Cartoons!

Mar. 24th, 2009 10:59 am
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Me as Sally (from Nightmare Before Christmas) and my man as Mr. Natural (an R Crumb character, if you're not familiar).

  

The back view really is the best photo I got, 'cause as usual, I didn't take photos until just before bed - but that's mostly because certain early people showed up early and I didn't have time.  ;)

more photos and construction details )

The best thing about both of these was that both characters had a general aura of crappiness, so my repros could be crappy, too.

Spring!

Mar. 16th, 2009 11:00 am
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Spring is finally starting here.  Last week, counting on my pay from the dance dresses, I went to Jo-Ann's and bought a big heap of summer cotton prints (and a few solids) to make into simple spring and summer clothes.

I'm planning things that will accomodate a changing shape, so lots of drawstring-waist skirts and a couple empire-waist shirts.  I'm also planning to work the knits I bought last summer (and never completed anything from) into a couple big-belly-friendly dresses.

I'm excited.  I love warm-weather sewing.  Simple, quick, cute, and satisfying.

I still need to put another couple days into cartoon costumes, but I'm not going to work too hard over them. 
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I think I've made my mind up.  I'm going to make a Sally costume.

Reasons for choosing this over Ms. Pepperland Violinist:

1.) I have lots of hippie clothes in my normal wardrobe anyway.

2.) I'm forseeing wearing lots more loose, flowing, hippie clothes in the near future, so I wanted to do something shorter, trimmer, and cuter now.

3.) I've been wanting to do it for longer.

4.) I can always do Ms. Pepperland later!

So I think I'm going to go fabric shopping tomorrow.  Since Sally's dress (and, indeed, the whole film) has such a washed-out greyish tint, I might take a few cotton prints and wash them all in a weak grey dye bath to make them all sort of faded.

I'm going to try to reproduce it relatively accurately without being fanatical.  Mostly that means that I really want to find a giant polka dot print for the front.

I was thinking I'd just use some white face powder for my skin and draw stitches with an eyeliner pencil.  I really don't want to make it too complicated.
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Those of you in the know have probably been hearing about this cartoon soiree the TCCG has been planning for a while. And I've been seriously waffling about my costume.  I was determined to make some progress yesterday, and what could be better research than watching videos of all my favorite cartoons? Which I then did for an hour.

Of course, I was at first sure I wanted to be Rainbow Brite ; she's so awesome and so quintessentially 80's. But then the complexity and single-use nature of the costume sunk in, as well as the fact that she's a little girl in a short skirt, which would make me feel a little silly.

Some of the characters considered over that hour:

Velma from Scooby-Doo - I'm so against turtlenecks.

Daphne from Scooby-Doo - Cute but it wouldn't really be recognizable as a costume.

Sailor Moon, or one of her cronies - Ha. See short skirt objection above; hers is practically a ruffle on the bottom of her bodice.

Captain Planet - Ok, yes, I really did consider this one. Stop laughing. He was one of my very favorite cartoons. But complexity + leotards + body paint = no.

Speed Racer - Also dismissed for basically being just regular clothes.

Anyone from Yellow Submarine - Man, this movie rocks. First I thought of John, but I really don't want to have to wear a mustache. Then I thought of all the wonderful Pepperland residents. So I looked up the opening sequence just before the Meanies attack. I think the woman violinist in the mayor's quartet (at about 50 seconds into the clip) best captures the feel of the Pepperland people for me. And it's a cool, relatively simple costume that still looks costume-y, and she has giant feathers on her head.

Sally - Of course, right after I had settled on Ms. Pepperland Violinist, I remembered my other favorite cartoon movie ever, which I was shocked to have forgotten for so long, the Nightmare Before Christmas. I have been wanting to do a Sally costume since I first saw the movie! A Sally costume would also be relatively simple to make, very cool, and something I would probably even wear again.

But then, of course, there's the fact that everybody and their sister has made a Sally costume. It feels kind of overdone.

So I'm still waffling: Obscure Character who has a cool costume but gets maybe 10 seconds of screen time and has no lines, who I would need to explain to everyone? Or Overdone Character who also has a cool costume, but which everyone has already seen 100 fan costumes of?

Dilemma!

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