Vintage Printed Pattern 4637

This is what I am planning on wearing for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s brunch at CLW2014 later this month.

Printed Patter 4637

Printed Pattern 4637 was designed by Anne Adams and was sold in newspapers in August 1969.

Printed Pattern 4637 dated 19690809

The pattern has gone together beautifully so far. I still need to put the sleeves in; the side zipper; the collar; and the facing. Oh, and a blingy button!

Front & sides together

And the fit is perfect!

The fabric is silk that I purchased from the upholstery section of Hancock’s several years ago.

Kouyama Mitsuki

My eldest decided 2 weeks before our major convention that she wanted to add Kouyama Mitsuki from Full Moon o Sagashite to her list of costumes. Very short notice, but I think we’ll make it.

The patterns used were Burda 7348 (OOP) for the top and McCall’s M6570 for the skirt.

Modifications to the top:
– lengthened collar
– zipper instead of buttons
– faux fur added to the sleeves and base of top

Modifications to the skirt:
– left off lower band of skirt
– faux fur added to waistband
– changes to waistband (no bow)

Kouyama Mitsuki

Photos in order of progress:

Kouyama Mitsuki

Kouyama Mitsuki

Kouyama Mitsuki


Kouyama Mitsuki

A completed photo will be posted after A-Kon 25 this weekend.


A-Kon 24 was my grandson, Trystan’s, first convention. He was 2 months old and made a very adorable Moogle. A Moogle is a creature from Final Fantasy. Lulu, from Final Fantasy X, uses a Moogle as a weapon. My oldest daughter cosplays Lulu and wanted her little boy to be able to participate with her.

Last year, his costume was simple – a Onesie that we added purple, felt wings to and a t-shirt that we converted to a hat and added a red pom-pom to.


He’s now almost 14 months old and this will be his 3rd convention. (He also went with me to All-Con.) We used Simplicity 1767. The wings will be made from a poly satin and the pom-pom has been replaced with a red, sequined styrofoam ball.



More pics to follow once the costume has been completed.

A brand new Doctor

At least it seems that way. I finally got around to using the reproduction waistcoat fabric and re-created Kayle’s waistcoat for her 8th Doctor. And it made such a huge difference!

Kayle as the 8th Doctor. Photo taken at Gallifrey One 2014.

Kayle as the 8th Doctor. Photo taken at Gallifrey One 2014.

Here’s the breakdown on her current Eighth Doctor Cosplay:


  • human hair wig from a local ethnic wig shop

Body -

  • Mens white shirt purchased from a local resale shop, collar was removed and a vintage collar was used instead. Collar was purchased local antique show.
  • Cravat (no pattern used), silk dupioni (purchased from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Vest (New Look 6166, mens view B but modified for authenticity, including adding real welted pockets), reproduction fabric from movie, sourced from Bob Mitsch (DW LJ and FB Stitches in Time group), contrasting color purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.
  • Jacket (Simplicity 2895, I think). Velvet purchased at the Dallas Fabric district.
  • Pants were located at local resale shop
  • Boots, DSW Shoes

Props -

  • TARDIS MK VII key, from Moocrest Models
  • Sonic Screwdriver, from Frobidden Planet UK
  • Pocket watch, from Walmart (until I can locate a better one)

My first Worldcon

This past weekend, Kayle & I traveled down to San Antonio for our first Worldcon. Having been to lots of anime & other fandom conventions in the past 8 years, there were a few surprises.

Here is my short review:

It was a bit odd going to a convention and not really knowing anyone. I appreciated that everyone I had contact with was friendly and helpful. I know it was a bit odd for Kayle because there were so few young adults there.

The dealers room reminded me more of a series of used bookstores than anything else. I did not really look at each dealer there, mainly because my focus lately has not been purchasing hardback or paperback books, but ebooks. I wanted to possibly purchase patches from one vendor, but each time I was at their booth, the guys working it were too busy chatting with others. We left the booth after spending several minutes each time without being assisted, even after trying to make eye contact so I could interrupt their conversations.

The panels we attended were well attended (for the most part). Most of the panels we went to were in the costuming track. We absolutely loved the Makeup Techniques panel. It has been way too long since I was in high school and college theatre and doing theatrical makeup. My impression after some of the other costuming panels was that if your costume has bling and is shiny, it’ll do wonderfully in Masquerade (again, this was only my impression).

The readings & autograph sessions were fantastic. We did not stay at the convention hotel, but instead stayed in a garage apartment rental (which was fabulous, BTW). We were able to cook breakfast and other meals/snacks every day. My only regret about not being at the con hotel is that we didn’t go to any of the parties.

The Hugo Awards was an incredible experience for a first-timer. Having had the opportunity to vote on the winner for each award was fantastic. My only drawbacks to the Hugo Award presentations were that the AC was dripping condensation on my the entire time and hearing the person sitting near me make disparaging remarks about some of the presenters and “boo” under her breath at some of the nominees. We couldn’t really move either (big hair in front of us would have obstructed our vision if we’d slid down a seat).

Worldcon bid disappointment – yes, we were a bit disappointed that Orlando did not win the bid to host the 2015 Worldcon. Most of my disappointment stems from the fact that we were going to make the 2015 Worldcon a family vacation and it would have been all of us going (myself, Kayle, Mara, Alecks & little Trystan). But that’s okay. I can concentrate on the local and regional conventions until Worldcon is closer to Texas. Maybe KC in 2016 or NOLA in 2018.

Overall, we enjoyed our first Worldcon experience and look forward to attending again.