Saturday, November 21, 2015

Crafting Con - Adventures in Space

This post originally appeared at Crafting Con and today I'm bringing it home!

Hi! I'm Kate from The Fairy Dust Bin. I was a competitor back in January for Doctor Who, and am so excited to be back! When I saw the theme of adventures in space, I knew I wanted to participate - there are so many really great choices for this theme. Since I already did looks inspired by Doctor Who, I started considering other things, but while I made some sketches around things like Firefly and Star Trek, I ultimately wanted to do something a little different. So I decided to try to earn my gamer mom achievement and went to the Mass Effect video game series for my inspiration. For those who don't know, Mass Effect is a 3 game series in which the main character, Commander Shepard, is on a mission to save the galaxy. You team up with other humans as well as alien races to complete this task. (That doesn't even start to do it justice, but I doubt anyone wants me to go on all day!) I took my inspiration from Garrus Vakarian and Tali'Zorah vas Normandy, who are the only characters who can be recruited as regular squadmates in all three games of the series.

For Cyrus' Garrus outfit, I used two brand new patterns from Momma Quail - the Calvin Cargos, and the Hobbes Jacket.

Can it wait for a bit? I'm in the middle of some calibrations.

I loosely used Garrus' Archangel armor from Mass Effect 2 as my beginning inspiration, and the details in these pieces worked great for color blocking to echo the two color plating of his armor. The jacket is blue and black brushed twill, with a knit collar. Since I didn't add the Archangel symbol to the arm, I used the topstitching on the the sleeves to add in a hint of the gold. The cargo pockets on the Calvins are totally amazing. I used stretch sateen as the main fabric, and with some creative cutting managed to eke the contrast pieces out of the leftover bit of blue from the jacket.

Tali wears an environment suit, with her signature purple swirls. I used a heavily modified version of the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Hangout Hoodie, cutting the pattern apart in several places to add my own seaming and color blocking.

I really need to clean out this engine. Maybe later?"

The Tali fabric is organic cotton knit from Spoonflower, and is actually something I bought last year some time and has been sitting around in my stash waiting for just the right project. I used a black cotton interlock for the blocking, and a sparkly gray for the trim. Tali has one side of her wrapped fabric that has a gold edge instead of gray, so I created the angled pockets and added gray and gold accents to the top edge. I'm thrilled with how it came out, and better yet, so is Ellie! The leggings are the Dressage Leggings from Jennuine Designs. I used a black stretch synthetic leather for the outer panel, and a black cotton/lycra for the rest.

Chocolate milk... triple filtered... introduced through an emergency induction port."

That's a straw, sweetie. Apparently posing was an awful lot of work! I hope you enjoyed my Mass Effect looks. I should go.

I'm Commander Shepard, and these are my two favorite kids on the Citadel.


  1. What an awesome accomplishment Kate! Love the look!
    Keep it up you are so very talented!