As you all may know, I’ve been working on trying to finish my mermaid tail for a costume contest (deadline was yesterday). I finished it enough for a photoshoot! I still have to go through and put some finishing touches on it before swimming in it (such as actually making a waistband – I used a bit of fishnet as a belt to hide my unfinished waistline).
We managed to get out to a local swimming hole/park to take some photos – it was cloudy and raining, but it turns out that it was the perfect lighting! I also learned a few things about photoshoots in full mermaid costume – there were edges of towels peeking out and I positioned my fluke ends funny a few times, but I think all the shots were phenomenal anyways!
Now, without any further ado, mermaid picspam!
Yesterday I got my TARDIS hand-painted corset in the mail! I was so happy to have won this giveaway from Exquisitely Rotten! I had my choice of any of their hand-painted corsets – all of which are amazing – but ultimately Sexy won out. :3
I chopped my hair off. No, seriously, I cut it all off. Why, you ask, after over a year of growing it out, did I cut it off? Mostly because it was so damaged at the ends (before growing it out I had layered bleachings and dyes). It was frizzy and impossible to manage most of the time. For “mermaid training” I have to be in the pool, and chlorine just turned my hair to mush. So, for posterity, here’s a little photo documentation for you.
Here’s the “before” picture…
Notice the straw-like ends.
Well, I decided that I really didn’t feel like trying to work with 6 layers of lycra fabric at a time on a machine for my first time sewing spandex. I know I have more control with hand-sewing, and spandex is rather forgiving, so I’m having a go at sewing zig-zag stitch by hand!
Hi everyone! I’ve been making progress with my fabric (spandex) mermaid tail! I’m sewing it entirely by hand, so the going is slower than I’d like, but I finally got the main body basted together and tried it on tonight!
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My good friend Morticia Mermaid got a present from her man last week – some of the coveted Gipsy Dharma boots! She let me try on a pair, though I didn’t lace them to fit, so no pics of me wearing them. Instead, here’s a couple of Morticia instead!
She got several pairs in different colors, but I think the black is her favorite! <3
I really like how adjustable they are! You lace up the various panels to fit your legs! :) Just feast your eyes on that skin-tight, buttery-soft elfen goodness!
And since they have a zipper, once you have all the laces adjusted, putting on and removing them is so quick!
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Hi everyone! I know I haven’t posted in a while… A combination of holiday season busy-ness and getting sick knocked me out of blogging for a while… I couldn’t think of anything to say! Well, I’m not sick anymore, so here’s what I’ve been working on!
…Just busy busy busy. I’m working on a lot of costumes and things. Big costume photodump coming soon, I should think. I’ve been sick, so the going has been slow.
I’m finishing up my mermaid top, and thus will be putting together the full tutorial as well. (Step-by-step progress can be seen here: http://mernetwork.com/index/showthread.php?5944-Miyu-s-first-shell-top!-Pic-heavy-Mini-tutorial)
I’m also finishing up one stretch velvet mermaid tail – all the pieces are cut, I’m making veining on the fins, and will be sewing the whole thing together shortly, as well as adding a few sequin “scale” patches.
I’m going to cut out the pieces for my wild-scale-print spandex tail soon as well, when I’m finished with the top. Thankfully I have a fake monofin made out of cardboard, coat hangers, and duct tape – I’m still dreaming of my own actual monofin as hard as I possibly can! :P I traced my friend’s Hydra monofin because I discovered I really like that monofin.
Also, finishing up my first cloak. Of course I’m ambitious and it’s a fancy cloak, I drafted the pattern based on Galadriel’s big fancy cloak from Lord of the Rings :D
Hi there everyone! After Captain Robert of Abney Park posted on his Facebook about how he doesn’t see enough Neobedouins and Clockwork Dolls at Steampunk events, I decided to get cracking on finishing my Steampunk wardrobes… which are exactly those two types of characters!
Clockwork Doll – art by MANDEM – featured in the works of Abney Park