Cosplay is a dream come true!

My Jem cosplay 2015 - homemade costume :)

My Jem cosplay 2015 – a homemade costume :)

If you’ve ever dreamt about being one of your favourite cartoon characters or superheroes, well let me tell you that cosplay is where it’s at! I’m not kidding, it’s so much fun – or should I say SEW much fun lol! I basically knew that I wanted to do a cosplay of Jem a long time before the comic convention in Winnipeg, and so whenever I went out I was always keeping an eye out for cosplay pieces. I found the pink shoes first so I picked them up on the spot – where else but at a thrift store! They are super comfy flats so I can’t go wrong with that. Something to keep in mind with any cosplay outfit is comfort as many times when you put something on you want to be able to wear it around for quite a while without getting sore or sweaty. Anywho, that started the ball rolling.

Then, I was on Amazon one day and I found out that someone was selling light up Jem earrings so I decided to get those in order to add to my look. You can’t be Jem without her special Synergy earrings after all. So I put in a pre-order for them, and had to wait a long time to get them as they were a popular item shipping from overseas. And basically they worked, my only complaint was that they were red and not pink. I may paint them one of these days.

Next thing I thought was, “I need a wig!” So I waited until Halloween season rolled around and finally they came out with some rock star wigs. I found the perfect one at Value Village so I snatched that one right up! Of course, no wig is perfect right out of the bag, so I had to spend an evening giving it a trim until it was just right. Now I’m no hair dresser, so I did the best I could within the time frame that I had. If I really wanted to make it perfect I would take it to a real hair dresser, but of course being on a tight budget, I decided this was good enough for now. Some people spend quite a bit on their cosplay and that’s fine if you can afford it, but DIY works for me so to each their own. :)

Last, but not least, I had to figure out the costume… um, yeah. The tough part. I knew that I didn’t want to go with the classic pink outfit that every store/cosplayer uses, so I searched through some Jem screenshots of different outfits and this purple top was one that I particularly liked. I think it’s unique and knew that I could probably sew it up pretty fast, which I did! I took one morning sewing it up without a pattern – basically just used one of my tops as a pattern for the top, minus one shoulder, then I made the skirt by wrapping some white fabric around my body, pinning it and sewing as I went. I had to sew it up in parts and trim but since it was jersey material I didn’t worry about hemming and I think it turned out fine. (I really like jersey for certain projects!) I kind of went with what flattered my figure for the skirt too since I gained a bit of weight the past couple years. And I think that’s what great about cosplay is that no matter your body type, you can make it what you want and need! I love being able to sew my own clothes, (still need lots of practice, but enjoying the journey), and that once I’m done, I have something that I can wear any time that fits perfectly!

So I wore my outfit to the C4 Winnipeg Convention and got quite a few people who enjoyed my costume and actually knew who I was which is always a bonus. :p Some really appreciated the fact that I chose an outfit other than the standard one to cosplay. And while I was at the con, I managed to find someone selling buttons of the new Jem comic and someone was able to burn into wood a pic of Jem, so I was thrilled. It’s pretty hard to find homemade stuff for her nowadays.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how her costume turned out and would love to do more in the future. Here’s to more sewing projects in the new year!

Happy New Year & Bless you & yours in 2016!

*~Roxy~*

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Sign/Hanger

Mini Stockings

As busy as the past month has been and will continue to be, I’ve been really enjoying making Christmas decor, crafts and baking! That being said, I’ve also been sleeping less, so am a bit groggy in the mornings with so much to keep me busy each day that I find I can’t finish all the other projects I have to do. What’s a busy Mommy to do? :) Well, first thing I decided was to follow something my hubby suggested – to do one thing at a time! Sounds simple enough yet how many women know how to stop multi-tasking and just do One.Thing.At.A.Time? I struggle with that always, but I’m getting better at focusing by keeping this advice in mind. I find when I’m at work especially, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed if there’s too much going on at once, but if I take the time to set one task before me and purposely not think about the rest I am way more productive and less stressed out in the end. Yay! Thanks, Sweetie! You’re awesome! Anyhoo, so far I’ve sewn some homemade mini stockings for my kids, and just finished a charming Christmas sign/hanger. You can use the hanger for whatever you want, but since we don’t have a mantle it also makes a nice place to hang stockings! Bonus! ;)

Also, my youngest wanted to make cookies today so we made some yummy chocolate ones – they were supposed to be cut out cookies but the recipe was terrible for rolling so we made due and I formed them into balls, then flattened with a fork. Oh well! They still taste good. :p

Chocolate Cookies

I need to make sure that tomorrow I don’t get distracted by other cool ideas and buckle down to finish more important projects lol!

‘Till Next Time,

☆~Roxy~☆

Inspirational Sewing Book

Hi Everyone,

Once in a while, I’ll stop by my local library and flip through some books to take home, as well as let my kids pick out their favourites, to promote reading. They enjoy it, though I don’t always have time to look at much as they get bored waiting. I always hope that they will sit nicely at a table and flip through one of their chosen books, but it usually doesn’t last very long. Sigh… oh well, that’s part of being a mom I guess. ;p

Anyhoo, I just wanted to share that I recently read a book, which seems to have mixed reviews, but one that I enjoyed personally. It is called, “Subversive Seamster”, and it showcases many ideas for thrifting different clothing and turning them into your own personalized piece of clothing or home decor.

While some may not agree with the exact fabrics used or styles, what I find refreshing are the ideas presented – taking old stuff and making them new. I am getting the refashioning bug, and am fairly new to sewing so I’m enjoying teaching myself how to make new things. And this book has inspired me to look at the clothes I have and material on my shelf, and to look past what it currently is. I think for anyone learning how to sew creatively, this is a great book to get you thinking. It makes me feel like a kid again, looking at things in a new way; fresh, funky and creative. So I do not agree with half the reviews on Amazon, and as I like to say, I’m always open to trying things for myself, regardless what other people think. It’s a journey of self-discovery, and an exciting one, as I pursue new creative outlets and sewing projects!

And for those who are not looking into refashioning, there are also basic sewing tutorials in this book, great for newbies, along with complete instructions for making your own dressmaker’s dummy – your own body double using duct tape! I totally need to make one of these, with someone’s help of course. :) I can’t wait to get started!

Happy Sewing!

Roxy