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Summer Costuming

Creating Striped Fabric for Eridan pants

Making fabric for Eridan’s pants

Costumes…in the summer?

Why yes, it does seem like that’s what I’ve been working on!

My family will be going to  Anime Overload in July and my kids, both of whom are awesome Cosplayers, will be going in character.

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Kagome

Elena is bring out Kagome (from InuYasha), her Halloween costume from 2009. Elena has changed considerably since then, so the costume has been receiving a reboot!

I reconstructed the top for a better fit and I’ve almost finished new forest green pleated skirt. The original skirt was an altered broomstick skirt, and I didn’t like that fabric the last time I worked with it, so I started fresh. I did try to follow a tutorial for the pleated skirt, but it was written by someone not terribly familiar with garment construction, so I changed quite a bit of the way the skirt was made, only following her guidelines on how to measure the pleats.

I’d never made a pleated skirt before and I can honestly say it was much easier (and more fun!) than I expected. It was also nice to flex my skirt making skills, something I haven’t done in a long, long time!

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Eridan

Gareth  is going to be a character from Homestuck named Eridan (incidentally, Elena’s favorite character from the series!). It’s completely outside my zone of understanding, but both my kids and the hubby read Homestuck and love it, so who am I to argue?

We’ve already stenciled a shirt (Elena made the stencil!) and picked up some inexpensive fabric shoes to paint. I’ve already made the pants using a pajama pattern and by creating my own fabric from strips of blue and black broadcloth (thank you, new serger!).

He needs a scarf, which Elena started knitting for him yesterday. We still need to figure out the horns and the ears. He and I both have ideas, we just need to work out the best way to go about it.

Pleats!

Pleated skirt, in progress

Tomorrow’s will be a very costume-y Talk To Me Tuesday!

Sewhooked 2012 Summer Challenge

The 2012 Summer Challenge is going on the entire month of June and the entries have already started to come in!

It’s super simple, just make a project from one of my patterns or tutorials and share a photo with my flickr group. Full details and deadlines are here.

To celebrate the Sewhooked 2012 Summer Challenge, I am offering 10% off your total purchase from the Sewhooked Shop for the entire month of June. Starting right now, through midnight, July 1, use coupon code SUMMER2012. Offer valid here on Sewhooked and in my Etsy Shop. Not valid on Craftsy.

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TTMT #151 – Double Done

In which I finish not one, but TWO 12 for 2012 Projects!

  • Bear Paw (1/12) – Completed and gifted!
  • InuYasha Quilt (2/12) –Completed and gifted!
  • Project of Doom Signature Quilt (3/12 – March) – in queue
  • Granny’s Signature Quilt (4/12 – April) – in queue
  • The Project of Doom (5/12 – May) – in queue
  • Embroidery BOM (6/12 – June) – in queue
  • New York Beauty (7/12 – July)  – Completed and gifted!
  • 5 @ The Hive 2011 (8/12 – August) – in queue
  • Vintage Quilt Top (9/12 – September) – in queue
  • Hand Applique (10/12 – October) – in queue
  • HP/Magical Swap Blocks (11/12 – November) – in queue
  • Churn Dash/Snowball ) (12/12 – December) – in queue

Read more about my 12 UFOs!

12 for 2012 FINISH - InuYasha Quilt 2/12

InuYasha quilt…complete!

12 for 2012 FINISH - InuYasha Quilt 2/12

And here it is in situ on my daughter’s bed!

12 for 2012 FINISH - New York Beauty (7/12)

New York Beauty, completed!

12 for 2012 FINISH - New York Beauty (7/12)

A close up of the quilting.

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Thoughts on Thursday

Ah, Thursday, my “day off.”

So far I’ve fed my guys and gotten them out the door, I’ve packed two lunches, dropped one kid off at school, made two loaves of banana bread for a school project and washed two loads of laundry.

I might also have answered a dozen or so emails. And worked on some graphics. And a pattern. And possibly done some recycling.

It’s 10:30 now, so I might take a break. It’s my day off, really!

Did you guess who the young creature was in yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday? If you guessed me, you guessed right!

If you watched TTMT this week, you saw the InuYasha quilt in progress on my design wall, my second 12 for 2012 project. There were three sections that I was planning to stencil.

Yesterday, I decided one of them really needed to be embroidered.

Thank you Project of Doom for my current mad embroidery skills!

This is, to my knowledge, the only time the two main characters ever kiss in the series. I know for darn sure it’s my fangirl’s favorite scene!

InuYasha and Kagome, for Elena's quilt

InuYasha and Kagome, the embroidered kiss.

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Inspiration from the series, and a favorite moment for a girl that loves InuKag!

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2 of 12…in progress!

2 of 12, 12 for 2012

Now that Papa Bear is complete, I’ve turned my Thursday attention to February’s UFO (2/12), my daughter’s InuYasha quilt.

I’ve started sorting and cutting, have figured out what fabric will go where and have started adding the interfacing to the back of the tees so they can be pieced in.

I’ve decided to have this one professionally quilted once I’m done, which relieves a lot of pressure for me. My daughter will be 17 on her birthday and this is the first bed size I’ve made for her. She’s very much looking forward to it!

One day at a time!

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Garden Party Blog Hop

Paper Pieced Pattern-A-Day Blog Hop Call for designers – We’ve had some great people sign up so far, but there is still space available! If you think you might like to design a block for April, please check out the post and fill out the form. We’re going to have a blast sharing Garden Party patterns for the entire month of April!

 

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Stencil That Fandom!

I got on a bit of a stenciling kick yesterday. It started in the afternoon and kept going until about 10 pm, with various and sundry other things stashed in between, not the least of which was trying, quite unsuccessfully, to get my out-of-state house guest to try bbq ribs. Oh well, maybe next year!

Runs With Half Demons
The first tee was stenciled for my darling daughter, Elena, who is currently on vacation visiting her paternal grandparents. I haven’t seen her in two weeks and I’m starting to show some withdrawal symptoms. Anywhoo, this stencil was her idea, which I then took and created in Photoshop. She’s a huge InuYasha fan (definitive proof in this post) and thought it would be fun to do a play on the “Runs with werewolves” and “Runs with vampires” stuff inspired by Twilight. So…”Runs with half-demons” (of which InuYasha is one)!

Portal T-Shirt - Front
The second shirt is for Gareth, and was also his idea. Aperture Laboratories is the setting for the Portal games. He’s a fan and thought a tee would be hysterical…turns out, so does the hubby. (see below)

Aperture Science
We’ve talked about Portal here before and you may remember my Aperture pattern from a previous post.
Portal T-Shirt - Back
This is the back of the Aperture tee. This little addition was Gareth’s idea.

From Urban Dictionary:

Roughly translates to “your promised reward is merely a fictitious motivator”. Popularized by the game “Portal” (found on Half-Life 2’s “Orange Box” game release for PC, X-Box 360, and PS3). During the game, an electronic voice encourages you to solve intricate puzzles using cake as a motivating perk. When you have “broken out” of the game’s initial testing phase (from threat of death), you find scrawls on walls of the innards of the testing center warning you that “the cake is a lie”.

Employee #1: Yo, Dave, manager says we will probably get a promotion if we meet the sales expectations for this quarter.

Employee #2: Yeah, so, don’t get your hopes up on that one, Ed. The cake is a lie. 

Employee #1: Really, aw crap.

Portal - Aperture Laboratories tee #2
Why stencil one tee when you can stencil two? This one is for The Hubby, as mentioned above. He’s also a video game guru and loved Gareth’s tee.  His does not include “the cake is a lie,” but he loves it just the same!

Code Geass Black Knight Tee

Last, but definitely not least is the Black Knight tee. This one is a bit more of a mystery to me, because I’m not as familiar with the fandom, Code Geass. It’s the current favorite of my teen house guest. She suggested the design and helped me choose the font. I like the way it looks on the girl-cut tee! The photo came out a bit…crooked, but that has more to do with the angle of my squirrel-proof clothesline (read: chain) than the tee.

All-in-all, a very stencily day!

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Halloween Traditions

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday.  It’s certainly my favorite to craft for.  Fun costumes, crafts, decorations…

The first costume I made myself was one of my Dad’s suits that I reconstructed to look like Madonna in the Who’s That Girl? video.  I was in high school at the time.

Since then, I’ve enjoyed making all kinds of costumes, mostly for my kids.  Halloween is, of course, a darn good reason to costume!

Our family tradition is this:  My kids have until September 30 to choose a costume idea.  Once they’re decided, there is no going back and the planning begins in earnest.  They tend to lean towards character costumes, which are fun to try to duplicate.

InuYasha

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This year, my 13 year old daughter wanted to be one of her all-time favorite characters, InuYasha. I created the top half of the costume based on a kimono I made some years ago. There are a number of custom changes to make the top appear the same as InuYasha’s. The pants are adapted from a pj pattern, with a more flared leg and belt.  The wig was purchased, with handcrafted ears added (made from faux fur and felt).  The sword and necklace were purchased online.  The scabbard is a toy sword scabbard that’s been covered in black fabric.   The entire costume is made with quilter’s cotton.

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Ryoga

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My 10 year old son’s costume this year was Ryoga, from the manga and anime, Ranma 1/2.  The top is a reconstructed sweatshirt with a custom collar and cuffs made from cotton fabric.  The belt is also cotton fabric.  The pants are adapted from a pajama pattern, with loops added to the sides for lacing the legs.  The rucksack is completely custom from canvas.  The red paper umbrella was purchased online and customized with paint and fabric.  The cording is clothesline cord.   His headband is made from a strip of darker yellow fabric with squares stenciled on in black paint.

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The two characters are from different manga / anime series, but both are creations of the same author, Rumiko Takahashi. We thought we’d have a little fun with that and took a couple of “what are you doing here!?” poses!

Charlie Brown & Pansy Parkinson

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My husband and I like to dress up, too!  This year, my hubby, Eli, was Charlie Brown in a t-shirt I stenciled and black shorts made from a commercial pattern.  I was Slytherin Pansy Parkinson in a hand painted green tie and custom Slytherin buttons…snarky attitude included!

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InuYasha and Ryoga are not amused at having a Slytherin at their back!

Visit my Halloween 2008 flickr album for more photos.

Costumes photos 1995 – Present

Happy November!

also posted in Craft Challenge #32 – DIY Halloween Costumes on craftster and on Deviant Art