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At a stand still : Welcome to Febuary

Okay it’s been two weeks since I’ve written anything worth reading. I apologize, I wanted to take this blogging seriously and update at least once a week. I also want to sew cosplay two hours everyday so I have something to update….that has not happened as often as I’d like.

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I finished this bag for my client and I love the way the Star Wars fabric looks against the canvas. Its defiantly a design I’ll incorporate from remnants. I’m a little picky about how my Rebel Alliance symbol turned out but you know, my client is happy.

Oh! I also made a facebook page for comissions https://www.facebook.com/punzziella/ . Facebook seems to be the best way for me to take orders while I navigate setting up Etsy.

Mostly, when it comes to cosplay I’ve been hemming my sister’s Black Widow which is (finally done) I think I decided hand hemming was the best idea in December so Febuary first isn’t bad. I want to finish the seams so bad, I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve used my machine for costumes.

I got the samples that will be a part of my Scarlet Witch coat I’m having made so this weekend I can do a fabric haul since I’ve also got orders to fill. The top is dyed pleather and the bottom is suede. I’m so excited to own this coat!!

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Weekly work log 1/25 (Sort of)

Uhhh…I feel so neglectful of this blog. I started it to put some discipline and help me focus in on my goals. I feel like it must be doing something because I have been at least more on top of being productive every night. Does anyone get to an area of a project where there’s progress but it’s not note worthy? I feel like that’s what I’ve got this week for you…

I’ve gained about three orders for bags. The first was my best friend’s request for one using Millenium Falcon fabric. I also took the time to clean up what I did on my own bag. I used stronger interfacing for a sharper shape and shorten the strap. Next up I’m doing a Princess Leia bag from white canvas and grey broadcloth patch. The canvas is a little tricker to manipulate but it does make a sturdy bag.

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Tiny bit of Black Widow progress happened. I was stuck with getting the belt attached since I really didn’t want to ruin the princess seam by sewing it directly in there. Silhoutte Cosplay helped me out because I don’t know why I didn’t think of hand sewing. It’s not there yet but it’s great to be moving again!

Small steps, my friends, but beautiful results! Maybe next week will have more photos maybe not.

Patterns from the great beyond.

Here’s what I love

  • Stashing patterns
  • antique shopping or window shopping for the weird ones.

Last night I was doing only one of those things but it sort of turned into another. Now it is a blog post! I was trying to look for this pattern. With no intention to be a sexy stormtrooper. A cosplay I want needs a skirt of either leather or vinyl so my sister mentioned this as a start. It didn’t come up with lady stormtrooper or sexy stormtrooper pattern so since it was apart of their cosplay line I tried “comic con pattern”

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This was far from the first pattern to come up but I found a few things I didn’t know existed or why they actually did?  Like anything vintage you wonder about it’s life before it comes in your hands, so if anyone has any memories of these patterns, please share!

I would first off like to point out that the Ms. Piggy pattern is not just a costume but a Vogue pattern. I don’t know for how long vogue has been offering patterns but dressing like Ms. Piggy should always be high fashion.  Also I first saw Fievel Goes West on treat day in Kindergarten about seven years after it was released. I want to know the kids who loved it enough to wear those almost terrifying costumes.

I really dig the set with Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Batgirl. I just love thinking of little girls idolizing these supergirls before it was so cool for girls to love superheros. I kinf of also wish to make a Wonder Woman romper for myself.

The Story of Rachel Rey

If you’ve read a lot of my post, you know my twin sister Beth pretty well but now it’s time you met my little sister Rachel.

All three of us cosplay, go do all the fandom stuff like movie openings or cons together. She’s in high school so she does it a little less and for the most part Beth and I come up with the plan of action

Like the rest of the world, we were really taken by  Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Actually, we’ve all been pretty much taken by Star Wars for awhile but TFA was the first time we all got to see one the first time together, so I think it’s special in that way. I think it meant something personal to each of us but besides what a total badass Rey is on screen. As sisters, we treasure her to represent the strength and hope our youngest gives us.

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Disclaimer: This costume is very much a work in progress. The dates and budgets didn’t allow us to do the pieces as planned. There is a lot of information out there on how to make a Rey costume also since Rachel is only 16, we didn’t follow any legion regulations.

Funny enough, I only got to sew one piece of this cosplay which was the outer tunic or wraps and the sewing was very minimal. I understand Rey’s is a continous loop draped over her but the backs don’t cross which I wasn’t able to drape without a dress form. One wrap is just a straight, all I did was add a shoulder seam for gathers. The second is a full circle that I sewed the ends using a french seam to protect it from raveling, you don’t have to because a little bit of age does improve this look but I knew this costume needed to last for the long haul. There’s also a shoulder seam for gathers.

The natural fibers and textures of Rey’s costume is very much if anyone is familiar with a broomstick skirt. I know some awesome people who use that technique to get the effect…I however found bubble gauze, that just needed improvement with dye. Rey, herself dyed them with grey dye and tea. Now of course, Joann’s has the correct color but our why added age so I’d recommend it.

 

The pants and top were bought off amazon, we started by looking up harem pants and then yoga lounge. One reviewer actually showed her Rey costume, so that’s what we picked. OF COURSE I’d like to be brave enough and try to make some silk pants for her costume but…ugh budgets. The boots and belt we bought at thrift stores, I’m sure my little sister would enjoy wearing the po zus in the movie but once again budgets.

16128917_10158062640650585_1031173125_nHere is the #1 thing I want to improve. I was very stuck on how to do the wraps and I had like….2 days to get it done. We used ace bandages and you can’t even see them in pictures. UGHHH. I recently boought some ribbed spandex that I’ll cut into strips and I’ll most likely handsew while they’re on Rachel’s arms. Maybe we’ll watch Star Wars.

I bet you’re wondering about the staff. My dad made it. He has no idea about Star Wars…marvel or any of these thing we dress up as but he actually really likes to build props or pretend he does well enough that we keep asking. I let him take pictures with my Captain America shield. That was his profile picture for a whole month.

This is the tutorial he used and there’s many more. It claims to be budget friendly but my dad said that it was pretty hard to find all the pieces.

I used Riannae Royale’s youtube video for many ideas on this cosplay. Her costume is very stunning.

I know, there are alot of amazing Rey’s out there. This character means a lot to me as the characters of Star Wars have always guided us through life. It was the first fandom that showed me how deep fandom runs. Beth and I found cosplay and conventions through Star Wars.  Sharing cosplay and these events with our youngest sister has meant a great deal to us. She’s often done smaller costumes or sidekick characters. It was the right moment for Rey, this hero who will lead this new trilogy and a young woman learning her strength and place in the world, we’re happy to look back and have this character to say this is what you mean to us.

I’ll either keep improving but there’s at least two more movies with Rey and maybe more costumes. I don’t want to give too much away but I do believe we’ll see some companions for Rachel Rey very soon.

Bi Monthly goals

For the second half of January, this is what I want to accomplish

  • Black Widow Belt attached to the suit plus the hemming finished.
  • Get my hands on the samples so I can have the top layer stitched with two months to face my fears of grommeting for Scarlet Witch
  • Track down the fabrics I need to improve my little sister’s Rey costume

Something budget friendly for the belt and the cuff. I actually have fabric for the wraps but little sister is always on the move so I need to nail her down to get the pattern done.

Just keep sewing

This week, I’ve been trying to start out something I’ve been wanting for a long time. To earn money sewing, I’m not saying pay rent but it would be nice for my most expensive hobby to support it’s self a little.

Here’s my first product. It’s a very simple hobo styled messenger bag, I used Aladdin and Jasmine fabric from Joann’s for mine but I’ve started investing in other characters and fandoms.  If my costumes don’t give it away my personal style often uses a lot of character so if I’m going to be the spokesperson of anything it’s dressing like a cartoon in your adult life. img_20170116_153431701

So I made a sample, I bought fabric. I used both of these to tease and bait potential sales on my facebook.  Very quickly, I had two potential sales but, long story short, they dwindled when the subject of price came up.

Side note: there’s probably a human reason why they didn’t want to talk about money. I am have struggles myself finishing the last payment for a commission I’m having done. There’s defiantly a level of anxiety you get on the other end because I don’t want to press friends and acquaintances to spend money but at the same time I want to do this.  If there’s anyone you can say I love it but maybe another time I think it’s anyone attempting to make money sewing on their living room floor. It’s not exactly a get rich quick scheme.

I spent a little bit of time moping and worrying about what I was getting into before I tried a second time.  The second time went smoother and I managed to (no pun intended) “bag” two sales. So I stopped worrying and I remembered if this is my dream to work for then the things that bring me down can’t be viewed through anxiety. There each something to learn from each one.

  • Putting your work out there is courageous, never let it go for less than what it is (this is after being brutally honest about what people will pay)
  • You can’t win everyone but you’ll win some. Yeah, your first sale might be your best friend but she could’ve expected a discount which she didn’t.
  • Set a short term goal, I want to do be a vendor for a small event in September. I want to be on Etsy by April maybe.

Fabric Haul

With nothing to do and not so many pending project, what were we to do but go to Joanns? It’s a three day weekend so the sales were pretty decent. Also I had my monthl coupon from the calendar to use.

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If you haven’t looked at buying the calendar, I recommend it. Every month you get a coupon like $20 off $60 or more. The rules are a little different because unlike the weekly you can use it on regular and sales priced. It’s very handy if you make things year round plus you can you a coupon on buying it.

 

 

 

 

Mcalls patterns were a 1.99 so my sister and I picked up a few patterns that looked interesting. I kind of had a freak out that I didn’t have very many patterns in the size of my youngest sister so I got a few basic things like a princess seams dress and a body suit, plus the generic “Rey” pattern because the belt looks pretty good to me and I feel like I can work with the pants.

You might think we’re crazy, but my twin and I are convinced we do Princess Leia from that first dress pattern. The jumpsuit is actually for General Leia and maybe Poe Dameron. The third dress has some beautiful smocking variations that I might try for Cinderella’s servant dress or just some fun day dresses.

Then I went wild on the printed character fabric. I’m working to start an Etsy shop for certain items. I was really apprehensive about buying with the hopes of sales but actually it’s causing quite the stir and the Stitch fabric maybe spoken for in making two little boys shirts for a Disney trip! (Kids clothing and a sale = 2 first in one)