Showing posts from August, 2017

Otakon 2017 (It's much bigger on the inside)

Wow, what a weekend! Where do I begin? This year, Otakon 17 has been moved from Baltimore, to Washington DC. This means bigger space and more things to see and do. However when my husband and I arrived at the Washington Convention Center, we were awestruck with what we saw. The convention center was so large compared to the BCC in Baltimore, that it was like stepping inside the Tardis from Doctor Who (bigger on the inside); in addition to the WCC, Otakon also had events running in the Marriott next door! As a result, Otakon surprisingly not crowded at all this whole weekend!  The second thing about the convention that was new, were the bag inspections at the door. Given the recent incident at a convention in Phoenix ComiCon this past May, a lot of conventions have now taken security measures by conducting weapons and bag checks; as a result of how smooth the line moved from outside to the check in counters, things went by very fast. Speaking of lines going by very fast,

1885 Victorian Day Bodice Part 2

Previously, I was working on my first mock-up of the 1885 Curisas Victorian day jacket by  Truly Victorian. While following the pattern instructions (lining, interlining, boning, etc.) I realized that with the undergarments and corset in place, it would be a bit uncomfortable for me to wear; as a result I decided to just cut and sew the outer fabric and the lining together. The form of the jacket would fit around the corset just fine. In fact, the whole jacket came together nicely enough to get started on the real project.  As I've mentioned in my recent post, I did a lot of research on the types of prints that women wore during the late Victorian bustle era; to my understanding and what I've seen in fashion pictures on Pinterest, there was a wide selection that matched either the wearer's preference or whatever was remotely fashionable at the time. For example, there was LOTS of plaids, stripes, floral prints, etc. Sometimes the outfit was a plain solid color, but the