Costumes I Want to Remake- Spring 2018

Hi everyone! I’m slowly finishing all the sewing projects I want to write posts about, so as a sewing post filler, I decided to talk about which costumes I made in the past and want to remake in the future.

Even though I want to remake every costume on this list, I will not work on them for at least the next two or more months. There is a lot of changes going on in my life right now which makes it harder for me to sew as much as I’d like to. (This is also the reason why I don’t talk about sewing as much as I want to. I don’t have the time to finishing anything.) So, this is a list of costumes I’d like to remake one day once my life settles down a bit. Continue reading “Costumes I Want to Remake- Spring 2018”

Clara’s Cold War Dress- Second Version Part 1

A few years ago, I made my own version of Clara Oswald’s dress in the Doctor Who episode, Cold War. While I made it, I hated how it was turning out and, after completing it, I hated the way it looked even more. I always wanted to remake it, but it wasn’t until 2016 I was able to do it. Because I made and finished the dress in 2016, I don’t remember a lot about the dress itself or how I constructed it, but I wanted to talk about it before it becomes a costume that gets lost in my closet and is forgotten before I can talk about it on my blog.

While doing research into the dress, I found Mariah’s Cosplay Site has a page dedicated to the costume and even has an idea what kind of dress was used in the episode, the Vivienne Westwood Metallic Pannier Dress. After reading it, I decided to make my dress have a similar neckline to the Vivienne Westwood dress, but modify it to accommodate my recent and future weight loss. ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading “Clara’s Cold War Dress- Second Version Part 1”

Elizabethan Whovian Hat

It’s been a year since I started working on my Elizabethan Whovian costume. During that time I’ve worked on it on and off, but progress on it has been slow partly because I ran into more problems with the bodice of the dress, and partly because my day job has kept me very busy. Despite this, I was able to work on and off on the hat for the costume. I recently finished most of the hat, so here is how I made it!

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4th Doctor Scarf

This weekend is San Diego Comicon weekend. So, in honor of it, I wanted this week’s post to be about something geeky, my 4th Doctor scarf!

Actually I really should say my friend’s 4th Doctor scarf. When I started making it, my friend asked if he could have it once I finished it. So, it’s now his. ๐Ÿ™‚

I planned on making the scarf last year, but I was too busy to work on it. A few months ago, while doing spring cleaning, I found the yarn I bought for the scarf and decided to make it.

I finished making it last month and worked on it everyday for three weeks.

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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 “Elizabethan Whovian- Dress Design and Fabric”

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Remaking The Tardis Jumper

I mentioned before that I lost weight this year but what I didn’t mention was that while going through my closet to see what fit me and what didn’t, a majority of my costumes and “geeky” convention-appropriate clothing was too big for me as well. I’m still not at my goal weight (Or anywhere near there) but I’m not big enough for my clothes to fit me well either. So, for the past few months I was trying to decide what I wanted to keep and fix up to fit me, what to get rid of, what I wanted to remake, and what to just keep as a memento of how my work has evolved over the years.

One of the clothes I had in my closet that I wanted to get rid of and remake in a smaller size is my Tardis jumperskirt. I made the first one a year ago using McCall’s pattern 7184 and it was too big for me back then. Now that I lost some weight, it’s now way too big for me! I seriously considered taking the skirt in, but after looking at everything I need to do to make it fit me now and after I lose more weight, I realized it was just easier to make the whole thing over again.

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Doctor Who Tote Bag

Sorry about not blogging as often as I normally do. My life became extremely busy these past few months so I do have as much time to sit down and write as I’d like to. *sigh*

I felt down these past few months about my sewing because I get pulled away from my work and I can never finish anything. Earlier this month, I decided to make myself something simple so I can boost my sewing confidence.

After some thought, I decided to make a tote bag out of Doctor Who fabric I found on Spoonflower (The design is called The Doctor’s Favorite Things-Brighter by Kdowning) because I needed a new tote bag and I love the fabric I found. I had the fabric printed on Eco Canvas because it is a similar weight to my old tote bag’s fabric. Although making the bag should’ve taken one hour to finish, it ended up taking me two weeks to finish, but I finished it! And I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.

doctor who toteI drafted the pattern myself and, now that I’m done working on the tote bag and used it, there are some modifications to the pattern I would like to make, but hey! It’s done! And I love how roomy it is. I have more fabric in this design and in other designs from Spoonflower that I plan on using them to make another bag. Or two. Or three. XD

Amy Pond’s Scarf- The Light Blue Version

After a blogging vacation, I’m back! Although I have sewing, drawing, and photographs to share, I thought it would be a nice change if I talked about a new hobby I took up late last year… knitting!

I always wanted to learn how to knit, but it was never a top priority until I discovered I have a wool sensitivity. Although I can tolerate the yarn and fabric with wool fibers, I cannot tolerate 100% wool yarn or fabric. All fibers I touch with wool need to have another fiber mixed with the wool. Because of this, buying scarfs, sweaters, and coats became a hassle. After years of trying to buy a scarf I liked in a non wool fiber, I gave up and decided to make my own. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I like to push my skills in everything to it’s limit (Even if it means I fail), I decided to make Amy Pond’s scarf from the Doctor Who episode Night Terrors…

amy pond night terrors ref 1

I always likes the scarf but I never bought it because I was worried it would have wool in it. After scanning the internet, I discovered the scarf is 30% wool and 70% acrylic. Although my fear the scarf has wool in it was right, I own one scarf made out of yarn that is 30% wool and 70% acrylic and I can wear it without getting itchy. I’m not sure if I’ll end up looking for one in the future, but when I decided to make my own scarf, I told myself that if the scarf didn’t turn out right, I’d look for the real one because I can wear it. ๐Ÿ˜€

amy pond scarf

The pattern I used to knit my scarf was created my Sew Kurafty and can be found here. Since this was my first knitting project, I wanted to practice knitting parts of the scarf before I began working on the whole entire scarf. I’m very glad I did because it made knitting the scarf much easier than it would’ve been if I started working on the scarf without practicing. It ended up taking me three months of work before I finished my scarf. It was slow at first, but I became faster at knitting the more I worked on it. I’m still not a very fast knitter, but I am much faster that I used to be!

The yarn I used is I Love This Yarn! and is 100% acrylic. The colors I used are Black, Ocean, and Sea Blue. I used two skeins of black and ocean, but one of sea blue. I didn’t use all the yarn in the scarf, but I’m sure the leftover yarn will become practice yarn for future projects. :3

Although my scarf looks like it is the same colors as the scarf in the official Doctor Who picture, it’s not. The real scarf is actually teal/turquoise and black, not light blue and black. I decided to make mine light blue because I liked the way the light blue yarn looked against the black. I plan on making a turquoise version of the scarf, but after I finish other knitting projects first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Although there are some mistakes in the scarf (And you can see them if you closely examined the scarf), it hasn’t fallen apart and looks ok. In all, I’m very pleased with my first knitting project and am very excited to have a scarf that I like that is not made out of wool! I’m not sure if having this scarf will result in an Amy Pond costume, but it would be a great opportunity to wear the scarf more. Or a great excuse to make a turquoise version of the scarf. XD

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Tardis Jumper

Wow! It’s almost halfway through September and I still didn’t blog about my most recent sewing projects. Ugh. It’s frustrating because I have things I want to talk about but couldn’t. *sigh* Anyway, this past weekend sat down and tried to finish sewing some of the things on my to-make list, one of them is a Tardis jumper.

Earlier this year, I discovered Joann’s sells officially licensed Doctor Who fabric. I fell in love with a Tardis print fabric, but couldn’t think of or find something I would like to use the fabric to make. Last month, McCall’s released a pattern for a 1950’s jumper for women as part of their archive collection. I loved the pattern and, after some thought, I realized the Tardis fabric would make a very cute jumper. So, I decided to make my own jumper!

It took a while to finish it because I decided to procrastinate finishing the buttonholes, but once I finished the button holes I took it outside and took a photo of it on my dress form with a petticoat under it…

tardis jumper petticoat

I didn’t experience any problems making the jumper and it fit fine when I finished it… and then my growth spurts hit. Although my growth spurts didn’t affect the jumper’s length on me (It did get shorter on me, but I don’t mind the length), I lost some weight causing the jumper to be bigger on me than when I started to work on it. Right now I’m ok with the way it fit me, but if the growth spurts and weight loss continue, I’m planning on taking the zipper out and putting laces in so it will fit me no matter what my size is.

Well, that’s all I have to say about the jumper! Thank you for reading!