|White segment of cat suit||High||Complete|
FINISHED! (Posted 10th April 2010)
This was a labour of love and I cannot wait to wear her out! <3
Delivery! (Posted 23rd March 2010)
Got up today to find some bits and pieces had arrived for me in the post.
Firstly - another two pairs of the stockings, in case the one pair I already have get laddered or anything. Spares!
Secondly - my gloves. They're made of lycra and come all the way up to about my shoulder give or take about three inches. So yay!
Thirdly - my second wig for this costume. Its a less platinum blonde and suits a bit better. However, needs shit loads of styling so will be getting on with that after Kita.
Also - I got started on my little back pouch thing. Thats now painted blue, I need to start doing all the detailing to it and then attach it to my belt. Haven't got any craft foam for the buckle yet. I need to go into town and stock up on things all in one go.
Getting my arse in gear (Posted 21st March 2010)
So I have about a month left to get this finished for Minamicon, so I decided to actually get some work done on it today.
I've hemmed the shorts at long last and I've started painting the white rim around the base. So far one coat on the front of either leg which I have to wait for to dry before adding anohter coat, drying, turning over and painting the back.
As they're drying near a radiator, they should dry fairly quickly, so hopefully I'll be able to do the criss-cross white pattern on the side of the leg tomorrow.
I have two wigs on the way now for this costume, that will hopefully be much better than my original wig. I really need to clear out my wig collection!
I've also started making the back pouch out of a spun paper ball and that's been painted dark blue. I'll be adding the details as I go along, and gluing in some embroidery string, so it sits nicely on the belt.
Will be making my way into town tomorrow to pick up some supplies for Kitacon, and some craft foam to get started on the belt buckle. I'm hoping to make it the way it appear in game - 3D.
Progress (Posted 19th March 2010)
Well, I decided to try Falsetto on today mainly because I've been loosing a lot of weight lately, and I wanted to see if there was anything that would need taking in.
That's okay, nothing much to take in, though one of the sleeves some repair work already. Haha.
Putting everything together made me realise what I have left to get finished on this costume:
Which doesn't seem like a lot, but its all the fiddly bits that no one likes doing. Y'know?
I tried working the wig I have at the moment, which is a Scruffy wig from cosworx in platinum blonde (because Falsetto's hair is so hard to find the right colour for, because depending on the artwork or game area, her hair changes colour!) anyway, the wig I have, I coloured with a marker to make it darker, but it didn't really work, and the wig just didn't sit right, so I've ordered another one from a UK seller on ebay so work with. Its less platinum, so might not be 100% colour accurate.
Additionally ordered a few extra pairs of stockings in case the one pair I have get damaged or anything.
I will get my arse in gear and make sure this is finished for Minamicon. I'm going to wait until Kitacon is out of the way first.
Belt (Posted 29th January 2010)
Well I have an early shift today, so hopefully if I ignore my desire to sleep I will get my material for my belt and get that started. I'll probably make it the same way I made Celine' cape rail. I just have to hope Fabric Land has its power back so I can go in.
If not, its to the dreaded C&H Fabrics.
I'll try and get a polystyrene ball too to do the pouch... thing on the back of Falsetto's belt. I have no idea what else to call it. Pouch. Honestly, it looks like a grenade.
Somehow I think colouring the wig will be one of the last jobs I do.
But I'm really happy with the progress I've been making on this costume.
Wig and stuff (Posted 27th January 2010)
Well - I got my Wig in the post this morning.
And boy do I not suit a platinum blonde look.
The wig is actually too bright for Falsetto, so I'm thinking I'm going to have to colour it to get some depth and change to the colour to something more suitable. This is what I mean about Falsetto's hair colour being annoying.
Anyway... I also got my stockings. Which have rubbery bits on the inside to keep them up. Its handy.
The next bits that I need to do is all the frilly detailling on the collar and the sleeves. I'm thinking of re-doing the front of the white section with hooks and eyes and sewing the buttons on for decoration... I think it'll look better.
Painstaking painting; finished jacket (Posted 19th January 2010)
So I finished the jacket today. Whoo - two pieces of this costume done! Finishing it just required sewing the velcro into the inside of the jacket to keep it in place and also sewing the other crossing ribbons on the back. Nice and easy.
I've started painting the detail on the front of the suit section of the costume.
I ended up using the concept art for the basic shape and I took bits (basically the dots) from the in game renders cause I think they're a really nice touch. I'm waiting for them to dry at the moment.
It was actually hard to do, I sketched them out first on the material with dress makers pencil (which was sucky) and couldn't figure out the pattern very well because its quite fiddly. But I like the way it looks. :]
Shoe Progress (Posted 16th January 2010)
So I decided to get my least favourite job out of the way and make the shoe covers.
Drew very roughly around the shoe and made a front seam, kept taking this in until it sat snuggly around the shoe itself. Glued the shoe cover into place above where the platform sole it is.
Then for the section that folds over the top I glued some buckram there to keep it sturdy. And I cut the straps that actually do up the shoe as it stays on fine just as a slip on.
I need to make the ribbon that ties up the shoe, attach ribbon and do the frontal decoration but the worst bit is done!
Shoes (Posted 16th January 2010)
Well I had 2 options open to me. Either steal myself against my own problems and the cold and go into town to buy shoes. Or buy them off ebay, be charged twice as much and wait 3 weeks for shoes possibly the wrong size.
I went with the former.
The shoes I found weren't perfect. The best ones didn't have a heel, they were just one big platform. So I'm improvising. Bought a pair of patent red and white sweet lolita shoes that have now been sprayed white. Once that's dry I'll be moving on to the construction of the shoe cover (I hate making shoe covers). And then anything that needs painting by hand will be painted and detailed.
Back detailing (Posted 14th January 2010)
Started painting the back of the jacket tonight. Sadly ran out of paint so I'll need to stock up for over the weekend.
Anyway, basically marked out where I needed to paint with masking tape to keep the edges (relatively) straight. Painted and then stripped the tape of. Voila, nice lines.
I need to paint the bottom hem next, then turn over the jacket and paint the edges of the inside. Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow night after work. That's the plan at least.
Back and more painting (Posted 14th January 2010)
I'm finding Shugo Chara a very good thing to watch/listen to while I'm painting.
So far the seams on the sleeves have been painted and the seam between the white and blue sections of the body suit. I'm going to get onto painting the back tomorrow. After buying some ribbon to make the other crossing sections on the back of the jacket.
I've done the first bit, with the straps fitted with hooks and eyes so it keeps the jacket up better. I'll also be fitting a large snap fastener to the back for safety!
UHM... Once the back is done I'll be chalking out the pattern on the front and painting it
Detailing begins (Posted 12th January 2010)
So I've started detailing. I'm starting on the sleeves, painting on the seams of the different colours to mark them out and all y'know.
I'm going to do the sleeves first and then the front of the suit. I'll have to mark out the pattern with dress chalk first for that, because the suit pattern is waaaay more detailed.
I'm going to make a start on the belt next week probably.
I also changed the way the shite section does up. I didn't like the zip. It didn't look or feel right, so I unpicked it and sewed in some buttons and button holes.
That was fun. My machine doesn't like doing button holes, so I improvised.
It worked though!
Wiggage and beginning of detailing (Posted 11th January 2010)
Well I've ordered a wig I think will be suitable from Cosworx. Is a Lesley wig in 613A (platinum blonde).
So I'll get that styled when it gets here.
I've also got some butterscotchy-embroidery thread to do the goldy strans between the different colours on the puff sleeves. So I'm going to try and get started on that tomorrow.
The patterns on the bodice and jacket I'm going to paint on. I'm going to draw the patterns on first with dressmakers chalk and then paint them on with some gold dylon fabric paint.
Jacket and Suit together (Posted 9th January 2010)
Well the jacket is well on the way to completion! :D
The bottom sections are lined with vilene. And I've put some wires in the bottom. the vilene helps keep the shape of the jacket and the wire also keeps it grounded and allows me to change the shape to the nice curve. :]
I've yet to sew the top shut. I was lining up snap fasteners first. I have the fasteners attached to the jacket, I need to realign the ones on the suit though to keep them in place to get the hugging look. I'm still considering how to keep he jacket attached to suit down to the hips where it flares.
I think its going to velcro through...
Anyway. I'm going to add another fastener to the centre back; and then add the straps to the back, with a hook and eye on either shoulder and either strap to keep them up!
I love working on this costume. It really is a labour of love. I've been agonising over it so much and planning it for so long, actually making it is unbelievably enjoyable!
Jacket Start (Posted 9th January 2010)
Today has been a good sewing day.
I did some more work on the sleeves by adding the cuffs. Made out of white elastine, I need to take them in a little, but aside from that they're alll good.
I made a start on the jacket too, which is teo lengths of the cotton jersey sewn together. I also cut a section out of the back and sewed in the same section but in light blue!
I'm hoping to get the rest of the main bits of the costume done so I can start on the detailing!
Puff sleeves (Posted 8th January 2010)
I've started the puff sleeves today.
Originally I had no idea how I was going to get the sleeves right because her sleeves are striped. Y'know?
Then I was looking at my material and was hit by an idea.
To cut lots of strips of material and sew them together in a big rectangle/square and then cut the pattern piece out of my own constructed material!
So I started with 6 strips of light blue and 6 strips of dark blue, pinned them together. Sewn together and now I'm going to cut the sleeve section. Adjusting the pattern to make it puffy!
Sleeves have been attaced, sewn on and gathered to get the puff puff.
I am hoping to make a start or try the jacket tomorrow.
Started Sewing (Posted 5th January 2010)
After talking to Amy-Lou today I got some inspiration to actually start sewing. It felt good to sit down at my sewing machine and run something through. I had missed it a bit.
It took me a long time to figure out how to do the bodysuit. I had to alter three different patterns to make it look suitable and similar to Falsetto's in game costume. See, her bodysuit has no frontal seam. So I couldn't use a pattern that had a front seam.
I ended up using a KwikSew 2932 (ice skating costume) for the main blue section as it has side seams. The left seam is fitted with a zip to help with shape and getting it on etc.
The shorts are yet amother Kwiksew (I love Kwiksew!) pattern 3239. I lengthened the shorts so they weren't hot pants and have a bit more length. They're pretty much the right length for Falsetto. Need hemming etc. Eventually the belt will hide the seam between the suit and the shorts.
The blue sections are made out of blue cotton jersey, and the white section is a cotton/elastine mix. Nice and comfortable!
Fabric and Plans (Posted 14th December 2009)
I'm mainly typing this up so I don't forget.
I have 4 metres of navy jersey fabric.
I'm going to make the costume in 2 parts.
The white section will be open at the front and do up with hooks and eyes. And there will be a zip going up the side of the catsuit so I can step in and pull the rest on over my head (the usefulness of jersey - it is STRETCHY!).
The giant puff sleeves I have a part of a pattern which is perfect actually for their size and puffiness so that's good.
Reference (Posted 13th December 2009)
So... while playing Eternal Sonata today I was trying to concentrate on Falsetto's costume to really get a good view of the details. I'm getting quite good at having her do the finishing moves etc, so she's the one in the victory shot so I can get a good look.
I don't know how you can take a clear screenshot by hooking up your TV to your camera or whatever, so I went with what I had on hand. I left Falsetto standing in a victory shot - as it ws more a decent back view I was looking for and snapped away.
Its helped a lot because its uncovered a lot of detail on her costume I didn't notice before like the darker blue diamond pattern on her top/jacket. And the same pattern in white down the side of her shorts.
I'm planning on getting my material tomorrow so I can start on this while I'm off work over the Christmas period. I know this costume is going to take me a lot of time. Maybe not the base of it, but all the detailing will.