|Time Taken :||Aroung 20 hours of very slow working|
|I absolutly love the series, and I love the character.|
There's rumour of a group at ame 2010, so I may in fact get this done for then.
The costume is complete. I've yet to find a way of securing the hat onto the wig when I'm wearing it, but I'll get that done soon.
The pattern for this dress was a custom pattern worked out with my measurments as accuratly as possible by the ever talented Tofu in Edinburgh. Without this pattern, my dress would not be as fitted as it is. The pattern and cut of this dress is what makes the costume and I'm really happy to have had the help from Tofu ^_^.
The costume has been made from white cotton drill, blue and purple polycotton and some black heavy canvas used as a stiffner layer and for the sleeve cuffs.
The bows are held on with popper buttons and the wrist cuffs are also held on in the same way.
The dress, hat and bows were all really easy to do. The dress has been finished on the seams very neatly, with double stitching going up the 2 central seams on the princess line cut, then a since stitch on the outside of the seams on all parts other than the central back zip seam, which is also a double stitch.
The sleeve runching employed the wide unfinished line of stitching and pulling method and was very easy to do.
The socks are from ebay which will be held up with sock glue and the boots are a Florence and Fred brand from an ebay seller and are very good quality and stunning.
The wig is a Yuki wig, as I understand it, this is a japanese wig supplier and ALOT of ebay sellers use them as their stockist. It was advertised as a "umineko no naku koro ni EVA" wig. It's a little more orange than I'd have liked but I wanted to stay more towards the anime/manga art of Rena. It needs little work to get right too.
I'll be constructing the Hatchet from a short peice of PVC pipe and some Plastizote. At the moment, the hatchet isn't very important since I will be re wearing Rena again.
|Make the hat!||High||Complete|
|Get wig and boots||High||Complete|
|Cut the pattern out||High||Complete|
|create a mock of the bodice||High||Complete|
|Cut fabric for dress, sew hem, seam and finish||High||Complete|
|Create the bows and stiffen them. Collar and cuffs too.||High||Complete|
|attach the bows to the dress via popper buttons||Medium||Complete|
|get non see through black over knee socks and sock glue||Medium||Complete|
|attach said hat to wig!||Medium||Planned|
|look at creating the hatchet||Low||Complete|
|Create the hatchet ^_^||Low||In Progress|
wig issues (Posted 6th August 2010)
So I managed to cut the orange wig you see in the images too short....HOW?! I have no idea. I've never cut a wig too short before so I was really annoyed.
Anyway, I managed to find a UK based wig seller on ebay and found a wig that I think could pass for Rena the wig in person is far more gingery than my photos show, here is a link to the images from the seller:
and I've attached an image of the wig on me with the Rena hat. Still somewhat unsure as to which one to use, since the orange one is...too short now.
The orange wig (Posted 6th August 2010)
Thought I'd put a journal image of the orange wig up too so you can see how short I managed to cut the blasted thing.
ffffffffffffffffff (Posted 2nd August 2010)
How friggin big IS her hatchet?! it keeps changing sizes depening what screen shot you look at!
yey (Posted 23rd July 2010)
The wig arrived today. I admit that it's not as accurate on colour as I'd usually do. But Rena's hair varies depending on what you're looking at. In the anime it's more of a ginger, a very light brown ginger colour. In some artwork it's orange and in some it's light brown.
For this run of the costume I've decided to use a dull orange wig bought from a seller on ebay called "tokyo_frontier"
The seller is good with communication, but be aware that the wigs they supply seem to be somewhat thinly wefted, yet the wigs themselves are good quality. The fibres are nice and fine, are cut well and are of a good quality. I'd recomend this seller for wigs that you wouldn't need to style very much. I don't think many of their wigs would be good for "up" styles. ponytails and very flicky spikey styles for example.
But if you want a wig for Nami from one piece then I'd recomend the one I've got for Rena:
at the back it will come down to your hair line and comes down to your shoulders at the front. the fringe is also long and will covern your eyes. so VERY minimal cutting is needed.
I will likley get another wig for Rena after a while since I think I can use this wig for Nami if I wanted to, if I do get another wig for Rena though, it'll be a more brown colour.
So now I have the boots and wig. The costume is pretty much done apart for attaching poppers to the bows and dress to attach them, getting some sock glue and making the hatchet
Si got a delivery of Plastizote today, 3 different thicknesses, it looks good and I'm certain I've seen this stuff before but marketed as something different......I think it may have something to do with plumbing or something.
Should be a fun experiment.
a minor setback (Posted 16th July 2010)
So the boots I managed to buy for Rena were for women with stupidly slim calves. It diddn't say this on the listing and I thought I'd be ok but no dice.
Iv'e since found a buyer for the boots and have bought a replacement pair and they are on their way to me now. These boots are for a wider calf and are of a higher quality. Whats best is, I managed to haggle the price down to what I paied for the other boots, so theres no real loss.
They aren't in that cute style the others were, but were advertised as "victorian" the only thing victorian about them really is the fact they are lace ups, no cute heel.
The wig is also on it's way, though it might be the very last thing to arrive the seller informed me of the shipping time and I worked it out and I should still be clear of Ame start time anyway so it SHOULD be fine.
I have since made the dress up, the sleeves are on it, cuffs and collar too. The collar is a bit wide, but should be easily fixable at a later date. The dress has also been finished on all of the seams with double stitching on either side of the seam join so it looks all neat and such. This is one of the most stitched cosplays I've done in terms of prescision and acuracy though!
I've got the bows to make and attach, and the hat to make, and sock glue to obtain. and a bit of weight to lose!
Simon is amazing. (Posted 28th June 2010)
Well, last night after Si got home from work. He read my LJ and such and said to me that he would pay for the Rena mats. He said, he wanted me to enjoy the convention too. I'm very reluctant to accept but I dont think he will give me a choice.
So I thought I'd share with you guys some images of the wig and boots I'll likley use:
The wig is nice. I really like the colour and its not a neon orange one. it might be a tad too light for Rena but I really like it.
is the direct ebay link.
The attached image are the boots I'd like to use, but I want to have a scout in the charity shops first, just in case!
I'm fairly excited to be able to make her. I get to make a hat, which I've not done before. But I'm more excited because I love Rena, shes my favourite from the series.
Simon (Junta) is awesome.
Not for Ame (Posted 27th June 2010)
After a long hard think I've decided that I really cant afford to be buying in fabric, boots and a wig right now for Rena in time for Ame. I'm still unemployed so I really cant justify it. Being able to pay bills and live is more important.
She will get done, just not right now.
Things. Slowly.... (Posted 25th June 2010)
Due to still not having a job. I have to be very carefull on how much I spend on this.
I've decided to use cotton drill for the main part of the dress and I already have some black fabric I'll use for the black parts. I'll be then using purple and blue polycotton for the collar, wrist cuffs and bows.
The most expensive part of this costume is going to be the boots and wig. I now dont have suitable hair for Rena, the colour is wrong because I had to dye it again and my hair is getting too long.
I have found some suitable boots on ebay but I'm going to be hitting up Yorks charity shops just in case. I have found the perfect wig though. Its still orange, but it;s a nice DULL orange and not a neon orange and more importantly, it is not a smiffy's wig!
The dress is going to be cut in a princess line fashion. I was lucky enough that Tofu is amazing and was able to draft a pattern just for me, so it's going to fit perfectly....which is nice for once!.
I wont have contact lenses so my eyes wont be blue. I have dark brown eyes naturaly, so boooooo.
Also I'd really like to make her hatchet, but I HAVE to make it cheap, so if I cant make it look good I just wont have it.
On the off chance.....anyone got a pair of size 6-7 brown lace up boots with a heel on them that would fit with Renas style?
The ball is rolling (Posted 26th May 2010)
I went through my patterns today and found 3 that I can use. One is a hat pattern..which is nice, since I've never made a hat before. It looks pretty easy...it has a lining...though I've no idea WHY a hat needs a lining....especially a hat like Rena's anyway.
For the dress I've found 2 patterns. 1 pattern is for the main dress body and its a Butterick 3992, an old period style dress with room to create a high collar and plenty of room to modify it into the style we see Rena wearing.
For the sleves though, I decided that I'd FINALLY tsart doing puff ruffle sleves correctly...and yaknow..use a damn pattern instead of just going "lalala done" and winging it. I admit my past puff sleves have been fine (apart from the eternal senshi...but I'd love to see you get a proper puff sleve like in the artbooks with blasted sheer lightweight chiffon!) but I though, for Rena I'd start to take my sewing to the next level and actualy study patterns properly, start doing linings correctly and generaly just try harder.
Rena isn't hard, but I want to start doing better quality costumes.
My sleeve pattern is being taken from a very very old pattern by McCalls, its a number 7005 and was originaly printed in 1980! I have some OOOOOLD patterns, which is very usefull, since the older ones are often the best.
This pattern has some nice runched sleeves, which if we look at Rena's sleeves, they arent far off. I will be modifying the pattern a little, so that they are also puffed. I am aware that mixing pattern brands is often a bad plan but I've done it before so it SHOULD be fine........right?
So yes. Now I have to pick my fabrics. The dress is a no brainer, it's obviously a good hard wearing cotton blend of some sort and the bows I hazard are similar, but iof a stiffer variety of material....which I will also interface for extra stiffness.
The boots.....may be a bit awkward what with my legs having issues fitting into most boots these days, but we will see.
I'm undecided about a wig for this one. My hair grows slowly and it's currently the right colour for Rena more or less, and I could easily style it. Saying that, the hat would attatch to a wig far better than my hair.