|As I play more and more of Graces, I adore Sophie more and more!|
I was originally going to be babby Cheria for the childhood group at Kitacon, but I think I like Sophie more, and Sophie is a costume I'll be willing to wear again with or without the group.
Not sure if I'll do the gauntlets yet, I guess I'll leave them til last.
What an adventure this cosplay has been! I've tried a bunch of new things and I'm so happy with how it's all turned out c:
The wig gets a special mention here because it's my most adventurous wig to date! I wanted to have the actual ponytails rather than clip-on twin-tails, so I used the wefts from my twin-tail wig to make a back-parting. It didn't turn out symmetrical but for a first attempt, it's not too bad! The bands are just craft foam coloured in with marker. I may redo the whole thing for re-wears...
My favourite bit! Blue lycra, with pink and grey detailing made from scraps from the other parts of the costume. The bits at the top are sofa foam.
Pink jersey fabric with dark pink lycra bias binding and a white bodycon collar. The collar is detatched so I can take the pink suit off with the grey one for using the bathroom haha!
Grey double knit jersey. I may add the lines in the future but I'm happy with it as it is. I put an invisible zipper down the back for ease of getting in/out.
The belt is white bodycon and black cotton. The leg things are white bodycon, and the rings are just curtain rings painted gold. See my journal for an excellent and not poorly-worded account of how I made them!
-Ugg-style boots folded down and covered in white bodycon and lilac jersey. I used a shower curtain ring/eyelet for the hole, and painted beads for the chain.
To be worn with
Kirarayumi as Asbel Lhant
Infinitejester as Richard Windor
Slimdefinition as Richard Windor (adult)
KITACON INVASION: I regret changing into this while I was still hot and bothered from travelling and carting around my luggage, as I was really warm and uncomfortable for the entire time haha! Sadly my wig collapsed en-route so my twintails were droopy, but I have a plan to fix it for Japan Expo. I may remake the grey suit out of a thinner material too, just so I won't boil in the summer heat c:
The costume was really well received though and I'm so happy with it! Just that darn wig ahaha!
JAPAN EXPO: I somehow survived the day, despite it being 25' outside! I'm really happy with how the wig turned out in the end, even though it needed a bit of emergency superglue just before the contest. The contest was great fun, everyone did so well! As I expected, I didn't get beyond the first round, but I'm so so proud of Exeliax who made it all the way to the final!
Thanks to Yves Tennevin for filming and uploading my performance. I must admit that I have the stage presence of a bean haha
Wig #2! (Posted 28th June 2014)
I finally finished fixing up the wig. The ponytails are still a bit horizontal for my liking buuut at least they don;t droop any more!
Gloves (Posted 20th March 2014)
Surprisingly easy to do! I started out by measuring and cutting out 4 rings of sofa foam, and then doubling up these rings to make the thick section at the tops of the gloves. I covered these in blue lycra. They look like arm swimming bands! Or donuts!
I love my donut gloves <3
Adventures in wig wefting (Posted 14th March 2014)
I hate everything that resembles a 110cm lilac wig. Especially ones with pigtails!
The back parting was done with wefts taken from clip-in ponytails. Next time I'm just going to buy a pack of wefts, because all the ones from the clips were too narrow and I had to sew them together to get the right lengths! I followed a tutorial from the internet to do the parting, so the process itself was fairly simple, I just had to keep brushing the wig to keep it neat.
Photo was taken with flash, so naturally it looks shiny as hell and for some reason the teeny gap at the back decided it was going to look hella obvious.
Body suits (Posted 12th March 2014)
I was dreading making these because I've never done anything like them before! But they're going much better than planned! I bought Kwiksew pattern 2722 and it's the best decision I've made in cosplay ever, I swear! All I had to do was cut straight on the back section rather than follow the curve for the 'hole' in the back and include a zip c:
The pink one is taking a little more work. I cut the pieces, but then sewed only the lengths I wanted, leaving the rest loose for editing. I then tried it on inside out and roughly pinned where I wanted the cut-out sections to be. I then neatened them up and made them symmetrical before cutting them out and hemming the legs. Now I just need to make and add all the bias binding (I'm using leftover fabric from PB for this as it's a great shade of hot pink!). I'm cheating a bit and am going to attach the pink suit to the grey one for ease of getting it off and on. Sadly this means I'm going to have a seam up the back of the pink suit buuuut it's an accuracy sacrifice I'm willing to make if I want to be able to go to the bathroom in this costume!
The wig is not behaving itself :/ I'm going to spend my next day off shouting at it.
Leg thingies and suspender belt (Posted 6th March 2014)
All done and dusted!
The belt was a similar process. I first of all measured out and pinned a doubled-over strip of bodycon but didn't cut it out. Next, I positioned a diamond shaped paper pattern on each side to create the suspenders. With these in place, I cut the whole shape out. This way, I didn't have any visible seams. To reinforce the suspenders, I cut out another diamond for each side and sewed them to the attached ones before turning them inside out. I then rolled the belt part over and folded the edges in, so the seam was on the underneath edge.
This was a very awkward explanation of how I did things... at some point I will take a photo of the whole ensemble!
Progress (Posted 2nd March 2014)
I've finished the boots (see pic). I bought a pair of ugg-style boots in the sales for £5 and folded down the top to get the right height. I covered the folded over bit in white bodycon and cut a hole (with great difficulty!) for the eyelet. Next, I cut out the necessary shapes and covered the rest of the boot in lilac jersey. Finally I tied lengths of ribbon into bows and stitched them onto the back of each boot, and put a shower curtain eyelet into the hole in the right boot. Not shown in the picture is the chain, because I only just realised I don't have enough beads for it. Luckily I've just found some big rectangular beads online for just over £2 that should do the trick!
The wig has been prepped for wefting, in that I've tied as much as I could into bunches and taken the wefts off the clips.
The leg thingies are well underway! I've painted curtain rings gold, and I'm in the process of cutting white bodycon into shape.
Wig 1 (Posted 21st January 2014)
My plan to make a back parted wig is underway! I have acquired, on the recommendation of Kirarayumi, a twin tail wig. I intend to remove the wefts from the clip-on tails and sew them into the base wig. Luckily, the wig was quite cheap so if all goes to hell, it's okay. I also still have time to order a new wig!
Adventures with fabric (Posted 5th December 2013)
After a 5 and a half hour round trip to the fabric shop (this one is really awkward to get to OTL), I have acquired some fabrics for this!