Monday, September 15, 2014

Disney Infinity 2.0

I love Disney Infinity. It took me a little bit to get into it because I thought it was exclusive to Wii.

I went to a few places this weekend and I kept seeing sold out setups for Disney Infinity 2.0. Randomly I found it at Toys R Us. I wasn't really looking for it but I would up preordering pretty much everything anyway. 

I didn't realize until after I left that I do need the starter pack again to play any of the new playsets. So I guess that means I have to completely remake the toy box. Oh well.

However, originally I was annoyed that the Hulk figure was only being included with the collectors edition on PS3. Turns out it's just an early release and he will be available for all consoles as a figure late October.  He is also on preorder.

What I am excited about is using characters in different playsets because with the Marvel sets it turns out you can with some characters. I am sure Spider-Man can be used in the Avengers playset.

I am so ready for new playsets!

I never picked up the Cars or Toy Story playsets. I just wasn't interested.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Making Samantha Stevens from Bewitched

I love Bewitched.  I have loved Sam from the moment I first saw her when I was around 4 years old.

I am not sure exactly how old I was but I clearly remember watching I Love Lucy and Bewitched before afternoon cartoons in specific cottage in Mount Sinai.  We lived in this cottage during hurricane Gloria.  Hurricane Gloria was in the fall of 1985 and I was 4 years old.  I remember that hurricane because for the first time ever I was told to play under the table.  So I have memories of being 4 years old and among them is watching Bewitched.

Then when I was older Bewitched hit Nick at Night and I was hooked yet again.  I do love Dick York too.

Making Samantha was a real treat for me.  Its the most satisfying creating a character you love.  I love comics and art, but Bewitched has been with me for some much longer.  This was sentimental.

Sams costume consists of a skirt, collared shirt, waist cincher, cape, hat, wig, mary janes, and the perfect broom.

I started the costume with the hat.  I used a child size costume witch hat to pattern my Sam hat.  The hat is reenforced with light interfacing in the cone to help hold shape and the sturdiest fusible interfacing I could find in the brim.  I added stretch elastic around the edge of the brim to give it a polished look.  I also added some sequin trim around the center of the brim as an extra touch.

You can really see the interfacing here.

Next I worked on the skirt which is a pencil skirt.  I have very narrow hips, so I had to do a lot of altering to the skirt to get it to sit correctly on me.  I changed the patter so that it has an elastic wait band instead of a button and zipper (this is going under a cincher).

Next I worked on the collared shirt.  I did some modifications to the shirt.  The pattern I picked out is an equestrian collared shirt so it has a zipper and is meant for stretch fabric.  This was perfect for me.  I have a very full bust that is normally really difficult with collared shirts because the fabric pulls between the buttons or the shirt is too big elsewhere.  A zipper is perfect.  The zipper also allowed me to decide exactly where I wanted the shirt to open.  I started the zipper at that spot.  I used a featherlight zipper.  I also made the shirt a short sleeve.  Sam has a 3/4 length and the pattern was a full sleeve, but I knew I was going to be in Atlanta in the summer so I adjusted allowing myself a little bit of comfort.

Finally, I worked on the cape.  I did not have a pattern for the cape.  Not knowing what I was doing I started draping and attempting to make darts into a cape shape.  I finally gave up and when online looking for tutorials.  When I found my answer I really could have slapped myself.  Capes are made just like circle skirts.  I had a tough time getting the right neck opening so I just kept working at it.  In the end I wound up with a half circle half cape that has a dart in each shoulder.  The cape is lined in red fabric.  I used a heavy duty black snap and the cape is reversible.

My cincher was a last minute piece given to me by my cousin because my old one broke.  It's not the correct cincher, but I will be getting a new one that fits the style.  The shoes I picked up at a thrift store.  The wig is actually the first wig I ever bought.  It's the wig from the first time I wore Supergirl many moons ago.  After wearing that time it was so tangled I had to cut it which made it perfect for Sam!  To think I was more inclined to set that wig on fire then wear it again.  Ha!

I found my broom at good old Home Depot.  Originally, I purchased a broom I wasn't too fond of with a silver handle I was going to paint, but then I saw the black handle at Home Depot.  Turns out the Home Depot broom comes apart.  The handle screws off!  Hello easy transport!

Tip:  While getting dressed I discovered I could bobby pin my hat to my wig through the seam between the brim and the cone fairly easy.

From 2014 Dragon Con

I loved wearing Sam at Dragon*Con.  Not everyone knew who I was but those who did loved it.  I was called Sabrina and the Wicked Witch which I thought was hilarious.  Outside of hanging with Uhura all afternoon, my favorite moment was running into a Jeannie cosplayer!

From 2014 Dragon Con

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Surprise in the Mail!

Heading into work yesterday, I actually had time to stop at the Post Office.

I have not checked my PO Box since before Dragon*Con. It's been at least two weeks easily.  As usual it was stuffed to the brim with junk mail but there was a package slip in there.

Perplexed I went to the office to see what this was. I wasn't expecting anything. I was somewhat certain they must have stuck the slip in the wrong box.

Turns out my stepdad had been to his comic book shop and saw a book he thought I would like so he picked it up for me. He had mentioned it a few months ago and knew I had not read it.

It's so nice, random, and thoughtful.  It really put a smile on my face yesterday.  So now I am sitting at the laundromat and about to begin reading Saga!

Templar Digital Shoot: Red Son Wonder Woman

At Dragon*Con, I was lucky enough to finally meet Brian from Templar digital and by accident!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 Boston Comic Con

I am behind and the Boston Comic Con was a month ago, but I had such a great time that I think it's of value to talk about.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Alex Valderana Shoot: Ms Marvel

Just before Dragon*Con I received some amazing photos in my email from Alex Valderana Photography.  Since so many things were happening, I decided to hold onto them for a little bit.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Test Post

I just added a Twitterfeed to automate sharing posts on this blog with social media.  This post is just so I can see how it works.  Hopefully this will help me not "forget to share" and allow anything I have scheduled to post share without me also forgetting.

2014 SYC Regatta

Yesterday, I was in a sailing regatta.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My First Trip to Dragon*Con

Most people go on vacation to meet strangers, but their is a special percentage of people that get to go on vacation with almost all of their friends across the country.  I can't imagine a better way to get away from daily life.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

On the Road Again...

I am headed home from Dragon Con.  Right now, we are somewhere in Tennessee.  It's really odd for me to be on the road so far from home.  This trip home has so far been hilarious.  Hopefully, tomorrow I will be home and awake early enough to write about Dragon Con.

Overall, I had a really great time.