May 222012

Yesterday I wrote elsewhere how many materials went into making the five costumes for myself, my son and my father, which we wore at FedCon (and some of the materials I estimated wrong at that time); so I thought it couldn’t hurt to write that list down again, this time with the correct amounts.
I used:

  • approximately 85 meters / 93.5 yards of fabric;
  • at least 15 meters / 19 yards of various stabilizers;
  • 4.5 kilometers / 3.5 miles of embroidery thread;
  • approximately 2 kilometers of sewing and basting threads,
  • ~6 packs of sewing and embroidery machine needles
  • pretty much exactly 31,500 beads and pearls;
  • ~2 kilometers / 1.5 miles of beading thread (which is much stronger than sewing thread – note however that this thread as well as the aforementioned beads and pearls went through my hands as I worked them into the costumes; no machine work on either of these! )
  • 12 packs of Fimo polymer clay,
  • 1 liter / 0.26 gallons of epoxy resin
  • 2 spray cans with paint (silver)
  • 3 glasses with paint (various colors)
  • ~0.75m² / 8.073 square feet of various thicknesses of styropor
  • 0.1 m² / 1.076 square feet of drum wrap
  • ~10 liters / 0.53 gallons of water to steam and iron the fabrics and costumes
  • approximately 30 packs of various (shades / brands) fabric dyes
  • approximately 5 liters / 1.32 gallons of fabric washing detergents to wash fabrics before and after dyeing
  • 3 zippers
  • 2 buttons
  • 20 snaps
  • 5 meters / 5.5 yards of velcro tape
  • at least two packs of headache pain killers
  • a gazillion things which I probably forgot
  • and, last not least, I sacrificed my nose (!) for a few days, when I fainted (!) after two straight days and nights of beading without sleeping while sitting at the table, and, in the process of dropping down, hit my nose hard on the edge of the table.
    As funny as this may sound, this isn’t a joke. I wish it was, but my nose still has the wound today.
    Said wound can also be seen (if you look REALLY carefully!) in the closeup pics of my face taken at the convention.

So just in case you always thought that costuming was easy-peasy and boring – no, it’s not.

By the way, ‘five months’ (from January to May 2012) in this case resulted in approximately 400 hours of work on those costumes.
Some took longer to make (Apailana with headdress? Three and a half months of those five!)… others less long (Baron Papanoida? Four days!); but all together took from January to May to make.

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