May. 26th, 2011 03:02 pm
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This was a fun costume I threw together at the last minute since my friend, Boris, was doing Ramona. I love the Scott Pilgrim series, I love the movie, and I love the video game! I already had most of the pieces and it’s such a simple costume. Pants and tank I already had. The wig and swords/knives I already had. I had to make the gloves which were quick.

I based my Knives off of the movie version. In the comics she still had the highlights in her hair, but in the movie they had been knocked out by Todd Ingram.

The only major inaccuracy with this costume is the scarf. In the movie it’s knitted and the scarf I have is crocheted. XD Some day I plan to learn to knit.
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I was very, very excited for this. I’m still excited! A small group of us wanted to be Cheerios from Glee and so we got to planning. Initially we thought to make our own cheerleading uniforms but we decided against it considering we all lived in different states and there was no guarantee we could all get the same fabric and have it look the same, it wouldn’t be ‘uniform’. So we got to researching and after searching for quite some time I was able to find the exact manufacturer that made the Cheerios uniforms for the show. Then we had to figure out cheerleader speak since apparently ordering uniforms can be complicated; the order forms are not intuitive.

We got the bloomers, pom-poms, and then we looked at pictures and found the exact cheerleading shoes they wear as well. If we’re going to spend the money, we wanted accuracy. Yay!

"There’s a lot of talking going on and I wants to get my mack on."

It's funny, every year around Halloween, I get a ton of comments and questions about where I got the uniform and though it says it in the comments, I figure I should put it right here in the post. My friends and I were able to get the uniforms from Dehen Cheer, the company that the show gets their uniforms from. Their website is We were able to get the exact uniforms from the first season of Glee with no issues. I know at this point since so many people are interested, the show put some restrictions on what Dehen Cheer could put out to the public. I would still call them and find out what you can get. Good luck!
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This was a lot of fun to make. There are a bunch of seams that go diagonal across the body. It’s way more interesting dress than I thought it would be. You can get the patches and pattern off of I made this for a Sci-Fi Pin-up group so I paired it with some knee high boots and vintage-style thigh high stockings. It was a successful group I think. :)


I also went ahead and made a red shirt for Marty. He seemed to have a good time with it and decided that he would go against all odds and not die like other red shirts.
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I loved this show back in the day. It’s not as good now that I’m somewhat of an adult. XD Dude, am I the only one who thought that Rio was a manwhore? I suppose Jerrica knew he was cheating on her with herself, does that mean it’s okay?

Anyways, we had a small Jem and the Holograms group for Dragon*Con 2009. I made the top and skirt for Aja and that’s who I wanted to be since she’s the adopted Asian sister of Jem and then I made the pink Jem dress and the belt for Ashley. Ashley supplied her own wig and accessories.

The outfits weren’t too difficult to create. What was difficult was picking out exactly which tacky fabric I wanted to use, hehe. I made the top, skirt, and dress from patterns. I just created Jem’s belt out of thin air as there is no proper pattern though it wasn’t exactly rocket science. I’m especially proud of how well I added the fringe. :)

It was a fun little group and we ran into other Holograms as well. XD
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Love this character. There aren't too many prominent Asian superheroes though technically she was Caucasian before she was switched bodies with Kwannon. Gotta love comics. XD

I'm on Version 2 at this point. The original was made out of navy vinyl and while it was awesome, the vinyl isn't very durable as it can melt in the heat and excessive wear can lead the vinyl to crack as well. So the second version is made out of wet look spandex. I decided to do the strappy leg version of Psylocke since it's not as common though it's not that big of a deal to make another boot cover and do regular Psylocke. XD I keep meaning to make that extra boot cover. The main bodysuit pattern is from Kwik Sew. Love Kwik Sew!

I didn’t follow the instructions exactly but I based my boot covers from instructions by Love Meeko.

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Not historically accurate but fun! I just fell in love with the pattern. I suppose I'm somewhat proud of this dress in particular because I made it in less than a week on a whim for a renaissance faire. It wasn't exactly perfect when I got it done by the faire but I wore it anyways. Later on the only thing I had to do was take it in a little in the back since it was a bit big. Now it's great! XD

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The problem with Inara is there are a million outfits to choose from. I finally picked one outfit from the Firefly episode "Trash". Great episode and the outfit was a good pick for a beginner. It's not entirely accurate to my liking because the detailing and trim aren't exact but they look fairly similar when compared so I'm pretty happy with the outcome! I love the Asian influences in all of Inara's outfits.

The black dress is made out of velvet. The gold top part of the robe is based off of a belly dancing top and then I sort of attached the red fabric. I added trim and buttons. I found the necklace and bracelet online which I’m ecstatic about because they’re so similar to what she has on!

I'm in the process of remaking the black dress since I'm not too happy with the workmanship on it. :P

I need a new picture cause I look like Mrs. Grumpy McGrumpypants. XD
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This was more of practice sewing than making a real costume as I've never worn it out in public or had any reason to do so. Loved the movie, loved the colors. Breathtaking cinematography.

Had the red fabric to make the robe and pants and so I did. XD

At this point, robes and cloaks are easy peasy, lemon squeezy to make. They just seem to require so much fabric.
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UBCS stands for Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service. I guess you could say this was a concept costume. When you join a costuming group and their main focus at the time is Resident Evil, you can come out with with some really creative stuff. I give credit for the whole concept to Moshi and Vixen. Vixen has almost the exact same costume since we were meant to be uniform. :) The differences are in our use of accessories.

This is when I learned to make catsuits. I was so happy making catsuits that I made three out of three different materials just because. The catsuit pattern is from Kwik Sew.

The vest is freaking awesome. It is a modified Icon Motorcycle Vest. Took off all the plastic detailing and logos. Slapped on the Umbrella Corp. logo and shortened the straps since the size small was still too big for me. Gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, and belt can all be found at various places like the Army surplus store or any sports stores. Boots are from Hot Topic. When you get to accessories you pretty much can do whatever you want. It really does not have to be said that airsoft guns make great weapons in costuming.
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I have a thing for school uniforms. They're just cute, what can I say! But I’m pretty sure this is the last school uniform costume I’ve done, though no promises for the future. The Hogwarts robe was the first thing I had ever sewn in my life. This was before the sewing lesson too. I got a pattern, got the fabric and winged it. Now I can sew robes/capes in my sleep. In the books, Cho was a total cry-baby, I liked her representation in the movies more though she didn't seem to say much. Either way, I'm Asian and I love when there's Asians in my fandoms. XD

Tie and scarf were bought at a costume shop in Gainesville, Florida. Regular white shirt of course. Initially I had tried to make the sweater myself out of fleece when I realized that wouldn't do and bought a knit sweater from Alivan's: Hmm, I know how to crochet, so now I need to learn to knit properly. Damn you, purling!

The robe I made twice. The first time without lining, the second time with lining. The skirt I made twice as well! The first time I made the pleated skirt I was tearing the hair out of my head. The second time I made the skirt I used a pattern drafted by Starfire Phoenix: I’m thinking the robe is sort of superfluous for me though since it’s always too hot wear. Sure, you need a robe in Britain, but not so much in the South. I might offer the robe up for sale.

Shoes and socks can be bought anywhere though I really like the Sorcerer Socks from Sock Dreams: They're totally cute though not screen-accurate. They're always changing up the styles as the movies go on and at this point I think they've been wearing black tights as opposed to knee socks.

Oki's my familiar! XD
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Battle Royale is crazy film. School kids are dropped on an island to kill each other off until there’s only one left. Also, they have collars on that will detonate if they try to escape. There’s way more to it. Japanese movies can be pretty funky. XD Funnily enough Chiaki Kuriyama who played Go Go Yubari in Kill Bill was in this film (Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of Battle Royale). There was a sequel which I’ve never gone out of my way to see because I heard it wasn’t as good.

Another outfit that wasn't made by me. Jacket, skirt, and tie purchased online. The lettering on the tie was done by Ashley since I didn't trust myself to do it and I think we used puffy paint. XD I would love en embroidery machine eventually but I have no plans to purchase one any time soon as they are terribly expensive. The collar is from Dream Angels cosplay:

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My very first complete costume. Gosh, I'm not even quite sure when I deemed it 'complete'. 2007? I love this outfit. I love the character. It's really comfortable. None of it was made by me, I sewed the buttons and the patch, that's pretty much it. The only other major effort on my part was making sure I had bangs when I wore this outfit. I've cut my own bangs so many times for this. XD

The jacket I found at Goodwill - I had a seamstress take it in since it was a bit big and I switched out the buttons myself. This was before I learned how to sew. Regular long sleeve button down white shirt, white knee socks, and plain white shoes can be found anywhere. Red pre-tied bowtie found online. The skirt was a crazy lucky find on ebay! I'm completely anal and try to be as screen-accurate as possible (within reason and budget) and I'm amazed at how close this skirt is compared to the film. The patch was purchased from Yaya Han though I don't believe she sells it anymore. I have an amazing friend who can make custom patches though, message me for more information. The mace is from Bounty Hardware:

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To be honest I’ve been costuming for a few years now and I still have trouble discussing my costuming hobby with non-costumers and non-nerds. I have no issues talking about how I like to sew, but getting into what I sew and how I love to put on costumes and run around at conventions is a more private matter for me. I’m already secretive about what costumes I plan to do so I suppose this is just an extension of it.

Anyways, I’m coming out of the costuming closet so to speak. Not that I ever kept it a real secret or so hush-hush, but I tend to be shy about the subject so I want to be more open.

So yes, I’m a nerd, and yes, I sew, and I like to put on costumes and run around conventions. It’s a great hobby. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I learn a new sewing technique or when I finish a part of a costume. I love being in costume groups with my friends or running into people who obviously share the same love for whatever books/movies/videogames. Rawr!

And um, that’s it.
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I feel like this is so me.

"My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding— certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost forever."


Jul. 28th, 2010 07:51 pm
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I'm getting excited for Dragon*Con. I love how I post my five costume goals for the year and I completely veer from them! I make costumes on a whim and my costume wishlist continues to grow.

No more goals! Goals don't work for me...

Things are set for D*C. Tickets done. Hotel done. Time off granted.

Back to the sewing!

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Meh. Lack of motivation and it is entirely my fault.

I've been slowly getting supplies and fabric though. I still need to get the fabric for Reinette but I've been holding off because while it's better than needing 20 yards, 9 yards still costs a little over $100 bucks for the fabric I want. I actually have found a cheaper fabric that'll work, it's way thinner and just, no.

I have gotten off my butt to do little projects like shortening the straps on Oki's hot dog costume, hemming and taking in some dresses, and cutting up some shirts. XD Technically, Midori's cardigan is almost done and the trim is pinned all ready to be sewed but I just let it sit there.

I want to get a few presser feet for my machines. I want to get a blind hem foot with my serger and I found this awesome ebay store that has a collection of reasonably-priced feet for just for my HuskyStar. :D :D :D

A fellow costumer, whom I like to call Shards, mentioned how it's frustrating to be so motivated at work and then when you're home, you lose it all. It's so true! I go to work, I come home, I work out, I shower, I cook dinner and by the time I'm done with all that it's around 8:00 and I go to bed at 10:00 so instead of running into my sewing room I just want to sit around and have dessert. XD And then the weekends are filled with housework and socializing which isn't a bad thing but I need to sit down and make time for my hobby cause it really does bother me that I've been ignoring it.

There are a few events coming up that I may or may not attend that should kick me into gear:
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A conversation from today... )
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Obama's budget cut of the current space program affects me two ways - first, Marty is working on the Orion Project (big impact, hello!), second, space exploration is absolutely awe-inspiring to me. I like sci-fi, I like space, I like NASA. I tend to be more Libertarian when it comes to my views on the government but it's funny because I also support NASA so you can't really be Libertarian if you support a government-funded entity, right? I donno. There's debate on privatizing space exploration and honestly, I don't have faith in it right now. Maybe later in the future, but not right now.

I wrote to my congressmen today.


Dear *****,

I'm a current resident of Slidell, Louisiana. I work for Tulane University in downtown New Orleans and my husband is an engineer for Lockheed Martin at the Michoud Facility in East New Orleans. We have only lived here for a year and a half but we bought a house and we have made Louisiana our home.

With the news of Obama's budget cutting out the NASA moon plan comes great worry. My husband is on the team for the Orion project and so are many, many of our friends.

At this point we are not sure of the future, we thought we had stability but with the announcement of the budget cuts, that stability is lost. If the Orion project is cut, so are the jobs. Clearly with the cut of the whole Constellation project are the loss of many, many jobs nationwide. I thought Obama was planning to create jobs, not destroy them?

If the Orion project is cut, what will take place at Michoud Facility? Will anything be going on at the Michoud Facility? How will that affect New Orleans?

So many questions and uncertainty. That's part of life, but as a representative I am asking you to question the budget.

Yes, I agree the budget needs to be cut, but does it have to adversely affect my family and friends and the community itself? So I'm worried. I'm worried for my family, my friends, and for everyone working on the space program in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas.


Christine Van Assche

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