Fables
 


Costume :Meiko
Variant :Love Is War/Eager Love Revenge
Source :Vocaloid
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Midlands MCM Expo 2011


Costume Photos

Close Up

Smile

Love Is War!

Salute!

Lineup

Masquerade Shot

Side View

Bigger Reference

Ref 2

 


Costume Information

Description
For a mini-group at Midlands :)

Comments

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Hey hey *thumbs up* good choice, can't wait for Midlands, I have entered us into the masquerade... The little pouch is the same sort of one I've got on mine, which I made from a cigarette case, I just chopped the lighter pocket off the side :3 cost me £5 and no fiddly sewing to be had...

by Combustible Lime on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 21:38
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I brought it in Bristol at a leather store, I think you can get them on-line.
We are confirmed for the masquerade. If you can find a good reference picture of Meiko bring it along. Cant wait to see your outfit though ^^

by Combustible Lime on Friday, 28 January, 2011 - 20:27
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Wow I hope I see you there! I'm going as Miku but Saihate version. This looks awesome :3

by Saffron on Tuesday, 8 February, 2011 - 21:26
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I must say I've got to love the riding crop ^^ its fantastic
Loving the progress eeeee not long now... so excited yey!!!

by Combustible Lime on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 23:16
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Loving the hair!

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 04:16
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Awww Faye you look GORGOEUS in that red wig! I think makeup looks fab too. ^_^

Yeah lees than one week left now till Midlands, eeep!

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 11:07
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OMG you looks so cute in that hat xD

I'm so bummed I'm not gonna be there D: <3

by Bambi. on Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 - 11:31
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You look tasty my chunko! cant wait to see this done!

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 17 February, 2011 - 22:55
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Fantastic day seeing you again! We all looked awesome XD

by Psychoelle on Sunday, 20 February, 2011 - 20:28
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The one to credit in the Masq photos is me :)
You look great hun! It's always great to see some vocaloid cosplays ^^

by MadameLapin on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 00:21
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You shouldnt be nervous you looked great. I cant believe that was your first masquerade comp! I hope all the cheers gave you confidence for next time. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 01:20
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It was really awesome to meet you, your cosplay was amazing! *was dazzled* <3 You're so lovely >w< See you at Kitacon!

by Saffron on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 15:45
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Wheee!! Thanks for being so awesome :D

by Combustible Lime on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 19:01
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It was really great to meet you. This group was so much fun ^_^ My cane is lonely now :(

by Ayame on Tuesday, 22 February, 2011 - 23:16
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you looked great, was a nie group :)

by Fishyfins on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 01:57
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Good job on the costume, I really like the trousers :D You look great :3

by Rain on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 06:36
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You guys are all too nice! I'm so pleased this costume went down so well.. I was super nervous!

Thanks a lot for the kind words everyone *much love to all!!!*

by Fables on Wednesday, 23 February, 2011 - 18:09
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How have I failed to comment
You look so amazing in this ^^ I dodnt get a seat in the masq but I cheered when I heard you announced ^^ And sang along to the song but yeah XD

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 27 February, 2011 - 22:08
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Thanks so much hun! It's nice to know there were people out there supporting the Love Is War couse :D

by Fables on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 20:21
 

To-Do List

Dye Bath Everything To PinkHighComplete
Find ShirtHighComplete
Buy TrousersHighComplete
Dye Side CapMediumComplete
Dye GlovesMediumComplete
Make ArmbandMediumComplete
Shorten Shirt SleevesMediumComplete
Make TieMediumComplete
Sew On Bias BindingLowComplete
Paint Armband MotifLowComplete
Hem GlovesLowComplete
Buy Riding CropLowComplete
Buy GlovesLowComplete
Colour Over White Thread On TrousersLowComplete
Paint Side CapLowComplete
Cut and Shape GlovesLowComplete
Buy Side CapLowComplete
Unpick Floral Design On TrousersLowIn Progress
Make BeltLowIn Progress
Attach Pouch To BeltLowPlanned

Shopping List

Gloves£2.61Bought
Riding Crop£4.25Bought
Trousers£6.90Bought
Side Cap£1.50Bought
5m White Bias Binding£2.00Bought
1x Velvet Black Dylon Hand Dye£2.79Bought
2x Poppy Red Dylon Hand Dye£5.58Bought
Dye Salt£0.49Bought
Total£26.12

Journal

Getting There~ (Posted 18th February 2011)

It's the last day and I'm happy to say most of the work is done! Okay not most of it but some of it ;) My hat is painted and dry, so all is good there. I hemmed my gloves, they're fine too~
I've now shortened the sleeves on my shirt and my stripes are all pinned in place which is good. Everything looks great so far if I say so myself. The belt will be a strip of thick pink fabric draped loosely around my waist, I think I'll put velcro on it so it hangs right. Oh and I found a pouch that I can use, it's an old camera one I found kickin' about so theres one job taken care of. The tie will just have to be a fabric strip, I've found the best colour match I can so what more can I do eh?
As for my trousers, because the thread was polyester, it didn't dye. I should have thought of that before really but ah well. So I've covered over the white thread with black stripes which Personally I think suits the costume. Then I discovered theres thee huge floral applique in the pockets so I spent most of last night unpicking them. I have half a flower to unpick so I'l get onto that at bedtime tonight haha.
What else... Oh, for the armband I think I'll just make it out of pink and then draw on the heart emblem with my pen, it's much easier than trying to cut and stick such a complicated shape~
And I think that's it for now... Back to sewing these stripes!
Only thing I wil say is my trousers hang strange because they're actully a little too big for me, so because of this I'm modifying the way the belts hang a little too so it fits better. I'll do a doodle/sketch to better explain this.
And I bought a new wig cap too, it seems all my old ones ran away so now it'll be much easier to wear a wig!!

Dying Is Done! (Posted 16th February 2011)

Well, I've sucessfuly dyed all of the pink stuff. I;m proud to say it all looks GREAT! Now it's just drying on the rack~
The trousers are a deep reddy pink, whereas the bias is slightly paler. Once it's dry, which hopefully will be tommorrow, I'll sew it all straght onto the shirt. The tie I'll just have to colour match as best I can and make, I guess :/
Oh, and as for the hat problem, I think I'll just paint it will black acrylic and see what happens. I don't have much time so if it doesn't look pro I'm not too fussed anymore... I just want it done

And Then... (Posted 15th February 2011)

Disaster Struck =/
My hat is now dry after 24hrs and it isn't even black... It's an ever-so-slightly-darker shade of the green it was. It's annoying because I took the hat with me to where I bought the dye to ask whether it would hold dye or not. Gaddamn liars! :( Looks like I might have to use black polycotton as a cover, then... And just when I though things were going well, damit!

Anyways I'm now just boiling the kettle for my pink dye bath... fingers crossed this one works a little better!

Progress At Last~ (Posted 15th February 2011)

As some of you may have noticed, I uploaded a couple of pictures yesterday!
The impendidng money crisis was resolved when the amazing Fishyfins agreed to loan some money to us. So, I used the previously set aside for travel £20 we had and bought some bits for this costume to finally make some headway. I got the side cap from a military surplus store, and I bought all the bias I'd need to add the trims to the costume. I also bought one pack of black dye, two packs of reddish pink dye, and some dye salt!
I took a couple of photos as reference for the before and afters, and have now already dyed the hat black (but there are no pics yet! D:)
My original plan of using Luke's knee high riding boots- which would have looked perfect, by the way,- fell through because my fat ol' calves don't even fit into them! So I was a bit annoyed at that (even though the actual shoe part was 2 sizes too big!!) Instead, I'm having to use my cowboy boots. At least they fit me okay, and look somewhat similar, but still...
Anyway, my next step is to dye all of the white parts of this costume with the pink dye! I bought two, so I can re-dye if the first attempt fails, but I also forgot to buy fabric for the tie so I'll have to make that out of some pink scrap I found laying around and pray it'll at least match a little. With any luck this will be ready in time for midlands XD

Update and Cost (Posted 12th February 2011)

Well, it's gotten to the point where Midlands is only 1 week away now and I'm still not ready. Not only that, I'm being fucked over money-wise so I may not even be able to afford what still remains!
So, here's what's what with Meiko (from top to bottom)-
Boots- I'm borrowing Luke's riding boots for this costume. The only thing I'll need is a pair of shoelaces to lace them up at the back, and they're about £1.
Trousers- I couldn't find any jhodphurs that hang in the correct manner in my size, sadly. So, I've bought a pair of white trousers that are slightly baggy and I'll just tuck these into the boots so they hang nicely.
Belt- Fishyfins kindly showed me how he made his belt the other day, and I'll probably do the same. It's a simple strip of leatherette, covered in painted polycotton. It will attach around me with Velcro.
Pouch- I'll hunt around town for one of these to pop onto the belt. I'll take what I can find at a cheap price at this point, and if I can't find one I like it wont be a huge loss.
Shirt- Luke has an old black shirt he has kindly said I can have, so all I'd need to do is modify it with dyed bias binding.
Tie- Will be made out of ppolycotton and dyed. Or again, if I can't afford it, wont be a huge loss.
Armband- Will definately be making this, since it's pretty important. I'll be making it, then painting it and attaching it to my shirt via a safety pin.
Crop- I bought one of these :3 So that's done.
Gloves- I bought these too~ I just need to cut them into shape and dye them!
Wig- I'm using my Kasane Teto wig without the pigtails, as that's nice and simple! One job done eh?
Hat- I've got some spare black polycotton so I'll probably try to make a simple one myself. If I can find any cheap craft foam to stiffen it I will do~

Window Shopping (Posted 25th January 2011)

I've just window shopped around eBay and have succeeded in finding most of this costumes parts. I get paid back end of this week so I'm hoping everything is still there!
As I said before, I'm going to dye the pink parts of this outfit myself. I don't know if the coour will be accurate, but it will at least all amtch if I do it tihs way. However, because of the nature of the dye, some things I have to make myself first, then dye due to the fabric used in bought items. For example,I can't buy a white tie and dye it pink because I can't dye polyester. Instead I'll have to go with polycotton and try making one myself. The dye I'll be using is Dylon, because it's readily available near where I live, and I think I'm getting it Tulip Red, as the Flamingo Pink is a tad TOO pink.

-Hat, might have to make as can't find any!
-Black shirt &
-White Jodphurs/Breeches, both of which I've 'watched'.
-Gloves, still looking
-Riding Crop, also watched on eBay
Boots, I think I might ask Ryukredapples if I can borrow his riding boots- the ones he used for his Star Wars costume. If they fit me, then it's a handy way to save £20+!
-Shoulder Stripes & Collar Detail, stripes on the costume will be white bias tape, so they're no problem.
-Armband, handmade out of Polycotton
-Belts, I'll probably handmake those, too, with a little more thought. The only problem with these is the shirt is untucked, and at one point the thin belt goes under the shirt, so I can't sew them straight onto the shirt as a cheat lol.
-There's also a little pouch hanging off one belt, which I'll no doubt handmake and attach myself.

Basics (Posted 2nd January 2011)

For this, I've already decided to use my Kasane Teto wig for Kita, but without the twintails. This is because in the Love Is War art, Meiko's hair is much pinker than the usual brown.

Also, because I want everything to match, I'm going to get everyhing Pink on the costume in White, then dye bath it all. This will be sooo much easier to colour match (hopefully)!