A few solo photos taken by Rob and Matt respectively while getting some approval shots done as well as “fans with local landmarks”.

The photo album for everyone involved is over here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattandkristy/sets/72157633282356457/with/8663797193/

Also photo of me grinning ear to ear over a flattened TK may not make it to the set 😉

Such a fun day even if we did have to dodge the rain! And my face was starting to match the paint due to pressure.

Paint is NZ Airbrushed Tattoo Ink in white mixed in a base of a tiny amount of what and heaps of pigment and alcohol then mixed and poured into a low dish. It needed stirring as it started to thicken as first the pink then blue pigments rose and crusted on the surface.I do have enough for another application but want to match a full bottle asap for a few events coming up.
Sending in submittal in the morning with mouse and table top. Expecting informal but I don’t mind. Also expecting a few things to adjust.


All my text! Gone! WAH??? Tumblr monsters et my words?

Anyway, this is how I met several of the guests at Armageddon yesterday. But when you commit to Alcohol Activted paint you are committed for the day!

Rachi Sitra, Jedi Archeologist. I tried to make the Indy/Solo connection but failed. I have a very Teutonic sense of humour. It needs explaining to others. So dry it is something Rachi would have dug up.

 
 

Rachi Sitra progress!

The Obi is actually an underbust corset cut way down. It doesn’t show the effect so much because the mannequin is slimmer than me at the hips and bigger through the waist 😉 But I need it for comfort’s sake: pressure on my ribs is something I avoid as much as possible.

So:

Inner tunic tank tee with welts, sew down the selvage to avoid stretch, then cut on the bias to fit the front. Tall collar is tall and actually is the length of my neck.. ehem, it’ll be scrunched a little so I don’t look like I’m in a brace. It’s a super soft knit faux suede.

To do: face sleeves??? in matching knit to the darker aspects of the costume.

Loose tunic in mechincal stretch crepe with flared and split sleeves, all edged bound in (woven mechanical stretch) faux suede, self made and ironed.

To do: possible hooks and eyes CF

Tabbards in faux suede bound in ditto, shaped at the waist and satin stitched together to reduce bulk

Obi: glazed brown cotton and plain white canvas sewn as one, seam allowances top stitch to create soft support. Dark faux suede bound top and bottom, secondary layer of same stitched down. Obi overlayer/pale decoration cut and sewn by overlocker then hand sewn in place.

To do: hammer holes in the back and gather the obi “wrap” which will hide the lacing but be permanently attached.

Pants: same soft faux suede as the the inner tunic. Terrible back shape so as to stay in place….

Twi’lek headdress: dark faux suede shaped to lower half of head, wide strip of same sewn above and three large pin tucks sewn. Wide elastic threaded through to create the three rows seen in art- but allows for the whole thing to suction to my head.

To do: hooks and eyes at chin and forehead, decorative piece to cover the closure. Cut holes for ear buds/nubbins and see if I can make them small ish.

Lekku: Cleaned and painted purple.

To do: last layer of paint and stripes. Ick. Not looking forward to the stripes. 

neimhaille:

Currently light side costuming. Mainly I want a costume I don’t have to be glued into and is relatively easy to use the loo. So sick of getting sick from costumes that once on stay on until the end of the day with no food, drink or loo breaks.

 industrialarts said: question!!! what kind of stitching do you use for the inner vest/shirt? Ive been meaning to make a neck seal for my Mandalorian costume but Ive tried a few times and it always looks so horrible.

I first took the full width of fabric and made the basic lines: I basically pin tucked the back- overlocked/serged in one go. The fabric twisted a bit but not enough to be a worry. Then I machine stitched each tuck to make the spaces a little bit narrower.

Then cut both front pieces on the bias sewed the front seam (which is slightly S shaped) and finally topstitched the tucks from the topside, making sure all the tucks lay pointing down.

There is only enough to be seen, so that I could still be comfortable- there are so many layers at the waist I’m a little worried 😉

Also the machine stitching on top is very very short. A lesson learnt from Victorian period techniques where the tiny stitches make it look hand sewn or sewn by anything other than an industrial machine 😉

Another tip though: knit fabric will creep at different rates under the serger/overlocker and sewing machine. I help the fabric through by alternately stretching and pushing the fabric as needed. It’s a feel thing, something that takes practice to do. I also rarely pin fabrics any more- if I can’t hold the fabric in place then it’s probably going to need to be basted. Velvet. And slippery poly chiffon or slippery silk habotai etc…

And finally faux suede has a nap that can drag on the sewing plate r foot if you sew against it. And coated fabrics can also do the same thing. Except glazed. That obi has glazed cotton on the outside so far and it’s wonderful to sew. There is a reason it was ideal for Victorian garments.
Next up is to make the lekku again. I was going to strip back my Talon Lekku because that would be easier. But I wore her when I met lovely people and I have such very strong memories tied in that I cant. They are just going to be retired as they are 🙂
I have three bottles of white airbrush ink to tint and the “crappy” latex should still be fine for this project. I need to water it down anyway 🙂 And have a day where I can spend time out in the workroom with a fully functioning brain.
There should be just enough of the faux suede to make the wee helmet, which nicely hides the entire hairline. Body paint is easy peasy when you aren’t also trying to blend prosthethic seams….

Now I also need to see what kind of lightsaber she uses and decide to just use what I have or use some of the piping dug out from under the house (I am incredibly happy we got all our plumbing replaced after a house fire in 07 but boy did they leave a lot of pieces under the house!) Yay for some funky pieces for random buttons on random props.

So to bed so I can have a head start in the morning. While doing this I have also started a nice historian style outfit from some rust red-brown raw silk. I will be offering it to anyone in NZ as a bribe *ehem* to join he rebel Legion. I have helped a lot of RL members over the years just not so many locally.

Hense why I am having an open workshop this weekend and plan to pass on costume pieces 🙂 The crepe used for the tunic was a great and cheap find. I want to say Nick’s Fabrics but it may have been Geoff’s Emporium. But I got it essentially for my Shaak Ti (The Force Unleashed) costume. Yes I bought 15m just tomake sure i had enough for what took 1m tops.

I kind of want to make Master Fay’s robes from it too….

swnz:

The Old Republic Cosplay at Auckland Armageddon 2011.

http://swnz.dr-maul.com/moretext.php?request=20111202

*giggle* I got all excited seeing a new “shae vizla” item on my tracking on my dashboard. It’s us 😉 We need to get our little band of SWTOR costumes together again XD Okay so technically Kristy is Old Republic rather than The Old Republic but her costume fits in the world aesthetic 😉

Shaak Ti and Queen Amidala by Matt & Kristy on Flickr.

Adorable Juliet as Amidala and myself as the jolly red giant 😉

Only pruchased parts were the boots and I altered the top (cut shoulders and overdyed)

Still have so much I want to fix of course. This set of montral and lekku will eventually be another Togruta and my next set will be my permanent ones 🙂

Colouring things

So today has been a messy day. Super mucky with latex and paint and dye and colour remover…

To start with the latex:
Asari headpiece fail 🙁 The latex was a bit gel-like in the tips so it just broke apart as I pulled it out of the mold. The thinner area around the face was fine so it was a matter of needing to put the mold in the dry heat for a while.
So I have more latex in the mold in the sun right now. As well as latex on my t shirt. I must remember to put the stinky plastic coveralls on…

Dye lining semi fail: I hte fabric treatments. I know it it to make the fabric look good on the roll but that is false advertising 😉 But I seem to have some success in the end.

Dying noil: not so much fail as messy! All up the wall and under the washing machine… This is for my custom Jedi. Will probably be informal for RL but that’s fine 🙂 Going for a Naboo-esque vibe now that we have patches 😉

Liara textured fabric: not fail! Woo! Just time consuming and expensive. The test piece is doing well but I want to wait for a day to see if it is still fragile. The latex test piece looks good too so I’ll be checking to see if that can be painted and remain tough and able to be sewn and worn.
Might test the other fabric too just to see how it does 🙂 And then work out what I want to use for all the blue….


Bounty Hunter & Twi’lek Jedi by Matt & Kristy on Flickr.

A new #swtor comic? Just two geeky chicks with weapons.