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Tardis Nail Wraps

These are my first attempt at some Whovian nails and I’m so freaking excited!! These wraps are made from vinyl and they’re heat and pressure set. Non-toxic, made in America, not tested on animals and cheaper and faster than a trip to the nail salon and TARDIS nails, come on?!

I’ve set these up so that you can do a full set of nails with a TARDIS on every nail, or you can mix and match blue swirls and TARDIS. These sheets will do up to 4 sets of nails (fingers or toes)! I’ll be placing an order on Monday, 9/23/13 (and other orders as interest is there). I can’t post prices online or list this in my Etsy shop, so anyone who’s interested in a set, message me and I’ll give you pricing and details!

I just started selling nail wraps for Jamberry Nails. Their catalog has over 350 designs but how could I possibly say no to their Nail Art Studio where I can design my own! They haven’t yet enabled their website to display the custom wraps so you can only find my special designs by contacting me personally.

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The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle, the author of the book and screenplay for the Last Unicorn, has remastered the movie classic and is re-releasing it. He has been traveling across the country going to showings of the film, doing question and answer sessions and book signings.

 

I was ECSTATIC to find out he was coming to the Lyric Cinema Cafe here in Fort Collins, CO. To make the most of the occasion I grabbed my copy of the Last Unicorn book (my movie is MIA… I must have loaned it to someone permanently) and a friend of mine suggested that I paint a picture on the new ACEO sized (2.5 inch x 3.5 inch) water color paper that I’ve been itching to use!

I took some progress photos- starting with the pencil drawing and a few ink lines, then the water color wash and the final piece that has colored pencil details laid in over the water color.

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So Who’s the New Doctor?

I am a huge fan of the BBC television series Dr. Who and my favorite Doctor is played by David Tennant in his 10th regeneration. 431968_662584817102024_1998976684_nThere’s a big trend at the various costumed conventions for women to dress up as the TARDIS. Don’t get me wrong, I love the TARDIS, but I have two main objections for me personally. 1) The TARDIS at one point actually IS a woman and she looks nothing like her usual blue police box form and 2) I see red with rage when rude people think they’re funny by cracking jokes about ‘bigger on the inside’ with the implication that the girl is overweight or promiscuous. Naturally, I’d rather be the Doctor than a silly old box (awesome spaceship traveling through time and space). This project had been brewing in the back of my mind for several months. I was expecting to draft patterns for all the garment pieces- a fairly time consuming endeavor. Because of that, it wasn’t really in my queue for current projects. Until the Universe clubbed me over the head and said, “YOU WILL MAKE THIS NOW!”. I found this pattern from Simplicity that was very nearly what I had imagined for my Doctor. “Ok,” I said, “I’ll just buy this pattern and save it for later”. Then I thought I’d do a little browsing online for fabric availability and pricing. And found the perfect fabrics in the same online shop, on clearance. Yeah, wool suiting for $2.30 a yard! At this point it was 10 days before Denver Comic Con and the fabric was going to take about 5 days to get to me. Challenge accepted Universe!

I modified the neckline and added lapels and I extended the front panels so that I could make mine double breasted. I also did away with the ruffles at the cuffs and neckline. The coats pictured on the pattern envelope do not appear to be lined but the pattern directions call for lining. If you choose to work with this pattern, be forewarned, you will need to do a lot of pressing and top stitching that isn’t called for in the instructions if you want the opening edge of the coat to lay smoothly with lining!

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Here you can see my in-progress picture where I’m checking fit before adding lining and sleeves.

Ultimately, I left my sleeves unlined and only lined the main body of the jacket. It would have been too constrictive to go over my shirt sleeves and WAY too warm for the Denver Comic Con convention where I planned to wear it. I LOVE that it has two big pockets. These worked perfectly to hold my sonic screwdriver, a small mirror, my red lipstick and some business cards.

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Of course, I had to have the perfect footwear! I hunted around for ages because I really wanted some wedge sneakers to play up the feminine spin on the character of the Doctor. Normally I hate the things but for this one application they seemed perfect. Couldn’t find the color and details I wanted. I got close but they would have been shipping from Korea and would never make it in time. Found these oatmeal Chuck Taylor Converse shoes in Kohl’s online shop and got to use a coupon for ‘em. My postman arrived early and… they’d sent me the wrong shoes! Instead of my Chucks I had these flowered leather flip flops in a size 5.5 (because Chucks have to be ordered 2 sizes smaller than you usually wear). Customer service came to my rescue and I received the correct shoes the day before the event! But I wasn’t stressed or anything. *ahem*  Really.

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Here you get a front and back view of the coat as things start really coming together. Haha, of course I never work on just one project at a time and my dress form is in high demand so that lump sticking out is a belly dance costume in the midst of repair.

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Here’s a teaser picture of my pin striped bodice. I ended up with the perfect lining fabric in my stash for the bodice and the coat. I used the stitch-through, featherweight boning on the bodice just to give it a little more shape. The directions in the pattern tell you to stitch the boning to the outer fabric. I rebelled and stitched it to my lining so that I wouldn’t ruin the pin stripes. I wish that it had occurred to me to hand sew my decorative buttons before I attached the lining. As it was, I got to try to hand stitch on top of boning and it was a major pain.

And here’s how it all came together!

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I obviously couldn’t spike my hair into mass chaos a la David. I wanted something big and showy and yet undeniably feminine. Pinup obsession to the rescue! I did some rolls and a tail for my hair and red RED lips along with my glasses that look remarkably similar to the ones David sports. I chose a super fancy tie knot- again, because I’m a girl and I should get to be fancy! A friend of mine in a crafting group made these great TARDIS earrings from Shrinky Dink (remember that stuff 80’s children?).

And just for fun (wait, wasn’t this all amazingly fun?!), here are some pictures from the Denver Comic Con with some of my new Whovian friends!

Alyssa Rose as the TARDIS, another adorable girl as the TARDIS (didn’t catch her name unfortunately) and Canyon Boak as a rather dashing 10th Doctor. We had so much fun nerding out over costume details. He actually had his suit and overcoat built for him to be screen accurate! Please note the matching shoes. *wink*

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Leather Ear Tips are the Current Costume Craze

White wing leather costume ear tips
Valkyrie, Thor God of Thunder, Men of Gondor, Cupid- so many options!

 

Red Lionfish leather costume earsAntelope Horns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite thing of all time is getting the chance to be inspired by a new medium. I’ve recently been introduced to the awesomeness that is sculpted leather and I may have lost my mind! These examples of my latest musings are all made from vegetable tanned leather that has been sculpted and tooled and painted with acrylic. They’re light weight, reasonably easy to customize for size and the possible variations in color and shape are nearly endless!

 

 

Construction Notes from My Mord’Sith Costume

Well friends I have finally gotten up the courage to make my first how-to video :) I had a few friends who were asking me how I did my hair for my Mord’Sith costume so I thought I’d share my method. Other methods that I had read about required the use of two synthetic braids but this method only requires one. I wore it when I went out dancing and not a hair came out of place! Please feel free to ask questions, ask for more how-to’s or leave constructive comments! I’m aware that the camera view is not always perfect- sorry about that! Dratted learning curve…

The patterns for the armor are available from our Night Lily Design shop on Craftsy.com WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS here:

Gorget Being Covered
Heavy interfacing cut out to match the pattern and glued to faux leather

 

Faux leather wrapped around the edges of heavy interfacing and stitched down with a decorative quilting stitch reminiscent of the leather tooling used on the Legend of the Seeker TV show costume
Decorative stitching shown from the top side

 

The waist-cincher armor in progress. You can see the slits cut in the ‘leather’ for the straps to pass through.
The buckles I ordered came in with two different metals so I sprayed them all gold to match.
Neck armor showing lacing with waxed sinew

The gorget neck piece laced up and ready for snapped tabs as closure. Note, this is different from the TV version which has more boot hook quick laces on the side back piece. Those hooks are reported to snag the braid horribly not to mention how tricky it sounds to lace the piece on by myself with the hooks in back… I have chosen to make it look like the whole thing is laced on and have hidden snaps actually holding the piece together at the side front panel.

Custom set boot laces purchased from a
leather store so that I didn’t have to buy a boot lace setter $$$ 

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