|Time Taken :||About 3 months|
|I've decided that I cannot do just about every version of Tsubasa!Syaoran and not cosplay the original at some point XD|
I'll be following the MANGA version of this costume. There do seem to be some minor differences between the two... nothing major, but I like to stick with the original!
For the Clow Card group in October 2013
Thanks to Hannah-Kiwii for using the power of maths to help me work out the template for the hat!! :D
Complete for expo. White shirt was a rush job and I'm missing the hat since I ran out of time. The hat I wore all weekend was borrowed from Angel_Tear ^^
Youtube video from about 52.30
BACK IN PROGRESS FOR HYPER JAPAN! Entering ECG with Freyarule X3 I will be making the hat (for reals this time!), re-making the white shirt and making new shoe covers. Because the old ones got destroyed by rain... DAMMIT RAIN CARD! XD
|Make top... kimono... thing XD||High||Complete|
|Detailing on the top||High||Complete|
|Make hat (details made, ready to be put onto hat base)||High||In Progress|
|Orange detailing - Sleeves||Medium||Complete|
|Draw details on Illustrator||Medium||Complete|
|Orange detailing - Top||Medium||Complete|
|Yellow detailing - Sleeves||Medium||Complete|
|Make practice sleeves||Medium||Complete|
|Yellow detailng - Collar||Medium||Complete|
|Re-make white shirt (waiting for the frogs to be made)||Medium||In Progress|
|Check the sword - touched up the paint, sprayed.||Low||Complete|
|Make element cards||Low||Complete|
|White top fastenings||Low||Complete|
|Make shoe covers||Low||Complete|
|Sword touch-ups and repairs||Low||In Progress|
|Make Rashinban board (drawn on Illustrator. Awaiting next stage)||Low||In Progress|
|A2 Green card x2||£2.80||Bought|
|Dark orange/red thread||£1.60||Bought|
|Orange thread - Light||£1.60||Bought|
|Orange thread - Matching x2||£3.20||Bought|
|Habutai Emerald Green lining x 6 meters||£19.80||Bought|
|White cotton jersey - half a meter||£2.00||Bought|
|Assorted sewing needles||£2.14||Bought|
|Feezer paper - 50 square feet||£3.98||Bought|
|3 meters of white lining (Don't ever buy from FineFabrics again!)||£9.90||Bought|
|5cm Bells x 3||£9.07||Bought|
|Yellow fabric x 3 meters||£11.97||Bought|
|Orange fabric x 2.5 meters||£18.00||Bought|
|White cotton x 3 meters||£2.69||Bought|
|Green bi-stretch suiting fabric - 9 meters||£18.00||Bought|
|Metallic gold spray paint||£6.75||Bought|
Rashinban Board 6 (Posted 23rd June 2014)
Just colouring the middle took me about 2 hours oTL I had to cut and shorten every single one of those lines multiples times ^^;
Reference image there so I can use exact colours (eyedropper tool yay!) for intense accuracy! 8D
Rashinban Board 5 (Posted 20th June 2014)
And the outline is complete! :D Now to try and colour it and probably find out all the layers are in the wrong order ^^;
Rashinban Board 4 (Posted 17th June 2014)
Added in corner symbols and chinese characters. Gotta do the ones in those circles now but they're a bit more er... stylised than the rest, plus they're outlined so I'll need to re-draw them. But I'm nearly there! :)
Rashinban Board 3 (Posted 16th June 2014)
Put the two parts together now and slowly adding in the last of the details. All of my guide lines can make it even more confusing to look at!
Rashinban Board (Posted 8th June 2014)
Constructing on Illustrator. I'm struggling on the computer, god knows how CLAMP draw this thing BY HAND?!
I've drawn the basic shape and trying to work in layers (starting from the bottom and working my way up) but I think I'm going to have to break it down further as it's getting complex now!
The Element cards (Posted 14th December 2013)
I never posted a journal for my element cards, oops!
I went through alot, and I mean, ALOT of trouble to make sure these had accurate Kanji... And I don't know any Kanji! I looked at many tiiiiny images from my manga to try and make out what radicals were being used and then find the whole kanji from this very useful website: http://jisho.org/kanji/radicals/
That way, I know that every single character actually means something and is actually what is written on them in the manga.
The only one I am not 100% sure on is the one right at the bottom, that's because Syaoran nearly always had his fingers covering it ¬_¬
The whole thing was completely drawn (once again) on Illustrator. It was more difficult still after finding out what the kanji were, then trying to find it written in a... hand written way so that I could copy it oTL
The "Sun" (Posted 8th November 2013)
This wasn't complicated since I've done this sort of thing before :)
Got my orange fabric, cut it in a circle, ironed the bondaweb on, drew the design on and cut it out. I then ironed it onto the yellow circle and since this time both fabrics were normal cotton I needed a stabilizer... in comes my trusty freezer paper again! This stuff has been a life saver ;-;
I then did the satin stitch around the edge in a lighter shade of orange. And I must say, it's the best and smoothest set of satin stitch I've ever done! My machine only had a fit ONCE. Normally it complains constantly so I was pretty happy!! :D
The Yin-yang was then sewn in the middle on top of it and the bias binding put around the edge :)
Sleeve progress - Part 2 (Posted 7th November 2013)
Here's where it starts to get complex and my explaining may not make much sense 8D
So one side of the orange is sewn down and attached to the yellow. And we've got the other edge/fold matching up... all I needed to do was fold both of these over and sew it onto the main green fabric. Once I'd done this I could finally sew down the length of the sleeve, sew it to the main tunic and insert the lining!
The last thing I did was fold over the yellow so that it covered the raw edge of the lining and sew it down. This bit I did do by hand because otherwise I was going to end up with the wrong coloured thread on one of the fabrics. Plus it looks nicer 8D
After an iron the sleeves were done! ^^
Sleeve progress - Part 1 (Posted 7th November 2013)
What fun these were, even if I had go about them in a VERY specific order!
First thing I did was to get my template/pattern that I had made right back in June and refine it. I made it shorter in length and width so that I didn't waste quite so much of my real fabric. I then went on and cut it out of the real fabric! (It looks like a really weird shape when laid out flat and almost 2 meters long! Yikes!)
Then I checked if it fitted on my arm okay and finalised the length/width. I also checked what size I wanted the yellow to be (starts in the middle of my arm and ends just over my wrists) as it was the next thing I had to do!
I marked the middle of all 3 parts (green, yellow, orange) so that everything could be put back in the right place later. Then worked out where I wanted the block swirls on the sleeves to be (they sit in about the middle) and cut that out to the right size.
I needed to sort out the block swirls next. In my effort to keep it as stitch free as possible I used bondaweb to fold and keep the edges down. The details were sewn with a darker thread with the sewing machine.
Now that that was done, part 1 of the orange needed attaching to the yellow. I'd already ironed where all the folds would be on both the orange and yellow, I simply matched them up. I folded over the orange fold so there wouldn't be a raw edge and sewed it with the machine (I would have done it by hand, but by this point I was running out of time and couldn't afford to be fussy).
Tunic progress - Part 2 (Posted 5th November 2013)
Once the details had been painted, cut to size and had the bias binding sewn onto them I attached them to the main tunic. I did this by hand so I could keep it as stitch free as possible and have a really clean look! I also did the collar int he same way (ish) but I was never happy with the collar and it will probably be re-done at some point. I had to put all of these on before I could sew the sleeves on. (The sleeves will have their own journal)
Once the sleeves were sewn on, only then could I insert the lining! I pinned the lining in place and cut it to the right size.
I next had to put the weird little yellow section on right at the bottom. It had to end right in the middle of the yin-yang/sun detail so that the orange bias would cover where it ended and the green started. Some artistic license was taken with the block swirl on the angle... it was impossible to keep my 45 degree angle AND have the yin-yang/sun sit on top of it without any weird gaps (CLAMP you can draw it that way, but it is impossible to do in real life! D:) so I simply moved the yin-yang/sun up a bit to make it look sensible.
The yin-yang was then sewn down and all of the bias binding put on and the tunic was doooone! Phew!
Tunic progress - Part 1 (Posted 5th November 2013)
Now that expo is over I'll actually post all of the journal entries!
I firstly got my green fabric (Bi-stretch suiting (I also brought FAR too much. I have enough left over to make this entire cosplay with again!)) and cut out the front and back panels. I'm a bit weird in that I use a basic jacket pattern for EVERY cosplay that I do, but for this I did have to combine the 2 separate panels into one. I used some white cotton for this which served as my pattern. I cut the top section out using the pattern and basically kept drawing/cutting down so I had enough length.
Then comes the boring process of pinning and trying it on untill it fits how I want! This was especially difficult since it had to be in the right place between fitting me and being a bit baggy (as per the references) so I could actually get the silly thing on and off! I used my obi from my Nihon!Syaoran cosplay to help determine where the split should be.
I moved onto the collar next as I needed to decide what size I wanted them to be before I could determine what size the main details would be. Trusty paper patterns gooooo!! I also put on the top I made for my artwork Watanuki cosplay (because it had the same collar as I would be making for this later) so I could see if the neck hole was big enough.
I next moved onto finalizing the bottom shape and the back bottom shape. Again it's a case of pinning it untill it's right ^^; I kept the bottom angles to 45 degrees as that seemed to be the sensible angle to go with!
Since now the size of mostly everything had been set I could finally test how big I wanted the details to be. I could then get on and start painting those sections.
Sorry! (Posted 21st October 2013)
I haven't been updating the journal for this oTL I will do after the expo. But for the record: The tunic is done, the trousers were done ages ago, the white shirt has been an extreme rush job by my standards (and will be remade at a later date) and the shoe covers have been hot glued.
I just need to finish the obi and give it all an iron. The bells will be attached when I get to the hotel on Friday for fear of the spray paint rubbing!
Painted details (Posted 26th September 2013)
I realise I haven't been putting up journals... This isn't because I haven't been doing anything. It's mostly because I haven't been able to muster up the effort to load up photoshop! ^^;
Right. So all of the painted details are done. As per my freezer paper test I did them all exactly the same way. Ironed the freezer paper down, painted several layers and took the paper off! Perfect :3
I then cut them to the right shape (using my paper templates), got my self made bias binding and sewed the first half of that on. I sewed the 2nd half on by hand so I could get clean look without any stitches! :)
All fabric brought! (Posted 31st August 2013)
Finally X.X This is the longest time ever I have ever taken to buy all of the fabric for a cosplay!! Please remind me not to do this for any other cosplay!
In between playing Tales of Xillia...! (Posted 27th August 2013)
I kinda have alot of things going on, but not alot to show for it ^^; All of the details have been painted (and I'm in the process of cleaning them up a bit). The sleeves are pinned but I can't go any further with them untill I have the lining and orange fabric. My yellow fabric arrived and I have cut most of the bits I needed out of it, but again, I can't do anything more untill I have the orange.
So for now, I've gone back to the hat again. I think I've finally got the pointy bit right after the hundredth try DX I gave up trying to do it by hand and resorted to illustrator once again. My savior!
But in sort: I really to hurry up and choose the orange fabric!!
The trousers (Posted 13th August 2013)
This was my first time making trousers with an elastic waistband and they were surprisingly easy (and quick) to make!
I started off with my usual trouser pattern (a pair of old trousers I unpicked) and cut all of the material (cotton and lining) out etc. Since I hadn't done these sorts of trousers before, I used my pajama bottoms as a guide as to where I should pin everything. It worked really well, the thing I was most worried about was how big to make the waist. I knew the waist had to be bigger so that the elastic could stretch but using my PJ's I had a guide to work by! The only thing I did do differently was that I made them baggier down by my legs.
For the elastic itself I followed a tutorial I had found on youtube. All I had to do was sew the elastic into a loop that fitted my waist and then pin that onto the trousers. I had to stretch and sew the elastic at the same time which was an interesting experience! Really hurt my hand! I then folded it over so that the elastic was covered and sewed again.
I did have trouble though figuring out how to do those weird bits at the bottom of the trousers by his ankles. It's not in all of the references but after asking opinions I decided I would. I couldn't gather the bottom of the trousers because then I wouldn't be able to get them on/off my feet. I eventually figured out (after staring at my socks) I would have to use some sort of stretch fabric and so I brought some cotton jersey. I made little tubes which when I wear them I just screw them up and I get the effect I'm going for! Hurray! :D I attached them to the bottom of the trousers and now it's all done!
My first completed part of Syaoran! :'D
Whoops! (Posted 24th July 2013)
Okay, I was making the white top, but I've made a stupid mistake with the sleeves and it's all a bit tight around my armpits and when I bend my elbow D; It's wearable but wouldn't be all that comfortable. So it's going on hold for now untill I've made the green tunic and I'll see if I have time to re-do it.
Freezer paper test (Posted 13th July 2013)
I have done some more things to the hat and gotten all of the white cotton prepared, but I'll leave that for now for their own journals 8D
Right! I needed a way to do the black and white details (the ones I've drawn up already) and I didn't want to applique them because
I had seen a tutorial before on using freezer paper as a stencil for fabric painting. I wasn't sure how well it actually worked though and made a thread here on CI asking about it... but no one replied oTL So I had to take the plunge and try it for myself!
I brought a roll of the stuff from Amazon and it arrived a few days later. It even comes with instructions on the box on how to use for sewing projects! I printed off one of the details I had drawn and cut it out with a craft knife. I then drew this onto the freezer paper and then had to cut it out again (I probably could have skipped a stage there!). The freezer paper was then ironed (shiny side down) onto the fabric. It immediately stuck down! I did accidentally rip the paper, but managed to get it to stick back down. oops!
I then put 3 coats of paint on it and allowed it to dry between layers. When I peeled the paper off... WOW! I am impressed! It's left beautiful crisp edges that I could never have achieved by hand. It did bleed slightly in a few places (most likely places I cut badly with the craft knife or didn't iron down properly) but it was really nothing major and I could pick off those bits with a pin. The paper also leaves no residue or marks on the fabric (and even did me the favor of removing all of the fluff and cat hairs!), so you really can't go wrong with it!
So this is now the method I will use to paint the test piece I just did, the yin-yang and the moon on the back! :D
Sleeve pattern (Posted 9th June 2013)
This was pretty much done by me laying on the floor and pinning out a giant sleeve shape, then cutting it out. I've had it go down to around my ankle area for now. Also, that it not the final shape of it right now. I've still yet to decide on how I'm having the bottom look.
Top symbol (Posted 8th June 2013)
Drawn in Adobe Illustrator
Again, hard to tell how big everything should be. But this is how it will remain untill I know for sure. Since CLAMP aren't at all consistent, I've matched the white markings to the ones that I put on the sword. As I think they're meant to match... I think it looks better that way anyway! ^^;
I'm also a bit confused as to why alot of Syaoran cosplayers make the obi orange when it's yellow in the artworks... Is it orange in the anime?
Also, ignore the random black lines coming out either end. That's for my reference so I know where the middle is XD