by BenitaTatters | Jun 22, 2022 | Cosplay
The Crazy Caterpillar out of Alice in Wonderland is my first costume to start working on. The reason I chose this one, is because it was the easiest. Everyone involved chose what they wanted to dress as, and how it was to look. Skye chose the crazy Caterpillar.
We looked through lots of patterns at Spotlight, but most of the ones we liked were not available. So I searched online, and found this lovely sweetheart neckline stretch top that was super easy to sew together. This is what it looks like so far on my mannequin, this is not the final product, just the mock-up. The plan is to find a stretch velvet that will work with the caterpillar look.
by BenitaTatters | May 26, 2022 | Art, Community, Cosplay, Craft
Do you have a community of people that you love to hang out with? I wonder what science says about connection in a community.
So, according to Science Magazine, scientific studies have revealed that socially isolated people have a much higher risk of death. Those involved in a community to talk and interact with have, lower mental health issues, lower heart disease deaths, and better overall health.
Being part of the community and having friends to go to events with, have always been an important part of my life.
Why start this group?
However, in January 2021, I became sick with an illness generally not known about, called Functional Neurological Disorder (FND). This condition affects the nerves in my body from working correctly, so even a small outing can cause time in bed to recover. At the time I developed paralysis in my arms and legs overnight. Yes, the ability to walk returned very slowly, and I was using crutches for a while. However it was scary not knowing how much movement would return, and frustrating to lose so much mobility.
I found I was stuck at home, not able to live the social life I was used to. So I finally decided to hold my own craft get together.
We all get to socialise and create at the same time via Zoom. Have you noticed how healing creating is? ‘Create Together’ is what I called
the group, because it is about everyone coming together, to make a community of people, helping each other and creating together.
I have been passionate about craft and sewing for a very long time, so this is going to be a way to put it to good use. I am keen to connect with all you other craft and sewing enthusiasts, and look forward to what we can learn together.
Who can come to this group?
Anyone who has a love of craft, sewing, creating and connection.
There is already quite a bit of diversity and talent in our group. We have been working on wire crochet to create jewellery, designing stickers to eventually sell, mind dumping to create outfits for cosplay, designing houses for gaming, and then painting and creating models for Warhammer, they are so tiny and yet created with accurate and professional style.
We are a pretty easy going group, the aim is to support and uplift each other in our journey of crafting and making.
We bring what we are making and create while we chat, then show what progress we have made to the group if you want.
I plan to use my stash which seems to have grown lately, from material with my patterns on them, to dresses I want to make. There is also a Cosplay wardrobe to sort out.
I would really love to know what you are keen to learn, perhaps it is a skill I already have to pass on to you.
I am super excited to make usable and sellable items, and I hope you are excited about what you want to make also. Looking forward to seeing you all at our next catchup.
I am very excited to see how our group grows and what the next amazing skills will be included in our community. If you would like to join, and show us your talent, or just join in the fun, fill in the form below. We meet monthly via zoom, I will send an email with the link. I also send out a bi-weekly update on projects being worked on, or news you may be interested in. Come and join the fun, we can’t wait to meet you.
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