.  ^_^ 

Thank you for reading and be sure to tune in next time to discover what else is happening in my crazy world of costuming and fabric stacks.  You’re a great audience! 

Costume Update

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Belle’s green dress is nigh complete.  I just have to hem the skirt, fix the sleeves so they stay on my shoulders, poof the upper part of the sleeve, and add a few minor details to the bodice and dress.  I reeeeeeally like how the costume has turned out so far.  For how much I modified the pattern I used, the dress looks wonderful.  I do need to figure out how to keep the sleeves on my shoulders.  I even have a cute hair bow that totally adds to and completes the costume. 


For some reason, the sleeves like to slide half way down my shoulders and just sit there unwilling to move.  This makes the dress look funny and my shoulders look uncharacteristically wide.  I’ve tried a couple different techniques so far but they haven’t completely helped.  Fortunately, I have a few more ideas up my sleeve.  I will keep trying ideas ‘till I get these sleeves perfect.  Even if I have to duck tape them to my arms for photos. 



As for Giselle’s curtain dress, it is coming along beautifully.  So far, it’s my best costume yet!  I wound up modifying the sleeves from the pattern I am using; they turned out perfectly.  I love how this costume is coming together, especially since it’s a first time commission.  I love the chosen color combination.  I especially adore how the little accents bring the costume to life.  Literally! 


The bodice and sleeves are almost done.  I just have to add the top lace and maybe understitch the lining.  I still haven’t decided if I’m going to or not.  The skirt is almost done too!  What I have left is to hem the rest of the skirt, over skirt, and lining; attach the skirt pieces; and attach the lining to the skirt.  Then I sew the bodice to the skirt, add the embellishments (long blue ribbon and pink rosettes), and hand sew the zipper in.  It’s late so I might be forgetting a step but that is roughly what I have left before completion. 


I had no idea that the dress would take sooo long.  It’s been three and a half days, and still it’s not done.  Usually, it takes me between three and eight days to complete an outfit.  That is, of course, not doing anything but sewing for twelve plus hours each day.  The longest it’s taken me to complete a costume was a month.  I was also working on homework every day and going to class full time.  I’m so glad I’ve had this time to sew.  It’s a pleasant break to the monotony of school. 


Anyway, back on topic.  I hope to have the dress complete next week.  I’m aiming for Monday, but I don’t know with homework to catch up on.  I was able to take a small break this week due to the flu season affecting my class schedule.  The break came at the perfect time. 


I just hope I can balance my class work as well my costuming now that school is starting up again.  It’s hard.  Still it is possible.  This is something I hope to master soon, and very soon. 


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I cosplayed for the first time today.  Some friends of mine and I had a Disney costume dinner and I went as Belle.  It was soooooooo fun!!!!!!  I wore Belle’s green dress that she wore in the library in Beauty and the Beast.  Aladdin, Ariel, Barbosa, Little Red Riding Hood, Miney Mouse, Pocahontas, Prince Philip, Tinkerbelle, and a few others were there too.  The party was a blast!!!!  We played games, ate food, and took character pictures.  I had sooooo much fun. 

A Brief Update

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Well, I utilized the task force to help me complete the commission.  So far, things are going wonderfully!  I have all but finished Belle’s green dress.  I just have to complete the hem and make a few minor add-ons like hooks and eyes to the bodice.  I think I will have to finish those adjustments after the costume dinner so I have more time for the commission. 


As for the commission, it is going well and rather smoothly.  I have completed the lining for the bodice and skirt.  The blue part is mostly sewn together too.  It looks so beautiful.  I absolutely adore it!  All of the fabric is cut out.  I will begin work on the underskirt here soon as well.  The bodice is nearly finished.  I just need a few more measurements and a couple of adjustments to the fit before I sew the bodice all together. 


So far, the construction has gone well.  I have not had any major errors but the fitting on the bodice has been a little difficult.  I hope it eases out soon.  The sleeves and skirt are looking perfect though.  Sorry this sounds like a long boring drawn out rant.  There is not much to report on except minor details and difficulties.


Next, I find the purple for a black girlie dress to start on my heretofore secret and hidden Goth passion: the Gown of Gossamer Gloom, once my henchmen return with the black balloons and lollipop.  April Fools!!!!!!!  ^_^

Update for Belle

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My Belle dress is coming along perfectly.  So far I have completed my bodice and cut out all the pieces for the main dress.  I am working on the main part of the dress and have the body almost complete. 

Friday is the deadline for this costume as well as a commission I just received.  Hopefully, if all goes well, I will have Belle’s costume done either before or by Wednesday.  After that, I plan to spend some of Wednesday and all day Thursday and Friday sewing the commission.  I should have both done by then, especially if I can round up my mini workforce to help me.  -_^

Fabric, Sales, and Good Deals

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Just the other Friday was my birthday.  It’s my big 1-8 so Mom asks me what I want to do for a special birthday treat.  Naturally, my mind starts racing as ideas flood my mind and excitement builds within my veins.  My mind locks on an idea and, with big excited eyes, I practically screamed, “FABRIC STORE!!!!!!!!!!!”  Mom rolled her eyes while she explained that I’d be at the store for far to long, would miss my game night with my friends, and spend far to much money.  Still, she took me anyway, after I promised that I wouldn’t take more than four hours and would spend as little money as possible. 


So we went to the store.  I was cramped horribly for time while my mind whirled with all the new costume possibilities and fabric combinations.  Fortunately, a sale was occurring and everything I wanted was on sale.  I was in total h-e-a-v-e-n.  Frantically, I raced about the store grabbing patterns and fabric and notions.  Meanwhile, the fabric cutting line grew and grew.  There was no way I would make it out of store in time.  Fortunately, Mom knew that too.  By the time I’d finished getting all the necessary materials for the costumes I was working on, the fabric cutting line had backed up half way across the store.  There was maybe a half hour left till my get-together.  I was going to be late.  Still, I persevered through the long cutting line wait and the fabric cutting process.  According to the clock, I was late to my party as I walked to the checkout line.  The line was very short.  I made it out in semi-record time while saving over four hundred dollars.  Woot for fabric and pattern sales!!!!


Luckily, for me, traffic was moving quickly.  I ended up arriving at the game night four minutes after it started.  Everyone else had gotten there late too.  My friends and Mom surprised me by turning the get-together into a mini surprise birthday party, complete with cake and ice cream and pizza.  Everyone had a wonderful time. 


All that was said to say that I now have all the materials to make Belle’s green library dress and Sheeta’s pirate outfit.  Mom surprised me by buying the fabric and notions as my birthday present!!!!  Both costumes are officially in progress now. 


Also, the theme for the costume dinner is Disney® and it is on the 23rd of this month (April).  I am working on Belle’s green dress as I type.  Expect the next few updates to be a bit longer that usual and cram packed with info, especially since I have less time to make Belle’s costume.  As always, thank you for reading and stay tuned to find out what happens next.  *^_^*

It Happened, Again…

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The creative mind never stops. Just when I think, I have my costume list figured out for the year more costumes wiggle their way into my head. It happened again. I added another 3 costumes to my yearly list and another 10 plus to my total list of 80 costumes. *’_’* I really like to sew.

So, adding to the list of my costumes to make for the year are 2 brand new costumes. I just know I’m forgetting one. Like usual, some costumes will have deadlines while other costumes will not.

The first on my list of additions is kinda up in the air. If I make it, it will be for a costume dinner with my graduation class. So far, I do not know what the theme is or when the dinner will be. Therefore, the deadline and production are subject to change. However, who knows, if I windup liking the costume enough, I might just make it for fun.

Anyway, the first costume is none other than Belle’s green dress from Disney ®’s Beauty and the Beast. I still cannot believe I’m considering this costume because it’s a wittle embarwassing. #___# I’ve never really been into the whole princess thing before so, for me, this is a stretch. I’ve nearly always liked pretty dresses and outfits though, so that helps a lot.

Back on subject, Belle’s green dress is a rather obscure outfit. Most people don’t remember it being in the movie. I didn’t remember it either until I read the Wikipeadia article on Belle and the article briefly mentioned the dress.

Her green dress is the one she wears when Beast shows her his library after they ate lunch. I thought the costume very fitting since I love books and reading and libraries (I really love libraries) as well. I also really like the fact that it is the least made of all her costumes. Guess which one is first. -_^

So, without further ado, drum roll please, here is the costume!

I love the color choices. The costume incorporates two tones of my top four favorite colors. The composition is both adorable and modest! Not to mention, it’s just plain cute! The cloak is an added bonus. That said I would now move on to the next costume on my list.

Second on my new list of costumes is Sheeta’s pirate outfit from Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky. I really like the coloring and design of this costume. Pink pants, how über cool is that!

I love how the cool pastels mix nicely with the warm orange belt and red hair band and ties. As for the cut, it is loose and flowy, perfect for windy spring days aboard an air pirate ship. Finally, the entire composition is both fun and appealing, not to mention flattering. The shoes and hair are wonderful added bonuses. It is a necessity for my costuming wardrobe.

All that said, my new costume list is complete. I still can’t figure out what the third costume is, or will be, so that will have to wait for another post. I really like both of the costumes stated thus far. I can’t wait to make them! I’ve even started with the preparations!

As for deadlines, Belle’s green dress and blue cloak must be complete before the graduation costume dinner, which will probably be in April sometime. I’m hoping to wear Sheeta’s pirate outfit to the same convention that I’m wearing Sophia’s vice captain uniform to. The convention is in August, but I plan to have both costumes done in either June or July.

There it is, my new costume list for the summer. I might add a few, no more than three, to my list if I complete the list early. Then I still have outfits to make for others, so I will probably stick to this list of eight. Well, thank you for reading! I hope you stay tuned to find out how I do in my costuming endeavors.