Surprisingly, everything went really well! This does not bode well for my Norn costume, though...
Her hat, ears, wig, and wand have all turned out nicely so far. The tail will turn out well, too. But I guarantee you that as soon as I start working on the actual garment, everything will go to hell because my luck has been amazingly good.
Well, I can't say that exactly.
My luck with garments has been pretty good. My luck with my machine has been pretty bad.
This weekend, I finished N-kun's silly suede pants. I used the simplicity pattern for clown pants that I used for Gogo. (Traditional French clown pants. Not the ones with the hula hoop waistband...) So, of course.. they ride up the crotch& ass. Every pants pattern I've ever made has been like that. I keep thinking I'm doing somthing wrong.. but the only pants patterns I've used have been Simplicity.. so maybe they just don't know how to make pants. I also (mostly) finished his shirt. I'm pretty proud of this thing, for no good reason. I still have to put the brown details on the sleeves, but everything else is done. It's a silly shirt. It's a long, ribbed, knit turtleneck with extra long sleeves. The hands do not go through the sleeve holes, though. They fit at the knuckle with a thumb hole in the sleeve. They are weird. I also started the vest/jacket/cape/thing, but I don't have enough done on that for photos. The front and the back are sewn together. Big whoop :P
Anyway.. that was the good luck.. the bad luck came when some thread from the bobbin got wedged in the machine somewhere, causing the plastic bobbin casing to jump up and twist out of it's home. The needle punctured the bobbin casing 2-3 times, and now it makes a funny clunking noise when I sew with it. I'm really dissappointed that my new machine has had problems after so little use. It's still under warranty, though, so I'm thinking about taking it in sometime in September to get it taken care of. If somthing like that had happened with my old machine.. the metal bobbin casing would have caused the needle to snap. I would have changed needles, and everything would have gone on as normal. This machine certainly can't take the beating my old one could. I don't know why it got jammed in the first place, either. I'm also having problems with it winding the bobbin tightly, so it might have started from a loose bobbin.
I'm afraid that with as much as I know about sewing, etc, I still have way more left to learn. I'm certain that there is a lot I will never know, too.
I also think that my computer is well and truly fucked. I need to start dumping things from the HD asap, because I think we're going to have to format to make it behave. The list of things it's doing and not doing is so long it's scary, and we can't seem to find a reason. N-kun things that somthing in the HD may have gotten corrupted, and since this particular HD is so old, it's probably due for a reformatting just to keep everything happy. I'm going to have to track down and re-download some stuff... get Photoshop from N-kun again, and do a few other things.. but it'll be nice to start with a clean HD again. There are many things on here, like Diablo II, that say they haven't been used since like 2002.. but I can't bear to delete them because Akuma spent a lot of time playing them. Besides.. he might decide to randomly come back to somthing, & it won't be there :O He can be like that. I keep coming back to Heroes of Might& Magic III, and Warcraft :) I loved Warcraft III, so many times I get weirdly nostalgic when playing World of Warcraft, and want to go fool around with a strat game again :)
Oh yeah... Fire Emblem is still pissing me off >:( But I got Riviera in the mail a few days ago, so I might try that next time I take a sewing break.
Oh yeah! I suppose you guys want photos. I dunno. You may not care. I'll link to the in-prog gallery at cosplay.com again anyway.
If anything, check out how silly Klein's base garments look without the vest& cloak& boots