After a couple of posts on Facebook threatening to throw my sewing machine against a wall, I think I've managed to come to a happy place with this Asajj Nightsister costume.
The pieces that I thought would give me the most trouble turned out to be some of the easiest to complete (shin guards and arm bracers). The pieces I didn't think would give me trouble have actually made me want to slam my head into a wall (belt, sash, hood, neck seal).
For the last two days, I've been taking pieces of the costume to work. Yesterday, I took some spare crafting paper, a pencil, my laptop (armed with pictures), and I used a ruler, a pencil and scissors to draft me out a nice little belt pattern during my lunch hour. All while listening to The Muppets soundtrack. I rocked that lunch hour, let me tell you.
So that night, I ended up making the first part of my belt/sash (which I now realize I made a bit too big, but not big deal there). I tried to figure out how to attach my belt buckle and my medallion after that. I had originally intended on using magnets. Adhere a magnet to back of sculpy piece, put magnet back in appropriate place on other side of dress, boom - instant stickage. Except the "super" magnets I bought from JoAnn's aren't the "super" magnets that they used to sell. They aren't super at all, actually! Well, super crappy, maybe. But yeah...
So my husband and I made a trip to Home Depot to find some stronger magnets. I picked up two of the smaller sizes, thinking that they'd do exactly what I needed. No such luck.
Thus...another night of wanting to pound my head against a wall.
So today, I armed myself with more belt material to take to work to play with on my lunch hour. I didn't get a lot accomplished, but I did start to play around with some design ideas to get the sashes to hang properly, so I was semi-productive. Work itself turned out to be sort of an utter nightmare in the afternoon (including 2 1/4 hours of overtime which was not planned), so my plans for the evening sort of got erased. It happens, though.
So after my husband talked me down off a ledge, he told me he'd bought something today at Meijer during his lunch hour. He pulled out the right size SUPER magnet that I needed but had neglected to buy at Home Depot! He's awesome. He really is.
And what's even better... IT WORKED! My original idea which failed 3 times before actually worked on the 4th time.
If at first don't succeed, right? Right.
So the magnets are a win. Which gave me courage to try something else - the neck seal piece. I cut out a little demo from my dress fabric (not wanting to use my "good" stuff since I only had a yard of it). At first, I couldn't even put my head in the stretch collar I created. Then I realized, duh - measure your neck. From then on out, it was a piece of cake. Got something decent I liked, created a paper pattern version of it, and then cut into my good fabric.
Now...my good fabric is actually used. And it's a skirt. Specifically a skirt I found at the thrift store sometime during the late winter months, when you can still find velvety-type material stuff at the thrift store. I honestly couldn't find a thing at JoAnn's or online that I liked when it came to this material. So I went to the thrift store, scoured the skirt section, and found something that I loved. It equates to about a yard of fabric, so not bad.
Pinning this collar down is the hardest part because I have no dress form. I have to alternate between pinning while holding the items together and pinning while the dress and collar are situated on me. It's not easy, but I make do with what I have. :) I came up with a pretty decent looking neck seal. It's not quite there yet, I don't think. But I'll tweak it more tomorrow. For now, I'm tired. But I feel pretty accomplished!