2016 marks the eighth time my husband and I have gone to Dragon Con. My daughter has been going since she was in my belly so this make it her sixth year! We have tried to dress up as many years as possible and the fun has increased since my daughter has been able to choose a theme for our costumes! She wanted to be Storm E Sky this year and I thought it would be great to be Storm’s sister Cloud E Sky. My daughter agreed and we were off! Well, not that fast, but still, we got started. Cloud E is the Lalaloopsy on the left below. More on my husbands Lalaloopsy, Forrest Evergreen, later.
I started with my shirt. Originally, the plan was to sew it from scratch, but time closed in and I realized I didn’t have the skill set to do it that fast. I settled with altering an existing shirt and could only find a long sleeve shirt in the right color.
This shirt was a pleasant surprise! My first knit sewing experience was days earlier when I made Little Bit’s knit tank top for her Storm E costume. I had sewn her top without puckering, but was not as fortunate when making the sleeves short for mine. When the first hemmed sleeve came off the sewing machine the whole stitch line was rippled! I laid it out to look and found that the ripple was uniform.
“Hey, that’s not bad. Makes it look cute!” Now… I would have to sew them both to match. Trying to make sure that I didn’t change how I had sewn the first sleeve, I started on the second. It worked! My shirt ended up with more personality than I expected. Could I do this again? Probably not on purpose! But it looked great!
I had made Little Bit’s skirt using a no sew method and did mine the same way so they would match. I used something like 160 strips of tulle. I didn’t add top short pieces like I did for my daughter’s (Read about it here). Mine was fluffy enough without them. Very fluffy in fact! So much fun! I will do a tutorial on this method soon.
I constructed Storm and Cloud’s bows in the same way as each other, just making hers a little smaller so it wouldn’t take over her head! I think they came out so cute! They did not show in photographs the way I imagined and I will place them on headbands next time. Some reason I only took a picture of Storm’s, but you can see mine in the next picture.
I left Little Bit’s and my wigs till the very last minute. I was distraught at the thought of not being able to make these guys, so I kept putting it off. I did not sleep Friday night of Dragon Con 2016. This will never happen again. I made some freaking awesome wigs, however. They ended up looking fantastic and I will do a tutorial on these, also.
So, let me say that sourcing materials for our costumes was one of the hardest parts. Okay, maybe not the hardest, but it sure tied. There were other hard parts! It took so much time and for the next costumes I will focus on learning how to slim this time down.
Do you have any time saving tips on sourcing material for your costumes/cosplays?
All ears I am. Willing to learn I am.
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