just plain sara: April 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

HUNTRESS work in progress Day 1

I'm working on a HUNTRESS: YEAR ONE variation costume for a friend. She's a completely different size than I am so I had to create a new pattern tracing over one of mine and adjusting it. We've looked at different fabric and decided to go with the Matte Metallic in Black for the main part of the suit. For the contrast color which is purple, we'd going with a great shade that's really vibrant in Milliskin Matte Tricot.

Luckily I happen to have the trade paperback of Year One so I compared those images to ones I had found on ComicVine. As it turns out there's a lot of subtle variations.No surprise there. Every artist put his own flare into a character. There are times when the purple looks like a "V" shape in the front but other times when it looks like a separate vest. I'm going with the vest look after consulting with my friend about how she didn't like the style where the purple actually looks like a bathing suit over the bodysuit. We've also decided to go with a black crepe for the cape rather than purple so that it can used for other characters; modifying designs this way is one of my essential tricks. Whether a wig, belt, boots or gloves aren't perfectly accurate don't mean as much to me personally as getting use out them because this stuff is not cheap. It's often labor-intensive if I've built the piece myself and/or expensive for the raw materials. Versatility is key!

Using the Kwik Sew 3052 figure skater pattern as a basis, I traced over the initial pattern onto muslin. I took some time to drape spandex over my dress form (again it's my size but I just needed an idea of the vest shape). Then I sketched on the muslin while referencing that panel above until I came up with lines that I hope will work. I highlighted the final lines in fabric marker. Traced that muslin with a different muslin so that I'd have the one original full-length suit pattern and then use the second to cut up into individual pattern pieces for color blocking.

So far, it's about 3 hours into the project. Time for a nap.

I completed the rest of the documentation at AmberUnmasked.com

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tie Up Top

June Ambrose in one of her line's turbans.
Solange, Estelle and Chrisette Michele all recently wore turban inspired head wraps to red carpet events.

So how many of you have tried wearing a turban-inspired head wrap? I'm not talking about the time you made a quick run to the grocery store and your hair was deep conditioning under there. I mean to an event where you had to dress up. It takes confidence to pull off but the celebrities above have mastered the look. If you're convinced and think you have the courage, check out Jun Ambrose's new line of turbans. Once you have your fabric in tow visit YouTube for countless tutorials on how to wrap it in style.

Update: Beyonce is also wearing a wrap in the promo photo of her new single over on iTunes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Romance Comics making a comeback? I hope so!

After falling in love with the era that brought us BLACK WIDOW/CLAIRE VOYANT and MODESTY BLAISE, the super spy female counterpart of James Bond, I learned that Titan Books was going to be releasing tributes to more golden age comics, in particular Romance Comics. I hope to be added to the press list for when that comes out.

Jumping ahead of the books, Marvel Comics has been getting some merchandise out on the shelves. I picked up this little purse at Wal-Mart (of all places - I only go in that store about four times a year) and I learned from my twitter & tumblr friend Betty Fellon that there's a matching wallet.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Style Spotlight: Solange

Solange has evolved into her own. Now I will admit that I've been hard on her style choices in the past but Ms. Knowles has developed a truly unique style. She had me convinced after she debuted her shaved head... how many of us could have done the same thing whilst being in the public eye? As her hair has grown some, her style choices are become even more pronounced. From the bright colors, layered textures and unique accessories, Solange is a style icon in the making. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so. WWD's style magazine put Solange, Selita Ebanks and Cassie on their latest cover and Carol's Daughter named them their newest spokes persons. And I know I'm not the only one who loved her album "Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams." I still listen to Sandcastle Disco.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cash, Check or Charge?

Cash: Heavy Ruffle One Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $35.86, www.ASOS.com
Check: Light grey one shoulder dress by Red Herring, $83, www.debenhams.com
Charge: Curvaceous satin dress, $270, www.karenmillen.com

Ladies please forgive me. I had a crazy, albeit it, life changing year in 2010. I bought a condo, found a new job and processed a green card. Needless to say it became difficult to blog while all this was going on. But I'm bizzack! I was reading my blog the other day and was so disappointed with myself for letting it go. Even if no one else read it, I'd still enjoying clicking through numerous sites to find the best clothes to bring a vision into fruition. Be patient with me as I'm still pulling together ideas, but now that I have far less responsibilities, I know I'll be back to normal in no time! The above post is self-explanatory to regular readers but if they're any newbies since my last post, check out the new site and category navigation to catch up.

Much love,
Sylvia xx

See you in Pittsburgh!

These are the costumes that I'll be wearing in Pittsburgh: my Dark & Strange Alice in Wonderland and my Susan Storm of the Fantastic Four. You'll be able to find me at the booths of PAUL STORRIE, STORMWATCH COMICS, and JOE SINNOTT. I'll also be taking as much as it allows to walk the floor visiting other great talent like Josh Lyman, Jay Fife & his model Lola Lynn, Andy Harmon, Stauffer, and Ken Haeser.

Thanks for voting! Here are the counts:

SUE: 13
ACE: 7

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Help me pack for Pittsburgh Comic Con. Need to choose & pack tonight!

Help me choose what to wear in Pittsburgh! I need 2 outfits for Sat & Sun at this weekend's Pitt Comic Con. I'm leaning towards the Ace & Alice ones. I'll be working several booths: Paul Storrie (writer), Stormwatch Comics (shop), and Joe Sinnott (legend).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Best Gender Swapped Justice League from WonderCon

Photo by Lynx Pics

I wish I had seen this in person but sadly I have never been able to attend WonderCon. This costumed entourage is truly one of the only times I have ever seen gender swapping in costuming done well. The characters maintain their integrity and stay within typical comic book design. "Crossplay" just usually comes across as bogus slutted up girl dressed as a male character. This Justice League was definitely high caliber.

Quickie edit: Roxanna clarified for me - "what we're doing is actually neither crossplay (trying to pass as a character of the opposite sex) or even gender bending (playing with gender identity within a character) - we were sex-swapping. So my understanding is then that "crossplay" would essentially be the same as "drag" - meaning if Steven were trying to actually be Power Girl instead of male-inspired variation of the character. Correction duly noted. :)

I know they reworked official identities so that use of "man" and "woman" were switched with "lass" or something to make the gender identity work but I don't have the list so I'm just going to try and explain based on the real characters' names.

Photo from Tallest Silver's facebook
Little Hotshot as GREEN ARROW
Roxanna Meta as AQUA"MAN"
Steven Meissner as POWER "GIRL"
Tallest Silver as BAT "MAN"
Clyde Max as WONDER "WOMAN"
Tat Zee as PLASTIC "MAN"
Mia Ballistic as GREEN LANTERN
Catherine Pow as THE FLASH
Kit Quinn as SUPER "MAN"

To learn more about them visit their facebook page, UNITED UNDERWORLD.

Friday, April 8, 2011

CGS SUPERSHOW, Reading, PA - Apr 30-May1, 2011

If you haven’t heard me talking about the COMIC GEEK SPEAK SUPERSHOW (April 30-May 1) then you haven’t been paying attention. This is my favorite show of the year because of it’s casual atmosphere, great shopping, huge opportunities to learn about indie and mainstream creators and of course, the rocking post parties at Third & Spruce.

My plan is inspired by 24-Hour Comic Book Day. I’m going to have a booth where I will be constructing my Black Widow (from The Twelve) costume right at the booth and hope to get it finished early enough to actually have some time wearing it. Since I can’t do 24 hours straight, it’ll be spread across the two days of the show.

Check out my interview with PETER RIOS from CGS.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fashion: District

I know it's been a minute since my last post but I wanted to quickly shout out this great event taking place in the next two weeks. Apparently, ReadysetDC has hosted two successful fashion shows already. This is their third installment. The evening will include a full-length runway show and pop-up shopsand musical performances. This season’s designers include; ARTAYA, Clockwise Clothing, Derringer Friday, DURKL, Ginger Root Design, Hugh & Crye and SAINTCHiC. Check out the video below with footage of previous events.

When: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 7pm (Fashion show begins at 9pm)
Where: Longview Gallery, Washington, DC
Cost: $25

fashion:district II - Fall/Winter 2010 from ReadysetDC on Vimeo.