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Oh MY GOSH guys!!!!!! I am sooooo excited. You'd think I was going somewhere exotic for Spring Break but no. I am looking forward to the sleep, and time off. I do have 4 assignments I should give attention to. I have 3 papers due late April early May. My goal is to get at least 1 done this week. The last assignment I need to pay attention to is I need to take photos with a focus on lighting. Not hard and actually looking forward to that, BUT it does take up precious precious time.
Other than that I have 2 things I want/need to do. SLEEP and SEW.
I have 3 projects that I am currently obsessing over. My Victorian ballgown. Needed in 12 days... no pressure or anything. (I am aware I did it to myself. But still!) I also need an overgown for my black kirtle. Black is off limits and is reserved for Royalty or puritans at my faire. But If I wear an over gown where it is mostly covered I have gotten permission to wear it. YAY!!!!!!!! I plan to make the overogwn out of a tropical weight wool so it will be nice and lightweight. That and the linen the kirtle is made out, even at two layers will be loads cooler than my current medium weight kirtle.
And the last project I am DYING to work on, is off limits until the above are done. It sucks because I want to work on it the most. I have a passion for it. But I need the above costrumes more. I don't need this one, and I won't be wearing it until probably SDCC. I decided to keep it a secret project. I know I suck. I'm just so excited for it and I don't think I am going to have a whole lot of new stuff for CoCo. So I'm hoping to have this one be my one new thing revel. Pretty sure all the rest of the costumes I wear at CoCo will be re-wears.
Oh and so this has at least one pic. Finished the hand sewing project I'd been working on. A guild member asked me to do blackwork that he could add to his shirt.
Current project, not #cosplay related, but for #fairseason which starts next week! Will I see any of you out there????#embroidery #blackwork #renfaire #renaissancefair
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I finished my midterms early and find myself lost, not knowing what to do with all my free time.  It'd be nice if I could pick up and do something productive..... but I've been lacking any real motivation to do anything. Except maybe cuddle a certain furball and eat.  But I don't want to dwell on the bad. Thats part of why I maintain radio silence on here. I don't want you all to hate reading my posts because the are so bleak.
WonderCon was last weekend. I got sick the day before so I didn't wear costumes the full run. Can't say I was overly disappointed. I wore a Captain America dress and just wondered the con floor. Surprisingly I got a lot of complements on the dress. We had dinner, Friday, with [livejournal.com profile] bauhausfrau,. I love seeing you all outside of CoCo. I think Meals were the highlights for me during the weekend. Friday with Loren and Saturday with military friends of the hubby and mine.
A few weeks back I was asked if I would make a Steampunk Captain America. I didn't think I would have time but it intrigued me. So I gave a tentive yes. I took the parts of my Burlesque Captain America and expanded on it. While Burlesque Captain America was tons of fun, especially with [livejournal.com profile] gilded_garb as my Bucky, I always felt SUPER self-concious. I got some good pics out of it and nows its been morphed. And I like it. Its still just version one because I ran out of time. But I like it! I felt completely comfortable, and really pretty. I have a few plans to make it resemble his uniform a bit more. white undersleeves, red spats, a hat with veil and a bigger star on the chest.
Great day at #wondercon. finding food then deciding if the ankles can handle going back. #cosplayer #wondercon2016 #wondercon #captainamerica #steampunk#steampunk #captainamerica #wondercon #wondercon2016 #cosplayer #cosplay
I was a little sad because I loved it so much but didn't have a ton of requests for pics. I was crying about it to my hubby and he told me it was because they were sniping pics and not asking me for them. He also told me that as they passed me they would say how cool it is. I told him he was lying and he insisted. He was walking behind me most of the time so he noticed it. I'd be lying if I said I didn't need that morale boost.
Sunday I wore Harley.

My next project is to finish my Victorian Ballgown in a week so I have it for the ball. After that.... not sure. I am still in a major slump. TONS of CADD but no desire to actually sew.


Feb. 1st, 2016 09:08 pm
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February 1- I have a couple so I'm going to post them all. Sometimes you need the extras to balance things.
-because of the weather Hubby had to stay home from work. So after I got up to get ready for school I came back in the room to find Little curled up with him. I should have taken a picture. It was cute.
Snow on the ground during my drive to school.
Finished sewing a piece for my Dad. It's fun to help him with the projects he comes up with, especially since he always helps me with mine.
Hot coco with mini marshmallows.

JAE 2016

Jan. 25th, 2016 12:27 am
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My Happiness Jar post for Jan 24 can be summed up in this pic.

Costuming, friends, actually danceing a little bit, and feeling pretty!
Jan 24, 2016- Finishing my Art appreciation presentation at a resonable hour, so I don't feel like a failure who skipped town to play pretty pretty princess and didn't finish her homework.
And a more thorough Jane Austen evening run down with more pics. )
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I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas with those they love.
Wanna know how I know my hubby is a keeper. He doesn't question when on Christmas morning I wake up and start putting on Harley Make up for a Christmas Harley Quinn shoot. I mean doesn't everyone do that Christmas morning?
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Red)
I've been scarce since Costume College. At first it was because of the death in my family.  When things are not right in my world I become a recluse. It was weird the things that would upset me, but our relationship wasn't normal so its not to surprising. My hubby is such a trooper. I was in my depressed and angry mode and he would get lashed out on. But whenever he would ask me what was wrong I couldn't give him a specific reason. It was a case of the blahs.
Then I started school again. Last semester until I can finally apply for the nursing program! Its a little harder than I expected it to be. It's not overwhelmingly hard but harder than I expected. American Sign Language (ASL) 2 is much harder than ASL 1 was. Its no longer just memorizing signs. Its understanding sentence context and what-not.  I think of it like ASL 1 being 1st-2nd grade level whereas ASL 2 is middle school. Microbiology is exactly what I expected. I need to dedicate more time to studing which I didn't do enough of this first test. But that was because I am sick, (going on 2 weeks and probably pneumonia). So I think I lost an A on the first test but I am confident I passed. I just need to knock the rest out of the park. My first interpretering class is online. I hate online classes.  Like to my core. Not hard but time consuming. I just need to keep on top of it, which again being sick made me fall behind so I now I am slightly panicing. And then my Photography class. So far that has been a delight! Its not as easy as I thought it would be. Ampertures and shutter speeds and whatnot. ???????? I am such a point and shoot. But it has been fun. This is the first photo I processed from taking it to developing the film, to test strips for how long to expose things to the light, to a contact sheet and then this photo. One hour developing, HA! This is 6 hours worth of work.
I know I have a long way to go, especially since this first roll I didn't understand the light meter AT ALL. But I am proud of my first photo baby. It helps that its of a flag. :)
In the sewing world.... I haven't been doing much. I made myself a fun little cirlce skirt out of Wearing History's fabric. I love it and got TONS of compiments. I have a hard time making flattering skirts for myself so I am happy with how it came out. It does try and creep up which makes me look like I have no waist which is NOT flattering. So I need to fix that somehow. Fit my waistband better somehow? I'll figure it out.... hopefully.
I think I have caught up up on the state of me. Mentally doing better. Physically tired of being sick but I think I am finally on the mend. Busy with school. Itching to craft.
And for the meme. I'll hide mine because I am so behind the game. But I must say I LOVE  reading all of yours. I loved the meme stage of LJ. Its bits of info that may never come up otherwise.
meme under here )
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So despite the lows there were a lot of great memories. The kind I will keep close to my heart. For someone who has always been the outsider it still amazes me that I have found others like me. Not only that but that you guys might actually like me too.  And see, there goes the tears again. So I am going to close this here.  I promise the next post will be less emo as I plan whats next in my costuming world for the next year.
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
because I am suppose to be prepping for my CoCo classes. Which reminds me. I am teaching another class now. I am going to do a Flower smocking class. Not the full muff class I had planned at first because they didn't give me enough time to prep. But yea. If you want to get up super early Saturday and skip [livejournal.com profile] ashamanja_babu dance class (ROFL, yea I wouldn't want to skip it either) you can learn how to flower smock.
But the real reason for this post. I got the pictures from the photoshoot back. I am still plagued by the I need to take 100 to get 10 good ones, but I did get some good ones. I wish my photoshop skills were better. Just the same here are a few of my favorites.

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This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind weekend! Lots of friends and lots of fun. Only two real negative things. I forgot a bag at home that had all the super cute extras I had planned for my new Luigi dress. They still had to be attached to the dress so I put them in my sewing bag and was going to work on them the night before at my friends house. But the sewing bag was forgotten on the back of my sewing chair. AGH! I got a lot of sweet compliments on the dress though, and the hubby pointed out I will be able to wear it again at SDCC and it will be the full final version. But still... kicking myself for that one. The other bad thing was my feet. But is there really much surprise there?
We got there Friday. I knew we would be driving in so I went with an easy costume, my Medical Shield agent. Not a lot of pictures, just selfies, because that is my lazy costume.
We celebrated my birthday dinner that night. It was very low key but it was great having so many friends that I don't get to see very often having dinner and drinks with me.
Saturday I  wore my new costume. Fireball Luigi. It was interesting doing my make-up for it. I had to go with a darker color scheme then I normally do because of the darker wig. I also wore fake lower lashes. Pretty sure I won't try those again. They are kind of a pain in the but and don't show up that well in pictures. Not like the top which do make a big difference.
This maybe one of the most comfortable cosplays I have every made. I didn't feel uncomfortable all day. Not just a physical comfort either. I wasn't second guessing myself and imagining people laughing at me and my weight, which in other cosplays/costumes is a constant.
Sunday I wore an oldie but goodie, my Captain Amreica. It may make me feel fat but I get a lot of comments on it. I had a couple little girls come up and ask for a picture with me. I love when kids want a pic with me, so that made my day!
Hubby said I can't post this one on Social Media (facebook or Instagram) because its to much of a boobie shot. But its okay if I share here. :)
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I got in some sewing today. In fact I was impressed how much I accomplished.
I finished two skirts. Your generic Ren faire, elastic waist skirt.
I also fixed a few seams on chemise shirts. And made a jerkin.

Drafted the pattern myself and made piping for it. I'm actually pretty proud of it.
Only thing that I feel off about is none of it is my stuff. I may of made a mistake of volunteering to help a non-sewing guild member with her stuff. She came over but had a whole list of things she needs and no real concept of how long it takes. I have to get my stuff done still... And as you all know my stuff won't be elastic waisted farby stuff, (she insisted she had the plans okay'd by the costumer director.... I just bit my tongue... Am I just that snarky????)
In fact this is what I am aiming for, for my stuff.

just with the kirtle opening side back, because the kirtle I am reworking is already made that way. I need to find the time... Where can I sign up for the extra hours in a day or the extra day in my week?
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
I had so much fun! Seriously the only down side to the whole weekend was waking up with a heat headache on Saturday. Pair that with my touche stomach and I felt like I had a hangover. I opted out of going for Indian food but it may have worked in my favor. I was able to complete finishing touches on my Gala gown. Between all your input, some SUPER sweet comments at the event, and the pictures [livejournal.com profile] twilatee took I think I might like it at the length it is.  I will need a new petticoat if I keep it this length though. Before my next wearing I have a few tweaks I want to make. But even without the tweaks I felt like a princess.
Here's just a couple pictures until I can get a proper blog post written for it, and the gown I made for the tea.
I was happy for a chance to wear my new Necklace and earring set from [livejournal.com profile] tayloropolis.I chose one that had Fire Opals and love it!
The tea wasn't bad. By then my stomach was feeling better so I was able to enjoy food. The speaker spoke for to long though... I might be saying that because I wanted to talk with friends more then I wanted to hear what he was saying.... maybe...
Besides a desire for more embroidery, I LOVE everything about the teagown.  Feel like a princess in it -check, Flattering to my figure - yes, comfortable to wear - yep, able to dress myself - YES WOO!!
I didn't actually dance during the dance but I still had fun.  I am the type with two left feet and if there are lots of moves I get 3-5 out of 10. There were so many people on the floor that there really wasn't a 'back of the room I can mess up 5-7 of the moves and no one cares' place so I opted out of going on the floor. Thankfully[livejournal.com profile] bauhausfrau was sitting out of the dancing also. All the talking I missed during the tea was able to be had up in the gallery were I could watch the dancing. I LIKED that. And who knows... maybe next time I will be brave enough to try the dancing part.
Next up for me is cleaning my house. Holy cow it is a mess! I feel a little bad for [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat, but they do say real friends don't care about how messy your house is. :) Thankfully she adores kitties and imho I have a cute one to distract her for the short time she was actually here. I also have the ace up my sleeve of a stupidly excited giant cow dog that  demands attention. :) It was dress or clean and I chose to sew....
I also think a small break from sewing is needed. I just finished two dresses, a corset and a petticoat in just over a month. One of those dresses was done in 8 days. That is a whole level of crainess I am still wrapping my mind around.  Its a confindence boost that I can do it, but it also showed me a few things on how my brain works. When it comes to road blocks I need time to ponder. I am super quick to frustration, and I need time to process it and come up with solutions.  8 days didn't allow for a lot of that. Hence the, "this dress is ruined because of the length being wrong melt down". No time to process that, no, its okay and here are some fashion plates to prove it.
So the next two weeks won't be that interesting around here. Lots of cleaning and prepping for Spring semester which starts next week for me. When I do get back to sewing though it will be my GoT dress. I am REALLY excited to get started on that project.
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
I was loving how this was going till the very end. It has the ugliest buttonholes in the history of button holes. But it's undies that no one will ever see. Right?!?!? Then why does it irritate me so much!!!!!
I am quite proud of my tucks . I tried a new way of doing them and they are dang close to completely straight.

Now that the petticoat is done I have nothing left but to start my mock ups. I so wish I could pay someone to do this part.
But I'm no longer naked for the Jane Austen Evening. I have all my undies and a late Christmas gift.
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
Your kind words made me tear up. For someone who's very self concious taking pics in my underwear is terrifying. And seriously those pics were just me being dumb. I finished editing the pictures finally. That was a full day evolution!
The blog post is up: http://llyrafantasyfae.blogspot.com/2014/12/regency-corset.html
I have a few more that were not blog worthy, but I still like them.
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llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
Getting my creative mojo back. I think the semester was such a creative suck and I put so much off till my break that I'm a little overwhelmed by how much I want to get done.

So I started simple with my annual Cristmas ornaments for my goddaughters. Writing neatly in glitter puffy paint is hard!!!!
I also started taping together a pattern. Hopefully tomorrow will involve some mock ups for me.
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This faire outfit was intended to be done back in March when [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat came out to go to the faire with me. I'm a tad late.... but I am very happy with it! Just some small tweaks but nothing big.
Faire was really nice. I love that it was cooler and there was plenty of shade. Its a smaller faire but it has so much potential that you don't usually see until you get to bigger.
I got a glimpse of the lovely[livejournal.com profile] love3angle when the parade went by. *Fan girl squee* But I think the main highlight was getting to talk to the St. Ives guild. I worked with one of the gals until I got laid off, and I had shared my desire to join the guild. Today she introduced me to several people and I got a run down of things. The only things I am unsure of right now is logistics, (I live 2-2.5 hrs from the Southern California Faire), and if I can commit myself to attend the entire faire run, with school. But the 14 year old me is totally spazzing out that it is even a possibility.
And now onto the pics! )
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
Little wanted to say hi.

Bonus: sneak peek of the Victorian Explorer becoming Steamafied. Better pics after SLCC because I know it'll look better on me.
Another sneak peek

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First project finished after Costume College. Bonus: it's from my limited class. Those seldom get finished.
Unfortunately the Hello kitty pattern is lost. :( I plan to send it to my God daughters, and I think they'll love it.

llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
I had a couple requests to put up a tutorial for my shoes. So I did!
I hope its helpful! It would tickle me pink to know someone used it and made their own. :)

*edited to add* Why is it I can proof something 2-3 times and still have lots of mistakes. I just found more while I was re-reading it on my phone so I got up and fixed them. I am sure there are probably more but I really need to go to bed...
llyrafantasyfae: (Little Man)
I did a quick sum up of Costume College on my blog. Its mostly about what I wore, which in no way sums up Costume College. So this post will hopefully fill in the blanks. Even though I tried to take more pictures this year, I still missed lots of fabulous costumers.
By the time we got down to the pool party I think people had already started to leave. I think the costume that stands out the most for me was [livejournal.com profile] bauhausfrau 's Effie Trinket. She swears the shoes weren't that bad, but they hurt me just looking at them. Which of course makes her fabulous for wearing them! There were others like the 18th century Effie, [livejournal.com profile] the_aristocat's beautiful gown, [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat's angry bird dress, (I saw it last year but it still makes me giddy) and [livejournal.com profile] gilded_garb and [livejournal.com profile] girliegirl32786's nod to Sherlock. But I have no pictures!!!!
The next morning I had to take an hour or so to myself so I missed Kendra class. It was a combination of overtaxing myself the day before, (so in hindsight waking up at 6 am taking a Final, driving down to Woodland Hills then the Fabric district and back to Woodland Hills was a dumb idea,) not enough sleep, (I was stressing because it was the first time I had roomed with my roomates. Stupid reason to be stressing but I was,) not knowing where anything was, (I hadn't unpacked and organized anything yet) and anxiety over teaching for the first time. I had a minor cry, organized all my things, got dressed very SLOWLY and fixed a gathering problem on my Gala dress. After that and a pep talk from my husband, I was ready to face the world.
Costume College Sara pics (1)
I was still nervous for my class but that's a given if you know me. It didn't go exactly as I had planned. I missed a few slides, finishing the button took longer then I had predicted so I felt like I was up there looking stupid for far to long, and I ended the class with tons of time to spare. Even with that said I got a lot of positive feedback and have plans to make the class even better.  If you took my class I would love to hear feedback, good or bad as long as its constructive.
Laurie Tavan
Laurie Tavan took this picture during my class and I just adore it!
I was going to wear my Captain America but my partner in crime wasn't able to get her costume completed AND with the heat I knew if I took my costume off I wouldn't put another on. [livejournal.com profile] gilded_garb and [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur helped me accessorize my wig so I felt 18th c decadent.
I didn't get a lot of pictures from the night because I ended up sitting most of the evening. I made the mistake of wearing new shoes to an interview on Tuesday which gave me lots of blisters.I was feeling each one of them by that evening. I did get pictures of  the Game of Thrones group.
[livejournal.com profile] nuranar paisley wings
and [livejournal.com profile] the_aristocat's gorgeous Bustle gown.
 A hightlight of the evening was going across the street to PF Chang's for dinner. It was nice to just gab with friends.
The heat got to me Friday so I decided not to wear a costume Saturday. The one I had planned was much to heavy and I didn't want to sit on the sidelines at the Gala like I did during the ice cream social.
Again I didn't get enough pictures. The majority of the ones I did get were drunken dancing pictures, which I'll leave it to the people dancing to share if they want to.
One of my favorite costumes of the evening was [livejournal.com profile] love3angle's  Bete costume. I talked to her, gushed over how awesome it was but didn't take a picture, how?!?!?!?!
I almost did the same thing with [livejournal.com profile] nuranar. Gushed over the perfect precision of her beading, admired her gorgeousness, but let her get away without a picture. Thankfully I was able to find her again and got a few with her.
A few more favorites from the night were all the other Robe de Styles, Carly's Frozen costume, a clever 60's dandelion, Kendra and her posse with their giant wigs, and the [livejournal.com profile] the_aristocat's dress. I got a picture of the last one but it doesn't do the embroidery on the dress any justice.
Sunday I woke up feeling tons better then the previous day so I went ahead and wore the Victorian Explorer I had planned for Saturday. The only hitch was my ankles were at full blown swollen stage so I wasn't able to button my boots up.
Costume College Sara pics (6)
If you saw me sitting most the time it was because of that.
These two completely inspired me. I normally shy away from Regency styles, I think they look better on a smaller frame, but I adore these. If I make a Regency dress it will have to be a riding habit.
All of my limited classes were scheduled for Sunday. The Mechanical Wings class was cancelled but I enjoyed the other two I had. I learned to make kanzashi flowers and a few new pressing tricks.
Over the weekend Sara shared her love of Selfies and I think it should become a costuming 'thing.' Some of my favorite pictures from the weekend were the selfies.
Costume College Sara pics (10)DSC_2231IMG_0893
I think I have already posted this but in case I haven't what photos I did get are on my Flickr.


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