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17 November 2004 @ 01:08 am
I got one of my sash stencils traced and cut. Though it seemed unwieldy at first, my new stencil burner works awesomely. I think the result came out pretty well, but I still want to pick up some model sandpaper (the normal kind tears up plastic) to get the edges even smoother. Hooray for anal-retentiveness. I finally got around to drawing the pattern for the front sash (which is different from the other three), but I didn't cut the stencil because it's late and I'm going to bed.

Although I have all this work ahead of me, I'm already thinking about the thief Rikku I want to make afterwards. Yeah yeah overdone blah blah blah forty quadrillion of them yada yada yada. Guess what. I don't care. It's a cute costume and I love it and that's final. And although it is extremely common, I still feel that I could bring something new to the table. I've never seen anybody get the bow at the front of the bikini top completely accurate (I don't blame them at all - to get it dead on, you have to make your own bikini pattern that doesn't work like any other bikin I've seen and manage to grommet stretch fabric - funfunfun), and thief Rikkus based off the artwork pic I have (which has more muted outfit colors) don't seem to be that common. Most people use the brighter colors of the game. I like the art version better, so that will be another not-so-overdone aspect. Anyway...because Dana (meanjunglist) is a w00t kn1tt3r and does commissions, she'll be making a 7' tasseled scarf for me to gradient dye. I figured I might as well start discussing it with her now because she's available and I'm all like OMFG SCARFY GOODNESS. My first choice of material is 100% wool yarn, but we're worried about shrinkage and felting because the acid dyes from Dharma Trading need to be heated to 185+ degrees F in order to work. We might wind up dyeing a test swatch as carefully as possible and seeing how it behaves. If it does, I'll definitely share the methodology with everyone else. Sharing is caring. Weeeee.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires music stuck in my head
necessary evilmeanjunglist on November 17th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
I am going to start looking for wool yarn this weekend. I'll knit up and mail out a few swatches for you to test. Then, we can go from there.

The Heavy Metal Matador: feliciarydain on November 17th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
Cool beans. I'll order some acid dye along with my messload o' other stuff, then. ^_^
aitai on November 17th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
i think it's awesome that you just do outfits that you like. i mean, spending all of that time on a costume just to please other people has to be really unsatisfying. rikku's outfit is soooo cuuuute too, so i say go for it!
The Heavy Metal Matador: feliciarydain on November 17th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hehe...there's no way I'd put gobs of time (and possibly money) into a character I didn't want to dress up as. Where's the fun in that?

Hey, I just thought of something. Didn't you say that your mom was interested in making another outfit? Maybe she could do one of the trainer dresspheres or Yuna or Rikku's white mage outfit. Because those particular costumes have designs that can be appliqued and other interesting details, are modest, and look good on anybody as long as they're fitted right, I think she'd very much enjoy making and wearing any of them. And we could all be Charlie's Angels together... XD