Ectvarr - Ninety-Nine Nights


KitaCon 2010

Kitacon 2010 Cosplay Competition, MCM Expo Best Expert May 2010 Saturday, Eurocosplay 2010 UK Representative




I don't generally like the whole secret costume thing but now I've started I need somewhere to keep track of my progress. I'm hoping to get this done in time for Kita but I'm not fully confident I'll be able to finish it in time which is why I'm not announcing it now. (If you know or guess, please don't say what it is!)
Photos will be added as I work on things.

EDIT: 25-03-10
Most people will be leaving for Kita today so I'm going to finally reveal what it is. She's a fairly unknown character unless you've played the game as she's not a playable character. As far as I know (ie as far as google knows) only two people have cosplayed her before and neither managed to do the complete costume so I'm really pleased I've been able to do the parts they missed out! If you do see me at Kita please be gentle with the costume! It's quite delicate in places and can't really get wet in most places! >< I'm so happy to have completed this!

EDIT: 29-03-10
Really happy with how the costume went, it's a little hot but I'll be making the jacket a little looser (hopefully without affecting the collar) so I should get some for air flow under it! Keeping it in progress for now as I'm still missing the star on the hat and another necklace which I'll finish before May and the zip now needs replacing as it broke but that's a minor job too. Very happy to have won the competition and the trophy is absolutely beautiful! I got so many lovely comments on Saturday and winning the comp really was a great finish to a great weekend! Thankyou to anyone who took my photo too!

Edit 20/04/10:
Had a great time at Minami and had some wonderful photos taken! Still down as in progress as I've still not put the beads on the jacket.

Time and cost list:

4 days spent hunting down fabric, bias, beads etc.
20 Days construction:
8th Feb - Cutting Fabric
2nd March - Cutting fabric
4th March - Dye test 1, cape pattern.
5th March - Dye test 2, sculpting star.
6th March - Dye test 3, sculpting 2nd star.
7th March - Sculpting 3rd star.
(Work on wigs)
12th & 13th - Dyeing fabric.
14th March - Sewing dressing together, sleeves and tabbard, adding bias to all.
15th March - Adding beads and ribbon to sleeves, painting sleeves.
16th March - Painting sleeves, jacket construction.
17th March - Paint sleeves, gradient dye streamers.
18th March - cut out jacket and trim, sew together, ribbon on sleeves, paint stars.
19th March - assemble stars, bias on tabbard and jacket, stretch tabbard.
20th March - Zip on jacket, gradiant dye cape and streamers, ribbon on sleeves, cover shoes.
21th March - Tabbard pattern, gradient dye cape and streamers, cut out skirt.
22nd March - Finish tabbard and paint, sew together skirt, finish streamers.
23rd March - Front panel on jacket, assemble skirt and cape, prepare trim for skirt.
24th March - Finish cape, cut out hat and collar.
25th March - Heat hat and collar, cover hat, gradient dye.
26th March - finish covering, beads!
15th & 16th April - Make, paint and attach star, replace zip, make extra necklaces.

Duchess Satin - 14m - £50ish
Silk Jersey - 35m - £150
Bias - 45m - £16
Ribbon - 6m - £4.50
Fimo - £12
Beads (1047 so far) - £7.80
Fabric Dye - £25
Fabric Glue - £10
More beads (20X90) - 15.39
Fosshape - 3 yards (US site) - £55ish
More fabric dye - £10
More Fabric dye (!) - £20
Fabric Paint - 2.5
Contacts - £20
Cider (no seriously) - £2
Shoes - £13
Ribbon - £1
Beads, thread and zip - £20
Beads, new zip - £10


ryaoki posted on 26 February, 2010 - 23:46
tbh it wudnt surprise me if you were making a full size garidos lmao gogo liz, we ll have to have a cosplay weekend soon!!!! cant wait for this

KhaosKreator posted on 3 March, 2010 - 13:35
If this is the thing you said to me about then I'm totally looking forward to it! -Tab

SephNoir posted on 4 March, 2010 - 12:34
Reiss - Lol no it's not Gyarados. Though we were saying how epic it would be to have a chinese dragon style one made. Tab - It is indeed! The costume of too much fabric!

KhaosKreator posted on 4 March, 2010 - 19:13
For the dying stuff- have you considered using a spray bottle to apply die? It's kinda like the way you do wigs actually. -Tab

SephNoir posted on 4 March, 2010 - 19:27
Yeah my original plan was to do that but it won't work as the fabric doesn't dye with cold water (needs constant boiling for about 40 mins). I'm going to try with an airbrush to see if it makes a difference but if not use paint.

KuroStylr posted on 7 March, 2010 - 18:49
The tantalising journal updates of vague detail that surround this costume intrigue me greatly oh married one! Kita is too far away for me not to know what it is you are making... I need to know! bother bother bother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother botherbother bother bother bother

montblanc posted on 7 March, 2010 - 20:49
looking awesome so far hun :3

Shinigami_ky posted on 8 March, 2010 - 13:17
I'm with Andy. I am confused and intrigued, and also I'm not going to Kita so I MUST KNOW

SephNoir posted on 8 March, 2010 - 16:16
Never! Well, maybe not never, just until the around 25th. (But you know, it just doesn't sound as impressive to declare...) >< I'll upload it before leaving for Kita so you can see it then! Andy, you get to see it early anyway on the way up lol. Shini, boo for not coming to Kita! XP

Shinigami_ky posted on 9 March, 2010 - 17:03
Give me a job and I'll come XD

montblanc posted on 23 March, 2010 - 12:02
looking absolutely amazing! yay i can sneak a peak for real later too XD

ryaoki posted on 23 March, 2010 - 12:12
one of your best costumes yet, i love the designs hun

Sephirayne posted on 23 March, 2010 - 12:33
Looking awesome. Can't wait to see more. No idea what it is but it still looks epic.

Shinigami_ky posted on 24 March, 2010 - 12:24
I'm pretty sure there's enough of it to recognise if I was going to...and I don't... ha, but it looks AMAZING

Shenny posted on 24 March, 2010 - 15:35

ryaoki posted on 25 March, 2010 - 11:11

SephNoir posted on 25 March, 2010 - 11:21
Ooo epic group will be epic! I'll be wearing her for May and Ame too this year and possibly the ball if we go. Gonna make Layvann for Jack in time for Ame hopefully. Should be a hell of a lot easier than this at least! XD

ryaoki posted on 25 March, 2010 - 11:40
fucking epic well if i ever get round to it offcourse ill be aspharr and beccy will be doing either tyurru or inphyy, depending on my lazy skills of legend :D

Sephirayne posted on 29 March, 2010 - 12:47
Awesome. Love the character design and you've done it perfectly.

Taffeta_Rose posted on 29 March, 2010 - 17:58
You looked stunning. Congrats on your prize, it was well earned.

montblanc posted on 29 March, 2010 - 18:02
hope you're shining that trophy on your mantlepiece right now :D <3

same_difference posted on 29 March, 2010 - 18:03
Congrats on winning the prize, it was an awesome costume.

Uni posted on 29 March, 2010 - 18:14
I have no idea how i missed this at Kita! But you look fantastic and the work is amazing : D congrats and well done!

Sephirayne posted on 29 March, 2010 - 18:27
Awesome costume and congrats. You looked amazing. I can't wait to see more pics.

agi posted on 29 March, 2010 - 18:54
So so beautiful, the detailing is unbelievable. so pleased you won, I'm really looking forward to seeing you show it off properly :)

KuroStylr posted on 29 March, 2010 - 19:36
Pope hat! No go fiddle with some kids XD

drowned_panda posted on 29 March, 2010 - 19:57
Lovely costume. Congrats for winning the award!

Umbrav posted on 29 March, 2010 - 23:11
Well done for winning the contest :D Shame it got broken before you had a chance to show it off more. Here's crossed fingers for Eurocosplay!

SephNoir posted on 2 April, 2010 - 23:58
Thanks so much everyone! I was so nervous about something going wrong! XD I'm just glad one of the necklaces didn't break and explode into hundreds of beads! Hopefully doing a rewear at Minami for more photos before the horror that is EuroCos. *Not nervous at all about that!*

Lunar_Kitten posted on 3 April, 2010 - 17:02
Lovely costume - prize well deserved. Shame I didn't see it at Kita but hope to see it at Minami :-)

Charlie-Bear posted on 3 April, 2010 - 23:32
This is just stunning. You've done Ectvarr SO much justice! I never thought I'd see someone tackle this design and pull it off so elegantly. Simply beautiful *O*

Freyarule posted on 4 April, 2010 - 16:49
This is so beautiful!! How did you find the fabric dying? And congrats on the prize, you definately earned it!!! *_*

SephNoir posted on 4 April, 2010 - 17:01
Thanks so much! Definitely wearing it again at Minami! Getting the orange was quite hard! It took me a good hour boiling to get each piece a nice shade (The horrors of synthetic fabric!). Worst thing was the mess it made probably! XD For the gradient dyeing it's surprisingly easy especially with a spray bottle. I used acrylic paint rather than fabric dye as it wasn't possible to boil it. The key is to keep building the gradient while it's still wet. When it dries it gives a more distinct line between the layers so if you keep it wet it fades into each other much nicer. ^^

Freyarule posted on 4 April, 2010 - 17:39
Thanks for the tips! :D and YES you're wearing this to minami, I'll definately look out for you for photos x3

Amy-Lou posted on 20 April, 2010 - 09:32
Really beautiful work, you put so much effort into this and it shows.

Lil-Samuu posted on 20 April, 2010 - 21:16
Much kudos to you for having the patience to make this. It was worth the effort you put into it, it looks really good. :)

Freyarule posted on 21 April, 2010 - 14:09
It was so awesome to see this in person!!! It's so beautiful :D

montblanc posted on 31 May, 2010 - 00:23
eurocosplay yaaay :3 love you liz! you so deserve it :D

Pez posted on 31 May, 2010 - 13:04
Your costume was /beautiful/. Congrats on becoming the UK rep of Eurocosplay and good luck in the finals!

Angelphie posted on 31 May, 2010 - 14:02
So impressed by everything about this, it‘s beautiful! I especially like the gradients and the designs on the back of the cloak.

Lunar_Kitten posted on 31 May, 2010 - 15:11
Well done on the EuroCosplay qualification for this costume - well deserved! :-)

k4tt posted on 31 May, 2010 - 15:19
Congratulations on the EuroCosplay qualification. Thoroughly deserved. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in October!!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 31 May, 2010 - 15:32
Hello England for EuroCosplay =D Many congrats hun and I think Jack deserves an award for being your cosplay bodyguard XD

JakeX posted on 31 May, 2010 - 20:38
You know Liz ive been looking at all the photos that you have of your Ectvarr and i am just still amazed by the accuracy and the lovely colour scheme that was kept towards the character. You totally deserved the EuroCosplay spot :D We all know you will do well :D

Defrain posted on 1 June, 2010 - 11:27
liz you know already how much i love this costume so all ill say is kick butt at euro win it for the chumps ;)

sonia_leong posted on 1 June, 2010 - 15:06
Congratulations!! I remember being totally awed by this at Kita, crossing everything for you at Eurocosplay!!

Ilpala posted on 1 June, 2010 - 15:17
Congratulations :) Thouroughly deserved.

perfectly_purple posted on 1 June, 2010 - 20:54
Yay! So happy for you! Will keep my eyes peeled for Epic Hats Cosplay!

Cosplex posted on 1 June, 2010 - 21:07
Congratulations ^_^

SephNoir posted on 2 June, 2010 - 14:27
Thankyou so much everyone! I've got to admit I'm really just amazed to be getting such lovely comments from so many cosplayers that I look up to and from so many friends! I really hope I do you all proud and I can't wait to see who the other rep is going to be! *Fingers crossed for anyone entering at Ame*

Kacela posted on 2 June, 2010 - 14:35
An absolutely stunning cosplay, I am so happy for you! You really deserve this =]

KhaosKreator posted on 2 June, 2010 - 17:38
Your hat makes you the same height as James! -Tab

hakuloveszabuza posted on 2 June, 2010 - 18:07
Thanks for the comment on my Zhang Fei. I am so happy that you won as your costume was amazing and you looked so gorgeous.

Adamoluna posted on 3 June, 2010 - 11:09
wow, Ectvarr! I've never seen her done before! :) I don't care a whole lot for the game, but ninety-nine nights does have some pretty awesome costume designs. ^^ Congrats on the expo awards, that was well deserved, will be cheering for you in the eurocosplay finals in october! :D

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 3 June, 2010 - 14:43
Your Ectvarr was brilliant you deserved to win. ^_^

White Tigress posted on 4 June, 2010 - 11:27
A very big congratulations :D Im very sure you'll make us all proud in October! The costume is very beautifully done, love the colours!

Telly posted on 4 June, 2010 - 16:57
I can't believe how cute you were after you won! So adorable! <3 Your costume was absolutely fantastic, such a deserving winner! <3

RanmaSyaoran posted on 6 June, 2010 - 19:47
Absolutely stunning. Perfect cloth, perfect props, perfect lining, perfect EVERYTHING! :D

Wildeth posted on 7 June, 2010 - 06:33
congrats! this is amazing and your place at eurocosplay is well deserved. x

Freyarule posted on 7 June, 2010 - 07:46
When I heard you were the British Representative I was so happy!!! This totally deserved to win :) I wish you all the luck in October, I'll be supporting you and the other British rep all the way! <3

NatalieNoodles posted on 7 June, 2010 - 08:44
I never knew who this character was but even then I could tell how uch work you put into the costume :) for a sewing/making cosplay noob like me your very inspiritational <3 Congratulations on winning the Euro Cosplay, glad you'll be representing us 8D

ShikariNara09 posted on 18 June, 2010 - 17:31
This is an amazing costume! <3 Well done on winning the eurocosplay qualifier! :D

Chibi posted on 19 July, 2010 - 23:32
It would appear I have yet to comment on this Sephyface XD Popehat ftw! But now you have to find something with an even bigger and more extravagant hat for October! :D

GoldieNeko posted on 31 July, 2010 - 15:38
congradulations on winning the EuroCosplay UK Rep possition! I know someone as skilled as you will do the UK Cosplaying community proud! ^.^ this was an EPIC Cosplay! Love it!

Progress Journal

2nd April 2010


Yay Kita debut went really well! Had a few minor issues which are now sorted and just need finishing some time between now and May. I'm going to replace the zip and hopefully give it a full run at Minami as I missed out on photos with Silver. :(
Gave up on searching for more gold beads so I've now got pre-strung beads to sew on which will be a bit easier!

22nd March 2010

Not much left now!

Managed to get quite a bit done despite being away the weekend. Did quite a bit being leaving and got straight on with it when we got back last night. Left the cape and streamers drying so they were ready when I got back so the pattern can now be added to the cape. Just finished attaching the last of the pattern to the tabbard too so that can be attach to the dress when it's done.

The skirt is in progress. I can't complete it until I can dye the sides tonight (ran out of paint) and add those as the bias need to go on top. The jacket just needs the front panel and bead work done and that's complete. The jacket is a little tight but it's needed to hold the collar up when that's added.

Going to work on the hat and collar today. The way things are looking I should have everything completed before Kita! Right now it's looking like this:
Today - cut and heat hat and collar, dye skirt sides, paint tabbard, finish streamers.
Tuesday - Cover hat and collar, beads on collar, attach skirt sides and finish.
Wednesday - Finish hat and add beads, add cape detail and finish. Attach everything together.
Thursday - Begin panicking because I've not packed or done any other costumes, finish off any details for this.
Yeah I'm not going to uni again this week. ><

17th March 2010

Getting there finally!

Wigs have taken up more time than I would have liked but I'm finally getting on with everything now!

The dress is now completed. The dyeing took longer than expected but I'm really pleased with the colour (though my mum wasn't too pleased with what it did to the hob!). Painting has taken a while as I don't exactly have a steady hand (I have essential tremors so my hands and legs shake constantly). Luckily Jack picked up some Cider for me last night so that made things a lot better and sped up work considerably! Just need some more to finish it off now.

The jacket is finally sorted. I've never made one for myself before so it took two goes to get the front panel correctly fitted but it's all good now. Just got to cut out the lining and collar today and that's done and I can get on with adding details.

The red sleeves have been beaded successfully. The ribbon still needs to be attached as I'm not fully sure how I want to do it yet, either sewing or fabric glue. I'll probably go with sewing.

Dyeing the streamers today too so they'll be ready soon too.

Left to do now is:
Jacket details
Tabbard details
3rd Necklace
Dye & applique cape
9 days left to go now! I really hope I can get this done in time!

11th March 2010



Woo fosshape has arrived! It seems after messing me around last time, they sorted themselves out and sent it out the day I ordered it!
It was the main worry about getting this done in time for Kita as it's for two main parts of the costume that a lot of the rest needs to be attached to.

Mixed up the dye today. After the red mix failure I've opted for a 1:1 orange yellow mix. I'm going to hopefully dye everything needed today and do the gradient dyeing over the weekend!

Working on wigs today as well to hopefully clear them all out by the end of the week. Luckily thanks to the multiple heads I can work on 5 at a time while each one is drying.

7th March 2010

Day 4 update.

Dye test 3.
Test 2 went relatively well, I think I've got a method now for the orange. After an hour boiling, let it dry, then make damp again, let it dry again and wash. It gives a much stronger colour for some reason and doesn't wash out!
Did another test anyway today this time mixing in some red so see if I could get a more rich colour as it was still slightly pale. Didn't get a good result for the orange but the colour was spot on for the gradient dyeing I'll be doing!
Going to do the final test on monday with just a stronger organge/yellow mix and then do the actual dress pieces!

Got another star done today. Not overly productive today as I'm feeling generally blah atm. Going to hopefully get the final bits cut out tomorrow and get the other star sorted if I'm feeling up to it. The final star I won't be making until the hat is shaped as it needs to fold around it.
Ordered the fosshape last night though so it should come fairly soon hopefully! They did mess me around a bit with shipping last time (saying it had been shipped and then told me they were sending it over a week later with no reason why it wasn't shipped when they said it had been) but I've given them a deadline so I'm hoping they'll be a bit better this time! *Fingers crossed*

5th March 2010

Day 3

Dye test 2
Gave the dye another test run today, I'm getting a darker colour to stick but it's still very pale, I'm considering a stronger mix but it's going to get fairly expensive.
I was considering dyeing it and then just not washing it as the dye didn't rub out when dry but the fabric becomes too stiff. This was after being in direct sunlight so it might need more gentle drying.
I've read that you can get a chemical the help with polyester dyeing so I may look into that along with other brands of dye.

I've started work on the stars today. It's the same design as the back of the cape so it made it a little easier as I've drawn it already. It's currently in the oven baking so photos when it's out!

4th March 2010

2nd day update


Dye test 1.
Mixing both dyes has gone well and I've gotten the shade I need. The only thing I have to do now is work out a way for it to take well. I knew I'd have problems dyeing it because of the fabric I'm using (synthetic blend silk jersey) but there was nothing else I was going to use so it's just a matter of getting around it.
Although I've got machine dye, I'm testing out different methods to get the best result. I know I won't be able to use it in the machine because it washes out too quickly. I'm currently testing out a method similar to dyeing polyester which is basically boil the hell out of it. If it's successful I'll have a good method but will need to still test out new methods for gradient dyeing as some sections need multiple colours.

Oh, and did the pattern for the cape with zero mistakes! Yay!

4th March 2010

2nd full day

Managed to get quite a bit done yesterday, though I've now realised I did all the easy parts and have left myself to sketch up patterns for the hard stuff today. Sent my mum off to get some more beads in town, I've fully cleared out my collection that I had which makes me slightly concerned about the total number I'm going to use. Originally I had estimated about 5k but having only just managed two necklaces out of 1k I think it might be leaning more towards 6 or 7k. Not too much of a bother though, they're fairly cheap so I don't mind bulk buying them really.

Done so far:
- Dress full cut out
- Head scarf cut out
- Tabbard cut out
- Medium and large necklaces made
- Streamers cut out
- Sleeves cut out
- Cape cut out

To do today:
Pattern on cape
Pattern on tabbard
Test out orange dye

3rd March 2010

Finally starting

Although I've done a bit of work on it already. I'm properly starting today! Still need more beads as I've now used them all up on just two necklaces >< and I'll need to get some more fosshape too as I only have 300 and would prefer 600 for this as it'll need to be very sturdy (no it's not another Clow Card hat!).

Wrote up a 6 page list of what needs doing last night, it's mostly for me but it'll give judges a good idea of how I went about things if I miss mentioning something.

Done so far:
- Dress full cut out
- Head scarf cut out
- Tabbard cut out
- Medium and large necklaces made

Long way to go still but aside from my dissertation I'm all done with uni work so I'll be working on just this and wigs for the next 3 weeks.

26th February 2010

Nearly got everything!

26th Feb 2010
Picked up some more supplies today. Got all the dye needed as well as clearing out their supply of beads again but it's still no where near enough. I managed to use about 500ish in the first necklace which is the biggest but I've got two more to make then the thread of beads going around the headpiece. DX Too many beads!
Going to experiment with fabric dye a bit. They didn't have the shade I wanted so I'm going to try mixing two together to see if it'll give me the colour I want. Definitely going to be testing it first before putting it near any final pattern pieces!

So far I've spent one evening cutting things out for the base dress. Got the skirt of stupid weight done along with the first set of sleeves and the separate head scarf. Need to finish cutting out the dress so I can start dyeing it!