Fuck Working On Saturdays

I’m walking to work, where I will be surrounded by sewing and industrial sewing machines and every sewing implement on the planet and an entire leatherworking shop and all that amazing shit. I don’t get to use any of it today. Because I’m operations manager and enjoy a supervisory role.

I want to be working on cosplay >:\

IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND AREN’T AT WORK, YOU SHOULD GO WORK ON COSPLAY!!

- Jenn

Ps if ur at comic-con you are excused but im Very Disappointed ;)

bellechere:

Half of me wishes I was at SDCC, trooping around in some outrageous costume, struggling to meet up with friends, occasionally rubbing elbows with celebs, and not giving a damn if dinner is bought at a cupcake truck because you walked like 5 miles in high heels in one day, damnit.

The other half is remembering how costly it is, is very comfortable in PJs thankyouverymuch, is perfectly fine *without* being groped/leered at/catcalled, is good *without* the anxiety-inducing crowd, and is drinking up all the online coverage (pretty tough (impossible in costume) to do while at the con itself).

Pretty much an extreme ambivert.

I don’t remember if we actually introduced ourselves that day (my terrible memory!), but when Christine and I were at SDCC 2010, we spotted you  filming an interview in your Vampirella costume and wanted to say hello, but didn’t want to interrupt. While we were waiting, we noticed there was a steady stream of dudes trying to snipe pictures of your butt, so we spent a solid 20 minutes photobombing their pictures to block them, which included making stupid faces, doing exaggerated “how dare you/nagging” poses, folding our arms and scowling heavily at their cameras, etc. Watching them get notably frustrated was hilarious, and talking to them until they’d admit what they were trying to do was even more hilarious. (And a little sad.)

We love you hardcore and have so much respect for you and your amaaaaazing costumes. Please know that even when you were at that over-crowded con, we had a lot of fun messing with the creeps trying to snipe photos of your butt :’) 

- Jenn

Ugh combining wigs.There is no progress on our Yell la Yell weapons. I hurt my back on Tuesday morning. So I have put myself on super light duty this week while it heals because work is all ready putting enough stress on it.

Ugh combining wigs.

There is no progress on our Yell la Yell weapons. I hurt my back on Tuesday morning. So I have put myself on super light duty this week while it heals because work is all ready putting enough stress on it.

going-home-to-gallifrey:

dangerous-ladies:

Look: these boots are very, very simple. Actually sewing them together is no problem once you’ve got it drafted. 

It is, essentially, a sock. A sock with a fancy cuff, with a sole glued to the bottom. It is also zipper-free. You are going to make a sock that fits over a shoe, and you are going to use a knife to peel off the edges of the sole, tuck the fabric under, and then glue the soles back in place so you have a nice, clean edge.

You will need:

  • Spandex fabric in whatever color you need.
  • Extra spandex fabric with the same amount of stretch for drafting your pattern.
  • Pattern paper.
  • A pair of ballet flats (or whatever shoe type you need.) Make sure you get the right “shape”; Supergirl’s boots, for example, have a pointed toe, and look out for sole color; we usually just go with black because anything else will get dirty/paint will chip. You also want to find one with an easily removed sole; as a general rule, the cheaper the shoe, the easier time you’ll have with it. We usually spend about $5 tops on our flats, haha. If you’re trying to do heels, be very, very cautious; if you damage the structural integrity of the shoe, you might be in some trouble when you need to walk on them. You also want to make sure they are as basic as possible; remove any bows and whatever possible.
  • An exacto knife.
  • Hot glue
  • Usual sewing implements; pins, scissors, rulers, whatever. 

You can draft it yourself easily: take your scrap fabric and wrap it around your leg as I’ve pictured above in the pink, and pin it along the back. You want to make it snug, but not so snug that you can’t get your foot out of it either. POINT YOUR TOE WHILE YOU DO THIS. Additionally, wear the shoe while you pin it around your foot; it’ll need to fit over the shoe in the end anyway. Don’t worry about the bottom of your foot; it’s easier if you make the curve under your heel snug, and the front of your toes, but you’re not going to be closing off the bottom.

When you have it pinned neatly and evenly, trim the edges down. Leave enough excess for seam allowance along the back, and enough for tucking on the bottom. (Tucking into the sole, that is.) Take it off your foot and you should have some weird shape (like a mirrored version of the pattern I have pictured above.)

Now: if you trace that onto pattern paper and smooth out any raggedness you may have made in cutting, you have your basic pattern. Then all you have to do is alter the top of the pattern: a /\ point for Wonder Woman, a V for Supergirl, etc. Because we’re making Supergirl, here, you’ll want it to be in two pieces, as shown in the pattern above. Wherever you cut to change the design, be sure that you add seam allowance (as you can see on our bottom pattern.) Also make sure that the top edge of your sock is snug enough to your calf that you won’t have to constantly bend to fix them.

I’ve taken pictures of my and Christine’s patterns. Obviously, if you don’t want a seam down the front, you need to cut the fabric on a fold. You will need four of the top cuff and two of the “sock”; the top cuff is two-layered so it’s got a clean top!

Sew all the cuffs: in the last picture, that’s what they should look like. First, sew them all at the back seam. Then layer them together to sew the top seam, so that when you fold them right-side out, you have finished cuffs as pictured. Topstitch whatever you want.

Sew the sock’s back seam.

Sew the cuff to the sock. Be very careful about the corners, so that they are sharp. Again, topstitch whatever works.

Use the exacto-knife to separate the shoe from the sole. Don’t take the whole sole off — you don’t want to pop it out of alignment, or compromise TOO much of the shoe’s integrity. You just need enough opened that you can tuck the bottom edge of your sock into the space between.

Once your whole sock is finished, it’s time for the crazy part: put it on, with your shoe. Then, with the help of a friend or with the acknowledgement that your spine will hurt trying to do it to yourself, start putting the bottom edge of the sock under the edge of the sole, and gluing in place. We have found hot glue works best because it hardens/sets fast: anything else and you may be stuck sitting there wearing your shoes for HOURS trying not to ruin your work.

Now you have boots.

Go kick some supervillain ass, girl.

maybe this could work for thigh-high boots at well? just use a bit of fashion tape to keep them up?

The problem with thigh-highs is that most people’s thighs continue to taper wider after the point where the thigh-highs stop, whereas the calf is typically wider than the spot just under the knee. The upper calf sort of acts as a natural narrowing point where the sock can cling to in order to avoid falling down… whereas the thigh can be a bit more difficult to fit :)

Fashion tape certainly works, but only if your fabric has enough vertical stretch (along your leg length-wise) to accommodate for the bend/flex of your knee. Building a thick elastic into the top of the boot tends to work better, but on some body types that can create a “muffin top” look on the thigh, so ymmv. 

Alternately, my favourite thing to do is to just build the thigh highs into leggings with flesh-coloured mesh so that the whole thing is a set of tights. That’s how I’ll be doing Supergirl’s N52 boots, eventually.

- Jenn

kamisamafr:

Supergirl par dangerousladies

Remember when I had time to do photoshoots semi-regularly?

kamisamafr:

Supergirl par dangerousladies

Remember when I had time to do photoshoots semi-regularly?

So Satsuki has all ready cost me more than I have wanted to pay for her, so Aurora is on hold till I can shell out the cash for a tea length a-line dress. Can anyone guess what pastel creation is coming from this pile of fabric?

So Satsuki has all ready cost me more than I have wanted to pay for her, so Aurora is on hold till I can shell out the cash for a tea length a-line dress. Can anyone guess what pastel creation is coming from this pile of fabric?

More progress from last night! I have most of my paper guides for the kaleidomoon scope done, as well as my master for the hilt on Bakuzan that looks like it should be a space invader. I am trying to make it so the sheath pieces actually open and close around the hilt, and stay closed. There will be tons of photos/information if I do get it to work :)

…and then the beta for Destiny finished on my PS4 and all my productivity went out the window. Especially when I discovered one of the preset female faces looks kinda like me. I am calling her Pastel Queen.

jjabarrett:

Sailor Moon - Christine of Dangerous Ladies

Everyone should be following Josh’s photography blog!

There is still. So. Many. Dings. In. My. Sheath. I get that I only paid $30 for it (and the hilt doesn’t even fit on the sword) but it is driving me mad.
I picked up a can of red and a can of grey primer today and figured I would try out the scissor blade and see what it looks like in red. I think I am down to just minor imperfections to putty and smooth out on the scissor blade before the final paint job.
Bakuzan is a whole other can of worms. Tonight is my night to plan all my cuts for the new hilt, as well as my kaleidomoon scope, and my sword for Aurora from child of light that I am dubbing project princess sword.

There is still. So. Many. Dings. In. My. Sheath. I get that I only paid $30 for it (and the hilt doesn’t even fit on the sword) but it is driving me mad.

I picked up a can of red and a can of grey primer today and figured I would try out the scissor blade and see what it looks like in red. I think I am down to just minor imperfections to putty and smooth out on the scissor blade before the final paint job.

Bakuzan is a whole other can of worms. Tonight is my night to plan all my cuts for the new hilt, as well as my kaleidomoon scope, and my sword for Aurora from child of light that I am dubbing project princess sword.

Got home from work later than I wanted to, so my night was filled with more minor putting and the start of painting my crown gold.

Got home from work later than I wanted to, so my night was filled with more minor putting and the start of painting my crown gold.