Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Day of Horses and Doctor Who

While ya'll are waiting with bated breath for October 1st and the reveal of my battle Tauriel dress (kidding, kidding ;D), I thought I might write a fun post about a "horse play day" I had with this awesome girl named Karis, who I've mentioned on here before. ;) Karis blogs over at The Horse Nextdoor, and you should definitely go check it out and say hi!

Karis riding bare-back on her quarter pony, Lady.
But anyway - back to le day...

Mya and Lady (Karis' horse and pony, respectedly) both had been having some serious hoof problems the past few weeks, but had finally started looking better the past few days, so Karis invited me over to hang out and help her give the ponies some exercise.

What ensued was a fun, relaxing, "horse play day," which included grooming, lunging, bare-back riding, a run-away pony, and lots of fandom talk - mostly concerning Doctor Who...

...which is always funny, because we're complete opposites when it comes to our favorite characters...

(Karis, you're reading this - you're nodding, right? ;D)

So, I'm a die-hard (literally) fan of David Tennant's 10 - and Rose. Especially together. Ehehehehehehe... *sobs*

Aaaand Karis loves Matt Smith's 12. And doesn't like Rose at all. As in... she didn't even cry at "Doomsday." (I KNOW. Don't worry - I've given her plenty of grief over that... ;D)

Soooo, yes. Wait, where was I going with that.... oh yeah. No where. ;D

Until October, my friends! ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

[Battle] Tauriel Cosplay - Chainmail Completed!

Here's one {of many} things that've been happening since I last updated you guys on my battle Tauriel costume...

My pop-tab shoulder chainmail pauldrons are 100% finished (with the help of some donations from friends)! :D

As you can see, they're a general diamond shape, with some slight shaping at the upper top for the shoulder so they'll lay better.

Each piece is made of (to my best approximation) ~175 tabs.

Now, you might be wondering why I didn't just make the chain mail out of metal rings instead... which would arguably have looked better.  Well, guys, if you don't know by now, I'm a budget cosplayer [read: cheap]. When I can make something for a fraction of the cost it would have been, I go for it. And honestly, I enjoy costuming more when I can do it inexpensively. So, free chain mail? Yep, that fit my budget quite nicely! ;)

You might have noticed the fabric underneath the chain mail. Looks quite similar to the fabric for my battle Tauriel dress, doesn't it...? Well, I did say this costume would be completed way before December 17th, did I not...? Oh yes I did. :D

Prepare for the unveiling of the dress a week from today:

October 1st.

P.S. Thanks, you guys, for putting up with all my crazy shenanigans. You know I have way too fun with this stuff. ;D

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Captain America Cosplay - Footwear Acquired

You know back in August, how I asked all my lovely readers' opinions on boots for my fem Captain America costume...?

And how there was one pair that we all said we loved...?

Well, guess what came in the mail today. :D

Yep -- I ended up on the inevitable and bought them. ;D

Aaaand you all were totally right: they are perfect for the look I'm going for with my fem Cap costume. And a bonus: I absolutely adore them for everyday wear as well. Seriously. These are, like, my new favorite pair of shoes... ;D

As for details...

The leather is really nice - it's not shiny, like patent leather, but is instead this really cool matte texture, which I just adore.

The color is perfect; this awesome distressed brown, actually a pretty close match to his boots (and the other brown costume details) of his costume for Age of Ultron.

And I love the buckle details! They lend an almost military style, and keep the boots from looking boring.

As for the heel, I personally think the 3 inch heel is perfect. It'll add a nice touch of femininity to the costume, without going overboard. And, for a girl who isn't 6 foot like most superheroes, this'll give me a nice height boost. ;)

So, basically, they're perfect superhero boots: fairly simple and no-nonsense, but still quite chic.

Now I just wish it would start getting colder so I can wear them for realz... ;)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

[Battle] Tauriel Cosplay - Pattern Prep and Cutting

I've been so busy working on my battle Tauriel costume this week that I've neglected updating ya'll on my progress... ;)

Just a word in advance: I will have this cosplay completed way before the Hobbit 3 premiere on December 17th. Which just means... I'll have to figure something else out to keep me busy in the long months ahead. xD Maybe start working on Arwen's coronation dress? I mean, I've got the fabric already... :)

Anyway -- back to the pattern (McCall's 6818).

First up was reading over the instructions for making the pattern, to get an idea of what would be entailed here.

Next, was cutting out the individual pieces from the larger pattern sheets, and then taking some measurements for alterations.

Then ironing the pattern pieces out so everything would lie smoothly when I cut the fabric...

Prepping the fabric to be cut...

And finally, pinning and cutting the fabric. Which is most likely my least favorite part of sewing. That, and sleeves. xD

And here is the end of today's [rather short] post -- but don't worry, more updates coming soon! (;


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Captain America Cosplay - The Shield (by Disguise)

A fitting introduction to this post... ;D

So.  Mine might not be made of vibranium, or be able to deflect bullets.  But still...

I'm just way too excited about this thing.

I got it from Amazon for 25 bucks (but I got it free [YAYY] using my Amazon giftcards I earned through Swagbucks! which is awesome btw;).

It's a bit overpriced for what it is (hard plastic circle?) But it's not nearly as bad as the reviews would say - and it beats paying upwards of $200 for a metal shield. xD

Like I said in the title, it's the movie version (as opposed to comic) of Cap's shield, made by Disguise, and is the new-and-improved version for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The paint job is very tidy, and the colors are nice and vibrant, and screen-accurate. It's made of hard plastic, 24" diameter (1-1 size ratio with the movie version), with the star raised and with accents at the tips. There's two black elastic straps on the back...

And as you can see, they're attached to the shield with plastic..uh...things (xD), which are super-glued to the shield. I have the elastic pinned right now, as they were too large for my arm. No big deal there.  (I'm actually thinking of doing a complete modification to the straps, and exchanging the black elastic for leather straps with buckles for a more accurate look - and also because that'd just be cool. xD)

As far as sturdiness goes, noooo this shield isn't gonna keep me safe from Nazis or Chitauri or Bucky (sobs), but it is decent. As long as I take care of it and don't throw it against walls and stuff, it will hold up just great. ;D  And as far as looks? Fabulous. Much better than I was expecting! :)

Welp - I'm out. Gotta go pose in front of the mirror with my shield some more.  Just kidding just kidding... maybe... ;)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

[Battle] Tauriel Cosplay - Fabric and Pattern

So, sorry not sorry about that little cliffhanger in my last post... hope I didn't leave you guys hanging too long... but I was kinda having fun with that... ;D

So, the other day (as in, last Saturday) I went to Joann (you know, the fabric store) for the first time with my oldest (eldest?) sister, Alissa.

Which was an experience in it of itself... as they had more fabrics (and higher prices o.O) than I had anticipated. However! With the help of Alissa (no seriously, I wouldn't have survived without her. xD), I was able to decide on fabric for my "Battle Tauriel" dress.

See, what made the trip "interesting," was that I really didn't have a set idea for what color/material I wanted. I was originally thinking light green suede...

...but ended up with this (which I'm [now] convinced is 900% better than green suede would have been for this costume. ;))

So, I'm kinda notorious for not using fabrics for their intended purpose. And, with that said, the material is 5 yards of Sew Classic's polyester crepe suiting in "medieval blue". xD Yeah. Like I said. Not for intended purposes. ;D

But in all seriousness, this fabric is lovely. The drape is absolutely gorgeous, with just the right weight. The crepe-weave is super cool, too. From far away, the texture looks so cool... then you get up close and it's even cooler. ;)
Also, the color! Ahhhhhh the color. IMHO, 'tis just divine. As you can see, each picture made it look a different shade (and none of them are edited, either). In natural lighting especially, the color goes crazy - morphing from jewel tones to a slate grey. And the chain mail (if you don't know what I'm talking about, you can see back in this post) looks quite pretty and feminine against it, the colors reminiscent of Arwen's requiem gown in The Two Towers.

And a bonus is that I actually look good in this color. Which wouldn't have been true with the suede I was considering. So there's that. ;D

Next up: The pattern.  I also got this at Joann, and it just happened to be on sale for 2 bucks! *Happy dance.* ;) McCalls's 6818:

I'll be following view B mostly, though using the sleeves of A (normal long sleeves). I plan on doing some alterations to it, because, as I'm sure you can see, it's not perfect. But it's got some great potential.

I'll be making the skirt come completely around the front (though keeping the slit down the center), lowering the waistline just a bit, and making the collar smaller, to be more like the collar of Tauriel's archer dress.  And as for the cape... I'm probably going to nix it, but it's still a possibility. We'll just have to see. ;)

So you guys are no longer in suspense -- yayy! ;D Let meh know whatcha think of the fabric and my pattern plans and such. I always love hearing you guys' thoughts. :)  Btw... the design of my costume isn't quite complete yet. There's an aspect or two that I'm still pondering, which I'll share soon (once I actually, like, make up my mind. ;D)

Lastly, I've got at least 3 cosplay posts swirling around in my brain that I just need to write up... Because, like I've said, there's been quite a bit of costume happenings lately. :D

Monday, September 1, 2014


Apologies beforehand because this is gonna be a quick post. I sowwy, but I'll explain why. :P

School has started -- yeah, that's basically my explanation. Even though I'm homeschooled, I've still got plenty of work to do; as I'm sure all you homeschoolers will smile and nod to. You know what I'm talking about. ;)

Aaaaand add to that, the fact that my internet has been out since Saturday night, when we had a pretty large thunderstorm, and I have no clue when it'll be fixed. SO I've been hanging out at our local christian college's library all day, mooching off their wifi. ;D

I'm taking an online dual-enrollment class from the college, also -- General Psychology. Exciting, right? :p After looking at the syllabus today, though, it definitely could be worse. It actually should be fairly easy. Maybe even fun...? We shall see. ;)

So, that's what I've been doing today -- exploring the online portal and downloading syllabi (plural of syllabus..?), reading assignments, and powerpoints, and also submitting some preliminary homework. All of which didn't leave much time for a very exciting blog post...
WHICH IS REALLY SAD BECAUSE I'VE GOT SO MUCH TO TELL YOU GUYS.  Like, seriously. Some major Tauriel and Captain America cosplay progress has been happening this week. I'll try really really really hard to get a post up about those two very soon, but in the meantime, you can mull over all possible meanings behind this (hehe):