Big news of the day, I’ve finally bought (most of) my materials for the Loki costume! I was super nervous about how much it was going to cost (specifically the pleather and stretch material), but somehow I managed to keep it at sixty dollars. Thank you Fabricana for your student-friendly prices. Also, thank you to my mentor Lauren- The stores pretty big and it would have probably taken me ages to find the pleather rack without her!
After wandering around the store for a good two hours I ended up getting this: (will include pictures soon- when you live in two different houses you end up leaving a lot of things behind…sigh)
Black cotton twill for the exterior of the coat (it’s cheap and really easy to work with- perfect for a beginner)
A small amount of this yellowish/brown quilting fabric for the coat accents (I pretty much only chose this for the color- it’s a bit more pricey but I was only getting a small amount.)
Black lycra for the catsuit (Surprisingly cheap for stretch fabric! I wanted something with a little bit but not too much shine, and this one was the best I could find that fit my price range. Bonus: it’s one of the thicker stretch fabrics which means I shouldn’t have to worry to much about undergarment lines when I’m wearing it!)
Black pleather for the corset thing (My wallet was in pain when I saw the price tag, but luckily I didn’t need too much of it.)
Two black zippers of various lengths, one for the corset and one for the catsuit.
Ribbing for the corset (I had no clue what this looked like or how much to get of this- luckily Lauren’s made corsets before so she was on top of it.)
And last but not least the pattern for the catsuit and a coat pattern that Lauren will help me edit into something more Loki-esque.
I needed to get some good quality thread and some interfacing as well, but Fabricana is having a sale on notions this weekend so I’ll be grabbing those then. I also need to get some dark green fabric for the coat’s interior lining- I had some extra green fabric at home so I didn’t buy any, but after viewing it with the other fabric colors I realize I needed something darker. This weekend I’ll probably also head over to Micheal’s to check out what kind of crafting wire they have in preparation for starting the circlet/horn headpiece of the costume.
Now for Edward de Bono’s How to have a Beautiful Mind with “how to be interesting” and “how to respond.”
For this part of How to have a Beautiful Mind, I mainly focused on how to respond. Searching for the perfect fabric involved a lot of “how about this one?” questions from my mentor, and I had to make sure that my replies had understandable reasons as to why I did or didn’t like a certain fabric so that my mentor could narrow down the type of fabric I was looking for. I’ve never really bought fabric before (other than for my grade 8 home economics project) so I didn’t have any stories to share about the topic- most of the responding was centered around the changes to ideas that I wanted to make. I asked for some clarifications as well, especially when it came to understanding the patterns. Depending on the company that makes the pattern the instructions may be different, so I wanted to make sure I understood how to read them.
To keep things interesting I tried to use the ‘what if’ statement as De Bono suggested. for example, “what if I used stretch pleather?” and “what if used the same material for the smaller accents?” These questions really made us explore the options a lot more and brought up some important points such as how patterns using stretch fabrics require the fabric to be able to stretch a certain distance- a distance that was not achievable by the stretch pleather we found.