October 5th, 2004


New photos! Project finished! (nearly)

I have some completed costume photos now!
Actually, the costume isn't COMPLETE in the photos, if only for the fact there are a few parts on it that I haven't tacked down yet. I ran into paint issues >..<

Today was exciting, though...
My brother got stranded in Austin, it started raining really hard here in Waco, and we found out that our roof leaks now!
It really sucks. We've never had problems with the roof before, but now it's leaking in a segment where the past addition meets the original house. I spent more time today relaying phone calls and mopping up spills and moving buckets than anything else.
We'll have to get up on the roof and have a look around. The liner might need to be replaced again.

Anyway, now that this costume is officially finished, there are some things worth mentioning and/or repeating:

Easing sleeves sucks
Fusible interfacing sucks. (Rips way too easy, wtf)
Cutting fabric the way you are actually supposed to is a good idea. I'm only picky about the grain of fabric, etc when it's for someone else. I cheat when it's for me.
Buttonholes arn't that bad. This costume has a few. I'm proud of them :)
The lining I used isn't the really shiny kind.. I mean.. it's shiny, but it's more matte than the other stuff. It's really soft.
But, whatever the type, all lining sucks. XP
I love working with vinyl, but I hate trying to find a paint that works on it.
A male dressform would be really nice, but it's almost a contradiction of terms.
I hate how no matter how I pull and tug on the jacket, it won't look right in the photos, because the dressform has boobs, and the shoulders arn't broad enough.
S'ok, though. Akuma says the jacket fits around the shoulders really well. <3

Not much else to say other than I am looking forward to a break for a week or so before I start on Halloween stuff.

Oh yeah, photos!
Almost forgot.
They're the Fullmetal Alchemist Alex Louis Armstrong Finished photos 1-5
And here
And here again
and again
Once more

Just gotta attach the painted peices, and pack it in the box I've set aside. Ships tomorrow! Thoughts?
  • Current Mood
    tired tired

Package sent!

I mailed off the commission today.
I'm going to take a day of rest, and then go to work tomorrow.
After that, it's time to clean the house and get ready for halloween. There's so much stuff to do, it will probably take me until the party to get everything cleaned up and sewn.

I was really hoping that after I mailed this package, I would feel that releiving feeling of having absolutely nothing to do after finishing a big project.
Instead, I'm feeling anxious.
Everything was sent out fine, shipping was about 3 bucks cheaper than I expected, so I had it insured for 200 dollars& slapped delivery confirmation on it. Call me paranoid, but I'm not sending my baby out into the world without some life insurance and a guarantee it got to it's destination.
I have a nagging feeling that I have forgotton somthing, though.
As many times as I go through the list in my head, thinking the costume was sent out complete, I somehow feel like I had forgotten somthing important. Knowing me, I forgot to put a tiny peice or trim down, or tack the lining down to keep it from rolling.. somthing like that.
Not to mention my client's reaction. Call me a dork, but when I make costumes for other people I KNOW.. freinds, etc that come over to visit.. I know right away whether or not they like it... and if they think my sewing stinks, they've never shown any evidence of it. So I'm a bit nervous that he won't like it... and this was my first military style uniform, too. >..< GAH

I think I have been getting more and more forgetful lately, too. At Animefest, I was missing peices of two different costumes. (Left as home, for whatever reason) I used to have nightmares about that sort of thing.
I just feel on edge and anxious in general, too. I've got so many big things that are ALMOST taken care of. And when it's all taken care of, I feel like I can relax. But... until then, I just feel antsy.