Thursday, July 1, 2010

Guess who?

Take a guess what this pile of odds and ends is going to become...


If you picked Jeannie from "I dream of Jeannie", then you'd be correct!


What do I need a costume for, you may ask? Don't worry, I'm not getting over-excited about Halloween. Rather, every year at my job they ask staff to dress up for midnight opening of the toy sale. It's a nice way to make what is generally the most stressful and busy shift of the year a little more fun. Given that my not-so-secret other passion is costume making, I love to get all dressed up! Last year I was Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" - it was so much fun I stopped to weigh up whether moving to America and becoming a Disney Princess was a viable career option (it probably isn't ;_; ).


For more of my costumes feel free to take a look here - as you can see, I'm not kidding when I say in my profile that I'm a big nerd! Regardless of what other people may think of such a hobby, I enjoy it (although I'm taking a break this year because the scene is getting waaaay too competitive and snarky) and I relish the challenge of transforming something from the screen into real life. Amazingly, I still don't really know how to sew properly or follow a pattern - I would make most of my costumes freehand and cut so many corners that I don't know how to make something last longer than a day! It's been really hard to break the bad habits that I made as a cosplayer (never finishing seams, not reading patterns, using cheap fabrics), but part of learning to sew vintage patterns has been an enforced 'retraining' of myself in sewing! I hope this new project goes well - be certain that I'll be giving you all updates and photos as soon as it is complete!

10 comments:

THE BIG MAMA INTROSPECTION said...

I'm so happy you speak a little about your "alter ego". You must do a complete post about all your costumes, it's so fun !

harbourmaster said...

You make a gorgeous Belle! I can't wait to see you as Jeannie! Costumes are the best fun, I've never delved into cosplay but it looks pretty awesome.

Stefanie Valentine said...

Wow you look gorgeous as Belle, you would make a perfect Disney princess! I love looking through your cosplay outfits, it's so fascinating and they're all fantastic.

Miss Tami Lee said...

I love the idea of a Jeannie costume! And i think it's fantastic that you cosplay. We all have our ridiculous nerdy sides. I am really into historical costuming and that's something I don't really tell people about becauseit makes me feel like such a loser lol.
Keep us updated on the costume! Are youusing a pattern?

Andi B. Goode said...

I have a friend who is rather into cosplay - I love the idea but I'm not dedicated enough at all. You look great as Belle (I'd love to be a Disney princess...I've heard they're very very strict on height, weight, etc.) and Jeannie will be a great outfit!
-Andi x

Miss Emmi said...

Tami Lee - I'm using a vintage pattern for the bolero thing, but I'll probably just make up the rest (at least it's all gathered and loose so I don't exactly need to tailor it perfectly). I couldn't find any good patterns in stores :/

And thanks everybody, for not making me feel like a freak with my weird hobbies! :D

Andi B. Goode said...

As regards ukes, I have a Kala Soprano (Soprano is your standard size uke), which cost me 125$ and has a very nice sound. I'm just about to switch the strings to Aquila, which are apparently the best. https://www.kalaukulele.com/KA-S.htm
I used to use a Makala (by the same brand) - it has a dolphin bridge so looks like a kids' toy but apparently is one of the best in the budget range. Mine was 40$. Here's a little review http://ukulelehunt.com/buy-ukulele/brands/makala-ukuleles/ And here's a review of Kala http://ukulelehunt.com/buy-ukulele/brands/kala-ukulele/
That site is a great source of info (most of which I've not read). Hopefully that helps a bit!
-Andi x

esme and the lane way said...

You look beautiful – and what an amazing costume! Dressing up is so much fun, I wish I did it more often. (And I really do love Hallowe'en...)

quietandsmalladventures said...

i have some of the same bad habits as i'm a novice at sewing and haven't earned enough of the right ways to do things. i suppose i *could* read some the books i've borrowed :) it's nice to find another science nerd who loves vintage and sews. we're definitely few and far between!

JuMi said...

so cute! I loved your outfit!

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