"Resign yourself, Catherine! Shops must be visited! Money must be spent! Do you think you could bear it?" - Northanger Abbey

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.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The captain's shield

So I needed a blond comic book character to cosplay....after running through the ones I knew I chose captain america as he was good in the avengers movie I saw last year. One of the things I needed was a prop...a shield to be exact.
Couldn't afford to buy one and my budget was very tight. I looked up a few tutorials before I settled on buying....

A shallow planter for 99p from...well the 99p shop. It wasn't perfect but it was close enough.
I decided I wanted to use the blue variation of ther shield from winter soldier which would match the outfit I was interpreting.

First of all I had to modify the shape a little get rid of the 'lip' round out the bottom and smooth the sides.
So I built up the areas with newspaper and papier mached over the top. The above image is after the 1st layer. Hopefully this way it will stay light.
Second layer...looking better.


I then did a primer layer of silver spray paint. The inside is a bit scruffy. Then I used craft foam and string to create the star and 'rings'.
Then did another layer of silver spray paint.
Then began painting the rings blue. And glued on the handles.

Finally I drybrushed the shield with black paint to make it look like it had battle damage.




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HSF 2015 - Challenge #3 - Stash V2

The Challenge: #3 Stash
Fabric: muslin
Pattern: none. self drafted.
Year: 1780-1812
Notions: ribbon
How historically accurate is it?

This was a bit of a last min random item....so my research consisted of checking out pinterest. lol! I tried to make the right shape. It is more of a re-jig of the bib part of a bib front gown I gave up on because it stretched too much.
Hours to complete: Only took me one morning so a few hours.
First worn: For photo's...it won't be worn till later this year.
Total cost: As this was restashed after I gave up on the dress ages ago I've forgotten the price....and I nearly threw it away. eeep! I don't really know the original price anymore.

Sneaky peek at a WIP cosplay...can you guess who I'm cosplaying?