|Cost :||£445ish so far|
|Awards :||Kitacon 2010 Cosplay Competition, MCM Expo Best Expert May 2010 Saturday, Eurocosplay 2010 UK Representative|
|Time Taken :||27 days|
|I don't generally like the whole secret costume thing but now I've started I need somewhere to keep track of my progress. I'm hoping to get this done in time for Kita but I'm not fully confident I'll be able to finish it in time which is why I'm not announcing it now. (If you know or guess, please don't say what it is!)|
Photos will be added as I work on things.
Most people will be leaving for Kita today so I'm going to finally reveal what it is. She's a fairly unknown character unless you've played the game as she's not a playable character. As far as I know (ie as far as google knows) only two people have cosplayed her before and neither managed to do the complete costume so I'm really pleased I've been able to do the parts they missed out! If you do see me at Kita please be gentle with the costume! It's quite delicate in places and can't really get wet in most places! >< I'm so happy to have completed this!
Really happy with how the costume went, it's a little hot but I'll be making the jacket a little looser (hopefully without affecting the collar) so I should get some for air flow under it! Keeping it in progress for now as I'm still missing the star on the hat and another necklace which I'll finish before May and the zip now needs replacing as it broke but that's a minor job too. Very happy to have won the competition and the trophy is absolutely beautiful! I got so many lovely comments on Saturday and winning the comp really was a great finish to a great weekend! Thankyou to anyone who took my photo too!
Had a great time at Minami and had some wonderful photos taken! Still down as in progress as I've still not put the beads on the jacket.
Time and cost list:
4 days spent hunting down fabric, bias, beads etc.
20 Days construction:
8th Feb - Cutting Fabric
2nd March - Cutting fabric
4th March - Dye test 1, cape pattern.
5th March - Dye test 2, sculpting star.
6th March - Dye test 3, sculpting 2nd star.
7th March - Sculpting 3rd star.
(Work on wigs)
12th & 13th - Dyeing fabric.
14th March - Sewing dressing together, sleeves and tabbard, adding bias to all.
15th March - Adding beads and ribbon to sleeves, painting sleeves.
16th March - Painting sleeves, jacket construction.
17th March - Paint sleeves, gradient dye streamers.
18th March - cut out jacket and trim, sew together, ribbon on sleeves, paint stars.
19th March - assemble stars, bias on tabbard and jacket, stretch tabbard.
20th March - Zip on jacket, gradiant dye cape and streamers, ribbon on sleeves, cover shoes.
21th March - Tabbard pattern, gradient dye cape and streamers, cut out skirt.
22nd March - Finish tabbard and paint, sew together skirt, finish streamers.
23rd March - Front panel on jacket, assemble skirt and cape, prepare trim for skirt.
24th March - Finish cape, cut out hat and collar.
25th March - Heat hat and collar, cover hat, gradient dye.
26th March - finish covering, beads!
15th & 16th April - Make, paint and attach star, replace zip, make extra necklaces.
Duchess Satin - 14m - £50ish
Silk Jersey - 35m - £150
Bias - 45m - £16
Ribbon - 6m - £4.50
Fimo - £12
Beads (1047 so far) - £7.80
Fabric Dye - £25
Fabric Glue - £10
More beads (20X90) - 15.39
Fosshape - 3 yards (US site) - £55ish
More fabric dye - £10
More Fabric dye (!) - £20
Fabric Paint - 2.5
Contacts - £20
Cider (no seriously) - £2
Shoes - £13
Ribbon - £1
Beads, thread and zip - £20
Beads, new zip - £10
Woo! (Posted 2nd April 2010)
Not much left now! (Posted 22nd March 2010)
The skirt is in progress. I can't complete it until I can dye the sides tonight (ran out of paint) and add those as the bias need to go on top. The jacket just needs the front panel and bead work done and that's complete. The jacket is a little tight but it's needed to hold the collar up when that's added.
Going to work on the hat and collar today. The way things are looking I should have everything completed before Kita! Right now it's looking like this:
Getting there finally! (Posted 17th March 2010)
The dress is now completed. The dyeing took longer than expected but I'm really pleased with the colour (though my mum wasn't too pleased with what it did to the hob!). Painting has taken a while as I don't exactly have a steady hand (I have essential tremors so my hands and legs shake constantly). Luckily Jack picked up some Cider for me last night so that made things a lot better and sped up work considerably! Just need some more to finish it off now.
The jacket is finally sorted. I've never made one for myself before so it took two goes to get the front panel correctly fitted but it's all good now. Just got to cut out the lining and collar today and that's done and I can get on with adding details.
The red sleeves have been beaded successfully. The ribbon still needs to be attached as I'm not fully sure how I want to do it yet, either sewing or fabric glue. I'll probably go with sewing.
Dyeing the streamers today too so they'll be ready soon too.
Left to do now is:
Success! (Posted 11th March 2010)
Woo fosshape has arrived! It seems after messing me around last time, they sorted themselves out and sent it out the day I ordered it!
Mixed up the dye today. After the red mix failure I've opted for a 1:1 orange yellow mix. I'm going to hopefully dye everything needed today and do the gradient dyeing over the weekend!
Working on wigs today as well to hopefully clear them all out by the end of the week. Luckily thanks to the multiple heads I can work on 5 at a time while each one is drying.
Day 4 update. (Posted 7th March 2010)
Got another star done today. Not overly productive today as I'm feeling generally blah atm. Going to hopefully get the final bits cut out tomorrow and get the other star sorted if I'm feeling up to it. The final star I won't be making until the hat is shaped as it needs to fold around it.
Day 3 (Posted 5th March 2010)
I've started work on the stars today. It's the same design as the back of the cape so it made it a little easier as I've drawn it already. It's currently in the oven baking so photos when it's out!
2nd day update (Posted 4th March 2010)
Dye test 1.
Oh, and did the pattern for the cape with zero mistakes! Yay!
2nd full day (Posted 4th March 2010)
Managed to get quite a bit done yesterday, though I've now realised I did all the easy parts and have left myself to sketch up patterns for the hard stuff today. Sent my mum off to get some more beads in town, I've fully cleared out my collection that I had which makes me slightly concerned about the total number I'm going to use. Originally I had estimated about 5k but having only just managed two necklaces out of 1k I think it might be leaning more towards 6 or 7k. Not too much of a bother though, they're fairly cheap so I don't mind bulk buying them really.
Done so far:
To do today:
Finally starting (Posted 3rd March 2010)
Although I've done a bit of work on it already. I'm properly starting today! Still need more beads as I've now used them all up on just two necklaces >< and I'll need to get some more fosshape too as I only have 300 and would prefer 600 for this as it'll need to be very sturdy (no it's not another Clow Card hat!).
Wrote up a 6 page list of what needs doing last night, it's mostly for me but it'll give judges a good idea of how I went about things if I miss mentioning something.
Done so far:
Long way to go still but aside from my dissertation I'm all done with uni work so I'll be working on just this and wigs for the next 3 weeks.
Nearly got everything! (Posted 26th February 2010)
26th Feb 2010
So far I've spent one evening cutting things out for the base dress. Got the skirt of stupid weight done along with the first set of sleeves and the separate head scarf. Need to finish cutting out the dress so I can start dyeing it!