|Yes, well I know that I haven't even finished the first version yet oTL But I do have some pretty big issues with it and there are things that need to be improved or things that are missing that I don't have time to do.|
CURRENTLY PLANNED FOR MAY 2013. With Charlieparrot as my Sakura!
Re-do green parts around the arm holes
Make the top slightly better fitted
Get a better black top
Get rid of green fabric build-up at the top of the cape (near the buttons)
To be added:
Add all 5 D-rings to the cape
Add the dangly cape things
Make the Time Staff!! EDIT: Probably won't happen again. Lack of job and money and all that T_T
Add white straps to the black top
Make re-enforced cape strap to cope with extra weight
Repairs on Mark I:
Fix the cape lining
Do a proper repair job on trousers
|Add the rest of the D-rings||High||Complete|
|Make the time staff (unsure if I will be able to do this again. Will cancel it for the time being)||High||Complete|
|Fix green around arm holes||High||Complete|
|Make cape dangly bits||High||Complete|
|Fix cape lining||Medium||Complete|
|Alter black top||Medium||Complete|
|Buy a better black under-top||Medium||Complete|
|Make the white top slightly better fitted||Medium||Complete|
|Put in the last 8 snap fasteners (3 for the cape, 5 for the cape dangly things)||Medium||Complete|
|Make dangly cape bit template||Medium||Complete|
|Re-attach cape buttons||Low||Complete|
|Re-make cape white strap x3||Low||Complete|
|Make the white straps for the black under-top||Low||Complete|
|Repair small hole in trousers||Low||Complete|
|Re-attach top buttons||Low||Complete|
|Re-paint the buttons on the boots||Low||Complete|
|Univeral machine sewing needles||£1.50||Bought|
|Red fabric paint||£3.45||Bought|
|Yellow fabric paint||£3.45||Bought|
|Half a meter of bondaweb||£2.00||Bought|
|Press fasteners (Only need 4, but will have to buy a whole pack)||£6.99||Bought|
All finished (Posted 22nd May 2013)
So after phoning the shop I got my sewing machine back! It's working much better now and so I was able to finish sewing the bias binding :D
I then did a test wearing the cape, all of the d-rings and the dangly things... and it weighs a TON. I'm seriously not joking. It's because of the d-rings since they're real metal. Oops >_> I'm going to have to be careful with it as I'm paranoid that my cape strap will break. So much so that I've made 2 back-ups ^^;
Anyhow, all that's left for me to do is to iron it all ready for the weekend!
Getting there slowly (Posted 10th May 2013)
I had alot more fights with my cape lining, but I did eventually get to a stage where I was mostly happy with it ^^; So I sewed the lining and began to sew the bias binding down... untill my sewing machine decided it was going to skip stitches and generally not behave again. I have it a good clean and tried everything that I know of to get it going properly again, but to no avail. I think there's a problem with my machines tension, so I'm going to take it down to a repair shop and see if they can fix it =/
So I can't do anything untill I get it back D:
I hate the cape D: (Posted 23rd April 2013)
No matter what I do, I cannot get the lining to sit perfectly, although I did discover today that I do actually have enough floor space to lay the cape out flat! This helped a little bit, but there are still little issues that I have, whether I will sort these out or not I don't know yet ^^;
More unpicking (Posted 12th April 2013)
Woooo...! Not -_-;
Okay, I unpicked both sides of the cape and the lining STILL cannot be fixed. After much ranting on facebook, I decided to leave it alone until I had done everything else that needed doing on the cosplay.
So I fixed the small hole in the trousers, made the new re-enforced cape strap, brought the black top (which was lovely! Exactly what I wanted. All I've done to it is take in the sleeves a bit so they fit better on my stupidly skinny arms), made both straps for the black top and attached the buttons. I did this in about 3 days!
..But then I had to go back to the cape, urgh DX In the end I decided that since I had nothing else to do, I would unpick more of it, although I can actually get away with only doing half of the bottom edge. Which is a small blessing at least ^^;
-_-; (Posted 5th April 2013)
So. The snap fasteners have been hammered in, which meant I could add the green things onto the cape (I don't know what to call these things!! But you can see what I mean by the photo) and they have now been sewn down from what that photo was taken.
Which means I can now move on to fixing the cape lining (someone kindly stepped on it and messed up the lining. I'm still baffled as to how this happened since the lining wasn't ripped and neither was any of the stitching!). But, it turns out that it cannot be fixed unless I take out both (I'm kinda hoping I can get away with one) sides of the bias binding down the straight edges of the cape D: Which means I'm going to spending a loooooong time unpicking. Yaaaayyy... D8
Cape "dangly thngs" (Posted 25th March 2013)
These are nearly finished, so here's a proper journal entry!
My main problem with these was that white part at the bottom of the green, more specifically: The circular part white part. I tried fabric paint. Didn't work as it wasn't the same shade of white as my fabric. I tried folding the fabric under. Didn't work, it didn't look remotely circular. I tried doing the same method but with pinking shears. Didn't work, was too small and fiddly. So in the end I had to resort to plan D, which was using bondaweb and then satin stitch the edges like I did on my 3D Land Watanuki cosplay.
Once I'd done the bondaweb and stitching, I used fabric paint for the orange dot. Trying to mix the right shade of orange was a NIGHTMARE DX My mistake really since I'd got a shade I liked the day before, then tried to get the same shade the next day :| I won't make that mistake again!
I then got my white fabric (since the front is green and the back is white. Thanks for being awkward CLAMP!!), cut it the right size, sewed them together and turned them the right way out. They then had a well needed iron :)
I also had to make that little green bit at the top which is really hard to describe what I'm talking about... XD The bit that secures it to the D-ring. But it's just a case of strange colouring choices by CLAMP and making my life more difficult!
I did toy with the idea of putting a layer of foam in them to give a little dimension, but you really can't tell it's in there so I'm not going to bother. They'll flow and blow more in the wind better without them :3
And that's it! They just need the snap fasteners hammered into them, but I need my dad for that ^^;
Progress so far (Posted 15th January 2013)
I don't really have anything majorly exciting to say about this right now.
I've changed the green bits around the arm holes. I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to make up some bias binding the first time =/ It was such a hassle to just try and fit a bit of green around them like I did last time. Oh well! They look MUCH better now. I even hand sewed it like I did with my artwork Watanuki cosplay so that it looks nice and neat with no stitching showing.
I've also made minor changes so the white top is better fitted as well as remove all the old stitching that I had all over that area. Not that any of you could see it 8D It bothered me so I made it nice and tidy ^^;
Now that I've finished with the top (For now. I may find something else that I think needs changing later on) I will next make those dangly bits on the cape.