Embroidered Ferret House Sigil

It’s Renaissance Festival season and for my birthday celebration I wore my latest creation to the faire!

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I’ve wanted to tackle making a corset for many years. The last I’d attempted to sew one it was a self drafted mess I’d thrown together in my teens. I also really wanted to sew a costume that was based off my own ideas, color palette, etc. instead of a recreation.

I was heavily inspired by the embroidery work on the costumes on Game of Thrones, and I really wanted to design my own “house” sigil that would decorate the back of my corset. I purchased basic outdoor fabric with a color palette that I was really digging.

I had purchased the pattern Simplicity 3809 months back (because those 5 for $5 pattern sales are hard to resist) and started by making a muslin copy of the corset. Once I’d figured out all the piece sizes I assembled the outer layer of the fabric so that I could complete the embroidery work first before sewing in the lining of the corset and boning.

I have really been neglecting this blog, BUT I have not taken a break from projects whatsoever! I’ve been heavily into cross stitch this past year, and have attempted a couple embroidery laden costumes. I completed another costume with embroidery over the summer (that I need to get my progress shots posted).

On that past project I had sketched out how I wanted the embroider to look and then transferred it to the dress. I sketched out the embroidery design with scribbled directions of how I wanted the thread in the embroidered piece to lay. Since I had the back of the corset assembled, I measure the fabric, and enlarged a scan of the sketch to the size I wanted to sew. I then transferred the sketch with graphite paper to the fabric (which ended up being a huge pain).

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The inspiration behind my “house” sigil is my beloved ferret Noodle. Are words are “As Swift as Shadows.” What a fearsome lady to behold!

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Once the design was transferred to the fabric, I hooped it up (9 inch hoop I believe) and started by stitching the outline of the ferret in brown thread, so it would not be a huge deal if my pencil lines disappeared. I then began layering up different varieties of browns and cream colored floss to make the appearance of fur on the embroidery.

All and all, I probably spend around 15-20 hours on the embroidery. I worked on it for two weeks, and most of the time was my hour lunch breaks at work! It was such a pleasing process, seeing the critter build up onto the fabric.

For the last bit of decoration, I outlined the design in maroon floss and golden glass beads. Since they had been lying around from another project I never finish, why not add some shine!

The final piece:

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And finally the sultry bard, dressed in her house garb!

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The remainder of the costume (skirt and blouse) were fairly simple projects that I completed over a weekend. I used plain muslin for the blouse and then dyed with tea leaves to better match the corset. The skirt I had found a lovely sweater knit and sewed it to drape over the red cotton lay beneath.

I can’t wait to wear it again to the faire in just a couple more weeks!

 

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Springtime Cosplay + Cross Stitch Update

Over the past month I have been plugging away at a few projects. I always find it great to juggle between projects. It keeps my motivation fresh, and I have something to jump to if I’ve had a screw up, or a bad day.

Near completion on my Sailor Mars costume to wear at ACEN 2017 next month. The fuku is complete, along with gathering all my accessories. I am very excited with how this costume has come along. All the connecting pieces either pin or snap in place, and the skirt is connected.

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I need to manage the puckering around the “V” shape on the front of the skirt. I had added horsehair braid to the bottom of the skirt and wow did that make the thing shoot up. I’m thankful that I was able to seam rip the material out and save the hem.

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The shoulders and hip rolls were a bit of a challenge. I attempted to use foam and fiber fill batting, but it left them both looking lumpy. I went out and grabbed some quilt batting and was extremely satisfied with the result.

I had purchased some gloves off Amazon but the quality and shade did not match the white of the chest. I got a new pair at a local costume shop here in Columbus, Ohio. I just need to add the glove rolls and this costume should be complete!

I purchased my tiara and earrings from Catzias Collectables on Etsy. The tiara is crafted beautifully! Made of real brass and so delicate looking. I will most likely fasten to the wig for stability (and I have a large head). Below is a link to her store:

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For the wig, I usually purchase my cosplay wigs from Arda, but lately they have not had any of the items I am looking for in stock. So I thought I’d give Epic Cosplay wigs a try. I am SO excited about this wig, the fibers are super silky. I think I may have permanently switched over to Epic!

I went with the Purple Black fusion color, in the Persephone style. The added color will stand out so much more than solid black. Also, Rei has a lot of purples in her hair.

Epic Cosplay: PERSEPHONE – PURPLE BLACK FUSION

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In just a few more weeks I’ll have the final costume assembled. I can’t wait to take some photos with the Sailor Scout group! Once I have the gloves completed I’ll need to do a try on session, maybe snap some pics.

Also, in my ACEN Costume line-up I am working on a Nadine Butler Cheerleader costume from Twin Peaks. Be on the look out for progress!!

One last little update, since I am still chugging away on cross stitch during my lunch hour at work. I’ve finished another line of characters on this Twin Peaks cross stitch. One more line of characters to go, and possibly adding some text and a border to the piece.

I have more details in a previous post regarding the source:

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Hopefully I’ll have this completed by the May 21st Season 3 premiere! (which is the same weekend I’ll need the costumes done for. Time to be productive!)

Until next time– when I have more progress to pander about.

I am the Pretty Guardian, Sailor Mars!

Here begins my first costume progress of 2017. Sailor Mars! I’ve honestly never watched much of the show, but recently I went to a movie screening here in Columbus, Ohio with two of my friends. They both are HUGE Sailor Moon fans. I’ve been convinced to absorb in as much of the anime I can.

A group of friends and fellow cosplayers are planning to gather a large group of sailor scouts at ACEN 2017. We will be a mixed bag of buying and sewing our own costumes. I am of course constructing as much of mine own as possible. The convention is not until the middle of May, so I’m jumping the gun here.

How exciting though, I love group cosplay!

I’ve read several different sailor fuku tutorials, and pulled bits and pieces that I like best. I am constructing my costume to mimic her original anime appearance.

  • Team Blase Cosplay has a great tutorial online with pointers –  Link
  • Crystal Lake Skating Outfit Pattern  – Link
  • Collar Pattern – Link

Below is material cut from various patterns and thrown up on my mannequin form. (She does me well!) A lot of the tutorials I’ve seen show a pleated skirt, but I really want to follow a circle skirt pattern. So far it appears much more ‘flowy.’

I have assembled the majority of the leotard. I also have an underpants portion to go under the skirt. I am still debating if I want to dress to be all one piece, or to have the skirt detach. Once I am at the hip roll section I will go from there…

 

Progress of the sailor collar and front bow. I am constructing the brooch out of half of a clear holiday ornament. Currently just pinned to the mannequin form.:

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Detail of my progress on the sailor collar and back bow. Also I have sewn a zipper into the back of the leotard:

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More progress to come, see ya soon!

 

 

Kira – The Dark Crystal WIP

I have been slowly working on my latest costume creation, from my favorite movie of all time, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.

This project is planned to take me a few months in span, since the 9-5 day job exhausts me from time to time… I plan on wearing the base of the dress to the Ohio Renaissance Festival this weekend, and have a more complete costume finished by Halloween. (Including wings and a cuddly Fizzgig!)

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I have been working in cotton and chiffon on the base of the dress. I dyed the cotton in various tans, yellows, and greens to get the color I was looking for. Chiffon overlay for the chest I ran over the fabric with thread to create a nice texture. I’ve dipped the dress in dye a couple more times after this photo was taken.

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Below are some of the Simplicity patterns I have been working with and modifying for the dress and robe. Both have been very easy to work with, except sometimes I wish you could get a pattern smaller than a size 6. I always have to take in the chest!

Another lovely Arda Wig I will be using for the hair. I have yet to begin the styling process, and sculpting ears. Possibly tonight?!

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Bead detail and applique on the front of the dress. More ribbon and sculpted beads will be added. This process has been so much fun, except that chiffon is extremely annoying to work with. Thankfully, I haven’t made too much of a mess…

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Matsuricon Cosplay Lineup

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I’ve only got a few minutes until I run out of work and get to have some fun!!! This will be a very quick post. I just wanted to display my simple cosplay lineup for the convention. Can’t wait to post photos all dressed up!

WIP FP Wig Styling

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I have about 48 hours until I get to debut my brand new cosplay! Not much to update on until the entire costume is worn in full. So here is an update on my wig styling.

Pretty simple styling on Flame Princess, this time around. I sewed the gem to the front of the gem. I also sewed the bangs in place to make for an easier all-day wear. I’m not a fan of bobby pinning wigs. I find myself playing with the pins all day long, so a few stitches make my fidgeting less hectic.

I’m also finding that I might dazzle up the wig by sewing in some of the red glass beads that I embellished my dress with. If I have extra time this evening, I totally am going to do this!

The wig is Arda-Wigs Magnum in Fire Orange. I absolutely LOVE their wigs. Link below:

Magnum CLASSIC

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Flame gem embellishment is so HOT!

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With Matsuricon right around the corner, I’ve been adding the finishing touches to my Flame Princess costume. I am very excited to see it all come together. This has been a very stress-free project. Having time to lounge on my couch and add some tedious detailing, makes me one happy woman.

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I finished casting the resin gems, sanded them, and added a brief coating of red enamel spray paint for shine. (since I sadly could not get my clear resin casts to cure..) I drilled tiny holes around the exterior of the gem, with a 1/16 inch drill bit, and sewed the gem to the dress with embroidery floss. I also began adding some stitching in orange and red floss around the flame trim of the dress.

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Since glass beads are my new favorite decoration, I added pocks of them around the gem and flame trim. I might add some more around the tulle at the bottom of the dress (only if I get real bored this week…)

Next up:  tonight will be a brief styling of the wig and sewing in the second gem.

Also, cleaning up a couple other previous costumes to wear for the weekend. I will photograph and some detail shots for future posts.

For those interesting in attending the convention this weekend, August 19th – 21st:

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