Upcoming and Updates – September

I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to regularly post an update on what I’m working on and a quick overview of what’s coming up.

I’ll start with what’s coming up since that’s quicker. First there’s Halloween. Right now my plan is Columbia in her pjs for class the Thursday before and Gaz for my friends’ party. I’m tempted to bring out Tim for class on Tuesday just for fun.

There’s really only one thing I’m working on right now, the Fangirl. Regular updates are on the Tumblr, but I’ll recap quickly. I’m working on the first glove for the Fourth Doctor. The gloves will be useful in both outfits, if I ever get around to doing the Victorian-style one. I also found leg-warmers for the War Doctor. I’m considering replacing the buttons that are on them with ones that are closer to what are on his spats.

That’s really it right now. After the chaos of prepping for DragonCon, I’m glad for some quiet. It’s nice.

Another DragonCon Down

And more lessons learned!

Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast! I even got to meet a reader (Hi, JH!) and had a blast at my photoshoots. I almost died in the parade. Well, not quite died, but it was really hot and really long and I was Ten in Nine’s clothing, aka lots of hot layers. I really don’t know how Nine cosplayers do it.

But on to the lessons!

I cannot do more than two costumes in one day if I want any chance of going to panels. I had the Doctor Who Bathing Beauties photoshoot Friday morning, which was awesome and I will post pics once I get them. Then I went back to the hotel and changed into Harry. That meant I couldn’t get in line early enough for the big panel I wanted to see. Then there was the Legendary Sleuths photoshoot, which started late, but was a blast. Once that got done I ran back to my room, changed into my SG-13 uniform, and found my hubby in line for the next panel. But as he approached the point where the line was heading downstairs for the panel, they said the room was full. :(

I’m thinking my main problem was the third costume. If I just stuck with my First Doctor and Harry, I would have been better off. It’s a good lesson for next year since I’ll probably be bringing both again for the same shoots.

The biggest lesson I learned, which was reinforced in a panel, I need to get Under Armour. I need it under every costume for DragonCon. The Atlanta heat and humidity made me sweat like crazy when I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a lab coat! Under Armour is going to help me stay cool and worry a little less about dehydration.

And then there’s all the ideas that popped into my head while I was there, but I’ll save that for later. ;)

I am a sewing fool!

Last night I got my work area cleaned off and started sewing the bathing suit. I sewed up everything that I could and really didn’t want to have to cut more fabric so things would fit, so I started on Harry’s coat.

That must be the point where I fell into the time vortex, because the next thing I knew it was 3 o’clock in the morning. I finally collapsed into bed at about 4:15am, but the body of Harry’s coat was sewn together! That just leaves sleeves, collar, mantle, and lining.

Hopefully tonight I’ll get the bathing suit finished up and put another dent in Harry’s coat. I knew once I finally sat down to sew this would happen! The motivation has returned!

Revamping the fangirl…again

While I do have a Tumblr devoted to this costume, I feel this is worthy of being posted here. I have come up with a whole new approach to this costume.

Simplicity 1819

I had the idea of using a layered skirt instead of patchwork, when that pattern popped into my head. It works really well for the outfit. I quickly grabbed the pattern so I could have it in front of me and then wrote down all thirteen regenerations. It will be mostly A with B’s bolero. Slowly I went through and figured out how each would be represented. Some, like One and Eight, were easier to figure out than others, like Eleven and War. But I got it figured out and here’s the breakdown:

One: Monocle. It just screams to be used here.
Two: Hat band. I think the hounds-tooth will pop really well here.
Three: Hat. The hat is not part of the pattern, but it works so well I’m going to take the hat I bought for Didi and cover it in red velvet.
Four: Fingerless gloves. I just love the idea of incorporating the scarf without using a scarf.
Five: Shirt. It’s already v-neck, so I’m going to paint on the lines around the neck on ivory fabric.
Six: Umbrella. That isn’t changing. Well, it’s going to be a new umbrella, but with the same configuration.
Seven: Umbrella handle. It’s fun and cool and will make the umbrella so much easier to carry around.
Eight: Fob watch. The 50th Anniversary fob watch just screams to be used. Just like the monocle. I’m getting it in stereo.
War: Skirt (main part). With that much area being covered, it needed a simple fabric. His pants are perfect.
Nine: Black leather corset. Why change what works. Also it’s one less thing that I’ll have to make.
Ten: Skirt (bottom), Converse, brainy specs. I figure that bottom ruffle is perfect for the blue pinstripe. And seeing as he’s my favorite, he needs more representation.
Eleven: Bustle. The brown tweed will work well here between the black of the corset and the brown of the skirt.
Twelve: Bolero. This is the perfect place for him. Navy brown bolero with a nice, bright red lining.

I’ve already got a little over half of it done. Soon it’ll simply be down to the hat and outfit. That’s where the fun will begin.

Let the Taunting begin!

Dr. Shannon Abbey is a character in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series. More specifically she is in Deadline and Blackout. Her first appearance has vividly remained in my mind:

She was wearing an electric orange T-shirt that read DO NOT TAUNT THE OCTOPUS, jeans, and a lab coat, and was pointing a hunting rifle at the middle of my chest.

Her description in Blackout was the final nail in the coffin:

Her lab coat was open, exposing a bright orange CEPHALOPODS UNION #462 T-shirt.

I had to put together a costume for this woman!

Thankfully it’s not a hard costume to put together. I picked up a couple of bright orange t-shirts from Michael’s. Which is a good thing because I think I’m going to have to do them again. Anyway…I bought some Jacquard paint and acetate sheets from Blick Art & Craft to make the stencils from. I ordered a lab coat from Amazon and that was it. I’ve got jeans and boots and a short brown wig.

Stenciling the t-shirts was an interesting exercise. I worked on the stencils over the course of 4.5 hours. Then, when I finally got them on the shirts, it didn’t work as well as I was hoping. It took many passes to get a solid coat on the shirts. They’re bleeding at the edges.

It’s not as crisp and clean as I was wanting. It’ll be fine for now, but I think I’m going to try using freezer paper to make the stencils next time. That way I can iron it on to the shirt which will reduce bleeding.

17 days to go…

Let the chaos begin!

I have my app installed, my packing list ready, and three out of five costumes to complete. Here’s the plan:
Friday Morning: First Doctor bathing suit for Bathing Beauties photoshoot
Friday Afternoon: Harry Dresden for Legendary Sleuths photoshoot
Friday Evening: SG-13 Woodland Uniform for the Intergalactic Military Ball
Saturday Morning: Post-regeneration Tenth Doctor for the parade and PA photoshoot
Saturday Afternoon/Evening: Dr. Shannon Abbey

After that I don’t know. I know Dr. Abbey will be making another appearance over the weekend. I think it’ll depend on how she’s received on Saturday. I think my SG-13 Uniform will round out the weekend. Luckily either costume would be comfy to travel home in on Monday.

But I can’t wear most of them if I don’t get them done. I’ve decided that Harry’s old coat will work if I don’t have time to get the new one made. Does it look the best? No. Will I still look like Harry? Yes. Although, if Jim has a book signing on Sunday, I may pack a different wig and pentacle and go for my genderbend Harry.

The Doctor’s swimsuit is the biggest hurdle to overcome right now. I have cut out the pattern. That’s it. I need to make the mock up, alter it as necessary, and get it made. I’m hoping to get it started today. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a fitting mock up.

I’m also hoping that by tomorrow I’ll have two bright orange t-shirts ready to go for Dr. Abbey. They’re clean; I just have to make the stencils and get them painted. Thankfully that’s all I need for Dr. Abbey.

Speaking of stencils, I should make sure I have them ready for printing and get started!

Etsy update

Just an FYI to all of you Harry Dresden cosplayers and lovers out there, I have restocked my Etsy store!

Geeky Yarns and Charms now has four different types of shield bracelets available! I found three different types of shields that I thought looked quite cool. There are three bracelets available for each shield type, plus three that have all three types of shields on it. They are all assembled and waiting to be shipped out. They just need someone to buy them.

There is also one more Kyo bracelet still available. I’m not planning to restock those unless there is demand for it.