Merry Christmas!!!

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I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!

I am going to be on vacation for the rest of the year and returning to active blogging on January 05 with plenty to say on a wide variety of topics.

This has been a crazy, yet somehow great year and I am looking forward to 2015!!!

December is here!!!

It is December 01 and I could not be more excited!

I love this time of the year! The cold weather, the Christmas decorations, getting to wear my geek-related hoodies and jackets, and the overall feel of the month. No matter what holiday you celebrate it is a great time to be with family and friends and celebrate another year gone by.

For my family this was one of the craziest years. It started poorly, got slightly better, and is finishing off in a very positive way. The biggest lesson I have learned this year is that only I control my happiness. No matter what comes my way I must learn to dust myself off and stay positive. Negative things may come my way, but it is up to me to cast them aside and remain positive and steer the ship back on track.

I cannot wait for Christmas/New Year’s Day and 2015 because I know things will continue to go well because I said so! ūüôā

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Costume Corner – An Introduction

Hello, KCBlue here, as Cap mentioned, I’ll be here every Saturday posting about my adventures in costume making.  I will also be cross-posting this on my own blog, More-Like-Guidelines.

Adventures in sewing…

Here’s the deal, I love costumes. ¬†I don’t know if it’s because of¬†my love of old movies, or all of the books I read when I was a kid, or maybe my interest in history or quite possibly something else entirely. ¬†I am sure it’s the result of some crazy combination of things, whatever it is, I really enjoy making costumes.

I can sew¬†pretty well,¬†I am not the best ever but I am definitely not the worst either. ¬†My mother was an amazing seamstress, a fact that I’ve just only begun to appreciate in the last several years. ¬† ¬†My mother sewed for the holidays,¬†costumes at Halloween and¬†dresses and decorations at Christmas and Easter. ¬†She made clothes for herself ¬†and the rest of us, including swim suits. ¬†She also did a lot of sewing around¬†the house, like curtains, tablecloths, bedspreads, dust ruffles and anything else that was needed. ¬†My favorite was an elegant set of scalloped, sheer roman shades for the formal dining room.

When I was young, probably 7 or 8 years old, my mother taught me how to sew.  I wanted to make presents for family members for Christmas.  She started me on straight stitches and then a little zig zag.  That year I made fabric pouches that held individual tissue packets for everyone in my family for Christmas.  I wish I had a picture so that I could post it here.  They were super simple but I was very proud of myself.

After that, my mother went over¬†how to cut out a pattern and properly pin the pattern pieces onto the fabric. ¬†She explained how to match up the different pieces following the various match points, and dots. ¬†Then I learned about clipping edges, sewing darts and a bunch of other stuff. ¬†After that she just let me venture out and work on my own projects. ¬†After that I learned a lot just¬†bumbling my way along, I suppose at some point I should have asked her for more lessons and pointers. ¬†I have some blind spots, like zippers, I am still in the process of learning how to put in a zipper. ¬†I am very proficient in adding snaps, hooks and velcro though, so that’s a good thing.

The silver lining to all of ¬†the trial and error is that I developed really good problem solving skills. ¬†I’ve learned I can tweek almost any pattern, and at this point they’re more like guidelines really. ¬†It is not rare for me to combine one or more patterns to create one piece or outfit. ¬†Sometimes I end up using¬†tissue paper or muslin to create my own patterns.

My biggest sewing project was my wedding¬†in 2000. ¬†When we were first talking about getting married I suggested we have a¬†Renaissance themed wedding. ¬†Luckily enough, my then fiance/now husband was all for the idea. ¬†I made my dress, all of the bridesmaid dresses, my Dad’s tunic, a robe for the minister, as well as six other dresses. ¬† ¬†Next week, I’ll¬†go more in depth about the wedding. ¬†Here’s a pic though, to tide you over.CC Intro

Costume Corner has been cross-posted from More-Like-Guidelines.