I AM SO MANY LEVELS OF BEHIND
I am so behind on this costume except I’m not because I’ve gotten a lot done and there’s not much left but what’s left is really time intensive and I have to go out-of-town this weekend so I lose two whole work days and I’m sort of freaking out a little bit because the show is next weekend and if this isn’t done I’m going to have a meltdown and this is ridiculous.
Short post today because of the aforementioned crunch I’m in. I thought it’d be a good opportunity to share things I’ve learned during the costume making process:
- I suck at following patterns. Tracing something I already own that fits the way I want a costume to fit is the way to go.
- I can’t form straight lines out of non-solid objects like clay and ribbon.
- Fray Check is like a small bottle of magic.
- Wefting (the process of adding more hair to a wig) is surprisingly easy. Not easy? Keeping the wefts from getting tangled, and keeping the layers of the wig (which is super long) that get sectioned off not tangled. Helpful hint: twist the sections of hair before flipping them over the top of the wig and clipping them.
- You’d be surprised how creative you can get when you’re in a corner. Case in point: casting hot glue in painters trays to get domes to use on the belt.
- Thick craft foam works wonders and takes paint really well.
- Things you expect to go quickly will take a long time. Things you expect to take a long time will go quickly. Things you expect to take a really long time will take you so long you forget how long ago you started.
- There’s a big difference between doing something right and doing something so it’ll look good in pictures. Choosing one over the other can be a saving grace or bite you in the butt.
- It is impossible to find reference pictures of Nintendo characters. Turns out they safeguard screen captures pretty tightly.
- There’s no such thing as starting a project too early.
Have a great weekend everybody I have to go finish sewing 10 feet of extra wefts into this wig and then go to bed but I still haven’t packed yet and I can’t feel my finger tips from all this hand sewing.