Video of the Week: Cleaning an Iron

Ok, so this one is something that I so needed this week and is important in general when sewing. (Your iron is your friend.) Someone in my house decided to iron their clothes but instead of matching the temperature to the fabric they ended up melting their pants. *sigh*

Have you ever accidentally melted clothing?

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Video of The Week: DIY Lip Color

There are quite a few cosplays that call for a not so common lip color. Those can be pretty hard to find depending on where you live and the time of year. Plus there is the cost, most pigmented “odd” lip colors can be pricey. I don’t mind dropping $15+ on a color I can use for more than one or two cosplays but there are only so many ways to wear green lipstick.   Here is a great option to make a little color while getting the color quality you want!

What color are you gonna make?

AniMonday: Sailor Moon is Back

I’m just going to start this post off with an apology for falling way behind on my duties with AniMondays…So sorry. I suck. I’ll be better I swear.

I remember being in middle school and coming home from school, all excited about this really cool cartoon that aired on a second rate channel in the Chicagoland area. That cartoon was Sailor Moon. And I absolutely LOVED it. I don’t think any of my family understood why I so diligently watched it. I mean, at that age most kids I knew were trying to get away from cartoons to prove they were more grown up because, gosh we were eighth graders and practically in high school which meant we were basically grown ups. I know my friends didn’t understand it (at first. more on that later). I diligently watched every episode, even if it was a rerun I’d already seen because that channel seemed to loop through a set amount of episodes only. One day I came home and discovered Sailor Moon was not on (something else, far less cooler that i can’t remember was playing) and I nearly came unhinged.

Luckily for me, my story of all things Sailor Moon did not end there. Turned out, the channel switched their scheduling around and then Sailor Moon began playing early mornings, right after Bananas in Pajamas (does anyone remember that show?) and I started waking up earlier just to watch it before school. For real, I was devoted. There was just something about the show that drew me in. Maybe it was the fact that Usagi (or Serena in the English dubbed version I watched) was such a normal teenager. She was whiny and sometimes obsessed with appearances, though she loved to eat, and often times came across as a scaredy cat. But when it came down to it, Usagi was a brave and loyal friend who would do anything to protect the people she loved.

Plus I had a total and unending crush on Tuxedo Mask

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Eventually, that second rate channel stopped playing Sailor Moon all together. But not before I had firmly became entrenched in it (and I suppose this is where my first experience with fangirling happened). I talked about it so much I managed to convince my closest of friends to watch and love it too. We even assigned ourselves Sailor Scouts. I was Sailor Jupiter because, duh, she was so badass and tough but liked to bake and I thought she was gorgeous (for my birthday this year, a friend posted a picture of Jupiter on my FB wall and it was perfect). I would go scouring for Sailor Moon merch, a thing not easily done because in that day it just wasn’t a huge deal (at least not in my area). I collected and treasured a random watch I found at Claire’s (wore it every day til it got scratched – and don’t think for a second I didn’t cry at that), displayed a metal lunchbox proudly, and clearly obsessed enough that later, in high school, a boyfriend found a movie ( VHS WOW) and a poster and gave them as gifts (he was a pretty great boyfriend even if I wasn’t the best girlfriend).

I’ve even managed to pass on my love to my oldest. She currently has the lunchbox and poster up in her room. She used to watch the VHS daily, until our ancient VCR broke and that technology has become obsolete. I used to go online and google “watch Sailor Moon episodes online” and pull up poor quality, incomplete episodes to watch with her. But now the day has come where I don’t have to do that.

Because Viz Media is sharing ALL episodes, COMPLETELY UNCUT (which means no pretending two girls are cousins to explain their closeness), including the Sailor Stars series which never made it to the USA. The episodes start streaming TODAY, with the first four available at Hulu and Viz Media (through Neon Alley) and a new episode airing every Monday after that.

If you haven’t watched Sailor Moon before and maybe need some convincing, here’s the official trailer for the series. I got all emotional watching. I can’t wait to relive the magic of this beautiful series with my daughter and all of you…because I’ll be sharing all my feelings every Monday 😀

Now, in the name of the Moon, I order you all to go and watch!

Video of the Week: Burn Makeup

This is a great DIY showing one option to get your skin to look like it’s been burned. While I tend to stay in the realm of “pretty cosplay” when I watch it makes me want to branch out and try something new. Maybe I could do a zombie Pinky Pie cosplay in the future… maybe. lol

What costume would  you use this tutorial on?

What I made: April Edition

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Sorry I’m late getting this up, but life! April was a busy month for me so I wanted to make myself something simple. I love skirts and when I thrifted this fabric I knew I’d make another one of these with it. (I may sing Styx every time I ware it.) They are super simple to make plus pockets!

So yeah… That’s it! Lol I have already started working on May’s creation so hopefully it won’t be late.

How was your April? Make anything?

-Mel

Video of The Week: Pillowcase Tutorial

I taught myself how to sew for the purpose of making my own cosplays. This was one of the very first projects I mastered. I know sewing an entire dress from start to finish can seem impossible if you’ve never used a sewing machine/needle and thread* before, but with simple projects like this you’ll build your confidence.

I make these all the time for myself and as gift wrapping for the kids during the holiday season. (Functional and green.) They also make great house warming gifts as well. Bonus you can totally do the smug “I made them” thing.  I will admit that I’ve only done the little accent piece once and am too lazy wasn’t super into it. That’s one of the great things about sewing. You can totally make things your own! Enjoy!

Who would you make a set of these for?

* You can totally hand sew these. Use a back stitch for the main sewing.

Cosplay Starter Kit: Lumpy Space Princess

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Hey Everyone! Ok, I’ve been working on this for awhile. There are just so many options for LSP that I found it hard to stop. For those who aren’t exactly sure what this is, I’ll explain. The starter kit is just that. A kit of things I’ve pulled together that can help you do an LSP cosplay. It’s for if you’re new to cosplaying or just in need of some ideas to get you started. Take as much or as little as you’d like. I include DIY options as well as places you can buy things. It’s all up to what works best for you! I hope this helps and Happy Cosplaying!

LSP Dresses to buy

LSP dresses

1,2,3,4,5,6

DIY Dress Patterns

LSP DYI dress

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

Tops

lsp tops

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

DIY Tops

lsp diy top

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Bottoms

LSP bottoms

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

DIY Bottoms

LSP DIY Bottoms

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Wigs

LSP Wigs

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,

Star

LSP Star

1, 2, 3, 4

Jewelry

LSP jewelary

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 Make up

Ok so there’s no pretty picture for this bc I found like 30 things that could work. From drug store brands to high end ones, I wanted to try to get as many options as I could. I put them all on this pinterest board for you to look at. Now, if purple isn’t your thing and you don’t want to drop a lot of money on makeup I’d recommend the E.l.F quad in Party Purple. I bought it and it worked just fine for the price, a whole $2. lol I can post the look I did if people really want to see. But the pin board has a bunch of different options for you. Also the names of the colors I found are in the description of the pin just in case the color doesn’t pop up.

Places to buy fabric

 Mood
Joann Fabrics
Hancock
Vogue
Fashion Fabric Club

Other LSP coplay options (In case this wasn’t quite what you were looking for or if you need more ideas.)
Lumpy Space Princess Makeup by Michelle Phan
Lumpy Space Princess Cosplay by imachubbybunny
Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) Makeup by iloveamyhoney
DIY: Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) Costume by clothesencounters
Halloween Adventure Time: Lumpy Space Princess Makeup Tutorial by karlacosmetica

Aaaaaaand there you have it! This should give you a great starting point for your LSP cosplay! Let me know what you’d like to see next or if you need help with anything!

-Mel

 

FCBD Haul

Steph’s
fcbd

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I made sure the girls and I got to our store right when it opened because last year I missed out on a bunch (cough Archaia cough). Even still, it was packed. And they had the heat on because they kept their door wide open. But with all those bodies in there…whoooo it was hot. My 2 yo was determined to get all the comics she could reach. And to run away and join other groups of people browsing.
I am in love with Archaia’s collection. It’s so beautiful. My oldest has been showing off all her comics to everyone she sees and demanding to read them over and over. Makes me so happy 🙂
Free Comic Book Day is the best day!

Mel’s

We got to the shop late and only ended up getting 3 comics, two of which were fought over and destroyed in the car. I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture. It happens. On the plus side, I did get to pick up everything that was in my box so it saved me a 20 min drive. I am green with envy over Steph’s haul. The Archaia hardcover is the one thing I’m really sad I missed. (I’m kind of in love with everything they put out.)

How was your FCBD haul?