Thursday, December 13, 2012

the corsair - doctor who cosplay for ny comiccon 2012 - part three

A bit more accessorizing was in order for my steampunk Corsair costume, I thought.

A proper steampunk style pistol would do well for this time traveling pirate.  I found myself inspired by this Nerf gun transformation on

So I went out to the dollar store and bought a plastic water gun that was similar in style to these . . .

I took off the water tank and filled in the hole with some air dry clay.

After the application of numerous coats of metallic gold, silver and bronze paint, and super gluing some gears I found at the arts and crafts store . . .

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

the corsair - doctor who cosplay for ny comiccon 2012 - part two

It was time to accessorize my Corsair costume.

What pirate would be without her pirate hat?  And so many steam punk costumes had adorable little top hats, so after scouring the interwebz, I discovered  a mini tricorn hat tutorial.  Here are my results.

Being a Time Lady I felt the need to be very liberal with my use of time pieces in the steampunk aspect of the costume.  Keep an eye out for all of the clock faces in future posts.

the corsair - doctor who cosplay for ny comiccon 2012 - part one

For my steampunk Corsair cosplay, I had my red and black corset and my black underskirt I decided that I would use.

The first thing I decided to tackle was the assembly of a bustle, bustle pad and slight front apron overskirt.

I found this tutorial on how to make a bustle from a curtain panel- and I jumped on that bandwagon.  It was so much more affordable, and easy.  Because the panel was already hemmed on all sides, I found it very convenient - and it made the task of making the bustle so very easy.

Pardon the pictures, I do not own a dress form, so I first did the pinning while the fabric hung from a hanger, then jimmy rigged a stand for my keyboard into a makeshirt type of form.

This is the size of panel that I used.  I was able to make both the bustle and the front apron skirt out of one panel.

Here is the finished pinned bustle and overskirt on my modified music stand.

The tutorial for the bustle pad that I used was also very simple to make.

Here are photos of me actually wearing the skirts, pad and a crinoline I had to modify from being floor length to just above ankle length for me  in this skirt.  I also am wearing the corset, and a shrug which I decided to purchase for the costume.

second sewing machine project - doctor who cosplay for ny comiccon 2012

New York Comicon has come and gone. . and besides cranking out my old Severus Snape costume, as a new Doctor Who fan  I wanted to wear Doctor Who inspired costumes for the other 2 days of the con.

At first I my wish was to go as Mercy Hartigan, however the period style dress, lack of time and lack of funds nixed that right away. But one day -  especially now that I feel more comfortable with my sewing machine skills. But one day, I will make that dress.

Then I was hoping to dress as the 10th Doctor ( David Tennant).  However finding a suitable brown pinstripe suit was just impossible, not to mention a nice pair of red or cream Chuck taylor sneakers in my size.  Not to mention, where was I going to get that damn overcoat?


Then I thought I could do a Weeping Angel costume.

I was slightly inspired by another person's attempt at this cosplay that I found on the internet.  But after a failed try at making the angel mask (which I really wanted to be frightening) I gave up.  I considered doing full body makeup for the cosplay -  but decided against it.

Then after taking a look at what I had in my personal costume collection, I decided to repurpose my Ren Faire corset and skirt and work around a steampunk inspired costume.

And to give it a Whovian twist, I decided to come up with my own take on one of the female regenerations of The Corsair, a character revealed to the audience in the Neil Gaiman written episode which I love called "The Doctor's Wife."

(As a side note -  an Idris costume ( another character from "The Doctor's Wife epsisode) might be in my future as well. ;)

Since a corsair was essentially a pirate, what evolved turned out to be a steampunk pirate/time lord/lady.

Confused yet?  Hope not.  It was a blast to make - and I'll use these next few posts to show what I put together.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

more gryffindor wand designs

Another set of custom gryffindor wand designs.  The person I made these designs for opted for the design on the far left.  I unfortunately was unable to get photos of the finished wand.  But the recipient was very pleased with the final result.

it's a crafty christmas this year

I've a ton of backlogged projects to blog about.  *sigh*

But in the meantime, I've decided (partly out of laziness because I did not have the energy to haul everything out of the garage this holiday season) to make the ornaments for the tree with my daughter this Xmas.  I wanted it to be a crafty holiday season.  Ellie has taken to arts and crafts like a duck to water.  Makes me all sorts of happy to have a kid who loves crayons and paint and glitter as much as I do.

We started out with making salt dough ornaments.

Then we did a few ornament decoration projects we found at local craft stores:

After decorating the tree we decided to have a go at one of those pre made  - decorate your own gingerbread house kits.

And the results:

It didn't turn out exactly like the picture on the box.   I found it was missing some of the candy pieces and should have had, in my opinion, 2 bags of frosting inside.

And last, but not least . . . the little one's first letter to Santa - as it was dictated to me.  The letter is decorated by my 3 year old.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

first sewing machine project - baby's halloween costume

Halloween this year was thrown off by Hurricane Sandy ( because of which we lost power, relocated to another state to stay with relatives and pretty much missed the rescheduled holiday in our area and where we were staying too.)

But prior to that, I finally decided to bite the bullet and really learn how to use my sewing machine (that has been sitting dusty and unused for a few years)for once.  My daughter's wish to be a baby giraffe for Halloween finally sealed the deal.

But where to find a giraffe costume pattern?  I decided to modify this:

It really was a monkey/lamb pattern, but I figured I could modify the ears, tail of the pattern and tweak the hood and I could make it work somehow.  I was quite pleased with the final result.

Here is what I came up with:

And here is what my daughter looked like after she got it on.

Even though she didn't wear it, we did get to wear the costume at The Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo weekend event.  Here is the giraffe with her friends (our neighbors -  a set of twins who were Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

harry potter craft swap - prisoner of azkaban (part 4)

The dolls were finally finished.  I decided to make them into magnets - and also made some parts of a few of the dolls (such as the school robes, the teaching robes and Hagrid's coat) removable.

Satisfied with how those turned out, I then felt I had to send the HP dolls to my craft partner in some sort of swap themed appropriate object.  I had created quite a few of them.

My solution: Hogwarts textbooks.  I had seen hollowed out paper mache sort of books in the craft store and thought about modifying two of them to look like books Hermione would have had in her school trunk.

The first, was my own design for Hogwarts, A History.  I decided to use this technique that I found on Pinterest.

My second book was  my own take on The Monster Book of Monsters that was featured in the book and movie.  Here is the official version that is sold:

And here is my own version of this book.

harry potter craft swap - prisoner of azkaban (part 3)

Last of the Harry Potter Craft Swap dolls:

Severus Snape

Sybil Trelawney

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