|Time Taken :||Not nearly enough that I should of!|
|Following on from the positivity received on my Kingdom Hearts Yuffie and for complete childhood nostalgia. Part of a wee FFVII group with 1337Pete as Vincent and cosplaymatt1 as Cid ^-^|
I've put 'autumnal inspiration' as the variant because I'm keeping the sleeves on my top so I don't freeze!
Just booked tickets for Final Symphony next spring (google it) so a chance to improve Yuuf further and re-wear is in the equation 8D
To do ist has been ammended for FS concert. Some of it is probably ambitious but hey ho!
To-do list has been updated for Hyper Japan COSParade.
Entered in my first 'parade with Pete and Matt. I managed to improve a few things like make the forearm guard black where it was needed and rivets added to my shoulder guard as well as adding materia to the shuriken and glueing down the velcro on my holster so as it didn't come loose/off. We didn't win (congratulations to the idolm@aster group) but it was such a great experience hanging out and chinwagging with the other contestants and being a part of the performance. I was SO nervous but I don't think it went too badly for my first time :) Plus we were first up! Back on the con floor, ho' damn I swear there were more photos taken than at Expo even! Once we stopped for one photo, 8+ people joined in with their phones and cameras!! Got more great responses to our costumes and props (Square Enix finally acknowledged us, unlike at Expo). One response in particular was from ECG winner Sketch McDraw who we had some craic with backstage also - *chuffed* Thanks once again if you took our photo, bantered with us or stopped to chat ^_^' All of this makes me think I should improve Yuuf more and keep her for future events~
So Expo has come and gone; and what fun it was! It always is, but my goodness the response my friends and I got this year was incredible!!
Hardest part: I didn't make all the aspects of my costume but I did do some of the paper mache work on the shoulder guard. That actually took three attempts to get the shape right; going over a blown up balloon several times [very awkward what with the round shape] with paper and wallpaper glue/PVA and popping it once dry, cutting off the jagged edges, smoothing wallpaper filler over the surface before painting silver. I'm proud that I came up with the idea for the orange materia (is it materia or Wutai's logo thing? 0_o) by doing ditto method for the shoulder part but over a golf ball. To get the shiny effect I finished it off with more PVA. It was then just backed onto a small piece of foam also painted a few times with silver paint.
Easiest part was probably the headband, although I didn't get time to put poppers/hooks 'n eyes onto the back of the thicker white band that is meant to go underneath the thin green one. Also other fairly easy parts were the forearm and upper arm guards.
Problems: The shoulder guard didn't want to stay on my shoulder; whether that was due to the weight from the wallpaper filler or something else I don't know, but that was quite annoying having to hitch it up every so often especially with the abundance of photos wanted taken of my friends and I. I didn't manage to figure out how to clip the thigh guard onto my shorts via garter belt straps but I'm taking on board a suggestion give to me on how to do that hopefully in time for Hyper Japan. I also continued to have problems with fishnet tights (see Kingdom Hearts Yuffie) but again on reflection I think I know what to do when/if I wear Yuuf again. The harness belts didn't want to stay in place on Sunday although they held fine on Saturday which I'm glad since it's the main day of the con imo. Due to the armslug not allowing muich if any movement in my arm, it did make my arm ache but I don't really care because its one of my favourite aspects on the costume.
Due to the time of year, on the veery few occasions I was outside it was absolutely FREEZING to wear, but apart from that comfy. As I mentioned earlier the response was like nothing I've ever received before in all the time I've gone to Expo and cosplayed; so many photos taken and compliments with bits of FF banter thrown in for good measure. Thank you so much if you're one of these people :D
|Distress/weather shoulder armour||Medium||Complete|
|Attatch leg brace/armour to flesh coloured tight & figure out keeping the fishnet up||Medium||Planned|
|Mod top/put poppers on white headband/make 'tails'||Low||Planned|
|Shoes (birthday present)||£23.00||Bought|