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It’s been a while since I’ve posted so let’s see…

NYCC/NYAF was a couple of weeks ago. Huge crowds again and lots of walking in circles since I wasn’t much interested in shopping or guests. (The soles of my feet felt weird for a few days afterwards!) I probably spent about a third of the con just hanging out at friends tables in the artist’s alley due to not wanting to deal with the crowds and boredom. I think I only saw about 15 people I knew and never ran into some other friends in the crowds. I ended up helping [ profile] neoangelwink and [ profile] athena_chan sell hats for a while on both Saturday and Sunday since there wasn’t anything better to do.

On the bright side, I did manage to find a cute little Clara plushie from Princess Jellyfish. Only one dealer seemed to have them so I guess they’re pretty new. And I got a tiny clay figure of a Harvest Moon cow in the artist’s alley. It was only an inch tall so I was amazed the artist managed the miniscule details by hand! And it was kind of amusing that she wrapped it up for me in a tiny Chinese takeout carton. XD;

As a couple of you guessed, my new costume was Nancy Drew! More specifically, a vintage version from the original 1930 cover of the first book, “The Secret of the Old Clock.” I didn’t have time to do the clock and wouldn’t have wanted to lug it around such a crowded con anyway so I got an old fashioned magnifying glass with a wooden handle to carry around as a prop. Surprisingly, a few people did realize I was supposed to be Nancy Drew, including one of the guys at the Papercutz booth (company that did the Nancy Drew graphic novels) who recognized it as being from “The Secret of the Old Clock.” I didn’t really think anyone would get it since the cover has been redone a couple of times and the original isn’t in regular use anymore for the books.


Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it yet. I didn’t bother to get pics of it at the con since the Javits is terrible for photo locations and I figured I could do that around Halloween, which would also give me time to do the props. But that didn’t work out since my brother was having midterms these couple of weeks plus he has a Saturday class and there was that snow on Saturday, too. (What the hell? It never snows here this early! o_O;) So, I ended up doing nothing for Halloween and only finished making the clock earlier today. :-/ It’s a fabric-covered box because I can’t build props. >_>; I also painted the pattern on the fabric for the blanket.


Date: 2011-11-01 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The clock looks cool! :) But I could see why you wouldn't want to lug it around a con. XD; I look forward to seeing photos of the costume whenever you get some!

Date: 2011-11-05 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! :-) Yeah, I figured I would get annoyed with it after a while since I already usually feel like I'm lugging around too much stuff at cons! XD;

Date: 2011-11-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heya, do you have any recommendations for shops in the garment district that sells Japanese (or at least Asian) brocade or printed fabric? I have never been there, and I don't want to be ripped off

Date: 2011-11-05 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, what are you making?

Hmm… I don’t think I’ve ever seen Japanese patterns in brocade and I rarely see Japanese prints in the fashion district at all. I think the handful of Japanese prints I’ve seen up there have been in the big expensive stores like NY Elegant or B & J. If Chinese brocade is okay, there are a bunch of stores on W. 39th between 7th and 8th Ave that carry it but I don’t have a list of names and I think one of them closed down a while back. (I usually just walk along that block and go into a bunch of stores. ^_^;) I usually pay around $8/yard, which is about comparable to when brocades are on sale at JoAnn’s. But there’s more variety in the fashion district.

If cottons are okay, the best place I’ve found for Japanese print fabrics in the city is actually The City Quilter (133 W. 25th Street), near FIT. They have a section for Asian prints and many seem to run in the $8-$10 a yard range; since it’s a quilting shop, you can buy cuts as small as 1/4 yard. Below are some of prints I’ve found there in the past. I actually made a dress out of the top one. (And this reminds me it’s been a long time since I’ve been there! I think I’ll go the next time I’m in the city.)



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