andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Just caught up on Agents of SHIELD. Between that and Thor 2, I'm seriously contemplating Lady Sif. There's leather work, more worbla armor, and definitely a wig. I'd have to find something to stand in for the chain maille, too.


I feel rather like Hook -- "Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you'd better get up off your ass. Get over here, Smee...!"

Too many damned costumes I want to do, and not enough time to do them in!
andveryginger: (at your back)
I finally got the shipment of goodies from home, and I'm working up the nerve to finally start construction on the bodysuits for Valkyrie and Black Widow. I hesitate because I know that, with a few more weeks left to work in the gym, I can make a real difference -- my arms are coming along nicely, so I know the waistline is next. The hips... eh, they're usually the last to be impacted by any activity, unfortunately. I was a total slacker this weekend, though, so I'm really looking forward to getting back to the reformer tomorrow.

Since I'm hesitating on the final bodysuit construction, I've at least been working on the accessories for the various costumes. I finished Clint's shooting glove; modified Clint's holster; shaped Valkyrie's half-gauntlets and shoulder discs; and pulled together a workable version of Black Widow's belt and belt keepers. I still need to smooth and paint Val's armor, and finish the last bit of Tasha's holster rig, but I'm pretty happy with what I've accomplished. I also need to motivate DH to help out with the cutting and sanding of the dowel rods for his arrows. What's Hawkeye without some ammo, right?

Tomorrow, I'm hoping to do a little paint testing, and get a layer of wood glue over my worbla samples. I don't have much time to screw up, so I figured it would be better if I didn't screw up the final armor. I'm thinking I may also start on Val's bodysuit later this week...whenever I happen to be feeling a bit more optimistic. =) She'll really be a decent trial run for the final Black Widow bodysuit.
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Yeah. I added another one. Valkyrie/Brunhilde from Fearless Defenders. I totally blame this gal who did Hippolyta from the same title. I saw several of her "in progress" photos and, when I came across the new Valkyrie costume on the cover of #8, I decided I found another one I could do. The good thing is that she practically uses the same pattern as Widow, with some minor alterations...which I've already done. I threw together a muslin to test it, using my serger. Went together fast, so I'm hoping the same will be said of the real thing. Ordered a few props the other day, too, including a 47" foam latex sword. Bwahahahaha....

Still trying to wait a little longer before I work on the final products...still trying to lose a bit of weight. The 7 day cruise I just got off probably didn't help! =)

So far, for Widow, I've done some fabric and stitch testing with some good results. I even found a new fabric to try, one that looks a lot more like the screen-used fabric. It's a little thin, though, so I'm reserving judgement until I can get some samples pieced together. If you want to take a peek at the work in progress, you can look here, where I started uploading things to link back from RPF.

Finished the quiver for DH's Hawkeye, and will be moving on to the shooting glove later this week. I need to pick up some elastic ribbon to applique to the fingers first. After that, it's a matter of getting the holster put together. Forgot the Dremel last trip home. Will either have to buy a new one, or wait till I go home at the end of July. =\

...and a lot of my supplies are currently in transit from the States. I had ordered a lot of things and had them shipped to my mother, who has shipped them to me. Annoyingly, I might have to pay duties/taxes, but we'll see. Some of it was personal items and Christmas presents from 3 - 4 years ago that never made it back to Texas. Mom labelled it "gifts and scrap fabric," with a value of about $100. I'm betting the "fees" will probably be $50 to get my stuff out of hock. Frakking import BS. Course, if this stuff were available in-country, I wouldn't have to resort to such measures. Then again, even when it's available here, it still costs a @#$% fortune to ship, even within Canuckistan...probably because I'm on an island. Meh.

Overall, though, I'm pretty happy with where I'm at -- aside from the weight loss. The gym has decided to close for two weeks for remodeling and rebranding, so I'm without my reformer classes for the next week and a half while they wrap it up. I finally got off my arse today and went for a walk/run. It felt strangely awesome! Hoping to continue the trend...though it's 12:15 right now, and I'm wide. friggin. awake. with too much excess energy. If I'm lucky, I'll start slowing down soon.

Till later, folks!
andveryginger: (Mackidockie Court)
Now that I'm sitting still for a little while, I'm definitely elbow deep in creating our Hawkeye and Black Widow costumes for this year. Since I'm trying to work my butt off -- literally, to lose about 6" -- I'm trying to wait till the last to complete the lower half of my Widow bodysuit. That means I'm focusing a lot of attention on props and Hawkeye at the moment.

A while back, I started collecting links and images to the various things I would need to buy for the costumes. The end result are two Pinterest boards -- one for Clint, and one for Natasha. I've been using these as I've been buying up a lot of things to get everything modified, prepped, and completed. VISA really likes me right now...

And this is why (snipped for epic listing)... )

So far, the only thing I've really gotten done is the modification to Hawkeye's vest. I needed to remove the velcro strips and trim the collar. Easy enough, and I think I did a decent enough job.

...and I've at least started the muslin of the bodysuit bodice. Putting the zipper in the first time proved to be a bust. I've since decided that the seams there won't stretch anyway, due to the zipper tape, so I'll interface the edges to stabilize them, and try again. I also won't be using an invisible zipper like the pattern calls for, so that will help, too.

Everything else I need is currently sitting at my mother's in Atlanta. I'm hoping everything will get there by the end of next week so I can get it all shipped to Houston and be able to work on a few things while we're home for Comicpalooza. This is partially because it was too expensive to have stuff shipped to Canuckistan; partially because some items could not be shipped here (like the airsoft pistols). And hey, why not make use of my Amazon Prime where I could, too? =D

Needless to say, I've been ODing on The Avengers, and soooo ready for these to be done. I want to be take my time and do this right, but OMGsoimpatient!

Speaking of impatient... Really, really impatient to get this extra 6" off my hips, and really, really frustrated that fatigue keeps bugging me, and keeping me from hitting the gym more often. Trying to do better about what I'm eating, and using my little FitBit to try and keep tabs on things. Easier to eat healthy at home than it is here, though. Meh. Ten pounds. I can do this.

For now, off to finish watching The Avengers again, and check in on my Thursday night RPG. Auf wiedersehen!
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Well, around midnight last night, I finished off the hard stuff. I screwed up when adding the cuffs and ended up having to add them by hand. Not a major deal, but it would have been a lot easier if I had a sewing machine with a sleeve arm. I'll need to tack down the top of the cuff, that that's an easy handstitch job. You can see the results here.

I'm pretty happy with the overall. Now I just have to see if I can either get my MIL to do the buttonholes or learn how to do them myself. My machine will do them with the appropriate presser foot, so I may give it a shot...on some test fabric first, of course.

Took the evening off tonight. Got a much-needed nap, and managed to make the gym. I spent about half an hour working kata and kihon, and working with the heavy bag. I'd forgotten how much of a workout karate could be! Definitely looking into finding a dojo once we get back from the con.

Back to the sewing room tomorrow. There's an end in sight! And I might even be done before the 27th this time.
andveryginger: (Roslin Hopeful Romantic)
Now, with collar!

Because I screwed up a bit, I still have sleeve cuffs to do; the back darts; and buttons. I think I'll have MIL assist with the darts, try and help shape the shirt a little more with them. Pinning that will definitely be a two person operation.

If all goes as planned, I'll wrap up the sleeves and darts on the Galactica bit this weekend, and move on to the next steps -- the pants, and my "Roslin" suit. I measured the pattern pieces for the suit today, and determined my size. I'm looking forward to moving on to something that's not quite as complicated!
andveryginger: (Default)
Yes, I know it's been a week since I posted the last meme. I *do* have the answers to the music thing... I just keep leaving it at home. I'll try to remember to post them this evening.

Today, snatched from [ profile] anomilygrace:

Costumers all tend to have a specific era or genre that appeals to us aesthetically, which is fine, but sometimes we get too focused and fail to appreciate other eras or genres that might suit our body type, our facial features, or even just challenge us to think outside the box a little bit. So, I'm opening the floor for suggestions: Give me one costume/period you'd want me to wear, and why. Picture links appreciated.

...and spread this meme!

So far, I've done the following costumes: SG (teams 9 and 5, both for my RPG characters), the Royal Manticoran Navy, Abigail Whistler, and Minerva McGonagall. I'm contemplating Alice of Resident Evil, Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol of Justice League, and possibly a random Jedi costume. What else should I be considering?
andveryginger: (Default)
...and I'm still working on the jacket. I started working on this thing weeks ago, in hopes I wouldn't be working to the last minute. Well, it looks like I'll be working to the last minute -- despite my best efforts.

Zippers are in -- sleeves and the front of the jacket. I have to admit that I celebrated a bit when I retired the zipper foot for this project. I've now moved on to sleeves, collar, and waistband. I got the sleeves together tonight...only to discover that they'll need to be tapered a bit more than the pattern provided for. This, of course, after I run out to Walmart at 8:00 PM on the Sunday night before the first day of school. Hah. Anyway... After some other mishaps with the feed dogs and some tangled thread, I decided to pack it in for the day. Attempts at the sleeves, collar, and waistband will just have to wait until I have the patience to deal with them again. If they're not done tomorrow, I'm going to have to resort to plan D -- beg my MIL to help.

Maybe I'll call in dead on Wednesday and spend the day communing with my Kenmore. ;)

Jacket: 80%
Quiver: 95%
Emily the Strange tee: 5%
Red and white bandanna: 3%


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