Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What's on my plate

Gosh, it has been a long darn time since I did any sort of update that didn’t involve my attendance at an event. It’s been quite quiet for me costume-wise this month. Which is a good thing really, because I believe I just about burnt myself out at the beginning of the year. With all the time available to sew, I did, and it has taken me quite some time to get back into the correct balance of work / relax / costuming. At any rate, I have enjoyed the last few free weekends and have tried to make use of my time whipping up some regular work clothing and getting ahead on my next projects.

In terms of my work clothing, I drafted up a couple of skirt patterns recently. I have a plethora of t-shirts (mainly from tee-fury) in my wardrobe and the fact that I have a lot of dresses, means I just don’t wear them. Coming into summer, the heat has already begun and a t-skirt and skirt is quite a cool option for the day. My favourite of the patterns is a 6 gore flared skirt that I have made two skirt from – a Tinkerbell skirt, and a Van Gough Starry Starry Night skirt. I even added some wonderful pockets in the front so that I have somewhere to stash my phone. The second pattern – a wrap skirt. I whipped it up in red butterfly cotton and a circus print cotton. My mum loved the style so much that she asked me to draft up a pattern in her size as well, and she already has two skirts made up. A success on all fronts. And I have more fabric just waiting to be made into skirts. The best thing, they are really quick to make and only take a couple of hours to complete.

But I know that most of my followers are more interested in the costuming side of things. And the remainder of the year isn’t set to ease up too much for me. So, what’s coming up:

Supanova November 8 – 10
This year, Supanova have scored a few Game of Thrones actors for Brisbane, so my brother and I have decided to go with it and dress up. I am making him a Lord Varys costume and myself a Margaery Tyrell costume. I also have plans to fix up my Sansa costume to wear.
Costumes – Sansa Stark, Margaery Tyrell, potentially Ariel (have yet to decide 100%)

Queensland Museum Exhibition – Treasures from Afghanistan November 24
1920s. The ACG are making another trip to the thankfully air-conditioned museum. I would love to make a new 1920s dress from a piece of fabric in my stash (silk cotton), but if time runs out, I will simply re-wear.

RIFF Christmas Party November 30
At this stage, it looks like another Ancients event for my re-enactment group. I’m planning to drag out the Minoan outfit. After all the work I put into making the thing, I want to wear it again.

ACG Christmas Party December 8
Tis the season. This one is an open theme event (I like to keep our Christmas parties simple), so I have yet to decide what I will wear. Something not too stifling though, because if it is hot now, it’s going to be worse then.

Proclamation Day December 10
Each year, the ACG attend the celebration of the date when Queensland became our own state in 1850s attire. This year is set to be no different. So the crinoline will come out again.

New Year’s Eve December 31
This year, I am again heading to Dracula’s with a few friends, and I want to vamp it up again for the evening. Of course, this will require something new and dazzling.

And that about rounds out my year. It’s not too busy, yet I do have a couple of project in there that I need to complete. I’m planning for success!

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