Well I’d like to say that I achieved all my goals for the week, but in fact I achieved none of my sewing goals for the week. However, I had a friend in town this weekend, and she’s making costumes for her twin toddlers for Halloween this year, and I did help her trace and cut out fabric for those.
She’s making two hoodies and two pants out of polar fleece, which is not a material I’ve worked with before, and which was definitely a bit challenging to cut out and mark just due to the squishiness. She’ll be adding felt eyes and manes and tails and stuff in order to make My Little Pony costumes, which should be adorable as hell, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out!
Unfortunately, I only remembered to take one picture of the whole process, but it was involved, haha. I don’t envy her the task of finishing two hoodies and pants before Halloween, even if they are miniature. The last time I made my Halloween costume (in 2010 or so), I decided I was going to go as a dandy and started a tailored jacket October 1st without understanding how little I didn’t know. By the night of the 30th I had to give up on doing the lining because it wasn’t going to get done in time otherwise, and it didn’t go together right without the lining, and it didn’t fit quite right (shocker), and just in general it was such a terrible experience that I’ve been hesitant to commit to making a costume ever again.
I would love to do some cosplay (it’s part of why I keep throwing myself at pattern drafting and alteration, even though it makes me miserable when it fails), but if I’m going to do it I’m going to start six to eight months before whatever con I want to go to to leave myself plenty of time to find the right materials and figure out the patterns and everything.
I’m still planning to get my sister’s dress shortened before Thursday. I’m about halfway done ripping the seam on the flounce, so it’s definitely feasible, I just need to sit down and watch some tv and rip, rip, rip. After that, trimming off a few inches and re-stitching it shouldn’t take more than an hour (probably far less).
Goals for next week:
- Attach the lining to the zipper!
- Finish shortening sis’ dress FOR REAL THIS TIME