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So, I promised a post about stuff I got at the Civic Opera sale. I got some skirts, some purple pants with cool black and gold trim (the purple is nice and the trim is wonderful, but those will need to be taken apart and used for something else), a dress that has to be altered for My Angel or taken apart and used to make a dress for me (I'm still pondering what to do about that; I had hoped that there was enough seam allowance so I could let it out, but no such luck), and a lovely deep dark blue velvet medieval jacket that will, sooner or later, be modified into part of a wizard's robe, I'm thinking something glowy and steampunky.  I will post more about those when I actually do something with them.

But the two pieces I'm sharing today are a very nice cream/white skirt and a lovely robe made of brocades that was worn in the Gotterdamerung. The biggest problem was I needed a good shirt to go with them.

I have a gold brocade shirt, but the colors just weren't right.  I also have numerous purple shirts, but nothing in a suitable cut and material.

Then I came across some brocade scraps that I picked up off a freebie table at a con recently. The white in the brocade perfectly matched the skirt, and (despite being very PINK) looked good with the robe as well. The only problem was that the scraps were too small and odd-shaped to match up to any pattern. Happily, My Angel was willing to have me drape cloth over her and pin cloth together repeatedly.  i first prepped her by putting my bra over her shirt and padding it out (she's more slender than I am), and then we went back and forth from her to me until the material hung properly on both of us.  Then I got out the invisible nylon thread, which is a pain to work with, but which eliminated the need for carefully placed tiny stitches.  I stopped and went to bed as soon as the parts that show were done; I still need to finish off the hem at the waist, at least enough to prevent the material from fraying.

Now, I'd have been better off had I come up with this idea a week or two before Maneki Neko con, but sewing your costume the night before is something of a tradition.

I also took my pet arm dragon, though she matches the brocade well enough that people often missed her on my arm.


Maneki Neko was a lovely small convention, very friendly and fun.  I may write more about it later.


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Oct. 10th, 2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Nice save on the patchwork; who'd a thunk pink?
Oct. 11th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
It was such a bright, glittery pink brocade, so pretty. I loved it at first sight. But I admit, I didn't imagine I'd make it into a shirt, even aside from the whole random small scraps issue.
Oct. 10th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Very shiny!
Oct. 11th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC)
People asked me which anime character I was cosplaying.
Oct. 11th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
Loving that purple! Purple's one of my fav' colors. ^^ Looks great!
Oct. 11th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, I went to the sale hoping for purple brocade.
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Oct. 11th, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 12th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
How beautiful!
Oct. 12th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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