It's one of my FAVORITE times of the year! HALLOWEEN!! While I am in the middle of making all the things for the kiddos, I thought it'd be quite festive to do a list of my favorite cosplay/dress-up posts of all time! So! Let's get STARTED and check out my spooky, top 13 dress-up posts ever!!
Are you all familiar with the Secret of Kells? It's Irish animation illustrated by Tomme Moore and it's truly beautiful. The character and scenery drawings are so vivid yet sooth your imagination as the scenes seem to look like a story in motion. The textures, the character arcs, the story lines are all so captivating and absolutely inspiring. The most recent film released was called Song of the Sea and is about a little boy and girl and the struggles they go through as they are come to grips with living without a mother, sibling animosity and the realization of Saoirse's very special power of turning into a magical seal, a selkie, when she dons her mothers cape.
Azriella was mesmerized... enchanted, even. I found a local fabric store that sells tons of variations of organza, so I sought out duo-toned hues that reminded me of the ocean images from the film.
I don't know about your kidlings, but as of recent, mine have become quite taken with Octonauts! The show is basically kawaii aquatic adventurers who go around saving the sea creatures that fall into peril around them! Of them, Azriella quickly requested to be Tweak the Bunny and shortly afterward Sephira chimed in that she wanted to be the "pink Vegimal" which she later learned was named "Codish". I decided that since Azriella was a bunny, that the little carrot Vegimal, named "Barrot" would be perfect for her!
It’s the 25th!!! So you know what that means: SEW GEEKY! This month’s theme is Epic Fantasy inspired. Think Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or really anything that would conjure up visions of enchantment.
It’s Halloweentime guys!
This is one of my very favorite times of year! Max and I decided a while back that it would be great to do a big free for all geek fest for this month's Sew Geeky. A chance for everyone to sew whatever they want that they love, and the creations by our guests so far have been awe inspiring, to say the least!
I told myself that I wouldn’t go over the top; that I want to keep Sew Geeky a little more casual so that I don’t burn myself out trying to outdo myself every month. It’s exhausting! It also makes me struggle to make other things; the essential things. BUT STUDIO GHIBLI?! I could not go small. I just couldn’t! Ugh, I am my own worst enemy, I know! Narrowing it down was incredibly hard. I have the urge to STUDIO GHIBLI ALL THE THINGS!
Good morning to you! ^_^ It’s time for Sew Geeky’s newest episode: Marvel vs DC! We didn’t want to do just Superheroes. We wanted to spice it up a bit, so we did a Marvel vs Detective Comics (aka DC) theme! So I decided to go with a hero vs villain approach for my outfits. I give you retro Catwoman and chibi Loki!
This is me.
In a nutshell, my whole life I've been a cartoon addict. No lie. I recorded my faves on VHS when I was a teenager and I have never really stopped watching them!
But as you get older you learn to appreciate new things and I fell, similar to Alice, down the rabbit hole, into the world of anime.
"Feelin' a little inadequate?"
So who here is a former angsty teenager from the 90s? I was! I was the only kid in school wearing patent leather pants in every color and donning a choker necklace made out of safety pins and I listened to punk and ska music and loved every minute of it! The grown up Kat loves those things still, but I've evolved since then. But ain't nostalgia grand! Well, TANK GiRL is like a time capsule for me of my high school days (even though TANK GiRL came out just before I started high school). The thing about TANK GiRL is that she's a bad girl. She smokes, she loves guns and ahem her tank and she dresses far on the risque side of things. Being that I'm a mom and am not into any of those things, I made my look and accessories more of a TANK GiRL: the Mom.
Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. And while I did get the pattern for free, all the opinions are completely my own.
(a little mood music)
THE TIME HAS COME AGAIN...
As the video informs, we have returned for our next installment of SEW GEEKY! What better day there is to celebrate than May the 4th? So away we go!
Max and I wanted to do something big for the Star Wars theme. We went to one who has sewn many Star Wars wearables like a "Bossk".
Seriously folks, if you love the Force and haven't checked out Girl Like the Sea then you are seriously looking for posts in Alderaan places! Tara is spaceballs, i mean, amazeballs. And each of her kids are, legit, cute enough to make you join the dark side.
Go see what she made!!!
So what did I make? Well, I wanted to pay homage to a lesser recreated character from the movies: the Imperial Royal Guards to Emperor Palpatine.
It was weird making my cheerful Azriella into a stoic evil guard.
Does she look foreboding enough?
I couldn't find the time to fashion a visor that would be breathable, so I used a bit of eyeshadow and Photoshop to give the effect I want ;-)
The fact that she has a smiley little doll face does not make it any easier to make her look sinister. But I think she looks pretty cool!
I drafted out what I thought the hood should look like. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw some questionable pics of me in my muslin making! I added in a seam here and a tack there and made sure it sloped and peaked accordingly.
The cape is fairly simple: gathered at the shoulders, open at the sides, and blind hems. I didn't have the time to make gloves either so I did a little something fun to simulate the look.
What's under the cape you ask? (Because I couldn't just stop there!)
A Saffron Dress (pattern by Paisley Roots) made by me but in red vinyl. I actually just had this realization that I do this all the time:
I love crossing things off my sewing bucket list. Other things crossed off: sewing a quilt, sewing lights in to a dress and sewing liquid in to a dress. Vinyl dress? Check! Now some may wonder how comfy is a vinyl dress? Well, since the bodice is fully lined and no seams are exposed, it's pretty comfy!
I made a little steampunk button for the back of the dress. Isn't it cute!?
One thing I have to say about it is that gathering vinyl is not for the faint of heart!
She loves the dress, as do I, and I can't wait for a fancy dress party or a ComicCon of some sort to come through Portland so I have an excuse to dress her up in it again! The vinyl gathers do make for a delightfully dense skirt poof. Not only does the red vinyl in and of itself make a bold statement, but it makes for a very poofy skirt that requires no pettiskirt! I seriously love it!
Some things that I changed up a little:
I slightly extended the button flap on the back since Azriella is 6 and a half and her chest measurements were in the size 3 chest range, I think she needed just a bit more width across her back.
I didn't do sashes, I did a sort of belt look front but at the same length dimensions as Karly suggests.
Because of the vinyl, I had to really stretch the 1/4" elastic in the back to make it look gathered, so I ended up chopping off about 2 inches of the elastic to make it look right.
What is my advice to those considering sewing a fully vinyl dress? Well, some people do the scotch tape under the pressure foot trick and some use special roller pressure feet too. But me? Besides of course using a vinyl/leather needle, I use this stuff called Sewing Aid. You can get it at any of the big box fabric stores. It's a light oil substance that looks like a bottle of Fray Check but it's for making hand and machine sewing go a lot smoother. You can use it on threads, needles, and you can use it on the bottom of pressure feet, which is what I did. Worked like a dream.
We got a fabulous lightsaber that made her so excited and giggly which was not the mood I was going for.
What the difference from with to without:
She really started getting into it! When I tried to offer it back to her she refused because she knew it was helping her stay in character. So cute!
Does she look like she wants to steal your soul?
She's trying her hardest!
In the beginning she had such a hard time finding out how to be mean. Bless her little heart, she doesn't have a malicious bone in her body! It was either happiness or tears!
Can you all take it? A smattering of geeky sewing delights? A month of Star Wars puns and roundups?
photo from Max-California of Max-Californina
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