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Pattern Designing Concepts at DragonCon 2012

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This was a sad panel, not because it was poorly done but because it was too short. Each of the panelists could have filled a full hour on their technique.

Cathy Jones of God Save the Queens Fashion started with draping. She climbed up on the table and did an excellent demo, showing how to use the selvage to start on your center front.  Using a Sharpie, some canvas weight muslin, ‘Pinching’ and ‘release cuts’ she created a sloper on the dressform.  It was pretty amazing.Cathy Jones - DragonCon Costuming Panel

Freddy Clements spoke of the classic style of creating a pattern from personal measurements. I think of this as Okinawan style because the custom seamstresses of Okinawa (and Hong Kong) use similar style. You see this online sometimes –

To Draft the Neck. To lay out the neck at the shoulder, measure 2″ from point A on line AC and locate point L; to lay out the neck at the center front, measure down 2″ from point A on line AB for a neck measuring 12″ (increase this measurement 1/8″ for each 1/2″ increase in neck measure, for instance for a neck measuring 13″, measure 2 1/4″, etc.)

Like the first time you see algebra it looks much scarier than it turns out to be, yet you need to learn it or it stays a mystery.

Mary Abreu spoke of using the sloper, either custom or store bought

And ‘Sasha’ Chernova spoke on self-patterning or making patterns from existing clothes.

Unfortunately, time ran out and everyone kind of got the short versions. It was too bad as I would have loved to hear more about all the styles.

I love sewing!

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October 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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DragonCon 2012 – Hats and Clay

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As usual at DragonCon, my roommates all head off to stand in line and see the media stars while I enjoy small panels. Well, Costuming used to be a small panel.  Every year the track is growing.

I still love the new set up and was glad to see it when I got to my first panel Hat Craft. As this is probably the fifth panel I’ve attended over the years with a focus on hats there wasn’t anything stunning to reveal; just lots of good advice, some good sources and encouragement.  A lovely start for the con.

Sources mentioned during the Hat Craft panel

http://www.amazondrygoods.com/  the site seems to be up and running again. Yeah!

http://www.dazian.com/html/dazian_information.html

http://hatsupply.com/index.htm#  – Hats by Leko – a source I’ve personally used and could recommend.

http://www.smooth-on.com/

http://www.spotlightfashionsseattle.com/  – skull caps and headdress bases (very cool)

http://www.wonderflexworld.com/

My next panel was over in the Art Track – Polymer Clay for Costumers

The young woman whose name may have been Christi,  had lots of ideas and pretty pictures for ‘faking’ all kinds of things from polymer clay. Samples of jewels, stones, metal, and beautiful enameled pieces were out to see.

Unfortunately, as I’m new to clay, it was a bit over my head. I appreciated the ideas and will try them eventually. If nothing else, I learned that once you use your oven for polymer clays then it shouldn’t be used for food.

Sources mentioned during the Polymer Clay Panel

http://cforiginals.net/

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September 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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DragonCon 2012

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We had such a blast this year at DragonCon 2012.  I will get to my panel experiences but first our costumes.

Melodie as Stitch, the Antebellum Biker

Melodie as Stitch, the Antebellum Biker

Helles Belles, the Antebellum Biker Gang
(L to R) Vic as Viper, Mel as Stitch, Christina as Bookie and Amber as Doc – Helles Belles

S2881 was based on an extant gown held in the Historische Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna, Austria.

All the dresses are based loosely on the Simplicity 2881, which in turn was based on this lovely dress

But really, I just used the silhouette and let the girls go crazy with ideas.

We weren’t nearly as disruptive as we were afraid we would be, then again we all had ‘squishy’ hoops and we never tried to share the same elevator.

This was our Saturday evening costume and we all attended the “Mighty Fine Shindig” where I tripped the light fantastic or at least tripped over my own feet.

Yes, in a full hoopskirt, I added a bit of drama (and a lot of laughter) to our evening by falling down on the dance floor.  I keep hoping a video will show up, I mean there were lots of cameras out so it stands to reason…

Note to self, when wearing a hoopskirt, make sure to have attractive underthings just in case.  I don’t think cut-off sweat shorts really had that Antebellum vibe.

The young man who had been swinging me around stayed to help me up, even though it took a few minutes as I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.

And the most gracious moment of the weekend… Another young man in fine SteamPunk costuming said to me “The best thing is to get right back on the horse, would you like to dance?” I hope I thanked him enough, that was so kind, unfortunately I was truly out of it from laughing.

A Mighty Fine Shindig indeed.

I love Sewing!

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September 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

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DragonCon hint

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We are still at D*Con and I don’t have pictures yet, but here is a hint.

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September 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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Jamie at the drawing board

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I’ve been sucked into the Pinterest craze and have a board of just beautiful pictures of sewing studios .

 I tend toward posting the perfectly organized ones with clean hard floors. Mostly because I’m stuck with carpet that I can’t pull up and I’m a hoarder in recovery that is just learning to throw all those tiny pieces of fabric away. (But I might NEED them… lol)

 On the other hand, I have a whole room for my hobby and an amazing old drafting table that adjusts heights at the push of a toe.  I like to look at the bright side.

Here is Jamie drafting a purse in “The Sweat Shop” as we like to call my studio. (you can see my hoarding tendencies on the bulletin board behind her) It might not be Pinterest ready but it sure cranks out some pretty things.

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August 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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DragonCon 2012

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On the ride home from Atlanta, every year I tell myself I’m going to lose weight before the next DragonCon.  I’m not sure if it is the great number of amazing bodies in spandex that inspire me; or is it the huge number of obese fans? They are called “fan-sized” for a reason.

And every year the week before D*Con, I look in the mirror and say “F*ck it, I’m going, I’m dressing up crazy and I’m going to have a blast” And I do.

I’ve never understood putting off doing something for “when I get thin”.  Gosh, I’ve been heavy since high school, what would I be if I kept putting off stuff since then?  I wouldn’t have found love, married, had wonderful children, moved across country, traveled and now live the life of Auntie Mame I’ve tried to live.  (my final goal is a butler, but HHB will do for now)

As Auntie Mame says, ” Live! Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

Next Week I shall gorge myself on fandom and costumes!

I love sewing.

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August 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

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Minnie Mouse

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Here are some lovely pictures of a co-worker at the Princess Half-Marathon.  She asked for a jogging skirt and since I had never made one, I thought I’d try.

It was just one length of fabric sized to fit her waist hips with elastic waistband and second gathered length. No pattern just free hand.The request was it be sparkly, comfy and look like Minnie Mouse’s dress. I thought I would try large spots and started appliqueing them.  Only problem was they disappeared into the folds.

Oh well, I love the way it ended up. I think she looks amazing.

I love sewing!
(and yes, I snagged the drawing from a site that sells them, my artist is on strike)

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August 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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Weird…huh

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comic-

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June 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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Our First Dealer’s Table

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Jamie and Meg at the Dealer's Table

Jamie and Meg at the Rhymes With Stitch dealer’s table. It must have been early in the weekend since there are still lots of hats on the table.

And yes, in front of Meg, that is a gen-u-wine Hoss Cartwright hat; one of the few full-size hats that came home with us. Anyone need a last minute cowboy costume?
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October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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Necronomicon 2011

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Meg, Jamie and Mel in Victoriana

A fun time was had by all at Necronomicon 2011. The Rhymes With Stitch gang had a fab time and looked wonderful.  The costumes were all sewn/repurposed by RWS with the exception of my corset, a 7 year old gold one made by Brute Force Leather , not surprisingly bought at Necro back when we were at the Crown (Sabal Park). My hair was done by the amazing Kristi Leow  from the Mission Aveda and the photos are by our favorite photographer, Kent

I love sewing!

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October 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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