Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dickens 2012 Recap

I realized that I never posted here about Dickens, other than the "Oh crap!  Got LOTS TO DO!!!" posts.  Long story short, it was really fun spending that much time with my sis, Holly ended up hanging out with us for most of it (thank goodness!  It was so nice to have a third person!!!), and we won "Best Womens Costume".....we didn't even know there was a contest!  Lol!

Holly ended up wearing my red velvet gown and my purple 'Cranford' gown (Although I only have pictures of the red velvet):

Both Melia and I wore my 'old' green plaid gown (at different times, obvs!), and Melia ended up wearing her 'Red Queen' gown (minus crown) quite a bit:

I mostly wore the red plaid gown that I made specifically for Dickens, although I still regret making the sleeves smaller than they ought to have been!  The last-minute apron (seriously Last Minute!) worked well enough, but one day, I want to go back and make a better version.

All in all, we had super good fun!  Melia and I were quite silly the first few days (we entertained our neighbors with silly sing-alongs and crazy dancing....don't ask......), but our collective energy waned as the days passed.  :)

Let this be a lesson to myself - take more pictures, and post in a timely manner!

p.s.  The power went out multiple times on the last night, and that was quite a bummer.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pinterest and the New Project

I have seriously found my favorite use for Pinterest!  (my least favorite* being the addictive, hoarders-esque gathering of all the 'beautiful people' blogs and all their darn talent that I'll never be able to match!)

In the past, I've made excel spreadsheets, made folders of links, printed out lists, made electronic and physical inspiration boards, kept mental checklists, and any and all of the combinations of the above to make an 'inspiration board' for current and future projects, but Pinterest just blows everything out of the water.  (I wish reorganizing the location of things were easier, but alas, some bad with the good!)

Visual references, direct links to the products I'm looking at buying - pretty much all 'round awesome.  (It also doesn't hurt that I can bring up Pinterest on my phone while out fabric shopping to do some easy reference work!)

Anyway, all this to say, I'm thinking about starting a new (non-SCA, not-period-at-all) cosplay/steampunk-ish outfit.  I'm kind of excited!  But first, before I continue - have you seen Going Postal?  You haven't?!  I'll wait.  (It can be found on Netflix.  If you don't have Netflix, it's worth a one month subscription just to see that one movie!)

Ok, back?  It was AWESOME, right?

As much as I love 'Ms. Cripslock' and her fabulous hat and awesomely ridiculous puffy-sleeved patent-something purple dress, I am obsessed with doing a femme Moist von Lipwig.  Specifically the post-dastardly con man Spangler; pre-suit of gold Post Master.

I'm pretty sure I've seen other blogs have a pretty little link (with pics) to specific boards, but I'm having a hard time figuring it out at the moment.......Anyway, here's the board I'm using for Lipwig.  With any luck, I'll actually get some traction on this project, and have updates soon!

*Least favorite in the manner that too much of any one good thing is!