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My first pieces for both Maleficent and Celeborn came yesterday! That oh-so-essential undergarment for Celeborn and an accessory for Maleficent that I scored on the cheap while being bad and browsing eBay last month. My rationalization was that Maleficent is bad and therefore I was merely channeling her when I hit "bid". Unfortunately, I think it might be a little too small for the ball that sits atop her staff. So, I might be at square one anyway. But as I said, it was uber cheap, so even if I don't use it, I'm not out much.

Gangsta says, what? )

For Celeborn, I got the compression shirt, which means that Underworks.com has incredibly speeding shipping! I posted this in a comment to [livejournal.com profile] wicked_swann, but I thought I'd post it here as well. Maybe my initial impression of the shirt will help someone else.

Possibly TMI for those who don't want to know how to make your boobs disappear. )

And that's that. Onward and upward!
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I started work on Celeborn Thursday. But I quickly found out that I'm just not going to be able to drape this thing on my busty dress form (bustier than I am, for sure). I don't yet have a compression apparatus for my own chest, so I couldn't even really take accurate measurements to draft something. But, that didn't stop me from playing. I mocked up what I think is a good place to start for the front of the inner robe down to the waist seam.

Friday, I promptly ordered a compression shirt. ;)

I got an immediate shipping notice & it's coming priority from Miami. So maybe it will be here tomorrow or Tuesday and I can check my work and move forward on that.

In the meantime, I pulled out my Arwen Angel gown & I'm going to pin it to the dress form tomorrow and work on these in tandem. I've got it all cut out from way back in 2008 or 09 when I last worked on it and the lining is done. It's all the freaking handwork I have left to do on it that's going to keep me so busy on that one. Celeborn has a little couching to do, but not a million seed and bugle beads on his edges!

I think if I break both these projects up into tiny pieces and stick to a schedule, I might make it to an event where needles and thread are a precautionary measure, not necesities for finishing a costume. I will not be sewing on the riverboat at ALEP2! ;)

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I now have 1 year, 6 months, and 10 days to have Celeborn fully ready to spend a 4 day holiday at The Shire.

I am registered. I have the same rooms secured (East Family Wash House). We are go for ALEP2.
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Started painting the Batgirl symbol on my compression shirt last Wednesday night. As I was about 30% done with it, I was thinking I should have stenciled it. At least the outline. Because I'm unsure and wanting to get it just right, I'm very slow at freehanding it. It's looking great though, so I can't complain about the effect at all. Just the process and the time it's taking kind of sucks. And I have screwed up in a couple of spots, but some black fabric paint has proved handy to correct those (mostly). If I had stenciled, I could have worked out these mistakes on some poster board or something first. At any rate, all that gold and black fabric paint I got when I had the "bright" idea to paint my own paisley for the Blood Red gown is finally going to good use. The outline is completely done now, so once I can get my hands on it again, should be quicker work of just filling in the lines. Then iron to heat set, wash and onto the next piece, probably the armor.

This is going to be a very fun costume to do. Lots of problem solving, which I kind of like. Yep, I'm mental like that. As we drove down to Huntsville yesterday afternoon for a baby shower, I started working out all the parts and pieces in words and trying to mentally figure out some of the logistical issues I'm going to encounter (like attaching the armor and cape to the main body of the outfit in the most inconspicuous and non-shifting way). I've decided to shoot to have the costume 100% done by Halloween so that I can go for a test run in it around the neighborhood on that day (so there will be minimal staring and head scratching. . . ok, who am I kidding?). At least my face will be mostly covered and it might be interesting to hear people later that night around the neighborhood trying to figure out who was running in a Batgirl costume that day. We'll see if I can keep my secret identity safe. ;)

As soon as this is done, I'm sliding straight into more black fabric as I start work on my bridesmaid dress for my best friend [livejournal.com profile] branflake who is getting married in a little over a year. I figure since it's me, it's never too early to start. There will be no embellishing though, so we'll see. There's a 1930s theme to the wedding so she wants everything to feel vintage (which is going to be SO FUN!). Out of the links she sent me of the dresses she was considering (no one's will be exactly alike), this was my favorite and I've ordered the pattern. She wants us in all black and I'm thinking a crepe de chine would suit this gown just perfectly! I'm also keeping an eye on ebay for vintage dress pins. Though I'm not adding any trim or anything to the gown, I think a tiny bit of bling (jet beads anyone?) at the tie on the waist would be nice.

I'm shooting to have it and a sheer (probably organza) ivory bolero done for her dress by the end of the year. As a result of those two projects surfacing AND just getting a little realistic about the time frames and budgets, I'm putting off Alice. I don't think I was going to have the budget for Alice yet anyway. And, honestly, I want that budget to go to Celeborn at this point. Yes. ;)

Still buying the buttons, definitely. But will put off anything but research (unless I happen upon a pair of those delicious shoes!) for Alice for now.
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This is the second time this idea has struck me while washing and drying my insanely long hair that really needs to be cut, so it obviously wants to be written down. I want to save the hair I have cut off and make extensions for costuming use. Since this section of my hair is pretty damaged (leftover damage from dreadlocks, mostly), I was thinking I might dread it and use them as dread extensions to mingle with my own hair. As I was revisiting the idea of a Jadis costume, I was thinking, "yeah but the dreads. . ." and then it hit me like a lightning bolt.

Man, I must just have female villainy on the brain because three of my four next costumes are [hopefully] going to be female villains (Maleficent, Lamia and Jadis). Celeborn still gets first dibs on my time once I have a costuming budget again. Then I desperately want to have Maleficent done for Halloween next year. After that, who knows. I need to get faster. I also need more money. ;)

Jadis isn't the only one that could use the dreadlock treatment. I've seen some really neat steampunk stuff with dreadlocks. Pirates could use them. I'm sure once I get them done, I'll find uses.

As I told [livejournal.com profile] aranel13 a little bit ago, I also started thinking about how to write this up for her ezine, ConCraft. A "look everywhere for inspiration" sort of thing? A tutorial if it works out? A "y'all, I've lost my mind to costuming" anecdote?" As any good elf would answer. . .

Yes. ;)
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So, I've scratched Celeborn from the list of Dragon*Con hopefuls. I just don't have the budget or time to get him done and I don't want to kill myself trying or cut corners on fabric. I've still got a lot of work to do on the Angel gown (which, honestly, if I had the budget to start on Celeborn, I'd be more than willing to set the Angel gown aside to work on him). Celeborn isn't getting scratched from the list forever though, I promise. He's just getting postponed a little. I'm hoping maybe some things will turn around monetarily and I can work on him later in the year and maybe have him done in time for the unofficial ALEP gathering in the Smokies next March. But what does that leave?

I'll continue working on the Angel gown, definitely.

I've got the Blood Red gown and the Dream gown ready to go, more or less (couple of minor things to do that no one will notice but me).

I've got pirate garb, though I still could use some boots or rather better boots. But I don't think I'll be able to afford it before Dragon*Con. My hat blank for the tricorner should be here today and all I'll have to do to it is tack it up and distress it. My new sword should be here later this week or early next. It's a replica of Elizabeth's sword from At World's End, and unfortunately, I'm starting to love her Chinese battle outfit.

I'm also thinking about throwing together a Hermione pink hoodie outfit. I've been wanting a pair of Golas anyway. ;)

So, that's 5 costumes, which is a decent number for me.

I could possibly put together a steampunk outfit as well, but it would require some more money and potentially some more sewing. So, I'll just have to wait and see on that one.

But the point is, I'm thinking about costumes again and I'm starting to feel some motivation to work towards finishing up the ones I've got up in the air. However, I'm a little irked every time I go into the office and see the mess Chris left in there months ago now and hasn't cleaned up. He decided to pull all of his boxes of computer stuff out of the closet and go through them to weed out stuff he doesn't want or need anymore. That's great, except he left it all where it was and I have no idea what's keep and what's throw/give away. So, I can't really do much about it other than just pack it all back up and put it back in the closet. Since he's willing to get rid of so much of it, I really don't want to do that, in the interest of more storage space in there. I guess it's a good thing we're not going anywhere this weekend. I might will just make him get up there this weekend and help me clean it up. ;)
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Since I've sworn off costuming and jewelry work until after the turn of the year (no matter how much I'm itching to fidget with the Angel gown on the dress form), I'm likely not going to finish anything else before December 31st. I don't think I made a public list of what I wanted to accomplish this year at last year's end and I'd probably only be embarrassed by the overly ambitious goals I'm sure I set for myself anyway. So, I'll just start this tradition now, since I actually managed to finish some costumes for once.

2008 Accomplishments )

2009 Wishlist )
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So, I've been cleaning out the office lately since we got our carpet cleaned and had to pull everything out of there. I'm trying to put everything back in a much more organized way and maybe cull out a little more clutter while I'm at it. But I stood yesterday for a while, looking over my finished costumes, noting what needed to be cleaned, bits that needed to be either redone or finished in some way and just generally fondling fabrics. And all of the sudden, it bit. I wanted to pull out my machine right then and there, but a swift turn around to look at the desk where I sew revealed it still piled with boxes and bags that belong in the closet. I'm not wanting to put stuff back in the closet until I can get mostly rid of that beer stain in there (*sigh* don't marry a homebrewer if you want clean carpets, just don't). So, I'm stuck. Inspiration is calling, but it must remain unanswered at the moment.

I did spend a little bit of time contemplating Celeborn. I spent most of that time looking in a mirror and trying to figure out what I'd need to do to myself to pull him off and not just look like me in his robes.

So I guess this is just to say, the inspiration is back, after a relatively short hiatus. But I'm just unable to work on anything right now. Since Jonah's room was priority (he was growing out of clothes and I needed to pull out the next size for him) and it was finished yesterday, I can now move on to the office and hopefully get it done, or at least back to usable by the weekend.

I'm not going to start Celeborn right away when I get back to it. I want to finish getting my Angel gown together at least. Then as I'm working on the details for it (beading and beading and more beading and a little embroidery, too), I can start the mockup for Celeborn's robes.

My Christmas list is going to be mostly soldering equipment. I want to practice my silversmithing to be able to make his collar and belt "buckle" myself. Those are both big pieces and beyond my skill right now, but if I keep working on rings and pendants for a while, I think I can get them done by Dragon*Con next year.

Oh, and Costco had a nice looking Singer with tons of decorative stitches on it for $150. Chris asked me if I'd rather have that or a serger. *ponders* I should have written down the model number so I could research it.

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