|Modify riding crop for teacher's lash||High||Complete|
|Paint-dye costume PURPLE||High||Complete|
|Find boots (new or old ones) and add gold detail||Medium||Complete|
|Darken gold details with paint to cover purple paint bleeding||Medium||Complete|
|Add gold panel to back of coat||Medium||Complete|
|Fix missing button||Low||Complete|
Finished! (Posted 1st April 2014)
So I got to wear Rufus at Kitacon after all, and a few times at that!
It still looks good though, I think! :-)
Almost Sorted (Posted 24th March 2014)
Well, Rufus is actually almost sorted now. I can hardly believe that I've done this in just a few days. I need to get started with my Open University assignment due on April 3rd this week, but just a bit more purple paint to go on, a bit of gold to paint on as well, followed by the gold details on some boots to sort, one detail to attach on the back and a gold button to sew on and we're there.
Purplefied Costume! (Posted 22nd March 2014)
My efforts to turn the grey costume that should have been purple...PURPLE.
The trousers I ordered as possible replacements for the tight pair that make me walk like a penguin haven't arrived yet, so, I may have to paint-dye the tight ones purple and just pray to the powers above that they don't split.
There are a few other odds and ends to do on the costume: adding gold to the top of the boots, adding a gold band to the back of the coat, and replacing buttons on the cuffs. Chances of sorting this out for Kitacon has increased from 10%, to 40%, to about 60-70% now.
Problems Problems Problems (Posted 20th March 2014)
The costume arrived, and it was done in grey rather than a smoky-lavender purple colour. Drastic measures were taken in endeavouring to get enough purple fabric paint in time to paint the entire thing. It cannot be immersed in dye because of the gold and white detailing, so painting it on was the only option.
Not only that, but the trousers are too small, even though I'd said to use the same measurements as the ones made for the Kratos costume. The trousers for the Kratos costume are very roomy and they actually had to be taken in around the waist. The ones for Rufus are taught around my groin, and my thighs barely fit into them. I can wear them, just, but I walk stiffly and sit down like I'm made of rigid metal. Additionally one of the buttons was broken off the cuffs, and it was definitely not in the packaging when the costume arrived.
Despite this, it is VERY well made. It looks awesome.
Can I save this in time for Kita? Not sure, but I'll try.
Lash Completed (Posted 14th March 2014)
The lash is finished!
I wound purple cotton webbing around the riding crop, and then wound yellow-gold cord around the bottom of the detailed area. The yellow-gold cord and the end of the crop were spray painted a lighter, more metallic gold.
My dad drilled a hole in the end so I could add a screw in eyelet, which I tied the ribbon to.
Weapon Reference (Posted 23rd February 2014)
I bought a riding crop to turn into Rufus' weapon. All I need to do is find a way to put the details on the handle. Then it'll be done!
Wig Bought / Costume On Order / Additional Work (Posted 6th February 2014)
I ordered the costume a short while back. Again, this is a costume that would be impossible for me to put together myself. I knew from just looking at it that the style of coat would be impossible to find anywhere. If it did exist, trust me I'd have bought it and done the amendments myself.
I recently bought the wig, and it's arrived. It just needs styling.
Other than that, I need to do some work on the horse-riding crop that I bought (Rufus uses a lash as a weapon... :-/), and a pair of white boots. I have some white boots somewhere that might be suitable, but I need to find them first. If not, I'll have to get another pair. I'll then need to add the gold band at the top of the boots. There's not a great deal that'll need doing for him. Initially, he's a formal costume intended for cosplay balls, but casual enough otherwise to be an easy wear.