|Ha ha, ignore my 'Bishonen' variant - I just didn't know another word for ''non-chibi!'' Holy Roman is still unbearably cute though, especially when you consider what he 'grows up' to be!|
Still undecided as of yet where to wear this outfit. Fortuitously, most of it can be adapted from Lestat, the ruffles and black... Capey Things! I'm expecting the hardest part will be constructing the tricorn hat.
I'm not ashamed of being a shipper of anthropomorphic ancient country yaoi, tee hee! I want to show my adoration for H.R.E! And Chibitalia!
If anyone has any better reference pictures, I would be eternally grateful, and please, all advice on fabrics is not only welcome but encouraged and REALLY appreciated!
PS. Is anyone cosplaying Chibitalia? XD
Love to you all
Mission for Cuteness (Posted 15th May 2009)
I decided I looked too severe with my own hair, and in a desperate bid for cuteness I hacked up an old party wig! It was originally in the style of a bob! My NVQ2 in Men's Barbering has FINALLY become useful. I wandered downstairs and EVERYONE started laughing. "You look like a ten year old boy!"
At that point I KNEW I'd made the right decision, ha ha!
Tricorn and cloak are finished! Robe to go (it's the most difficult part as I can't really make out what's going on in the footage!)
Myself and my partner, Old Style Austria will now be at the big meet up on the Saturday of MCM too. Awesome!
Fanart to the rescue (Posted 13th May 2009)
I managed to find a blissfully high resolution fan art picture of HRE that showed his clothing far more clearly. With that in mind, I embarked on the top cloak piece. The collar is a layer of thin plastic sheeting covered in a layer of black velvet and edged with ribbonish stuff. The clasp I brought for 60p from the brilliant Derby rag market. The velvet was a little expensive but crushed velvet, the cheaper fabric, just doesn't feel right and I am a bit of a perfectionist.
This cloak was the HARDEST thing I have EVER made and the trickiest shape to work out. I was exhausted after and I had to take a nap! It STILL looks ragged and is very much unfinished... Countdown to MCM... Panic!
WHY CAN'T I BE CUTER!? (Posted 29th April 2009)
...Because I have a villainous face. That's why.
Beginnings (Posted 29th April 2009)
Began sourcing my bits today. The thing is, HRE's costume is VERY difficult to see in the hazy, soft screen chibi moments he appears in Hetalia!
Most of it will be informed guesses made by studying clothing of the period.
I tried contact lenses for the first time today, and I was expecting AGONY but... They were comfortable and soft and although the change on my dark eyes wasn't massively dramatic, my eyes are definately blue!
The best quality pictures I can upload of my make up test and ruffle-test (?) are from my terrible quality webcam. But I'll put them up regardless, if anyone is interested.
Still looking for my Chibitalia!