|I picked up The World Ends With You a while ago and totally fell in love with the game. There are lots of awesome characters but I kinda fell for Neku straight away, emo-urges and all. :P |
Where to start with this? It's was planned for what seemed like FOREVER. XD Although people are kinda quick to say that the clothes in TWEWY closely resemble normal clothes, the costumes are actually a little more tricky then they look. Take Neku for example...there's alot more to it than one would immediatley think! ^^;;
I have to admit I struggled with colours on this one. Not purposely though! I knew the exact shade of purple I wanted but I just couldnt find it anywhere. (I didn't want to do it in blue.) so in the end had to go with a brighter shade then I would have prefered. But ohwells thems the breaks. XP
The blue section of the shirt was easy enough, only tricky bit was getting the yellow strips and purple bit evenly placed. I think I got it about right EVENTUALLY after much pinning and repinning! I've noticed a few cosplayers sew the yellow bits on top but I wasnt keen on doing that. I wanted the strips to actually be part of the top and go between the two. Which is me being anal and picky and causing more pain for myself. XD Wasnt suuure how tight to make the top because of my obviously girly figure, but after seeing just how hippy Neku actually is decided tighter would work JUST FINE. XD The neck piece is actually about triple the length you see and is interfaced at the back. At the con the front also started to droop a bit so i'm planning to interface that too to get it to stand up right. ^^;;
Trousers were torn apart and modded, added the pockets, the designs on the back etc. These were fun and simple to make and I love them! I'd wear them in real life actually. XD
SHOES. X.X I left these till last cause I was freakin terrified of them! Never really made anything shoe related before (maya's sandals don't count! XD) It was a kinda long process so I wont type it all up here, there are plenty of good shoe tutorials online (or pm me if you want more details) but BASICALLY: Ugg boots + the end of clown shoes + paper mache + spray paint + craft foam + fabric + LOTS OF HOT GLUE. XD I'm very happy with how they turned out though, and they held up all day to my disbelief! Are a taaad uncomfortable to wear as the day goes on though so might look into fixing that.
The wig was my first proper wig styling so will most likely be much improved for the future. ^^;; I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out though and I had fun doing all those spikes!
The mp3/tampon:P was crafted from air drying clay which I attached to a kind of badge holder thingy... painted white, drew the designs on with good old sharpie and covered in pvc glue. The headphones were another piece which scared me slightly as I'm not really used to making props. But all I did was to take a normal headband, cut it to shape, cover it with craft foam then cover that with fabric. Then I crafted the actual speakers out of blue foam, spraypainted black. Attached them to to the headband and added all the silver parts on with craft foam spray painted silver. I'm very happy with how they came out, I only wished they could actually play music for real! XD
I loved being Neku! Had so much fun in this cosplay with my other TWEWY cosplayers! Will defo be wearing this again in the future, so...prepare for the emo ginger coming to a con near you soon! XDD
Rewore this at fuyucon! And aquired an awesome Shiki, invaded game (They didnt have our game! Shame on them!) and had awesome times! It's a shame I probably wont be able to wear him at all in the foreseeable future! Say goodbye to the giant shoes...for now!
Ugh fabric. (Posted 16th June 2009)
I've been having no end of hell with the purple/blue fabric for this costume. X.X First of all the ingame and art references differ significantly. I trawled everywhere in leicester looking for any that I could use but came up with nothing. Then I spent AGES on the net, and finally found some, waited almost a month for it to come and when it did it was COMPLETELY the wrong shade. X.X I then found some on ebay and ordered that and it too came a different shade than pictured (this is why I like to buy in person)...but it's a more useable colour than the other so I guess I have no choice really but to use it. >_<
I apologise in advance because the purple colour IS going to be inaccurate, it's a very deep, dark purple...I've never had a colour matching issue with any of my costumes before...even with Raziel which was a weeeeird colour. There's not alot I can do now though...so I guess I better make a start. If loads of people come up and tell me the colour isnt right I think i'll either cry or punch them in the face. :P
And so it begins (Posted 1st June 2009)
I went on an epic shopping trip today and bought almost everything I need for Neku. ^_^
Alot of the in-game and artwork references dissagree on the colour of his shirt...but in the end I went for what I prefer which is purple with navy blue. I bought some really nice jersey knit fabric which hopefully should be quite nice to work with! I'm also waiting for the wig to come so I can style it. Woop woop! XD