apologies for vanishing...
don't have time even to start catching up at the moment... here's what I've spent the weekend doing:
and here's what I was doing when I wasn't doing that:
Carci, I really did try to comply with the 'post pics of yourself' command, except, er... ^^;;;;;; there's a slight problem with living alone, namely.... Flash Bounce From Hell!
I even tried to get tricky with the over the shoulder angle shot. No dice:
^^;; Was up sewing last night until I literally couldn't focus anymore. First time I ran a sewing machine needle through a finger too. But this outfit is, if I dare say so myself, kick-ass awesome. The pattern development alone took me eight to ten hours. It's fully lined AND verything's double-seamed so you can adjust it up to three inches around and six inches in length without needing any extra fabric or even any sewing skills - just a seam ripper. The three pieces (vest, shoulder harness, and belt) snap on or off for ease of storage without damaging things. The pockets are scroll-shaped (yes I'm making scrolls to sell with it too) and interfaced to hold their shape (though I still need to interface the top flap and you can see that).
The spiral on the back's hand quilted (because of the pencilboard shot where the spirals on the shoulders were specifically dimensional rather than flat circles). Don't even get me started on the joys of working with high-density foam rubber for the neck and waistband (that's where I punctured myself).
I did everything from upholstery to sixteenth-inch pin tucks on this thing... running from things I learned while re-covering a sofa to things I learned while making doll clothes and taking detours through things I'd never learned and was making up as I went, including matching the size of the hand-made bias-tape piping on the sleeve edges (not stuffed so it doesn't rub under people's arms) to the size of the hand-made bias-tubing around the shoulder harness (stuffed to give the dimensional look, again because of shading in pencilboard illustrations). I duplicated EVERYTHING down to the seam running down the center of the padding on the collar (it would have been much easier if I could have just wrapped the thing, but no, it had to have a seam running along the collar -- a seam that CURVED over the corner of a three-dinensional collar at that. There's where the upholstering tricks kicked in...)
(sweatdrop) I'm such a geek. Now I'm counting on the fact that somewhere out there there's someone who's a rich geek who lurks on eBay and wants a kick-ass costume for cosplaying in...