Archive | August 2017

Making A Costume: Deanna Troi’s “Green Dress” (Part One)

A friend of mine is going to Dragon Con (sadly I can’t go this year), and commissioned me to make her a costume.  The actress who played Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation (Marina Sirtis), is going to be a guest this year, so my friend wanted her green dress made.  The funny thing about this dress as I was looking up reference photos, is depending on several factors, the dress either looked green, teal, or turquoise.  I did my best to find fabrics that looked close and consulted with my friend.  The fabric we ended up with is probably darker than the actual color, but she  loved it and that’s what mattered to me. 🙂

Somewhere online, there is an actual pattern for this dress that someone came up with, but it’s rather pricey.  So I went through the plethora of patterns that I have, and found one to modify.  I went with Simplicity 1045, specifically View B for the bodice of the dress.  Stretch knit fabrics aren’t on the list of recommended fabrics for this pattern, but I’ve had no problems with using it for this.

Pattern

View B highlighted in pink.  Also, coffee is an essential part of costume making. 😛

First, I cut out the pieces I needed, and traced them out on medical paper, and increased the sizing.  This pattern went up to a size 20, and I needed it to be a few sizes larger.  (*Sewing tip:  You can increase the size of a pattern by measuring the distance between the sizes that are printed on the pattern.  You don’t need to worry about adding seam allowance if you are going by the pattern’s sizing because that is already figured in.*)  The main pattern pieces for the dress are all one piece, but I needed to only make bodice pieces for the time being, so I traced the pattern to be longer than what I needed, and then determined where I needed them to stop, which looked to be just above the hips, according to the reference photos.  So I patterned the bottom of the bodice to the asymmetrical shape of the dress.

The top of this gave me some issues.  After some trial and error, what ended up working for me was sewing the two side front pieces and the front pieces to each other (using some scrap fabric), UNMODIFIED, and then cutting the neck line into that same asymmetrical shape.  When I did that, these were the resulting pieces I got when I took them apart:

Pattern pieces 1

The lowest point of the neckline stops about at the very tip of the bust point, but I raised it a little bit higher, as my friend has a bigger bust.  I made a mock-up of the bodice using some performance fabric I had bought a while back and never did anything with, and tried it on myself.  My friend and I are around the same size in dresses, so I figured that if it fit me, it would fit her.  I had her come try on the mock-up a few days later, and it was a success. 🙂

The sleeve for view B of this pattern is about a 3/4″ sleeve, and has a bell piece that attaches around it.  Obviously, I didn’t need that part of the pattern, but my friend decided that she liked a shorter sleeve, so we decided not to lengthen it to a full sleeve. However, the bottom of the sleeve will be taken in to be more fitted to her arm

Next time, I’ll talk about the neck band pieces and the skirt!  The design of this dress overall, actually is not very hard, but the asymmetrical neckline has been interesting to work with.  Thanks for reading! ❤

 

 

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Makeup: Gothic Blues

Lately I’ve been wanting to play on the more gothic/pastel goth side of makeup.  I like to try and figure out what kind of looks I can pull off because I’ve got kind of a full baby face, so I feel like when it comes to edgier looks I need to push the envelope while understanding that there is stuff my face just can’t do, lol.  There will be a lot more experimentation coming, and I’m pretty pumped about it.

The other day, I decided to play with more blues, because as much as I like the color I don’t wear a lot of it, makeup-wise. I also got a new black lip color that I wanted to play with, and this was the result:

Blue Makeup

I used my ever-wonderful Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette to play with mah brows, and those are the colors Mean, Hatter, and Blindsided, in that order.  I love doing colored brows, it’s rather sassy. ❤

When I do the wilder looks I ask myself “how extra do I feel like being today?” XD  The answer this time was we’ll keep it to the brows and the lips, because I don’t know what this is gonna look like when I’m done.  So I used a couple of brown shades from my Too Faced Chocolate bar on my eyes for a wee bit o’ shade.  I took Iced from the Full Spectrum and planted that in my inner corners.  The color on my lips is a Nyx Liquid Lip Suede in the color Alien.

Something else I’d been wanting to try, was layering an eyeshadow over a lip color.  Since I was doing blue, I took one of my Colourpop Super Shock pigments in the color Coconut and dabbed that over it.  I really wanted it to be a gradient color between the black and blue but somehow the blue overtook the whole thing, but it still looked pretty, so I went with it. 🙂  I was all kinds of tickled over the pretty, and I’m going to be trying this out with other color combos in the future.  The lashes I used were more of my lovely eBay roulette lashes, and the wig is an eBay roulette as well that I had wanted to use a while back for my Onimusha Soul Morrigan cosplay (that I still need to finish *whistles*), but once I got it the colors were NOT gonna work with what I had in mind so not it’s just whatever.  It worked nicely for this once I had a concept envisioned.

I loved this look both ways, but the blue lips definitely popped more.  Thanks for reading, see ya soon! ❤

Throwback Gaming: The Lion King (SNES Version)

How many of you still have your old gaming systems?  I got my Super Nintendo when I was 10 years old.  I had to beg for it, for some reason, my mom didn’t want me to have a gaming console, but when I did get one, SHE was the one that bought it.  Now at age 34 (yes, I am 34 as of June 12th this year), my trusty SNES not only STILL works, but it’s barely even discolored.  It’s finally started to show around where the controllers plug in, and I think one of my controllers is slightly discolored, but you’ll miss it if you’re not looking closely.  That was a magical Christmas.  That year I got my SNES that came with both Super Mario World AND Super Mario Kart, and about 3-4 other games, a Game Boy with the Handy Boy accessories, and a few games for that, too.  Some of the games which to this day, I still haven’t beaten.

We moved from Texas to North Carolina when I was 12, and I remember my mom taking me to Blockbuster (can you handle all this throwback goodness tho?) and she got a game for me to rent.  I picked the Lion King.  I can’t remember, nor am I sure I WANT to remember how much time I spent trying to beat that damn game. I must have liked it enough, because my mom got me my own copy for keeps.  The first level isn’t that bad.  And I’m pretty sure it was done that way, to lure the player into a false sense of security.  The “fun” begins when you get here:

Simba3

“It starts.”

When I first started playing this game, I learned the hard way that if you stand on the giraffes’ heads for too long, they tilt their heads to knock you off, and apparently Simba’s ass can’t swim, so you die if you fall in the water.  I would like to point out that the one nice thing about this game, is that the levels aren’t timed, so at least you don’t have to worry about all of the game’s B.S., AND a time limit.  I guess Nintendo had at least a shred of something resembling a human soul on that account.

Morticia Tea

Nintendo sips smugly on your tears.

Every so often I revisit my old games and play them, usually Super Mario World because it’s my favorite game on this system.  It’s been a LONG time since I played The Lion King, so I decided I hated myself enough to pop this in, and not even 10 minutes into playing, I was dropping f-bombs like it was World War II.  Since then, I think Simba and I have both been giving serious thought to our life decisions.

Simba 1

Mistakes were made.

*Side note:  How is it that the giraffes had a problem with Simba standing on their heads while the rhinos couldn’t have cared less about him literally swinging off of their asses??  Seriously, you can stay there and swing for eternity if that’s what you want to do.  Meanwhile, the giraffes are all high and mighty.  I mean, LOOK at them.*

 

Simba 2

“Bye, Felicia!”

I remember loving how they really turned the movie into a game.  After the “Can’t wait to be King” level, you go through the elephant graveyard (“Be Prepared”), the wildebeest stampede, then Hakuna Matata.  Oh Hakuna Matata, where you battle jumping spiders, spitting frogs, a pain in the ass waterfall, all to get to a giant gorilla who can and WILL bitch slap you while he acts like he’s innocently eating a banana.

LK Gorilla

A face you can trust.

He also throws coconuts at you, and apparently the makers of this game decided that bouncing coconuts actually sound like metal paint cans.  From there, you magically grow up and can start doing some bitch slapping of your own as adult Simba, and even throw a cheetah or two.  After braving lava geysers, a maze of caves with hyenas who seem to be tired for no reason (or maybe they’re starving, hmmm…), you get to the last level with Scar.  Try not to get fried by lightning as you confront him three different times, similar to the aforementioned gorilla in the Hakuna Matata level.  Once you toss his triflin’ tail over the cliff, you can restore order to the Pridelands, roaring like the beast you are.

I got to a point where I had beaten this game so many times, it wasn’t even funny.  But after not having picked it up for a good long time (I’ve probably played it once or twice at some point between my 20’s and 30’s), I clearly felt like punishing myself.  This game also came out on the Sega Genesis, and people talk about the two versions like there’s a difference between them.  I didn’t have a Genesis as a kid, but I have one now, so I might have to track down a copy and play for myself.

Old school games, what would we do without them?  See ya next time! ❤