Farpoint…so close and yet so far

Farpoint starts on Friday but Maggie and I will not be going up until Saturday. At this point we might have to leave at 5am in order to get there by the time things open up around 9 or 10. We’re getting still more snow. According to the forecast we should expect a total of 10 inches between last night and tonight. All of that’s going on top of the two feet that’s already fallen. Everything looks to still be on target for the convention, though. The snow’s supposed to stop by tonight and the streets should be plowed by the time we head out Saturday. It’s obviously not going to be hot, but it should be warmer than it’s been the past couple days. ::knock on wood::

The final preparations are being made for our trip up to Maryland. I brought my paperclay and the second attempt at the Blink mask with me to the coffee shop today (I’m not working. I’m just here hanging out) and finished most of the work. It’s sitting on the counter behind me, drying. I’ll go over it tonight with some glue and try to get some of it painted. The remade dress is almost finished. The big things are done. I’ve attached the waistband to the skirt and I’ve pieced the top together. Here’s what remains to be finished:

  1. Finish the neck and remaining armhole.
  2. Sew the seam up the back of the skirt.
  3. Attach the hoop to the bottom of the skirt.
  4. Add hooks to waistband.
  5. Paint dress (Maggie)
  6. Remake head sleeve.
  7. Fix wing harness (Maggie)

It sounds like a lot, I know, but it’s really just a couple of fairly small things. Well, other than the harness re-build. I would’ve been all finished except for the painting if I’d spent the night at my place. However, it was quite likely that retrieving me from my house would have been nigh on impossible today. Instead, I spent the night hunkered down at Maggie’s. We’ll probably do most of the work tonight while watching Project Runway.

The popple costume is pretty much done, though it’s in pieces at the moment. The hands, feet and head are all separate from the main body at the moment. I put everything on the other day and walked around in the basement, though, and I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. Still wish the back pouch was better but there are almost always things I wish I could change about the costumes I make. There are very few exceptions.

Although the popple is finished and could be worn this weekend I’ve pretty much decided to save it for a later convention. Maggie has finished her Sith outfit and is planning to wear that one day and it’d be much nicer to go as a Jedi when she’s dressed as a Sith than to go as a Popple. The second day, of course, will be spent in our Blink Angel get-ups.

We’ve also made the call not to do the Masquerade this time around. I think it’s a good idea. We did the Masquerade at both Shore Leave and Dragon*Con. We didn’t participate in the Masq at CostumeCon, but we did do it at Polaris the last time we went. It’ll kind of be nice to just sit back, relax, and enjoy a Masquerade without having to worry about recording our skit and getting everything on and in place in time.

I really don’t mind skipping the Masquerade. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in the event. It’s just…I’d like to be able to see the whole event from start to finish without waiting a year for a copy of the official video to be sent to me in the mail. It’s important to occasionally sit back and be an observer. Otherwise you get burnt out on something that you loved. I’d hate to lose my passion for costuming because I just got too tired from running around at Masquerade.

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