Tuesday, April 1, 2014

nycc 2013- whovian cosplay - clara oswald - the snowmen - part 4

Ready for more?  Let's tackle that apron and bustle!

Here is the pattern I used.

The apron draped and pinned onto the dress form.  (side view)

(Apron - front view)

The bustle  added to the mix - pinned to the dress form -  various views.

Let's break down that bustle, shall we?  

I followed the pattern when cutting the out the pieces to sew, but when it came to assembly and tying up the bustle, here is where I veered slightly from the instructions.

This video from Jennifer Rosburgh really helped me understand  bustle construction.

More helpful photos of the bustle she is working on can be found here: 

Here is the my bustle, laid out  and spread inside out.

As Jennifer had done, here with the twill tape  laid flat against the bustle
( I used Grosgrain ribbon because it's what I had in the house)

Instead of one whole piece of ribbon for each strip, I instead opted to stitch 2 pieces together, so that I could tie up each bustle section separately and could disassemble the bustle for ease of transporting to and from the con.

Here you can see the top portion of the bustle tied up ( without the grosgrain)

Full bustle tied without grosgrain ribbon inserts.

Don't know if it's easy to see from this picture how the grosgrain ribbon sections slip in between the bustle sections.

Below the far left: bustle section fully tied up

Middle: bustle tied without the grosgrain ribbon

Far right: bustle section completely untied

Here the entire bustle is tied up.  
You can see that I stitched it to one end of the apron.

And the finished bustle and apron combo with the waistband.

fan fiction

Some time ago my friend Julie tweeted a link to this article on fan fiction.

Definition for those who are uninitiated - 
Fan fiction, or fanfiction (often abbreviated as fan ficfanfic, or simply fic), is a broadly defined fan labor term for stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work's owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published. Due to these works' not being published, stories often contain a disclaimer stating that the creator of the work owns none of the original characters. Fan fiction is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe.[1] Most fan fiction writers assume that their work is read primarily by other fans, and therefore tend to presume that their readers have knowledge of the canon universe (created by a professional writer) in which their works are based. -  Wikipedia

I'm going to admit it.  I like fan fiction.  Good fan fiction, mind you.  Something written well, with actual knowledge of the subject matter.

Sometimes when I'm bored, I enjoy getting lost in a few stories.  There is something satisfying in seeing another person's take on lives of characters that you've fallen in love with - especially if they really have a good grasp of the source material.

Ever want to give it a go?  Either writing or just dabbling to read now and then?

Here ya go:

My latest fan fic addiction -  stuff written about Sherlock -  
the BBC television series  (airing in the US on PBS) 
starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

My current go to Sherlock fan fiction writer: https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4775129/englishtutor

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