Friday, February 26, 2016

Wondercon Cosplays - Portal

My son wants to be a test subject from Portal for one of his cosplays at Wonder Con this year.  I'd modded a jumpsuit for him ages ago but it's WAY too small now so we're on to round 2.  I'm going to do the same stuff I did with the first one but may add some pockets or white detailing like Chell's.

We're also going to try our hand at modding some boots to be "Long Fall Boots"  Given he's a 12 year old boy and unused to heels AND Wonder Con is a lot of walking we're going to start with a men's boot and go from there.  I thought this men's portal cosplay was pretty similar to what we might try to make.

I wanted to do something to go with his costume but wasn't up to trying to build something hard like a turret or a companion cube.  So I thought I'd just go as an Aperture scientist.  We got out our jumpsuit and labcoat and had fun posing for ID pics then my son, who is a whiz with GIMP, whipped up some ID badges for us.

I already have a lab coat I can wear, now I have the ID, the only thing left is....a CAKE!!  I saw this instructable on making a cake prop from the game and I thought it would be too funny to pass up. While it's a great Instructable I thought it was a bit silly to make a real cake for something that would be a prop, so I skipped the cake making part and just bought a foam cake shape from Michaels.  Then followed the rest of his instructions and voila - CAKE (is a lie)!

Monday, February 22, 2016


Lots of sewing being done here but not a lot to show for it, and precious little blogging, as I'm sure you've noticed.

I've been working on a number of my myriad projects but mostly my red Robe Fran├žaise It's been interesting, I've never made a Fran├žaise before, somehow they always scared me.  I've been using the JP Ryan and Simplicity patterns as bases but mostly it's been draping with a lot of reference to the Cut of Women's Clothes and Janet Arnold with a LOT of help from La Courtiere Francaise and The Fashionable Past.

It's coming along.  Whenever I get stuck and want to ponder something I work on something easy like the sleeve flounces.  I'm happy to say that this is an all stash project!  I'm finally using some painted red silk shantung I got in Texas a few years ago.  If you saw Jenny La Fleur's "Diva" dress you've seen the fabric.  And if you haven't  I'll give you a sneak peek - here it is:

Isn't it yummy?

The lining is a linen scrap here and a cotton scrap there and I'm using self fabric and a narrow gold braid/lace thing as part of the trimming.

I got one of those scalloped punches ages ago, but I have to say it never worked for me, got dull after like 2 punches.  So I'm using my scalloped pinking shears to make pinked trim.

I'm hoping to get this finished in time for the "pleating" Historical Sew Monthly Challenge which ends in February.  Wish me luck because it's going to be tough - at the end of March we go to Wonder Con which means a lot of cosplay stuff needs to be finished before then.  Yikes!  :P