Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Happy Gwensday: Third Update on Spider-Gwen costume

If you haven't read the first two updates, you can find them here and here.

This is the final post of the Spider-Gwen costume since it's complete! (We do have the mask to do next, but I'll do a bonus post before Comic-Con in July.) This is what I'll be wearing to WonderCon 2015.

We left off last week with all the black part of the costume being sewn onto the white. This week, we'll show you the progression of sewing and lining the colored portions on the arms and hood.

We used different references to decide on what kind of shapes we wanted. There are plenty of variations so you will have to decide on works for you. We also kept in mind how we wanted it to look not only on the front, but the back. 

Here's what we decided to do from the back angle. 

 The front. You can see the chalk lines that we used before using the blue puffy paint. 

 Chalked up version of the hood.

The hood is complete! 

 And here's the finished product with the wig I found from Amazon.

Spider-Gwen and Spidey are ready for WonderCon!

And that's my Spider-Gwen costume. Feel free to leave comments if you have any questions on any of the posts. If you haven't already checked out the comics, be sure to look for Spider-Gwen in the Spiderverse comics and her very own series. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Gwensday: Second Update on Spider-Gwen costume

We've completed the second week of work on the Spider-Gwen costume. Things are really coming together and it's hard to contain the excitement when we complete each step. And if you have already, be sure to check out the first post.

The biggest accomplishment was completing the black parts on the costume. The front is pretty straight forward so lining it up with fabric tape and pins before sewing. The back, on the other hand, was trying to figure out what type of design we want. Sadly, the comic artists aren't always consistent, which is expected.

The biggest thing when sewing is making sure you use the right kind of fabric tape. We picked up some at Walgreen's and it turned out it actually supposed to be used instead of sewing. It might be expensive, but good sewing tape is worth it! We found it at our local sewing store, but most sewing places should have it one hand.

I forgot about two things in my last post, which are my gloves and wig. My mother is known to collect a lot of things and I remember playing with gloves as a kid. She also gave me a pair of grandmother's, but they weren't white. I called her up, and my hunch was right that she had a box of gloves. She mailed me two white pairs from North Dakota. With white, it's always good to have a back-up if you can.

The wig is something I will touch on next week. I'm waiting for it to arrive today. I was surprised it was easier to find one for my Mary Jane costume for last Comic-Con than this one. Crossing my fingers that this one works since there were no reviews and only one picture that hopefully did it justice.

Next week expect an update on the colored sections of the costume and the wig. I will be doing the mask, but that will be an extra bonus post later on. If we're lucky, maybe we can unveil the finished suit!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Gwensday: First Update on Spider-Gwen costume

The second issue of Spider-Gwen is out today! It's fitting that my first post falls on an actual Gwensday. Since the first appearance of Spider-Gwen, I've wanted her costume.

It also doesn't help when my husband handmade one of these:

Joey's goal is to make a new Spider-Man costume for himself. Last year was Peter Parker, but this year is Miles Morales for himself and Spider-Gwen for me. I was a little nervous about this since, you know, spandex is involved. Joey insisted that we could look into other options. 


We started with the blank canvas of the white hoodie and the black yoga pants. Yoga pants don't need any changes. And the nice thing about the yoga pants I found? There is a little pocket in the waistline so I can put money or (with some widening) my Nexus phone. 

The second pair of yoga pants (or buy black cotton spandex is used for the black portions that will be sewn onto the white hoodie. Pinned it to the hoodie and marked out where to cut with chalk. Currently, the front of the costume is cut and we're working on the design on the back.

Here you can get an idea of how it looks all chalked up. After we cut these portions out and pin them, Joey will put fabric tape so it can be sewn. We do have the front cut already, but we'll save that for next week. 

And that's where we're at so far! Next week we can show you what it looks like all sewn up and we'll see how much of the color we have done. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Writer Recharge 2015: Wrap Up

It's hard to believe that February is behind us. I'm sad to see it go, especially since that means the end of Writer Recharge. A big thank you to Sara Biren, Katy UppermanElodie NowodazkijAlison Miller, and Liz Parker for putting this together! This has been great challenge for me to help find some balance in the goals that I set out for myself. I know now what I would like to do, what I need to do, and what to expect for myself. I'm proud of the progress that I have made over the past month and will continue on with furthering my goals.

Intro Post | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 |

My #WriterRecharge Wrap-Up
    • Complete revision of Follow the Moon
    • Work on finding the "voice" for Prairie Dust
    • Write a critique letter for next revision project
      • I didn't end up doing this. The closest I did was putting the draft on my Nook. I realized working on three projects at once was too much for me. Lesson learned!
    • Complete revision on short story
      • I sent this to my critique partners and the comments they gave me helped my heart when moving on to my WIP. I don't know what I will do with this story, but so happy I wrote it. 

    • Work on Course Weeks 2-5 in The Artist's Way
    • Read one adult book
      • I did leave the book unfinished since I didn't like the voice, but I count that. 
    • Find a new comic book to read (besides Spider-Gwen)
      • Silk! Young Avengers! I also need to finish Runaways. 
    • Finish library loans and begin reading books on nightstand
      • I still have three library books to go. 

    • Hiking! The local SCBWI chapter is doing them every other week, so I want to also hike on the weeks in between. 
      • I completed my fifth hike this year. Alternating between being with a group and going on my own has been a great experience I'm planning to keep on doing. 
  • SELF 
    • I completed the PopSugar Plank Challenge today so I decided to work on my push-ups next by doing them in steps
      • I'm on Phase Three (knee push-ups) so I'm on my way! I can feel the burn. 
    • Find a walking challenge that works.
      • I found Neila Ray's workout website so I'm going to fit more challenges into my work-out. Her walking challenge is perfect for me. We are getting rain here so I haven't been able to start it yet, but watch out March! 
    • Since this is Parks and Recreation's last season, I have something for Galentine's Day this year for my best gal friends. 
      • It was so great hearing the reactions from my friends when they received them in the mail. And did I mention that I'm so sad the series is over?
  • FUN
    • It's my birthday month so I don't see this being a problem, however, I'm really excited to pick up the first issue of Spider-Gwen on February 25th. I'm doing the costume for Comic-Con in July (my husband has a Spider-Man costume) so I'll get started on getting that together.  
      • I bought the shoes for my costume and have finally figured out some ways to get it together. We have a month to get this and his Miles Morales costume together for WorldCon. I'm excited and nervous! 
Looking at what I've done over the past month, it's definitely easy to see where I need to improve for March. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead. Thank you to the Writer Recharge team for putting this together! I look forward to seeing what you all do throughout 2015!


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