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

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.