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Strike Off Projects are Here! 

GameStation Raglan TShirt toddler

You guyyyyyyyyyys!!! It’s time to be excited with me because I finally sewed up some of the strike offs for Round 1! (Is “strike offs” one word or two? Strikeoffs? Maybe it’s hyphenated… strike-offs? Whatever…)

As you can see, the listings are live on the website now. The pre-order is open until January 24th, so get your orders in!!

I’ve been on Pinterest hunting for simple and quick patterns to use on the strike offs. I’ve been needing a set of pattern weights, and I could also use some new covers for my decorative couch pillows. I will probably make an apron with one of the adult panels. I want to do a pair of capri leggings, but it’s winter so I won’t get much wear out of them for a few more months. Maybe I’ll do it anyway…

I will always be a busybody adding to my to-do list, but I got at least my first strike off projects done.  Check out this adorable Raglan t-shirt I made for My Mini-Me:GameStation Raglan TShirt toddlerI used a child size GameStation panel and some of the GameStation pattern fabric.

I also made a dolman-style top for myself and a basic t-shirt for Little Man. You can check those out in the gallery below. I’m still working on a raglan shirt for my husband, and then we’ll see what scraps I have left to work with. (That means there will probably be a part 2 to this post… stay tuned.)

I’m extra excited to see what you guys come up with using the round one Fabrics. Post all your fabulous creations in the Facebook group. Decisions, decisions…

~BlerdyMomma

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Big Changes ahead at BlerdyMomma.com!!

blerdy momma boutique fabrics coming soon

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while. I picked up some new clients with my VA business and they definitely keep me busy, but I haven’t stopped being Blerdy Momma. Never gonna happen!

Soooo…. maybe you’ve noticed some changes happening around the website. Like a lot of changes. Surprise!! I’m turning Blerdy Momma into a custom fabric shop. Isn’t that cool?

I love sewing. I wish I had more time for it because I just love putting together a new cosplay or piece of clothing and being able to see progress as it happens. Sewing is one skill I can say I learned entirely on my own, just me and the manual for my first sewing machine.

It is now several years later and I’ve been introduced to the world of custom digital print fabrics. YOU GUYS!!!!!! This is what I’ve been looking for every time I walk into a big chain fabric store and don’t see options for my favorite fandoms. I’m so glad a friend put me on to these awesome sites.

But you know what? Something was still missing. There are a million options if you want fabric inspired by some of the more “mainstream” fandoms. You can find Harry Potter, Dr. Who, or Game of Thrones fabric anywhere. Outside of Mario, I really didn’t see much video game-themed fabric.

So here I am. Because I want Mortal Kombat and Final Fantasy inspired fabric just that bad haha. My goal here is to offer high-quality fabric with unique designs. I want those of us with less popular fandoms to have some options too. If you’re into that, bookmark the site and join my Facebook group.

What’s your favorite fandom? I’m keeping a list of games and shows to inspire my future fanart designs. Come back soon to see what’s available in Round 1!

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Make Your Own Leg Dress Form Tutorial

Leg dress form DIY

If you cosplay frequently, you’ve probably made a million pairs of boot covers to go with every outfit. It’s no surprise that our favorite fantasy characters tend to wear shoes you simply won’t find at the local shoe store. But this leaves you sitting at the sewing machine barefoot, repeatedly trying your boot cover on with your shoe to see if it fits, if you can get it on and off easily, and if all the seams lay just right. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a dress form for your feet? Well, I’ve got good news. You can make your own CUSTOM dress form of your leg and it’s dirt cheap to do! If you’ve got a friend to help, you can get it done in less than an hour. Check it out.

You will need:

Saran WrapLeg Dress form DIY supplies
Packing Tape
Plastic grocery bags

You will use:

Scissors
Masking tape
Permanent Marker

Making the Leg Dress Form

  1. Wrap your bare foot in 2 layers of saran wrap. Wrap all the way up to at least your knee. If you regularly make higher boot covers, feel free to keep your leg straight and wrap higher. (I highly recommend enlisting a friend’s help for that unless you’re a total yoga master.)Dress form saran wrap
  2. Go over the saran wrap with the packing tape. Wrap it snug, but not so tight that you’re cutting off circulation. (If you wrap it too tight, step 4 WILL become dangerous.) Make sure you don’t miss any spots. Lay the tape in different directions for full coverage.Dress form packing tape
  3. Take a permanent marker and draw a straight line down the center back of your leg wrap. Add a few hash marks across this seam. They will be useful later. Draw another straight line around the top edge of the wrap.dress form permanent marker back seam    dress form hash marks
  4. CAREFULLY<<!!! Cut along that center back line you drew. It is probably safer to let someone else do this. And definitely use a pair of scissors and NOT any sort of single blade tool. If you have a pair with a rounded, blunt tip, that’s your best bet. SAFETY FIRST!!leg dress form scissors
  5. At this point, you should be able to slide the wrap off of your foot while maintaining its shape.
  6. It’s time to start stuffing! Ball up your plastic grocery bags as tight as you can and stuff them into the toe of your taped leg form.
  7. Once you have filled the foot area, line up your lowest hashmark and tape the seam back together using a piece of masking tape. Take time now to stuff the ankle of your leg form. It’s important to make sure the foot area is stuffed firmly but not so tight that you distort the shape.
  8. Line up the rest of your hashmarks and tape across them with the masking tape.dress form stuffed
  9. grocery bags recycle
    (Sidenote: This is my favorite way to get rid of my unnecessary stockpile of empty grocery bags.)

    Now you can finish stuffing your leg form. It should be firm enough to hold up to light pressure without collapsing.

  10. Go over the back seam with packing tape to make sure it’s secure. I usually do several strips going across and one or two going up the full length of the leg form. Tape across the top as well.
  11. Your DIY Leg Form is now Complete!leg form finished complete

You should be able to fit this leg form into whatever shoe you plan to wear under your boot covers and then use it to rough draft a pattern, design a mock-up, or test the fit of your boot covers repeatedly. This is also a great tool when you need to paint a unique design on leggings or tights for a cosplay.

Bonus Tips:

  • Wear shorts so that you capture your true leg shape and don’t have any obstructions.
  • For some fun, go pick out a roll of duct tape with a fun pattern on it and cover your finished leg form with it. I made one covered in s’mores print once!
  • You may want to make two leg forms: one for a flat shoe and one for wearing heels. When making the form for heels, point your toe while wrapping your leg.

decorated leg dress form with duct tape

I’m happy to answer any questions you have in the comments below, or you can share pictures of your DIY leg dress form with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Surprise! I Made a Sailor Saturn Cosplay in Only 7 Days!

Sailor Saturn Cosplay

Sailor Saturn CosplayIn case you weren’t aware, the iconic anime franchise Sailor Moon recently had a revival in the form of Sailor Moon Crystal. Back in July, my family and I went to San-Japan, an annual anime convention in downtown San Antonio. I was scrambling to finish my Princess Jasmine cosplay in time when my husband reminded me that it was an anime convention. So, I decided to put my Princess Jasmine cosplay on pause to do a Sailor Saturn cosplay for San-Japan.

By the time I made this decision, I only had 7 days left to build the costume, start to finish. That is why you didn’t see any progress posts here or on Instagram about it, sorry guys. I did take some pictures of the process, though, so now I’ll share the cliffnotes pictorial version of how Sailor Saturn came together.

All materials for this cosplay came from Walmart and Dollar Tree, except for the wig. The tiara is just a foam strip with an elastic strap. I painted it gold and glued a glass rock to the center. Feel free to ask questions if you’re wondering how I did something!

I really wish I’d had time to make her scythe, but I knew I couldn’t do it justice in a week, so I went without it. Eventually, I’ll wear this cosplay again, though. And when I do, I’ll have the prop to match. The secret to this costume was some light-weight interfacing. That’s what really made the bows stand properly and the sleeve petals. This costume was way more comfortable than Sindel, but remind me never to wait till the last minute to put together a cosplay again.

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Yoshi Hats for Little Man’s Birthday

For my son’s first birthday, we picked Yoshi as the theme after his favorite plush toy. After lots of google and pinterest surfing, I found a fabulous little party hat that I could make myself for all the attendees. Myself and 2 AMAZING friends of mine spent an evening putting together about 30 of these:

yoshi-hat-frontal youshi-hat-profile
And they were absolutely adorable! If you have a choice, I probably would’ve set up a craft table at the party and let the kids make it themselves. But if you’re going to make them in advance, a couple friends and an assembly line is the way to go.

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My Sindel Cosplay is in Progress!

Sindel

I’m hard at work trying to finish my Sindel cosplay. Life has thrown a speed bump in my way this week, but I’m determined to have it done in time for ACCC next weekend. Check out my progress over the last couple of months.

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I’ll be posting more pictures soon. I think that if I dedicate the weekend to it, I can be finished by Monday! A lot of elastic will be harmed in the completion of this cosplay. 🙂