The following is a 3 part video series on how to sew a cowl, for superhero or other purposes out of spandex.
I recommend using nylon spandex, or cotton spandex (lycra). Half a yard of fabric will be sufficient. Other tools include; pins, good shears, marking tool (to mark dart) such as chalk, or tracing paper and tracing wheel, and of course a sewing machine and thread.
The pattern is also very helpful too! If you would like a copy of the pattern you can send me a message on youtube, or send me an email with your address to anigswes @ gmail.com and I'll mail you one. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago, I answered a call to be a extra on HBO's Bored to Death. The filming was during this past week in Brooklyn. Luckily, we have a friend in Brooklyn who was good enough to let us crash, so we could be as close to the set as possible, since we were looking at 10+ hour work days (only 2 days).
So, any pals I made on the set that have any pics, please let me know! You can always forward your smartphone pics to me at: anigswes @ gmail.com
Probably the best part about this was that they wanted to pay comic fans, who owned their own costumes to wear said costume on the set of their fake comic convention. I, the hubby, and our friend all got to go, and we were all dressed by me! Well, what I mean to say is, Batgirl, the Monarch and Sinestro jacket all got to be on camera. I changed a few things from those linked entries. My original Batgirl utility belt and gloves were kinda falling apart so I replaced them (no more stretch vinyl!) and The Monarch needed some work, especially because hubby gave the original gauntlets to the creators of the show. So, those original gauntlets are where? In a dumpster? In an intern's kitchen? In the toilet at Astrobase? One may never know! Anyway, so I'll have blog entries on a few of the replacement pieces soon.
Well, I'm not certain what I can say about the show, other than it stars, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Dansen and Zach Galifianakis. Other important names include the shows creator Jonathan Ames, and comic book artist Dean Haspiel. All this people I got to stand really close to, or walk near!
Yes, most of the working days were spent in the holding room. The first day was actually very uncomfortable because the temperature outside was more than 80 degrees, most everyone was wearing head to toe spandex or worse. Being on set was still exciting- there are more people than you can ever imagine working behind the camera. There was so much equipment, and the camera looked about as complex as an alien spaceship. Of course there was a lot of waiting around time, and the camera only seemed to roll for merely seconds at a stretch, I'm not certain how anything gets filmed to completion.
It was a very strange group of people, we had not only comic fans, and cosplayers, but real actors, real comic book artists thrown into the mix, one was never quite sure who they were talking to! On top of that, so many people were so hidden by their costumes, that you would never know them out of it! (I'm talkin to you, Power Ranger!) So, what did us extras do besides wait around and vamp in our costumes for each others' amusement? We did a lot of pantomiming, and walking through shoots, or to other areas within a shot. Simple, right?
Overall, it was a crazy, exhausting, sweaty experience, am I'm glad that we did it. AND I'll be holding my breath hoping that my 3 garments got lots of exposure in the episode.
I'll update again when it's going to air.
Even though we were banned to have cameras, I did manage to get a cool souvenir.
Alright, so things have been slow in the production area this week. I have been doing a lot of planning, designing, and thanks to a quick NYC trip I've been doing some sourcing too! Also, NYC is great for inspiration, so feel free to take a look at my "Umbrella Discard Project" photo album.
In the coming weeks, there will be plenty of new superhero (and maybe even a few villainous) designs.
In the meantime, I got to be in the local paper.....
PS- I definitely went to Top Shop to scout some of that superhero undies- they had none- never had! They have beautiful clothes, but expensive. I had such a fun time looking a clothing store that wasn't Sears! Then, I tried to go to MOCCA, but they were closed for installation : (
But on a brighter note, I got lots of nice fabric for some upcoming projects, but you'll just have to wait and see what they will be.
Well it's certainly difficult to have something cool to follow up the Monarch jacket- and I don't have anything that cool right now.
So, you'll just have to enjoy some clothes I've made for myself. I've set a goal for to slowly replace as much of my existing wardrobe with things I have made. This is not a hard and fast rule, I love to sew, so what better place to show it off than on myself- that and I have lots of fabric! I won't be making things like socks, undies or shoes (I love my shoes!). Making footwear will mostly be reserved for costuming purposes. I also doubt that I will be mastering jeans anytime soon also.
Cool twisty front top! This is made out of some lovely rayon spandex fabric that wrinkles when you look at it- so this style is good for it.
It's always fun to take on commissions, and one of the latest completed was that of the "Lil' Red Hat". This is for a choir show for O'Gorman High School out in South Dakota. It seems they are very serious about their chorus shows out there, so I was glad to be able to help them out. They needed 22 red pillbox hats- and if you have read this blog before, you know that I know how to do pillboxes!
Happy New Year! Before I get to Kyle, I just wanted to say it's coming up one year of this blog. I already have a lot of fun things in the pipeline for this year- so thanks for looking, hope you enjoy!
Once I began learning about Kyle Rayner, I immediately became enamored with this version of the costume and just needed an excuse to make it.