Costuming Yarns

Posted: February 25, 2015 in Character
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Thank goodness I’m a hooker who also uses needles.

I’ve been wanting to use that joke somewhere for a while now. My mom taught me how to crochet way back when I was in the third grade. More recently I taught myself how to knit. This past month I have been putting both sets of skills to work!

First I found a cute fingerless gloves pattern that I used for two sets. One is the Fourth Doctor gloves for my Fangirl. I really want to have that outfit done and ready to go for DragonCon. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but it’s a good goal to have. I’ve got most of the supplies to finish things up, so it’s possible. I just have to have time and a little more money. Then, I liked the pattern so much, I decided to make another pair in a golden yellow that will be used in a Steampunk outfit I’m planning.

I’ve also made a lot of progress on The Dude’s Grid sweater. After much trial and error and scrutinizing screencaps, I finally got things figured out. I’ve got the back and the right front done. I’m working on the left front. After that I’ll start on the hardest part, the sleeves. I’m really worried because I’ve been modifying the pattern as I’m going. I think I’ll be able to make things work right. After that it’s adding a little to the front and the collar, sew in the zipper, and it’ll be done!

I am so glad that the sweater is going so well, finally. It’s inspired me to really get things figured out for the rest of the costume so I can get going once the sweater is done. I’ve figured out how I’m going to do the pants, which was bugging me for a while. Everything else is straightforward, except for the beverage. I’m still trying to figure out how to make it look like I’m carrying a drink around with me without it being a drink. I’m tempted to just leave that part for the stage and go with everything else out on in the halls. Thankfully I have time to figure it out.

Backing off

Posted: January 30, 2015 in Conventions
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Day one of Ohayocon has not gone as planned.  Partially due to my procrastination. I managed to forget that I need to work on the bangs for both wigs I was planning to use. I tried to get one in shape today, but it didn’t work.

That got me thinking. Why am I in such a rush to get these costumes debuted? The wigs aren’t done. I haven’t worn any of them. Ever.

Killing time between panels got me thinking. I am going to stop rushing to get costumes done. I’m going to spend time and get them done right. I want to be wearing a costume I am proud of.

I’m going to go with comfy clothes for the rest of the convention. It just feels right. And hopefully I’ll learn more at the panels and can make my costumes how I’m envisioning them.

Monkey Wrench

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Character, Conventions
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Well, my plans for Ohayocon have been partially derailed. It turns out that the amazing shirt I ordered to finish off Gaz was out of stock when I ordered it. I’ll get it next month. Why you would let someone order something that wasn’t in stock baffles me.

I have really been looking forward to debuting Gaz. I was trying to figure out how to still wear her to the convention, but I realized two things: I don’t want to make a change just so I can wear her; getting the shirt later will give me time to really finish things off.

I think I’m going to go with my genderbend Piro. She’s been done and ready to go but I just haven’t felt the right time for her. I think that’s this weekend. It’s comfortable clothing. There’s a bag as a part of the costume, so I don’t have to worry about the bag looking out of place.

I’m going to move Gaz to DragonCon. I can see how the shirt looks with everything else and have plenty of time to tweak and make sure she’s ready to go.

I guess I need to get some laundry done sometime soon.

Change of plans

Posted: January 8, 2015 in Character
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That’s really not a new theme around here, but that’s part of the creative process, right?

Anyway, remember how I posted about doing a ‘Japanese Ten’? Well, I had posted the idea on Prydon Academy and the other day someone posted with the solution to my problems!

I was going at this from the wrong angle. I was focusing on making the blue pinstripe into the yukata, which is what was tripping me up. They suggested that I could make that the haori and make the kimono the color of one of his shirts instead. Then I could make the pants the color of the coat to finish it off.

Being me, I’ve got it all figured out. I’ve figured out three different kimono to provide variety. I’ve already got the pinstripe. For the brown, it’s simply a case of looking at the colors in person and figuring out which one is right. I’m hoping to have a few haori himo that reflect the ties he wears to go with the different kimono. I found some maroon tabi at Sock Dreams. The most expensive part is going to be the footwear. Right now I’m leaning toward tatami zori because I’ll feel comfortable enough to run in them, which is important for the Doctor.

I’m really liking the idea of Ten in Japanese attire. It’d be really comfortable for DragonCon and it will definitely be unique. Also, seeing as I’ll be making the clothing, only buying the accessories, I’ll be able to enter it into competitions that have higher levels of craftsmanship expectations. And being unique, it’ll stick out, hopefully in a good way. :D

I’ve been seriously thinking of entering a couple of competitions this year. I guess I’m to that point where I’m confident and comfortable with my costumes that I actually want to put them on stage for all to see.

This year Ohayocon has their Found Item category for the Masquerade. They only allow Found Item costumes every other year. Costumes “that are not at least 60% handcrafted by participant” are considered Found Item. Considering most of my costumes, especially those I’m wearing to the convention this year, fall into that category, I thought I’d give it a try. The costume I have in mind is Gaz for two reasons. First, Hazel and Kyo are really simple: t-shirt, pants, wig. Second, my take on Gaz is original, which will help me to stand out. Also she’s a character that will be known, but probably not cosplayed much. Especially in that category. If I don’t place, no big deal. But I figure it’s a good start.

For Marcon, I’ve got two options: Harry and Arthur. Arthur would definitely qualify more on the craftsmanship side of things since I made the clothes, modified the cover, and styled the wig. Harry has less craftsmanship, but is really well done, in my opinion. I guess I’ll decided when things get closer.

I’m seriously considering attending Origins Game Fair for one day simply for the costume competition. A friend really wants the two of us to enter together, so I have no idea what I’d be entering for that. Although, he could probably throw together a Stargate uniform and we could enter those. I’ve got lots of options for that one, it all depends on what he wants to do.

I doubt I’m going to enter one of the big competitions for DragonCon. I’ve got a few I’m working on that I’m planning to enter, but they’re not done yet. But there is a BritTrack costume competition. And I’ll have three costumes I could enter into that, but it’ll probably be Christmas Invasion Ten since it’s the same day as the parade.

Right now, it’s not that important to me to win anything. Just getting up there on stage and getting comfortable is the important thing. I want to be able to look calm and comfortable when I’m entering one of those costumes I’m working on. Practice is the goal right now. And if I happen to win anything, it’s a bonus.

Another Driving Thought

Posted: January 3, 2015 in General
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I had a second costume idea while driving, but it’s taken a little longer to settle down.

I have enough fabric to make a Tenth Doctor blue yukata. Originally, I was trying to figure out how to do a Japanese Ten. But the more I thought about it, the more complicated it got. So I settled on going with Ten inspired instead.

Right now my plan is this. I’m going to make the yukata from the fabric I have. I’m going to buy enough brown fabric to make some hakama and a haori to mimic the coat. I’ll either buy or make some maroon tabi. Then there’s the sandals.

I’m torn. I could simply stay female and use the geta I recently bought. I could buy some zori, which would leave me able to do make or female. Or I could buy some men’s geta for the male option.

Although I do need to check if there is a difference in construction for yukata based on gender. If so, I guess I’ll have to pick!

I’ve been thinking

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Character
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On the long drive home from Florida on Sunday, I had some time to think. Random thoughts were flying through my head and I found myself thinking of my Gaz costume. It always felt like something was missing. Then it hit me, I was coming at it from the wrong angle.

She’s still going to be Gaz as an adult, but I’ve been trying to figure out more age-appropriate clothing that matches what she wears on the show. But while I was driving, the idea of adding a hat and walking stick just made it click, finally! I was thinking of going the route of Gaz being into Steampunk, but all I could think of was adding goggles. That just doesn’t seem right. So I thought I’d just stick with the hat and walking stick.

Thankfully I know that I can pick up a nice walking stick at Ohayocon. If I can manage that on the first day of the convention, I’ll be able to debut her on Saturday! Now I just have to figure out how to have my phone and my tablet on me while in costume. What can I say, it seems very fitting for Gaz to have tech on her.

I am so excited! I haven’t been this excited about Gaz. Ever!

2014 in review

Posted: December 29, 2014 in General
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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Thank you, everyone!

Cross-posted from Doctor Who Fangirl.

I now have all but two, possibly three, items
I now have the majority of what I need to complete the costume. But I’ve had a couple of thoughts and have made a few changes. Where to start…

While looking through the fabrics, I decided to change Nine from a corset to a vest. The idea has always been niggling at the back of my mind. I finally bought some good-looking pleather, now I just need a pattern.

Then, after I got all the fabric cut, I realized something. A dress shirt, a knit shirt, and a pleather vest. That’s one too many layers and one had to go. The easiest thing to change is Five. As much as I like the idea of the knit shirt standing in for the sweater, the dress shirt and bow tie is all I can think of for Eleven. So I’ll just knit up a new piece of celery for Five.

I’m also starting to seriously consider making a new hounds tooth skirt. There are some fabrics with a nice, finer pattern to them. It’s really tempting to use the pattern I’m using for the bolero/shrug and go with the shorter skirt’s pattern.

This new version just keeps changing. I love it!

…she’s a light brown hare…”

Well, actually it’s a light copper red, but I don’t want to split hairs. :)

Today I went down to the Post Office to claim my package of wonderfulness from Arda Wigs. The Jeannie is going to be such a useful wig! The ponytail that is on the wig is perfect for Kyo! I’m thinking of setting the long ponytail aside for future use on another costume, or possibly for Kyo.

The curly clip is perfect! I looked at it and knew that with a little brushing would fluff it up nicely. It did! It looks just like Hazel’s ponytail now. I just need to sit down and figure out what I’m going to do with the bangs. This is going to be a great Ohayocon!