|Time Taken :||Too long! On and off for about 5-4 months|
|OH GOOD GOD. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT CAPE. |
Okay! I think it's about time I gave myself a challenge and I think this is the perfect cosplay for it! I offered myself up as part of a future group and I would love to be able to pull this off X3
02/05/2012: Okay. I'd like to stress that this cosplay, despite my efforts, is very much a "mark 1" version. I simply don't have the time to put all the details on this cosplay as I would like. Plus I've been cutting a few corners that I would like to fix.
AFTER EXPO EDIT
Wow! I was so happy at the reception this cosplay got! For the first time I've cosplayed I was asked for photos more than once! Infact I had quite a few on both days, which for me, is a pretty big deal ^^; Everyone seemed to like it (I think everyone wanted my cape more than anything 8D) even though I didn't have time to do everything I wanted. These will be added for Mark II, which currently, I'm planning for May 2013. Which could be a mistake if it was as hot this May!! This is by far the hottest cosplay I've worn ^^;
|Make the CAPE OF DOOM!||High||Complete|
|Make white over top||High||Complete|
|Black under top||Medium||Complete|
|Dangly bits on cape (Don't have time now, will leave them for another time)||Medium||Complete|
|Iron the whole thing||Low||Complete|
|Pattern for "dangly bits on cape"||Low||Complete|
|Patterns for green sections||Low||Complete|
|Paint buttons gold||Low||Complete|
|Get hold of D-rings||Low||Complete|
|Make Time Staff (Don't have time for now. Maybe another time)||Low||Complete|
|Stitch detail on white straps||Low||Complete|
|White cotton drill 3 metres||£14.97||Bought|
|D-rings x5 (large)||£8.00||Bought|
|Green thread 100m x 2||£3.00||Bought|
|White lining 4 metres||£8.00||Bought|
|D-rings x5 (Small)||£5.00||Bought|
|Bias binding 16 mm, 33 meters||£1.99||Bought|
|Old Green Klona Cotton||£19.00||Bought|
|White cotton drill 4 metres||£19.96||Bought|
|White Leatherette 25 cm||£1.25||Bought|
Final bits and peices (Posted 14th May 2012)
All that's left to do is add on the straps and buttons. These include the ones on the collar, the cape and the boots. I won't be putting the strap that should be on the black under-top as I don't really like the top I'm using ^^; So again, this will be added on for Mark II.
I never learn my lesson with sewing through leather on boots D:
Trouser progress (Posted 4th May 2012)
I didn't have so much trouble with the trousers as I normally do. I made the base and added on the green details as I did with all the other parts. The only part that did puzzle me slightly was that line you can see that comes from the top of the trousers and into that first green section on the leg. I couldn't work out what it was, so in the end I concluded it was a seam line, so I put in a sneaky, very small, dart to simulate it XD I'm not sure if anyone actually cared about this tiny detail in the end, but it would drive me insane if I knew it wasn't there ^^;
The cape - The final stages (Posted 4th May 2012)
So once I FINALLY located some large D-rings (Only took forever) I put the 2 of them onto the dangly bits on the shoulder (ish!) part of the cape. I didn't have time to put all 5 on (will be done for Mark II) so this cape follows the manga version rather than the artwork version... for now!
Only then could I finally sort out the lining. Which was a NIGHTMARE. Either the base cape was bigger than the lining, or the lining was bigger than the base cape and it never sat quite right with each other >_< After much raging, I sorted it out and did some sneaky stitching so the lining couldn't move out of place.
I then put the bias binding on (which took foreveeeeeeeeeeer) and it was all finished!
The Boots (Posted 20th April 2012)
My boots came today from ebay! I didn't realise they had a bit of a curved heel at the back. But never mind! I'm pretty happy with them overall :)
The Top (Posted 20th April 2012)
Urgh, the top DX
Well, I had made the base before Christmas I think but it looked... horrible DX So I hid it away and hoped that it would somehow fix itself. Then it came around Easter and I needed to actually work on it! After much crying on Facebook, Miss Freyarule helped me sort if out and made it much better fitted ^^; I did this by taking it in at the sides and putting in a dart at the back. I then added on the collar, which was surprisingly easy this time!
So once that was sorted, the process of putting all of the green detailing started. I started off with the bottom, then the arm holes (which was alot harder than it should have been, plus I screwed them up), then the collar and finally the one on the front.
The bias binding went on last with the fastenings, which I hid on the bias. The little dangly bits with the D-rings on them were added later when I got them.
The top could be better IMO =/ Will fix it for for Mark II.
Cape - Green detailing (Posted 2nd April 2012)
Me and my paper patterns 8D I don't know what I'd do without them!
I obviously used my paper pattern to get the size right for those little square details on the cape corners. Unfortunately, the green cotton I had brought didn't match the width of the cotton I'd brought for the cape base, so I ended up having to do the detailing in 2 sections. I sewed the sections together into one big whole. I folded the edges of the green cotton under itself (so it looked nice and didn't fray everywhere) and sewed it all down with the machine.
The cape base (Posted 2nd April 2012)
I really didn't have enough floor space for this 8D Even 4 meters of fabric folded still took up the entire floor area that was available to me ^^;
I decided that unlike last time I made a cape (For Clone Syaoran), this one would be a half circle cape. I followed a video I found on Youtube for as to how to work out the neck hole size. As for the overall length I just put it on and made a mark and went from there 8D I used a pencil on a piece of string to get the circular shape, which was very difficult doing it on my own!
I'd like to say a special thank you to Hawkeye for putting up with my annoying questions on making a half circle cape oTL
Sorry! (Posted 12th February 2012)
I have been working on this! Honestly! Although I haven't really gotten very far with it due to being REALLY lazy. I have made the base for the white top and the trousers, but I can't go any further with them untill I find the green fabric!! Which is impossible to find in the correct shade ¬_¬ I may have to settle for an inaccurate one D':
I brought 4 meters worth of cotton drill this week for the cape! It's going to be HUGE.