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I call the first photo: Through the looking glass.
It took several shots to get the hands lined up well and this is one of the best! I really wanted to portray a the Kaylees looking through a mirror at each other and seeing their other half on the other side.

I loved playing with the reflection of the Shindig Kaylee in the glass. For me it helps portray how Kaylee really wants to be a belle at the ball even when she’s working on Serenity’s engines.

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These are just a few of my favorite things from this years SoDak Con. Once I get more pics that I can share I will because there is just not enough that I loved but here is a beginning. :)

One of the many favorite moments at SoDak Con this year was my lovely Teca an LilacWire surprised me in Cosplay as SoDak’s mascots. They did the versions from this years artists, Sam “Phox” Sheehan and Rebecca “Raille” Brigs. This still just makes me smile from ear to ear.  I need to find a way to do the same for them!

The next favorite thing is the reveal of next year’s theme, Time Travel! David spent two long hard weeks making the Tardis and it turned out awesome. We are still making it and it will look even better next year! 

Pictures are courtesy of the convention's official photographer, Jason Jones and attendee Diana Pickel.

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A quick photo recap of my 2011 costumes. Two of these were not new (Kaylee & Wonder Woman), but I wore them about like a fool anyway! I have found that throwing a wedding tends to put a damper on your free costuming time.

The other two costumes (Gankutsuou & Mod Marvel) were both inspired & encouraged by two of my amazing friends. Thank you both for including me in your groups!

A 2012 “stuff I’m going to make…hopefully” post is coming soon. :)

in which she flies by the seat of her pants

I make up a LOT of shit while sewing. A hobby like cosplay means you may take on a costume that throws several different curve balls all at once at you…and you gotta figure them out or the costume won’t look right.

This weekend I was constructing a bodice for my Pinkie Pie costume. The reference photo includes scallops where the candy is, but I kept thinking if I simply gathered it the look would be accurate.

Reference:

My feeble attempt:

After staring at it for a stupid long time I decided that come hell or high water, I was going to give that white area more shape. As I’d already sewn the ruffles in to the bodice and I am incredibly lazy, I sketched out scallops directly on to my final fabric and using my handy satin stitch, sewed in some curves.

Yeah, I draw all over my good fabric in pen. 

I’m totally unsure if this is how anyone else would carve shape into their outfit, but since I didn’t have a lining on this white ruffle and I didn’t want to try and hem it, I figured I’d give this a try. I’m super glad I did, though, since I think it turned out fabulously.

And it is STILL the ugliest bodice in history. :D

How would you have done it?

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2777

Recently I came upon the fact that two of my costumes would be needing bloomers (in two different colors, no less), so I had to find a good bloomer pattern. As a costumer and seamstress, I like to snap up patterns at the fabric store when they go on super sale, since I never know when I’ll come across one that is perfect for an odd shape. 

I pulled Simplicity 2777 out of the pattern box, excited that I had something at my fingertips. The pattern looked fairly slender along the legs, and from the images on the pattern cover, I figured that I’d be able to tighten bottom edge of the bloomers at my whim. I chose to cut out the pattern for C/D, which is for a length right at the knee.

Sadly, this was not the case. The ribbon detailing at the tight portion of the bloomers is for show only; the pattern leaves no way to make a fairly wide leg hole any smaller. If you have slender legs, you’re going to be left with a very floppy leg area unless you add some elastic or make a casing for ribbon.

I haven’t quite finished sewing the first pair of bloomers yet, and I think I’m going to have to make a waistband from my extra fabric so I can put elastic inside the waist, rather than using the very thin 3/8" ribbon the pattern calls for. I don’t like the feel of thin ribbon holding up an item on my waist; at that width it feels like it cuts into my skin. A good waistband of non-roll elastic is much preferred.

I also found that the ruffle at the bottom of the legs was overly large - costumey large, if you will. I’m going to finish making this pattern tonight to see if I can improve upon it, but I’m doubtful it will really meet my expectations.

Here is my final opinion on this pattern.

Simplicity 2777
Pattern Option: C/D
Cloth: Linen
Rating: 4/10
Alterations: Elastic into leg bottom, new waistband, elastic into waistband.

Has anyone else had better luck with a different bloomer pattern?