Monday, 7 January 2019

Enfys Nest jumpsuit part 1

This weekend the Cosplay Dalarna network had a whole day of crafting, and I could start on Enfys Nest for real. The goal for me was to get most of the jumpsuit done, and I did get all the parts that need a lot of floor space cut out.

I started with my standard vintage overall pattern. I knew it was going to be too small, and since I didn't have a lot of muslin fabric to work with I decided to expand it a lot, since it's easier to take it in than the other way around.

Ok, I maybe overdid it and had to take it in a lot. In the end though I had a fairly loose fitting overall, with some shaping at the waist.

The shaping at the waist
I then drew all the seam lines I wanted directly on to the fabric and cut it apart.

I'm using dark brown waxed cotton for the jumpsuit, with black twill for the details. I added the twill tape to the front by hand, since there are no visible seams on the reference photos. I wouldn't be surprised if the original piece has proper seams for the shaping, but I'm cheating and adding the twill tape on the top, there will also be decorative top stitching added later.


Back pieces
The jumpsuit is still big, but the final fitting will be done when I sew it all together.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

My favorite photos of 2018

Here are some of my favorite photos of 2018.

Historical costumes

Yes, it's 30 degrees Celsius and I'm melting, but it still turned out really nice.

It's not always the photos where you think you are posing the best that ends up as favorite. This was a quick snap shot to try and show my hairstyle, but I guess it's the quick nature of the shot that makes it feel very natural and relaxed.

This is probably my best photo of the year. The combination of the colour of the costume with the majestic wall is just gorgeous. I really feel as if I'm standing either on the Wall or in Winterfell.

Some of my friends claim that Mon Mothma is a powerhungry, dirty politician. Of course I wanted to give them a bit of confirmation with this photo.

Costuming isn't all about being serious, you need to have some fun as well.

Happy New Costuming Year!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

A confession about my productivity

This is going to be a very personal post. I have done a lot of costume projects this year, and not the least I finished all 12 HSM challenges for 2018. For those of you reading this blog it's easy to just see all finished results, and of course I tend to only post things that I'm happy with so you only get a (mostly) polished look at my costume projects.

One thing that is not visible on the blog is the fact that I have had a tough year on a personal leveWith a bit of perspective I can easily say that my mental health has not been the best. I was probably on the verge of a burn-out at the end of the spring, and even if I had my three weeks of holiday I didn't really recover. The whole autumn I have felt tired and exhausted. What does that have to do with my costuming?

Costuming is my escape, especially the HSM projects. I've had periods when I've felt both restless and anxious. To sit down with a small sewing project has been a way of occupying myself with something else than what's been going on around me. In a way it's good, it definitely helps with fending off anxiety attacks, but the larger projects have also added to my general stress level, and I have in some instances prioritized sewing over other things that I should probably have done to feel better in the long run.

This year I'm hoping to find a better balance, even if it means that I might say no to events even if they are fun and inspiring. I guess what I want to say is that just looking at the number of costuming projects of a year doesn't really say anything about the costumers life, and it's not always something to envy. In a way I hope that I will not finish as many sewing projects next year, if that means that I feel less stressed and in a better general mood. And if you are wondering I have a good dialogue at work to make sure that I get a more balanced workload in 2019.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

#costumingyearinreview goals for 2019

With all the recaps from 2018 done it's time to look forward to what 2019 will bring costume wise. I was worried that the Historical Sew Monthly challenges wouldn't continue in 2019, but they will. The list of challenges have been posted already, but I'm not going to post a dedicated 2019 HSM plan. Last year I learnt that I hardly ever plan my HSM projects, they are more things that I come up with when it's time for each challenge. I will concentrate on the 16th and 18th centuries, but who knows what other time periods might sneak in.

For this year I have five major costume plans, and in order of deadlines they are:

1. Enfys Nest
She needs to be finished by April for Celebration Chicago. This will be my main focus for the winter. If I run into some snags I might have to delay her until NärCon though, there are some things that I have ordered that need to arrive in time and details like that. I'm a bit scared about this costume since it contains so many hard parts that I need to work on.


I have fabric and shoes and gloves. I'm going to start with the soft parts straight away in January.

2. Lady Poe robe à la Francaise

On the 8th of June there is this big ball set in 1762, I hadn't planned on going (it's expensive) but I got some money for it as a Christmas gift. It's very strict about accuracy and I need to wear a proper francaise for it. I'm going to resurrect my Lady Poe project. After all I ordered all the fabric back in 2017, I hope I ordered enough to make a full francaise with all the trimmings. I'm going to skip on the step where I make it into a Star Wars-costume, and just go for a proper 1760's look, but I'm still going to call it my Lady Poe. 

3. Obelix
At last NärCon me and Ann-Sofie decided to make Asterix and Obelix, after all she and her husband had been so well received as Tintin and Captain Haddock and we talked about other fun childhood favorites to cosplay. I'm plus size, I'm a redhead. This will be a really fun project, and yes I want to come up with a way to make a menhir to carry around. An idea that I have played with is also, if I'm going to make this, why not make a genderbent version as well. I'm thinking a pinup Obelix would be really fun and still recognizable.

4. Melisandre's coat
I want to finish the coat and wear it to NärCon as a complete costume.

4. 1520s court dress
I have so many ideas for 16th century gowns, but I want to slowly work away on my court gown. I have cut out the bodice and started to interline the velvet. This will be a slow project that I work on when I don't have other things. I also want a new sleeveless kirtle, and that will be a project so that I have another gown for medieval events. 

Other loose plans that I have for the year, but no set dates or specific plans:

A 16th century half-length cloak/cape
A couple of 16th century shifts
A veil or hood wih goldwork embroidery (this could actually work with the HSM challenge for August)
A 1695 jacket or mantua.
An Edwardian sporting outfit (I do have a deadline for this, but I'm afraid it will clash with both Enfys Nest and the francaise project, so I'm already counting on scrapping it)

And with that the new costuming year is off to a start. 

Happy sewing and crafting everyone.

Monday, 31 December 2018

#costumingyearinreview favorite look

Theme of the day: Favorite look.

It's always so hard to pick, but in the end I have chosen my two favorite looks, one historical and one cosplay.

Favorite historical look: My 1520s Master Miner's wife

I love this outfit, even more now that I have an even better apron compared to when this photo was taken. It's also very emotional, since the early 16th century is my absolute favorite time period and to base a costume around what people you have read so much about would have worn is a lot bigger than just picking a dress and recreate just because it looks nice.

Favorite cosplay: Melisandre

Melisandre is something totally different. I chose the costume even if I don't like the character, I just wanted to be able to wear my natural hair and not bother about wigs, extensions or basically any styling. It's not even finished, since I wasn't able to dye the fabric for the outer coat but I still love it anyway. I look good in it, it's a fun character to cosplay and it's so comfortable.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

#costumingyearinreview achievements

Theme of the day: Achivements

For my historical costumes I think my biggest achievement is definitely that I finished all 12 HSM challenges this year, and I had fun doing them.

For cosplay I think my biggest achievement was to start playing around more with makeup. I'm not the kind to wear make up, but it has been fun playing around with contouring and what effects you can do. I am a novice, but the fact that I started to work with it was an accomplishment.

Melisandre's dramatic make up is fun, I need to learn to make more natural faces as well
In general I also think it was an accomplishment to finally organize my attic storage to better accomodate my costumes.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

#costumingyearinreview biggest regret

Today's theme: Biggest regret

This one is also fairly easy, and it's my TLJ Leia coat. I rushed it because I really wanted something new to wear to Stockholm ComicCon, and then I managed to forget it at home so I still couldn't wear it. The rushing is evident, and there is a reason that I haven't posted about it here. I will see if I will take the time in 2019 to fix all the mistakes.