Now on Twitter!

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So, finally set up a Twitter account for this blog. I have it set up to have posts show up there, so you can now use Twitter to keep up-to-date with me and Timmy!

You can find us here: @timetravtim

We have a few more Costume Throw-Backs in the works, and I’ve also been trying to come up with some new costume ideas for Fan Expo this year. On the list so far is Gandalf, which I had planned to do last year, but never did because I couldn’t find the right material.

I’m going to look over the fabric I have, and see if I can come up with some characters for it all. It would save a ton of money, to be sure.

Anyhow, catch us on Twitter!!!

Timmy Capone Goes to Jail

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After a night of fun, writing, and too much candy, Timmy Capone’s reign over the All-You-Can-Eat Candy Buffet came to an end, and he was taken into custody and shipped off to the Big House.

The really Big House.

The park ranger that Timmy poses with was very appreciative of the fact that the monkey wasn’t wearing a striped uniform. He said it always annoyed him a bit when people cosplayed with, or wore the striped prison shirts when visiting Alcatraz. When I told him that I preferred the blue uniform over the stripes because it was more dignified, he gave me this relieved look and said, “Thank you. It is more dignified.”

He then went on to tell me that the Governor(?) of California outlawed the striped uniform decades ago, so the striped one would’ve been slightly inaccurate, historically speaking.

After that conversation I couldn’t, in good conscience, change Timmy into the other uniform during the tour. I showed the ranger that I did actually make Timmy the other costume, at the insistence of others, and his reply was, “That’s for your other prison tours.”

So no pics of Timmy in/on the Rock in the striped uniform, out of respect for, and deference to, the park ranger. I can’t recall his name, since he blocked his name tag with Timmy.

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Costume Throw-Back: Timmy Skywalker

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The third costume I made for Timmy – and the first of the 2013 Fan Expo Set – was the Luke Skywalker outfit from Return of the Jedi. It was my “get back into sewing” piece, since it’d been a couple of months since the Italy outfits, and it was also the easiest.

I might re-do this one with the patterns I used for his SF outfits, just on the principle that it’s actually quite sloppy looking up-close, despite it doing the job.

In fact, I think I might re-do a lot of his older costumes just to update the look a bit, since a few of them require some major repair work anyway. I just need to find a decent pattern for a coat that doesn’t sew up all wonky under the arms. I’ll experiment a bit once the holidays are over, and it’s time to start thinking Fan Expo 2017.

Without further ado, here is Timmy Skywalker:

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Timmy Capone

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Sorry for the radio silence. Real Life got a little weird.

The second of the San Francisco outfits is here, though! I was a wee bit preoccupied with socializing and writing to take a lot of pics during the NOWD, so I sadly only have 3 to show you.

Timmy was our unofficial table mascot, and everyone got a kick out of him 🙂

All dressed up and ready to go!

Taking a break from the writing

Sorry for the blurriness of the selfie. Not sure what happened here.

Costume Throw-Back: Gladiator Timmy

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I’m going to intersperse the San Francisco sets with some of Timmy’s older costumes. Check back soon (or sign up for email notifications of new posts!) for the next one, which will be the gangster outfit.

For now, however, let’s revisit ancient Rome once more, with the second of Timmy’s Italy costumes.

His armour is made out of leather from Tandy Leather, with a cloth undershirt. This was my first (and so far only) time working with leather. It was interesting, to say the least.

The piece on the top of his helmet is actually a toothbrush head that’s been painted to match the red feathery thing that you always see on the top of Roman helmets. The helmet itself is just a thin sheet of copper, which was picked up at my local hobby shop.

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Timmy the Gentlemonkey

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Now that things are calming down in the post-vacation blues, time to  show off the fruits of the labour detailed in this blog over the last several weeks. I’ll be posting the costumes in order of when they were worn during the trip.

First up is the Victorian tux. I really like how this turned out, and he blended in really, really well. I amaze me, sometimes 😀

The Dickens Christmas Fair was amazing and awesome and I really didn’t want to leave. The ambiance was amazing. If you ever find yourself in San Francisco around Thanksgiving/Christmas, do yourself a favour and check this place out.

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Hats Off to You!

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I said a couple of posts ago that I was cutting this close, so the fact that I’m able to get this post out before I head off is a miracle. I won’t have time to post a fashion show of the outfits before I head out, so you’ll have to wait for the shots I take out in the field, next week.

This one is image heavy, so beware if you’re on a slower connection.

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Jailbird

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I did the pants for the Alcatraz uniform ages ago, and now I’m about 80% done with the shirt (no pics, sorry! Figured they weren’t necessary, since it’s the same pattern as all the others). Collar, buttons, and pockets need doing.

I was planning on painting some buttons blue, but I’m just going to go with the darker ones I have in my possession, since they look okay with the shirt, and the contrast with the fabric colour is nice.

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Gangster Update

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So, after making the tie (to be featured in another post) I ended up having to re-do the shirt after all. The collar – and thus the entire shirt – would not play nice with the shiny tie, and so I needed to re-do the whole thing from scratch.

This time, I made sure to mark my insides, and I was able to do a better job with the buttons.

And as far as the collar was concerned, I realized I was being an idiot and making things harder than they needed to be. I had the black trim I was going to be using for the hats, and when unfolded worked perfectly with shirt and tie. Plus, the shade of black was perfect, so you don’t even notice it’s not the same material unless you touch it.

Buttons were put onto the jacket, as well (the new ones arrived in time, huzzah!), and now I’m just working on the pockets and the hat. 50% 0f the way on both.

Did I say crunch time? Yikes.

I always cut it down to the wire, no joke.