Aug 22, 2015

A Little Update

Posts here have been few and far between lately. I have been working on projects but just haven't had time to post them here, as that usually requires editing pictures which takes forever on my laptop and I procrastinate a lot.

But, I have good news! I have a new computer that is due to arrive next week, which is going to be way better and faster than my laptop which means I'll be able to edit pictures faster and easier, which means more blog posts.

I've been trying to update my Instagram regularly, and is a good way to follow my current projects. My Instagram is @ThePhantomCostumer

A couple of projects I've started but haven't posted about yet;

  • My 1871 day dress. I haven't really posted anything about the actual dress here yet but have shared a little bit on my vlogs (which I also haven't been able to do in a long time). The skirt is mostly done, just needs to be hemmed and embellished and the bodice is mostly stitched together, just missing sleeves.
  • I started knitting a sontag, which is type of shawl that was popular in the 1860's. I was inspired by the shawls on When Calls the Heart and decided to make one. I'm about half way done and it's looking quite nice!
  • Just the other day I started the mock up for my Halloween costume, which is Alice from Disney's calssic, Alice in Wonderland. The bodice mock up is practically complete and just needs sleeves, and I already have the skirt pattern. My sister is going to throw a Disney party this fall so I'll also be wearing it to that.
  • I've been doing some research on Rey's costume from The Force Awakens, which I'll be making for the premier. I've only just started researching, but I hope to get it mostly done before Halloween because I'll be busy in November with NaNoWriMo on top of work and won't have a lot of extra time.
I'll be writing up more detail posts for most of these and will also post Part 2 of making the Jellyfish in the next couple of weeks when I have my new computer set up. Until then, stop by my Instagram for more updates!

Aug 12, 2015

Star Wars Costume Exhibit

Okay guys, so as some of you may know the EMP in Seattle has had a Star Wars costume exhibit open most of the year. Last month I finally got to go and see it for myself. I cannot even begin to express how amazing these costumes are! They're absolutely gorgeous! Pictures just don't do them justice. They're a thousand times more beautiful in person.

I took lots of pictures, and I have chosen a few (okay, 20+) of my favorites to share here but if you want to see all of them check out my Google+ album.

The exhibit consisted about three quarters of costumes from the prequel trilogy (and most of that was Padme's lol) and the other quarter from the original trilogy. When I saw the costumes I was surprised at see just how small Natalie Portman was. You really can't tell from the photos, but she was tiny!

Please pardon any blurry photos. The lighting was horrible and they didn't allow any flash photography.

They had the dressing gown, which I made sure to take lots of photo's of! I have a new theory on the skirt and I think I figured out what I've been doing wrong on the shape of the bodice...

My favorite, the meadow picnic dress. It's so pretty in person!

I was glad to see they had costumes from some of the lesser known Jedi like Luminara. Every costume has so much detail even if they were only in the background, like Luminara here.

I've been doing research for making a DL-44 blaster for my Mara Jade costume and it was great to get to see Han's in person!

I always get excited when I see closures on costumes. YAY SNAPS!

 I realized that the jumpsuits for the rebel fighters and TIE pilots are nearly identical except for the rebels have an extra set of pockets on the shin and of course the color. (Left: X-Wing pilot Right: TIE Fighter Pilot)

Feel free to share any of these photo's but please link back to me. Thanks!