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We’re still around and costuming! We’ve definitely slowed down a lot though with life getting busy and some of us having kids (holy cow), but we’re all still active and you’ll see updates here and there.

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One of my resolutions this year was to take better care of myself and to take more short weekend trips to beautiful places! I did both of those more this year and that’s awesome! We even got to enjoy the Super Bloom in the poppy fields! I did my first Kickstarter! I dyed my hair an unnatural color for the first time (and loved it!). I started making my first doll room! I made my first ita-bag. I made another Victorian gown which we shot photos of in an awesome location (one of my favorite things to do!) I made my first faery costume, and cosplayed a dragon, Sophie and Wonder Woman! Here’s some photos that remind me of what happened this year!   Photo below by Amanda Rynda Photo below by Jason Nishi           [...]
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 11:37:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
This year I mostly worked doing storyboards for Matt Groening’s new animated tv show, Disenchantment, which isn’t out yet, so I can’t show you anything! I feel like I got better at my shot selection and composition this year. I’ll keep working on it! I sold at ECCC for the first time and it was great! I did my first Kickstarter this year and it was successful! These pins were funded! (They are currently available in my etsy shop) I did several fun art shows this year for QPopShop, Meltdown Comics and 3Tarts. I also did some fan art pieces for fun: And I did a lot of development drawings for a children’s book I’m working on for fun. (Here’s a few below from that.) [...]
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 11:45:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
moana costume tutorial
Sorry for the delay getting the rest of this tutorial up! Getting our holiday card done ate my brain for the last 2 months. Ok, so back to making Moana’s top… I made the top as a tube top with a shirred back piece. The first thing I did was to do some shirring tests. I needed to figure out how much my fabric would shrink when shirred. (I learned to shirr by googling “shirring tutorial” and reading a couple tutorials. It’s really easy!) Because the number of rows of shirring affects how much the fabric shrinks, I shirred a piece of fabric that is as long (top to bottom measurement) as my final piece was going to be. I tested how far apart I wanted my rows of stitching to be. I found that a 10″ piece of my fabric shirred would shrink down to 7″ stretched out. Next I measured the Grub. She has [...]
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 5:31:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Hey! The Kickstarter pins have arrived and have already started shipping! Hurray! Thank you so much for your support. I think they turned out really beautifully and I could not have made this many pins like this without your help. I really love how the glitter and colors turned out. Please note there are now two more variant pins of Cat Helper and Cat Mermaid since the previous batches sold out! These would make great gifts for friends and family, too! If you did NOT get a pin in the kickstarter you can still order one for you or for your friends! Please see my etsy shop here. A sweet otter Family. An adorable mermaid with her shell and a star fish in her hair. An adorable mermaid with her shell and a star fish in her hair. (Variant version!) A lovely sea monster! A cat who loves to wear fancy hats. New variant color on Helper Cat! [...]
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 6:04:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Cat Mermaid Pillow
Aimee recently created an adorable cat mermaid pillow on Spoonflower. I offered to be her tester and while I was sewing up the pillow, I took photos for a quick tutorial. (I will finish the Moana costume tutorial. A pillow tutorial is faster to do, so I’m posting this first.) The fabric comes as a fatquarter with Bitey, the cat mermaid, and her friend, the octopus. Cut out all the pieces along the black lines. With right sides together,  pin the front to the back. You need to leave an opening to flip the pillow inside out. I like to use pins oriented a different direction to remind myself where to stop sewing. Stitch around the edge of the pillow using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the corners. Try not to clip too close to the seam line though because you’re going to be stretching the seam when you stuff the pillow and you don’t want the fabric [...]
Fri, Dec 01, 2017 9:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source