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Sci Fi Weekend 2017

So this was about 3 weeks ago now. Last time we went 4 years ago I went absolutely mental for a couple of months making costumes, then got really drunk and was not really in a position to photograph any of them well. This year I was much more relaxed about the whole costume thing. Firstly, I’m not really a cosplayer. I don’t really like doing other peoples characters, & I don’t like putting a whole lot of effort into something I’m only going to wear like once every 4 years. Secondly I have a whole load of generic fantasy/goth/steampunk outfits I’m not getting enough chance to wear at the moment, so it made sense to do something fun with a couple of them rather than make anything specifically for the convention. Also Jon was very much not in the mood for dressing up, so I didn’t have to make anything for him either.

Ironically, in the year I decided not to bother, we had a lovely outside veranda with really good lighting at the cabin we were staying in, so I got massively better photos of stuff than last time.

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First up on the Friday was my steampunk dress, with added thermal cuz the weather in Wales that weekend was bitter. (annoyingly London was having a bit of a heatwave) I quite like this outfit, I think its my best attempt yet with that dress, but I’m still not sold on the dress itself. It started life as an attempt to make my own version of a dress by Juliette et Justine and really didn’t work out how I’d planned. (details here) I’m really proud of drafting the pattern myself and think its a gorgeous dress, but it really isn’t massively me. Looking at the picture maybe I need a better hat. The corset is a favourite though, it is from Fan Plus Friend, and even though it only just fits, I love it.

Saturday…

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I love this outfit so much. Its the dress I made for my witches costume this Halloween , but with a flower/horn crown I made a few years ago for the Goblin Kings Ball, but then did the whole getting drunk and forgetting to take photos thing (I am such a shit millennial sometimes!) I haven’t really had the opportunity to wear it since.

I bought the basic plastic horns ready attached to a headband from someone off etsy but then I painted the horns, glued the flowers on and padded the headband – even with padding I can only really wear it on top of a wig as the horns make the headband super heavy and pinchy.

The wig is from My Lolita Dress,a taobao resale site. By the time you’ve factored in insane shipping from China costs it is quite expensive to buy them from there, but all the ones I’ve bought the quality has been really good, & they have some interesting colours and styles. I made the mistake last sci fi weekend I attended of buying a cheap wig off eBay and it isn’t really worth it. It has only lasted one or two wears, is really thin and is tangled as hell. I want to replace it, but annoyingly haven’t found a decent long white one on any of the better quality wig sites yet, even though I’ve been looking.

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Oh yeah, I thought I’d include this photo as its a really nice one of Liz, Ian and I. It was ultimately a really fun weekend, though my ME wasn’t great and I didn’t really appreciate a 7hr car journey there and back. Probably won’t go again to that specific convention for another few years, but as there are zero opportunities to do dress up/goth stuff in London at the moment (there is still a bit of a goth scene focused on Islington, but it has become very very local, for people who live round there and cliquey, and most of the big goth and steampunk costume parties have stopped now. The ones for queer people and on the fetish scene are still going strong I believe, but they are not really our sort of thing.) we are hoping to get to other conventions/festivals/weekends over the next couple of years. But I am really glad to have stood by my decision not to make anything for the Scifi weekend specifically and also that I have decided no alternative stuff this year, I have plenty enough stuff to play with already, & the stuff I am making so far this year I have been really happy with.

 

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Loncon3/Worldcon 2014

So this year Worldcon, the world literary science fiction convention was in London (at Edxcel in the Docklands) and as we live fairly nearby and are both into Science fiction, we went.

Due to catching a rather nasty cold in the middle and attempting some dancing which is a lot more hardcore than the usual longish walks I manage, I only attended for 3 days rather than all 5, which kinda killed the clothing thing i wanted to do as my aim was to wear all my main lolita outfits at least once. I was also scuppered by stuff not turning up from China in a timely fashion and by deciding I wanted to do something completely different on the Sunday anyway.

So…..

Thursday was quite a quiet day as it was the first day of the Con, we mostly went to panels on this day, it was kind of like being in a mini university. I saw ones on costuming, cities and medievalism which were all really interesting. Didn’t bother to take a picture till I got home at night….

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Just a plain black Bodyline jsk with (you can’t tell in the picture) long sleeved black and silver top and black and gold tights, the weird shape pendant is actually a laser cut At-At from a stall at the Scifi weekend the other year.

Friday we only went in for the dancing as we didn’t know how well I was going to be able to manage it and it seemed silly to push ourselves. In the event I really enjoyed it and managed to dance for 2 1/2 hrs only sitting out for one dance (where I took this picture)

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The blob in the middle is Jon dancing the Roger de Coverley (I did get a go at it earlier on). Though the picture doesn’t show it there were actually a lot of people in costume of some kind or other. I sort of dressed up, in fact I wore something a lot floatier than I had originally intended, but I don’t really have a lot of stuff with floor length skirts, certainly nothing specifically Regency, though as Jon and I did actually really enjoy the event, we are looking to try out lessons in Surbiton so this may have to be swiftly rectified.

Anyway….what I wore….

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With bonus Iron Throne, the skirt I made years ago before I started a blog, the jersey blouse is my homemade pattern one. Although this is an awesome outfit for doing floaty dancing in, it isn’t as it stands a very good lolita one as the petticoat I have doesn’t puff it out enough so it looks kind of flat. This will hopefully be rectified when stuff arrives from China.

Picture of me with another loli at the con…..

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I didn’t get this ladies name, but did give her my username, so hopefully she finds this. Demos perfectly though why I need a pouffier petticoat.

Saturday I was achey all day from the dancing, and both of us had a cold, so we had an on the sofa day watching videos.

Sunday we meant to enter a cosplay competition thing, but it was on fairly early in the morning and the neighbouring sports club decided to have a party till one am so we slept in a bit late. We still dressed up though….

me…..

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I went for a kind of Gainsborough look using my Steampunk dress as a kind of Chemise a la Reine. Loads of people said I look really pretty and it worked reasonably well, but I am still not really happy with the way this dress has turned out. I will continue to look for ways to style it up, but it isn’t really me! :-S

I am so proud of Jon for dressing up though, he never does. This is his outfit….

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He went as Elric from the Michael Moorcock novels, he had loads of white face paint on which isn’t really clear in this. The cloak was made years and years ago by our friend Liz, who would actually be much better at sewinghtan me if she ever bothered 😛

Picture of the two of us together….

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Jon saw a panel that day, I mostly spent it drinking in the bar with a friend, however we went home early as we were both still a bit ill and suffering from lack of sleep the night before.

The monday Jon went in and did loads of panels, I stayed at home and slept as by that point the cold had taken a really firm grip! 😦

Over all I massively enjoyed the bits I went to , I am somewhat frustrated there was a lot of evening activities I missed out on as although the cold could not be helped, even though we live quite near by London standards we were still 3/4 hr away and with my Chronic Fatigue could only really manage traveling back and forwards once in a day, so if I needed a nap, that was it. If it ever happens in the uk again (which on previous form seems to be every 5 years or so and London every 10!) or if I was to go to a similar convention, I think I would try to stay on site, then I could go to more stuff.

At the moment I am still recovering from the cold and I won’t be doing any sewing till next week as I am away this weekend. However I have apparently been nominated for a liebster award (a bloggy chain letter thing that helps small blogs get more followers) thanks Brigid 🙂 ! So I have something to post when I get back.

As far as sewing goes I have 4 or 5 boring tops to make, that I intend to bite the bullet and get on with, after which I am definitely going to have a go at some spooky fun stuff as the majority of the stuff I have made this year is everyday wardrobe filler and is not even really representative of what I wear on a day to day basis, and I am itching to sew something gothy and creative!

 

 

Scifi weekend 2013

I’ve been a bit quiet of late, managed to have 5 colds/flu’s in about 7 weeks, and then got horrendously post viral, so its a miracle I finished my sewing at all actually.

So yeah, out of 5 planned outfits between us, we ditched two because of the weather. I dropped She-ra in advance and Jon just wasn’t feeling it for Flash Gordon on the night, which given the temperature outside and the lack of cloakroom in the venue was the right decision. It is something to remember for future events actually…. if its in February, make sure you are well wrapped up!

Here we go though..the ones we did wear….

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First up…..my Captain America outfit. This was the one that required least sewing out of everything I made. I painted the corset (with fabric paint) and the blue bit of the shield (wrong shade of blue) and I made the hair bow but its all basically ready to wear. Top from Primark, tights from M&S and skirt from Ebay. I think it worked rather well though! 🙂

Then the stuff I properly made….

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Ok, so this on was  bit random….I had been after the fabric the dress is made of for about 2 years, ever since I saw the grey version on etsy and they only had 1m left, and its completely out of print, so I searched sporadically for it ever since, and then found it on etsy late last year and had 3m of it immediately. It didn’t take me long to decide to make a lolita JSK (jumper skirt or pinafore dress for those that don’t speak american/japanese acronyms)  out of it. Then I was reading something on the internet about game of thrones and the idea came to me to turn it into a Daenerys Targaryen lolita outfit.

So I added the wig and the dragons and an anatomical heart shaped pendant round my neck, and I think it worked ok. I was so nervous about it on the night though.

Anyways…back view, shows off the dress better…. and the wig 🙂

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yeah, so…I made the jsk, the top is this one I made last year over the top of a lacy thermal thingy from M&S, the petticoat (which you can’t see) is Bodyline, the wig was from a chinese seller on ebay. It is ok, it cost £11, so although it isn’t as amazing as a proper £40 one from Minty Mix or the Gothic Lolita Wig store, it did the trick, plus Jon wants to use it for an Elric costume next year! The big dragon (Drogon) is an adapted Nici dragon I bought off amazon and the other two (Rhaegal and Viserion) I found for £3 each in The Works. Tights M&S, Shoes – Clarkes. Heart pendant off etsy (but I thought it was a bit shit so I’m not going to review it properly)

 

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This is the dress laid out on my bed, and a close up of the bodice, as it is difficult to see properly on me as it was covered in wig and dragons. It took me ages to find the lace. I stashed the material for 4 months whilst I searched on ebay and etsy every couple of weeks for a good quality dark blue lace. In the end a vintage roll of dark blue crocheted lace came up for £10 including shipping from america and apparently there were 15 yards on it, so I jumped on it.

 

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I added a strap and a zip and lining  (to match the dress) to Drogon to make him into a bag.

 

And finally….

Jons outfit.

Taking a decent picture of this was hampered by two problems..the first is that getting Jon to stand still and pose for outfit photos is nearly impossible, the other is that he went to the hairdressers two weeks ago and got an idiot hairdresser who didn’t really understand the concept of boys having hair in any other style than Townie, and so cut it far too short (its usually a variant on indie boy and mullet) which meant it is no longer the same style as the character he is dressed as….

However….

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Jon looking rather nice playing guitar….

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Jon and Liz, who were both doing characters from the same Anime….Captain Harlock. Jon is Harlock, Liz is Emeraldas. Liz also made her cloak and top and is a total bitch cuz I think they are much better than I managed for Jon. :-S

Mind you….we were struggling with the fastening for Jons cloak (the bit I made) as it is insanely difficult to find large skull and cross bone broaches. I ended up buying a belt buckle off ebay, but it didn’t want to stay on particularly, and I don’t fancy trying that approach again so not to waste money, so I am still on the look out for a suitable fastener.

 

Now the weekend is over, and I don’t seem to be too ill because of it, I am in the middle of sewing another long sleeved jersey top, then I have a massive queue a mile long of stuff I’m intending to sew, so hopefully should be getting on with things a bit quicker! 🙂 I need to do loads of exercise though, as I have put on a tonne of weight due to being ill through January and February and I want to get it off asap!