Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Project 30:60: 20, 21, 22, and 23 or Catwoman and Poison Ivy Go To C2E2

Friends, I love dressing up.  LOVE IT.  C2E2 was perfect for exercising this love, as well as letting my inner redheaded villain run rampant...

Best friend Stephy and I went to C2E2 as Poison Ivy and Catwoman from Batman: The Animated Series.  

I grew up watching that version of Batman as it was the one that came on at 4:00 pm as I was getting off the bus at home.  I would grab my snack and settle down into a chair and be lost to the world for the next half hour.  Poison Ivy was one of the first redheaded characters I had come across on television, and I was enthralled.

For my costume, I made the Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files, gloves with Vogue 8311, and with Stephy's help, painted an old pair of black boots in my closet metallic green.

I had hoped to make tights as well, but my muslin was a total flop and I didn't have time to invest in fixing everything with my not-so-stretchy mesh.  Thankfully, I ran across a costume store on Friday and bought some electric green fishnets.  These worked perfectly.

I also figured out a trick for wearing fishnets and not having them cut into my feet: wear my most comfortable moisture wicking sport socks underneath them.   I also threw some Dr. Scholl's insoles in there for good measure. I was comfortable for 11 out of the 12 hours I spent at the event.  The last hour my calves had had it, and I switched the boots out for green Converse.  

The swimsuit came together like a dream once I pulled up the Sew Along posts.  Seriously - so easy.  I cut apart an old bra for the swimsuit cups, and I used normal elastic instead of swimsuit elastic, but other than that, everything was the same.  The only issue with the bra cups is that they are coral (not that you can tell unless they start moving around and the lining starts to show - not impossible, but didn't really happen during the 14 hours I was wearing it).  As for the elastic, considering that the poly elastic wasn't recommended because it disintegrates in chlorine and salt water, I felt safe to use it.  We only have the freshwater lake nearby, and I'm not much for swimming pools.

The gloves were super easy.  I lengthened the hem by 5 inches and then didn't hem or put elastic in.  Since it was swimsuit material, they stayed up fine.  I also didn't put gussets around the fingers like the pattern called for, or elastic at the wrist.  It just wasn't needed, so after sewing these up with a zig zag stitch, I was set to go. 

My only issue with the swimsuit would be the excess fabric that seems to appear around my midsection in some of these photos.  I think I just need to watch my posture, because the gathers were fine for the most part, except when leaning on something or putting my hands on my hips and pushing the fabric forward.  

OK!  Enough about Poison Ivy.  Let's talk about the Catwoman bodysuit that I made for Stephy.

She had bought a catsuit online made out of heather grey jersey, which ended up being too light in color, not too mention too short in the shoulders and torso.  She went to JoAnn's, found this great spandex jersey in the right color, and we cut up the old catsuit for a pattern.  Using a tiny zig zag stitch, this bodysuit came together perfectly.  I put the zipper in by hand, and was very proud of how it turned out!

I also stitched up the grey portion of the hood, but Stephy did the black mask and ears, and both turned out great.  The belt, gloves, and belt were all added by her, and she was well loved by young and old alike.

Well, loved by everyone except her sister. 

Her costume was even loved by Richard Speight, Jr - who Steph happened to recognize even with only one contact in, and who we managed to snag for a photo after searching for him for five frantic minutes on the show floor.

The show floor was awesome.  This view (from TimeOutChicago) shows Artist's Alley, where I bought lots of fabulous artwork.  Can you find Stephy and I in this photo??

We had a fabulous time getting our photos taken and taking photos in turn. 

We also enjoyed sneaking away and using the comfy chairs located on the second level.

There were so many costumes, and I've come to realize that I love sideburns.

Like, really love them.


 So much love :)

 The costumes we saw were FANTASTIC.  I got to hang with Wonder Woman...

And some hilarious Stormtroopers...

And an amazing TARDIS (coat) ... look at that lining!! ...

And a Dalek that drove around and around...

Boba Fett was only a little intimidating...

And my arch nemesis wasn't that scary (even if he was very tall).

I have to say that the best part of the day was hanging out with people that I love.

We laughed a lot, and made so many memories.  It's an experience I'm not likely to forget anytime soon.

I owe a lot of my fun to this fantastic gentleman.  Knowing my personal items were in good hands while I ran around the show floor allowed me to have a marvelous time without worrying.

While C2E2 lasted through Sunday, Josh and I took the day off to lay around the house and do nothing.  I spent the day uploading pictures, and seeing if I could find my Ivy on the interwebs (I found myself here), but also spent the time pondering how to make costumes for Steph and myself for next year...

Hope you had great weekends, all!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

30:60 Project 19: (nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana) Batman! Batman!

Friends, I've spent most of the last few weeks working on items for C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo).  It's been completely thrilling to embrace my inner geek for this event, and I kicked off last Friday in proper form with a Colette Macaron made with red cotton scraps and a Batman fabric remnant:

(All pictures by the awesome Lindsey)

The Batman remnant wasn't big enough for a blouse, but I managed to squeeze a skirt and bodice of a Macaron out of it.  I have no idea how that happened, but as you can see, the skirt is a bit shorter than what the pattern usually calls for.  Whoops!  Enter some brilliantly colored tights, and I felt ready to go.

I love this pattern, and this is my favorite version BY FAR.  It was perfect for the day, and the pockets were a big help in holding cameras and phones and snacks while we took pictures on the show floor.

My friend, Greg, bought a Captain America shield.  It was amazing.  I want one.
These are all my friends who I hung out with Friday and Saturday.  They are fabulous and geeky and made the event a grand time for me.  Also, we posed with a TARDIS.  Best. photo. ever.

Close up of the fabric: 

I need more comic book dresses in my life... or at least a new one for C2E2 next year, right? :)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

30:60: Project 17 and 18: Taffeta, Darling! Taffeta, Sweetheart...

Friends, I have loved Madeline Kahn from a very young age (even when not completely appropriate - *cough* Blazing Saddles *cough*).  Even now, I find myself regularly quoting her movies ("Flames...flames on the side of my face" is a particular favorite in frustrating situations), but it's her line of "Taffeta, Darling" from Young Frankenstein that has always enthralled me.

When I found myself in possession of some green/black taffeta, I knew it was meant to be.

I didn't have enough for a dress, but I did happen to have enough for Vogue 8882, view E - my very first high-low skirt.

I am in loooooooove with it.  Even if it's not completely practical for every day wear.  Even if it's still too cold to wear it outside.  Don't care. I think it's a glorious piece.

Also, I feel like it makes my legs look 18 miles long. *high fives all around*

For the photos, I paired it with a men's shirt refashion.  One of Papa Grand's shirts that he gave to me for refashioning, to be exact.  

I took in the side seams, added some darts, managed to keep the pocket, chopped off the sleeves and created armhole bindings with the scraps, still managed to keep the stretch on the buttons to a minimum.  I'm going to call this a win.

I actually really like how the refashioned blouse and skirt look together.  Perhaps this could be an ensemble for a gathering I'm heading to this weekend?

Friends, 18 projects down, 12 to go!


Monday, April 14, 2014

30:60 Project 16 and Sew Sexy Sew Along: My First Anna Dress

Friends, I've made the By Hand London Anna dress before, but this time, I was making it for myself. In keeping with the theme of the Sew Sexy Sew Along, I wanted something that made me feel confident and highlighted my favorite features.  I wanted a pattern to accentuate my shoulders, neck, clavicle, bosom, and waist. I thought this might be the pattern for me, and indeed, I was right.

I chose a fabric from my stash that didn't have a plan attached to it, and the poly blend flows around my curves like a charm.  I feel incredible in this, and paired with my most comfortable heels, I feel sexy.  I want to strut outside and drink some fancy cider at an outdoor patio, but alas, it's snowing.  This dress will be well loved in the summer, though.

I made the midi length because I am currently falling in love with my legs.  Fourteen days straight of working out have created some serious calves, and though they are the reason I need to buy wide knee length boots, I adore them.

I spent most of today covered up in a sweater and pants, and to be wearing something that accentuates my figure and favorite features feels liberating and delicious. 

 I feel victorious and sexy.  I'm glad to have conquered this pattern and to have had this challenge to inspire me to sew something delightful for myself ... even if I can't wear it outside for a few more weeks :)

XOXO and much love,

PS Check out some of the other submissions for SSSA!  (Clio, Nettie, and Lisette all made delightful pieces!)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

30:60 Project 15: Pajama Pants!

Friends, I have been sorely lacking in comfortable lounging clothes so far this year.  Thankfully, my dear friend, Lisette, sent me New Look 6160, and I knew that the pants were exactly what I wanted.  I just needed the perfect fabric.  The fabulous Sally of the Quirky Peach brought an amazing flannel print to the Chicagoland meetup, and I was lucky enough to being it home with me!

Voila! Pajama pants for lounging at all hours.

I used some ribbon and elastic from my stash for the tie, so we're going to consider this a stashbusting project.

The pants are definitely a little long, but that's how I like them.  Short pajama pants are the bane of my existence, and I usually end up chopping those into shorts.  Shorts or pants.  I don't really do capri pajama pants.

A close up of the print.  IT'S SO FABULOUS, and reminds me very much of my favorite summer dress.  

Many thanks to Sally and Lisette for their marvelous generosity that led to these oh-so-comfortable lounging pants!!