My Joann’s Haul

I have a confession to make: I spend far too much money at Joann’s.

I could easily spend hours in that store and still end up walking out the doors with far more than I planned.

Needless to say, my husband grimaces whenever I mention wanting to stop by. He knows when I say, “It’ll only be twenty minutes or so!”, it’ll really be an hour or more.

I ended up hitting my Joann’s store twice, a few days apart. The first day I went, I wasn’t even aware that there was a sale going on! I had received the mailer the week before, but thought that I wouldn’t have any time to go, so I had already forgotten about it.

On my way home from a meeting with a friend, I decided that I’d swing by. Both my Silhouette blade and mat needed replacement and I didn’t want to wait for a shipment from Amazon. I wish that the coupons they had worked on Silhouette supplies! At least now I know to keep a back stock on hand!

Once I had found my supplies, I did my usual swing through the fabric section. For me, perusing the fabric section is the highlight of any Joann’s trip. Of course, this is probably one of the reasons that no Joann’s trip is a quick one.

I noticed the sale sign above the patterns. Simplicity patterns were five for $5.00! I was so excited that I practically ran to the pattern book table. I think the hardest part was deciding on only ten patterns!

 

After looking at what they had and finding only the patterns in my size, I decided on these ones!

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Lots of girly patterns this time around.

 

I mostly focused on costume ideas for this trip to the store, although there’s a few extras.

I’ve been eyeing the Lolita dress pattern for a while, because my best friend, Erin, and I want to make one based off of an inside joke. We’re wanting crazy cat prints!

I picked up both 1153 and 8316 based on possible future gifts or things to just occupy any spare time I have. I really loved the belt on the Firefly inspired pattern, and of course I had to get the Moonie pattern, too. I tried convincing my husband, Brett, to do a Mario/Luigi or Mario/Peach costume with me, but so far he seems to need a bit more persuading!

 

If this wasn’t enough, I decided to pop by the store AGAIN on another day. The sale was still going on and I was in the area dropping something off at a friend’s house. This haul was more on the McCall’s side, because at this point the Simplicity patterns were slim pickings!

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I love seeing the HUGE savings number at the bottom of my receipts!

 

I was really hoping to get the Simplicity version of the Japanese school uniform pattern, but they didn’t have the plus sized pattern in stock (insert frowny face here). However, the McCall’s version should cover everything I need, if not with a little adjusting.

I also grabbed a pattern for Brett, which is the printed suit pattern, D0850. I don’t know what pattern he’ll end up wanting, but it’ll be a hit, I’m sure.

I didn’t get as many costume patterns this time around, mostly because everything was pretty sold out. But I did get a few for-fun project ideas.

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I can’t wait to put these to good use! 

Where it All Started

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I was a huge Doctor Who freak when this was taken. This Weeping Angel was so nice when she wasn’t trying to devour my unspent life!

My first costume that I actually crafted something on was this cute Link costume from Emerald City Comiccon (Seattle) 2014. It was my second year attending the convention and I wanted to do more than I had the year before. Year one I kind of just threw on a Sheik pinafore from Darling Army and didn’t do much else.

Darling Army is a great cosplay alternative for people who like cute, nerdy things, so it was right up my alley! I love all of her original pinafore designs. I actually have 3 of them, and they’re all Legend of Zelda designs (two Link, one is Sheik)!! I had lost a ton of weight before this con, too, so they actually wrapped completely around my waist and fit correctly! They don’t fit anymore, but I’m still holding on to them!

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I lost my shit when I saw this girl’s Kael’thas!

My wig was from Epic Cosplay because I saw Missyeru advertising it on her Facebook page. I had not discovered Arda Wigs at the time, which I much prefer now. The wig was alright but it didn’t have much color depth; it was all just one solid blonde/yellow. It was affordable and decent quality, though. I really didn’t mess with the styling too much.

I got my petticoat and tights from Leg Avenue and my boots were a JustFab “splurge” (I am still skipping the month on that stuff 3 years later…$40 for a pair of shoes at the time was a lot!). Honestly, they are pretty comfortable and I didn’t have a problem walking around the convention center all day with them on. I still wear them as my default leggings shoes! I wish I had managed to get a good green tank top instead of that black one I’m wearing (and probably still have…cough). Finally, my ears are from Aradani Studios on Etsy; they’re great quality and their spirit gum really stays.

Now that I’ve listed all of this, you’re probably thinking, ‘Wait, you said you crafted something for this…’

Yes. Yes I did.

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One of the many selfies I took that does not show my costume…at all.

See that green thing on my head? Yeah, I fabric-glued a green colored fat quarter (cotton quilting fabric) to a headband to make a kind of peasant bandana. I didn’t want to make (or buy) a Link Hat because I had close to zero sewing skills at this point. I got a bunch of those binder clips and made my headband the night before the convention in the hotel room. Ashlee and River can vouch for me.

I’m really disappointed that I don’t have more photos from this convention. I have a few selfies but nothing really substantial.

I’d say that this is probably my first cosplay; I actually thought it through and pieced together what I thought made a good costume. I had a couple of people take my picture, too, which made it feel more real, I suppose.

I ended up skipping the dress-up in 2015. I can’t remember why. Perhaps I was still practicing my crafting skills? Laziness? More than likely I wasn’t motivated or procrastinated.

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Me, left, as Ariel and Erin, right, as Rapunzel!

Last year (2016), I worked with my best friend, Erin, to make Ariel and Rapunzel inspired peasant dresses with corsets. Her wig was ridiculously amazing and she kept getting compliments on it all day! I made the dresses, corsets and my tiara. I even bought an over-sized serving fork, oops, I mean, a dinglehopper!

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Have to make sure Rapunzel’s hair is in tip-top shape!

I learned a lot while making these ones. For instance,

  1. The “boning” that they sell at Joann’s is NOT GOOD for corsets that are intended to be used in tight-lacing (which is what mine were). Next time I’ll splurge and go with spiral steel.
  2. Simply taking the cups out of an overbust corset pattern does not mean it will make a good underbust corset. Our breasts were perfect spheres and it was very strange.
  3. Marking the sides of fabric is important in square skirt construction…
  4. Brocade is a pain in the ass to work with.
  5. Oh, and so is satin.
  6. Corsets are a pain in the ass to make, too.

However, we had so much fun dressing up as them and working until the last minute (I haven’t learned anything from that link headband). My shell tiara was made in our hotel room the night before the convention.

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Pardon the over-edited photo.

I also dressed up as Francine to go with Erin’s Muffy costume (from Arthur!). I helped her sew/assemble her jumper! These really did turn out well, but I was sweating so badly from the (VERY HEAVY) sweatshirt once we got into the convention that I didn’t keep it on for very long.

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That is a perfect Muffy face, quite honestly.

It’s nice to look back at what I’ve done and how I can improve. I can honestly say that I probably won’t be using fabric glue again any time soon.

…probably.