June 27th, 2007

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Wheee!

Stopped by a costume store on the way home and looked at Matrix costumes, which were in fact the ones the girl at BayCon was wearing, The girls' one looked like it would match a little better, but they only had it in large which wasn't quite big enough for me. They had a medium guys' one which fits just fine, however instead of a zipper on the front it has buttons. I ended up deciding to get that and am going to try to get another zipper (or salvage the one off the older version of the costume) and sew it on. Don't suppose anyone living nearby has a sewing machine i could use sometime tomorrow or friday? :)

After that i stopped by home depot and got almost $100 worth of stuff. A hot air gun and a pair of scissors and some gloves and some sanding sponges for shaping the wonderflex, plus some insulation foam and a utility knife for building a core to wrap the wonderflex around :)

Then i stopped by the optometrist and picked up my prescription. Unfortunately the measurements are in weird new-fangled "scientific" values rather than good old fashioned 20/whatever numbers =P I got -5.0 spherical on one eye and -5.75 on the other, and "DS" for the cylinder on both of them. I asked the guy at the desk who copied it out for me if he had any idea what that was in 20/whatever measurements and he said he thought it was about 20/400, though that seems a bit extreme to me.

Anyways time for me to run off to see if Michael's and/or JoAnn's is still open.
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Ooohhh! Rush has a video for "Far Cry" and it's available on YouTube! :) Kinda a weird video, but still yay :)

I went to michael's and got a bottle of gesso (for finishing the wonderflex before painting it) and a styrofoam cutter. Then i went to JoAnn's and found that they actually had 48" zippers! Last year the JoAnn's i went to only had zippers going up to 36" or maybe 42". I also looked around for some elastic for making the band for the eyepatch. In the process of doing that i found some shoulder pads and decided to grab a pair of those, though it seems unlikely that i'll be able to get quite the right look with them. But that also led me to sewing glue :) I got two bottles, one for normal fabric, and one for "vinyl and leather" which i'm hoping will also work on polyurethane and i can use it to just glue the zipper on :)

So all in all today has been about 90% optimal, at least in therms of the chores. The only improvements could have been if they'd had the girls' coat in a larger size, if i'd thought to ask about eyepatches at the costume place and they'd actually had one, and if JoAnn's for some bizarre reason carried a 52" zipper. (The seam on the coat is almost exactly 4 feet and 4 inches.)

I was driving back from JoAnn's and thinking about stopping by Casa Playa for dinner when i got a call from jmpava saying they were on the way home and were wondering if i was interested in doing dinner at CPK. I said sure, but since they were still about ten minutes away i stopped at Albertson's and picked up some D cells for my new styrofoam cutter, and ended up arriving at CPK just a minute or two after them. Dinner was fun and yummy, and i should run off and try gluing stuff together now. Of course that means cleaning off the table first... :)
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Blech, the answer is no, the vinyl glue doesn't work on polyurethane, in fact it seems to melt it =P

So back to the sewing idea, the question is do i want to sew it by hand, or try to figure out how to use a sewing machine?
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