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Being Organised Part 1

I'm afraid to say that as a display, my sewing space is never particularly tidy, especially in the lead up to a convention. But considering my last con was over 3 months ago, I hardly have an excuse for why, up until last week, it was still a mess!
I'm not going to embarrass myself by showing you before and after photos, in fact, I won't even show you the after photos because it's not quite there yet (never fear, a tour of my small sewing space will be coming in the next few months, assuming I can keep it tidy!). What I will show you however is the main organisation of this space.

I bought these draws from Argos last year, and okay, they're not that exciting to look at. They're a wooden frame with a fabric covering and fabric draws - though the draws do have a cardboard base, small victories - so they're admittedly not the most sturdy piece of furniture. Nonetheless, the serve the purpose here as they hold most of my stuff, and most importantly, fit in the limited space I have!
Previously, the draws were a bit of a mess. Things shoved in after I'd finished with them and pulled out hastily again, messing up any sense of order there may have been. I even had a large plastic box and all manner of smaller boxes and bags, filled with things that wouldn't fit in. Through the power of actually bothering to be organised, I now don't have stuff littering the floor and everything fits into the draws instead!

The organisation goes like this.


Top draw has all of my current projects in, as in theory they are the bits I want to get to most often. I'm trying to make enough of the WIP bags to store all the in progress cosplays I have so they're quick and easy to pull out and nothing goes missing =)


The second draw down basically has all manner of sewing related things, whilst the third draw has more general crafting based things. So whilst the second draw has buttons, zips, ribbons and a few fat quarters in, the third has tapes of all kinds, paper, other helpful bits and pieces, as well as any small non-cosplay projects. For example, there's some cross stitch and crocheting for me to tackle one day!


The last draw is undoubtedly the heaviest, and yet for some reason used to build the top draw. I don't know why I ever thought there was any logic in that. This houses most of tools. Scissors, dremmel, hot glue gun, pieces for my overlooked and other things of that ilk. It's the draw I go to less often, so sadly for it, deserve it's spot on the bottom.

And that is how I now organise the vast majority of my sewing supplies! Fabric and paints are kept elsewhere, purely because of a lack of space. I'm hoping that now there's an order to it all, I be more inclined to keep it that way forever =)

How do you store your supplies? Is there any planning behind it or do things just live wherever they live? (Don't worry, we've all been there ;))

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The SEC Joins YouTube!

Before I begin, apologies for the shortages of posts lately. Real life, once again, got in the way, and posts have been sat in my drafts half written for the last 2 weeks! I will try harder from now on. And as if I needed more things to do, I have a super exciting announcement, that SE Cosplay is now on YouTube!

goo.gl/qHLtIk -> Go subscribe!

Firstly, if you don't know who or what SE Cosplay is, then you should join us (goo.gl/AWS9ND) and I'll tell you that we're a Square Enix fan group centred around cosplay. We've been running for just over 3 years and hit 1000 members before Christmas, which I think is pretty awesome! We have loads of ideas and plans for this year, of which YouTube is just one of the first.

I've wanted to start a YouTube channel for a while now - at least 2 years or so with any serious intent. But as it's more time consuming than a blog, which I struggle to keep up with, I've just never found the time to do it. However, the SEC gives me another reason to do it. We already have an audience, and if even only half of them subscribe, that would be a pretty awesome start.

Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not going to turn this channel into my own thing. It's, hopefully, for all the admins to post videos, but I will probably be the one who tries to make it run smoothly. It will always remain relevant to the SEC though - vlogs of events, cosplay tutorials and anything else we can think of =p

Part of me is secretly hoping that if we can keep this up, it'll encourage me to start my own personal YouTube channel! It would of course also have a cosplay base, but probably also more varied content. More generic sewing or crafty things, as well as non-sewing things (music and makeup perhaps?)

Moving on from that, take a look at the trailer we have for the channel. There's also an introductory which says a little about what we're expecting from the channel, worth watching as it's not quite the same as this post =) Please give the videos a like and subscribe to see all our future content!
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Slow Progress on Meiko

Cosplay progress had been a bit slow as of late. I am getting things done, just not quite at the rate I would like to. As such, though I had my vague plan for one cosplay a month, I can only claim Meiko to be half finished. I have been working a little on Fang in-between times, but not enough to make the difference.

 Regardless let's show you what I have managed to get done =)

 The corset is well on its way to being done. In fact, all that's left is added a trim to the top and, in all likelihood, hand sewing the bias down. It has 5 layers of fabric in it, so cutting out took a little longer than I had expected! Nonetheless, I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out. It's my first time making a steal-boned corset, but it all went smoothly and is comfy to wear. It's a little wrinkled here and there, but it fits me much better than the mannequin as you can imagine!

 The skirt was an evening job, nothing too taxing! Layers of net half circle skirts simply bound together with a zip in the back. Unfortunately it is a little - and when I say a little, I mean quite a lot - big for me, so I will probably half to rip out the zip and redo it. But that shouldn't take more than 10 minutes hopefully!

 I've been putting off patterning the jacket (which is the only other real major part to this cosplay) but I finally managed to push myself into it the other night. I'm still not too sure how it'll turn out, but watch this space as it'll all need to be done within 2 months, alongside other cosplays!

If anyone would like a more thorough post on how I constructed the corset, please do let me know =)
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