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I've been trying to get back to sewing again after the craziness of Costume-Con, so I decided to start by making some doll dresses. I have a huge stash of doll clothes patterns and little fabric remnants to use up, and I'm quite pleased with this Vogue 1950s Barbie sundress I just finished:
1950s doll dress

(I'll have to find a doll without blue legs to model it sometime later lol)

Also I've been a little remiss in my Doctor Who watching- I'm taking a break to go back and watch season 1 of Agent Carter. I'm horribly put out that it just got cancelled, as it's a great show, and I think I have a need to cosplay Peggy Carter now! I have a vintage 1940s felt hat that I think could work if I can find a red, white and blue ribbon for it, and I'm sure I've got a 1940s suit pattern I can use. (And if the hat doesn't work, there's a vintage clothing fair in town next month! Of course it's on the same day that the play I'm on the crew for has two shows, but I'll just have to get up early so I can go vintage shopping before the play starts!)
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who Barbara)
Wow, golly, so much stuff has happened since I last updated this journal!

#1: I went to Chicago TARDIS and it was awesome! I got two of my new cosplays done, and two more I put together from items in my wardrobe, so I actually had four new for the weekend, and they were all big hits and lots of fun to wear. Got pics and autographs with the UNIT team and Paul McGann (while in costume!) and generally saw a lot of cool stuff and met lots of lovely people (there were so many First Doctor companion cosplayers there! We had a meet-up and it was amazing!). Pics and further stories will be sorted through soon, since I'm kind of busy at the moment, due to the next thing on this list...

#2: The Cinderella panto I'm stage managing opened this weekend! It was really hard to try to learn how to call a show in literally three days, but I've mostly figured it out and am getting better at it with each performance as I get used to it.

#3: Finished the Third Doctor's era in my great Classic Who watch-a-thon. I have many feelings about it! I'll write up a proper review when I'm less tired! :P
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Random middle of the night updates are better than no updates I suppose, so-

I took the stage manager position after all. I really want to keep doing theater, and I decided it's best not to turn down opportunities when they're handed to you! This means I will be very busy for the next three months, and so I won't have time to make Clara's governess outfit for Chicago TARDIS this year. :(

BUT- I have three other cosplays planned, and one is almost done, one already started, and the other I have all the materials for- and except for painting the flowers and birds onto Ian's Marco Polo jacket, they're relatively simple, so I should still have all three days of the convention covered! Woohoo! I can do this!!! \o/

Also went to see an exhibit of costumes from Downton Abbey last week- it was amazing! They had them set up in a beautiful historic mansion that was modelled on an English country house, so you really got the full 'stepping into history' ambiance. The costumes are half the reason I watch, tbh, and they're all so exquisite in person. The construction details are interesting to see, & getting to look up close from several angles was a real treat! A lot of the beaded & embroidered pieces were actually from the period, and you just don't see handwork like that anymore! Also it was very surprising to see how tiny all the actresses costumes are. You expect them to be very tall because they have so much screen presence, but they're just average people, albeit very thin ones! There's hope for us short girls yet, lol.

My Classic Who watch-a-thon has already slowed to a crawl before my rehearsals even start, but I finally managed to watch 'The Three Doctors' last night. I felt very strongly that the Second Doctor was written completely out of character, so that was very disappointing, since I'd hoped for one more story with my lovely, sweet, funny Two, and got a rather obnoxious childish substitute instead. Even the Brigadier felt a bit off- his dryly amused air replaced with outright disdain for the Doctor in some instances, so I think the writers were simply not having a good day. The story was alright, & Benton & Jo were adorable as usual, so that was good at least. And of course, the small bits with William Hartnell as the First Doctor really got to me. However small, they're his last appearance as the Doctor, and he's the original and best, in my book. ♥ On to 'Carnival of Monsters' next!
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who Barbara)
Here's a pic of my cosplay of Susan Foreman from two years ago:


Susan Foreman outside TARDIS

and a 'family portrait' with a First Doctor cosplayer I ran into:

First Doctor & Susan


(I shouted 'Grandfather!' when I saw him, and he gave me a funny look before he realized I was Susan, lol. Unfortunately this blurry pic was the only one I got with him!)
newmoonstar: (Aztec Barbara)
Hey here are some pics of my cosplay of Clara Oswald from 'The Snowmen' from 2 years ago:

Clara Oswin Oswald

Clara is menaced by a cyberman


This was my 'barmaid on a budget' dress that I threw together when I was really sick with some kind of nasty virus, & I just barely got it done before I had to wear it at the con! But considering the time & budget constraints, I think it turned out pretty well, & I had a lot of fun wearing it.
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who: The Romans)
The last of the snow finally melted, & it distinctly felt like spring today! 75 degrees & no coats to be seen! I'm SO ready to wear dresses & sandals again! \o/

Also I'm super excited to be going to back to Chicago in a few weeks for Lyric Opera's production of Carousel. I love that they do a musical every year now- it's basically a Broadway production without having to go to New York! Laura Osnes & Steven Pasquale are starring, so wow! Also Catherine Zuber is doing the costumes & she's my fave costume designer on Broadway currently, so very excited to see what she'll come up with. Having seen their production of Oklahoma! two years ago, I know the Lyric orchestra is fantastic, and the whole production is going to be fabulous. (Also it's so glamorous there & I get to dress up, which is extra fun!) It's like musical theatre geek heaven! I'm so excited!

My Classic Who watch continues: I listened to 'The Celestial Toymaker', which was okay, but not very exciting. I think it was really intended to make it's impact through the visuals, and since most of it's missing, you lose a lot of the interest on audio. More thoughts behind the cut )

Also watched 'Paradise Towers', which was... weird. 80s Who is just so much weirder than other eras, for some reason. But it was alright, certainly, & there were a lot of female characters, which is always nice to see on TV, & I just really like Mel no matter what anyone else says! But I thought the end was a little odd. Thoughts on why here )

Also, just yesterday I was at the fabric store & saw the exact blue-polka fabric that Mel's outfit in 'Paradise Towers' was made of... and now part of me is actually contemplating cosplaying that heinous 80s monstrosity. I'm pretty sure I'd be the only Mel at the con... but I'm already planning Vicki, Ian, Romana I, possibly 2 Claras and possibly a Barbara, I don't need more!! Shut up, brain!! Is there a support group for compulsive companion cosplayers? Because I think I need to join it...
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who: Victoria)
Over Thanksgiving weekend I attended the Chicago TARDIS Doctor Who convention. I think I'm still recovering! I went the whole weekend, cosplayed the whole weekend, and met lots of fabulous people, and saw lots of amazing costumes. Also spent a ton of money, since so many of my favorite actors were there, and hey, you gotta have the photos and the autographs! I literally danced around my house shrieking for joy when I heard that Deborah Watling, Wendy Padbury AND Frazer Hines (aka Victoria, Zoe, & Jamie) would ALL be there. And I told them this at the photo session; Frazer asked me 'can you show us the dance?' and I said yes! When I did it, they all laughed, and a guy in the room gave me a ribbon 'for squeeing'! (I got lots of ribbons this year! Mwahaha! I only got one last year, and I was afraid I wouldn't get any after I forgot to order some of my own to give out this year, but people were pretty generous with them, maybe they felt sorry for me having to try to maneuver those hallways in a giant hoopskirt! Someone even gave me one that was the same as I was going to do! In the original Coal Hill School colors and everything!!! )

Meeting the actors at the Thurday reception )

The schedule was jam-packed, as usual, and I have gripes about some things, but squee about others )

The Chronological Cavalcade )

Met Billie Piper, but was too tongue-tied to say much! )

More encounters with the Troughton Trio, and how they are both cute, fierce, and like an adorable family. Aww. )

Cosplay, the Masquerade, and I buy lots of Whovian swag )

The Fudge of Rassilon, TARDISES everywhere, and Victoria Waterfield eats a hamburger )

I pretty much collapsed the minute I got home, and I'm still exhausted and afraid to go through all the stuff I brought home! There were so many things to do that I didn't get a chance to do them all, but really, on the whole, I feel pretty darn lucky to have had the opportunity to hang out with so many cool people over an amazing, crazy weekend, and share the love for our amazing, crazy show. I love that there's a place I can chase someone down the hall with a camera shouting "Leela! Leela!" and have them turn around and know I'm not crazy, I just love their costume! I'll cherish the memory of meeting Deborah Watling, especially, forever. I worked so hard for a year to get all those costumes done, but when other people recognize them, and give you a smile or an 'omigod!' that makes all the hard work worth it entirely. Was it exhausting? Yes. Would I do it again? You bet. I'm already plotting for next year. In the best spirit of the Eleventh Doctor: Geronimo! :D
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Second to last episode of Poirot was on tonight. I have to say, I'm really disappointed. In 25 years, I've never seen an episode where the killer was so blatantly obvious, and actually given away in the middle. The way the actress was playing it was certainly the biggest problem, but there was a line in the script that confirmed it had to be her. I'm really aghast, as I've been watching Poirot my whole life, and I've never figured out the killer before Poirot announced it, the surprise reveal is the fun part. I've never read the novel it's based on, so I can only guess how much of this is from the novel, and how much was bad adaptation, but nothing in it felt like Agatha Christie. (The whole thing with the Countess was especially confusing. I'm positive she was supposed to be the same character played by Kika Markham all those years ago, but suddenly they recast her much younger, and she somehow has an American daughter who hates Poirot? Like, what? Someday I'll have to read this book and find out what was actually going on with all this!) And now I only have one more new episode, and it's the one where he dies. This is absolutely going to destroy me. *sobs in the corner*

My Doctor Who cosplay plans are mostly on track, I finished my Abominable Snowmen Victoria, yay! Working on Invasion Zoe now, but may have to scrap my Barbara outfits, because I can't get the wig I need for it anymore, and I can't get my own hair to do a bouffant (and wouldn't want to even if I could!) The wig I ordered for it apparently only comes in red now, and they don't make the brown version anymore. (Which would have been nice to know BEFORE I ordered it! Don't just say it's in stock and send me the wrong one! ARG!!!) And only two weeks to go before the con! Eek! Somehow I'll make this work as long as I just keep sewing!
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who: The Romans)
1) Victoria Waterfield - The Evil of the Daleks

2) Victoria Waterfield - The Abominable Snowmen

3) Zoe Heriot - The Invasion

4) Barbara Wright - The Web Planet

5) Barbara Wright - Marco Polo

...and only Barbara's Web Planet outfit is off-the-rack! I've got to make the rest in a little under four weeks. Eeeeek! And I haven't even started cutting out the fabric yet! But it's all washed and ready to go, so I'd better get sewing. (Especially since Deborah Watling and Wendy Padbury are actually going to be there! SQUEEE!!! I really want to get Victoria and Zoe's outfits done for them to see, I'd love to hear their reactions. That'll probably be surreal, to meet the person you're dressed up as, but also really awesome I think. We do it out of love for the characters, so hopefully the actors will be happy to know people still love their characters enough to dress up as them after all this time.)
newmoonstar: (Doctor Who Barbara)
Wow, I'm actually updating! It's a miracle. Been so busy though! Finished the first draft of the play I was writing a few weeks ago, so OMG YAY! But I'm cosplaying at a con this weekend, so as soon as I finished writing, I had to jump right into sewing for the con. I finally finished Jane's yellow bustle dress from Disney's Tarzan, so that will be making it's debut this weekend! SO excited! Also threw together a basic Snow White costume using the Simplicity pattern, so I'll wear that tomorrow, and the Dalek dress I bought at Hot Topic will be for Sunday. The only thing I'm kind of upset about is that the Masquerade is at the exact same time that the season premiere of Doctor Who is airing. I'm not going to compete in the Masquerade, so it's not like I couldn't skip it and go watch, (and it would probably be more entertaining than most Masquerades), but it's also true that the Who premiere will be repeated later that night, so I could watch it then, and it's murphy's law that the one time you skip the Masquerade is the one time it'll be awesome. Ugh, geek problems!

I am so, so not ready for the new season of Who. I wish it was another week or month yet! Cut for Whovian angst and fannish worries )

But enough worrying for today; I'm not going to even THINK about Who until I see the new eps. Except for the actual Doctor Who cookie-cutters I just got today, I might have to give some thought to the best way to make K9 and a Dalek look pretty and taste delicious. (I could have a time-travelling tea party, omigosh! I must make it happen now.)
newmoonstar: (beatles (theboxingbutton))
Still writing! But it's a cold, rainy day, so taking a break today and randomly updating LJ instead.

Yesterday was fun because I wore my lovely 8th Doctor t-shirt for the first time, and kept getting compliments from random Whovians at the grocery store and on the sidewalk all day long. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy to know there are so many of us all around. (And makes me wonder why they won't give the 8th Doctor some more on-screen adventures. Everybody loves him! No one said anything when I wore my First, Second or Ninth Doctor shirts, but they all went crazy over Eight.)

Also found more Whovian goodness yesterday at a fundraising rummage sale the local collective artist studio was having. I don't know what it is about the artsy hippies in my city, but they have the best stuff at their rummage sales. Plus there's always Beatles music playing in the background. Somehow, ever since the metaphysical bookstore closed after 40 years, I'd almost forgotten how blissful it is browse thru shoulder bags with pictures of Indian deities and shirts made from old kimonos and chat with other cheerful artsy geeks while 60s music drifts in with the incense on a sunny day... Honest to goodness, that is literally the best way to while away a lazy afternoon. *nostalgic sniffles*

But getting back on track, I found a Chinese tunic there that looks like the one Susan wore in 'Marco Polo', so woohoo! One cosplay half-done, and I didn't have to sew! And also a cameo pendant for Victoria's outfit from 'The Evil of the Daleks', so I finally have everything I need for that cosplay. Woohoo again! I think I now have, like, eight different outfits planned for Chicago TARDIS, and it only lasts three days! I'm gonna have to narrow things down, but I suppose time management will be the deciding factor in the end. Only two of them are entirely off the rack, so which cosplays make their debut will depend on how much sewing I get done. (But probably SOMEONE from 'Marco Polo'. I have patterns and fabric now for Susan, Barbara, AND Ian's outfits! What can I say, the costumes were fabulous, and I want to wear them ALL. Plus it's my favorite TARDIS team, so gotta represent for my lovelies. OH WHY can't they just find this serial somewhere already?!)

Also found an enormous and fantastic book on Impressionism, which has a ton of pictures, some of which I've never seen before, and I'm a pretty hardcore Impressionism groupie, so that's really impressive! I'm waiting to read it till I'm done writing though, because I know it'll put me in the mood to sew Victorian dresses, and I can't have distractions now I'm in the home stretch with my play. Onward and upward. :D

P.S. I'd marry anyone who got the reference in the subject line of this post...
newmoonstar: (The Doctor & Jamie)
Well, I went to Chicago Tardis this past weekend, and it was AMAZING. I figured the 50th anniversary would be the year to go, and boy was I right! Getting photos and autographs from 3 Doctors and 5 companions all in one trip is not too shabby! Plus, this year being the biggest ever meant tons of awesome cosplay! I have two memory cards filled with unbelievable photos, which hopefully I will sift through and post here sometime soon, but I'm still so exhausted I haven't even unpacked everything yet!

Anyhoo, I cosplayed for the first time! Thanks to getting really sick two weeks before the Con, the Barmaid Clara dress was the only big dress I got finished, but I wore it on Saturday night, and posed for pictures with two other barmaid Claras, which is so cool. And I wore my black & white Susan Foreman outfit on Friday night, which I have to say I was almost more excited about, because the Hartnell era is a much smaller segment of the fandom, but I got recognized several times, and everybody who knew who I was was SO appreciative it just made my heart swell. (I started watching Classic Who for the first time earlier this year, and I'm officially an Old School Whovian now. It's shocking how much worse the obsession becomes when you get into the old stuff.)

During the day I wore my Tardis dress with Tardis stockings, or Tardis tank top, all picked up at Hot Topic during sales, and I felt quite fabulously geektastic. And I think it's the one time where running into other girls wearing the same clothes as you is actually an awesome occurance!

I must note that I am officially broke now, for the record. Between all the merchandise I picked up in the dealer's room (including finally plunging into Big Finish audios; they were having sales and I went for it!) and the autographs and photos, I literally spent every penny I brought with me. But it was totally worth it, not just for the items themselves, but for the one-on-one time with the actors themselves. I am totally amazed at how gracious and nice all the actors were to everyone. It felt like we spent forever waiting in lines, but then you realize it's because they take the time to actually talk to everyone they sign an autograph for. Unfortunately my mom cried in front of Sarah Sutton and Louise Jameson, which totally set me crying too, and now I feel awful that they looked so worried for us! And I was totally cool as a cucumber the whole rest of the time! Well, actually I totally fangirled Frazer Hines when I ran into him in the dealer's room; I was proper giggling idiot then, but he put up with me very patiently! And either he forgave me, or didn't recognize me the next day when I went to get an autograph, because when I calmly chatted about how excited I was to see 'Enemy of the World' and 'Web of Fear' for the first time, and somehow the conversation turned to how people would tell him how they used to have a crush on him, and I said that I would always have a crush on him no matter how old he got, then he leaned across the table and gave me a big hug AND a kiss on the forehead! I was SO not expecting that, and I was just floating around with a stupid grin, squeeing like the ditsiest fangirl all the way home. I got kissed by Jamie, people!!!!

I also got the famous Paul McGann Soulful Gaze in person!!! I mentioned how I loved him in 'Our Mutual Friend' and he was like "my favorite thing I've ever done! Eugene Wrayburn, so many layers to that character, you know?" And he was giving me that look that he does, that 'I can peer into your soul and you will understand' look that makes me melt when I see it on screen, and I was just nodding and smiling and agreeing, because yeah, Paul McGann, I do know exactly what you're talking about! (Seriously, I thought that was just an actor thing he does for the camera, but apparently it's something indigenous to his actual person. No wonder he works so steadily, no female casting director could be immune to The Soulful Gaze! But I think he must not be aware that he's doing it, because that would make him a very wicked man indeed to be throwing that at fangirls knowingly. Oh boy, it's heady stuff!)

So in addition to the aforementioned encounters with two of my biggest Doctor Who crushes, I also got a personal recommendation from Nicola Bryant of 'Peri and the Piscon Paradox', shared an elevator with Michael Jayston, and rescued Colin Baker from missing his flight after my mother started chatting to him as we were both checking out of the hotel. I met Daleks, Cybermen, Doctors, amazingly creative cosplayers and knitters and crafters, and shared moments of squee with complete strangers who nonetheless felt like friends because we all spoke the same language of loving Doctor Who. I've never been to a convention where you could leave a sweater or a camera on a chair and expect it to be there when you got back, but we did here. Everyone we met was so nice. And I think that's the real magic of Doctor Who. Beyond fantastic adventures in time and space, there's an underlying philosophy of openness and caring and doing the right thing that makes the show special, and the people who love it embrace that totally. And just like that, life imitates art, and the Doctor really does make the world a better place. :)

(At least at one Chicago hotel for one weekend out of the year. Hurry up, 2014, I can't wait for next year! Where's the Tardis when you need it? ;-D)
newmoonstar: (icon by marble_feet)
Wow, my longest stretch of LJ neglect ever! But life's been pretty dull until recently; I didn't have anything much to squee about until now: I'm going to Chicago Tardis this year!!!! EEEEEEE!!!

My very first Doctor Who Convention! (My first fandom convention ever, for that matter.) I'm super excited to geek out with my fellow fans, and to get some piece of Doctor Who merchandise signed by Paul McGann and Peter Davison! (OMG I had such a crush on Paul McGann in Horatio Hornblower back in the day! Wait, I kinda still do...) And I'm especially excited about the cosplay! Seeing everyone else's costumes is always fun, but I really want to make something myself. I've dreamed of doing a clockwork droid from 'The Girl in the Fireplace' since that episode aired, so this is finally the time to do it! I just bought the wig, and a mask that I think will work okay once I repaint it, so onto the dress tomorrow. (Well, the underthings tomorrow, actually. It takes a lot of structural support to make an 18th century court dress look the way it should!)

Also, if the clockwork droid costume gets finished in enough time, I really want to do Clara's red barmaid dress from 'The Snowmen'. That was another one that when I saw it, I went, 'gotta have it!' It'll be a budget version for sure; I can't find, let alone afford, an embroidered silk like the original was, but when you watch the episode, it just reads as a solid red dress, so I think some nice cotton broadcloth will do quite well for a substitute. :)

And, even though finishing both those projects is highly improbable in less than three months, I have a sneaking desire to do some form of steampunk girly version of the 8th Doctor's costume. Seeing as McGann will actually be there, I'm assuming my fellow 8 fans will be out in full force, and therefore someone would be more likely to get the reference. But I'd really need to get fabrics that would be a good match, and that would probably be expensive, and I probably won't have time. Ugh. We'll see!

But I'm just so spectacularly excited I could die, and I very much hope we won't be hit by a blizzard that weekend and be snowed in and not be able to go! (Don't even say it!! LOL)

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