Also anyone looking for roomates, travel buddies, etc...
Also anyone looking for roomates, travel buddies, etc...
I am back in Japan. Okay I have been back for a couple days but it took me those couple days to get everything unpacked and put away. Catch up on the whirlwind that is my life right now and update my website/dress diaries.
Costume Con was cool. Not exactly what I was expecting but I think I was more geared towards a bigger Con. I also think some of my problem is I am
a social reject really shy. If I could get over that I am sure things would be a tad more fun. An example is
I very much enjoyed EVERYONE else's costumes which I know I wouldn't have seen at the bigger Cons. Mostly because there is no reason for a historical costume there. And that was by far some of my favorite parts!!!!! I have decided I really need to enter a masqurade. Not sure for what but that is where the fun seemed to be.
I was very pleased with how the Japanese Regency came out. Much Much Much thanks to aviendiora . She helped me so much with getting it done. I was a bit upset that hers was not able to get finished also, especially after all the help she had given me. She insists that it was okay because she had lots of other costumes to wear. I think I still owe her. My steampunk still needs ALOT of work but it was fun to get to wear it out for awhile. I need to completely redo the corset. The instructions I used were not the best. At least not for the fabric I used. I want to redo the chemise also. Not enough poof at the chest. I have also decided there must be a bolero with this outfit. The picture was taken at the end of the day when the wool of the apron had begun to irritate me and I had taken off the cute Lolita hat so the people behind me in the masqurade would still be able to see.
I also wore my Regency gown but it seems no pictures were taken of that one.
In other news, my husband has been fighting with his chain of command while I was gone. He final got fed up and jumped them to talk to his detailer himself. Its a good thing he did. We will be going to San Diego after all!!!!!!!!!! It won't be for him to go to school which is what we wanted but we will be in San Diego and not out on our butts with no jobs. This makes me very very happy because it gives us time to get ourselves set up with housing, jobs, school before we are thrown out of the military system completely.
And of course greedy me is already thinking Comic Con!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which we will be going to. We just need to figure out hotel/accomadations stuff.
Yesterday's Regency costume was a complete bust. Most the time its my pretty pretty princess dress but yesterday the corset was off and it began to hurt by the afternoon. Add to that ouchie shoes and hair that went completely and utterly flat within hours and I was not feeling princessy at all. :( Today is my unfinished Steampunk so we will see if it is any better.
Avien on the other hand has the most beautiful costumes and is getting stopped almost every time we are out and about. This is when I wish I had lost a lot, and I do mean a lot, more weight so I could have a slim chance in hell to steal her costumes and wear them :).
aviendiora and rhynndavrie took me to Arbys right away. Ohhhhh so yummy! They have also taken me to Wallymart and JoAnns. I love it! Its weird what you miss when you are away from it for three years.
Still making progress on costumes. The list has more striked through then not now! I have a good feeling about them getting done in time. Everything except for the Japanese Regency costume, which still needs the pants, that I haven't started, only has a bunch of small things. A few seams, hems, pockets... those sorts of things. And Avien has a whole bunch of toys that speed those things up. I am in love with her eyelet maker. Okay her machine is totally cool and better than mine with all its accessories but I am still weary of playing with it out of fear of breaking it. Because if I can break it or hurt myself with it, I will, and that is not a good thing to do with friends stuff. Tonight I used it for some seams. Its runs very smoothly. Makes me want a new one more and more.
Tonight I am determined to finish up hand sewing the collar on place. So I am going to get back to that and not procrastinate any longer.
Because I work better with lists I am resorting back to that.
I ripped out the panel that tore on the Steampunk corset. That was such a pain in the butt!
I cut out all the pieces for the Regency corset, sewed the interlining pieces, and pinned the cover fabric pieces. And that was it for yesterday. Well I did have to buy the lining fabric which slowed me down a little... But that is barely an excuse.
This weekend is all about sewing. I have banned myself from all internet except for email and LJ. Hopefully that helps some. I still have to get to the gym. *boooo* So that is where I am off to so I can get back and sew already.
Still no news on my husbands extention.
So I forced myself to work on costuming projects. I pulled out the pattern and fabric for the Regency corset. Finished a few seams and sewed on the strap button for the apron. Packed up two boxes filled with accessories, beads, and my Regency costume, and my corset muslin to be sent to Avien. Not a whole lot but definatly progress for someone whose nerves are still fried.
I have decided I am going to have to rip out the panel that ripped, along with the binding:(. For now I am just going to replace it. In the long run it will have to be completely redone. I knew it needed another layer for strength but it since it was the first time I had done a Victorian corset I went along blindly thinking the waist ribbon would be enough. HA! Now I know to go with my gut. I just have to pray and hope it doesn't rip again at Costume Con.
Does anyone know if you can bring needles and mini sciccors on the planes now? I figure that would be a good time to do Henry's costume since it has to be hand sewn anyway.
It hasn't all been about guild wars though I have been slowly tearing away stablizer when I have a free moment or two. Avien was able to finsh my embroidery and it is gorgeous. I am in love. I have been trying to figure out beading for it but am having a hard time because I don't want to cover any of the embroidery. It looks so yummy I don't want it covered with stuff. I am witholding pics until it is attached to the acutal costume. Its my little guilty pleasure right now. NOT SHARING!
I didn't get to far with the steampunk apron as planned because when I went to sweep the floor so I could set the fabric out to cut it I ended up cleaning the house instead. Which is a good thing... but not what I had started with. So now I am going to go and cut it. Going to attempt to ban myself from GW and most of the interent, except LJ and emai of course until its on its way to being done. April will be here before I know it and I will have all of 1 costume done and two half costumes. And the one done won't be mine it'll be Henry's!!!!
I got my husband to teach me how to do the whole Itunes thing. So now I am downloading my CDs. I think I am the only person in the world who could care less about downloading the music. I like owning the CD. Yes I want it on my ipod to work out with or take in the car/plane. But I want the CD also.
I need to start focusing on my sewing. I have 4 months to finish two costume, put finishing touches on another, and start 5. ACK! So expect to see some sewing lists to start appearing soon!
I have been sewing away. I was asked to make a Halloween costume for a little girl. While not historically accurate it was intended to have a Rennaissance feel. Because of how small it has to be alot of it was done by hand which slowed me down alot! Unfortunatly I made a mistake with the straps by sewing them together first and then when I went to turn it of course I couldn't..... So I had to rip that out, turn it, and resew it down by hand. Then I had to rip out parts I did with the sewing machine because it wasn't laying right. Add that to the ripping out I had to do with the chemise to add a gusset. As I was ripping out yet another seam my husband made the smart a$$ comment that I was ripping out alot of stuff lately. I have never had the urge to stab someone with a seam ripper as strong as I did at that moment.
I was also able burn my husband's costume. No this was not punishment for what he said. It was actually in the plans. I need to make a black belt and that costume is wearable for Halloween. Then Gauntlets and it is done for costume con. That will be great. I can finally say I have at least one costume ready.
I still need to make myself another petticoat for my Regency costume that I will be wearing for Halloween. Fabric was bought last weekend I just need to drop it in the wash this morning. Then to make a purple kimono for my hubby's friend... Okay so I have alot to do still. Hopefully I can stay away from the game....
CADD is rearing its evil head. aviendiora's steampunk apron and the other ones I had seen from Costume College pics make me want one. I am not so sure if I want the apron or just a skirt that has the same shape, drape, etc... With all sorts of hardware attached... No it would probably have to be the apron.... They just look sooooooo cool. I want one! But I really can't. Not right now anyway. I only have 7ish months left until Costume Con and have none of the costumes on my to do list finished. Can't add anymore until I have more done then not done. Though Avien did finish hers in what... 1-2 weeks.... BAH!!!!!!!!! I need to get back to making orange and white snakes.
*List has been edited*