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Sunday, September 6, 2015

HSF 2015 - Challenge #9 - Brown

What the item is: tudor/elizabeathan coif

The Challenge: #9 Brown

Fabric: Printed cotton

Pattern: Tudor Tailor pattern for coif 1, Patterns of fashion for coif 2

Year: 16th century

Notions: Ribbon, wire (yes really)

How historically accurate is it? the shape and order of construction is historical. some of the materials aren't BUT these are just a first attempt and a stopgap. I hope to make some in linen in the future.

Hours to complete: 1 could have been less. Surprisingly quick to do.

First worn: Today to test out fit and see how forehead cloth worked with it.

Total cost: Practically nothing as all from my stash. (used a fat quarter for both coifs)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Ariel goes Victorian!

So I know I've been a bit quiet lately but I've had two projects to complete. I thought I would give you a taster of my cosplay for mcm london. Historically accurate disney is the theme so I chose Ariel. Already started a steampunk ariel then I found a group doing HA disney and well...I had to go for that, very me. It only took a few modifications to go from steampunk to victorian, 1870's to be exact.
my original steampunk design
I swapped the goggles for a tiara. Made from a cheap toy crown, craft foam, shells, beads and spray paint.
Then instead of a net apron draped overskirt made a green one to represent the fins and ruffles for seaweed.
I tweaked my green skirt adding a pocket slit. A slight oversight I'd made when I first made it.
 I also made some shell shoe clips to temporarily decorate my shoes.

Added some ruffles to the sleeves, made a shell necklace and ta da! All I need now is to make a trident, which will be last minute so I don't have to store it for too long.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

HSF 2015 - Challenge #7 - Accessorize

The Challenge: #7 Accessorize
Fabric: 'silk' and lining scraps
Pattern: N/A
Year: 1869
Notions: Bias binding, thread, interfacing.
How historically accurate is it? This was inspired by the glasses case posted on the HSF FB page from godeys. I took a few liberties with the design so its close enough for me.
Hours to complete: About 2 hours max. I stopped for tea and lost track of time.
First worn: Today for pics.
Total cost: It was all from my stash so cost me nothing. In fact the fabric was from an old bridesmaid dress.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Shrink plastic broaches!

So I saw 'dawns dress diary' post about shrink plastic jewellry. And I just had to have a go. They were selling small packs of shrinkles sheets for pocket money prices so...I bought myself a pack of the frosted style and some broach backs.
Above was its original size about 15 cm tall. Then I popped it in the oven along with two other ones.
 I superglued the broach pins on the back
Quite pleased with the results. Much lighter than using polymer clay.
Here you can see it pinned onto my femme 6th doctor cosplay.

Monday, June 8, 2015

HSF 2015 - Challenge #6 - Out of your comfort zone

What the item is (and why it was out of your comfort zone): Its a housedress/apron. Its out of my comfort zone because I have not had sucess with wrapover dresses or tops. I've stayed away from them as I could never adjust them to fit. But now my fitting skills have improved decided to go for it.

The Challenge: #6 Out of your comfort zone

Fabric: Floral print cotton

Pattern: McCalls 6959

Year: 1940's (and could even work for early 50's)

Notions: Bias binding, thread.

How historically accurate is it? I based it off the period images I found on pinterest and the sewing patterns of the day.

Hours to complete: Well I sorta lost track, stopping and starting. Took me ages to get the fit right but once that was done it was fairly quick to sew up.

First worn: Today for pics.

Total cost: It was all from my stash so cost me nothing but the fabric was probably around the £5 per metre mark.

 I started with a modern pattern that was close enough to what I wanted. Then I took the narrow skirted view, left off the collar and flared out the skirt into an A-line shape.
I slash and spread the bodice pattern widthwise, and added a little length to the bottom of the bodice.

I used some yellow bias binding from my stash for the ties...but now I think I should have used some self bias fabric. I did change my mind halfway though as I was going to use the yellow to bind the arms and front of the apron but it looked a bit....tacky.
 I even had enough fabric left to make a matching headscarf.

Monday, May 25, 2015

MCM Comicon London - May 2015 (Saturday)

Comicon report time! This was my first time at the May MCM as I'd only done October before. There were a few differences between the two but fundementally the same.
I felt that this was much more busy than in October, but I prefered the layout and the queuing system this time. I had bought in advance a priority ticket, this meant we could be ushered inside pretty quickly collecting the wristband and then moving into the foyer/concorse area to wait for shutters to open on the halls. this was much more civilized affording to wait for the 'doors open' time in relative comfort. I usually spend first 15mins of any con getting a cup of tea and using the loo anyway. lol!
I wasn't planning of seeing any of the guests the only ones I was interested in were out of my budget...so it was primarily a cosplay and shopping trip this time.
The first cosplayer I snapped was this brilliant Ariel. I was really impressed by the cut, fit and finish of the dress and the detail of the 'crown'. So often ariel's pink dress can be a bit one size fits all but this looked just as good in person as from a distance. And I liked it had a more historical feel in the construction.
Next I bumped into this lovely lady. Vintage 50's AND Doctor Who...perfect. It was really clever how the skirt folds back to show the interior and the handbag was genius.
I was looking out for pokemon cosplay's amoungst the sea of misty cosplay's I spotted this cool officer jenny.

Sorry for some reason the computer keeps changing the orientation of the picture.
There was also this spot on Captain America and Peggy Carter.

The emporer and some storm troopers were patrolling the con....better hide...these are not the cosplayers you are looking for. ;)
I finally found a stargate SG-1 cosplay. I always have trouble finding them at UK cons? where are you hiding starge cosplayers?
At 11am the general entry was let in...there was a roar of the crowd and they surged forward...ahh! runaway, runaway! lol! It was a bit scary I ducked behind a column.

after lunch headed outside there were meant to be some meetups/photoshoots but due to a brief shower and me not checking my phone I missed them...still I took a stroll around.
Couldn't help taking this sneaky photo...captain america investigating a suspicious boat base. ;)
Back inside I bumped into Whatersername's Cosplay, VJW Cosplay & Costuming  & Little Fierce cosplay...Ace, Ten and Twelve respectively.
Also spend an hour or so at the board game area playing a few of the games on offer...really liked this game black fleet, lots of strategy potential.
Back outside again after getting a bite to eat as the con was closing soon....I spotted wally from where's wally...twice.
There was a lightsaber v nerf battle at one point which was amusing to watch. I even found this great visas marr.
End of the day I finally found a Loki!
Did Captain america stop Loki's evil plan....well I'll leave that to your imagination.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

HSF 2015 - Challenge #4 - War & Peace

What the item is (and how it is a product of war or a lengthy period of peace: This is a headscarf. I wanted to do something much more complex but I just don't have funds to make any of them from scratch. so I chose that in the spirit of WW2 I would make do and mend.

The Challenge: #4 War & Peace

Fabric: cotton (I think it was a scrap from my stash)

Pattern: none self drafted

Year: 1940's

Notions: thread

How historically accurate is it?
I'm not sure whether sewing machines did these stitches in the 40's but I thought it was such a sweet design.
Hours to complete: 1hr-ish.

First worn: today! I'm wearing it now.

Total cost: Nothing really all from my stash.