This week hasn't been going well. I washed up the costume stuff that needed to get washed. The Kefka pants made it through great this time! I can tell that the iron-ons have come up again, but the hand-stitching I did kept it in place.
The polka-dots on the blouse that didn't get hand-sewed last time have come up, but it's not that many. I'm going to try ironing them down again, and using more paint. Since I'm sick and spending a lot of time sleeping, sneezing, and leaking, I don't know if I'll get a lot of time to work on stuff before I leave for NDK next Thurs. I'm going to try, though.
The worst thing that happened was when I washed my load of whites, though. I dumped all my white costume pieces in with some regular laundry, ran the water, and poured in a little bit of bleach to add some zip. Works great! Never done that before with Arshtat, but she was getting dingy. Now Arshtat is ruined. Why? Because I didn't know that you can't bleach silk. I've washed it and just hung it to dry many times before, no problems. I never added bleach before, though, because it was still pretty white. This last wearing really dinged up the hems of everything, though, so I thought a little bit of bleach would make it sparkle again. Instead, there are huge areas that are yellowed, or splotchy brown. The internet says that it's irrevocably damaged, and I'm pretty much screwed.
I'm still pretty upset about it, because I spent a LOT of time fixing up this costume, and it didn't even occur to me that I shouldn't put bleach in there. Is it because I didn't grow up with fancy textiles? I don't know. I just didn't know you couldn't bleach it. Twitter was very sympathetic while I bawled my eyes out over the stains, but not really anyone else was. I guess they all think I'm an idiot. I already know what mom would say. "Well, of course you can't bleach silk," in that kind of no duh, moron voice. Oh well. How am I supposed to know that? Osmosis of the greater subconscious stream of the knowledge of humanity?
I completely re-sewed the waist cincher for the AFEST wearing, as well as a bunch of other fix ups including: Taking in the skirt by a substantial amount, re-making half my crown, shortening the brown straps& a lot of hand-stitching.
To do all of that for one last wearing is very sad and unfortunate. I basically have two options: Retire the costume or Remake the blouse completely. (Seriously, I can't even salvage one sleeve or anything like that)
While it's not a LOT of sewing, it is a CRAPTON of hand-painting. The upside would be that I could re-size the new top and re-make the neck band in a way that works a little better. The downside is... CRAPTON OF HAND PAINTING. I'm pretty sure I don't have the stencil I made for the hem design anymore, and I'd have to remake that. I also hand-mixed the paint to get the proper shade, and I'd have to try to match that to the skirt hem. There is some yellowing on the skirt hem, but it's not that bad. The rest of the skirt doesn't seem to have yellowed at all, which means the blouse took the brunt of it.
It's just so damned depressing. I'm going to try not to think about it for a few months. I WAS planning on bringing it to NDK. I started to doubt myself as I worried about how the crown would hold up to the TSA in a suitcase, and I was kind of borderline by the time I ruined the silk. So, it doesn't really ruin any sort of costuming schedule at NDK or anything. I'd have plenty of time to remake it in NOV or DEC if I wanted to take it to an Austin convention. It's just so, so sad :(
Also, since I'm sick, it's really slowing my progress on Kyoko. I managed to get the Hikaru wig styled last night. It took a lot of trimming, and a lot of Got2B, and I'm sure I'll have to do it all over again in the hotel room.. but I think it looks pretty good right now. It's fluffy and huge and retarded, so it's basically accurate.
If I don't get Kyoko done, the remaining NDK costumes would be: Kefka, Arche, Hikaru, BLEACH of some kind. If that was the case, I'd probably bring a Persona4 something to fill some space. I'm going to try to get this Kyoko done. If it doesn't get done in time, though, I heard there's some other Kyoko that's going to be there, so whatever. I am currently talking to Jisha about getting her spear made. Since Madarame Ikkaku's spear is very, very similar, I chatted him up about it, and he things it'd be really easy compared to Hikaru's sword (lawl), so yeah.
If I end up going to an Austin convention, I'd bring Hikaru+ finished sword and Kyoko+ spear, and it would all be very exciting, I'm sure!
I just need to get through Oct, and things should get less stressful. I leave for NDK next week. When I come back, I've got another week off, then it's the Pharmacy conference in San Antonio Thurs/Fri and WACON Fri/Sat/Sun. I'll skip Fri at WACON, but I may go Sat. If I have friends come up for that, I'll wear Kefka and confuse the shit out of people, b/c people don't dress up at tabletop gaming conventions, yo!
The very next weekend after that is ACL. I'm going to bus down to Austin for that, most likely. Save some money, not have to worry about finding parking for the mini, etc. I'll come back from that with The Brother and then immediately head up to the Tx Stat Fair. AFTER ALL THAT.. then I have some time :P I need to make up my mind after NDK if I'm going to go to Onicon or not. Seeing Nobuo Uematsu's rock band would be kinda cool, but 4 hrs to Houston.. I MEAN GALVESTON? I'm kinda not wanting to do that. I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning no. Especially since Arshtat is trashed now. I mean, between NDK and ONI, I have like 3 Halloween costumes I may possibly have to make. The neighbor lady wants one for her 2 yr old, my hairdresser wants something FABULOUS, and I need to make a costume for myself, too.
Speaking of Halloween..
Matt is off for that this year, and there are two parties going on that we've been invited to. Vera really wants us to come up in costume to hers, and Sarah was saying there's going to be a costume party at her house, too. I don't really know what to do about that. Since S's is an Alice in Wonderland theme, I thought I'd make a White Rabbit costume. It'd have fluffy white bloomers and a little tiny tuxedo vest half red/half gold or something like that. I wouldn't have a lot of time or money to blow on that, but I have cute ideas. I just don't know if I'll have the time.
After Halloween, though, I'll be fancy free until I have to decide if I'm going down to Austin for any of those conventions! :O Getting super worn out with all of this, though... I haven't had a chance to concentrate on my health as much as I'd like. I'll probably take a break and limit my conventions next year. No NDK, no Dragon*Con.. maybe A-kon/ Animefest, but we'll see. I have a feeling that I'm not even going to want to think about conventions for a while after this fall season is over. I did have a lot of fun at AnimeFEST, but the stress of getting everything I want to get done, costume-wise, is pretty awful. I'm definitely not going crazy and making a bunch of new costumes next year. I've already decided that if I do make anything next year, I'm limiting myself to maybe 1-2 new things, and that's it. I have plenty to re-wear right now.