Friday, July 6, 2018

Sayonara no tsubasa!

Sayonara no tsubasa Sheryl 
Long time no see, i mean post. But now I'm back to write a post about the newest(well, not the newest anymore.. third newest) costume I made. I guess it doesn't surprise anyone that it is once again Sheryl Nome, this time in sayonara no tsubasa-costume. I have been wanting to make this specific costume for a very long time (as well as hundred other costumes for Sheryl) and what's better excuse to make it than a group cosplay? unfortunately the group did not happen, but regardless of that the costume did.


It all started with a tons and tons of fabric. Most of them were leftovers from my other cosplays. Only fabrics for the jacket and pink hip scarf thing had to be purchased. For the jacket lining and leather corset I used the fabrics I had purchased for Sheryl's iteza gogo kuji don't be late outfit and the violet organza for the hipscarf thingies and hat decoration was originally for Sheryl's lion outfit. Even the fabric for the skirt was leftover from Luka's sandplay singing of the dragon costume.

All the pieces for the corset cut

Corset and its lining 

I first started the costume with a corset. It was really easy to make. I used the same old basic pattern I have used for ages, but I altered the bottom and top to match the design. There is rigilene boning in the seams that go vertically along the front seams. Interfacing was added only to the red parts of the corset. The corset closes with the zipper on the front and the corset is made out of faux leather and it is fully lined.

main fabric and lining for the jacket cur

Interfacing added to the collar and to the back of the jacket

Jacket partly sewn together

Jacket almost finished

After the corset was done I started the jacked. It was a lot more complicated than the corset and I'm still not 100% satisfied with it. I put interfacing on the collar, pockets, on the upper back of the jacket and on the end of the sleeves. There is no lining inside the sleeves, but other than that the jacket is fully lined. There is also working pockets, which are mostly for decoration, since they are too small to be used for real. The collar came out just perfect, but the sleeves and pockets were troublesome. I wouldn't put interfacing on the pockets if I were to do this costume again. I would have also put lining into the sleeves if I had had enough leftover red lining to do that.



The skirt for this costume is the shortest one I have ever made. It is 20-25 cm short. There is elastic band on the hips and the scalloped hem is made with hot knife. The dots were then painted on.




The belt used to be black before I covered it with red fabric. I also redid the buckle entirely. I used sandwiched craftfoam-worbla technique to accomplish the heart shaped belt buckle. then I covered it with wood glue and spray painted it gold. As simple as that.

All the pieces for the cutest bow ever :3

Finished bow 

The hip scarfs are attached to the belt. The scalloped hems are made with hot knife. There is also the cutest bow ever on the back of the belt :3 I will put some snaps or velcro to the belt and the skirt, so they wont shift apart (eventhough there wasn't really a problem with it while wearing the costume).

stocking were fun to make. I immediately wanted to make the sock/stocking in one piece, because of how fed up I'm with  knee socks constantly falling. They are made out of three parts that are sewn together. One of them is stretchy mesh that is close to my skin color. There is elastic band at the top of the stockings and the lilac parts were ripped with scissors.





Sheryl's shoes are always a trouble to make. I have no idea why can't she have a normal shoes. The shoes I ordered for her weren't exactly according to reference, but they were the closest I could find in affordable price. The shoes came out nice, but I'm still not 100% satisfied with them. The shoecovers ended up a little wrinkly which I could have easily prevented if I would have used contact cement instead of hot glue gun. oh well, it's easy to say now when I know better.

Hasseli was helping me to make the costume, as you can see 

The collar was a trouble. I remade it. At first I wanted the corset lacing to be real and the opening for the collar. But then I ended up with a problem: I couldn't attach the baby pink parts to the collar because there would have been a gap in the front of baby pink part. And because of that I ended up with two part collar that kept on swifting and twirling while I was wearing it... That made me give up from the idea of working lacing, and ended up sewing the pink part to the collar and making the opening to the back of the collar.

Base for the hat was made from craftfoam

Hat done

Me wearing the hat


I'm very pleased with how the hat came out. It is made out of craft foam that is covered with faux leather. There is two alligator clips to hold it in place. It was easy to make, thought it took some time to think how I'd apply the lining on the inside. For the gloves I used some old pattern I found on the internet, but I shortened the fingerparts to make it look as it is in reference. For the ring I just glued fake flower I made to the base ring.

Here's couple pictures from the finished costume:





So, that's all for the Sheryl. next time I'll write something about Suigintou ~

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MEROKOOO!!

Meroko has been the cheapest cosplay I've ever done. The biggest reason for this was that I made it mostly from my old cardcaptor sakura cosplay. I Hadn't been  wearing it for several years and I wasn't even planning to wear it in the future. so.. Instead of selling it, I gave it a new life as a Meroko. 


The process was fairly easy. I started the costume by making a base for the hat from camping mattress, duct tape and hot glue. I had mattress left from my previous cosplay, so the total price for the costume so far was zero.


Sakura

Sakura when all the pieces are showing (except for the petticoat)

After it was done, it was time to destroy sakuras outfit. Sakuras outfit consisted of 5 parts: undershirt, underskirt, main dress, petticoat and hat. From the bottom of the dress I made a pleated skirt. The hem was tiny bit too short, so I didn't get to place the zipper the way I wanted.  The zipper used in the skirt was also from the sakuras outfit. I had to seam rip the ribbon from the bottom. I ended up shortening the skirt from the front side a little. The top of the skirt is finished with bias tape - made from the sakuras outfit~

From the underskirt and undershirt I made all the ruffling. The ruffling actually took the whole underskirt.. and most of the shirt... and If I would do it again I would probably use a tiny bit more fabric. The ruffling was hand stitched to the skirt, which wasn't the wisest way to do it. I should have consumed more time planning the skirt construction, but I just wanted this to be easy outfit, so I didn't.


Sakuras hat was transformed into merokos hat. Though I had to use Sakuras left over fabrics I had saved for several year, since there were no big enough pieces for the brim and I had to make the brim and for that reason I had to make the brim under the hat from two pieces. The hat is fully lined and the lining I used was a leftover from sheryls costume. Ears for the hat were made from fabric I got from my granny, so no money spent there either. The inner part of the ears is fleece that was leftover from some kigurumi I made ages ago. (At times like this I'm happy I have a lot of fabrics stored) There is wire inside the ears to give them shape.

Sewing lining for the hat.

The top being made

The Top was made from sakuras dress. Sakuras wings are attached to the back of the Merokos top with wire. The top opens up from the zipper at the front. The zipper was actually bought for this cosplay, but because I had my gift card, It was basically free (at least for me). The top is also fully lined (with sheryls left over lining), and it has some wadding. I also made piping for the edges by putting wool threads inside bias tape (made from sakuras outfit). 

I altered the zippers pull tap a bit with leftover craftfoam and worbla. The pull tab was the coated with wood glue and painted with acrylic paints.

craftfoam and worbla ready to transform the pull tab...

Transformation complete!


 I also made the ring/buckle for the belt with wire and worbla. Speaking of the belt, all the dark blue fabrics were from grandma. The fabric is actually knitted velvet - not quite the material I wanted to choose in the first place, but I ended up liking the results quite a bit :3 

Almost ready!
And then there are the shoes. which ended up like this:

The shoes are made from old pair of platform sneakers, which is the reason I had to cover them with fleece before covering them with the red fabric. The buckles are from old shoes I altered for Asuna. The big circle is from camping mattress.

The wig I used for this cosplay was one of the first wigs I ever purchased. I had to straighten it and make the ball curls. The ball curls were made with a lot of glue, seethrough tape and wire. They are not too neat but look decent enough. The number one reason for me to use glue was that I wanted the curls can be taken down if I want to.


The gloves were made the simplest way possible, the same way I made sheryls gloves (link). I also made safety pants, since the skirt is really short. And the socks I already had purchased for daily use before even starting this costume. 

And that's all about the costume and how I made it!

Cats always choose to sleep in the place they are most in your way.

Oh, and the final results looked like this:


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tracon 2016 ( ᐛ )و

Tracon was over a week ago and for me it was an okay con, could have been better could have been worse. Nothing special. I think it was mainly the weather that made tracon a bit dull this year. Anyways I'll start this conblogpost with...

 ....friday:

Me and my bf had purchased the tickets early in the march. And not just those ticket's that you can print out or show from your phone. But the actual physical copies of the conbracelets... And as you may have already guessed one of those bracelets went missing... And it was friday, just a day before the con, before we noticed that it was missing.. So we searched the whole house and it was nowhere to be found. We were desperate at this point since the con was sold out and the chances of getting a ticket at the evening before the con were basically zero. But against all odds we managed to get a ticket! And so the conweekend was saved! 

Saturday

I was cosplaying Meroko from full moon wo sagashite on saturday. At the morning it was cold so I was questioning my choice of cosplay. I thought I was going to freeze and I brought some blankets with me to prevent that. To my surprise It wasn't as cold as I had imagined. I ended up using a blanket only for a very short period of time, But the fact I was inside the building for the most parts might be the reason for that. 

I was surprised how much attention Meroko got. It was really nice to see that many people had a soft spot for Meroko eventhough she's from an older series and the outfit isn't super complicated :3

As usual I went to watch cosplay competitions. I was kinda disappointed with the competition. There weren't many participants and the overall quality of the skits were lower than last year. That being said I really did like the winners skits. Hopefully the competitions next year will be better.

The weather was unfortunately bad this year, Tracon has made an effort with the outerior for the last few years and I really like to just hang in the area and watch well made cosplays walk by. This year I didn't hang outside at all. except for the part when I went to eat and when we took pictures of Meroko.  



Sunday

I was wearing Sheryls iteza gogo kuji don't be late-costume, but I didn't took any new photos of it. For some reason I was really tired on sunday and didn't really do much on that day (probably because I woke up super early on saturday and couldn't sleep that night because of the excitement ˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖° ). The highlight of the day was to watch the anime music concert. That sums up my Tracon. Next I'll make a post about Meroko's outfit and after that I'll start some new costumes~~

Saturday, August 20, 2016

✧・゚Sheryl Nome close-up ・゚✧

Here's a little close up on all the pieces I made for Sheryl Nome's Iteza gogo kuji Don't be late costume:

✧Jacket✧

(excuse the un-ironed hem ;___;)

The Jacket is made out of polyester fabric. It is fully lined. There is also shoulder padding added to give this jacket a more structured look. The buttons on the front are fully functional and there is also couple sew-on snaps to old the front panel. The buttons on the cuffs are only for decoration. There is only couple darts in the whole jacket: two next to the front panel, one in the middle of the back piece and two on the sides of the jacket. The decorations on the shoulders is sewn on by hand.
  
shoulder decoration
one of the snaps

Pants


The Pants are made out of same material as the jacket. They are fully lined. There are seams on the side of the pants as well as on the widest part of the pants. There is also wire added to the widest seam to make the pants stay wide while wearing them. The waistband of the pants has Velcro. I'm quite happy how these turned out, since i'm not too familiar with making pants. 



✧Undergarment

The undergarment has four pieces, two of which are visible while wearing (shorts and collar) and two of which are hidden under the jacket (suspenders and top). The suspenders are made out of elastic band and there are buttonholes, so it is possible to wear the shorts without suspenders. The top and shorts are made from faux leather. Both of them have a zipper on the side. I made the top a little wider than it is supposed to be :P

✧Hat


I'm not too happy with the hat. It came out too wrinkly and the cap is a little too big... But I really do like all the decorations and how the hat looks with everything. The Hat has eaten a lot of craft foam to keep the wanted shape. And it is fully lined. The decorations are made out of craft foam and worbla.




✧Belt, gloves etc.. 

The Belt is made out of faux leather, wire, craft foam and worbla. It doesn't have any darts and the buckle can be taken off. 

Gloves are made out of stretchy cotton. There is decorative button sewn on. 



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