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Joy Is Enough Of A Reason To Do The Things

Sparrow Kelley

The first sewing machine I picked up was a little purple thing that cost about $50 and wasn't really intended to actually sew fabric.  I promptly broke two of them before realizing I needed a real machine. But I was determined to teach myself to sew because I wanted to make costumes.  I'm not-so-secretly a big nerd.  I have always loved fantasy and science fiction anything. So it's not much of a surprise that when I discovered Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire the Masquerade, Shadowrun, and countless more table top rpg's in my late teens I was instantly hooked.  Cosplay was a concept that was just beginning to gain popularity, and my crafty little heart near exploded with the idea of being able to make my own contributions to that scene. 

Then I learned, sewing clothes is hard.  Really, really hard.  Especially when you're doing it all on your own, and decent YouTube how-to's weren't really a thing yet.  Fast forward several years and a few kids later.  While I never lost the desire, what possible use could I have to make complex costumes?  We don't game as much as we used to, and we don't go to cons anymore.  Even Halloween is a stay-at-home kind of holiday for us.  I had gained the technical skills over the years, but lost the reason.

Then I realized.  The joy of doing it is enough of a reason.  

So with that, I present to you, the special project I've been working on for the past couple of months; Cosmic Babydoll. 

As an original concept, I didn't really have a clear final vision for where I wanted this to go.  Unlike other cosplay/costume artists, my drawing skills are rather lacking, so I created a digital moodboard to pull together my ideas.  After that, the pieces mostly fell into place.



Just having the vision wasn't enough, though.  I knew my iPhone wasn't gonna cut it, and that having someone behind the camera who could see my idea, and make it a reality was going to be the key.  So I asked my good friend, and amazing photoshop artist, Jess from Say Yes To Jess to help me out.  And hot damn, did she deliver.



Now, I know you're all dying for the outfit details, so here's the specs:

Handmade pieces include the skirt, cuffs, and collar/body harness.  I used my absolute favorite skirt pattern, Chardon from Deer + Doe, and just made it about 4" shorter than the pattern calls for.  The cuffs were an quick and dirty last minute edition when I decided it needed a touch more pink. (Yes, I said pink.  Don't panic.)

The body harness was purchased from OhhhLulu awhile ago, and I just added a quick little tatted edging to it, in silver thread.




I got really lucky and found these awesome boots that fit my moodboard vision perfectly from DollsKill for only $50!  Similarly, the wig is from Amazon, and is less than $20. Score! 


And finally, I'm wearing my 511 overbust mesh corset from Orchard Corset [referral link], which I modified slightly by sewing knit panels to the front to form the bow.

I had an absolute blast both putting this together, and hanging out with Jess for the photoshoot, and I cannot wait to do it again! Oh, and here's a bonus pic of the Viking holding my umbrella for me while I tried not to fall off a log.  Isn't he cute? 


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