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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Okay, so here we are, crunch time and I’ve got lots of fiddly little stuff to do. I hate the fiddly stuff because it’s so varied and there’s no real way to organize it all. Am I doing buttons? Fantastic, buttons on everything. ALL THE BUTTONS. Snaps, and closures? NO PROBLEM.
Accessories? Oka….wait, what? We only need 1 of these? Oh dear….
Yep, the one-offs are probably the worst of everything, because you need to switch gears every time you complete one. It can leave one reeling and disoriented, to say the least.
But anyhow, let’s back-track, since I haven’t been keeping you quite up to date.
I got an unexpected day off on Saturday, so I took the opportunity to head out with mum to start on some of our travel-purchases. One of our stops was Fabricland, since I saw no reason to wait until today to go and grab the stuff I needed. And as there’s one near Vaughan Mills (which is where we did the rest of our shopping) it worked out well.
I took Thursday off of work for a doctor’s appointment, and the rest of the day I used to finish the shirt for the gangster outfit. By “shirt” I mean the one that I messed up; like I said, no reason not to finish it as a just-in-case piece. I’ve already wasted a lot of time on it, and I need to be moving forward with the project each time I sit down to sew. (I probably could’ve unstitched it when I originally realized my mistake, but my track-record for that sort of thing is fairly catastrophic, and it would’ve ended up with the shirt in tatters.)
If I finish everything and I have enough time to try again, I will. As was previously mentioned, it doesn’t look too bad, and the part that was sewn on inside-out is on the back, so it can be easily hidden by the blazer.
When I had to make up the duster coat and the bomber jacket back in 2013, I panicked a little at first. But I managed to figure it out, much to my delight.
So now that I’ve got some semblance of a pattern to help me out, I was still a little panicked. What if this didn’t work? What if, with my idea, the sewing machine couldn’t handle it? What then?