No excusesΒ 

Yep! 

I have no excuses what so ever! 

2016 has been the slowest year for me so far since I started costuming. 

I could give you plenty of excuses. 

– my dog getting sick in the beginning of the year threw me off. I reduced the number of cons I attended this year to just cons I am working at. And I didn’t dress up. 

– I got lazy. No motivation at all. Just could NOT find it. 

– didn’t want to spend money on costumes. So the options I had were costumes I already had the materials. 

– the little motivation I was able to find got lost pretty quickly every time I got stuck in some part of the costume. 

Alright! Alright! These are not excuses. I’m just whining. 

Lol 

But I did have a lot on my plate this year and every time I was home and had some free time, all I wanted to do was relax and cuddle with my pup! 

And time just freaking FLEW by! And now the year is almost over. 

Thanks to Super Megafest, the only con I attended for fun, I was able to find enough motivation to finish Zarina. 

But first, of course, I got stuck! Lol 

So I sat down to work on the sword. 

I read somewhere that this girl made the sword completely out of worbla scraps. Of course there was no tutorial, but I was like… hey I have worbla. I can do it! 

Yeah? 

Noooooo! 


It started pretty ok I thing! I designed the shape from scratch and there we go! 

😳😳😳😳 

Nope! Didn’t work! Scratch that! 

Try again! 

Nope! 

One more time! 

Nope! 

I got a good looking shape and then I just couldn’t get it smooth 😒

Then I talked to a friend who’s the foam armor master. Got some tips, and tried with just foam! That would be easier to get it smooth right? 

Right! But I wasn’t able to get it in a good shape! 

Garbage! 

I gave up. 

I had ordered a plastic one from a kids costume accessory thingie. It was too small of course but that was better than nothing. 

I cut the Z and added to the “stick” I had made. 

I painted silver and voila. Completely disproportional, but better than nothing. 

Solution for the future? 

Commission a 3D print of it! 


After painting the skirt and having the pieces laying around my living room for. I this I finally sewed it together. 

That was the last piece that needed to be sewn. 


At this point I was running against time. 

The con was a week away and because I had been stuck with the sword, I still had quite a few details to make! 

The earring and bracelet were easy and quick but the earrings are missing 2 blue beads each. I just couldn’t find beads that were a good size but had a large hole to actually got through the earrings. Oh well. 

They will be mostly hidden under my hair anyways. 

Oh and that’s another reason why I’m not getting the ears. 

No one will see them anyways. 


I had decided to make the belt out of pieces of wood and use 3D puffy paint for the details. 

Well first attempt didn’t work. I made the mistake of covering the pieces of wood with gesso and sanded the crap out of it. 

But still didn’t get it smooth enough! 😦 

Then I did it again. No gesso. Just sanded the wood, covered with shlac and AWESOME! 

I painted first then added the details. The 3D paint dried to match the spray paint perfectly. πŸ™‚ yey so happy. 

I had to wait for the 3D paint to dry really well tho. It kept glueing to the pieces wherever they touched. 


And with almost everything done and out of the way I got the wings out ready to give it the last details. 

Omg can I tell you how much I wanted to cry????? 

The wings wouldn’t stay up! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Omg 😲 Just wanted to die. 

SMF was 3 days away and my wings weren’t working. 

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I knew exactly where the problem was so I sat down to fix it and!!!!! 

Almost chopped my finger off. 

😭😭😭😭😭😭

How to work on a costume when your finger won’t stop bleeding???? 

2 days to go! No finger and no wings. 

HOW CAN YOU BE A FAIRY WITH NO WINGS?????? 

Then just because I wasn’t behind enough, why. It make something else? Sounds good to me! 

Blue pixie dust in a jar coming right up! 

Lol 

If you don’t know the story, Zarina was a Dust Keeper fairy and she leaves Pixi Hollow after a dust mishap and becomes a pirate. She is the captain in Hooks ship actually, intends the make pixie dust to help the pirates do pirate things. She goes back to Pixie hollow and steals the blue dust (what they use to make pixie Dust. The whole movie is basically about the dust that she carries in a bag. How can I not have that????? 

Painting glass with midge podge. 

I couldn’t find the tiny little led lights so I got snowflakes for now. 

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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! 😳