Going so slow

ALL my costumes have been going so slow this year 😦 it’s always one thing or another, and when nothing is happening I’m hit with a excutiating case of laziness. 

It seems I can’t get anything done. 

After getting sick at the end of last year, then getting lazy, then my dog getting sick… And me not doing anything besides stay next to him cuddling when I was home… I completely stopped work on my shadows trooper! 

Then when I was inspired I decided to work on Zarina for Connecticon. 

I did have plenty of time to finish it…. But got busy with working extra hours, events almost every weekend… And just working on it in between. 

Then a full weekend of sewing was ahead of me 2 weeks ago and I got sick again and barely got out of bed. 

😦 

Life does get in the way… One way or another and it sucks! 

😦 

But this past weekend I did work a lot on it. 

Here are some progress pictures. 

I’m using the same pattern I’ve seen people using for Princess Ana’s top. It’s a nice pattern and I like it because it seems to be long enough to not be popping out from under the belt. Some corset patterns are sort of short, no idea why. But this one is great!!! 

I love this fabric too! I got it at Joann’s and honestly I only got it because I had 2 really good coupons, cause this one was way over my budget! 

The fabric was super nice but that meant I had to make my own bias tape! It was sort of a pain cause to actually make it you have to use an iron, and I can’t iron it straight on the fabric! I used a piece of tissue paper and went very slowly to not melt it. 

But looook!!!!!!! It looks soooooooo nice doesn’t it?!? 

Sure, of course, because I rather do everything the slow way, I hand sewed the back of the bias tape just to make sure it was perfect and nice looking! Lining and channels for the boning. I’m using plastic ones on this. I know it’s not the most indicated, but I’m using the steel ones I have left on the new Wonder Woman corset I made. I definitely wear Wonder Woman way more than ANYTHING else I have so it needs a really good upgrade. And honestly I didn’t want to spend money on more steel boning! 

Unfortunately I had to spend more money on the plastic ones lol I thought I had enough but ran out of it. It was already Sunday afternoon… Weekend almost over. 

So I just put the eyelets on the back and was done for the weekend. 

I have a week off coming up so I am hoping I can finish everything. Otherwise Zarina will not show up at Connecticon 😦 

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My favorite moments on Game of Thrones S6E9

Ok! I don’t do this. EVER! 

Mostly this blog is to document my costume progress, mostly for myself than anything else. It is called A CHICK IN COSTUMES, right??? Lol 

But come on!!!! 

Game of Thrones episode 9, Battle of the Bastards was soooooo freaking amazing I have to document my favorite bits! I don’t think I have screamed so much during a tv show!!!! My throat hurt so much after cause I was already sick, and with all the screaming!!!!! 

If you are reading this be aware of spoilers. If you haven’t watched it yet so NOT read! 

You have been warned!!!! 
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10 – 


I do recognize that to a lot of people this must be a silly moment but it was one of my favorites. 

On season 5 when Drogon comes to the fighting pit to protect and rescue Daenerys he seemed mad at her. I don’t know! That was the feeling I had. Remember how he literally yelled at her face???? Someone once told me that in the book (I haven’t read it) he actually burned her. I’m glad they didn’t do that in the show, keeping her the UNBURNT! But this season, this episode he seemed so gentle with her! Look how he landed next to her! Such a huge beast but able to do it so gently next to his momma! And how he placed his wing next to her to let her climb up! I wonder if this behavior now is because she isn’t just his mother, now she is also his rider! She wasn’t before!

Anyways! I absolutely loved this moment! 

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I didn’t find a picture yet for my moment number 9! It was when Tyrion was trying to explain the situation of Meeren to Daenerys. It was so funny! 

Peter Dinklage is definitely one of my favorite actors. He is amazing! Tyrion has been one of my favorite characters since season 1! I love his wits and how he always has something interesting to say! And I also love those little light moments in the show that are funny! So there! Moment 9, thanks to Mr Dinklage amazing acting skills, and Tyrion! Cause he is awesome! 

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Seriously! Only Grey Worm could make slashing the ghost of 2 men something so sexy! Lol
Did you see that move???? Perfect! Like a dance! Then he adjusts his vest!!! Lol how awesome!?!

I also really liked that they finished off the 2 guys who turned into the 3rd. and I’ll confess! That guy in the left of the picture, sorry I don’t know his name, but he called Dany a “begger queen”. I hate him! It was time for him to go! 

7.


WHAT????? 

That was awesome! Yara Greyjoy and Daenerys Targeryen!!!!!!! What a great exchange! 

I do hate tho, that people in general turn everything into something sexual and then ship everyone! (Come on can we all move on from this ridiculous shipping shit? It’s stupid!) it just feels to me to take the real value of this! 

It was sexual! It was powerful! Sure they were flirting! But not because they were sexually attracted to each other. It was the powerful female leader that each one of them saw in each other that made them actually like and respect one another from the get go. 

Yara was SMART! Her come backs to Dany’s questions were perfect and Dany saw that! She is strong, she is a leader and she is also a warrior! She wants to rule in a world where men don’t give women a shit and Dany admires that. 

Can’t people admire each other without being always sexually attracted?!? Geez! 

Lol 

6.


WHO IS THIS GIRL??????? 

She is amazing!!!!! She didn’t even talk here but that face!!!!! 

I’m calling her The little bear lady!!!! 

Love her to pieces! 

She already rocked the world when Jon and Sansa went to talk to her! 

And I was absolutely surprised that she went to the battle field. I know the lords that joined jon’s fight would, but it never crossed my mind SHE would. 

It just shows her strength and integrity and maturity. She is a girl. And she is 10 years old. But that doesn’t care either for her or all her 62 men. It’s her people and it’s her duty so she was there. 

And the face! That was exactly when Ramsay was saying he would forgive those lords of treason if Jon declared him lord of winterfell. 

It’s almost like, yeah Jon, Sansa and Ser Davos told her about this asshole but now she can see with her own eyes! And there’s the face! Lol 

5.


This wasn’t like… My favorite moment, but I had to add because it got me screaming like a crazy person. 

This for me is good television. Cause let’s face it: there was no hopes for poor Rickon. I was even surprised that he was still alive. Even before Sansa herself recognized they wouldn’t be able to save him I already knew it. 

I’m sure the producers of the show also knew fans who read or didn’t read the books knew rickon was on his last moments. So what could they do to still put the audience at the edge of their seats, even though we know what’s coming?? Cutting the scene to dark and saying see ya next year like another show did???????? 

Nah! GoT got smart people working on the show and not stupid people with a bad material that need manipulate the audience to keep their ratings! Nah!!!!lol

That scene was insane. Even knowing that Eickon was going to die, that Ramsay was missing on purpose I was freaking! ZIG ZAG RICKON ZIG ZAG DAMN IT!!!! 

And Jon on the other side! Falling into Ramsay’s trap like Sansa told him not to! I didn’t know if I screamed GO FASTER, or ITS A TRAP!!!!!!!! 

How Ramsay brought Jon into his (and his men) line of fire!bhoe he manipulated the whole game so Rickon basically died at Jon’s feet. 😦 It was a trap and Snow fell for it 😦 

This moment is here not because I liked seeing Ramsay playing with rickon and Jon, or because I liked that poor (not so)little rickon died so brutally. 

It’s here because it was great television! 

4.


Ser Davos and Tormund. How awesome was their conversation. 2 great men so different but very similar at the same time. 

And this is one of the reasons I love this show! Even small conversations are so great and so deep and so amazing! 

I just loved the conversation and almost peed my pants laughing when Tormund said “happy shitting” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

3.


This isn’t exactly the scene I loved, it was when they dropped the boltons banner and then came the Starks! But I couldn’t find that exact moment online! 

Wow! 

I got goose bumps! I cried. It’s been soooo sooo darn long! 

Finally since season one Starks are finally back in winterfell. It was sort of the same feeling I had when Sansa and Jon saw each other. 

If you go back to the very beginning and think wow! It’s been soooooo long!!!! Sure every thing changed! Most of their family members are all but dead… But they are back HOME! And seeing the Starks banner on the walls?!? It was sooo amazing! 

Now honestly I cannot wait until next week’s episode when they finally change the boltons sigil to the Starks in the opening credits. ❀️

2.

I am not a violent person! 
I can’t kill a fly to be honest! I get sick when I see anyone getting hurt, that being from a fight or an accident and I’m not exaggerating. 

But here!!!!! I couldn’t stop screaming to Jon to hit him more MORE MORE MORE! I didn’t want him to kill him. I wanted him to save it for Sansa, but I wanted Jon to beat him! For rickon, for the red wedding, even for the Starks that died (or he thinks are dead) not by the boltons hand! I wanted Jon to beat Ramsay for what he did to Sansa! And even beat him up for all the things he did that Jon doesn’t know but I do: his stepmother and the baby, even Theon… MORE MORE MORE. 

I scared myself. Because even though I knew Jon stopped because otherwise he would have killed him I still wanted more. 

I don’t think I have hated a fictitional character so much as I hated Ramsay. 

He was great for tv, don’t get me wrong. But it was time to go! 

1.


Talk about a show not being afraid to give to the fans what they want!?!? 

Most satisfactory moment in television EVER! 

I kind of forgot for a while what it meant to be a fan of a show and not be pissed all the time with the stupid decisions characters make, stupid empty writing! 

There’s nothing of that on game of thrones and it feels so good! Lol 

There was no better way for this character to go! 

Nope! This WAS PERFECT! 

The whole scene was peefect. The conversation was perfect! 

Ramsay’s face when it finally hit him that he was going to be eaten by his hounds….. Was freaking perfect!!!!!!!! 

It was violent and awful in that sense but I was like aaahhhhhh there! 

I mean! Ramsay was a great villain! And great villains deserve great awful deaths! 

So there you have it Ramsay Bolton! And even more satisfactory to know HOUSE BOLTON and their awful sigil died with him. 

Goodbye Ramsay. 

πŸ™‚ 

A failure :(

Last night I sat down to finish up the wings! I thought I had read enough tutorials online, I had gathered all the materials and was more than ready! 

Yeah! Sure! 

First, when I went to buy the film (again!! cause I had already bought the wrong one) I was staring at them at the store and had to open a little bit of the package in one to take a peek of the color of it. 

Of all tutorials I’ve read people forgot to mention the color. 

Yeah! Because in my ignorance I thought that iridescent meant this nice effect on a clear film. 

WRONG! 

Iridescent film has MANY colors. 

This one is called OPAL! 

So I got the opal film and went back home all happy and ready. I set everything down. I cut a larger piece of film for the wing section because when I tried ironing a small section of film it seemed to shrink a bit. So to be safe, I cut a larger one. 

Make a sandwich: film on the bottom, wing base in the middle and film on top! 


What tutorials don’t mention either is that you should turn off the steam in your iron.

My iron is a bit of a pain. It doesn’t have a button to turn off the steam. I have to take the water off! (Quite a pain in the a$$ when I’m working with fabrics that I need to alternate steam and no steam.) 

So my first attempt, with steam on, the 2 sheets of film didn’t quite adhere to each other! 

I dumped the water and tried again! 

You know how it goes! Don’t iron straight onto the film. It will melt all over your iron! 😱

Use a piece of fabric. 


Tutorials I read also failed to mention that it will take some time. But you have to be careful. Because if you leave it for too long it will melt. 

It’s a lot of guessing game! 


Also, I thought that using 2 sheets of the film intesified the color a lot! 

In this last picture I wasn’t sure if it was the lighting in my apartment or what! But it looked way too pink for my taste! 

I kind of wondered if I should use one opal and one clear. It would probably help minimize this pink! 

But I stuck with what I had learned from the tutorials. 


Some tutorials I read people used the iron again on the edges. Some used a heat gun. 

I tried the iron and it didn’t work very well. It was taking too long. 

So I tried the heat gun. My faster but still not quite. 

Also I learned the hard way, that you have to keep the heat gun moving constantly. If it stays on the same spot on the film for too long it kind of changes the color of it, and takes the shine away.  

I didn’t photographed the end results. Because it looked awful! 😭 

I think the frame for the wings came out beautifully. Much better than I ever imagined I’d be able to do for my first time working with wires and soldering. 

So it was so frustrating to see it looking so awful with the films on 😭😭 

I’m B didn’t even want to look at it. 

So I put it away and went to sleep! 

This morning when I woke up I just tore the film off of it! It looked even worse in the morning light! 😟 

I’m going to try something different now. 

I also think I’m going to paint the frame silver. Like a shinier silver, to make stand a bit more through the film. 

I’m also going to try the opal and the clear films together. Hopefully it will look lighter and more delicate!!! 

I have a little less than 2 months now. It shouldn’t be a problem but I’ve been so lazy with costumes lately that I KNOW if I’m not careful I won’t finish it in time. 

And I still have t figured out how I’m gonna make the sword! 😳

Wings people! WINGS

So I kind of lied! 

Kind of! 

Lol 

My next step on My Zarina wasn’t drafting the skirt, but working on the wings. 

I’m just too excited about these wings because like I said, I love working on things I’ve  never done before. 

I decided to make the wings with wire instead of poster board for the frame. As much as I think the ones with paper are super pretty and well done, I wanted to do it with wire. 

Last year when i started gathering materials for this I ended up buying wire 16! I always get confused with the Gauge of wire. The highest the thinner right?!? 

So i don’t know! I bought it on amazon when I got the film for it as well. When it arrived I realized it was too thick. It would make some pretty sturdy wings but!!!! It would be way too hard to work on! 😦 

I ended up “archiving” that project for a few months until a couple of weeks ago when I went to Walmart and saw the wires! 

This time around I could touch it and bend it and decide for myself what gauge would be better.

I got 18. I’ve seen some tutorials out there with 18 for the outer frame and 20 for the inside details. But I figured 18 was just fine. 

I got a solder thingie too. 

I’ve never used that thing before. 

I got a simple, craft one from Michaels. It comes with 2 tips, the thingie to melt, and some cooper thingie they use for glass thingies! 

(COME ON PEOPLE!!! Aren’t you super impressed with my vast knowledge of THINGIE terms????? Lol sorry. I honestly don’t remember the names of all those “thingies” lol I’m still learning!!!!) 

Even tho it’s like a simple one just for craft I think it’s perfect for what I need!!!! 

I got a big cardboard trifold because I just didn’t have a big piece laying around 😦 had to buy it! 

But, important tip here!!! Transferring your design to the cardboard is the best. Gives a nice, flat and sturdy surface to work the wire on! 

I read lots of tutorials about making wings. And I watched many YouTube videos about how to solder, and yesterday I decided I was ready!!!! 

I taped the wire down as I shaped it. There’s no way in heavens and earth that I could do this without taping it down. 

And then I soldered it almost every time I put a piece down. Unless they were many smaller pieces. 

Then I lay them all in place and taped them, then I soldered them. 


I have to say! The whole process was much easier than I thought. And a lot of fun to make it as well. 

I did burn my fingers a lot. But that’s because I’m stupid. Like, this is the easiest way to teach dumb people about heat conduction. Seriously! 

It isn’t even that I don’t know about it…. But still, dumb brain is forgetful and I would just touch the damn wire anyways. Lol 

By the end of one side of the wings I just literally could NOT stand the pain on my fingers. πŸ˜” 


I am so so happy with how it turned out! Definitely much much better than I expected for my first try. 

I will probably solder a bit on the other side as well, just to make sure it’s really good. 

To tell you the truth I don’t know if it needs it or if it will actually make it better, but in my mind, my crazy logic, it makes sense. 

Lol 

With my new crazy schedule at work, troops almost every weekend, and my dog still acting a bit weird from time to time, I’m not quite sure when I’m going to find time to get back to this. But I hope it will be soon! 

Wow!

It’s been 6 months already?!? Damn! 
Time is just going to fast! And my lack of updates in this blog kind of have a good reason! 

Kind of! 

This year started well! New Legion costume project!!!! SHADOW TROOPER! 

I’ve been wanting to do another 501st armor costume for quite some time, but I just couldn’t make up my mind. 

At the end of last year I finally did!!! 

Got my kit as a Xmas gift for myself and started the year right!!!!!! 

But then I took a break! I was doing so well and going so fast and then I lost my motivation somewhere over there.  
Listen! I have to drill 2 holes into that pretty helmet of mine and I’m freaking out. So I just stopped everything! 

And then! My dog got sick. 😦

What a nightmare. All I did was take care of him and cry. 

Costumes were definitely NOT my priority. 


He got better! Thank God! But I still haven’t found the motivation I need! 

😦 

I’m trying. 

Doing some scout work here and there and some fairy designs so I can get started on Zarina! Especially now that I found a tinkerbell!!!! ☺️ (my friend Brie) 


The wings were not as hard to draw but I have to confess. I couldn’t find a clear picture of zarina’s wings. As you know fairy wings are unique. Like… Fingerprints of sorts (although periwinkle and Tinkerbell have the same – they are sisters) so it is very important for me to get zarina’s wings right and not just use a generic one. 

I looked everywhere. Couldn’t find it. 

I didn’t watch the movie again! Maybe I could find more details there and screen cap it or something. 

Oh well. 

The only place I could find some details was on pictures of Zarina’s doll! 

Still not very good but it was the best I could find. 

Another thing I don’t understand when I see fairy cosplayers out there is the size of the wings. 

They are usually very small, but I wanted to make them proportional for my size. You know what I mean! 
For example. Look at her wings. 

See how much they go above her head? 

That’s how I want it on me! That much above my head! Proportional to my size!!!! So yeah! They will be big wings. When I drew them larger the actual design inside changed a bit. It was much easier to follow her patterns inside the longer wings! 

I’m excited to make them and the design came out looking ok. 

It’s the first time I make wings like that! And I love making things for the first time. 

πŸ™‚ 


She also has that design on her skirt. 

I stared at it forever trying to understand it so I could replicate it. 

Omg 😳😳😳😳

Thank you VERY MUCH Christin Siriano! 😳 damn! 

I stared at that thing for days. FOR REALS! 

I finally got it. I THINK! 

I won’t show it now! Just when it’s done cause I think painted in the right colors will make it look even better. 
Next step is drafting the skirt. I’ve seen many costumes out there. Great ones. But none of them reflect the way the skirt actually is on the movie. Even Sirianos life size costume they had on exhibition somewhere! The skirt is nowhere even close to the one in the movie. 

Does it mean it’s impossible to make it like that?????? 

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!! 

Lol 

I hope to have Zarina ready for Hartford ComiCONN. 

Fingers crossed!!!! 

Snowmaggedom may not stop the fun!Β 

SERIOUSLY!!!!!! 

It just doesn’t! 

People were asking:

“Are you still going to walker stalker? It’s gonna snow you know?” 

Yep! I know! It’s January and we live in New England! So yeah! I know it’s gonna snow! 

But!!!!!! It wasn’t snowing on our day there! 

Storm was supposed to be done and over with way before it was time to get back! So why worry about snow while we are all nice and cozy at a hotel????? 

And why oh why would I EVER miss some WSC fun? 

So yep! We made our way to NJ! Ready for the con! And KIND of ready to the storm! 

Ok! I’m not gonna lie! I wasn’t actually expecting that! 

It started like this! 


That was Friday night! Not bad right?!? 

But the governor of NY and NJ basically shit down both cities and the con had no choice but to cancel Saturday! 

What?!? 

But don’t you think we didn’t have fun! Cause by Saturday morning we were UNDER the snowmaggedom of 2016!!!! 


There was a mild lobby con… Mostly vendors that didn’t want to lose too much money over the weekend, but lots of costume! And drinks! 

If the bartender could keep up! 

Hahahah 

But regardless there were plenty of drunk people causing trouble!!!! 

Me?!? Well. Me and my friends got bored and decided to face the snowmaggedom and walk to Walmart! 


I had snowboots! Fancy ones! Xmas gift from my boss! But all I had on were leggings! 


There was snow! And ice! And wind! 

And at some areas snow was up to my knees! It was hard to walk no doubt but sometimes, to be honest, it was hard to walk because we couldn’t stop laughing! Hahahah 

When we finally got to Walmart (the only store opened around there) I couldn’t even feel my legs. Hahah my toes were toasty but I ran my fingers on my thighs and nope! Couldn’t feel a thing! 😳 

We prob walk inside Walmart for an hour just to warm up and stop shaking! 

We prob spent 3 hours there. And best of all!!! I found pink snow pants for 10 bucks!!!! (Size 14!!!!! Hahahah) 

We wanted some snow toys as well but they were all sold out! 

Back to the hotel we got bored again! This is what we watched! 

They plowed that thing the whole day! Never stopped! Never let accumulate. (I guess it wouldn’t sustain the weight of that much snow) 

So we went outside and played on the snow!!!!! 


The con was on and I got to work with Peter Pan!!!!! 


And always nice to see that more and more cosplayers are venturing outside the walking dead theme when they dress up for WSC! 

Well! Ok technically!!!!! 

IT WAS HEROES AND VILLAINS!!!! Lol 

But it’s the same family!!!!! 


This was definitely a weekend that we will all remember forever!!!!!!! 

Wrapping up with SMF

As always my last costuming convention of the year is Super MegaFest! 

And also as always the BEST way to end the year:with friends having so much fun, mildly intoxixated of course lol 

SMF is that con that I go because of friends! I mean! All of them I honestly go because of the friends I’m gonna see there, but it seems SMF is always more about the people than the celebrities or panels or whatever. 

And like every year SMF debt disappoint. So much fun was had! And I am glad to say that now we don’t need to wait until November for another one. Spring SMF will happen again next year!!! Yeeeey 

I didn’t take too many pictures but I did have a photo shoot with Stolen Soul Photography!!!!! 

   
    
   
I know ibwasborettyvlzy this year about costumes and stuff. I started a bunch and didn’t finish ANY! So I cannot believe that this SUPER LAST MINUTE one came out so awesome!!!! 

I will try to do better next year with the costumes. I am reimagining my tiny sewing corner again because I know it’s the clutter and the mess that takes all my motivation away from me. 

😦 

It’s so hard to organize so much stuff (fabrics and costumes) in such a tiny space (my apartment) and the mess just annoys me so much, I can’t sit down to sew! 

Not an excuse. Just reality! 

Anyways…

As I wrap up the costuming con year I get ready for the very very very last con for me! Walker Stalker NJ/NY!!! The last volunteering one. 

Super excited to see my other con family and end the year with a nice BANG!!!!!