|I have always loved costumes with pink hair, and have always loved the vocaloids, so it only inevitable that Luka was going to be a cosplay of mine at some point. I am really looking forward to making this one!|
|Fabric - Black, Brown, Gold||£19.50||Bought|
|Black shoe laces||£2.00||Bought|
|Glow in the dark paint||£2.70||Bought|
|Contact lenses||£0.00||To Buy|
Woo, actually on time for an expo! (Posted 26th October 2011)
Hehe, okay, its not completely finished, but all that has to be done is 1) sew a few cm of the sleeve, 2) hot glue gun the control panel to the sleeve and 3)repaint a weensy bit of fabric paint that got stuck and peeled.
I would call that done!!!! No thursday/friday night rush, woop!!!! Its a record!!!
All we gotta do is just be friends... (Posted 6th October 2011)
It has stunned me, but the top actually kind of came together without two much of a problem! So when I was cursing myself saying 'Next time I say a costume is simple- hit me", I should stayed stchum, as the lack of a sleeve/arm has actually been nice. And the zip wasn't too much of a problem - it was more difficult matching the colour up with the bias to be honest! ElegantAura did an awesome job sending it through her sewing machine without a zipper foot, so she may have stories that illustrate that it wasn't as easy as I thought it was.
Really can't wait to wear this! This the pre-wonder webbed version - finished pics are up in the photo section.
Luka Leg fest. (Posted 30th September 2011)
This is the finished result of the boots- all laced up and ready for an expo day out! I had to get new laces, but that's nothing. I am really chuffed with the result of these... I am normally a looky-like cosplayer when it comes to shoes, rather than getting it just right, but these are pretty darn close to the actual design.
There was a teensy bit of trouble with the stockings/socks. I didn't want anything with lace at the top- because even though they are pretty, I think it would kind of ruin the look - Luka is already showing a fair bit of leg, and oomping up the sexy factor with lace would push it overboard! So I managed to find these, which aren't too sheeny shiny (there needs to be a bit, but not enough to set off my irrational hatred of da sheen!).
But the problem: they have no way of holding themselves up. So after two steps they had already slipped to just above my knees. Now, Rita's sock at least allowed me some walking before happily whizzing down to my knee, yet it was still a chore to have to yank it up for photos or even to generally walk around, so I was NOT having this! So Pez suggested sock glue- and it is one of the most amazing things next to spray shoe dye. It comes in a roll on form - no paint brushes for me, and i just roll a circle round my thigh, press the sock into the glue, and voila! It doesn't even hurt and aggravate my skin to wash off- which is a bonus as after a long expo day you don't really wanna be scrubbing at your skin for excessive amounts of time because 1) you're tired and 2) your mates will eat all of the chinese/pizza/insert generic takeaway.
All in all: Whoop!
Lots of little bits of love (Posted 30th September 2011)
Well, considering my slightly crazy (i.e very crazy) month deadline, I have been slacking on the journal front, so here is a collective one dedicated to little bits. In the pic you can see my earpieces for the headphones, all shiny and painted with acrylic, then mod podge'd over. I have since placed a bit of fimo (filmo?) into the blue hollow, mainly because hearty is so light and I felt I needed something to weigh it down just a little, because the headband is also made out of hearty. Not that I'm too worried that it will blow off into the Thames or anything as I will glue hair clips to the underside of the band, but I just thought it would give it some more substance. Or because I like to give myself more work, who knows!
The funny little squiggly thing which is a broch is to be pinned on- it was bought on ebay but no doubt I would have struggled and ended up shouting at it if I was left to try and create one. Though I have repainted it to suit the colour scheme - I have this irrational hatred of Luka cosplays that are a very sheeny shiny metallic gold- I'm an ochre gold girl through and through (because thats how my boots came out! Haha, kidding, I think it looks warmer, especially with my dark pink wig).
The stripes are arm bands that were the result of a very productive afternoon, and I am kind of in a little bit in love with them. Mainly because they have the three main colours of her outfit in it, so every time I look at it I can see the end result more clearly! There seems to be lots of little accesories like this, so I still have a bit to go :)
Booty call (Posted 16th September 2011)
Shoes for cosplays normally scare me - but my good friend ElegantAura is a genius with them, and for a recent Tifa costume she used shoe dye. So looking into this I found some in spray form.
OH MY...WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE?......Genius....
No problems with making sure I haven't over sprayed and got the colour too thick in one area, or too thin in another, no weird flaking, no crazy mess, no problem! (Except the weather, but I'm not counting that). All that is needed now is some black laces, which conveniently turned up whilst I was in mid-spray. Woop!
I <3 Hearty (Posted 16th September 2011)
This is hearty. I love hearty, it is very light and simple to use. It is my new best friend in cosplay making, and it moulds/cuts/sands like a dream. And stupidly light - I'm actually going to attempt to weigh this down a little bit with fimo (filmo? I forget what it is called).
Anyhoo, this is what stage one of my headphones look like.
The way to my heart....is a pink wig (Posted 16th September 2011)
I have started where I always normally start with costumes: the wig. Not much to say about this except that it is so gorgeous, and such a rich pink and that it was actually one of the persuading factors for me to start working on a Luka cosplay. This needs a slight trim on the fringe front, and the trademark of the vocaloids of a pair of headphones (which I plan on making using hearty) and this part of the costume is essentially done.
On a slightly more crazy note: I have a deadline for this - no, not the October Expo, but October 3rd, mainly, Uni return day. I don't normally quite meet the expo deadline let alone nearly a month before. So yes, crazy :P