Oh What A Saturday…

July 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm (Dress Diaries, General costuming, Updates) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

CAUTION: If you dislike long blog posts, I am so sorry. There’s a lot of rambling here that I can break up into smaller posts. It’s the essence of my flow of conciousness.

After a few situations this morning I find myself in my local Dunkin’ Donuts doing what I do best: wasting time in order to get away.

This have gone crazy, as usual, in that little prison I’m supposed to call home. But enough of this and more of what I came here to post.

I’ve been driving myself crazy with this kimono project. I feel that it is within my grasp to get some serious preliminary work done with it during this extended holiday weekend. Already, last night I drew up the pattern pieces and drafted the sleeve pattern to be longer than the Simplicity pattern 4080 intended. It’s longer than the pattern by three inches but that’s enough to make it drift only inches away from from the floor. The original had sleeves that flowed effortlessly all the way to the ground. Very sweet, very romantic and probably more practical than I figure it to be. Me and floor length sleeves equals a very ungraceful face plant. If I do make the sleeves that long I can only hope that I’m walking on plush grass or moss to cushion the blow.

I’m trying to figure out the train that I want to add along the bottom. Should be easy, I know. I’m just debating on how long the train should be. I’m not going for a train of Mariah-Carey’s-royalty-defying proportions. [Yes, I -still- think Mariah Carey is a b*tch for outdoing Princess Diana.]  Just something appropriate and not fiddly. Something long enough that it will show when I walk but pool nicely when I stand still.

Also I’ve come upon a colour of preference, as if that is going to help with my fabric dilema, which is red. The colour of joy, happiness, and good luck. 

Here is a link to Jenny LaFleur’s kimono that gave me the inspiration to do this:

http://jennylafleur.com/diary/kimono.htm

As you can tell I’m not copying it in anyway but using it as an inspiration as well as using her dress diary as a cautionary tale. I do like her ideas of two darts going up along the back to make it more fitted. This is only because I will be wearing a corset underneath circa 1900-1910. In the book of corsets [can’t think of the exact title right now] by Jill Salen, there is a wonderful Eratz corset made out of WW2 paper fabric. It’s beautiful in it’s coarseness and ‘pauper’ qualities. The only set back is that in the book it is dated 1914, but what’s four years?

The more I look at these Edwardian corsets the more I like them. However I am not a fan of the ‘juno’ breast that they aim to acheive. While the clothing made to fit this sort of figure is beautiful it is a tried and true frustrating stance to maintain. My spine hurts just thinking about it. I was hoping to make an overbust version but I don’t have any available patterns for that. I’m rather frugal in my approach to patterns. Aka I won’t buy any commerically made unless Joanns has them for the awesome sale of 5 for $5 or maybe the rare 5 for $10. And alas there are no commerical patterns for this variety of corset. For a style that’s relatively ‘recent’ and madly popular at the time you would think someone besides Nora Waugh has a pattern for it. I’m tempted to splurge and spend the $40-$60 sticker price for her book from the 1950s. I’ve heard that the patterns are a pain to resize and fit but that’s an assumption made up off of one review on Amazon. Hehe, I’m so fickle….

Things Going Badly:

  • Finding/choosing a suitable fabric. [ugh]
  • Finding the room to do it

Things Running Smoothly:

  • Pattern development
  • Idea Refinement
  • Idea Finalization [sorta]

The colour of the neckband and the beads will match. And as a lover of pleats and gathers, there will be a small portion of gathering along the mid back to help shape it. I hope. I’m also hoping that small bit of gathering will help the train flow nicely and pool like I want it to. I also have to figure out how I’m going to make this petticoat. And if I make this underbust corset I won’t have anything to support my chest and for a pseudo period costume I don’t think I’m going to wear a modern bra nor am I going to go without. [shudder] So maybe I’ll make combination underwear? Attach the petticoat to half of a camisole slip or make the petticoat and camisole seperate? Oh I don’t know.

Ideas?

It only came to mind when I decided to watch a few videos on heirloom sewing. Not sure why but I did and I sort of want to try it. Especially since I’ve only worked once with pintucks and at that time I didn’t know they were even pin tucks. I called them ‘flaps’ in a written ‘skirt diary’. But that was when I was really,and I mean really, big into Gothic Lolita and making my own Lolita clothes because, as some of you might know, GL clothing is expensive and only comes in sizes that fit up to a US size 10. 12 if you happen to be really lucky.

Meh, maybe I’ll attempt a cute jumper dress one of these days since I’m not totally out of that ‘oh gosh look how cute that Lolita is!!’ phase. I still have a bunny purse I bought off of Elliseven [LSeven, LS7, Ellis, or the chick with an R2D2 gif for her Hairextension board icon, whatever you call her]. Tiny but perfect for cons.

Hm. Cons, Lolita, an unfinished Mudkip costume…I feel a spark of genius coming on.

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Mini update(s)

May 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I figure that overwhelming you with what I’ve been doing lately would be very cruel and oh so unusual. So periodically throughout the day, or rather sitting here and adding more and more posts one after the other, I’m going to be updating my blog like a monkey on crack. There’s just so much to be done.

Update #1: Finally a sketch makes an appearance

Between fighting the tension beginning to build in my house and dealing with a naturally hyperactive five year old, I’m starting to believe she’s made out of truvia leaves, I got down to business sketching things out.

I know the lines of tape are obnoxious and more visible then I would like to see them but just ignore them. Also ignore the fact that I am not an artist and my Project runway sketches would not be fierce.

Things pictured:

1. The modification of the original sketch, changing the blouse top to something ‘wench-like’.

2. The skirt is less pleated but the same fullness due to the petticoat beneath it. The skirt is still a circle skirt for the sake of pleats and gathers. It will be built into the top.

3.  I’ve fallen in love with the large shoulder ruffles so they’ve stayed as part of the straps.

4. The possible inclusion of fingerless glove armwarmer type things that sport the shape of mudkip’s tail at the bottom back.

5. The apron is still the same round ruffle-y thing with a large bow in the back.

Things not shown:

1. I’m still toying with the idea of adding spats to match the armwarmer gloves. It would complete the outfit, sort of like a CardCaptor Sakura outfit.

2. The tail. It will be plush so it stands out. [I have too much polyfiberfill laying around here for it not to.] 

3. The headband that is bright orange and will have all sorts of embellishments on it.

4. Last but not least, the inclusion of crochet flower panels. It’ll add girl-y-ness and save me some money on fabric. I can’t tell you how much blue yarn has just been lying around the place.

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‘Reach’ing for a Dreaded Candy Mudkip

May 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This blog has taken the longest time to start. Mainly because I’ve been mesmerized by the three squirrels running around each other on a certain spot on a tree in my backyard. I should really get to business since this post could get quite long. Thankfully there is enough Kylie Minogue songs on youtube to keep me in a bubbly, girly mood. To the categories I go!

Halo Reach

The latest installment of the Halo Series, Halo Reach, came out on the 3rd. If I had a 360 and money to buy it I would have preordered and stayed up for hours playing the new multiplayer with my brother and murmured ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at all the shiny weapons. I cannot wait to try out the new melee weapons and this rumored grenade launcher that shoots four sticky grenades at a time. Mmmm more intergalatic goodies to be murdered with during a good round of ‘Slayer’.

Dreads

Oh.my.dear.packets.of.Kanekalon.fibre. I don’t think I’ve ever been this obsessed with synthetic hair in my life. A month before spring semester was over I found the new Heavenly Hair forum, http://www.hairextensionsforum.com/, and it’s been hair-hair-hair-hair ever since. The women on the site are so nice and brilliantly creative that I couldn’t help but feel my own creative core kick up a notch. Yes I still have a lot of projects to finish but I really need to make dreads of my own. Not want but need!

It’s gotten so bad that I’ve been inspired to type out at least twenty dread sets in Excel just to temporarily satisfy my idea factory and OCD. There are sets for every season, occasion, story character, theme, fashion genre, and even a football team [Insert shameless plug for the Baltimore Ravens here. Next season is going to be kick.ass.] It’s gotten way out of control, to the point where I look through old Pokemon cards of mine and automatically see a gijinka form complete with a set of installed dreads. >.<”

Speaking of Pokemon…

Well since I’m in Baltimore for the summer, turning down perhaps one of the best and worst and first job offers ever, I might as well save up some money and spend the $70+ on Otakon tickets as well as mangas, box sets etc. etc. in the Dealer’s Room inside. But you might ask: doesn’t attending an anime convention usually involve some sort of dressing up? Well no, not exactly. See there are plenty of people that go dressed in normal street clothes and then there are those who spend months of prep work to go as their favorite character. It’s a relatively good mix.

My costume started as realization that the turquoise hair sample [yes I was looking at hair for dreads when this happened] and the orange hair sample looked really good together. Orange…Turquoise…Mudkip! Several minutes of brainstorming and google imaging/lolita window shopping later I came up with this:

I’ve also made a bracelet already but I won’t post it until it’s a serious definite. The dreads will be a mix of solid turquoise, turquoise to orange transitionals and possibly triple transitionals: turquoise -> orange -> yellow. Nothing fancy or completely decked out in candycanes, stripes, or blends. I’m still contemplating if I want to make them out of kanekalon or wool roving which I spent the better part of the night looking up on ebay and etsy. At the moment I’m looking to just making a set of all black dreads so I can give my real hair a rest and give it a chance to grow. It’ll be all black because I’ll be starting an office job soon.

After watching a few make up tutorials on youtube i was inspired to do something a bit sweet. Introducing the beginnings of Candy Eye Makeup. Given it’s just the outline, I don’t own any bright eyeshadow colours at the moment. It’s just an idea. The coloured pencil line, made by dipping the tip into a very shallow pool of water, was really faint so I outlined it in white grease lipstick from walmart.

 

Jaded Candy Striper for Halloween?

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