The Last Minute!

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Yep, I went and left things to the very last minute this year. I’d meant to get things rolling back in May, but it was a rough month. Then around the time I’d been seriously planning on starting near the beginning of June, we had company show up, which meant keeping the sewing supplies hidden for the weekend. I finally got it all set up last week, and my first order of business was to sort out this whole jacket thing.

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Costume Throw-Back: Rebel Pilot Timmy

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I meant to post this on Star Wars Day, since it was a Thursday, and coincided with TBT, but alas, the day got away from me, and then the week was gone, and now here we are, two weeks after the fact. Sadface.

The third and final costume for Fan Expo 2013 was the Rebel Pilot. I’m incredibly proud of this costume, as it is the most complex out of all the costumed I’ve made so far, in terms of, well, everything.

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Having Fun in K-Town

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I reconnected with my friend, Michelle, back in March at a youth retreat and we’ve hung out a few times since then. Considering that we’re both introverts, this is cool and a bit of a big deal for me, because all of the people I used to hang out with were extroverts, and they were a bit over-bearing and smothering.

The best thing to come from this, for me, has been a broadening of my cultural palate. I’ve had a passing interest in reading manga, but it’s never really taken hold for me. I have a couple of Legend of Zelda manga kicking around but I’ve never read them.

Somehow, I tripped over Fruits Basket, and instead of shelling out the money to buy them at Chapters, Michelle’s been lending them to me. This exchange of manga has been the catalyst for most of our get-togethers, as she gives me the next volumes and I return the ones I’ve read.

Our meetings have also brought us to Koreatown in downtown Toronto. The first time we visited, it wasn’t until the trip home again that I realized that I should’ve brought Timmy with me, so the second time we went, last week, I made sure to bring the little dude with me.

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Checking In

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I’ve spent the last few weeks brainstorming ideas for costumes and blog topics.

I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and mess around with the Smart Plastic, but I hope to, soon.

I’ve come up with some more costume ideas, and even have some ideas on how I’m going to execute a couple of them. When I get back to a computer I’ll add a new page with a compiled list of  costumes, old and new. That’ll be easier to maintain, and nicer to look at than a sticky post   EDIT: Here we go!  🙂

I’m planning to document my Smart Plastic trials, so watch this space to join me in the journey.

See you soon!

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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