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Costume Designers Guild at SDCC 2014

Yes folks, the San Diego Comic Con posts are still forthcoming!

We just HAD to write about one of the best afternoon events we were privileged to attend at SDCC: The CDG (Costume Designers Guild) Mixer! On Friday, July 25th, the CDG local 892 rolled out the red carpet to their members and panelists to celebrate all things costuming at the Marriot Marquis.  The Costume Designers Guild (I.A.T.S.E. Local 892) is the labor union representing costume designers, assistant costume designers and illustrators in film and television.

For those not in the know, this year marked the CDG’s ninth consecutive year participating at SDCC, by offering a slew of panels on costuming and the industry, as well as sponsoring their very own Masquerade prizes and trophy!. This year’s winners were “Giant Monsters All Out Attack,” by Lisa Truong, Lynleigh Sato, Wendy Colon, and Cindy Purchase.

The CDG mixer venue was gorgeous, with our own view of the bay and plenty of food to nosh on!

Another wonderful part of this mixer was the copious amounts of costumes on display on models from various movies! We tried very hard not to feel every costume and freak out their wearers, haha. Alright, enough chit chat. On to the photos!


Beautiful gowns as far as the eye can see!

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Nerd Quilt

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I finally completed one of the longest standing projects in my WIP sewing closet. It’s a messy closet full of ‘That seems like a great idea! I will totally do that’ projects.

This one is rather near and dear to my heart because it’s full of memories! I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of nerdy t-shirts that I love. Funny sayings, cool logos, awesome art work, TONS of them. I am loathe to get rid of them once they are past the point of wearing in polite company (yes, I have some standards. They are not high, but they are there). But what to do with them?

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…Kigurumi!

Here’s a Halloween idea as comfy as it is silly!


Kigurumi comes from a combination of two Japanese words: Kiru (“to wear”) and nuigurumi  (“stuffed toy”) which is very appropriate since you’re literally dressing yourself as a stuffed animal or cartoon mascot.   The equivalent of kigurumi in English is “splash mascot”. You see them pretty often from Mickey Mouse in Disneyland to the poor soul working as a sign spinner dressed as an anthropomorphic ice cream cone.

In Japan, there is another subset of kigurumi in the form of giant stylized onesies called “disguise pajamas” that  became a big fashion item among the girls of Harajuku literally overnight in the early 2000s. What’s better than raiding the giant Don Quijote stores (think of them as 24hr Japanese Walmarts) and buying funny animal pajamas to wear after night of heavy partying?

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Sew sew

Did a quick project for work. Sometimes they ask me to sew things.


I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m getting pretty good at capes. I used the lotr fan site’s pattern. Can’t find the link just now, but great pattern for quick and easy cape.

It’s got a camera on the back because it’s an award for a fan film maker.


Sorry for shoddy image quality. It was late and I only had my phone to hand.


It’s not all knitting and crochet here! I’ve been having a sewing kick too. Last year I started a dress, just for fun and practice. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to wear it for, but now I’ve decided I’ll finish it for Halloween this year.


I also found an online store that has these totally cute bag patterns! Someone recommended it on Ravelry so I gave it a shot. Keyka Lou. The pattern was great, really good instructions, I love how it turned out.

Here’s the fabric I used.


And here’s how it turned out:


Now I have a neat bag for all my yarn projects!