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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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Baby airbender
As I mentioned in my last Halloween costume post, I decided that we needed to do something as a family and this year’s costume set would be from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Marcus has a Zuko costume and I have a Mai costume. The Larva got Toph’s dress from The Blind Bandit episode, and the Grub got an airbender costume. For the Toph dress, I used McCalls 6529 which is a shirred dress. I really like this pattern because you can do a number of alterations to it and make it look like a completely different dress each time. This is the same pattern I used for the Anna from Frozen dress. I altered the length and took out the gathers in the skirt. I used a bolero jacket pattern for the top that goes under the dress and added a zipper to the back. For the flower applique, I drew up the [...]
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 5:11:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
storybook baby quilt
I completely fell in love with Storybook by Kate & Birdie when it was released, and then I came across the adorable Storybook Star Baby Quilt pattern on Moda Bakeshop. Shortly after that, my dear friend Lorelai found out she was pregnant which gave me the perfect excuse to buy the fabric! (I try not to buy fabric unless I know what I’m going to be using it for. Well, that’s the theory at least… doesn’t always work in practice. No one is surprised by that right? =D ) I made a small alteration to the pattern and bought an extra charm pack so that I could add prairie points around the edge. I like putting “taggies” on baby quilts for baby to play with. In the future, I will be putting prairie points on the quilt somewhere that is not on the edge ’cause wow, finishing that edge was a pain [...]
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 4:22:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Rococo Sailor Moon Costume Redesigns and Print Sale! After I finished my Sailor Moon Idol designs, I wanted to do some truly opulent, over-the-top rococo inspired Sailor Moon designs. I have so much nostalgia connected to Sailor Moon and magical girl series. The new Sailor Moon Crystal series has reminded me how much I love Sailor Moon and how each girl has her own personality and style. I came up with these Rococo designs inspired by the Japanese artist Sakizou, Japanese lolita fashion and a little bit of historical 18th and 19th century fashion.  Even though I’m a professional animation artist I’m also a cosplayer and historical costumer, so I wanted to make something beautiful and very detailed that a fellow costumer might enjoy making. I imagine them made with beautiful lace, elaborate trim and rhinestones. There are lots of special details in each Sailor’s outfit based on their personalities and original costumes. For example, Rococo Sailor [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 3:02:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
baby moogle costume
I love Halloween because it means I can dress up my brood. This year’s theme was supposed to be Final Fantasy with the Grub as a moogle and the Larva as a white mage. I got as far as making the moogle costume, but then I decided that we needed to do a theme as an entire family. The problem with that decision is that I no longer have a Final Fantasy costume and making new adult costumes is a lot more work than making kid costumes. Marcus and I do, however, both have Avatar: The Last Airbender costumes, so now I’m in middle of making new Avatar costumes for the kids. In the meantime, I decided to snap some photos of the Grub in her moogle costume. I use Simplicity 1767 as a base. I’ve used this pattern a few times and I always make a few changes. I make the sleeves [...]
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 3:52:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
bangle bag
I love jade, and if I wasn’t spending all my extra money on pretty fabrics, I’d probably be spending it on on jade jewelry. I’m part of a forum for ladies who love jade and I’ve gotten to be good friends with a few of the members. A bunch of them got together and got me a gift when the Grub was born and it was the sweetest thing ever! It’s so amazing how the internet can bring people together, and it is awesome. =D I’m on a roll with the thank you gifts so for my dear jade sisters, I wanted to make some bangle bags for them to carry their bangles when traveling. I used this bag tutorial by KAU UZÊDA and made some small modifications. I needed to make 3 bags so I knew I was going to need a fair bit of fabric. I had just purchased a [...]
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 5:21:00 PM, Continue reading at the source