ladyofthethread: (T-Chan)
Yikes, that storm on Sunday… It rained all day, I think I heard 7-8 inches, and the basement and living room have new leaks to prove it! -_-

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately, the cross stitch piece I started last year. The blue dress is the part I’ve done over the past few weeks.


And finally, the end of the cosplay meme, which everyone else finished like a month and a half ago… >_>;

26. Any unfinished costumes? Will you ever finish them?
A few. I have a half-finished Ritsu kimono but I’m unlikely to ever finish it since I’m not really into Fruits Basket anymore. There’s also an original stained glass fairy which has the dress done but no accessories; not sure when I’ll finish it since I don’t know when I’d have a good chance to wear it. And I started on Lia’s Russian portrait gown from Le Chevalier D’eon last year but it got put aside; I think I’ll try to finish that one for Katsucon.

27. How many wigs do you own? Which is your favourite?
I haven’t done an exact count but probably 20-25. No real favorite. None especially stand out since I don’t have any wigs in crazy styles.

28. Where do you work on your cosplays and where do you store them when they’re done?
It depends on what part I’m doing. Patterning and cutting fabric gets done in the living room since my sewing room is somewhat small. I usually do machine sewing in the sewing room and then hand stuff in front of the computer while watching stuff. And they get stored in a closet when I’m done.

29. What is your favourite cosplay item? (eg. a pair of shoes, a wig)
Hmm… I’ve never really thought about favorite individual items. I guess my Petshop of Horrors plushies. T-chan is especially fun although it’s been a long time since I’ve brought him along to a con.

30. Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.
Many hours crafting
ladyofthethread: (Default)
Still not that much of interest going on here. I’ve been working a bit on cleaning and organizing. And I’ve gotten back to the cross stitch piece I was working on last summer. Went book shopping last week since Borders is liquidating and picked up a bunch of crafting/sewing related mysteries. (Really disappointed to see Borders go since it was the most convenient place for me to buy books locally and had better sales; although there are more Barnes & Noble stores around the city, they’re further out of the way compared to the places I usually go in the city) Some of the older series I was reading have slowed down or ended and it’s been quite a while since I’ve really started following any new mystery series so I’m trying some more recent ones out.

Cosplay meme 21-25 )
ladyofthethread: (Default)
Hmm… It’s been quite a while since I posted. I’ve been enjoying a break from cosplay stuff since AnimeNext and I guess I just don’t have much interesting to post about when I’m not working on costumes.

Otakon is this week and my brother and his friend are going. I am not.

Otakon has never been one of my favorite cons; I don’t like the location and Baltimore in the middle of summer is just terrible for the types of costumes I tend to do (long with lots of layers). I know a lot of people like it but I just seem to have terrible luck whenever that con is involved and last year was the last straw. :-/ 2006: was okay but very expensive since I missed the con hotel blocks and I didn’t find it that impressive for such a large con. 2008: missed the hotel blocks again, my shoulder got sunburnt waiting outside in the registration line (and I never get sunburnt!), my father and I got caught in a hailstorm on the way home plus I got carsick (also a rare thing for me). 2009: didn’t even go and still got burned; I’d booked a room through the housing bureau in case but we decided to do a family vacation instead and I canceled several days before the deadline. Still got charged for one night by the hotel and had to call my card company to dispute it. -_- And last year… Well, see below under “worst cosplay memory.”

And I still need to finish this meme which most people were done with weeks ago. >_>;

16. Do you belong to any cosplay groups? If so, what are they?
Not any formal ones. Once in a while I get to do groups with friends which is really nice since a lot of my cosplays are from rarely cosplayed series! ^_^

17. What events have you cosplayed to?
Lots of conventions. AnimeNext and Anime Boston have been the ones I’ve been to most regularly. Also MangaNext, Otakon, NYAF, Costume Con, Anime North, and Katsucon in various years. Plus some non-convention events like Sakura Matsuri.

18. What is your best cosplay memory?
Hmm… I don’t know if there’s a single thing I can pick out. In general, I think I’ll say getting to have groups for the series I love since as I mentioned above, groups are somewhat rare for me. I’d love to have people to cosplay with more often!

19. What is your worst cosplay memory?
Otakon 2010. -_-X We thought she was getting better but my grandmother went back into the hospital two days before the con, which was too late to cancel the hotel without a penalty and we had all pre-registered. Then, I called the hotel a couple of hours before we left and found out they had overbooked and moved us to another hotel. And I had specifically booked that hotel since I had pictures in mind I wanted to do there so that wrecked nearly all photo plans. I was pretty upset with that on top of everything else going on and knew before we even left the house I knew I was never going back. So, I didn’t want to be there that much and was crying in the hotel room Friday night after calling home and finding out they had a scare with my grandmother that day. I highly doubt anything could ever top this as my “worst con ever.” If it had been just me, I’d have just completely canceled plans after my grandmother went into the hospital the first time shortly after AnimeNext 2010. But my brother and his friend wanted to go (they’d never gone before last year) and my father was taking the weekend off to drive down there with us.

20. Have you won any cosplay awards?
Yep, quite a few! Except for a presentation honorable mention at Costume con a few years ago, my awards are all for craftsmanship since that’s my thing rather than performing.

all the questions )
ladyofthethread: (Tamaki)
Already posted this on ACP last week but haven’t gotten around to putting it up here. Here’s the jellyfish dress from Kuragehime. Still need to properly finish it up since I ran out of time to do the accessories for AnimeNext but I’m not in much of a hurry since I won’t be going to another con for months. I sort of want to replace the wig since it’s kind of thin at the top but I don’t think there’s really anything else waist-length and wavy or curly in lavender. (It’s the Showgirl wig by New Look in Purple.)


More of the cosplay meme… I think most other people finished it up already. ^_^;;

11. Something cosplay-related that you will never do (eg. crossplay, cosplay from a certain series)
Cosplay from a series I dislike. For me to cosplay something I have to like the series, even if I’m ambivalent about the character. I’ve done a few costumes where I loved the series but didn’t especially care about the character because I liked the outfits over those worn by my favorite characters from that series.

12. Your cosplay idol.
Um, I don’t really have one person in particular. I feel a bit out of the loop with what people are making these days since not that many post regularly on LJ anymore.

13. Your cosplay specialty (ie. something that seems to apply to a large amount of your cosplays, it could be a specific series, or a common feature in their appearance, such as glasses)
I guess there are a few answers to this. I’ve done a whole bunch of Count D costumes plus other Chinese style costumes. And construction-wise, I’m usually doing linings or seam finishes. To a lesser extent, I also tend to do a lot of detail work like applique and hand painting.

14. Your cosplay-making habits (eg. singing while working on cosplay)
Hmm… I tend to do handsewing like hemming or sewing on snaps and buttons in front of the computer so I can also watch stuff while working.

15. Your least favourite thing about cosplay
Probably the preparation work like gathering supplies (there are times when I feel like I go into store after store and there’s nothing that I like) and altering patterns and cutting fabric. I tend to work better once the stuff is cut out and I start sewing but getting started on something is sometimes hard for me.

the other questions )


Jul. 3rd, 2011 10:35 pm
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On Friday, I went to visit my best friend who moved into a new condo with her sister recently. Her boyfriend baked scones and made sandwiches so the four of us had tea outside on the terrace, which was nice. ^_^

We tried some of the flowering tea I’d brought as part of a housewarming present, a new variety I found at Pearl River. They seem to have somewhat random names and this one was called “noble madam.” It bloomed prettily though!

And here’s the food. Mixed berry scones, egg salad sandwiches, watercress sandwiches, watermelon chunks, and strawberries (the bowl on the bottom that you can’t see into).

Cosplay Meme, Questions 6-10 )
ladyofthethread: (Ekaterina)
My fabric didn’t get here Saturday as I was hoping. Finishing the dress shouldn’t take too long but I hope it gets here today so that I’m not sewing really last minute. :-/ Since I don’t have my main fabric yet, I sewed together my lining and made a petticoat to wear under the dress over the weekend. Also experimented a bit with folding kanzashi petals. Not completely sure if I got it right or not.

And since I haven’t done any memes for a while, here’s one copied from [ profile] viewpoints.

Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/literary works and put their summaries from Better Than It Sounds and WITHOUT CHEATING have your friends guess.

I included some musicals, too, since there are a lot that I like. And for fun, I wrote a few of my own descriptions in the same vein for things that weren’t listed on that site. :-D

1) A young pirate proposes to his girlfriend. She swiftly turns into a statue.

2) America visits Japan. America leaves. America comes back, followed by several European countries demanding trade, diplomatic relations, treaty ports, and extraterritoriality. In song!

3) A poor girl is forced to pretend she's a boy and hang out with obnoxiously rich bishonen as punishment for destroying private property. Ouran (Guessed by [ profile] anodracs)

4) She's a spooky story-loving high school girl! He's a paranormal investigator! Together, they fight crime go hunting for spirits! Ghost Hunt (Guessed by [ profile] furubariceball)

5) A Swedish lawyer and a pea-brained dragoon fight over a middle-aged actress. Meanwhile, the lawyer’s wife falls in love with her stepson, who is studying to be a priest, and they run away together.

6) A girl enrolls in a mysterious academy where fencing is practically a way of life and everyone has issues. Revolutionary Girl Utena (Guessed by [ profile] cutewishes)

7) Spunky Japanese acrobat gets put through hell in order to make it big with American knockoff of Cirque du Soleil. Kaleido Star (Guessed by [ profile] cutewishes)

8) Woman time travels and bakes cakes for dinosaurs to save her wedding.

9) Elderly former showgirls have a reunion at their theatre the night before it’s demolished for a parking lot.

10) Girl suffers a bad case of amnesia. She and her friends must travel to regain her memories, while dealing with more moles than a Whack-A-Mole factory. Mind screw ensues. Tsubasa Chronicle (Guessed by [ profile] fleur_eternelle)

11) Teenage girl pokes her nose into other people's business. (Hint: She’s been at it for 80 years!) Nancy Drew (Guessed by [ profile] stillvisions)

12) Like Law and Order, only the bad guys can throw fire around and crush you with their minds. Witch Hunter Robin (Guessed by [ profile] loudnbothered)

13) Various fairytales get Crisis Crossover'd with each other. The main conflict ends halfway through, at which point Happily Ever After begins to get deconstructed. Violently. Into the Woods (Guessed by [ profile] gallifreybebe)

14) Mysterious bishonen runs evil pet shop with poor customer service and no return policy. Petshop of Horrors (Guessed by [ profile] anodracs)

15) You take over the old family farm, hang with the locals, and get married. That's about it. Harvest Moon (Guessed by [ profile] stillvisions)

16) A boy and his butler solve murders and sometimes commit them. Sometimes there are zombies and often there is incest.

17) Dr. Frank 'N Furter, Doc Brown, and a bunch of other blackmail victims run around a big house looking for a murderer and debating simple mathematics. Clue (Guessed by [ profile] anodracs)

18) Investment Fraud: The Musical The Producers (Guessed by [ profile] stillvisions)

19) A man who randomly transforms into his sister tries to prevent the French Revolution. He is resisted by zombies, catholic rune magic and lethal poetry. Meanwhile, Japanese writers fail French history to a truly spectacular degree. Le Chevalier D'eon (Guessed by [ profile] gallifreybebe)

20) The Cold War boils down to a Jerkass facing an adulterer over a really old board game. The adulterer falls for the jerkass's manager. Chess (Guessed by [ profile] gallifreybebe)
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Went into the city today to get some stuff to finish the wedding outfit and my Halloween costume. I bought some sequined appliques to use on the red jacket for the wedding outfit although I’m not completely decided how I’m going to place them. (whether I’ll do something symmetrical or asymmetrical and if I’ll use all 4 or only 2) Except for closures, the jacket is otherwise done but I still need to make the dress.

I also got some cheap shoes and leather paint so I can paint them purple for my Daphne costume. And I bought a new pair of pink tights since I decided the first pair was a bit too bright for my tastes. The clothes are nearly finished. The dress is done but I’m going to remake the scarf since it came out a bit too short and bulky to tie nicely. Also still need to cut bangs into my wig. Should be done by this weekend. I kind of wish I could go to the botanic garden for pics this weekend but my brother is probably going to be busy with a paper for school. (The garden’s annual Halloween event is this Sunday and I find it’s a good time to take costume photos without seeming weird.)

And a book meme from [ profile] athena8

1. Pick 10 of your favorite books or series.
2. Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books.

This is probably going to be super hard (unless someone is bored and starts Googling stuff XD;) since I tend to read a lot of series mysteries (only 2 of these are non-mystery) and most of my favorites aren’t that known. I might do another post after several days to explain where these come from. Extra hints: There’s one classic, all except 10 have series, and all series are the first book except for 5 and 7.

1) A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying monument to the nation’s glory and his own vanity.

2) Dr. Bartholomew Slocum was definitely dead. Inspector Gerald Witherspoon stared morosely at the body slumped over the huge mahogany desk and fervently wished he were home sitting in front of a roaring fire instead of standing in a gloomy Knightsbridge surgery.

3) I know what people say about me: that I am willful and opinionated, shockingly eccentric in my manner of dress (this is because I will not wear a corset), altogether a trial to my father. These things are true except the last.

4) Kate Ardleigh glanced warily over her shoulder. The late-summer night was black as the pit and stormy, lighted by the intermittent blue-white glare of lighting flashes.

5) Hands on hips, brows lowering, Emerson stood gazing fixedly at the recumbent ruminant. A sympathetic friend (if camels have such, which is doubtful) might have taken comfort in the fact that scarcely a ripple of agitated sand surrounded the place of its demise.

6) Athena ran blindly down the dark country lane, her breath coming in short, harsh gasps. Her school jacket with the St. Polycarp’s logo sewn to the pocket was no protection against the sudden drenching spring rain.

7) Lady Colveden stabbed a brooding knife into the breakfast butter. “I do wish,” she said, in a plaintive tone, “that casting wasn’t always so difficult…”

8) “I see…” said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window. For a long time he stood there against the dim light from Divisadero Street and the passing beams of traffic. (Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, guessed by [ profile] gothic_lolita)

9) After I completed my four years at Yale College in 18—, I faced the inevitable decision of what to do for the rest of my life. Conscious as always of our family’s standing as one of the oldest and most respectable in New England, my father encouraged me to read for the bar.

10) If only Simon weren’t such a practical joker! The other booksellers with whom she dealt were not given to joking about their profession—as one of them gloomily put it, peddling the printed word to a nation of semiliterates was no laughing matter—and Simon, of all people, ought to have been free of that weakness.

*looks over list* I certainly seem to like verbose writers, don’t I? :-P
ladyofthethread: (sequined flower)
Detailed AnimeNext report will come later but a few notes for now. Despite some problems like all the rain and barely getting Tamaki finished, I had an okay time and it was fun wearing the Ouran costume. The most amusing part had to be that I was supposed to be cosplaying a guy in that ridiculous poofy ballgown. XD Signed up to do a walk-on in the masquerade since I figured the costume would be good for the stage with all the sparkles I put on it. Won Best Craftsman Craftsmanship for it. ^_^

[ profile] dressdragn just posted the pic above and ACP has video of my walk-on:

A silly walk-on would probably have been more fitting, considering the scene from the anime but I didn’t have time to find silly music. ^_^; So, I used the finale version of “Night Waltz” from one of my favorite Sondheim scores, “A Little Night Music.” In a way, I guess it’s fitting, too, since that musical is basically a romantic farce with lots of love triangles and mismatched couples. The first part of the finale track is actually “Send in the Clowns,” where the main couple finally realizes they want to be together. The significance of my music choice was probably lost on the audience though for being so esoteric. :-P

Had a bit of back pain on Monday, which I assumed was just left over from the con (my brother said the hotel beds made his back hurt, too) plus being tired. But it got worse that night and kept me from sleeping well. My parents think it was from when I fell on Saturday night after getting my award. My foot slipped on the first step as I was leaving the stage and I sat down on the stage. ._.; Embarrassing but I didn’t fall hard and felt fine so I didn’t really think anything of it at the time. Not really anyone’s fault; I was just clumsy due to not being used to walking around in that giant hoopskirt. Went to the doctor yesterday morning and should be fine in several days. I was hoping to possibly hang out with people this weekend but I guess it’ll have to wait until next week now.

Meanwhile, I saw [ profile] stillvisions post this and was kind of curious what people might answer…

Dress up doll Meme

You just received a brand new doll who makes their own costumes, me!

- What 3 costumes would you dress me in?
- What series / versions are they?
- Why would you want to see me in that costume?
ladyofthethread: (D with bird)
I didn’t really intend to do this but [ profile] blackmarth gave me a silly list so why not?

Directions: Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given

1.God Tier sewing skills D=
*laugh* An exaggeration. My style of sewing tends to be finicky with everything lined or finished on the inside if possible and lots of hand stitching to avoid visible stitches on the outside. I think some of the stuff I do is more time consuming than hard. ^_^;

Since I watched it a few years ago, I always thought it would be fun to do something with all the crazy designs. Plus, I thought it was about time I did a costume where I wasn’t buried under yards of fabric (hard since I like elaborate outfits). But I underestimated all the painting and spent the last couple of days before NYAF hiding in my sewing room to finish it in time. Never doing that much handpainting in 5 weeks again! x_x

3.Count D ALWAYS
Other than being a Petshop of Horrors fan, I love fancy clothes and Count D has enough of them to rival a Clamp character’s wardrobe! :-D Many outfits are only shown in black and white, so there’s often the chance to pick my own color schemes. And although there are a lot of Chinese robes, there’s enough variety that you can do a bunch of his costumes without any two looking too similar. Among other things, he’s been drawn in kimono, riding clothes, Ancient Egyptian costume, Pokemon cosplay, and this. o_O;;

A normal topic?! O_O Needlework was my big hobby for several years before cosplay. I even went to a few needlework cons and won a bunch of ribbons at the annual Woodlawn Plantation exhibit before business school finally devoured my spare time. Never got back into it as much afterwards but I still stitch something once in a while between costumes. And I blame it for being why I tend to put tiny details that you would only see from 2 feet away in my costumes! (Woodlawn judges supposedly looked at stuff under magnifier lamps!)

5.Cosplaying in Chinatown lol
Halloween was coming up and I realized after 2 whole years of cosplaying Count D, I still hadn’t taken photos as him in Chinatown. The funny thing is people kept walking past me and then turning back to look. Apparently, a Chinese person in a Chinese dress in Chinatown on Halloween is a weird thing! :-P

I’ve been wanting to go fabric shopping but I’ve had a minor cold for the past week and didn’t want to make it worse by going out before I was better. It’s been more annoying than anything since it’s mostly just sniffles and a cough but keeps lingering. What drives me nuts is those times when I’m trying to do paperwork or sew something and keep having to stop every 5 minutes for a tissue. -_-

Since I have a lot of stuff to do for Costume Con but couldn’t go buy new fabric, I dug through what I had at home and managed to come up with material for Count D’s vampire cape. Except for the feathers, the whole thing is leftovers. XD; The red taffeta was left from my Lili costume 5 years ago, the lining was leftover jacket lining from Eugenie, and the black silk was also left over from Eugenie. Despite the jagged edges and holes in the cape, I imagined it in fancier fabrics because of the feathers in the collar.

I was originally going to try to do a mottled pattern with darker edges to better match the screentones in the reference but couldn’t come up with anything satisfactory. :-/ Starting with darker fabric and adding lighter blotches didn’t really work since I couldn’t get a good red. (I had this problem with Eugenie, too. Reds always seem to come out dull once you paint them onto the fabric.) And trying to use black paint on the red taffeta just made it look dirty. So, I left it plain. Oh, well. At least, it already has some light/dark effects since it’s taffeta.

The cape was interesting to make since I don’t really go for the raggedy look and hadn’t done anything tattered looking before. I satin stitched all the edges on the machine and then cut away the excess material so it won’t fray. (detail pic) I think it came out decently although I might have overdone the feathers; can thin them out later if needed.
ladyofthethread: (D with bird)
I’ve been seeing this all over my friends list today and it’s interesting to see what people’s early costumes were.

Post your first cosplay (that you have pictures of) and your most recent cosplay to see how you've improved.

Probably not the best comparison since Eugenie was relatively simple compared to some of the other things I’ve made. ^_^; Kaiba was thrown together since I made the coat for my own wardrobe rather than cosplay and I only made a couple of accessories specifically for the costume; the black clothes were just bought. I actually made the coat from an early 20th Century duster pattern in a sewing class at Parsons and then realized I picked similar colors to one of his outfits. XD; And I threw in a costume I made before I got into anime since I already could sew decently by the time I did get into anime cosplay. I think that was the first costume I really made although I used to sometimes sew random pieces like a cape that didn’t go with anything.
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I’d been holding out on doing that 2008 cosplay meme that was going around a few weeks ago since I thought I might get my stained glass fairy costume done before the end of the month. But it looks like that’s not going to happen so I’ll just do it now.

2008 cosplay review )

Conventions attended: 4
Total worn costumes: 8

New costumes (total): 4
New costumes (that I made): 4
New costumes (closet w/mod): 0
New costumes (borrowed/given): 0

I think I possibly have the fewest new costumes out of everyone that filled this thing out. XD; Oh, well. Four seems to be my usual number of new costumes in a year anyway.
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Not much of interest for me to post about right now so I thought I’d fill out that 11 random things about me meme that has been going around. I don't think I've ever told most of my friends list this stuff before so maybe it'll be more interesting than my crochet ramblings lately.

1)Cross stitch used to be my major hobby before cosplay. I actually even went to a couple of needlework conventions back then, long before my first anime con!

2)“Lady of the Thread” comes from the name of a cross stitch piece I did many years ago and won one of my first needlework awards for. pic )

3)During junior high, I took guitar and piano lessons but was terrible at both and gave up after a couple of years. XD;

4)I’ve been on the stage at both Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) and Radio City Music Hall. (for high school and college graduations; I already said I have no musical talent! :-P)

5)I’ve also been on the trading floor of the NY Stock Exchange. Ironically, this was before I ever started business school. My high school economics teacher had a chance to take a few students to the stock exchange and I was one of the ones picked.

6)I originally got accepted to NYU as an accounting major but ended up double majoring in marketing and finance. Still hated it even though I graduated with honors. >_>

7)I studied part time at Parsons and got a fashion design certificate there.

8)Out of all fandoms, my largest collection is my Nancy Drew stuff. I have over 100 of the books, including a few vintage volumes, reprints of the 1930s editions, and some of the graphic novels. I have nearly all of the computer games, too.

9)Many years ago, I had the weird idea to crochet a pair of angel wings. If I recall correctly, they had little pearls worked into them, too. This was before I got into cosplay. XD;

10)Also before I got into cosplay, I liked sewing costumey things and made 3 random cloaks. I haven’t made a single cape/cloak since I started cosplaying though!

11)All of my costumes have been made on relatively simple Kenmore sewing machines and I’ve never had a serger. Until early last year, I used my mother’s old machine which was the cheapest and most basic Kenmore model. I have a somewhat fancier one now.
ladyofthethread: (Layla)
Saw this meme pop up on my friends list a few times and was curious what people would suggest.

Tell me two things you think I should cosplay: One you think I would really like, and one you think I might never consider in a million years but might be suited for!

And since no one seemed up to guessing last time, here’s the YGO character I’m going to do for AnimeNext. Yes, I’m going to be Cecelia/Cyndia, Pegasus’s dead wife! (Even though I wasn’t really a Pegasus fan when I was into the series. ^_^;) 

It’s been a long time so there wasn’t anyone I especially wanted to cosplay anymore although I’d tossed around the idea of doing Mai. [profile] novaraven was trying to convince me to be Isis but I just found her wardrobe to be blah since I usually like more colorful things. Then, I finally remembered Cecelia and settled on doing her since novaraven is making Pegasus and I’d have more fun making that dress than the other things we were discussing. Plus, I figured it might be cheaper and easier since I won’t need to buy purple boots or mess with patterns much. ^_^;; Not planning to compete with this one and I’ll probably only wear it when requested for a group. 
ladyofthethread: (Layla)
Boy, I’ve been lazy about updating lately… ^_^;;

Unfortunately, my grandmother still isn’t completely over the cold I mentioned last time and she has stayed mostly in her room for the past week and a half. :-/ She’s been doing better since she went to the doctor last Saturday but still not completely well and my mother just took her in for another visit a bit earlier.

I’ve been making a little progress on Sarah. Finished sewing the hood and capelet earlier this week but still have to figure out what to do about the few thin curving feathers sticking out of it. I was originally thinking that it’d just tack a few real feathers to the hood. But now, I’m wondering if I should try making those pieces out of wire and scraps of faux fur that I have left. Because real feathers would probably break or get bent more easily and I know I’d get annoyed if I needed to replace them. Meanwhile, I’m working on patterning the dress and maybe, I’ll post progress pics next time.

Got my order from Amazon the other day with the first volume of Petshop of Horrors: Tokyo and the Tsubasa/xxxHolic movies. Tsubasa movie was okay but I just found the xxxHolic movie weird. O_o; Have only read through half of the PSOH volume so far. I noticed though that there was a letter from Taizu to his father before the first chapter which doesn’t exist in the Japanese volume so I assume Tokyopop made it up themselves.

Hmm… And their translation of the notes regarding the side story makes it sound like 3 parts exist. But the fan translation I had seen before gave me the impression that only 2 parts were drawn although it was originally intended to be 3 parts. This is now making me wonder if there was a third part which never got published since there have only been 2 side stories in the Japanese volumes. Maybe, the note for the second side story will explain; I haven’t seen that one translated yet.

Saw this movie meme pop up in a few friends’ entries and thought it looked like fun. I live under a rock when it comes to pop culture though and rarely watch movies so some of these are just from movies that I’ve seen and liked rather than favorites. And several are ones I haven’t seen in years. XD;

1. Pick 10-20 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

quotes )
ladyofthethread: (Herald)
Okay, more PSOH drabbles. The latest prompt was “needle and thread” and considering my screenname and hobbies, how could I not write something for that? :-D I did a silly one first.

Sewing Lessons )

Then, I did a serious one but went over the word limit for the challenge. ^_^; (I think I don’t do serious as well either. It’s pretty rare for me to write something like this without any humor at all. o_O;) D’s visitor in this one is based on the Goddess of Silk from Chinese mythology: (Sometimes, she’s also referred to as the Goddess of Silkworms.) According to folklore, she was an empress who discovered silk and taught others how to domesticate silkworms. One tale says that she discovered silk after a cocoon fell into her teacup and started to unravel.

The Price of Silk )

And [ profile] ngmaster tagged me for a meme. :-P Take it if you feel like it.

The rules are easy, just post 6 things that recently made you happy! Then tag 6 people and force them to post this meme on their LJs. Because it is good. Everyone needs a little happiness once in awhile.

1. Some unexpected gifts for my birthday a couple of weeks back.
2. Getting the pearls for my new Count D costume.
3. Seeing friends at MangaNext.
4. Finally getting my hands on a copy of the Twelve Kingdoms novel.
5. Getting a shoe rack so I don’t have to hunt all over the house for rarely worn pairs.
6. Playing the latest Nancy Drew computer game.
ladyofthethread: (Layla)
Well, I’ve gotten some more work done on my new Count D and finished the velvet layer today. It attaches at one of the shoulders with snaps so I’ll be able to slip it under the collar of the main robe. I’m planning to have the robe fasten in the front so having this piece separate will hide the opening. :-D Properly mitering the corners turned out to be a bit tricky. I’d actually never done that with bias binding before because I usually use gold braid/cording or other trims along edges when needed. ^_^;; Other than the corners, I ended up just machine stitching everything since it seems like I’ll be getting busier with real life stuff soon so I need to try to get things done more quickly.

Here’s what I have so far on the dressform. Definitely need to replace those green pearls with another color. They look distinct enough against the fabric in person but they just get sucked into the fabric on camera. -_-; Need to think about what to do about the rest of the jewelry, too, like those big brooches. They look like circular ones set with a large gem in the same shape. A large button could possibly be used for the base but I’m not sure about the gems. The brooch on the sash seems like it should be 3-4” in diameter so I’m wondering if I can find something large enough to use for the gem part without attempting to cast resin or something like that. My family’s store actually carries the resin casting stuff but I’ve never attempted to use it. ^_^;;

I’ve also gotten my wigs from the sale Cosworx had last week. ^_^ The color on one of them turned out to be more orangey than I expected though so I’m now trying to figure out what to do with it. ^_^;; It’s a New Look Cher wig in shade 144. )

I bought it thinking I could possibly use it for Layla from Kaleido Star sometime. *points to icon* I’d seen outdoor pics of another wig in that shade used for a different character with yellow blonde hair and thought it looked perfect. But it seems to look noticeably more orange in indoor lighting and a tad too orangey for Layla so I’m trying to think of someone else I can possibly cosplay with it. ^_^;

So far, only Ritsu from Fruits Basket has really come to mind; the shade seems close to his hair color from the manga cover and I actually have the anime kimono for him half done. (A couple of years ago, I was testing a kimono pattern and realized afterwards it was the right color for Ritsu so I started adding the designs. But I got bored with it and didn’t feel like getting a wig especially for him/making the rest of the costume so it got abandoned and never finished. ^_^;;) I like his manga outfits more though, like the one from the cover and the New Year’s kimono.

I also bought a Linda in shade 24 (medium blonde) highlighted with 613 (golden yellow blonde). ) Got it with the thought that I could cut it down for Eugenie from Gankutsuou since I was worried the shorter wigs on sale might not be quite long enough. I figured that a highlighted wig would be better since the hair in that series tends to not be one shade due to the designs.

And I bought yet another off- black D. Boy (marked down to $12) since I wasn’t completely happy with the cutting job I did on the new Count D wig after I restyled the first for his sister. Cut it a tiny bit too short for my tastes so I’ll put that one up for sale whenever I get around to actually doing that sale post I was planning.

And finally...

career meme that has been floating around on my friends page )
ladyofthethread: (Renrin)
Went shopping on Friday. Got a tank top and a couple of embroidered/beaded skirts, all on sale. ^_^ Most of the day was spent looking for shoes I could wear with my new cheongsam for a relative’s wedding. Even though I didn’t need to get flats, it still seemed hard to find a good pair of dressy pink shoes that weren’t pastel or neon. -_- I didn’t like the style much but ended up buying this pair with weird wedge heels because they were one of my cheaper options and I could actually walk in them. (I don’t think I’d be able to walk in stilettos. ^_^;;)

The wedding was yesterday. A cousin’s son got married and we went to the reception. For some unknown reason, they had a piñata. Not sure where that idea came from; it’s the most random thing I’ve ever seen at a wedding reception. O_o They also had a lion dance, which I have seen a time or two at a reception before. And they showed a music video the groom and his friends made that included footage of him dancing around with pots and pans in his kitchen. *laugh* (He’s a chef and has his own restaurant.) Then instead of a normal wedding cake, there was a tiered stand full of cupcakes.

And here’s a meme taken from [ profile] rukawagf and [ profile] twilitesea

List all the costumes you have made and when you wore it. For extra fun, list your favorite feature of each costume. )


May. 4th, 2007 12:20 am
ladyofthethread: (sequined flower)
I was going to do a real entry but it's getting late so I'll save it for this weekend. Meanwhile, since it's been forever since I've done a meme, here's one stolen from [ profile] ngmaster:

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.
ladyofthethread: (Youka)
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
ladyofthethread goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Count D.
astarel7 tricks you! You get a wet rag.
auburntressed gives you 1 light orange chocolate-flavoured wafers.
genkitozuku gives you 7 light yellow apple-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
insaneladybug gives you 7 blue peach-flavoured pieces of taffy.
jezeroth gives you 1 green chocolate-flavoured wafers.
neoangelwink gives you 15 light yellow mint-flavoured gummy worms.
ngmaster gives you 6 light orange apple-flavoured gummy bats.
sakuralenayuy gives you 7 red grape-flavoured jawbreakers.
shinei gives you 3 light blue grapefruit-flavoured gummy bats.
vampricyoda tricks you! You lose 8 pieces of candy!
ladyofthethread ends up with 39 pieces of candy, and a wet rag.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Nec gave me a wet rag? Yuck. T_T

Went shopping for trim for my dress yesterday. Boy, that stuff can be so expensive, much more so than fabric if you need large quantities! I figured I would need around 8 or 9 yards if I was going to trim along the slits and the satin accents as I was planning. I picked out one that was about $3 a yard so that’s already close to $30 of trim. o_o; In contrast, I only spent $18 on the 3 yards of blue brocade and had about half a yard left after cutting the fabric.

Frog closures seem rather expensive, too. I was thinking I’d need 5 or 6 for my outfit but the ones in the trim shops were going for $2-$5 each. At that price, I think I’ll try making my own. I have directions from my Folkwear Cheongsam pattern and scrap brocade left from earlier projects. Yes, I can be a cheapskate at times when sewing. >_>;

Hmm… Halloween is in another week. Since I haven’t really got parties or such to go to, I’m thinking I might put on one of my costumes to wander around town that day. Maybe browse some bookstores or look through some fabric shops. XD Not completely sure what I’d wear. I had wanted to use the peacock dress as my Halloween outfit but that might not be the best idea if it turns out to be cold and I’m out most of the day. I suppose Ayame would do since it’s warmer and relatively simple to wear. Or my original Count D if I finish sewing the dress by then.
ladyofthethread: (Herald)
Taken from [ profile] animeangelblue:

[ profile] ladyofthethread's Halloween party:

_maesterseymour dressed as a scratch.
_mkali dressed as a 1980's yuppie child.
animeangelblue dressed as a new member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Intellectual Watcher.
assassins_inc dressed as a resistance.
astarel7 dressed as a Level 14 barbarian.
athena8 dressed as Lt. Cmdr. Data from "Star Trek".
auburntressed dressed as a fullback for the Raiders.
blackmarth dressed as a raccoon.
darkspellmaster dressed as Mary-Kate Olsen with her very own conjoined Ashley.
dearsasame dressed as someone who just poked themselves in the eye.
digikoomi dressed as a fiery shrub, and it suited them disturbingly well.
djranmas gets drunk, strips naked, and somehow emerges dressed as the Cardinal of Freekyhlon.
dressdragn dressed as the spirit of their dead grandmother Alma.
embroideress dressed as Nicole Kidman's sister.
genkitozuku forgot to put on clothes!
gothic_lolita dressed as a Colorado AssociatedCorp. employee.
hikaruchan dressed as Lance Armstrong.
insaneladybug dressed as a raccoon.
inukenshie dressed as the President of Congo, though it looked more like a new superhero: Snow -wave.
jezeroth dressed as your aunt.
lionboogy dressed as a can of Pepsi.
neoangelwink dressed as Optimus Prime, and it suited them disturbingly well.
ngmaster dressed as a pilot.
overachiever dressed as a character from "The Exorcist".
rurouni_jedi dressed as Benjamin Harrison, though it looked more like a disturbing self-made character called "Dinky Wafflebrain".
sakuralenayuy dressed as Kevin Costner.
shinei dressed as the love child of George Lucas and Mia Hamm, and it suited them all too well.
skdarkdragon dressed as a fork.
sksetokaiba dressed as a mummy.
the_masayume dressed as the Viscount of Elmfield, and it suited them all too well.
tristencitrine dressed as Adam Sandler.
twilitesea dressed as something rich, but what, specifically, you can't tell.
tyrus dressed as a disturbing self-made character called "Dinky Hamstertoes".
vampricyoda dressed as Jon Stewart.
windaria dressed as Dwight Eisenhower.
xmemoryless dressed as a bottle of Duonanmax.

Throw your own party at the Hallomeme!
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Sounds like a rather strange party. o_o; *throws some fabric from her stash over genkiozuku* Ooh, but there are racoons so I can finally have pets for Count D! XD


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