feymeggan: (Default)
 I have never, ever, had such issues with a wig!  Kouchou's wig is bound and determined not to exist!  I tried dying it and the three(really four) rounds of extensions over the last two days and it failed more miserably than anything I've tried in years!  The extensions finally took enough dye to be declared done, but the wig base now refuses to change colors! ::beating my head against a wall:: and to top it off Sakujun's stilts broke today when I did my practice run.  Lovely.  So, now to finish/fix those, finish Serenity, and fix Sebastian.  Lovely, I work well under pressure but this is a gun to my head.  Wish me luck.
feymeggan: (divided)
 So, I failed on my July challenge/costuming.  Serenity is sitting downstairs unfinished.  In my defense, not that it won't mean I didn't fail, I have to have Amanda here to fit it for 2 reasons.  1)I think I cut the bodice too high, and need to try it on to see if I can take off some of the height(which will make the spacing of the details nicer) and 2) I purposefully cut the hem too long so I could hem it while it was on her to just skim the ground.  Unfortunately this means I'll have to get her in that outfit and work like a mad fiend to get it pinned on Saturday when I have her for a bit.  But!  I got to sacrifice a million ornaments for her, and it's so fluffy and pretty!

The passing part is I'm already two of three wigs into August.  Sakujun I actually did last month and he's hanging around the reading room in his fabulocity.  Amy is currently on wig-head awaiting me to style out her pigtails, but she's parted, wefted, pigtailed and banged(that sounds so wrong) already, so she just needs corkscrews!  Lastly will be Kouchou, and I'm feeling a bit more confident than I was previously.  Hopefully I'll make some progress on that tomorrow.

So, yeah, I passed but I failed!  OMG now I wanna watch Real Genius!
feymeggan: (what happened)
 So, got the dremmel up and going, got my lengths of boning ground down.  I'm awesome right?  Not quite, managed to FUBAR to things that told me to just put Amy down and walk away.  One, went to all the trouble of carefully measuring and pinning on the lace...only to hack it three inches too short.  Solution?  Bang head repeatedly on the wall, rip off the lace and reapply it when not a moron.  Two, while getting the dremmel set up I let the skirt brush against the machine...which low and behold was storing a lovely globule of oil just waiting for such a moment!  So now I have a sewing machine oil stain riiiiiiiiiiiight on my ass.  Lovely.  I shall be testing a few stain removal options on some scrap tomorrow, wish me luck.

However, even with these setbacks I'm nearly done with her outfit.  I've finished the sleeves, garters, all the components of her necklace and gotten her dress/top fully pinned together.  Next I shall sew the top pieces together, reapply the lace, and hopefully get the stain out prior to hemming the light purple layer.  Which had I been smart I should have French seamed that sucker.  Oh well, live and learn and do shit the hard way.  But yay for being on schedule!  

Up for next month:
Amanda's Neo Queen Serenity(this outfit scares the beejesus out of me!)
Wigging out! IE Amy's wig, Kouchou's wig, Sakujuns wig
And if I still have time/sanity
Red Mars Elissa 

Pray for me internets.
feymeggan: (excited)
 Well, outside of a strip of velcro, a hook and a wig she's done.  Enough that I can consider myself only ONE DAY over my alloted time to finish Kouchou and Sakujun!  I sorta giggle at the overlapping fabric use betwixt the two of them, but :: does a happy dance:: I can say they're done enough to wear right now!  Well, once I go down and hem Sakujun they'll be done, but hemming takes motivation and ten minutes, so I figure I"ll have that done by the end of the day no problem-o!

Next on the list...::whips out a huge list:: shall be finishing off the Bleach Girls.  So that would be one hair bun, one Kosode, one set of Tabi, and two wigs. Also Amy Sorel from SCIII.  Sadly, I'll have to redo the underskirt I already made for her for two reasons; 1)it's ugly and 2) I can't fit into it anymore.  Two very good reasons, but suckily taking me back to square one on her.  The good news is that if I stay on task with two costumes a month I'll have the following left between now and September:
Formal Deadpool
Formal Nightcrawler
White Mars Elissa
Steam Punk Original
Queen Serenity
Suit!Catherine
Frosta

Which if you divide into two per month minimum I'll be done just after my deadline...which I think I can find acceptable since I had 22 at the start of the year, added in three more, took three off(so really maintained stasis).  So, come October 1 I will have 22 brand spankin' new costumes for myself and friends from this year.  Next year I'm retaining my sanity and just doing three.  Three really complex/big things, but just three!

Which reminds me, I seriously need help finding dove grey wool...feel free to help a costumer out folks.

~*Edit*~

Whoot!  Done outside of wigs! ::shakes some serious booty::  Now to scour the house to find the next round's stuff!
feymeggan: (shoes)
 Thank you Gule, you may return to your work station now.

So, I've spent the last few days getting patterns up for Sakujun.  I realized after finishing it that I've used the wrong material for his one sleeve, but that's easily rectified...now if only I could recall why I had the other fabric in the first place....  I realize now the purple I'm using was supposed to go towards my brother's Joker costume...you'll forgive me if I'm not sad I'm misappropriating it.  If my luck and work ethic holds I'll have him mostly together by the end of this month.  Next to finish is Kouchou...she's about at the fifty percent point, so I should be able to kick it into gear this coming week and have her mostly done(sans wig) as well.

Speaking of wigs, I'm seriously intimidated by them of late.  I have five to get styled/created/colored/etc and I'm putting them all off.  I need to work on my wig-phobia ::makes note to look up the clinical word for that::  One will be easy; Sakujun just needs to be tinted, so all I need is a rediculous amount of alcohol and markers.  One needs to be put into an updo and bangs cut...this shall be avoided as cutting wigs scares me more than most.  One needs to have wefts created, then dyed, then assembled, then styled...this is only slightly more terrifying than the one I have to create a back part on, add extensions, make curls and cut bangs.  I have a problem and need help.  Or a professional stylist.

Beyond all of the above I've made little to no progress on anything else, someone breakout the whip and chair so I'm done on time this year!

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