As I mentioned before, I’ll be starting grad school next month. Actually, this time next month I’ll be getting the last few things together to prepare for the first day of class on the 24th. That gives me less than a month to get things ready for DragonCon. Which means I have to make one small change to the line-up. The Fangirl.

She is not done. She needs more time and money than I have right now to get her done properly. I could probably rush and get her done in time, but I just don’t feel comfortable with that thought. But the replacement was an easy choice. It was actually what I was planning to do before finding out we were going to have two Doctors. Christmas Invasion Ten.

A post on David Tennant’s Facebook Page yesterday made the choice even easier. It’s been ten years since they filmed that episode. (Awesome pictures for reference, btw) Which means it’s been ten years since that episode aired. I think it’s a good time to bring back CI Ten, this time complete with scarf! I just either need to get a Camelbak (or something similar) or invest in some Under Armour and drink water whenever possible in the time surrounding the parade. Actually, now that I look at my options, I think I’m going to try the UA HeatGear fitted shirt. I’m worried about overcompressing if I use the compression shirt.

Anyway, I want to make sure the Fangirl is done properly, which means having the time and money to do so. CI Ten is done. Well, I need to get some new slippers, but that’s no big deal. I’m so much more relaxed for DragonCon now. I’m actually really excited about bringing CI Ten back because he looks so much better than when I first wore him. It’s going to be nice!

Now I just need to get some contacts….

Convention addition!

Posted: July 17, 2015 in Conventions
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I probably haven’t mentioned it on here before. Earlier last month I applied to Bowling Green for admittance to their Popular Culture master’s degree program starting this fall. I got an e-mail today. I GOT IN!!!!

Aside from getting to go to a wonderful school to learn how to further look deeper at Popular Culture, I’m probably going to be spending a lot of time there. Which means I can go to their one day anime convention, Animarathon! I found out about it last year while checking out what conventions there are in Ohio. Considering the next one is Animarathon XIII, it must be good. Considering I won’t have to drive there and back, I’m definitely going to check it out.

Now to figure out which costume to wear. Luckily I have time. I need to get back to work on the Fangirl first. Then I can worry about which finished costume to wear.

I’m back!

Posted: July 13, 2015 in General
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We have the internet and cable again! But more importantly, we’re I’m getting the living room cleaned up! This is important because that’s where I end up cutting and ironing my fabrics. The Fangirl’s been on hold recently because I had to go get more fabric. That just killed the focus I had. I was even considering just doing Christmas Invasion Ten for DragonCon. But now that I’ve got the living room clean(er) again, I think I’m going to get back to work on her. Hopefully later this week.

Speaking of DragonCon, I really should start to get things together for it. Just going through and getting all the clothing set aside is going to help a lot. Actually, now that I think about it, the tub that it’s going to go into is empty and waiting. Perfect! I can start getting packed for DC a month and a half in advance. Awesome!

I’m really excited and motivated now! Now if I could just get enough money to pay for the convention I’ll be good.

I am alive! We’ve just been without internet for the past three weeks. Hopefully we’ll have it again soon. Posting from the phone is not easy!

Aside  —  Posted: June 30, 2015 in General

Refocusing

Posted: June 6, 2015 in General
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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about my costumes. The ones I’ve finished. The ones I’m working on. The ones I’ve figured out how to get done but haven’t actively worked on. I’ve been trying to figure out which ones to wear to which convention. And that’s when I noticed it.

There are a handful of costumes that are faithfully based on the original character that I feel confident and have fun wearing.  Only a handful that I get excited at the thought of wearing. The other costumes I get excited about are the ones where I’ve put my spin on it. The ones that are truly my ‘living fan art’.

It’s helping me a lot. It’s helping me focus on which costumes to work on and which to wait on. It’s helping me decide when to wear what costume. Although Halloween is still up in the air since I have no idea what I’ll be doing at that point. But it’s really helping me focus.

Speaking of focus, mine is still on the Fangirl. She’s just waiting right now. I thought I had some spare lining fabric. Turns out I do, but it’s all bits and pieces. Tomorrow I’m heading to work to get a yard of lining that between the sale price and my employee discount I’ll be spending $4 max on it. One of the perks of working at Jo-Ann’s. The problem with working at Jo-Ann’s is constantly being surrounded by fabric and craft supplies that are on sale with a bunch of coupons in your pocket and your inbox and an employee discount.

I can’t wait to get this skirt and bustle done! Once it’s done, I’m going to get working on the umbrella again. I don’t want to have parts lying around half finished. Then, on to the shrug. I just hope I don’t have to make too many alterations. I want to have this costume finished so I can put it all on and see how amazing it looks!

Then, the focus will return to the Dude! :D

In the zone

Posted: June 3, 2015 in Character
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The last few nights I’ve been staying up late working on the Fangirl. I’ve been posting updates over at Doctor Who Fangirl. I’ve also been taking pictures as I go. I’m going to be making more detailed an coherent posts here once I have the time to sit down and compose them. Right now I’m just focusing on getting as much work done as possible. I’ve been hitting that zone where time just flies by and you don’t realize it. It’s so nice!

Yesterday it was announced that not only will Sylvester McCoy be coming back to DragonCon, but Paul McGann will be going as well.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was my reaction when I read it yesterday. Soon after I realized that since I’m going to get to add two more autographs to my 500 Year Diary, I need to get my Fangirl finished. Actually that thought hit me after I realized I need to get listening to Eight’s audio adventures. But that’s not the point.

The point is I’m going to try to get the new Fangirl done for DragonCon. It’s really not going to be too bad. I’ve got One, Four, War, Nine, and Eleven finished. Eight, Seven, Six, Five, and Three are almost done. It’s Two, Ten, and Twelve that need the most work. And they’re all using the B style of the pattern there on the left.

Two and Ten are going to be contributing to the skirt. Two is gong to be the main part with some great mini-houndstooth calico. Ten is going to be the ruffles in the back with the blue pinstripe suit fabric. Originally I wanted to reverse it, but I need more for the main part than I have Ten fabric to spare. I’ve got Ten’s fabric. Tonight I bought enough Two fabric to do the ruffles. Then I got home and really looked at the pattern and realized I’d have to switch the two. I’m going to get another three yards tomorrow so I can get working on the skirt.

Twelve is the shrug. It just screams Twelve. Between the lapels and the lining showing in the lower sleeves, it couldn’t be anyone but Twelve. Thankfully I have the fabric for Twelve. I’m definitely going to get started on that this week.

Hopefully I’ll be posting updates more often now that I have this costume to get together for DragonCon. A lot of work will be happening in the next couple of months!

The Ten Coat: Research

Posted: May 20, 2015 in Character
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Ever since I found out that I can get Ten coat fabric at Jo-Ann’s, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can make it myself. Like I’ve mentioned before, the Abby Shot coat looks good, but it’s just not the right fabric. That really bugs me. Being made of wool, a thicker wool by the looks of it, it does not lay like the fabric does on the original coat.

Last night I decided to start reading Steve Ricks’ blog Making My Tennant Coat from the beginning. It is the place to go if you are thinking of making a coat of your own. I’m just up to the point where he’s starting to assemble his Mk. IV coat after making a test coat. Reading through the process of the test coat has reinforced that I need to make a test coat first.

There is going to be so much work put into this coat. Seeing as I have no idea where to start making a pattern from scratch, I’m going to start with the same pattern I used for Harry’s Inverness coat. I’m also going to try to find a book or two that can guide me in this process of altering a pattern so I don’t have to use a ton of muslin before I get it right.

But reading Steve’s blog really helps. I now have a much better idea of all the details that went into that coat. I’m also mentally keeping track of little things that I might be able to get away with leaving out. Just little things that don’t affect the overall look, but wouldn’t make the coat completely screen accurate. Which I am fine with. I have realized that there are some things that don’t need to be completely screen accurate. The overall accurate look is what I’m going for.

So, slowly, soon I’ll be posting about my own journey toward making my Ten Coat. I’m hoping between reading Steve’s journey and notes, and taking my time, I’ll be able to create the coat I want to go with my Blue suit and finally have the Tenth Doctor outfit I’ve been wanting for years.

Gaz changes

Posted: May 16, 2015 in Rundown
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Being at Marcon gave me time to mull over costumes in my head and Gaz kept floating up to the top of my thoughts. I think I’ve finally nailed the outfit down. Well, maybe not nailed, but figured out the basic parts that will be there in one way or another. Looking over my posts, it seems I’ve made quite a few changes and additions, so I’ll just give a new rundown.

First, there’s the Coachman’s hat. I love that hat and it’s going to look perfect with Gaz. I’m going to get an ostrich plume for the hat. I love the look of those feathers and the hat just screams for it. Well, when it’s on Gaz. I’d like to get a purple one, but it’ll probably be black. We’ll find out!

Second is one thing that hasn’t changed: the wig. I put too much time into straightening that Ferrari to not use it. Hehe. But seriously, it’s the perfect wig for Gaz.

Next, the choker. I made a cute choker with some beads I have and the celtic knot skulls pendant. It looks good. I may tweak it slightly to get it more how I want it. But it’s good the way it is right now.

Fourth, shirts. After a little miscommunication and frustration at the beginning of the year, I finally got the hoodie I ordered to wear for Ohayocon. It is perfect! I’m just going to wear a t-shirt or tank top underneath it. I decided the corset was just not quite needed here.

Now we go lower down to the skirt. I have been struggling to figure out what to do here. For a while I was thinking leggings alone, leggings with a skirt, a long skirt. But I’ve finally settled on a knit black skirt I have that will work wonderfully with this look.

Finally, the legs. Once I settled on the skirt everything else just fell into place. I’m going to get some good nylons to cover the inches of leg that will show between the skirt and the socks. The socks are a great pair of Leg Avenue black and purple striped knee highs. To finish things off, I’ll wear my flats that I use for the First Doctor Bathing Beauty.

Oh! I somehow almost forgot my awesome walking stick! I don’t know how I could forget the wonderful black stick topped with a silver skull. It’s going to be that great little touch that really will make the outfit that much cooler.

I’m thinking of trying to either find or make a little bag that I can throw essentials into yet goes right with the outfit. I love my Con Bag of Holding, but I feel like it would kinda take away from the overall look. I am really looking forward to getting this together and hoping it looks as good as I think so I can take it to DragonCon and have a blast!

Website updates

Posted: May 15, 2015 in General
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Lately I haven’t been making a big deal of it, but I have a website that goes with this blog. The name is the same, Cosplay Notes, but the purpose is different. It is where I try to keep a detailed record of the costumes. Here I talk about the progress and such. There is where I have source pics, an overview of the costume, a breakdown of what materials were used and where they came from if possible, and any pictures of the finished costume.

Recently I decided to give the site a complete overhaul. I’m still working on it. You can still access the site, but it’s limited. As I get a costume page done, I get it linked up, and refresh the site. This not only updates the overall look, but gets all the pages in the same format. Over the years I keep changing how I want the pages to look, but those changes have been getting smaller as time goes by. I’m hoping I’ve finally settled on how I want everything to look.

So, if you’ve been curious about an outfit or costume, hop on over to the site. All the changes are done and everything is there for all to see. Both good and bad. (cringes)