Making cosplay headway

Feeling much less stress about the cosplay crunch right now! While I still have yet to finish the corset (ordered the boning for it this morning), I managed to throw together a shirt to go under it & the breastplate. The shirt actually turned out pretty decent, and though it’s a little big it’s quite comfortable.

It’s just one short month until Phoenix Comicon, but with only the skirts, bloomers, and a jacket to go I think I’ll be okay. It doesn’t mean that I’m going to procrastinate again; it just means the stress is lifted just a tiny bit. Skirts, bloomers, and a jacket sound much better than “a whole outfit plus another half an outfit.” I guess it’s just a matter of perspective.

I also plan on making a sort of holster for my folding fan, so I don’t have to carry the thing the whole con. I found this image on Pinterest, and I think it should be easy enough to make (plus we have pretty much all the materials I’ll need already):

fan holster

I haven’t decided if I want to use some of the leftover suede from the mask or if I want to do thicker leather. I think I’ll do the thick stuff, so it’s sturdier (and so I can rivet it instead of all that hand sewing lol).

Oh, yeah, the fan…I still have to airbrush it…crap. Maybe that stress is coming back after all…….

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Halfway points

First revisions are roughly halfway through…steampunk mask is roughly halfway through…making progress on different fronts, but still a lot to do in my creative worlds.

I’m really liking how book 1 is coming along, but I’ve noticed that some parts are better written than others, so maybe I’m, like, quarter-way through? I want to finish the first run-through before I go back and tackle that issue, so maybe I’ll still consider this halfway. Or not. I have no clue. Math and writing don’t always sync up.

The mask is going along great as well, but I have come to a screeching halt as I realize that the rivets I have are too long for attaching the thicker leather pieces to the suede. They’re fine for the harness that I’m going to make for the phoenix breastplate, but after testing some scrap leather I’ve discovered that nope, they’re not going to work for the mask. So back to the drawing board–or rather, the craft store.

Later on today I’m going to finally start piecing together the steampunk pants for my husband’s Cyclops cosplay. Since I’ve hit a brick wall with the mask, I really have nothing else to distract me.

Gods, I hate sewing pants.

Taking an Internet/revising break right now. Have to get these things done as well. Sure, there’s more time on the “deadline” I’ve given myself for the book, but it’s also just as intensive as the cosplay. Perhaps not as physically intensive, but if I get stuck on this I can’t just go to the other room and stare at the pattern instructions to visualize how the difficult part is supposed to go together. Wouldn’t it be nice if authors could do that? Just buy some formulaic patterns for their novels, find the right “fabric” and “thread” and just pin the pieces to each other & throw them into a machine that puts the finished project together….Well, I guess some authors kind of do that. Hell,Ā I’m kinda doing that. Dystopian setting, main character, love interest(s), conflict, action, resolution…Never mind lol

Don’t get me wrong; it’s still hard work. Creation of any kind is tough. You’ve got to balance, edit, build, break down, add, erase, etc.

I guess I should get back to cosplay soon. Those two steampunk outfits are far from halfway over….

Off of work, back to play

Yep, it’s time to focus on cosplay again! I’m off work today, so my husband and I are going on a day trip with my parents for shopping. We got a ton of cosplay play money for Christmas, so we’re going to make use of it by buying supplies to start out on leatherworking.

I’ve never done leatherworking, so this is new territory. I need to practice practice practice, then practice some more. Then make awesome things for our steampunk cosplays. Easy peasy, right?

Okay, so maybe not so easy. But I’ll figure it out. It’s what I do; play around with stuff until it works. The best way is just to dive right in sometimes.

We’ve gotten some advice from a more experienced friend on some basic things to get to start out, and I’m definitely going to be asking the workers at Tandy Leather what their recommendations are. Better to ask someone who knows the best place to start out than to jump into more advanced projects head first. I’m an idiot some of the time, but other times I clue in to common sense.

It’s going to be a fun few months getting these cosplays ready for Phoenix Comicon this year. Can’t wait to show them off! šŸ™‚

Coming up short

I almost had it! I thought I had bought enough fabric and binding for three hoodie-scarves (hopefully four), and I came up less than three feet short on the binding! Guess it means another trip to JoAnn’s before the holiday…not that I mind going there. šŸ˜‰

With the holidays fast approaching I’d hoped to finish them all today so I could ship them out in time. I think I’ll still be able to (if I get the afternoon off as is currently planned), but I gotta hustle once I get back from the store this afternoon. I’d like to get them wrapped, packed, and shipped today as well, if I can get them done in time.

I have another gift to ship, too, though that one isn’t a sewing project. It’s a print I made of a drawing I did…I’m such a narcissist when it comes to giving gifts lol

Now that I’m making presents (and not just discussing with my husband what presents we’re going to buy for people), I’m finally getting into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to decorate the apartment this weekend, get the tree up, and get more wrapping done.

I guess part of it is living in the Southwest. The weather has only just now started getting cold in the mornings and some days chilly in the afternoons. When it’s 80 degrees out, it’s hard to think “Christmas.”

Next year I’ll start the handmade gift planning earlier…then if I run out of binding (or anything else) I’ll have more time to pop to the store and get what I need lol

 

Warm and snuggly

Thanks to a pattern by the great designer LoriAnn of LoriAnn Costume Designs (look her up on Facebook and Instagram–such great work, and she’s designed a boatload of Simplicity patterns!), I have been working on Christmas gifts for a few friends šŸ™‚

It’s gotten me back into sewing–I’m about to go head off to the craft room right now–and I’m hoping it also gets me back into the cosplay work that has been neglected for the past couple of months. Of course, it helps that one of the patterns I’m using is one of hers…

Making something special for some friends gives me that warm & fuzzy feeling…especially when I’m using warm & fuzzy flannel lol It’s finally gotten me in the holiday spirit, which has been lacking in me so far this season. I guess it’s because my husband has been doing the majority of the Christmas shopping/gift ideas, so I haven’t really participated beyond wrapping the presents.

Off to the craft room, though. These things ain’t gonna sew themselves.

Creative challenges

It never fails. I can’t do something, so naturally IĀ want to do it.

I’m talking about artwork and crafts, and I have an idea in mind for something for my steampunk Dark Phoenix cosplay that I can’t implement until after my in-laws come to visit this weekend. I mean, I can draw up a paper mockup but that’s not getting the actual project done now, is it?

The same goes for making a phoenix wall hanging sculpture to sell on Etsy and sewing my husband’s Cyclops cosplay pants….it seems like I’ve regained my crafting drive right when it’s least convenient.

At this same time, I’ve once again stalled on my WIP. It’s not too bad of a stall….just decided to take out a chapter that wasn’t flowing with the rest of the story, which means taking out the lead in from the previous chapter, rewriting the chapter to fit, and of course rewriting the beginning of the following chapter (and possibly rewriting the majority of the following chapter). I know a lot of “experts” say to just get the story down and worry about rewrites later, but that’s not how I operate. I want it to flow, and if I can’t get it to flow I can’t envision the next step in the narrative.

I’m going to give myself a few days to see if something clicks on the WIP. You never know; it could happen. I’ve surprised myself before.

So there’s my creativity for you: I want to do all the projects IĀ can’t do right now, and the one project I can easily do I’m stuck on. Maybe I should just play Bloodborne for a while until I get bored with dying.

On Fire

My creative juices have really been flowing lately, and it feels great!

I’ve finally made my first complete foam armor cosplay piece (minus the paint job and leather harness), and I’m pretty proud of myself.

If you follow me on other social media, you’ve likely already seen at least one picture of this, if not more…but I can’t help myself! Here it is, my phoenix foam armor šŸ™‚

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Sure, there are some rough edges that need sanding, and I still have to put grommets in it to attach it to a harness for wearing, but it looks damn good if you ask me. I can hardly wait to get some gold spray paint for it.

I still need to get the fabric for this cosplay, but I have the fabric for my husband’s steampunk Cyclops already. Still a few things to get for that, too, but for the most part I can get started as soon as I finish remaking the corset for the Magik cosplay (which, sadly, still looks as crappy as the first, but at least with this one the bones shouldn’t come out at all).

So geeked out about these steampunk cosplays, and I haven’t even really started! It’s going to be so much fun to have finished products to be able to show y’all. Eventually lol