The making of Art Nouveau Belle cosplay 

I am a huge fan of Hannah Alexander art work, eapecially her art nouveau art work. I’ve always wanted to bring one of her works to life. It’s a big challenge to undertake making a pattern, dying fabric and hand beading ,but I was up to the challenge. 

 I decided on tackling the Art Nouveau Belle! 
I bought 7 yards of poly blend satin and 7 yards of poly blend chiffon. I had two yards of yellow broadcloth already.  

 

Now to figure how to make the dress. I found a pattern that worked well and would just need a little modifying. 

I just had to modify the goudets, the insets between the seams that create a flowey almost mermaid like feel. Making them longer and wider to create a sillouet similar to the drawing.  Also I would need to make sleeves and add ruffles. 

  
I constructed the skirt and cut out the pieces of the top. The top consists  of 5 layers of fabric. Two layers of cotton broad cloth, with interfacing In between,  satin and chiffon. The bodice will be boned. The boning channels will be between the cotton fabrics. I constructed the cotton section fist and left the piece of chiffon and satin as pieces to be dyed. 

To dye the skirt, it is best to have the satin lining constructed and the chiffon top layer constructed. 

Now to dye the fabric. When using poly blend you have to use dye formulated to work for that. Rit dye more  Daffodil yellow  is the dye I used for the project, regular Rit will not work. Also when dying polyester blends you have to use the stove top method. With ombré you have to dye the fabric in section. The fabric you want darkest has to stay in the dye longer. The fabric you want lightest remove from the pot first.  I dumped everything in the pot after 10 minutes I pulled a section out. After another 15 minutes I pulled another chunck of a section. I left the remainder in to soak for another 15 Minutes. Repeat the same process for the chiffon.  Also don’t use the pot for cooking after. This pot should only be used for dying and not for food. 

   
  

 Be sure to follow the bottle instruction. 

Now that everything is dyed it’s time to sew everything together.  

I made the belt pattern that was going to be embellished with embroidered beaded lace. 

   

The sleeves I drafted a pattern myself and drafted the pattern for the ruffles on the bodice and the sleeves.    

    

    

I hand sewed the belt to the dress. Machine sewing it could possibly damage the beading and the chiffon. 

Now to work on the grommets. With cosplays I like to have stuff that laces up. I unfortunately  fluctuate in weight about 5 to 10 lbs so lacing is a must especially with cosplays that take such a long time and effort to create. 
    

It’s a painful process and I have a hand held grommet press so elbow grease is a must. 
Now to finish the beading. I bought these gold beads at Joann’s fabric. You have to hand sew them. Work in tiny sections so they don’t break apart easily. 

    

The jeweled Rose was hand sewn to the center. I was so lucky to have found this piece. 

  

For the top I divided the strands with two white pearl beads it added a nice touch.        

Now to do the beading on the hip. This was the biggest pain and the beads would break. Work in small sections and knot often. My cat was in charge of quality control and inspection lol 

    

The rhinestones on the godets were glued with E6000.       

For the head piece I used fake roses, leaves, a wide head band, and a few fake pearls. I cut the heads, laid the leaves on the head band, glued, and hot glued the Rose heads to the leaves. I added a few pearls to the leaves.   

   
 
Here is the dress completed. You can tell in the video how beautifully the ombre turned out.  

     

  

   

  
I hope this inspires you to create your own Art nouveau princess. Thanks for reading! 

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Avengers Half Marathon weekend signup

Mark your calendars everyone. The Avengers Half Marathon sign up is on April 12 9 am pacific standard time. The Avengers half marathon weekend consists of several races during November 11-November 13 2016. There are Kid races, a Captain America 5k, A Doctor Strange 10k, and the Avengers Half. If you sign up for the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (the 10k and the Half Marathon) you get an extra cool medal for finishing  both races.

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Thanks for reading and I hope this inspires you to sign up for a race 🙂

Elsa visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter 

On April 7th the Wizard World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood is set to finally open. I was fortunate enough to have a preview and my friends and I of course dressed up. We all represented each house and one of my friends dressed up as Professor Umbridge. I decided to do a disney mashup doing Elsa/Ravenclaw. I always felt if Elsa was sent to Hogwarts she would have learned to have mastered her powers.

Walking through the gates is a magical experience.

The minute you walk into you see part of the  train station and of course the Hogwarts express. Here is a photo of all of us with the train conductor.

Elsa is ready to do the magic!

Walking through Hogsmead is amazing. It really feels like you’re in the movie. All the shops are perfectly depicted.

 

Of course you can’t forget the butter beer. Don’t worry kids it’s non alcoholic so you can definitely have some and the adults will enjoy it too. As for the adults there is some great beers and cocktails served in the park. Three beers are exclusively sold at the park.

 

One of the cool experiences in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is checking out Ollivander’s  wand shop. If you are lucky a special wand may choose you. My friend Kaitlyn got chosen.

 

It was a cool experience to say the least. With all this exploring of Hogsmeade one does get pretty hungry and we definitely satisfied our hunger at the Three Broom Sticks. The food is very good. So many different options, from fish and chips, bangers and mash, and sunday roast. I went with the Sunday Roast.

 

After lunch we checked out the 3D Harry Potter Forbidden Journey ride. Walking through the line is like walking through Hogwarts. It’s so cool.

I loved the ride, it is intense. You fly around with Harry and have to fight off dementors and whomping willows. Some people may feel nauseated after it, just a fair warning. I wasn’t.  I felt fine.

We also went on the flight of the Hippogriff ride. You get to see Hagrid’s cottage as you walk through line. This ride is very short, I almost wish the small roller coaster would go around twice to make it worth while. It’s a small coaster and perfect for little kids.

 

We did more walking, checked out some singing , and did some magic. The cool thing if you buy one of the interactive wands you can do some magic at the different stores.

Everyone was friendly and loved our outfits. The employees were all so helpful and super nice. We spent time talking to them about the parks and our costumes. They loved how we were in character the whole time.

 

 

At one point in the day we had fun playing students and following Professor Umbridge around like little ducks following their mama. Though mama wasn’t always happy with us. We had fun taking photos where Umbridge was scolding us as only Umbridge could do so well.

 

But then we also had fun making fun of her too.

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It really was an awesome time and we had to capture the moment.

 

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I can’t wait to go back. It was a wonderful experience and having friends to dress up with was what made the experience even more magical. In truth that’s the real message of Harry Potter, that friendships is what gets you through the darkest times and that’s the real magic after all.

 

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Thanks for reading. I hope you get to experience this wonderful place at some point or if not, hope  you pick up one of the  books or movies and find some magic in your life. Have a magical day.

Star Wars Half marathon weekend 

Another race has come and gone and it was a blast. 

It all started this past Thursday with packet pickup. 

  
The line for the expo merchadise was very long , but thankfully they had Star Wars playing. I saw the end of Empire Strikes back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi.

   

Finally I was in the area for merchadise. Lots of cool things but I just bought a magnet, pin, and wine glass.  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

In the actual expo there were more opportunities to buy more merchadise. I was good and didn’t, just picked up my race shirt. Which I think was awesome.


I did stop by the New Balance shoes and check out the new designs for this year. They are so cute and I might get a pair later this year. 

   

  

  Now to rest, in a few days I would be running in the Star Wars half. 

For the race itself I wanted to do a mashup. I had done Anna for the Princess half but thought I would make a robe and belt and turn it into a Jedi Anna costume. I was sewing the day before the race.  Here’s the finished outfit.  

 

The race started early in the morning it was very cold and I was still not recovered from bronchitis, but I ran to the best of my abilities. 

  

   
   

Waiting in the corral   
It was very foggy and misty during the race and my lungs were in pain so stopping to take pictures and catch my breath was a must. I literally had a coughing fit along the course. Being sick and running a half isn’t easy, but it is possible. There were so many cosplayers out on the streets cheering us on. It was awesome. And I heard so many people shout “go Anna” which gave me strength to continue. Thanks to the highschool bands and cheerleaders and community that come out race after race to support the runners. You guys are amazing. 

 There are Stormtroopers behind me??

  

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crossing the finish line
  
with my medal
  
Here is a closer look at the medal. I’m glad I stuck with it. If you are interested in doing a Disney race check out run disney they have 5k, 10ks, halfs , and even a full in Disney World. Thanks for reading and I hope this inspires you to sign up for a race and maybe even wear a costume. 

Have a magical day! 

Avengers half marathon weekend-packet pickup. 

It’s that time again. Another Disney race is happening this weekend.   I went to Disney for Packet pickup and the Health Expo on Thursday. 

They were already setting out the Finish line.  So excited about this weekends race. I’m doing the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (10k and half)

  
The line wasn’t too bad on Thursday.  Waiting in the official merchandise line. 

  

In the official merchandise section you had so much options from jackets, shirts, caps, sports bras (that was random), glasses, water bottles, and ornaments. I love the RunDisney tennis shoe ornament, picked that one up. Slightly disappointed they had no pins for the Challenge and the 10k. They only had the half marathon pins. 

  
  
And the Dooney and Burke bags had a great design. I didn’t get any, but really  was tempted. The smaller one was $188 while the backback was over $300. 

   
 

After merchadise I picked up my shirts. They have a nice design this year.  I especially love the 10k one with the Captain Anerica Shield. 

    

I wandered through the expo. You’ll find a lot of great stuff from running shirts, to geektastic head phones to medal sport hooks to display your medals and more.  I love SportHooks, I have one of their displays and picked up an extender cause the medals are over flowing now.

   
    
 Along with cool merchadise there were tons of photo opportunities and a cool video shoot of you becoming Ant Man. 

 
I wore my Black Widow jacket from Hot Topic just for this.  Feeling pretty super.
 Who else is doing the race this weekend? Anyone dressing up? I’ll be a USO girl for the 10k, maybe I’ll find Captain along the course and Captain America on Sunday. I was hoping to make a Loki costume, but didn’t have time. If you see me, say hi. Thanks for reading and just keep running. 

Dumbo Double Dare 2015

This past weekend I ran in Disney’s Dumbo Double Dare. The race consists of a 10k on Saturday followed by a half marathon on Sunday. They are intense. For running the two races you receive an extra medal, the Dumbo Double dare medal. 

The 10k 

The 10k started bright and dark. I was in my corral before 5 am. The race starts at 5:30 am. The theme of the race was Villians. Of course Cruel and Maleficent stopped by to kick off the race.  I dressed up as Snow White rather than a Villian. 

in my corral waiting for the race to start

Once the race began you got to run through part of the streets of Anehiem, California Adventure, Disneyland, Downtown Disney, and finishing by Disneyland hotel. 

photo ops during the race

Finishing was the best part and I really liked the medal. It was a replica of the Magic Mirror. 

 

after crossing the finish
    

magic mirror 10k medal

It was a great race, but I had to rest up for the half the next day. 

The half marathon 

Not only was Disneyland celebrating their 60th but the Disneyland half was celebrating their 10th anniversary. 

I was a feeling good after the 10k so I felt confident running the half.  I dressed as Minnie Mouse for the half and taped up my knees. I have previous knee injuries so I find that KT tape helps a girl with two bad knees continue running all these races. 

  

  

Mickey and Minnie kicking off the race
    

I didn’t stop for pictures on the race. I did take this at mile 5. It is wonderful running in Disneyland. The whole city of Anaheim is there to support all the runners. From marching bands, to different culture organizations everyone is cheering you on. It’s amazing. 

 

at the finish
 
all the bling
 

 
The half marathon medal was special this year. It spun around in the center. It was awesome 

Well that’s another race in the books. So happy I had my friends and my mom to cheer me on. Thanks to all the people that volunteered, strangers that passed out wet sponges, all the organizations and classic car owners that were out cheering us on. No race compares to RunDisney. I’ve been running them for several years and I plan on running them for as long as I live. I hope this inspires you to run or volunteer for a race. Thanks for reading. Have a magical day. 

Disneyland half Marathon Weekend 2015 Packet Pick Up 

It’s another race weekend at the happiest place on earth. I’m signed up for Dumbo Double Dare, a 10k on Saturday followed by a Half Marathon on Sunday.  It’s also the 10th anniversary of the 5k and the Disneyland half. 

I headed over the first day of the expo to pick up my packet and get some cool merchandise. 

   
      One day I’ll be a legacy runner. To be a legacy runner you have to run a half marathon from the inaugural race for a consecutive 5 years and all the other years after that.   

  
            

New Balance the official shoes of Run Disney has three styles at the expo, these are exclusive to Run Disney events. There is a Steamboat Minnie, Steamboat Mickey, and Tinkerbell. I have the Cinderella ones from 2014. They are good for 10ks but not for half marathons 

      

  

picked up my packet and now im done
 

My haul from the expo. I got the car magnets which I put on the fridge. I did get a coast to coast one since I did the coast to coast earlier this year. I got some pins too and a necklace. 

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And I bought two jackets. The red is fleece lined it runs a bit big not sure if it’s a men’s jacket. I got a small and I’m usually a medium. The blue one is a running performance jacket. They are pricey at $74.95 but I did get 20% with my AP discount.    These are the race shirts. When you do Dumbo Double Dare not only do you get the Dumbo Double Dare shirt you get the 10k and half marathon shirts as well. I love the designs this year.  

Thanks for reading and stay tune for more posts about the 10k and half marathon. Wish me luck! Have a magical day.