Thursday, March 11, 2010

Classic Star Sapphire completed / Lantern Corps.

Before there was a "Violet Lantern Corps" there was only Carol Ferris, the bittersweet girlfriend of Hal Jordan.

If you've checked back on my work-in-progress posts regarding Star Sapphire, you'll note that the fabric I ordered online is dreadful. I mean, truly horrible. There are a vast amount of words I could use to describe the radioactive neon bubblegum that is this color but I'll just leave it at horrible. This is a problem when shopping for fabrics online. I prefer to touch them and see them up which is why I enjoyed my shopping spree in NY's garment that one time I got to go. Luckily, will mail swatches; I still have problems with how their "processes." For example, the swatches I got are numbered but the numbers do not coincide with the actual item number on their website. So while I thought I ordered, let's just say #22-fuscia, what the sheet says is #109. I emailed them and they said that they keep a copy of the swatch card so they know what they sent to the customer. Ok, but still, don't they need to know what the real number is to go fetch in the aisles and floors of the warehouse? I don't know. I also can't believe that they still do not have an online secure shopping cart. Get paypal already! But to clarify, the spandex in this suit did not come from spandexhouse. I got it somewhere else online; a place with better shopping and better identifying of swatches. I made the mistake of ordering before getting swatches. After the barbie nightmare arrived, then I ordered swatches of other colors to see if any of them would work for Star Sapphire and that shop didn't have anything suitable, in my opinion. So if/when I remake the suit, I'll be using the swatches from spandexhouse to choose a better color.

It's been a very Lantern Corps winter here at Hero Fashions. I just finished a Blue Lantern suit for a sweet gal that I've done work for in the past. Unfortunately I don't have truly completed pictures to show for it because I have a chest emblem on order from someone and it hadn't arrived by the time I needed to mail out the suit. I embroidered a logo for her and included it unattached with her suit just in case she needs to hand stitch it on there before the real logo arrives. Con season has started!

While I'd love to follow Margie Cox's example of what Carol Ferris should look like (see, that's Margie in all her supreme goddessness in the modern Star Sapphire suit), I have unhappy with my weight going up again and I felt the suit was just too challenging while I'm so stressed out. I still want to make that suit but it had been months since being at my sewing machine. I needed to do something new but easier.

You'll also notice the "fubar" of the neckline. Originally I thought that I could slip into the suit like a bathing suit and not need a zipper. I kept making the neckline bigger and bigger until it could fit over my hips and damned if it just wouldn't work. So I was left with a ridiculously low neckline and a zipper in the back.

The collar is also pissing me off because the interfacing had been nicely stable or so I thought. But after putting it on a couple of times it just looks "limp." I should have used foam inside it but I thought the interfacing looked fine before I attached it. Live and learn.

The tiara - well that had its own problems. The glue wouldn't hold so I had to resort to Instant Vinyl. Then there were spots where the glue showed through the spandex like wet marks; and the foam layer had marker lines that were visible through this rather see-through fabric. (Another reason that I will stick with the milliskin from spandexhouse from now on). In order to cover the marks, I added GLITTER! Yes, GLITTER, because I had lost that much of my mind from staring at this blinding brainwashing fabric for so long. I do think there are military applications possible to torture prisoners of war with it. Seriously. Make them wear zentai suits of this fabric and they'll crack like a bad back.

The best part of the suit is the mask which was made by the leather artisan "columbina" of Ravenwood Masks on You can find the link in my past Star Sapphire posts. She also made my Firestar mask if you're curious.

The purple gloves came from a thrift store. Whenever you see something that you think might have a purpose somewhere down the line, just get it! The ring was made by a friend from one of my favorite go-to places for costuming. You can get the rings really easy now that DC released them as novelty items. Just ask your local comic shop.

My plan was to debut the Star Sapphire at the CGS Supershow. I definitely don't feel its worthy of NYCC.


Saranga said...

ok so bubblegum pink isn't ideal, but the costume does look good!

Cary said...

I'm no sewer, but your blog provided some great insight into just how much work you and other fans have to put into your costumes. Keep up the good work and your enthusiasm!

Bunche said...

The outfit may not be perfect, but it's not horrible. I do, however, agree with your assessment of that fabric. It looks like bubblegum ice cream or something. That said, I think you could get away with it at NYCC. And if you choose not to rock this particular Star Sapphire, at least hang on to the outfit as a backup.

Amber Love said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I am really harsh in my judgment of this suit but I guess anyone who creates anything gets like that with their own work. I do the same with my cooking. I guess if I do get the courage to wear this out, I'll stand out when I meet up with all the other Sapphires that will be out this year. I know many of the ladies on the SCF that have their suits in the works. Hopefully I won't make the "Worst of..." lists. :)

Bunche said...

Are the other women you know who are crafting Star Sapphire outfits going for the old school look or the look seen in "Blackest Night?"

Amber Love said...

Everyone I know is working on the Blackest Night version. At least is also going to tackle the Wonder Woman Sapphire.

PTLindy said...

The costume has a good silver-agey feel to it.

Remember there's always the Golden Age Star Sapphire version (mostly black)

Amber Love said...

I'm actually really fond of the Bruce Timm design which is mostly black too. It's from the JL animated series.

anigswes said...

Oh my god! That stuff that spandex house does with the swatches drives me crazy too!
But I was there last week, and you know what they sold me? A color card! I've been buying from them for years and didn't know they had that. So, my advice is to call them up and ask to purchase the color card, so you'll know exactly what to order in the future.
Costume looks real cute, I love this version. Kudos to your friend Margie though- did she make it?

Amber Love said...

@anigswes, yes Margie made her entire suit, get this... out of scraps from her Starfire suit. She's amazing.

Anonymous said...

Sweetie, when you get ready to do the new version, just let me know. It's a lot to figure out if you haven't done it before, but I'll be happy to explain anything about how I made mine.

I think your Silver Age costume turned out very well though!

Best Wishes,

usako_proudstar said...

muy bonito tu costume, la verdad te quedaron bien ambos