Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sew Geeky Episode II: RETURN OF THE GEEKS! Star Wars Edition + GIVEAWAY!


 
 Click above for a little introduction to this Episode of Sew Geeky!
(a little mood music)
THE TIME HAS COME AGAIN...
 As the video informs, we have returned for our next installment of SEW GEEKY!  What better day there is to celebrate than May the 4th?  So away we go!
Max and I wanted to do something big for the Star Wars theme. We went to one who has sewn many Star Wars wearables like a "Bossk". 
 Seriously folks, if you love the Force and haven't checked out Girl Like the Sea then you are seriously looking for posts in Alderaan places! Tara is spaceballs, i mean, amazeballs.  And each of her kids are, legit, cute enough to make you join the dark side.
Go see what she made!!!
 So what did I make?  Well, I wanted to pay homage to a lesser recreated character from the movies: the Imperial Royal Guards to Emperor Palpatine.  
http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20071204031522/starwars/images/e/e7/Crimson-guard.jpg
image credit to star wars wikia
It was weird making my cheerful Azriella into a stoic evil guard.  Does she look foreboding enough? 
I couldn't find the time to fashion a visor that would be breathable, so I used a bit of eyeshadow and photoshop to give the effect I want ;-) 
The fact that she has a smiley little doll face does not make it any easier to make her look sinister.  But I think she looks pretty cool!
I drafted out what I thought the hood should look like.  If you follow me on Instagram then you saw some questionable pics of me in my muslin making! I added in a seam here and a tack there and made sure it sloped and peaked acordingly.
The cape is fairly simple: gathered at the shoulders, open at the sides, and blind hems. I didn't have the time to make gloves either so I did a little something fun to simulate the look.
What's under the cape you ask? (Because I couldn't just stop there!)
A Saffron Dress
 (pattern by Paisley Roots)
made by me but in red vinyl.  I actually just had this realization that I do this all the time:



Challenge Accepted - fabric suggestions? Challenge Accepted!
I'm not going to go too much into the nooks and crannies of the dress today but suffice it to say there will be talk on it soon. 
I made a little steampunk button for the back of the dress.  Isn't it cute!?
One thing I have to say about it is that gathering vinyl is not for the faint of heart!

But I can check "vinyl dress" off my sewing bucket list now!
She loves the dress, as do I, and I can't wait for a fancy dress party or a ComicCon of some sort to come through Portland so I have an excuse to dress her up in it again!  The vinyl gathers do make for a delightfully dense skirt poof.  I seriously love it!
We got a fabulous lightsaber that made her so excited and giggly which was not the mood I was going for.  What the difference from with to without:
With lightsaber:
Without lightsaber:
She really started getting into it!  When I tried to offer it back to her she refused because she knew it was helping her stay in character.  So cute!
 Does she look like she wants to steal your soul?
She's trying her hardest!
In the beginning she had such a hard time finding out how to be mean.  Bless her little heart, she doesn't have a malicious bone in her body!  It was either happiness or tears!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
Would you like to win a copy of this pattern?
Karly has agreed to give me a copy of her Saffron Dress Pattern to one of my readers!
I will be choosing a winner on May 25th at random.  Why that date? Because it's International Geek Awareness Day and we ALL will be sewing something else epic of the geeky star wars-y persuasion!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Can you all take it?  A smattering of geeky sewing delights?  A month of Star Wars puns and roundups?  Max, Tara and I would LOVE it if you join us in the fun!
photo from Max-California of Max-Californina
There will be more goodies on  Max-CaliforniaGirl Like the Sea as well, so stay tuned to keep up with it all!

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We'd love to see what you make!  We'd love it for everyone to tag all the geeky things they sew with the hashtag #sewgeeky !!!
Keep that geeky, nerdy, fandom fire ablaze!  And thanks for stopping by!

Outtakes:
 
 
look!  she's adapting her mother's "bitch please" face!!

Hugs and Sith-es,



22 comments :

  1. Is it weird that I find this whole post entirely too precious? I think it's the baby doll face.

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  2. Omg azzzyyyyyyyy!!! Kat this is so bamf! Vincent is going to love it so much! Imperial Guards are his new favourite things ever!!!! you're amazing.

    i better get that linky party up XD haha

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  3. Totally awesome! And thr headache of gathering the vinal was totally worth it with how poofy the skirt ended up!

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  4. I think I'd read your blog even if I didn't enjoy your style, just to keep seeing what you can do! You sew the most weirdly-awesome things ever! :)

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  5. I so love this! We are going to Star Wars Weekends at Disney in a few weeks and this would be the most perfect thing to wear to that!

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  6. lol she looks like a coal miner with the makeup on!
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  7. how clever..... love your imperial guard.... and costume.....

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  8. Gathering vinyl? I don't even want to think k about that. You effing nailed it. And I don't think it's possible to have a kid Star Wars shoot without letting a kid have a light saber, historically correct or not. It just makes for happier kids.

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  9. So brilliant! I'm amazed I haven't learned about Sew Geeky before but I think I have some sewn items that will qualify (Kurt Vonnegut T-shirt for the 5 year old?!)
    Love this outfit and the vinyl dress is superb.

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  10. love it! just what I wanted to see this morning! MAy the fourth be with you!!!

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  11. I love it!! It is amazing!

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  12. Wow! I want that dress in my sizzzze! What a sweetheart you have <3

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  13. That dress! She doesn't have to have a serious face to steal my heart. :)

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  14. I am so in love with this. as soon as I saw the saffron dress in your fb (or was it Instagram) feed all I could think was how did she gather that vinyl. What a pain that would have been! But it was so worth it cause the dress is perfect. Her mean face is pretty much the cutest ever too :)

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  15. Your creativity always inspires and amazes me! Love it!

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  16. Love love love this post! I have been a star wars geek for 30 years and this made me smile so big:) That dress is out of this world awesome!

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  17. I am in love with her red vinyl dress!

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  18. This is so incredible! I'm so happy Sew Geeky is back!

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  19. Love that geek awareness day falls on my sisters birthday. It is so appropriate!

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  20. This. is. awesome.

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  21. You should meet my friend Anam she was at a convention this morning with costumes made all by her for her and her daughters and her hair is bright pink ,you and her are soul sisters :) I love that red dress too, cute model.

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  22. My son is crazy for Star Wars! I think the dress turned out great! Nice photos!

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