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Getting ready for a Labor Day phoooooto shooooot! [Sep. 3rd, 2011|02:33 pm]
Aya Blue
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Hey all, (x-posted at Cosplay LJ group)

I'm looking for makeup ideas. All of my cosplay photos have been looking pretty similar lately and I need to shake things up. I usually do a cat eye, fake lashes, and bold red lips, basically an uber-version of my regular makeup. I watch makeup tutorials all the time, and nothing is catching my eye...

My cosplay is an interpretation of this guy: Photobucket
It's a pretty glam-y getup, red capelet, knee high platform boots, simple fitted dress, ENORMOUS pimp hat, red contacts, white wig. I have a few "taken in the bathroom" head shots:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=63752385375&set=a.459840940375.246510.504550375&type=1&theater

Annnnd, to make matters worse (for those that are actually still reading), I've used this wig and red contacts in another red and white cosplay photoshoot (forgive me, I'm poor, and love red and white):

http://s274.photobucket.com/albums/jj261/AyaBlue/?action=view¤t=i-ppVDGvX-M.jpg

So I'd really like to avoid that awesome drag queen look again. Any suggestions will be considered and are *very* appreciated. Thank you =^_^=
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Fyeah Seamstress Tiger [Aug. 28th, 2011|03:07 am]
Aya Blue
I'm trying to post something sewing related at least once a month, since I still love LJ even though the rest of the world seems to have moved on. Anywhoo, natastic sent me a link to the best meme ever:

http://fyeahseamstresstiger.tumblr.com/

I poured over every page and found it interesting that I fit some sewing trends (oblivious to most pain incurred while sewing, procrastination) but not others (I don't lose my shears, and I don't hoard fabric). I think I need to make one about how my dressform's bust is ... not my bust. Here are my top nine, in convenient poster form!
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Petticoats - Care and Keeping [Jul. 13th, 2011|11:32 am]
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There's lots of info on the web about how to care for your petticoat, but I thought I would write to the specific manufacturer of mine to see what they had to say. I got a friendly, thorough, and quick response that I thought I would share:

Hi, Amanda,
I'm happy you are pleased with our products!
To care for your Chiffon Petticoat you should hand wash in warm water...NO BLEACH!
Lay flat to dry...do not hang it up.
It will not wrinkle, and drying this way helps it retain it's bounce and fluffiness.
I hope this helps...
Enjoy!
Sharon Vandergriff

This was regarding a Malco Modes 582, a VERY fluffy petti that is commonly used (and modified) by the lolita community. So there it is, straight from the manufacturer.
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Adventures in Sewing Machine Repair [Jun. 13th, 2011|05:00 pm]
Aya Blue
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[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

I thought I would share my tale of sewing machine struggles in case it helps anyone else. Info on this particular problem is scarce on the 'net and took me hours of research to figure out. The story has a happy ending.

Short story: If your bobbin case is really loose in the shuttle, check your bobbin case tension. If that's good, check your bobbin case stopper. This is for a top loading machine.

Long story:
So.. a month or so ago, my sewing machine imploded. It has a top loading, drop-in bobbin configuration (Singer 2662) and the bobbin case, not just the bobbin, but the whole case, lifted violently out of place and came crashing through the needle plate. It had happened before but never to this extreme. I took all the pieces out, put them back in, and continued sewing. In the past that always worked but not this time. So I replaced my needle, rethreaded my machine, checked upper and lower tensions, cleaned everything out, did everything you're supposed to do, but still no-go. I'd get about three crummy stitches and then the bobbin case would dislodge itself.

Now this machine has gotten about seven years of regular use, and I was ready to upgrade, so I got a nifty new Janome at this point. I still wanted to try to fix this machine to have a back-up and for friends to use. It's also kind of a family member and I wanted to give it my best shot before I pitched it or paid a fortune at the repair shop.

So I did a bunch of test sewing, and lifted up the fabric so I could see what was happening through the clear cover plate. The bobbin case would lurch around with each stitch before permanently dislodging itself. I double checked the bottom tension but that didn't make a difference. Then I spent hours looking up possible solutions before I found something about a "bobbin case stopper".

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When I investigated mine it looked like it could be out of position. I also noticed that my poor bobbin case had been beaten to pulp by the needle

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but I didn't think that was my current problem. In the process of removing the TEENY TINY stopper screw I dropped it in to the machine. At least, I thought I dropped it in to the machine. I started the process of disassembling everything. I've taken a few cover pieces off over the years, but never to this extent. I removed the bottom, hoping the screw would fall out. It didn't but I did get to see seven years worth of fiber, broken needle tips, and two whole pins.

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I cleaned everything thoroughly, and kept removing parts until the whole machine was as stripped as I could get it.

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Still no screw, but incredibly educational. And greasy. I kept thinking "No disassemble Johnny 5." At this point I decided to check the floor for the third time and found this

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under my sewing desk. STUPIDTINY. I'm not sure if it fell out during the disassembly or if it had been there all along, but whatever.
I realigned the three pieces that comprise the bobbin case stopper, and replaced the screw with a lot of difficulty. Put everything back together, threaded it up and... what's that?

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That's a working machine, good tension and everything. And what's that??

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Three leftover screws from the machine that I can't figure out where they go. They're probably not important, right?
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Puckered Hem Problems! [May. 2nd, 2011|11:52 pm]
Aya Blue
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Hello everyone! Question for the sewing folks (cross-posted everywhere):

I was hoping to get some hemming advice. My skirt's hem keeps puckering. I've tried all the tension settings on my machine and tried light and medium fabric needles. When I press it, it lays down beautifully, but as soon as I start to stitch it puckers. The hem is double folded, and it's a half inch wide (for one inch of fabric total). The fabric is pretty cheap cotton, and I wonder if it is just too light. I've tried starching and adding Stitch Witchery, which is what is currently holding it together. Stitching over the Stitch Witchery resulted in puckers - less than before, but they are still present.

I cut a piece of scrap fabric that was perfectly square and tried to hem it. It puckered just like the skirt, so I'm assuming it is not a bias issue.

I plan to eventually sell this costume so I need to top stitch the hem. [i]Hand stitching isn't an option. I know I can also use bias tape to finish the edge but I'd rather not.[/i]

The only thing left I can think of is to use a stabilizer. I've only ever used them for embroidery (the water soluble kind) so I'm not sure if it's appropriate for this situation. I thought a narrower hem might also help - maybe an inch of fabric is too much?

Tl;dr! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I've exhausted all of my options that don't cost me any extra cash. Thanks!

Update: I ended up stretching the hem as I topstitched it. Worked fairly well. Not 100% perfect, but pretty close, and it took about 10 minutes instead of three hours.
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CostumeCon Report [Jul. 5th, 2010|08:01 pm]
Aya Blue
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[Current Location |Sun porch]

Costume-Con report time!

Quick summary: If I could only go to one convention for the rest of my life, this would be the one! This was our first year at CC, so hopefully this will be helpful for other noobies next year.

Lots of details and a few pics under the cutCollapse )
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Cosplay Meme [Jul. 2nd, 2010|07:06 pm]
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This was fun! I've forgotten about so many costumes I've made! O_O
Stolen from lunaladyoflight and paginapaige

Strangely, so many of these were from my very first costume in 2002.

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Meme under the cut!Collapse )

YOUR TOTAL PERCENTAGE: 80 out of 100
Happily, my next costume will take care of a few of the missing ones ^_^
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Oh, what a niiiight. [Jun. 15th, 2010|01:47 am]
Aya Blue
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I have had the strangest evening. I feel all jittery and am hoping that writing this down will help.

First and foremost, I was watching the new episode Mystery Diagnosis when what I've been waiting for finally happened: Someone has what I might have. And not only that, but she and her doctor are from Perrysburg! O_O

(Backstory: I have an undiagnosed disease that has put me in to anaphylactic shock (and into the hospital) numerous times. Even after years of testing no one has been able to determine a cause. And Perrysburg is about 10 minutes from my house. The coincidence is amazing.)

So I'm going to call the doc tomorrow morning and send over all my medical records. Even if it is untreatable, it would be fantastic to get a diagnosis.

That was the biggest thing. Then, while doing research online, I heard that Touchdown Jesus was struck by lightning and proceeded to burn completely away.



That is the steel skeleton that was leftover. I drove past that obscene statue every trip to and from Cincinnati. I'll miss him.

Next, someone shared this video of a Disney Star War's dance-off. Its a new one, not the same one that made the rounds a few months ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RdB0aCQ2RQ
There is a joke in there that I thought was piss-your-pants funny, but only if you're a big SW fan. Great costuming, too.

Lastly, go to www.newsweek.com then press up up down down left right left right B A enter. Seriously, you don't want to miss this.

I am off to kill gargoyles in Fable 2!
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Moo [May. 23rd, 2010|06:24 pm]
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Costume-Con! [Apr. 23rd, 2010|03:57 pm]
Aya Blue
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Looking for roomies!

Natalie and I are going to Costume-Con, and we are looking for another one or two people to join us to lower costs. We are arriving late Thursday and leaving Sunday.

Here's the website: http://www.cc28.org/

Let me know if you are interested ^_^
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