Arizona Renaissance Festival- March 11, 2017

The 2017 Arizona Renaissance Festival is over for the year and I have some more photos I took while there to post and talk about.

The weekend of March 11th and 12th was Time Traveler’s Weekend. It is my favorite of the themed weekends at the festival because there is a Tardis from Doctor Who in front of the front gate and there are Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion in the festival. It’s always amusing to see the storm troopers serve as body guards of the royal court or Darth Vader watch the joust.

Like the last time I went to the festival, I mostly took photos of the joust. I was intending on taking photos of other acts, but I ran into problems with my camera’s batteries so I couldn’t take photos of anything or anyone else. In addition to this, I didn’t stay the whole day. It was unseasonably hot (Over 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and I didn’t want to over exhaust myself. As usual, I had a great time and I’m glad I went on this weekend!

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January 2017 Sunset Photos

Sorry about not posting in a few weeks. I’m still playing catch up with my side projects due to the stomach flu I had a few weeks ago. Since I’m not done working on them yet, this week’s post is about some photos I took of a sunset in January!

I took these photos after a winter storm on January 24, 2017. I’m happy with the way the photos I took that day turned out. In addition to these photos, I also took some other photos that will be used for future fabric designs. Right now they are not available for sale or public viewing, but once they are I’ll make a post about them!

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Peach Tree Blossoms 2017

I realized that I have a lot of photos that I never posted here on my blog, so here is another photography post! This time, the peach tree blossoms!

The peach tree outside my house has begun to bloom again… so that means a new batch of peach tree blossom photos! I’m not sure if anyone likes my photos of the peach blossoms, but I enjoy taking the photos anyway.

That’s all for now and thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos!

Arizona Renaissance Festival- February 12, 2017

Last week I got sick with a nasty stomach flu so I was unable to sew, draw, or basically do anything besides rest. Because of this, my blogging plans for the next few weeks are going to be off by at least a week. While I work on my sewing, I decided to write a few posts about photos I recently took. Well, photos took before I got sick. XD

On February 12th, I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Last year, when my family member died, I decided to go on multiple days to the festival because I have the freedom on the weekends to do “fun” things this year without elaborate planning that will end up not working out in the end. So, although I didn’t have a costume ready to be worn, I didn’t mind because I already planned to go on other weekends. :)

On this weekend I ended up not staying as long as I normally like to because I was starting to not feel well. I think the flu was starting to creep up on me back then, but it didn’t make me so ill I couldn’t do things until last week. In spite of this, I was able to take photos of the festival. Continue reading

The Chiffon Undershirt

When I decided to make my Elizabethan Whovian costume, I decided to make an undershirt instead of attach the sleeves to the gown. The reason is because I wanted the sides of the gown so it will still fit me as I loose weight.

You can see the lace up sides in my sketch of the drawing…

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I don’t think it’s historically correct (For the 1570’s at least) to put lacing in the sides of the gown. Despite this, I’ve seen lacing in the sides of dresses in patterns for 10th through 14th century dresses and there is lacing in the sides of one of the dresses from season two of the Outlander. Since this costume is supposed to be worn during weight loss, I though being able to take in the sides by tightening laces as I loose weight is a very practical idea.

Although lacing in the sides solves my sizing problem, another problem popped up. The pattern I’m using for the costume, Simplicity 3782, calls for the sleeves to be attached to the gown. If I make the gown with the sleeves attached to it, tightening the laces on the sides will cause the sleeves to get distorted. There are ways around this, but all the solutions I though of are complex and I wanted to make the costume’s construction more simple. So, I decided to solve the problem by making an undershirt with the sleeves attached. That way the laces can be tightened on the gown without distorting the way the sleeves look.

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2017 Chinese New Year Rooster Sketch

I wanted to draw a sketch to celebrate Chinese New Year for a while now, but I never had the opportunity until this year. I drew the sketch late for Chinese New Year, but I’m very pleased with the way it turned out so I decided to write a post about it!

2017 is the year of the rooster, so I naturally had to draw a rooster. I never drew a rooster before and nearly all my other attempts at drawing or sketching birds never worked well, so I didn’t know how my sketch would turn out.

Fortunately, I really like the way it turned out!

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I drew the rooster on printer/copy paper with a .7 mechanical pencil. I used a google search for reference photos of a rooster to help me in my drawing. I over exaggerated the length of some of the feathers, but it looks pretty good to me. Especially since I have a poor track record with drawing birds. :)

I’m not sure if I’ll try sketching more bids in the future, but this sketch does give me a boost in bird drawing confidence.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

How I Create My Spoonflower Fabric Designs- Part 2

For this week’s post, I will continue discussing how I created my Spoonflower fabric designs. In my last post, I mentioned there are two way I create my designs, the first is by creating a full drawing while the second is creating a half a drawing. The difference between the two is a full drawing is the whole drawing is drawn while half a drawing is only half a drawing’s lines are drawn, then I edit the drawing in Photoshop to make it a whole, complete drawing. My last post was dedicated to how I create designs using a whole, complete drawing. This post is dedicated to how I create designs using the more complex half drawing.

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How I Create My Spoonflower Fabric Designs- Part 1

For over a year, I wanted to make a post about how I create my fabric designs for Spoonflower, but I never had the opportunity to sit down and write about it. There are other ways to learn how to create fabric designs on Spoonflower, including reading The Spoonflower Handbook (Which I never read, thus I cannot vouch for how helpful it is, but thought I’d mention anyway), but I thought I’d talk about how I do it.

My way is, I think, different than other ways I know of because I taught myself how to use Photoshop and I’m not as advanced in using it as people sometimes think. I also favor drawing on paper instead of painting in Photoshop only because I have better control over my drawings using paper and pencil than I do digitally. Because of this, I create my designs by combining my basic knowledge of Photoshop and drawing on paper with a pencil.

Side note: I do not receive any financial compensation for anything I linked to in this post for the exception of my fabric designs on Spoonflower.

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Elizabethan Whovian- Dress Design and Fabric

It’s that time of the year when the Arizona Renaissance Festival reopens! Although I’m very excited about the fair, I had so much going on in my life these past few years that I was unable to go to the festival more than one day and I was unable to make or finish any costumes to wear to it. This year, I’m able to work on a costume, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go. Still, I’m going to try to make a new costume. Continue reading

2017 Personal Sewing and Costume To-Do List

With 2016 over, I thought I’d talk about what I’m planning on sewing in 2017. This past year was full of life changes, and I believe 2017 will be full of life changes as well. Since of these life changes is weight loss I decided to take a good, hard look at all the costumes and clothes I have in my closet and decided what I should do with them. Most of them I decided to keep, but not use or wear again, but others I decided to remake. I also found some dresses and skirts I loved, but believed I could make out of better fabric or fit better than they did when I made them.

Since I plan on blogging about my progress while making some of my clothes and costumes, I decided to dedicate a post about what I plan on making and blogging about in the coming year. :)

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