as some of you know, i’m in NYC vising old friends. here’s a couple pictures of us from the weekend to tide you over until next week, when i have evenings off to search appropriately:
photo by Adam Richards
photo by Jerry Abuan
I’m sorry that I haven’t really updated recently. It’s been a lot of one step forward, two steps backward.
This is Colin and I last year at SDCC:
(photo by sdoorly, flickr)
I spent a lot more time on Harley, did not save up enough time for C’s joker costume, which required me to suddenly have vasts amount of knowledge on something I never touched during college: menswear.
Consequently, that orange vest is actually a women’s collared shirt that was refined last minute. The coat should have been a first draft muslin (but who has time for muslins, when you’re on the wire?)
This year, Harley’s on the backburner for Colin. There’s a lot I want to get done for Harley - her headpiece is being reconstructed, for example, because I refuse to perpetually feel like there’s a dagger digging under my jaw this year, thanks to a poor seam decision. I’d also like to get leather shoes finished, as well as her giant hammer.
But right now the focus is on the three piece suit. Last year, I modified a McCall’s pattern but it was wholly unsuccessful. This year, I’ve painstakingly drafted it from scratch, which required learning a lot more than I initially assumed (SHOCKING). It actually makes me feel like I went to fashion school for no reason, but I suppose that is what I get for choosing childrenswear consistently, instead of trying out new things (but hey, better late than never).
So four muslins later, Colin has brand new pants. I’m still unsure how i feel about the fabric choice, but waiting to see how they look with everything. I can always pull together another outfit since the hardest part is the stupid patterns.
Colin also now has a proper waistcoat that fits him. It’s just the muslin; I’m saving the final for when I’m spending some weeks in Sun Valley, Idaho with the family I work with.
The trouble is this tailcoat. I think tonight I finally hit a breakthrough with the coattails. We’re going to have to see tomorrow, when I fit Colin for everything so far. He’s been a good sport about this, being fit with something different every couple of days, but he’s about as done with this as I am. Haha. At least we know that I’m officially not cut out for menswear.
BUT I AM DETERMINED. I will have pictures soon.
As far as other projects go, I’m working on designs for the kid’s production of Willy Wonka, my theatre group’s summer camp production. Turns out my July is a fucking mess (there’s a shock) so everything has to be set up before then, and then I get to play telecommuter and relay instructions from far, far away. I’m actually really excited to draw up fashion plates for some of the characters, and there are some really interesting challenges to think about, such as:
• Violet becoming a blueberry ON STAGE.
• Mike TeeVee shrinking into the television.
• identically costuming oompa loompas.
Ramona is relatively at the same point as before, except that I’ve ordered leggings and soon, a wig (also a wig for Colin’s Gideon). I’ve decided that I need to just accept the fact that jacket should be made, and with all the SPECTACULAR things I’m learning about tailored coats, I think it might be easier than I expected. I also like to do things like shove my foot into my mouth before I’ve started things, so don’t be surprised when, two weeks from now, there’s an email outlining precisely the opposite decision. I’m consistent like that.