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08 July 2012 @ 10:05 pm
Of Pain and Celebration  
So my plan for the one free day that I've had in ages was to actually sit down and sew. 

Until I pulled some set of muscles ranging through my lower neck down through my upper back, preventing me from turning my head to the right, lifting my right arm very high, bending over, or tilting my head down to look at the table or anything like that. 

So I was forced to sit in a chair with a heating pad, trying to research how I wanted to proceed with my Nightsister Asajj costume - if at all.  I have to admit, I haven't been motivated.  I've been more stressed than happy about Celebration VI coming up in August.  I'm mostly just looking forward to the vacation, and part of me could care less about the costuming.  I've gotten only so far on things, and I just feel...tired.  I feel like I'm trying to sew to please other people (i.e. screen accurate, avoid unpleasant stairs, etc.) instead of trying to please myself and enjoy my costuming.  I think maybe that's what's causing the main problem. 

But that being said, I have purchased new make-up for Nightsister Asajj, as she's a Clone Wars design and doesn't use my typical colors that I have for comic book Asajj.  I picked up some Paradise cake make-up, water-based, because I wanted to see if I could find something that didn't dry my face out like the Ben Nye MagiColor.  The Ben Nye worked well with the bald cap, but as the Nightsister requires no bald cap, I wanted something that felt lighter and would look more natural.

I got my wish with the Paradise make-up.  I love the coverage.  It went on perfectly with a makeup brush that I purchased at Meijer.  I also picked up some purple for the "accents" on Asajj's face.  It was so easy to paint those on and make them look decent with just a simple little lip liner brush and some water.  Picked up some new eyeliner.  Tried a lipstick I didn't care for, but I went out and found a replacement the next day.  So that's done.  I also realized I could add back dimension to my face and blend in the purple accents by using a light dusting of silver eyeshadow when needed.  It made a big difference, plus it adds a bit of shine to the face.  (I still think Asajj is a bad-to-the-bone-girly-girl, so I tend to use a bit of glam when I can.)  Picked up a pair of false eyelashes, too, but I haven't figured out if I want to use them just yet.  We'll see.  I also have a nice purple eyeshadow that I used for a bit more color.  Other than that...it didn't take much.  So I was happy with the makeup I have, but I need to do more test runs. 

As for the costume itself, I have a lot of work to do, and I've been writing out notes so I know where I want to start next.  I think the thigh highs will be first on the list.  I need to add elastic at the top of the thigh highs and simply finish off the bottoms (if I care enough; they won't be visible anyway).  That will finish off that piece.  Then I'd like to move back to my idea of how to make the "hood" of the costume.  I have a prototype floating around (made out of a fabric and part of a plastic milk job - still working on that, hehe).  The neck cowl will come next, and I think that will be pretty easy to create.  I'm thinking that it will probably have a small zipper in the back, but I'm not 100% certain that's necessary just yet.  Still working out fabric choices and how it will all come together.

I'd post some pictures, but my camera is downstairs...and...well, frankly, it hurts to move from my chair.  lol  I managed to put some laundry on, and my husband just sort of looked at me like I was crazy and just wanted to hurt more.  But I have to do something!  I hate feeling like an invalid.
kaylle: Firefly - sudden but inevitablekaylle on July 11th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry you hurt your neck! You never realize how much you use those muscles until you can't use them anymore :(

Shadaacbshada on July 11th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
The first thing I thought about was how much your back must have hurt when you pulled your muscle. :\