blue satin round gown – pics

At long last!

Well, I’m all moved in to my new place, the new sewing area (the basement) is coming along… well, not nicely, but it’s coming along.  I’ll be doing some sewing this weekend, in fact.  But in the meantime, here are the photos from the wearing of my blue satin round gown, the day after Halloween.

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Meiko cosplay for Anime-Zap! 2015 – photos

I am not a model.  I don’t like taking pictures, and I take bad pictures, no matter how much I practice posing and facial expressions beforehand.  (Although, I thought my pictures of my Lucia costume were quite okay.  I wasn’t even making dumbface.  Well, I was a little, but Lucia has a case of dumbface in the game anyway, so it’s IC.)  If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen some bad pictures of me… well, here’s some more.

I finished up my Meiko cosplay today by redoing the bodice of the white dress, and the whole costume is 99% complete – I just need to sew some buttons on the black vest, but I don’t have four that match that I like enough.  Anyway, I threw the whole thing on tonight to take some pictures.

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There are… well, quite a few things wrong with this costume.  For one, I somehow managed to not notice the entire time I was remaking the white dress that I sewed the skirt on inside out.  It’s nearly identical inside out as it is the right way, except that you can see the stitching line where I put the horsehair braid in the hem, and I don’t like that.  But I’m almost certain that I don’t have time to take the bodice off and reattach it again.

The top/neckline isn’t perfect, either.  I used some organza ribbon to make ruffles instead of the scallops that I tried and mostly failed to make look good on the first draft of this costume.  But they scratch my neck and are quite uncomfortable.  Also, I’ve already gotten makeup on the white top – d’oh!

The vest is my favorite part.  It’s reversible, with black peach skin on one side and some black velvety patterned fabric on the reverse, which I used because it was lying nearby at the time, but I honestly love.  I’ll probably wear it with that side out.  The vest also has a cute little pleated tail in the back, which you can kind of see in these pictures.

The flower on the skirt is there solely for the purpose of hiking the skirt up so that you can see my thigh-highs.  Which are, in fact, faux thigh-high tights that I found on Amazon, which are amazing.  I bought three pairs, and have painted gold stripes down the front of one pair for one of my sister’s costumes – I’ll talk about that in another post, because it was an experience.


Another costume to check off my list – hurrah!

Lucia cosplay for Anime-Zap! 2015

I’m getting excited – all of my costumes are nearly done!

I’m hopefully going to get everything finished and take some photos of each costume this week.  Here’s the first installment: some photos of my Lucia cosplay, which might be my favorite thing ever.

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I really just love this costume, now that it’s all come together.

The cape and jacket I covered in previous posts; the trousers I whipped up last week, and they were so much easier than I expected.  I literally just traced around a pair of jeans I own that fit me really well, and used that as my pattern; I serged all the seams, put a couple of darts at the waist, and put a hook to close them in the front.  They’re pretty utilitarian – nothing fancy (although I did mean to do pockets, but I forgot >_>) but they fit great and look great.  So I’m quite pleased.

I still need to make the hat and gloves, and the armor, which I’m working on tonight with some craft foam.  Also need to add a hook to the top of the jacket, because the neckline kind of flops open a little when I move around.  The boots are a pair that I own already, and they look good enough that I’m not going to bother with boot covers or cuffs or anything like that.  Although I’m a little miffed that I didn’t take into account the heels, and so the cape falls just a bit short of hitting the ground when I’m wearing it.  But it’s so not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

I think I’ve got my makeup down for this cosplay, too; the wig still needs some work.  I’ve used a number of cheap Ebay wigs over the years, but this one I think is the worst in quality I’ve ever had – it’s super thin and really unmanageable despite spending a week in a fabric softener bath to sleek it up.  It came with a lot of built-in snarls, too, that I had to cut out they were so tangled.  I’m hoping once I have the hat on it will disguise the fact that the wig sucks a little bit.

“The Borgias” gowns – photos

It occurs to me that I never posted any photos of me actually wearing my Borgias-inspired gown from last Halloween.  That was mainly because the few photos I did get were really pretty bad.  Since I’ve now got two of these gowns to choose from (and my favorite new hairpiece, the half-wig), I threw them on today and did an impromptu photo shoot.

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We just went to a nearby small park for some not-really-fancy nature pics.


This is my favorite photo, for some reason.  I think I was trying to show off my shoes.  I wore my new red velvet 18th century heels, which aren’t even close to period accurate but I wanted to break them in a little.  I look super washed-out in this pic.

This gown needs some definite reworking.  I was in a hurry when I made it because I think it was like four days to Halloween, so I didn’t rework any of the original problems with the fit, which are mainly in the bodice.  It’s too long and too wide, for one, and there’s no structure to it.  I think putting an entirely new bodice on this dress would make it pretty amazing, but we’ll see if I ever get to it.

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My “Halloween Borgias” gown.  I’m really in love with this gown, despite its still not being quite finished.  It fits better than the other, for one.  That’s because I drafted the pattern better and structured it with canvas and boning.  I’ll cover that some more in the construction post for this gown, eventually.

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Some different views of the dress, and me showing off my shoes again – they match!

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And here’s me sitting on a step.  Hmm don’t I look excited.

There’s almost nothing I’m dissatisfied with about this gown – the only thing is the upper sleeves, which I think could have been constructed better in a different way.  It needs some more bedazzling (I never did get around to those pearls and trim I mentioned) but even if I don’t finish it, I like it the way it is.


In other news: I did finish my red Camellia petticoat today, as I hoped!  I need to take pictures and then I’ll have that in a post, and I’m starting on the dresses tomorrow.  Also, I’m currently (finally) in the process of getting some of my costumes up in my Etsy store, to clear up some space in my closet.

Odette photoshoot

the pictures from the Odette photoshoot I did a few weeks ago.  warning: image heavy post!





we had a gorgeous full strawberry moon that Friday night… which was unfortunately so hidden in fog that I didn’t really get any good moon pictures.  sigh!  but it was a nice night and we took a lot of pictures regardless.




this was at the Kemper Center in Kenosha, a really lovely old building.  lots of nice steps, doorways, and arches for me to pose nearby!





I posed near a great many doors.


I really like this picture for some reason, even though it doesn’t show my face… who am I kidding, that’s exactly why I like it! :3






these are my favorite pictures.




the last shot of the night, we finally got a moon in the picture!  well, I had fun anyway.  even though this was a “throw-together” costume, I’m really pleased with the results.

a little more Ciel

All’s quiet on the blogging front, eh?  I haven’t really done any sewing since finishing my last project.  I’ve been out of town for the most part of the last three weeks.  I did have some sewing to do last week, but due to an unexpected eye injury that left me unable to do anything but sit in a dark room with blankets over my head for four days, I didn’t get to it.  I’m going to try to this week, though.

anywho, I got a chance to take my Ciel costume for a test drive a few weeks ago, during a rare stretch of nice weather in the Chicago area.  my sister and I went to a nearby park and snapped some photos, a few serious, but mostly for the lols.  so I’ll share a few of my photos with you.

this is the complete costume, minus only the hat, which I naturally forgot at home.  I have such a problem with hats!

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some nice full-body shots, wherein you can see the bustle effect of the gown nicely.  the back is not laced completely shut because I can’t do it by myself.  I’m going to need someone to help me into this outfit the next time I put it on.

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my “glamour shot”, I suppose.  I’m wearing Super Pinky Blue lenses from  I feel like they really bring up the effect of the costume as a whole, so I’m glad I went for them.  this is my first experience with costume contact lenses, and I’m really pleased with the look of them, and the ease of wearing them.  I think my make-up could use some improvement, so I’m going to play with looks a little more before the convention.  I’d like to achieve a little more of an “anime-y” look if I can.  any tips from cosplayers out there?

now for the silly photos:

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the first one is a really becoming pic of me about to sneeze.  I guess that’s what I get for taking pictures in the brush!  the second one is me wearing my sister’s little frilly maid hat.  then we did a bunch of pictures doing really ridiculous poses.  on the whole, it was a lot of fun!  I wouldn’t consider myself a “cosplayer” – that is, I like to make costumes and dress up, but I don’t get into character and I can’t act or model for the life of me.  in fact, I was hard put to get a handful of pictures with a straight face, because I’m so bad in front of a camera.  I guess that’s something else to work on…!