Sunday, September 29, 2013

Do You Take Commissions?

I have had this question pop up in a few posts lately and I just wanted to put this out here in a different spot. My stance on taking on commissions is on the sidebar of this blog, included with my "about me" information. However, for anyone wondering about whether I would commission something for them...

 I do not take on commissions!

I currently barely have enough time to do what I absolutely have to housework, work, grading, and my personal projects.  I cannot, in good faith, take on any other projects where others are depending on me to complete something in a timely manner. Add to this my past bad experiences in doing something for others I thought were friends, I just cannot do this at this time.  I hope everyone understands, as I do not wish to offend anyone.  I have this blog so that I can share my costumes and the information/research I found helpful when completing them in the hope that I can help someone with theirs.  Thank you for your understanding with this, and I do hop that you continue to follow me here :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Celebration Anaheim!!

Two weeks ago it was announced that Star Wars Celebration is coming to Anaheim, California in April of 2015.  Although at first my husband and I thought "there is no way we will be able to go this time," mostly because our son will be in preschool at that time, we have since discussed the timing of the convention and decided that, as long as all goes well and we are able to save enough money, we will be able to make the trip out to California!!  This time, we plan on taking our son, as he will be 5 years old at that time, and will be taking a few extra days to visit Disneyland and maybe some other attractions.  When tickets and hotel rooms went on sale this past Wednesday, I was able to secure us a room for 10 nights (although the length of time we can stay may change)...but at least we have a room :)

Now the planning begins...not only for the trip itself and what we plan to see and do besides the Convention, but also for what costumes we will be taking (rather, the costumes I will be making).  Currently, I am planning on finishing some of the costumes I have started for myself and add one or two that are on my current "plan to make" list; my husband would really like for us to start his Wookiee Warrior costume soon so that we can have it finished before then, and we do have his Bail Organa costume that still needs a few finishing touches; and finally, I am still in the planning stages for a couple of costumes for my son (he WILL have been introduced to the saga by then).  At this time I am considering the following costumes for my son:  a X-Wing pilot, an Episode I Anakin (maybe the pod-racing costume), a farm boy Luke, and possibly something else like Boba/Jango Fett or Ewok/Jawa or whatever else, all depending on whether he is ok with helmets or what-not.  I will definitely know more in terms of costume plans in the months to come, but I just wanted to throw some ideas and updates out there.

I will keep you all updated in the coming months on any progress and plans!!  Until then...May the Force Be With You All!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the Fourth Be With You!!

Hello everyone!!  I just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a very Happy Star Wars Day...and, May the Fourth Be With You...Always!!

Also, I have finally gotten my sewing room re-organized after getting new carpet in the room...yay!!  Hopefully things will settle down around here some so that I can get back to work on my projects.  Until then, I wish you all well in whatever your ventures may be!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Something to Consider

I came across this article through a fellow Legion member, costumer, and cosplayer.  With the convention season fast approaching, the start of this movement could not be better-timed.  I have not been a victim of this type of behavior...and I hope that I never am.  However, I do know some fellow costumers who have been subjected to the demeaning comments and actions some con-goers feel entitled to do.  Currently, my husband and I are not planning on attending any conventions this year...but I just wanted to help get the word out about this movement.  So, for any of you attending any number of conventions this summer, please be attuned to your surroundings and please do not be afraid to stand up for yourself and anyone you see being treated horribly.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Follow Me on Facebook

I just wanted to let all of you know that you can now follow me on Facebook!!  I created a fan page for anyone who is a member of the site.  Just click here and hit "Like".

Just like with this site, I do not always have the time to update the page, but I hope to keep up with that one a little more.

Thank you all for your continued support.  I hope to get back to sewing as soon as our carpet is installed and I get my sewing room back together.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays!!

I just wanted to take a moment and wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, whatever holiday it is you celebrate this time of year!!  Here's to new beginnings and hopes in the New Year.  Until then...May the Force Be With You All :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Green Velvet Robe (ROTS)

Padme wears this gown in a cut scene from Episode III and in a scene known as "Padme's Ruminations."  I always loved the simple, yet elegant design of this gown.  As a note, I started this gown back in December/January of 2007-2008, so some of the materials I used may no longer be found.  I will do my best to report what I remember from the construction of this gown:  the patterns used, the fabrics used, etc.


I used a combination of the following patterns for the base of the gown:

McCall's 4490
Simplicity 4508

I constructed a mock-up of the gown using the patterns referenced above.  From there I made the cuts along the lines where the seams were to be located so that I would have my pattern pieces.  For the sleeves, I essentially lengthened the sleeves from the pattern above and made a few minor changes to the angles of those sleeves.


Iridescent Silk Velvet in "spice"(Thai Silks) for the outer gown.

Silk Habotai in a light purple/lilac (Thai Silks) for the lining.

Silk Taffeta in purple (Thai Silks) for the sash.

Silk Charmeuse in a toffee/spice (Thai Silks)

Diamond patterned home dec fabric for the sleeve lining (cannot remember where I got this)


Iris beads in brown from JoAnn Fabrics

Clear brown beads from JoAnn Fabrics

The particular velvet I used was the one that gave me the closest look I was trying to accomplish...a brownish color in darker light and a yellow-green color in brighter light.  It is definitely not the green that many use for this costume...but it resembles the colors seen in the movie in different lighting.  I used left-over cording from my Loyalist Committee Gown and covered it in the charmeuse to create the piping around the sleeves.

For the Naboo symbols on the gown, I used FiberEtch to "burn" the symbols into the silk velvet.  I followed the directions on the bottle and the information provided on Padawan's Guide, and it was relatively easy...however time-consuming.

I was finally able to get some photos of me in the costume at a recent event!!  I truly hope they look ok :)  I have gained some weight since having my son almost 3 years ago, and it has been very difficult to lose it.  I have become very self-conscious about it, since I truly did not realize how much I have put on until I saw some pictures of me recently.  I do hope you all understand :)