|Editing this to note: taking this to Minami as my standard cosplay because it's pretty easy to wear and besides, I love Rush. And I need more pics with my Dave. :D|
Wore this to the Grand Cosplay Ball and had a blast! Got a very nice pic taken with Pez as Dave, which we got the CF guys to print out for us so we can hang it up in the new flat. :D
|Buy fabric for chaps and bolero||High||Complete|
|Make chaps (dark grey-blue)||High||Complete|
|Paint patterns on bolero||High||Complete|
|Make blue bolero jacket||High||Complete|
|Stitch blue line down the middle of the white edging on the bolero||Medium||Complete|
|Remove cuffs from ballroom version white undershirt and trim with blue||Medium||Complete|
|Adjust pink/purple quilted vest from ballroom version to fit me||Medium||Complete|
|Fix belt and sort out buckle||Medium||Complete|
|Find plausible shoes and make them Rush-like||Medium||Complete|
|Dye under-trousers a darker grey||Medium||Complete|
|Make clasp/closure system for bolero||Medium||In Progress|
|Make belt/bag (interim one; I'll make a more accurate one when I have more time!)||Low||In Progress|
|Remake wristbands (non-urgent, found the other one but would like to remake at a future point)||Low||Planned|
|Fabric for chaps and bolero jacket, thread||£37.00||Bought|
|White fabric paint? If the old one is not findable||£2.99||Bought|
|Grey fabric dye for under-trousers||£5.99||Bought|
|Red wristbands (using previous ones)||£0.00||Bought|
|Trousers for under chaps (using a pair I already have)||£0.00||Bought|
|Shoes and fabric to customise (using existing scraps of fabric)||£12.99||Bought|
|White undershirt and blue edging (already owned)||£0.00||Bought|
|Yellow shirt (using previous one)||£0.00||Bought|
|Purple quilted vest (using previous one)||£0.00||Bought|
|Lining for bolero jacket, oodles of bias binding||£6.65||Bought|
|Bag to use as base||£3.00||Bought|
Finished (Posted 27th November 2010)
Last bits of foam all glued on! Pez wanted to try it on, so I figure this'll do until I get some pictures at the ball tomorrow. :P
Bolero again, etc (Posted 26th November 2010)
The patterns are all painted onto the bolero! Pez did the shoulder I hadn't done, and has done a way better job than I would have <3. The foam clasp piece for the front will be painted and affixed later on, but the actual *real* closure system is all done already. So, one foam piece, and it's finished.
Pez also found me a bag that I can use as a base for Rush's hip bag; for now I've just reversed it and added on a fake bag-front--I will rework the front of the bag into an actual functional-and-accurate-looking version when I have time, but I just need something plausible-enough for the ball. I've made the belts, worked out how to fasten the bag onto them for the evening, and the little gold-and-silver metal strips are being contructed from foam. Two more foam pieces, and it's done.
The one other thing left is cutting the lacings at the front to the right length. Which I'll do after the undershirt dries out from the (very careful) wash it's had.
Shoes (Posted 25th November 2010)
You only rarely see Rush's shoes at all in the game--and his chaps conceal most of the back half even when you do get a clear view of his feet. But you can sometimes see that his shoes are brown, and they have a blue strap across the arch, and this weird cream sort of flap-thing covering the toes at the front.
On closer inspection of some screenshots, the blue strap across the arch has a narrow cream edge at the front (MORE EDGES!) and the cream part has a cream button on top. I think there's possibly also actually a second blue strap slightly further back on the shoe; my feet aren't as long as Rush's so I can't easily fit it in without changing the proportions of everything on the shoe.
So, I've ignored that (for now; if I have the urge later on, I might try and work it in) and just going with the front blue strap and the cream part. Both are made from offcuts of suedette we happened to have lying around (huzzah!). The shoes were actually cheap black ones; I sprayed them with a brown leather spray we also happened to have around. It works pretty well but it takes a long time to dry; on the edges around the sole it is actually still a bit sticky after five days.
The suedette was pinned into shape then hemmed (and edged on one side), for the blue strap), then glued down and/or stapled onto the sole--the soles on these are really thick so I was just able to use my staple gun pointing upwards on the base. The pins are just there to keep everything in shape until the glue dries.
I'm pretty pleased with these. Even though even the most rabid fans of the game have no idea what Rush's shoes actually look like, really. :P
Shoulder pattern 1 (Posted 24th November 2010)
This fabric is a pain to paint (lots of bobbles, hence the somewhat uneven edges and the thicker application than I'd really like). But the pattern over that shoulder is done!
The rest of the pattern is going to be Pez-made, because she's awesome. :P
Bolero patterns (Posted 23rd November 2010)
Painting the diamond patterns across the shoulder and down the back: masking tape is god.
Man, I screwed this up a lot at first--first I thought there were more four-part rhombuses and only occasional diamond-within-diamond rhombuses. I did look this up after doing the front pattern, and that turns out to be exactly the reverse of the truth, so I sighed and started fixing... except I got the placement of the four-part rhombus wrong and then had to reverse my previous 'fixes'. Anyway. No more working without the reference RIGHT NEXT TO ME. I am very glad I own many acrylic paints and am good at mixing up colours. :P I'm just going to have to not wash this bolero in a machine, ever.
Right now I have done all of those four-part rhombuses and the external part of the diamond-within-diamond rhombuses; once this set is all dry then I can do the internal diamond bits. And the crown-pattern, and the sheep's head.
I hate painting patterns on fabric, have I mentioned that? :S
Bolero progress (Posted 21st November 2010)
Rush's double strip of edging--actually one piece, divided in two by a line of machine zigzag stitching.
The sewing machine decided to pitch a fit and break the cotton a lot, because it hated doing zigzag stitches through the bias binding of the edge. Bleah. This took ages to do because of all the stopping and starting and rethreading and so on. But it is done, now!
Still to do: painting the patterns, the big plastic-looking bit of the clasp. Hmm.
Oh, and the shoes, which I've spraypainted with brown leather paint stuff. I'll work more on them when that's dry.
Completed chaps (Posted 21st November 2010)
(I neglected to add a pic to my previous entry, but here they are, in all their doofy glory. And over the grey trousers and not just my jeans, this time. :P)
Chaps, completed! And other random bits. (Posted 20th November 2010)
Changed plan for the fastenings; the flaps are now held closed by snap fastenings, because the hooks and eyes kept coming loose.
I couldn't buy more of the same biasing binding I used before around the leather, so I had to buy lots of a different-but-suitable one and redo the leg I'd already finished. Grumble.
Anyway, much unpicking and stitching later, both chaps are complete! Hooray.
The undertrousers ended up a pretty good dark grey--maybe a touch too dark, but nothing a couple of extra runs through the washing machine won't fix. :P
I wasn't quite happy with the cord (actually a shoelace!) that was holding the pink/purple jacket closed, so I bought a new length of cord for it--much better now!
I found hooks the right size and shape for Rush's bolero clasp--bow tie hooks! And so the brown bits and the hooks are done. Need to make the bit that they emerge from, though--and before that, I need to do the blue bit on the edging!
Also I have shoes and fabric to put on the shoes. But need to put them all together. :)
Chaps again (Posted 19th November 2010)
Basic chaps now edged entirely in cream bias binding, then flaps from the waist added and hemmed in cream bias binding, then the buttons are added to the flaps where necessary. There's a strip of brown fake leather added around the base of the leg, and *more* cream bias binding around that--a thicker binding for around the leather, because I figure it'll have quite heavy wear around the base.
The chaps seem pretty stable even just held up by the waist flaps folded over my belt, but I've added hooks-and-eyes so that it's a bit more secure just in case. I'll have to buy a couple of metres more of the heavy edging; I only apparently bought enough for one leg base, so: more edging. (SO MUCH EDGING. Rush's outfit has, no kidding, about 14 metres of various types of edging on it so far. The boy likes edges.)
So, yes, I have ONE entirely finished leg of chaps, and one that will be finished this weekend. :P
Meanwhile, the pants have gone through the first washing machine runthrough of the dyeing process, and are now on the second runthrough. At a peek between the sessions, they certainly looked much darker than they did initially!
Undershirt, trousers, bolero musings, chaps (part 1)... (Posted 16th November 2010)
The white undershirt now has blue edging on the sleeves (which was not very complex to do, I just had to get around to pinning and stitching it) and the edging on the bottom has been resecured and restitched.
The trousers Rush wears under the chaps--I changed my mind on which trousers to use, because the ones I previously considered were lacking belt loops and adding those is a pain. I need to dye the ones I'm now using to a darker grey, but they're a lot more suitable generally.
Rush's bolero has two white strips of edging around the edge. Right now I have one wide-ish strip of white, which I think I shall attempt to divide in two with a triple-stitched line of blue thread--gonna test this out on some leftover pieces first though. I also need to work out that fastening (plastic card or polymorph for the cream bit, and then strips of brown leather or fabric I guess?) Looks like the brown straps come from the end of the chest-crossing-piece and pass through little buttonholes on the front--then fasten somewhere inside somewhere? Hmm.
The chaps are sort of half-made--the basic chaps are made, now I need to edge them, put in the cuffs at the base and do the flaps for the belt. And add buttons.
Shoes--to be honest, if I can't manage plausible shoes in time for the ball, it isn't the hugest disaster in the world--I'll just wear boots. Ideally though, and even if I can't do so in time for the ball, I'll get some brown moccasins and add fabric over the front and that button to each one so they look like his.
Bolero 1 (Posted 14th November 2010)
I made a pattern from the bolero from my ballroom version of Rush. There's a layer of interfacing between the wool exterior and the lining at the front; without this there's not really enough stiffness to the fabric to keep the front sections in the right shape.
The edging is white bias binding. 3-and-a-bit metres of it, but thankfully it's not very expensive.
The base of this bolero is all done, anyway! Need to paint the diamond pattern across the right shoulder and the ram's head on the left shoulder, and work out the fastening.
Shopping, etc (Posted 4th November 2010)
Given the time constraints, I thought I'd have to compromise quite a bit on the fabric for the trousers and bolero. I was vaguely thinking I'd end up having to dye the chaps to get a suitable colour on a fabric that wasn't too expensive but was heavy enough, even.
Instead, I'm really pleased with what I got. I found a great blue for the bolero (with a sort of pre-worn slightly bobbled texture--I figure that suits Rush perfectly) and a very lovely dark grey-blue moleskin-type fabric for the chaps--probably a bit more expensive in style than would be ideal for him, but it's *gorgeous* and I shall be stroking my own chaps all evening. Muahaha.
I also dug out the ballroom version: I don't think I need to adjust the quilted vest as much as I feared, actually--I'll just lace it a little closer at the front. I *will* need to make the blue bolero a little smaller than the ballroom version, though, since the ballroom version is a little too roomy. I've removed the cuffs from Rush's undershirt, and I managed to find the extra blue ribbon edging I bought for the hem, so yay, Rush's cuffs and hem will match.
Deadlines! Whee! (Posted 3rd November 2010)
I'm making this in a couple of weeks. I am possibly crazy: SO MANY LAYERS and I don't work very fast.
But more pragmatically: I already made a 'formal' version for last year's ball (and then wore it to the dance at Kita earlier this year): http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/29764
There's a lot I can cannibalise, reuse or adjust from that. I only *really* have to make the bolero and the chaps from scratch. I can even use last year's bolero as a pattern for this one.
(I'm also sort of tempted to just get my hair cut into Rush's style, but finding time for that is also an issue. Ah well. I can reuse the wig.)