Monday, August 29, 2016

"Abby, come and get your sandwich, come and get your sandwich please" Part 2...

Oh we've been busy around here.  Unfortunately, not busy making Holtzmann clothes.  The other kind of busy. 

On a side note, I'm so glad I can sew.  It lets me geek out to levels not everyone can reach.

Perhaps you remember Part 1 of this series.  If not, you can reread here.

All caught up?  The Holtzmann Abby's Possession outfit is done and done.  I'm so happy with this outfit.  I'm also rather impressed with my skills (just don't look at the inside of the garments).

For Holtzy's vest I used New Look 6914:

You can use any pattern but, if you use this one, make A because the other ones are shorty vests.  This pattern was pretty easy to make, no problems with construction.

I used some silver buttons because I'm cool like that but holy hell 6 buttonholes!  I almost had a heart attack.  (Buttonholes are probably my least favorite thing to sew).  I think this vest looks fantastic!  It might be too early to say but so far this is my favorite Holtzmann outfit.

Now if you scrutinize the YouTube videos like I did, you'll find that the vest is actually a different color (and possibly a silky texture) gray in the back, so of course, my vest is almost the same.

Also, Holtzmann's vest has a back buckle belt.  You're in luck because this pattern does too, therefore, so does mine.

This is the best picture I could get:

(Her shirt looks green there.)  My vest back isn't silky like hers though.  I used just a basic gray suiting for the back.  You can see the back buckle when they fall to the ground after Patty hoists Holtzmann through the window.

Here's the whole finished product:

What a difference a clean mirror makes!  I'm standing on a towel because you don't wear shoes indoors in Japan...ever.  You might be interested to note these are not the shoes that she wears with this outfit (those shoes are currently in the US).  The shoes I'm wearing in this photo go with the "Rhythm of the Night" outfit.  I think I must have had some bloat going on when I first made the pants.  For some reason they fit better now.  I still don't have the right shirt to go with this outfit.  Is it like a turquoise color or green?  See that picture above really confused me.  I guess I'll just have to go see the movie again.  ;)

Holtzmann has a couple more vests in the movie, so this would make a good pattern for those as well.

That's all for today!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Abby, come and get your sandwich, come and get your sandwich please" Part 1...


I've had a busy day making pants over here.

First, I made my first ever Steampunk pants!  Here:

I feel like these are something Holtzmann would buy if she happened upon them while thrifting.  I don't know how I feel about these on me.  Are they weird?

Here's the pattern I used:

And since I'm lazy (you know that) I cheated on the cuffs, but on further analysis of the pattern I probably shouldn't have because all those bells and whistles. are what make the pants pleat in the back and make them hug tight to the calf.  Oh well.  Also, I was thinking that since this pattern is still in print, you could use it to make Holtzmann's jodhpurs.

Second, I really love Holtzy's menswear style in Abby's Possession scene.  It's pretty grainy, but here's a behind the scenes pic of what I'm referring to:

Careful scrutinization (after I already made the pants) show that hers are most likely straight leg and not wide leg like the ones I made.  What a ding-a-ling.  Also, her pants have pockets, mine do not.  (And if someone wants to send me some Spanx that'd be great.)

Be kind to me, I don't have the blue shirt (because I haven't found the right shade of blue yet) that appears in this scene but I did my best with what I have:

This is the pattern I used:

If you're going for screen accuracy, I'd recommend making C instead of D or finding a pants pattern with pockets.  Now it's entirely possible to make mine into straight leg pants, but I don't think I could bring myself to do it seeing that they turned out so damn well.  I'm pretty proud of them actually and I don't say that often about things I sew.  However, there are a couple places where the fabric has pulled and might end up with a hole, so maybe there's a future for straight leg pants after all.  I think Holtzmann would probably wear these because we all know she's a fan of the wide leg vintage style.  (On a interesting side note: Holtzmann is not wearing any of her signature glasses in this scene.  Probably because she was just out getting sandwiches and/or she's about to be thrown out the window.)

The fabric is an English wool (blend?) which I stumbled upon at a discount store in the fabric district here.  There were only 2.5 yards of it and it cost me about $2, so these pants cost me about $4 to make.  Can't buy that anywhere (just like I can't buy pants in my size here).

Anyway, my plan was the make the possession scene outfit (meaning pants and vest).  I'm calling the pants made (even though they are not screen accurate because I don't have any more of that fabric, and I'd prefer not to start from scratch.  Stayed tuned for "Abby, come and get your sandwich, come and get your sandwich please" Part 2 in which I showcase the vest.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

You just got Holtzmann'd baby!

Didn't everyone?  I mean women anyway.  If you're in the dark here, I'm talking about the new Ghostbusters, and the eye candy that's not Chris Hemsworth's Kevin but that is Kate McKinnon's killer Holtzmann.  And I mean killer.  Lesbians and bisexuals fell hard for brilliant engineer and all around wacky Dr. Jillian Holtzmann, and if you do a general internet search you'll find that straight women are claiming they'd "go gay" for Holtzmann.  Now on a soapboxy note I don't think anyone can "go gay".  Either you were to begin with or you're just saying that and you'd chicken out when it comes to the deed.  (You know what I mean here.)  But that's a rant for another time and place.

Anyway, I'm at the point where I'm just gonna copy her entire wardrobe and only buy things that are Holtzmann-esque from now until forever.  I'm not kidding.  You should see the stack of Holtzmann patterns I've got ready to go.  You should know that this is not a new thing for me.  I've been dressing like movie (and later TV characters) since high school when I used to dress like Ted from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

First of all it's worth noting that if I had a cosplay blog it'd be called The Lazy Cosplayer because even though I'm all about accuracy, I'm more about achieving said accuracy via the least amount of work possible.

With that this lazy cosplayer brings you Holtzmann's jodhpurs.  These appear in the hearse scene and  in the credits.

Here's some reference pics:

So there they are.  Fortunately today I was really lucky and I found two knits that matched these colors pretty damn closely and to top it all off, they were $1 a yard.  Not kidding.  It was my lucky day.  I say knits because I used this pattern:

(Remember Lazy Cosplayer.)  A side note about this pattern.  I made style B in 2011.  You can check them out here.  Basically for the last 5 years they've been one of my favorite pairs of pants.  I can see this happening with Holtzmann's jodhpurs as well.

Anyway, here's the finished product:

Please note that the brown patches are pretty close to even (they just don't look that way because of how I'm standing).  Technically they are not patches but a brown semi-textured knit fabric (which surprisingly looks a bit like leather.)  I'm not an expert here but I would recommend using two knit fabrics because of the way knits need to be sewn together (stretching and all that jazz).

Now, in case there are those out there who'd like to make a pair like these I'll briefly run down how I altered the pattern to make what you see above.
  1. Cut out pattern back and front as per usual.
  2. Casing was cut double in size to make these more high waisted (as is the Holtzmann style).
  3. I cut out the cuffs but decided after watching this scene on YouTube 150 times that cuffs were not needed, so to save you time and effort, you don't need to cut out the cuffs.
  4. Don't sew anything yet.
  5. Use the front pattern piece to line up and cut the inner edge of the brown patches.  I just eyeballed the outer curved edge.  Sew the brown patches on before assembling the rest of the pattern.
  6. Assemble pattern following directions omitting cuffs and just hemming the legs.
That's it!  The only thing that was really time consuming was sewing on the brown knit patches.  I'm so happy with the way these turned out!

I've definitely been Holtzmann'd.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The things that were and those that weren't...

I had designs for some of these patterns and what came to be was not often what I had planned when I pulled out the pattern envelope, but sewing often works that way.  I'm going on vacation next week and in a crunch to get everything done before then, I knocked out 4 pieces.

First is McCall's 7152.  Here's the pattern:

Now it says you can make this with knit, so I did, because knits are awesome.  Maybe that wasn't the best idea because whilst making buttonholes, my machine decided to hate me and refused to sew more than half the buttonhole and ended up ripping the knit.  I swear to everything knit rips if you even look at it wrong, so I cried about it and after attempted to save the dress by just attaching the shoulder, but I had to cut off the ripped part making it shorter than it should be.  In the end, I am not super impressed with it.  I mean it's wearable but not great.  I also sewed on some decorated buttons to distract from the mess that it is.  Oh well, at least the fabric is cute.

Next is McCall's 6083.  Here's the pattern:

Now my intention was to make the jumper with sleeves (the green one), but I just got a new tattoo on my back so why hide it?  Before cutting, I decided to make the sleeveless jumpsuit with the neck strap from the white one added to it since it ties in halter style.  I am super happy with how this turned out.  Especially since it has pockets.  Pockets!  Easy to sew pockets!  I will definitely make this one again, and I'd like to make the white one next time.

Apparently it was McCall's week.  Next is McCall's 6559:

I made F but I don't like maxi dresses, so I figured I'd just not attach the bottom piece, and then I'd have an asymmetrical hem.  Well, that part turned out okay but the dress sits weird in a couple places (like the middle).  Also, I wanted to attach the star but at that point I was afraid of screwing up any more things so I just left it off.

Anyway, I dunno?  Maybe after it's washed it'll relax a little bit.  Right now it's not my favorite thing.

Finally, I finished the last piece this morning a mere two days before vacation.  Close call!  This is New Look 6291:

Now when I shopped for fabric I had decided to make B, the shorts jumper.  However, I realized before I cut it out that it was almost identical to the blue McCall's jumper I had just made, so because I bought extra fabric, I decided to make D (the dress with the sort of tulip skirt).  I had bought the ribbon for making B, and since it matched so well, I decided to use it for the belt and for a neck strap like in A.  I really love how it turned out!  Even though the hem on the skirt was really hard, it ended up looking great once it was pressed!  I will definitely make this pattern again.

There you have the summer wear.  I'll be looking lovely and stylish in Okinawa next week!