I was quite satisfied with how this turned out, but I just didn't feel right as Luna, so I am retiring her despite the lack of pictures ^_^;.
Luna has been my favourite Harry Potter character ever since her first appearance (ironically also the book in which my previous favourite, Sirius, was killed off). I just love her whole outlook, and her nature. She still seems so innocent even after everything she has been through. I have a tendency to daydream a lot, I'm pretty quiet and tend to keep to myself, and my mind is always everywhere but where it should be. I think Luna is pretty much the ideal cosplay for me XD.
I won't be doing the robes. It will be far too warm to wear them in July and I can't afford them at the moment. I may buy/make some in the future, but to be honest, I prefer her outfit without them - they hide the necklace and the cardigan.
Shirt (Posted 7th July 2011)
As the shirt will be covered by the cardigan, it didn't really matter what it looked like so it was taken in mostly for comfort reasons. To be perfectly honest, it's not even the right colour lol...Luna's is sort of a yellow-ish off-white colour. But it was difficult enough finding a shirt with a high collar in my size yet alone a shirt that matched hers in colour.
It is from George at Asda's school range and is age 15-16 years. 15-16-year-olds must be bigger than they were when I was that age because it was pretty big. I'd say an adult size 12 perhaps. It was big enough to feel a little uncomfortable/bulky beneath the cardigan. Plus, I am likely to be so hot in the main hall that I'll only wear the cardigan for photos...and I have a photoshoot booked with one of the guests and I want to look good in it lol. The top swamped me.
Altogether, I think it was taken in about 3-4 inches. I added seams to the front as well to give it a better shape It is very crudely done and was hand-sewn because my sewing machine is a piece of crap. It is still pinned in places in the picture, and the hem is pinned too high (the shirt hung a good inch below the cardigan so I corrected that) and not actually pinned correctly...it's not as short as it is in this pic.
I left the arms as they were, because they looked okay and they are better baggy for the heat.
Wand (Posted 6th July 2011)
Yeah, it's a little sucky, but it will do :). I still need to add detailing to the carved part but it's painted. Shame I couldn't afford to buy some new matte paint!
I guess this means that this costume is complete! If I don't have time to add the detailing, it's no big deal - my hand will be covering it when I have it out anyway.
Outfit - done! (Posted 4th July 2011)
The tights came today and they are useable (and not too thick!), so the outfit is now done, save for a little more taking in that needs done on the shirt (but that's more for comfort than for cosplay).
Hair isn't styled á la Luna (my fringe will be a little further across), and the makeup isn't done, but this is pretty much it. The cardigan needs pulling up a little too.
Still no pics of the shoes, sorry! I'm not sure if I like them...may buy a new pair if I see some that I like.
Makeup test (Posted 1st July 2011)
That expression...that is why I am cosplaying Luna. I swear, that is what I look like 90% of the time ¬¬. You would be forgiven for thinking I'd been lobotomised.
Anyway, I used foundation, concealer, and skin-coloured eyeshadow (although I may go a little lighter to make my eyes appear a little wider). I also used minimal brown eyeliner and black mascara (I will be using brown, I just don't have any right now). I also coloured my eyebrows lightly...Luna's are light but they are still darker than mine...I look like I have no eyelashes.
I took the cardigan in a little (perhaps an inch at the most) and it feels so much better. The shirt is too long, but I am still working on taking that in and up. I shall be digging the sewing machine out soon to sort the length out.
All I need now for the bottom is the tights, which have been posted, so I hope they arrive soon.
Fringe...I did my best. My fringe is stubborn as hell - even the hairdresser can't tame the damn thing. It is the closest that I can get it to hers with the way my hair falls. If I try to sweep it fully over, I end up with a quiff.
Bag (Posted 1st July 2011)
The bag is finished - and is complete with a wand pocket (pictured) :P. It saves it getting lost amongst the ten ton of crap I always have in my bag.
Now I just need to finish the wand ¬¬.
Shoes (Posted 29th June 2011)
These are the best match that I could find for Luna's shoes in my size and price range. As luck would have it, I didn't even have to pay anything for these, because my mum already owned a pair (and I just happen to wear the same shoe size as her. I won't be adding the swirl to the front because I just don't have the money...my budget for this costume is pretty much used up. Besides...nobody ever looks at other people's feet and you can't even see the swirl on Luna's shoes unless you zoom right in.
The shirts came today and they're a little too big (age 15-16...who'd have though? :/
I also ordered a pair of black tights, so *touch wood* but it seems that everything for this costume has been bought.
Oh yes, the bag is almost finished too. I don't think I'm going to bother with the Quibbler any more, mainly because I can't find any suitable paper to print it onto and I'd rather save that money to spend at LFCC.
Extensions (Posted 28th June 2011)
My new extensions arrived today...and I freaking LOVE them!! They are so soft and the perfect match for my colour...and they are pretty much the length I wish my hair was :).
I know that they aren't as long as Luna's hair. I went for 15 inches because I didn't want them to be too long - the longer the extensions are, the more issues you are likely to have with them...I just wanted them to be longer than my hair. (Plus, you know, I've been so close to giving up on this costume that I just wanted something, ANYTHING, that would work).
They are about 4-5 inches longer than my own hair. They are a little longer than they look in the picture because I had the lowest set clipped in a little too high. Also, as you can see in the picture, my hair is rather box-y (as in the cut is quite sharp at the bottom), whereas the extensions taper off nicely :). They work well with my layers and help thicken out my hair.
And the good thing? I wasn't even wearing a full set in the pics, I was only wearing half of them :). I can't stress how much I love these! May have to treat myself to a longer set when I have the money...I'll be wearing these ones all the time :).
Yes, I wish I had just bought extensions to begin with rather than messing around with wigs!!
Tie and various other bits (Posted 27th June 2011)
The tie came today :). I am limited to UK sellers at the moment with the time frame and most were selling this official tie (it's not the Noble Collection one). It feels nice, the only problem is that the crest is wrong >.< (which I knew about before buying it)...but that part of the tie will be hidden by the cardigan so it doesn't matter :). I'm happy with it.
The refund for the wig came and one seller was having a sale with their extensions so I bought a new set - I just hoped I picked the right colour! My existing extensions are a mix of two colours and the lightest is a match for my hair...I'm pretty sure it's #613 so that's what I ordered.
I have also ordered a shirt after being unable to find one in the shops. It was surprisingly difficult to find a normal Oxford-style shirt; all the ones I could find had incorrect collars and/or did not button all the way to the top. Most online sellers that had the right shirt type didn't have my shirt type in stock. So I ended up buying a two-shirt set from George's school line :P.
All that is left to buy is the tights (hopefully!).
Oh, and I need to paint the wand. Keep forgetting about that ^_^;. I think I'm just going to use the leftover brown paint from my Samurai Edge to paint it to save on money - it may look a little glossy but it's really just something to hold and I'm probably not going to get any pics of it anyway so it works for me ^_^.
Skirt (Posted 21st June 2011)
I couldn't find a material I was satisfied with for making the skirt, and I was stumped when looking for one so had a look at what other Harry Potter cosplayers had done. I really liked the skirt Leonie Heartilly used for her Hermione cosplay, and as it turned out it was one of my shortlisted skirts from a random Google search :P. It is from Marks and Spencer's school line and as luck would have it, they had a 20% off event and schoolwear was one of the discounted lines :).
However, the style of the skirt made the cardigan look huge. Sadly there is nothing I can do about the length (I'll just have to bunch it up in the middle when I wear it) but I am in the process of taking it in a little at the sides. I am sewing it by hand so that the stitches are easy to remove.
If I have enough money before LFCC I am going to spring for a new set of extensions. The shoes...my mum has a pair that she said I could have which will be perfect with a little modding :).
Extensions (Posted 21st June 2011)
(reposting with pic)
I found some extensions that I bought years ago and I think they might work. There isn't a full head's worth, so it's a little on the thin side but since my hair is thin anyway, it's not a big problem. As long as I keep the extensions draped over my shoulders, it looks okay.
I've had enough of itchy, crappy wigs *growls*.
Wig problems (round 2) (Posted 21st June 2011)
I ordered another wig, and it's worse than the last one X_X. I am seriously so close to throwing in the towel on this one. One way or another, I won't be rewearing this for October Expo as I was considering, I'll be retiring it after LFCC and getting some of my money back :@.
This wig...looks okay in normal light, but if the light increases slightly, it looks horrendous. You don't want to know how bad it looks with a flash X_X.
Cardigan (Posted 17th June 2011)
*Shirt in pic is not the one I will be using for this costume*
I bought the 'official' Lochaven Ravenclaw cardigan. It's...a litle baggy. Although I usually wear fitted clothes so I don't know if it's really baggy or if it just feels that way for me lol.
The sizing on the website was a little confusing. It only had the chest measurements along with garment, sleeve and underarm length. And there was a huge difference between sizes. I was between an XS and a S by their measurements, so I went with the Small...but I think the XS may have been better.
I'm not going to risk not having a cardigan by exchanging incase the XS is too small or it doesn't arrive in time, so I'm going to wait until I have the shirt and see how it looks (because the shirt I used for the photo was quite thin and very tight)...if it still feels too big, I'll take it in a little at the sides and under the arms.
Wand (Posted 16th June 2011)
I made the wand (semi-primed in picture). It's not great, but it's something to hold. I messed up with the carvings, but my hand will be covering them when I hold it and hopefully I can fix it a little when I paint it. Not entirely sure what I'm going to use to paint it yet ^_^;. Hoping to have a little trip to Hobbycraft soon, so I'll see what they have.
Jewellery (Posted 14th June 2011)
I decided to commission the jewellery after failed attempts to make a prototype of the earrings ^_^;. The necklace actually worked out cheaper to buy than to gather the materials and make it myself (and she did a better job than I could have!).
Necklace made by PosiPlush (www.posiplush.com). She is the only person I have come across who has added the decorative bit to the top of the cork. Not only does it make the necklace a little more accurate, but it also makes it a little nicer :).
Earrings and ring made by Svyet (http://www.etsy.com/shop/svyet). I'm in love with the ring :P. She also does a necklace now, and a smaller version of the ring (I preferred the larger ring).
They both came within roughly two weeks of ordering, for anyone who may be interested in buying some.
Wig (fail) (Posted 27th April 2011)
Yeah, there's just so much about this wig that I'm unhappy with. There's no way I can wear it for a full day. It's far too thin up top (see pic), and I'd rather get another wig for the cost of getting another to salvage wefts from
I can't even send it back because the cost of return postage would mean that there is really no point...since the skin-top is ao small, I think I'll rip all the wefts out and use the base as the base of Alexia's 'hair' for a trial, so at least this wasn't a total waste.
I have another wig or two in mind, but I'm going to wait until closer to LFCC before I buy anything. I may have to cheap out an another couple of details, such as the wand (I'll make it myself) and the shoes (I have black ballet flats, they'll just have to do without the flower XD) to afford it but meh...these things happen. I'm just annoyed because my research found that cosplayers were happy with this seller. But to be honest, I'd have gotten a better made wig from a fancy dress store.
Progress! (Posted 18th April 2011)
Just ordered the wig. I was initially going to use extensions and go a little lighter next time I dye my hair, but a wig works out way cheaper than extensions.
I've been putting off progress on this for a while and I have no idea why. The wig is one of two big purchases for this outfit - the other being the cardigan - so it's good to get it out of the way. I just hope that it is okay when it gets here.
I'm going to slowly work on the earrings but aside from beads, etc. I'm going to leave it until after May Expo to buy anything else for this.
The Quibbler (Posted 28th March 2011)
I've started on The Quibbler. For the front cover, I'm using an image of the one she has in Order of the Phoenix, but there aren't any of the back so I'm making my own back page.
I want to write some articles for the pages, or maybe just print off some of the Quibbler ezine to use. That depends on whether or not I can afford the proper paper to print it out onto. Otherwise, I'll just use a store-bought magazine for the centre (I could be in character on the journey haha XD). I'm not too bothered about what is inside it, as long as the cover looks good. However, I would like to have something Harry Potter-relevant inside ^_^.
I'm not quite sure what I am going to print the covers onto, so I'll have a look at what's available.
Bag progress (Posted 14th March 2011)
The bag is all knitted now. But my mum still won't let me touch it lol. She wants to add the lining and everything else herself. So I guess this piece will be entirely commissioned from her lol.
I was hoping to buy everything for the earrings this week but sadly everything else is eating up my funds. I hope to start on them soon though.
Wool for bag (Posted 8th March 2011)
This was the closest match that I could find. You can't see the colour very well in the picture, but it's a mix of blue and purple tones.
I was going to try weaving as I suck at knitting, but my mum kindly offered to knit it for me. Apparently she was thinking about knitting something, so it works for both of us :). Thanks, mum!