Weird Life: How I Accidentally Cosplayed As Carmen Sandiego


Back in April this year I went to supernova. A fan convention focusing on science fiction, fantasy film, comic books, anime, etc. Usually I would cosplay at these events but due to budgeting issues I wasn’t going to cosplay. And as Melbourne’s weather has the personality of a tsundre, you know the ones I’m talking about, there the ones that beckon you to come outside to enjoy the day with them but when you open the door it rains hell down upon you and when you go back inside they wine and cry for you to come back showing a bit of sun but then it’s all just storm clouds and rain. So to survive this weather I put on my standard outfit which is my red coat, red cloche hat, black skirt and black jumper.

When the doors opened the first booth I walked up to they asked. “Are you Carmen Sandiego.” Now I had no idea who that person was so I answered that honestly by saying, “who is that.” I really should have lied because then it got all awkward with her just looking at me like I was crazy person, so I shuffled away. I thought that was the end of that but it kept on happening, after I was mistaken for her a few more times I just decided to go with it and embraced this unknown character, so for the rest of the day I was Carmen Sandiego I even stood in for a picture and up to me leaving on the train where I heard the famous words, “we’ve found Carmen Sandiego.”

I couldn’t believe it from dusk till dawn I was mistaken for Carmen Sandiego. I wasn’t even trying to cosplay and it turns out whenever I put on this outfit I am Carmen Santiego… I do wonder if people on the street think I’m crazy when they see me walking down in my outfit. The recponist at a strip club told me I look like a serial killer once though…But that’s a different story for another time.


How To Sew A French Seam

French seams and parisans have many things in common, there high maintance, complicated, have a tendency to make you cry out in frustration and look absolutely stunning (though I loathe it admit). Anyway today I am going to teach you how to sew one of these annoying little pests.

First you want to have the good sides of the fabric facing outward and the bad sides facing inward, to tell them apart I suggest you mark the bad side of the fabric to tell which side to sew on.

Now because my seam allowance is 1cm I’m going to sew 0.5cm down the side, place the fabric on the edge of the foot, for those with domestics figure out where the .05cm is. Then start sewing and like when you hook up with a guy or girl remember go as slow or as fast as you feel comfortable with because if you rush you can make mistakes and 70% of those times when you rush, an accident occurs and trust me you do not want that.

Once it is sewn get out your scissors (these are mine there kind of big), use whatever pair you feel comfortable with. There’s no shame in using a small pair no matter what anyone else says, the more control you have when doing this the better. You don’t want to get to close to the stitching otherwise the pieces of fabric will all fall apart, now that’s done lets go to the iron.


Iron both sides and then with the seam allowance iron it to one side. Fold the fabric with the seam right down the middle make sure it’s not over to one side, right down the middle. Then iron it down to make it stay. Don’t over iron otherwise it will create shinny patches.

Back to the sewing machine, now you want it as close to the foot to get 0.5cm this is where the rest of the seam allowance is going, remember control is key without control you’re just like that character on the walking dead, you all know which one I’m talking about.

Open the seam to check that there aren’t any stray threads and then iron the seam open and tada a beautiful french seam. Now I decided to do .5cm on the inside and outside but you guys can go smaller, you can sew .7cm on the inside and a .3cm on the outside and you can go even smaller, I have heard of the legendary .1cm seam it is a fable among sewers but some believe it to be true. I would suggest that you would you use this seam in shear fabrics and any fabric that is weak as french seams are strong.

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