Bad News- Computer Problems

Last week, the computer I do most of my work on, inducing painting and editing photos, was sent off to get repaired. It was a long time coming and desperately needed. The repairs will take a while so until I get my computer back, I’m without a computer with a paint/photo editing program.

I will be able to check emails, messages, comments, ect. but I might not be able to get to the messages as fast as I normally used to. (I’m using someone else’s computer to check everything and to type this post) So, this means my sewing and art posts must be postponed until I get my computer back, or get a hold of a computer with a photo editing program. I still plan on posting photos and paintings I already edited/ finished, but that might not happen as often as I’d like to imagine it.

So, if you comment on a post or ask me a question, please be patient when it comes to me responding.

The Snow Queen Painting

In September, I entered Art Nouveau on DA‘s contest. The theme was fairy tales, so I decided to paint The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. I’ve been playing with drawing and painting characters from The Snow Queen for over a year and I thought it would be the best way to finally get my ideas into a nice, finished picture.

Here’s what it looks like…

Like with the other contests I entered this year, I didn’t win. Again, I didn’t mind. Mostly because my computer started to act up and I was more concerned with trying to save it than winning the contest. 🙂

There are things with the background I didn’t like when I was working on it, but it was the best I could do at that time. I still haven’t learned how to make circles and curved on Gimp (Besides drawing them free hand) and that was what was bothering me about the background. That’s all stuff I need to figure out how to do in the future.

How to Satin Stitch Pinstripes

To make a long story short, I couldn’t find fabric with pinstripes in the colors I wanted. After experimenting, I figured out this way of making pinstripes using satin stitching. It’s easy to do, but it is very time consuming.

(By the way, I also posted this tutorial on my Tumblr.)

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Fabric* and sewing pattern
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Optional: Yard stick
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread in the desired pinstripe color**
  • Knowledge of how to stain stitch***

* The fabric is whatever type of fabric you choose as long as it can be satin stitched and not fall apart.

**The thread can be normal all purpose thread or machine embroidery thread. It depends on what you want the pinstripes to look like, how thick the fabric is, if your sewing machine is picky about what thread you use, ect. For this tutorial, I used machine embroidery thread. Also, you will need a lot of thread. The spool I used was 1500 yards and I used quite a bit of it while pin striping my fabric. So, keep in mind the bigger the project, the more thread you’ll go through.

***Satin stitching is when you sew stitches side by side. In this case, you’ll be using your sewing machine and will need to use the zig zag setting.

Ok! Let’s get started! Continue reading “How to Satin Stitch Pinstripes”

Idiot’s Lantern Dress~ Part 2

Just to clarify, this post is about version 3 of my Idiot’s Lantern dress. Version 3 is made with fabric that has sequins already on it.

After working on my Snow White dress, I thought I’d better start on something “new” until the fabric I ordered for the dress arrived. I ended up working on the Idiot’s Lantern dress because I already made two of them, so it would be easy for me to assemble.

I ended up using the same exact bodice pattern I was using for the hand-sewn sequined bodice. (It was kind of a “If it isn’t broke, why fix it?” deal) I used the same modified New Look 6457 bodice pattern, but ended up adding an extra panel in the back of the dress so it would have more room for my growing torso. (I can never predict how my torso is going to grow so it’s just a safety measure)

I laid out the pattern pieces onto the sequined fabric and cut it out, trying to make all the sequin rows line up. After I was done and laid out the pieces the way I wanted to sew the bodice, it looked like this…


Continue reading “Idiot’s Lantern Dress~ Part 2”

The Terrible Zodin Art Feature

Exciting news! One of my drawings was featured in issue 16 of The Terrible Zodin, a Doctor Who Fan Magazine! The drawing was of Romana i, which looks like this…

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And you can read more about the drawing and how I colored it here. 

The issue my drawing is in is very long (125 pages) but you can find my drawing on page 11. The magazine is a PDF file so you can read it online whenever you feel like it.

9th and 10th Doctor Paintings

After painting Rose Tyler, I decided to continue painting the “main” characters from season 1 (2005) to the current season (season 7) of Doctor Who. I’ve been wanting to do this for over a year now, but it wasn’t until now that I had the chance to sit down and actually do it.

I started with the 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston …

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And then I painted the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant…

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As usual, clicking on the paintings will take you to the deviantART pages of each painting and each painting was done in Gimp with a Bamboo Wacom tablet.

I’ll continue to paint the main characters from Doctor Who until I reach season 7, or until I run out of time to paint. Whichever comes first. I’m really enjoying painting everyone from the show partly because it gives me a good chance to practice painting real people and partly because it makes me super excited for the 50th anniversary episode this November. Also, after I began this exercise, I have seen an improvement in my drawing/painting skills. Especially when it comes to drawing/painting men. 🙂

I’m not sure who I’m going to paint next, but I’ve been working on Jack Harkness lately so he might be next. We’ll see if I can paint a picture I like of him. 😛

Making Rose Tyler’s Stolen Earth Jacket- Figuring out the Fabric

A while ago I made a post here on my blog asking if anyone was interested in a tutorial on how to make Rose Tyler’s jackets from the Empty Child/Doctor Dances and Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End. I was surprised that there was a lot of interest in it (I really shouldn’t have been surprised, but still…), so I decided to delete the post so no one will think I’m still asking for input about a tutorial and begin to work on creating the jacket “tutorials”.

I decided to work on the Stolen Earth jacket and make the tutorial for it first because I already have everything I needed to work on it. The Empty Child/Doctor Dances jacket I made was in preparation for a convention so I didn’t take ANY progress photos, thus letting me work faster. So, in order for me to make a good tutorial, I’ll need to get more fabric and possibly make the coat again. So, the Empty Child jacket must wait for another day. Specifically a day when I’ve saved enough money to buy everything I need to make the jacket over again. 🙂

I decided to split the “How I made this jacket” into separate posts so I can update everyone on my progress and keep everything organized. 🙂

Please note: I never saw the original jacket used in the episode in person. I’m basing my version off photos, screen captures, and information found online. Links to the websites I used will be referenced in the second post about this jacket.

As a reminder, the original jacket is an Oasis dark purple leather jacket. This is what it looks like…


You can read more about the jacket and the whole entire Rose Tyler outfit at the Doctor Who Cosplay and Costuming Rose Tyler break-down page on Livejournal. Continue reading “Making Rose Tyler’s Stolen Earth Jacket- Figuring out the Fabric”

Fairy in Repose- Digital Painting

Earlier this year I painted a picture in Gimp of a fairy sitting in a chair, thinking. Well, I’m happy to announce that after a lot of work, I finished coloring it! Here’s how it looks….

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As usual, clicking on the painting will take you to the deviantART submission of the same painting.

I wanted the fabric of her dress to look like some organdy fabric I have in my fabric stash. The fabric I have is a different color than I made her dress look like, but I enjoyed using fabric I already have in my house as a reference.

The painting almost didn’t get completely colored because I’ve been having computer problems. I still need to get my computer fixed, but for the time being it’s still working and is not giving me a lot of problems.

Snow White’s Mirror Mirror Dress~ Part 4

Well, this is the final post I have to make about this costume! (Took me long enough!) I’ll make links all the posts to a page dedicated to the progress in making this dress in the costume page. (I haven’t done it yet. Still working on organizing the page.)

Well, after completing the skirt and the bodice, I needed to attach the sleeves to the bodice. The first sleeves I attached to the bodice was the blue sleeves.

Here’s what they looked like pinned and waiting to be sewn onto the bodice…


Before I began to work on the orange sleeves, I had to sew the trim to the top of the bodice. I sewed two layers of lace, one higher than the other, and one band of pearls to the top of the highest layer of lace. It looked like this…


After that, I began to work on the orange sleeves. I used the McCall’s 6629 for the orange sleeves. I made the sleeves out of orange/red taffeta (It looks more orange than red). I also used the fabric to make the bow. (I like to call it “The Big, Orange Bow of Awesomeness”) I used longer sleeve pattern for view B to cut out the sleeve. After I cut the fabric out, I pinned and sewed the sleeve ribbon detail design. I used orange organdy ribbon for the detail mostly because I thought it looked pretty and was easier for me to use instead of making strips of fabric. (I’ve recently become more “lazy” when it comes to making a costume accurate. I usually blame this on my busy life and being tired from working.) Continue reading “Snow White’s Mirror Mirror Dress~ Part 4”