18Nov/17

Chugging Along…..

These days it mostly consists of me chugging along. Unlike before, I now have CONSTANT things that need my attention, which you know, is a plus haha. I wouldn’t change it, but I also can’t hire anyone to draw for me so there are pluses and minuses.

This will be a shorter post today, I have some originals that I will be posting soon that are available. So get them while they are hot! I’ll be posting more here about progress and what I’m working on , so stay tuned πŸ™‚

 

11Nov/17

Lazy Saturday

The busy season for me is finally over. The last 6 months have been a whirl wind really. I went from “trying to make it as an artist” to “What is happening, I can’t keep up” in about 2.5 seconds! I’m happy, so extraordinarily happy. But holy cow am I tired!

 

I went ahead and scheduled myself for 4 different events. That’s right, 4 places to show my work in public, I’ve never done that before, so I can honestly say, I was nervous. Very nervous. For two and a half years, I’ve been kept in my little office, chugging along, interaction with people that I mostly new in real life that support my work, but going from that to talking to people face to face really made me anxious.

 

 

Everyone has been so kind though. I’m not sure why I was worried. What really got me, was people I DIDN’T know in person were coming up to me and explaining to me how they love my work. So here I am, with what I thought was a tiny little reach, now expanded right before my eyes! It was a weird feelings.

 

I think what’s odd is the sequence of events. Because if I did anything in any other way, it wouldn’t have turned out the way it did. After doing the first event in Kent, I was approached my several people to have my work displayed in their galleries! You can find my work at The Rusty Raven, Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons, as well as Page Turner Books in Kent! Cool huh?!

 

Along with all of the good, there was very minimal things that happened that just plain sucked. I’m not going to lie, trusting people is hard to do but when they take advantage of that trust it sucks even more. I’ve learned some hard business lessons in the passed few months that I will never forget. I am thankful it didn’t cost more than it did, but dang, still hurts.

 

Right now I am working on some cool projects. I am trying to get back into some childrens book runs as well as keeping everything updated. The website looks pretty cool too huh? I didn’t do it myself but man! Looks awesome!

 

Thanks for reading my little update. I’ll keep this posted a lot more now that it looks absolutely stunning πŸ™‚ Thank you for everything my little monsters!

02Nov/17

Jet City Comic Show

Meet Meescha at the 2017 Jet City Comic Show at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The floor is open on Saturday November 4th from 10 am to 6 PM and Sunday November 5th from 10 am to 5 PM. Meescha will be in Artist Alley atΒ booth 106.Β  #adorabledarkness

31Oct/17

New Site!

Finally, after a long wait, we have a new site (meeschamouse.com)! Thank you all for your patience, support, understanding and wisdom. I couldn’t have come this far without each and every one of you!

Through the new and improved site you will be able to place orders, and keep up to date on all of my newest works and findings via my blog! Also you’ll be able to see where and events I will be at in the coming year as well. This is all very exciting!

Thank you all so much for your patience, I’m very excited about where this is all going and where it will take us πŸ™‚

#adorabledarkness

 

 

27Sep/17

VOTE!

Hey guys! Sorry it’s been so long. I’ve been in the process of revamping my website. STAY TUNED!

In the mean time I entered this contest and I would very much like to win!! SO I MADE A GIVEAWAY!!! 7 lucky people who share and vote will win a PENNYWISE PRINT! You can enter multiple times, just keep getting the word out! Voting ends Saturday so there’s time!

Vote here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzFyrQAkvtM

22May/17

May Goals

Hello.

May is off to a glorious start. The rain is falling, flowers are blooming. It’s so pretty over here in the PNW.

I’ve been working on this post since the beginning of May if you couldn’t tell already.

Life just kind of gets ahead of me, where I try to do a billion things at one time and it doesn’t always end up working out the way you expect. I don’t even think (with good reason) I have many readers for this blog so my motivation to do time lapses, maintain youtube, maintain patreon has been at an all time low.

I’m going to do a bit of an art dump this time and see where I will end up in a day or two. Thank you everyone!

12Apr/17

Art Block

Lately, I’ve been frustrated with a lot of little thing, that shouldn’t really be a huge deal, but I’m one of those people that really stress themselves out over “no big deals”. When someone says “don’t worry about it”, it is more annoying than anything, because I KNOW I shouldn’t worry about it, but I do. It’s in my nature. So you telling me that, only makes me angrier with you.

Anyways, Last week I was fated with the news that I didn’t get the concept art position that I really wanted. Which is fine, I understand that some things you don’t achieve and in all honesty, I would have been white as rain. Sometimes, introverts like me just need a few to get over it. Or wrap us up burrito style in a blanket and call it good. I don’t need pity, and I don’t need pep talks, really, introverts don’t need ‘cheering up’ as much as you think we do.

Along with the rejection notice, I seem to have been going through a period of art blocks. I keep wanting to try new things to get over it, and I’m very accustom to pushing through these times, but right now, more than ever, I really want to make it as an artist. Some say I’ve already made it, I say that is yet to be determined.

I’ve done some new pieces, but I think what I really want to do is start blogging about EVERYTHING that I do. I don’t just draw all the time, a lot of the times I sew my own garments, and I kind of miss blogging about that.

Recently, I purchased some water soluble oil paints, I know, strange. This is my first test run.

Not too bad, definitely need some more practice though. Drawing and painting more Macabre scenes really puts me in a happy place.

Here are some new doodles that I’ve done since my last posting. I really want to start doing this daily, so I know it’ll take some time to get up to that point.

I have some ideas to help me get out of this slump I’m in, so stay tuned πŸ™‚ Cheers!

21Mar/17

March Has Been Busy

All month I’ve been preparing my portfolio for a concept art position that I was very much interested in. So it’s been a mad dash to hone my skills enough to get that done! Lately, I’ve been in a new mind set or having a professional art job in a professional industry that inspires me, so here’s to hoping for possibilities!

Here is some art I’ve been working on in the mean time πŸ™‚ Wish me luck everyone!

19Feb/17

New Art Dump

It’s been busy lately. Got into the swing of things with this whole new business thing, then promptly went into “gotta make a new portfolio” because Bungie has a bunch of art positions open, and boy, would I like one! So I’m going back to digital for a little bit, which will help me as an artist and be more well rounded. I just keep finding myself being a rut.

Anyways, here is an art dump for you lovelies πŸ™‚

03Dec/16

Everything Is Out Now!! Business is Open!

Hello everyone!

I’m glad to say that everything is open now!

This should explain it all! You can buy my work on Etsy! You can even become my Patron on Patreon! You can even watch all of my super high quality time lapses! This is so exciting!

Secondly, yes, this blog will be maintained now, I do apologize for my once a month shenanigans, but I assure you that it will change!

Thank you everyone for your support so far!

07Nov/16

Business is hard…

Planning out this whole release day is rather daunting.

I have about 1000000 ideas that I’d like to do but not enough hours in the day, not enough money in the bank, and of course the worries that nothing will work is always there.

I’d love to be the bread winner for once. Take care of myself without worry. One day though, one day.

I’m trying to get better at jotting down my thoughts. What I want this website to be, and where it will go is still kind of up in the air, but we will see.

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10-28-2016

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29Oct/16

Annoucement

Lately, I’ve been finding myself becoming more and more of a ‘professional’ in some sense of the word. I’ve always drove myself to be better at art, and to want to appeal to people so that they buy my art, but up until this point, I’ve been unsuccessful at making a living wage. I keep asking myself why until recently, and it’s because, and I’m being blunt, I just wasn’t good enough. There are so many artists out there that are amazing and have worked hard for what they have and have the talent to back it up. However, I believe that NOW…..now is the moment where I am finally able to stand apart from the crowd and show the world what I can do. It’s funny to think that this year and a half since I quick my job and have been working full time on just art, how far I’ve come. When I started, I thought I was good enough, and now, I look back and laugh at myself.

Art isn’t about being ‘good enough’. Art is about what makes you happy.

I want to have fun with what I do, and if I’m not, then I’m not doing it.

So, as of December 1st, I will be launching my revamped Youtube Channel, my Patreon page, my Etsy shop where you’ll be able to buy prints of multiple sizes, as well as this blog, which is getting a redo. In the shopping section you’ll be able to find and purchase some of the Originals that I will have to offer.

I’m going to push myself to maintain this. At least once a week to show you all what I’ve been working on and have a lot more product photos as well.

Thank you all for sticking with me through my discovery process. It means a lot.

Now for the Announcement!

As of December 1st, I will be launching ALL of the things! New Youtube Channel, New website for originals that will be for sale, launching my Patreon page AND last but not least I’m opening up an Etsy store for print selling and some other knick knacks!
This is just in time for Christmas as well! Thank you all for sticking with me on my journey of becoming an artist. Let he count down begin!!

I am very excited to share this with you!

29Sep/16

Art, Art and more Art

Things are steadily changing around here. I finally got the studio nice and tidy, so now I am working on my dreams. Which is 100% amazing. I apologize about my absence, I WILL do better. There is no if’s and’s or buts about that. I will probably leave this blog as an art blog. I will be sewing still, however, it takes a lot of time and energy to maintain that level, so I’ll share what I make, just not a step by step. For now, here is an art dump πŸ™‚

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8-16-2016

9-19-2016

club-picture

kim-novak-drawing

morticia

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lily-munster-drawing

cellesque-the-sin-bearer

Most of these are watercolor, which is a new medium that I’m liking. I’ll keep this blog up and more active. I intend to start my youtube channel again as well so please stay tuned!

15Aug/16

New Studio, New Beginning.

Studio in progress

With this new studio, the possibilities are endless! I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the ball rolling on all of these amazing projects. I have a lot in store, and I have a lot to write about.

I can’t thank everyone enough for being so patient with me for so long. It’s been a trip to get everything moving, but the finish line is so close!

My new goal this time around is to have fun. My mind has been clouded by instant success that I think I’ve lost track of why I became an artist. So, this time around it will be for FUN!

Can’t wait to show you all some exciting things!

11Jun/16

The Good News!

So, after a long process, I am finally moving into my very own STUDIO here soon! If you’ve ever been self employed, you can understand how awesome this is.

Please excuse the somewhat prolonged intermission between posts πŸ™‚ It’s all for a reason!!

Here is some art to keep you all occupied!

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6.6

I promise new and glorious things are on the horizon!

ALSO!

Please check out my new Youtube page!

It’ll be full of awesomeness soon! Every Tuesday I plan to upload a new video so please check it out!

02Jun/16

More of the usual….

Hello all. I will admit, I have been running on half cylinders for a little bit. Crypticon was this passed weekend and it was SO MUCH FUN! Every year I go it is just a blast. I got to meet so many great people and everytime I leave I am just awe struck.

I got to meet Tony Todd, Kane Hodder AND Cassandra Peterson! I mean WOW!! What a line up!

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Crypticon 2

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And everyone was just so nice. I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am to everyone. I feel so full now πŸ™‚

Lately I’ve been a little overwhelmed. It’s completely self induced let me assure you, but I’ve never been one to handle stress all that well. Usually what I end up doing is sitting and staring in to nothingness for a good long while. Or I just want alone time. But my fish is sick, I feel for all the lonely animals in the world, I feel too much.

Shortly, I will be getting a studio and I can’t tell you how excited I am for that. It’s been a long time coming. I need silence to be productive and lately with everyone in the house, my brain has been like a traffic jam.

Anyways, I always feel behind. Like I can never catch up and when I set my own schedule that’s not really all that healthy. I want to do 2 marvin pages a week, but I know that’s way over shooting myself. And all this other stuff and I of all people need to stop and small the roses.

This weeks art has been slim. I ended up taking a majority of the time to draw an Overwatch piece which I hope you enjoy.

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Just nearly finished with the beading on this. Hopefully with the new studio I’ll be able to crank this one out in no time at all πŸ™‚ That’s the plan anyways.

blue amidala dress

27May/16

Artdump!

This week has been kind of tough. Meaning everything is breaking around me and it’s incredibly frustrating. I’ve lost timelapses, my keyboard went kaput. So I’m had to take a step back on some of this stuff.

Anyways, I have been working more and more on the beading and sewing but I’m going to save those for another post. Next month I get my very own studio so hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll be 10 times more productive! YAY!

Please expect that this site will be updated soon for your art buying convenience as well!

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5.25

5.27

Anyways, thank you for checking in. I promise to continue doing a better job from here on out! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Memorial Day!

19May/16

Updates all around!

I can’t be more happy with the weather lately. I love the humid rains that come this time of year, it really just gives everything new life! I’m a Washington gal so the more rain the better!

This week has been really busy but in good ways. Lots of things to come and I’m super excited about them πŸ™‚

I’ve been slacking on the progress for sure on this gown. My main goal was to do 2 Amidala dresses per year. And in all honesty I’m right on track. So nothing is too far gone.

Here you can see that I’ve started on the top.

Blue Senate Gown top front

Because I lined all the bits and pieces with interfacing, it’s coming along quite finely.

Blue Senate Gown top back

Then I’ve been doing some more progress on the beading as well and I’m really liking where it’s going! I’ll have to go back over the whole thing and add those little clusters in the lines but all in all it’s coming along great! Plus I like those tedious things. πŸ˜›

Blue Senate Gown beading progress

Lastly I wanted to do my weekly art dump. These are some warmup pieces that I usually do at the beginning of each day. Do you all like seeing these? Would you rather them be in a different post like say, Tuesdays and separate from the sewing posts? Please let me know!

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furiosa sketch

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Well that’s it for me today. I’ve got a long day in store for me so wish me luck!

12May/16

Updates and Redos

Hello everyone!

So lately I’ve been getting a lot of emails sent my way about commissions and I get a lot of questions from other artists about what they charge and how they should go about it. Every artist is different, and no two do things exactly the same way. Basically, if someone emails me a request, I give them a quote. This is for how long I think said project will take me. Even if I charged myself $10 an hour, I don’t break even. Commissions take me at LEAST 20 hours if you are asking for a portrait, or photo realism, so when I quote someone a certain amount, I’m actually under cutting myself. Please remember this when you ask other artists to spend time of something that you want to spend time on because saying something is too expensive is literally like saying “Your time isn’t as important as mine”. Art takes time. It takes materials. It takes years of practice.

Anyways, I had to get that off my chest. People can just be really rude sometimes and not understand WHY they are being so rude!

This week was a bit of an undertaking. I’ve spent a lot of time scheduling things our and although I regret not spending as much time on certain things as I like, I’m happy to say that my business is going in a strong direction πŸ™‚

After seeing the dress last week I decided that I HATE the 3/8″ inch ribbon. Far too think. So I went ahead and tore off the ribbon and purchased 1/8″ ribbon and put that on. And I am now a fan of it again πŸ™‚

Blue Senate gown redid the front

I’m glad that I did this. The only small suck about the whole thing is that I made a small pen mark on where to put the 3/8″ ribbon and now it is totally smack dab right in the middle of everything. Granted, you can’t see it until you get closer, but it still bothers me. And there is no way around that either! Oh well.

Here are some of the art pieces I did this week as well πŸ™‚

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I’m really trying to put forth more effort in practicing what I am not good at. So lots of life sketching and what not. I will probably start doing some landscapes, and then some video game stuff but yeah. I’m on a roll I think!

Anyways, thank you all for tuning in! Lots of stuff is in the works on this end so I can’t wait to start showing you all!

Hope you all have a great day!

05May/16

Updates All Around!

Hello all! I do apologize. I have been laxing on my sewing duties lately. It’s all good problems to have though, lots of commissions to do, lots of art to create. Usually what I like to do is work four 10 hour days: Monday, Tuesday, then Thursday, Friday and reserve Wednesdays for sewing days. However, that just seems to be tougher and tougher these days.

Blue Senate Gown dress update

So all I managed to do this week was add the stripes to the front apron with 3/8″ black velvet ribbon. I thought 3/8″ would be sufficient. But I think I probably should have gone to 1/4″. But I can’t really go back now. There was no navy blue velvet trim out there that was 1/4″ anyways, so I don’t feel ‘too’ bad about it. But as you can see, it is done. You can’t really tell too much that the ribbon is black instead of navy blue either so it’s not the end of the world.

I finished the beading on the top as you can see as well πŸ™‚ I’m pretty proud of that. Now All I have to do is bead the ribbons and we are golden!

Furthermore, I also wanted to share with you some of the art I’m working on as well.

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I have a lot of plans for the coming future. One of which is starting a youtube channel this month. So hopefully I can keep on time with that as well.

Working for yourself is quite challenging. I keep getting emails from people asking me “how I made it as an artist” and to all honesty, I haven’t made it yet. It’s very hard to make it. There are hurdles that every artist faces. It shows true colors when an artist overcomes hardships. So always keep your chin up πŸ™‚

This weekend will be a busy one. I’m helping out at my local comic shop on saturday for Free Comic Book day and then sunday is mothers day! Then the best part is that tonight is CIVIL WAR! I’m so stoked!

Alrighty, I’ll leave everyone for now with promises doing more in the future. I really want to get this gown done but the end of next month so that I can start on my next one. Don’t want to lose momentum!

Hope you all have a great day!

21Apr/16

Blue Amidala Gown – Progress

Hello all! I hope everyone is doing well. Well, all of the 10 people that read my little progress in the first place. I think that what I’ll start doing is posting on Tuesday’s some art things that I’m working on then on Thursdays I will post about the sewing stuff. I really don’t think that I am in the right place to start 2 blogs going at one time so you’ll all just have to bear with me posting about all my crazy stuff that I’m working on in the first place!

Anyways, yesterday took a lot out of me because the velvet fabric is very stretchy. Also, I had about .01% left over fabric for the cause so that was a little nerve racking as well. So worried there for a little bit!

Blue Amidala Senate Gown pattern cut out

See? That’s crazy right? I was so nervous!

So, I ended up using this pattern from Simplicity.

Blue Amidala Senate Gown patterns for the gown

There were a few differences between what I wanted but over all I felt like it was a good fit. To be on the safe side I went ahead and cut the largest size that way I can have some wiggle room with the fit and size of the stand up collar. But I do know what you are saying, “Meescha, you should have made a mock up first” but in all honesty I just don’t have the motivation to do that right now. I’ve been on this project for 4 months straight, so having to sew something in a test fabric that I don’t have on hand at the moment only to sew it again really isn’t high on my priority list. So I think I’ll take my chances with what I have and make due πŸ™‚

So I ended up cutting out all of the patterns pieces AND backing all of them with interfacing which unexpectedly took pretty much the entire day to do. I was a little disheartened at that. I did however repin the lapels on the skirt and I think that that looks much nicer.

Blue Amidala Senate Gown progress

Nevermind the messy room. Things.

Lastly, I got to do a little more work on the beading of the apron and I must admit that I am happy the way it’s coming out. I think I am at somewhere around 30 hours of beading on this so far. Yeah. I know. It’s still a lot of fun. I think it’s my favorite part to do! But still at least 10 more hours of beading on this end and I think I will call it good. I still have to do the beading on the shawl piece and that’s not as transportable as I would have liked.

Blue Amidala Senate Gown beading progress

I’ve been doing this while binging the tv show Salem on netflix. LOVE!!

Anyways, thank you for reading! Hopefully I’ll get something up on Tuesday art wise for everyone to see.

Have a great day!

14Apr/16

Velvet Overskirt Construction

Hello all!

This week has certainly been an interesting one. I won’t bore you with strenuous details, but life just keeps throwing curve balls! Oh well, more sewing was done. I admit, I was kind of burnt out of all the beading. I’ll get back to it once I take a little break from everything. I’d like to wear this ensemble to free comic book day and that’s about 3 weeks away. I think it’s totally doable but I still have to pace myself.

So basically to start the over skirt pattern I just messaged a couple squares and began my process. I know that I wanted to start the off with some cartridge pleats on the back because this is a 16th century inspired costume and there is a lot of fullness.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt front panel cut out

This piece didn’t really require I pattern per say. It was just some calculated measuring. I ended up in the end interfacing the front panels to make then lay more flat but other than that this wasn’t too complicated. I sewed the two rectangles together and then began my cartridge pleating.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt first run of bias tape

You start with the bias tape and so it on the RIGHT side of the fabric. Or at least that is how I do it πŸ™‚ There is no right way or wrong way to go about this, it’s however you are comfortable.

Next I turn the fabric over and sew again.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt Beginning of cartridge pleat construction

I chose this fabric specifically because of the color, and not because of the fiber content, so this velvet is really really stretchy. So using the bias tape really really made this process a ton easier.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt cartridge pleating taking place

Next is just this simple task, of just pleating and hand sewing, which doesn’t take as long as you think but not as quick either!

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt back view cartridge pleating

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt back view

Once you are all done it should like something like this. It drapes rather well and I like the way it falls. Looks nice right?

Lastly, because this part took a lot of trial and error, I cut out the front panels as well. BOY! this was frustrating. The first one went together like a freaking angel, then the second one I had to redo it THREE times to make it lay right! I even had to cut out 2 sets of front panels as well. I really hope I have enough fabric for the jacket pieces. I think I do, but anyways, I’ll be finishing this skirt quite soon.

Blue Senate Gown Overskirt front panel construction

My original plan was to hand embroider the gold appliques to the front, but after getting started on that beading, I decided to forgo that idea and get some fairly accurate appliques instead. It only cost $44 to get something like 24 of them, but in the long run, I think it was worth it.

Lastly, I have to start thinking about the hair piece in the back. I don’t want to skimp out on that but this dress is already costing about $500 so I don’t want to splurge too much more.

Anyways, that’s as far as I got. I really want to work on this this weekend so that I can say that I’m leaving it in a good spot for next week. I feel like I’m just a tad behind the power curve.

07Apr/16

More and more beading

Unfortunately I didn’t get all of the beading done on this but I really would like to have this completed amidala gown done by Free Comic Book Day so at least I have a deadline πŸ™‚

Here is the beading so far.

beading so far

I am comfortable saying that I am about 75% through the beading. After Emerald City Comic Con I’ll have more more excuses about not finishing this either! Next week my goal is to finish the beading as well as the skirt piece. And it shall be done! So help me!

I’m kind of freaking out about Overwatch right now. I’m really considering doing a cosplay from that but this is first! I really am enjoying this cosplay to the fullest!

31Mar/16

Star Wars Beading! More!

Well, this is a slow process. I think this is about 20 hours of work so far. Which isn’t horrible. I’d say this is about halfway done.

More beading done

My original plan was to do the stripes down the front beading as well, but soon after starting this I quickly got some velvet trim and will be using that instead. Ain’t no one got time for that!

Anyways, I’d very much like to have this finished this week. I’d like to wear this to a Free Comic Book Day event in my area so I have 4 weeks. Which is doable, I just have to keep chugging along πŸ™‚

Alrighty! Hopefully more and soon!

Keep on Keeping on!

24Mar/16

How I organize my beading kit.

Hello all!

This week I’ve been working on the beading for the Senate Gown and I knew it was either going to take me a few hours to do all of it and I was just over thinking it, or, like it actually is, is taking a whopping 12 hours SO FAR just to do what you see below. I know, I should have known. But this is the largest sewing project that I’ve undertaken by far so it is admittedly, a little intimidation.

Below I took a picture of how I’m organizing everything. That’s an old Almond Roca tin that I’m using so that it’s not complete mayhem. This way I can transport everything, and sit in front of the Netlfix all day and widdle away.

Blue senate gown beading how to

I’ve printed out a ton of reference photos as well just for this occasion, that way I have something to look at and compare too.

Blue senate gown reference beading shot

And lastly the progress. It doesn’t look like much, but believe it or not this is 12 hours worth of work so far! This will definately take a few weeks to complete. There is some more beading that has to be done around the satin layers but that more finishing touches I would imagine.

Blue senate gown beading front

Anyways, hopefully this won’t take super long and I run out of steam haha. I really want to see this costume done! My original guess on 2 gowns per year is really on the mark right now!

17Mar/16

Constructing Front “Apron” for Amidala Gown

Hello all! It’s been busy over here for sure. Lots of things to draw, things to try to draw, things I want to draw, and not nearly as much time as I want to sew! Yesterday I could get a few hours however on the front apron piece for the Amidala gown which made me happy. This piece will require a ton of embroidery and beading so I’m excited to get started on it. I wanted to do the blue velvet skirt as well, but I forgot to get some extra navy blue bias tape for that, but it’s ordered!

First I quickly draped the neck and torso piece for this. It was pretty simple, I feel like I’ve done this a billion times by now.

Amidala Apron patterns done

I just trimmed them up and cut them out of the fabric. I just measure center front and extended the front like so.

Amidala Apron cutting out front

Then the tedious task of interfacing and reinforcing and ironing commences. I will probably fast forward through this part.

Amidala Apron neck piece

Then the part where you sew the neck piece onto the neckline comes.

Amidala Apron sewing neck to bodice

Now the thing I wanted to get sorted out, and the part that honestly took the most effort, was getting the center front to lay flat. Because well, let’s face it, in the reference photos the center front lays flat. So, I didn’t think this would be a pickle but it ended up to be because of the bum roll.

Amidala Apron problems with side front laying flat

Amidala Apron Front apron look

As you can see, it protrudes out quite a bit in order to lay flat. I tried putting in darts, and that made it a little better but by no means was the problem fixed. So I ended up chopping off quite a bit on the sides and adding a tie and the bust area.

Amidala Apron figureing out front

Much better here.

Amidala Apron pinning to corset

Then the bust tie.

Amidala Apron solving the problems

And the hook and eyes of course

Amidala Apron hook and yes

I think what I’ll probably have to do here is either safety pin the apron down before I put on the velvet jacket but we will see. Anyways, Thank you for tuning in! Hopefully I’ll be able to do some beading on this piece!

-Meescha

09Mar/16

Art Dump!

Hello all! Today I’m just going to post an art dump, because I’m not sure how much work I will be able to get done on the costume this week. I’ve got a lot of commissions to do. But! Hopefully if all goes to plan I will work on it some this weekend. There are a lot of beads to put on the apron piece so as you can imagine I’m not in too much of a hurry.

Anyways, I’ve been working a lot in charcoal and graphite and it’s becoming a new art for me πŸ™‚ Hope you like it!

Geralt Charcoal

Adam Driver Charcoal

Ruby Rhod Charcoal

Beetlejuice Charcoal

Elvira charcoal

tony todd

matilda

03Mar/16

Blue Senate Gown- Making the Skirt

Hello! Well I seem to be pretty steady about this Thursday thing! At least I’m keeping up with that. I’ve been working on some charcoal pieces and I can’t wait to share that here. Anyways, back to the show. Yesterday I managed to make the Blue Senate Gown Overskirt and wanted to share in the progress. I didn’t really get nice and tight photos of the eyelets I sewed in the corset, but I did take some progress shots.

I took some photos of the completed under garments so you can see what they look like. As you can see, I went for long lasting and cheap. Because no one will be looking at these, I knew that I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on them anyways.

Alrighty here we go!

Blue Senate Gown full under garments front

This is what the front and back look like, so you can see the silhouette. It turned out quite well!

Blue Senate Gown Back view of sillouhette

I didn’t get a good photo of the eyelets after they were sewn but here you can take a closer look at how the corset laces up as well.

Blue Senate Gown eyelets in the back

Blue Senate Gown Corset up close

Not bad at all if you ask me!

Anyways, this week I made the skirt to sit on top of the hoop skirt. No one will see this either, however, I made it out of the apron fabric anyways just in case. Unfortunately, this will be the last of the ‘easy’ garments for this costume. Also, unfortunately, I didn’t quite get a good photo of the making of this either so I’ll do my best to explain.

Basically I just cut out a bunch of rectangles like this, I think I ended up using only 2 though and they were about 45″ by 40″ long.

Blue Senate Gown overskirt cut rectangle

Then I sewed the edges together so that they made a big circle and draped it over the mannequin.

I hand stitched the back gathers because I know that I needed the front to be as clean and flat as possible for the apron piece to sit nicely.

Blue Senate Gown sewing gathers at top of under skirt

Once I stitched it by hand I took it off and reinforced the stitching by machine. I marked where I wanted to hem to be, and I started to drape so that it was level on all sides.

This turned out to be the finished product, I’m still not 100% pleased but for a garment that no one will see, it’ll do the job nicely πŸ™‚

Blue Senate Gown Over Skirt back

Blue Senate Gown Over skirt front

Blue Senate Gown Over skirt full body front

Anyways, next week I want to get a head start on the apron piece because I know that will be a lot of work in the long run with all the beading to do on it. I’m expecting it to either get done all in one day or having it take weeks!

As for the gold embroidery, I decided to do fake appliques, so we will see how that goes.

Anyways, like always, thank you so much for tuning in guys! Like always, peace.

-Meescha

25Feb/16

Construction a Corset

Hello!

I must admit, that my art has been taking presidence as of late because well, I’ve been busy. And that’s why haha. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy but then again I like to sew to unwind a lot and it’s hard to do that when you have a lot of people wanting you to draw things and it’s amazing but there is only so much time in the day. SO! I have only been able to sew so much. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get into the fun stuff.

I could only manage to sew the lining into the corset with some bias tape I had laying around the house. I’m glad I did it this way, it really tied up all the lose ends. Really alls I did was pin the lining on, then pin the bias tape on, and turn on some Netflix and let it go! This took about 8 hours so far and I haven’t even gotten to the lining yet!I’ll be sure to post more soon. I apologize and the lull. I need to manage my time more.

Cut out the pattern!

Elizabethan Corset cut out pattern

Here I just marked my own lines for the boning. I added more than the pattern called more. Make sure it’s symmetrical.

Elizabethan Corset marking boning lines

Here I just sewed some lining and this is before I start pinning it together.

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset lining on top of

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset bias tape stitched on

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset Lining

Blue Senate Gown Construction Corset bias tape hand stitch

This is more picture filled today then I like but there really wasn’t a whole lot to tell!

I hope everyone’s day is going splendidly!

-Meescha

18Feb/16

Making a Bum Roll

Hello all!

I know I’ve been a little lax in my blog making duties as of late. Lots of stuff has been happening and I’ve just been so busy. I do love to work but I do hate working on things that that I’d rather be working on something else. I’m a little ADD like that. I will try my very hardest to keep things going though. I will probably be blogging about my art more as well. Simply because this is my blog and I like posting what I’m working on πŸ™‚

Anyways, on to the bum roll!

If you are curious as to what pattern I’m using, it’s this one πŸ™‚ So follow along!

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Alrighty, so I’m going to say this for sure but the bum roll is the easiest thing to make in this costume. By far.

All you do is cut out the pattern.

Bum Roll cutting out pattern

Get some extra bias tape, or string, whatever you have laying around and pin accordingly.

Bum Roll pinning the bum roll

Sew around the edge leaving space for the turning inside out part.

Bum Roll sewing around edges

Turn

Bum Roll sewn up no stuffing

Stuff

Bum Roll stuffing the bum roll

And stuff full, really pack it in there.

Then stitch closed!

Bum Roll stitch up the open seam

It’s that simple! I kind of forget to take a picture of it on the dress form but I am also working on the corset as well and it’s taking up a little time. BUT! I’ll have pictures for you asap.

Thank you all for tuning in!

11Feb/16

Making a Chemise

Hello! Sorry for the skip on Tuesday’s post. I find myself swamped with comic work lately that its hard to keep up this week.

I did however manage to make a chemise for the Amidala Senate Gown however. I knew this was going to take a long time to make each piece but I’m still excited! Also all of the Kylo Ren pieces are coming together as well!

Surprisingly, this was a lot like making the hoop skirt! And super easy as well! It came together incredibly fast!

Amidala chemise  cutting out pattern

Always start with cutting out your pattern. The only hitch I saw was that I couldn’t find the gusset pattern with this, but it’s more than likely that one of my cats stole it. So I won’t worry too much. It’s just a square afterall πŸ™‚

Amidala chemise sewing fronts together

Then like the hoop skirt, you sew the sides together on the front and back. And also like the hoop skirt I finished the edges with pinking shears πŸ™‚

Amidala chemise  finishing detail

So far so good! Then I just added the gusset to the sleeve like this. Gussets are adding at moving parts of clothing that that have a lot of motion. i.e. crotch, armpit etc. They really help with everything if you can manage to put them in correctly!

Amidala chemise adding gusset

That was pretty easy πŸ™‚

I tried it on under the hoop skirt already as well so you can see how it’s supposed to look!

Amidala chemise with hoop skirt

Adding the facing to the chemise was another story. I was having such a hard time because my fabric was thin and my interfacing was slightly stretchy, I didn’t manage to get photos of that while I was putting it in because it didn’t turn out the prettiest and I was getting frustrated. But! Luckily no one will be seeing this part of the costume so function is everything πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for tuning in! I’ll be making the bum roll next, then the corset which I’m super excited to start. Hope everyone has a great day!