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back from the dead

My god, it has been a long time.  I abandoned ship a while ago during finals, and I just haven’t gotten back on board yet.  Well here is a shoot I did for my Litchi costume for Christmas.  Yay for snow shoots!  Did you know you can actually scrape up your skin on snow?  Well you can!  But even with frostbitten feet and all, this shoot came out incredible, and was also my first professional shoot, done by this lovely lady.

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Blazblue: Litchi Faye-Ling Doctor Uniform

So… yeah.  Anime Kaigi has come and gone, and I was so busy finishing up costumes, that I haven’t posted here in quite a while!  Yikes!  I will do a recap after Thanksgiving weekend, but for now, here is my big costume debut from Kaigi.  I love me some Litchi Faye-Ling, so I decided to make her doctor uniform!  I love, love, love wearing it.  The corset is actually super comfy!  It’s my first corset, and I’m damn proud of myself.  I’m going to remake it for Conichiwa, so hopefully it will be even better!  

Cosplay: Saeko

I debuted Saeko from HOTD on Monday, at the last day of Saboten Con.  I built the green parts of her shirt onto a white button-down from the thrift store, and made the skirt from scratch.  I did photoshop in the color of the hair, because I have too much to fit into a wig.  But I cut it all off yesterday, and I’m ready to embrace the wig!  I had a blast at Sabo, and you can see all my con photos here.

Cosplay: Yuuko Ichihara

This is a cosplay of Yuuko Ichihara, from the monkey’s paw episode of XXXholic.  I fell in love with the costume when I saw it, and I wanted that kimono to use as a bathrobe!  It was my first kimono, and I’ve fallen in love with them.  Wearing it around the house makes me feel like an incredibly elegant lady.  I’ll be wearing this costume to Saboten con next weekend!

Cosplay: Original Character

This summer, I took an Armor Making for the Stage class at my college.  We had a fantastic time, and made ourselves some stage armor for the final.  I learned some great techniques that will definitely come in handy for making cosplay!  The armor I made was designed to match the witch king’s blade from LOTR, which my father gave me.  I figured if I was going to be making armor, I might as well have a weapon to go with it.  I used wonderflex, lots of fabric and paint, fosshape, silver leaf, faux leather, and lots of other stuff.  The chain mail is stage mail, which is made by knitting on a set of large needles.  The chain mail on the gloves is actual linked mail.  The sweater was then painted and silver leafed.  (An unfortunate side effect of a thick, chunky, knitted garment is that it makes me look enormous.)  The wings are fun foam and cardstock, with a wire frame in them.  I made a helmet as well, but I ran out of time and made it the day it was due, and it’s pretty much shit.  I’d like to expand the costume sometime, and I will remake the helmet when I do that.

Work in Progress: Mei Terumi

I finished Mei Terumi’s boots!  They are a little baggier then I hoped, but I think they will look great once the costume is all put together. I used a pair of cheap, chunky flip-flops as the base, and made the rest with a grey cotton sheet.

the base

pattern making

uppers before being attached


Completed boots

Litchi Faye-Ling Cosplay

I fell in love with Litchi Faye-Ling as soon as I discovered Blazblue.  I’m such a sucker for a girl in glasses.  And you may as well rock what you’ve got.  A group of my friends decided to do a Blazblue group for a digital gaming carnival put on by the campus chapter of ACM, and I made three costumes for it.  I wore Litchi Faye-Ling, and made Tsubaki and Taokaka, as well as accessories for Makoto.  The rest of the costume for Makoto was made by Black-Yuki, who also made her own Noel costume.

Here is our whole group together

These are the costumes I primarily made

Cosplay: Kitty Cosplay!

…And by Kitty Cosplay, I mean I made my cat a costume!  Today’s post features my beautiful kitty, Peace, dressed up in a LOTR cloak cosplay, complete with a leaf pin!  And I only have one picture, because after I took it, I had to chase her down and drag her out of the closet in order to get it off of her.  She is not a patient kitty.  But she was richly rewarded with treats for her troubles.  Update:  Tutorial!

“Kitten, you fool of a Took!”

Tira- Soul Calibur IV


Tira: SCIV

Soul Calibur IV

Tira and Ashlotte- the two costumes I made for Soul Calibur IV

Soul Calibur IV

I am SO PROUD of these shoes.

           Tira from Soul Calibur was my first real cosplay, that wasn’t thrown together in a day.  Soul Calibur’s costumes are a bitch to make.  There are approximately 50 million details in every costume.  Every time you think you’ve got it down, you find more detail you need to add.  There’s trim!  And colors!  And the fabric overlaps in weird ways!  The character creation area is very helpful though, because it lets you get a look at the costume from all angles.

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Tira’s hat

Soul Calibur IV

The entire SCIV group

         I chose Tira because I love me some crazy chicks.  We did the cosplay for a gaming carnival a group at my college was hosting, so we had a whole group together.  I personally made Tira and Ashlotte, although I did end up doing a lot of work on the other costumes as well.  I chose to wear a black tank top under my cosplay, because, well, no one wants to see my rolls and it’s freaking cold out here sometimes.  I’ve never had a problem with tweaking a cosplay to be more flattering, because I think that if you look bad in the costume, people will focus on that and all of the accuracy will be for nothing.  But changing it a little to be more flattering to your body type will make people more likely to notice the work you put into it.

Akatsuki Cloak Commission

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My hubby’s Akatsuki cloak

This is my hubby, Don.  He asked me to make him an Akatsuki cloak, and I finally finished it.  It’s the third one I’ve made, and I have one more to go.  After that, I am NOT MAKING ANY MORE OF THESE.  They have the unique distinction of being both incredibly boring to construct, and also frustratingly fiddly and difficult.  I will admit to slacking off on his a little, given that I’m three deep in these.  I got him to wear it, but he didn’t want to do any accessories, so he is not a specific character.  Also, he didn’t want his picture taken, so I didn’t get a whole lot of time to make sure it was sitting on him straight when I took the picture.

cloak in progress

The cloak itself is very straightforward to make, and pretty simple.  I drafted one pattern that is very easy to fit to others with just a few tweaks.  It’s just a black cloak with a red lining, and a standup collar that is heavily interfaced.  The fiddly bit happens when I get to the clouds.

akatsuki cloud

pure evil.

If anyone knows an easier way to do these, they should let me know.  I used fusible web on red fabric, then cut out the cloud shapes and ironed them onto the cloak.  Then, I used bias tape to make the white outlines on the clouds.  I had to stitch the bias tape down by hand, catching the outer edge of the clouds underneath.  I used a parka zipper as a closure, which is kind of cool because it can be adjusted from both the top and the bottom.

I made my Akatsuki robe for my Konan cosplay, and another for my friend Talbert’s Toby cosplay.  I don’t know for sure what character Don will end up being for his cosplay, but he and his friends are supposed to be doing a group cosplay for Anime Kaigi, so he’s going to have to pick up some accessories at some point.  These things are super comfortable, and as a cosplay it’s nice, because it just covers everything.  I’m not going to lie, I wear mine around the house as a bathrobe!

My next projects will be my Anime Kaigi cosplays.  I am doing Mei Terumi from Shippuden, Litchi Faye-Ling’s doctor’s outfit from Blazblue, and Sophia Forrester from Last Exile.  I’ll probably do all of my accessories first.  So, what cons are you all going to, and what will you be wearing?

Konan cosplay

My friend’s Toby cosplay

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