This is me.
In a nutshell, my whole life I've been a cartoon addict. No lie. I recorded my faves on VHS when I was a teenager and I have never really stopped watching them!
But as you get older you learn to appreciate new things and I fell, similar Alice, down the rabbit hole into the world of anime.
The character drawings are gorgeous. The story lines are compelling, complex, at times have left me in hysterical tears of laughter and other times tears of welling sadness. Getting lost in the lives of the characters, anime gives me so much inspiration. I draw from it in so much that I create. It's so special to share that love with my husband who is even more otaku than I am and to pass it on to our kids. I mean, they fall for it all all on their own! They have their shows that they love to watch and Mommy and Daddy have theirs! I really could go on and on about how much it means to me... that I've emblazoned my back in anime tattoos dedicated to my children, heck, even the names of some of my kids derive from anime!
That's probably not why you came here today.
This is what you're looking for:
I was talking with Celina about what kind of Sew Geeky she might be interested in and she actually came up with the anime idea, and since I know we are gonna do anime again in the future as a theme I thought about doing a classic anime theme!! Max quickly brainstormed as did I, trying to pick the perfect one(s)!
I was discussing about how I always wanted to do an outfit for Akira from the movie we got her name from.
It doesn't get much more "classic anime" than AKIRA.
Not exactly one I'd watch with the kids, AKIRA deals with biiig ideals and has a very intricate storyline leading to lots of discussion. Akira translates into "light" or "clear" and in the movie Akira is enlightenment. But it goes waaay beyond that.
It's available to watch for free on Hulu dubbed if you're into watching it!
So I chose to do the iconic Kaneda outfit: red motorcycle jacket, red pants, red boots, and motorcycle goggles.
- red asymmetrical sweater (remixed heavily from this pattern) with elastic cased bottom, polo-esque collar with flap and snap, faux placket, faux pockets, pill applique on back, and pleather quilted shoulder details.
- red baby leggings (remixed from this pattern) with red pleather knee pads.
- red baby boots (remixed from this pattern) with red pleather and minky brown lining
|Peace sign Akira says "chill". hahah. Poses are all her own, folks|
|Star Trek Akira says "Live Long and Prosper, yo"|
Check out these outtakes:
bucket list I just couldn't be happier with the result. I could stare and laugh at her photos all day!
|Jon wanted me to superimpose a motorcycle underneath her. HA!|
|Trying to recreate this pose... she looks like her arms got cut off! They're too small to rest on her head!|
But if I didn't do that then I wouldn't be able to introduce your to Monkey D. Luffy, aka Straw-hat Luffy.
One Piece is a funny, adventure theme anime about a pirate on the epic quest for the treasure of a lifetime. It's the Great Pirate Era!
This is an anime that was a part of Shonen Jump magazine (as a manga, the printed version of anime, similar to a comic "panel" layout) for a verrrrrrry long time. And it too is dubbed and on Hulu for free if you're interested. It's really a fun anime that's definitely a good one for kids.
Sephira's outfit consists of a couple of very wearable handmades:
pattern) with a v-neck modification
pattern) with a v-neck modification
- chambray and white stretch twill Hosh shorts (remixed heavily from this pattern using this tutorial as a guide) made as shorts with white cuffs.
Tank Girl were ordered from Ebay and never arrived (to this day in fact they are still lost in transit from Pennsylvania!). He assured me that he has "good luck" with this sort of thing. I thought he was wrong, but lo and behold last week, there is our One Piece branded straw hat for our little Luffy sitting by our doorstep! Unfortunately Max did not have as much luck with a wig she ordered from Ebay for this Sew Geeky which also is coming from China! I thought for sure that since it was considerably closer than the Pacific Northwest, that she'd have gotten hers before me! Go figure!
I've been given carte blanche from Sarah, one of my bestest buds in the world to giveaway a combo of patterns used for Sephira's Luffy look: the Doli tank and the Hosh pants! Guys, these are, legit, some of my absolute go to patterns for life. I have made and remixed the Hosh pants pattern in particular at least a dozen times but probably I am grossly underestimating. There will details at the end of the post about how to enter the giveaway!
Cardcaptors (aka Cardcaptor Sakura) is a manga/anime that is created by CLAMP in the mid-90s. I mention this because CLAMP is amazeballs, guys. They created this story first then they made THREE more manga and anime a little later on but virtually at the same time that are very unique stories onto themselves BUT that overlap in storylines together! Cardcaptors, Tsubasa, Chobits, and xxxHolic. Isn't that crazy?! I am not lying when I say that they produce arguably some of the most intriguing and important animes of the 21st century. Heck, my first tattoo, my "Azriella" tattoo, which takes up half of my back, is a scene from an extremely dear to my heart anime called Chobits. I can't begin to go into what that anime means to me but suffix it to say it was enough for me to want it burned into my skin for all eternity haha. And xxxHolic by CLAMP is one of the best animes out there I watch it over and over and over again. Teaches you so many great lessons.
Cardcaptor Sakura is about a magical elementary-aged school girl, Sakura, who unlocks a deck of magical cards, called Clow cards, with special abilities and must retrieve them all to save the world from calamity. I started watching all the episodes dubbed on YouTube and Azriella walked in and lost her mind. She became immediately infatuated with the show! You guys should see her eyes light up when she talks about it now!
So for her outfit, I wanted to do some simple items that could be mixed matched later when she's in school but that still had cohesiveness enough to be recognizable as Sakura.
- a white puff sleeved blouse (simplified from a pattern from this book) I kept it simple with no frills so she can wear it with any dress or jumper! and I tacked on a crisp red bow to the neckline (I didn't want to always use the bow on the dress and I can use the red bow in the future for other things)
- pink one-piece jumper (remixed heavily from this pattern) that I made to have a circle skirt instead of a contrast banded gathered skirt with a star circle applique and revisited my wing insertion tutorial but reinvented it to look more Sakura-esque. Also, I made those big red buttons on the back of the dress.
- pink beret (made from a pattern in this book) lined in red. Easy peasy but it really mimics quite well the headdress Sakura wears but in a more everyday wearable way.
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I'm gonna have the giveaway last for three weeks so make sure to enter if you don't already have this super rad sewing patterns! Remember, it's for the combo of the Doli tank PDF AND the Hosh pants PDF from LouBee Patterns! Make sure to pop over there and check out all her fantastic patterns!
And you HAVE GOT TO SEE what my Sew Geeky co-host, Max-California, did for her classic anime look and our super fantastic special guest, Celina, did! I love the pants off of those ladies and that's no joke!! I'm just beyond tickled pink to have Celina sewing along with us this time!! She is such an immense inspiration to me!!! So much respect for her! You might remember I did a post as part of a series of other bloggers who made creations as an homage to her! She is the co-creator of the famous and outstanding STYLO fashion eMagazine that focuses on handmades of the latest trends from all over the world!
Enough of my yappering, go check it out!
And check out more Sew Geeky goodness by going to the Sew Geeky page here. Be sure to share your photos with us if you sew along! We absolutely adore when people sew along with us!!
To make it a little easier to plan ahead, here is our tentative schedule:
July: DC vs MARVEL
September: STUDIO GHIBLI
(Think "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Ponyo")
October: GEEK SPECTACULAIRE!
(into Maps? Math? Vintage Colecovision games? Or maybe you want to sew something up from a theme we've already done like Star Wars!? Well the geekier the better! We want to see all your unique fandom come out in your handmades!! Perfect time to get those nerdy Halloween costumes ideas out of your head!!)
November: EPIC FANTASY
(Think Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones!)
December: TIM BURTON FILMS
(Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeny Todd and all his other genius films)
January: [adult swim]
(Adventure Time, Venture Bros., the Regular Show... oh man, I wonder if we should make this more than one! I'm gonna want to sew all the things for this!!!)
Be sure to use the hashtag #sewgeeky or email us links or pics of the things you make so we can show you some love!!!
And stay tuned for more blogging goodness really soon! I overfilled my plate with fun, yummy projects!
Till next time!