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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi Disney Villains on: July 04, 2013 12:55:04 PM
Gaw, so cute. =D
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders on: June 29, 2013 11:27:46 AM
Oh, my gosh. Not part of this swap, but I have to butt in and say how much I LOVE those owls! I can't believe how adorable and well done they are! =D =D
13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (author: Hayao Miyazaki) on: June 01, 2013 08:07:16 PM
Thank you so much! Glad you like it, guys. =]
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (author: Hayao Miyazaki) on: May 29, 2013 11:27:57 PM
So, I just finished rereading Hayao Miyazaki's manga, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind." And it is beyond good. It is beyond profound. It is
--- EDITOR'S NOTE: lengthy rhapsode about Nausicaa removed from this post for the sake of everyone's sanity ---
so naturally, I had to whip together a Nausicaa costume for Fanime! Here are the pics.








I'm actually pretty proud of how I didn't panic about the two-week time limit, for once. I got to play around with a lot of fun new techniques, and I really learned a lot!

A couple highlights of the process:
- I sharpie-dyed the wig blue, believe it or not; the original color was just a shade too orange. *

- This led me to use the same method for the entire tunic, hat, and spats, as well! I really wanted to use microfleece as my fabric, but 100% polyester doesn't bode well for dyeing. Sharpies, however, worked great. **

- Thanks to this costume, I finally got around to making my own sloper! As long as I was drafting the tunic, I figured I might as well do it at the same time. I'm so glad I did; it's going to be a fantastic time-saver.

- I also drafted the cap, which was a really interesting / mind-bending challenge.

- The bodice emblem is my first attempt at reverse applique. I'm thrilled with the results, and it was more straight-forward than I had feared! I also used the same technique, with clear packaging tape instead of white fabric, for the goggle lenses.

Perhaps the best thing about this costume? It's so. Freaking. Comfortable. It's like being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, with a nice warm hat to cover my ears. (Oddly enough, cons are WAY more easy to enjoy when you're not in pain.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the results! Feel free to ask if you have any questions about anything. And seriously, READ NAUSICAA if you haven't already.



*For the record: when sharpie dyeing, DO IT OUTSIDE. Just... seriously, don't be an idiot like me. And don't wear your favorite shirt.
** This is a qualified great. After a day of wear, my skin had definitely picked up a lot of blue. I think, however, that this is more because I was too impatient when rinsing the excess dye out; I probably stopped too soon.
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Miyazaki Swap Rd 2 (Sign ups 5/2/13-5/19/13 Send by 7/1/13) on: May 13, 2013 09:23:59 PM
Gaaaah... so tempted! But I'll be busy till the end of May, and we're going to be away from home for an absurd amount of time in June. This does not please me, not at all.
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Common Ground Swap (signups 5/8/13 - 5/18/13, send out by 6/12/13) on: May 13, 2013 09:21:56 PM
Gaaah... so tempted! But I'll be busy for all of May, and I'll be away from home for an absurd amount of time in June. This does not please me, not at all.
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Miyazaki Swap (Sign ups 5/2/13-5/19/13 Send by 7/1/13) on: May 04, 2013 12:32:51 AM
Technically you can be busy in may and craft in june, last day to send is july!

peeeeeeeer pressureeeee! LOL

I agree! Jooooin Usssss

Woah, I suddenly feel this mad urge to conform! Must... follow... herd...! xD
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Miyazaki Swap (Sign ups 5/2/13-5/19/13 Send by 7/1/13) on: May 02, 2013 10:17:59 PM
...oh, man. I am in such a Miyazaki mood lately; it's kind of a weird coincidence that this should pop up just now! I'm going to be pretty busy in May, so I'm gonna think before committing, but this would be so much fun.
19  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Whedonverse? on: April 20, 2013 10:47:45 AM
Ooooh...! I might very well be interested!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Gaming Swap - Retro and Modern on: April 15, 2013 12:17:41 AM
ACK! Snorlax hat! The cuteness! =D
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