|Cost :||£85 so far|
|Time Taken :||52 hours so far|
|This has to be one of my all time favourite costumes, the colours work really well together and while having extreme amounts of detail it doesn't seem cluttered and is able to flow|
Kilik was originally supposed to be my Eurocosplay entry for 2010 at Amecon, however, I decided against entering it because commitments at work meant I was unable to finish it to the standard I was happy with. Don't misunderstand, I am happy with the mark I version, I learn't so much from doing it. However, there are detailings I had to miss out first time around and several problems that I want to rectify.
So, as it was always my plan to enter this costume, Kilik will be coming back in a mark II version. Completely remade from scratch using the experience I gained from constructing the mark I version, with every conceivable detail included. Just as well it's my favourite costume or a person might go crazy!
Update Aug 2011:
Well technical problems have delayed this costume but I'd prefer to take my time and get it right than rush it. I will continue to work on it and post progess
Applique continuum (Posted 26th July 2011)
I continue to do the masses of applique on this costume. Doing it slightly differently on this version compared to the mark I. Firstly, the lighter colours are being gradient dyed to give a better merging of colours. Secondly, I am doing the applique while the main part of the costume is in pieces so I can fold over the ends under the seams, and it is also being done with a much tighter stitch. This last change is making me go through so much thread. Pictures soon
Applique (Posted 17th July 2011)
Kilik has a Phoenix design which wraps around the torso, which I am doing using red, yellow and orange silk satin appliqued to the main costume.
I have started on the collar first as some pieces need to be be completed before the main body is sewn together. This is one of the details that was missing of the mark I version
There is a two-toned colour to these pieces which I have replicated using watered down acrylic paint bled in to the lighter coloured silk satin. These pieces were then ironed on to the fabric using bondaweb and then the egdes appliqued.....carefully.
Mock up complete (Posted 3rd July 2011)
The mock up is based on a cassock pattern with the picture showing the sixth and final version before I start using the main fabric. It has taken a lot of modification to get the desired fit, and a lot of unpicked; I now have a small pile of snazzy bright pink thread that I used to make all the unpicking easier.
It has taken a couple of weeks but it was better to make all the necessary modification with the mock up fabric rather than on the actual silk satin I plan to use. For one, silk satin is expensive and two, it frays badly.
I can now make a start cutting out both the main and the lining fabrics, treating the edges to prevent the fraying, and make a start on some of the applique pieces which need to be done before the main body of the costume can be put together.
And we are off (Posted 19th June 2011)
Fabrics bought, lovely silk satins in blue, red, orange, yellow and brown. The blue is a slightly different shade to the mark I version. Mock up under way and alteration of the trousers completed, shoulder armour and arm guards started.