just plain sara: June 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rage Kitty Dexx Starr!

This is by far the most fun I've had completing a commission. It wasn't easy but the result is just so funny that I can't help laughing about it.


Took left over spandex and began draping it over kitty and marking it for cut lines.

Cleaned up the design of the pattern pieces a bit. Laid out on red PVC and black 4-way stretch spandex.

Began the assembly with constant testing of the fitting.

Compared it to the original artwork. The only thing left off are the waist hash marks. The rest seems pretty good.

Last step was create the embroidered patch of the Red Lantern Corps and use some vinyl glue to affix it to the back (per customer's request since it's easier to see than Dexx's belly).

And we have the 99% finished Dexx Starr! He needs to be colored blue which might possibly be done with blue hairspray.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lantern Corps Rings + review

Highlights of this week's Green Lantern issue plus some showcasing of my talented friends in costuming.

Universal Designs streetwear

You will be drooling over the delicious Joker streetwear by Universal Designs!

There's more at www.udreplicas.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

Day-Glo Harley Suit For Sale

I'm doing more cleaning of my superhero closet. I've just listed my original Day-Glo Harley Quinn suit on Etsy. Considering that finished black & red Harley suits sell on average of $250, I'm offering this at half because of its unusual colors. So for $125 it can be yours. Never worn other than for listing photos.

This suit was made merely as a practice piece for my construction of another suit. The day-glow colors are really fun and bright.

Included in this sale are the bodysuit, headpiece with collar attached, gloves, and booties. The suit has a zipper in the back as does the headpiece.

The stitching in some areas like the joints of the gloves, is a little visible and the ankles are not hemmed; I find them easier/stretchier to get in and out of if they are not finished.

My only reason for selling at this point is financial, otherwise I really like it and want to keep it. If you have any questions please send them to me and I can always send you additional pictures for clarity.

The size is a woman's Medium, basically fitting between 8-12, short/petite fit.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Shoppers Delight!

Solange Knowles on a recent trip to Barcelona
Left to right: ASOS Rose Print Full Skirt, $46.34, www.asos.com; Bold Floral Pleated Skirt, $17.80, www.forever21.com; Diesel Hibiscus Print Wrap Mini Skirt, $107.84, www.asos.com; Kimchi Blue Lady Bug Skirt, $58, www.urbanoutfitters.com
Left to right: Blurred Pansy Print Egg Skirt, $70, www.topshop.com; Short Floral Skirt by See by Chloe, $332.50, www.shopbop.com; Pleated Flip Skirt, $16.90, www.wetseal.com; Floral Print Bubble Skirt, $40 approx., www.missselfridge.co.uk

Summer is here and it's the only time of year when women over the age of 18 can get away with wearing a mini-skirt. Don't be conventional and wear just denim. Floral prints are in and oh-so-pretty. Take a cue from Solange Knowles (pictured above). She's paired a simple, white wife-beater with a playful, bright skirt to create summer's ultimate laid back 'n' chic look. Gladiator sandals and the perfect pedicure will complete the look.
See my related post on Twitter! - www.twitter.com/ILIKEHERSTYLE

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Style Flashback: Phylicia Rashād

Every one's favorite TV mom has probably one of the most accomp- lished yet under- appreciated careers in Hollywood. She more than deserves a "Style Flashback" spotlight. Phylicia Rashād, aka Claire Huxtable, was born in Houston, Texas in 1948. She graduated from Howard University, where she later went back to teach drama. Rashād first became notable on the stage with a string of Broadway credits, including Deena Jones in Dreamgirls (she was Sheryl Lee Ralph's understudy until she left the show in 1982 after Rashad was passed over as Ralph's full-time replacement). Of course, Rashād is best known for her role as attorney Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. She played the no-nonsense mother of five for eight years then later returned to TV comedy in 1996 with CBS's Cosby. Her role in The Cosby Show earned her two Emmy Award nominations. In 2003, she was honored as Woman of the Year by the Harvard Black Men's Forum. In 2005, Rashād received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) degree from Brown University. Most recently, Rashād became the first African-American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun. I saw this play on opening night and the scene where she discovers that Walter Lee has lost all the father's money brought me to tears. Nowadays you can catch Rashād plugging Jenny Craig diets during commercial breaks, but I personally love watching re-runs of her keeping the Huxtables in check. No one could keep 'em in line like Mrs. Huxtable!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Harley & Joker - RAIN DATE - JUNE 27

Come meet Joker and Harley Quinn during the Flemington Car Show. We'll be at Comic Fusion but may escape from time to time to wreak havoc on Main Street.

Saturday, June 27 from 5-8pm

Facebook event listing

Some new Rogue pictures

For the people that don't think I'm a horrible disgrace to the comic book or costuming communities, please check out my new pictures at Myspace. They were taken by my friend Trevor who has great experience as a photojournalist and is looking to expand into other avenues of photography.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Facebook contest winner!

Just won the X-Men contest:

Everything about how this costume was made and came together was blogged earlier, but feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it.

I was up against my friend Robin/ISUSuperman who happened to be someone I featured in my post about Watchmen costumes. Robin had entered the contest in his ridiculously awesome Deadpool costume. I'm blown away that the judges picked me over him.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Marvel's Black Cat costume for sale

I have the item listed on etsy:

Does not include the wig!

This is loosely based on Mark Brooks' rendition of Black Cat. It was only the second suit I ever made and far from the best. I'm being honest. The $75 price is basically covering the Dragonskin mask which was made by a friend of mine.

Father's Day Geeky Presents

As an etsy shop owner, I also find it a wonderful place for the most amazing and creative gifts. There's a whole category called "Geekery" so that should tell you how serious these craftsmen are about bringing their childhood nostaglia and pop culture into the craft marketplace.

Besides all the glorious steampunk, there's plenty of cult classic items inspired by Joss Whedon's Serenity, Star Wars and every video game you can imagine.

Father's Day and graduations are rapidly approaching! Get your shopping done on etsy and you'll be sure to find one of a kind items that aren't just machine made in sweatshops. Many items are upcycled or recycled or even vintage. The image above of the d20 cufflinks comes from Gr0glmann who is an etsy member with two shops. These beauties are listed at Cufflinks.etsy.com. I also adore the collection of cufflinks and accessories made from Lego parts, like the Clone Storm Troopers and Yoda sets. Don't forget you can also accessorize for your Free RPG Day ensemble -- coming up on June 20th -- for your afternoon of gaming at your local comic/gaming shop. When you're ready for a nap, you can pick up a variety of Pac-Man pillows from Modernality.etsy.com.