torstai 28. maaliskuuta 2013

Loki's obi is Finished!

Sorry about the messy dressing up, especially on the obiage. I don't have the correct colored obiage or obijime. And because somewhere along the process I lost 1cm of the widht of the obi for seam allowances (how the hell? I counted them so carefully?!), I'll be needing a mofuku obiita or the pink one I have might flash after being dressed and moving around.

While dressing Dolly into the kimono I realized just how hard the cross trying is to get in place. I mean mostly it's supported by the obijime and without it it probably would start to fall appart, so I need to be very carefull about tying and pull everything just a tad bit tighter than normal.

This time I also tied the obi lower on the body to give it that masculine feel. But I think I could tie it even lower on myself.

Messy, messy tying... Sorry about that.. I was in bit of a hurry.

The kimono looks a lot lighter in the images than it does in reality. It's a really vivid emerald green.

There are things in there that I could have done better, but hey! I now have a full (faux) leather tsuke obi! Just how epic/cool is that?

tiistai 26. maaliskuuta 2013

Finally, Loki kitsuke progress!

Yeehaw! Yesterday the leather arrived but it was too late in the evening when I got home that I decided not to sew. So I sewed today before going to work.
I'm making a tsuke obi as it uses less fabric. So today I cut all the pieces in 7cm wide strips.
So that's about 42cm (6x7cm) x 2m for the waisband. I felt strip madness coming around at one point. And I loved it!

Then I sewed the strips together one at a time. I kept changing the thread as it was easier to first attach them from the wrong side and then do another seam on the top. An as Loki's colors are black and emerald green (and gold/bronze), I used green thread for the showing seams just for the fun on it.

 On the waistband the folds go on the same direction, but as in the taiko it's showing I made it go different directions from the centre. And why? Because Loki is a character that can go both ways, in the myths he's always walking on that thin edge and doing gigs for the gods and then being against them and switching back and forth. So I wanted this obi to be kinda like undecided on which way it should go.

 Better picture of the folds. The fabric is not as shiny as it seems here.

 Trying the waistband on with the cross styled tying. What I realized while tying this is that I have to tie the obi really low to make this work. I mean, how it look on the back is very wide to make the crossing look good.

Just showing more with the kimono. I might have to clean this one. I don't know where I have gotten a stain on one of the sleeves, I seriously don't! Luckily it does not show easilly, but I might have to take this kimono to dry cleaning... I'm not too fond of the idea of a silk kimono being washed by me and this kimono has some age on it's shoulders, so it might not like it.

Original plan

torstai 21. maaliskuuta 2013

Lucrezia progress... Is slow.

Here's what I've worked so far. The shirt fabrics will be arriving next week (God willing), so maybe I can finish this before it. On other news, progress has slowed even more, because this morning my overworked wrist decided to take a day off. 

It's not that painful, but it's very stiff to move and hurts if I put pressure on it. Luckily I mostly do all my sewing on the right hand.

perjantai 15. maaliskuuta 2013

Finally! Fabrics!

YES! Tomorrow Lucrezia starts rolling!

I'll also upload the design picture for the archer "Isabella", who will be the group's noble addition.

Stay tuned!

maanantai 11. maaliskuuta 2013

There's an avengers artbook?!

This was totally my reaction to this find. I LOVE artbooks! Especially those made from movies and my favourite comics! I'd love to add this book to my collection and I'm hoping that I soon can.

Gee, now I'm all happy with this, I have a dentist appointment today (I'm terrified of dentists) and this really cheered me up!