Noel Vermillion
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

Cosplayer: Chibi

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

19th May 2010: It's getting there! Soooo today I did quite a bit:

- finished the ribbony bits for the arm bracers (as in, attached them to the rings, painted and sealed)
- cut out the parts for the hat
- attempted to dye more fabric dark grey for the thigh-high socks and bust
- painted the design on the gloves
- hemmed the shirt for the top of the dress
- cut out the lining for the sleeves
- sewed all the detailing to the cuffs
- sewed the cuffs to the sleeves
- sewed the lining into the sleeves

And I'll probably do some more later tonight!

I'm actually really proud of the sewing on the cuffs (see image), I don't usually stay this neat XD

15th May 2010: Progress Woot, things are actually taking shape, finally >.>

So the collar part of the shirt was easy, I just butchered a smart Primark shirt and I'm adding bias to it tomorrow :D the little red tie is in the making as well, need to add elastic for the neck (little known trivia: Noel can't tie her own tie, so it's a slip-on/clip-on!) <-- ergo, perfectionism XD
I've cut most of the straps on the shoes now so I just need to start making the bootcovers. Oh how I loathe bootcovers...
I really need to start making the bust and the high socks but in the ref images it's really subtle but they're actually a very dark grey, not black. And it'll bug me if I have to use black. My attempt at dying my fabric grey didn't work either, it came out waaaay lighter than the pack showed D:< so I bought black dye, gonna use it on some leftover white fabric and see what that does, using my "it always turns out lighter than intended" logic, it shouldn't dye it completely black but should get it to the shade of dark grey that I need! Wish me luck D:
I've cut out most of the pieces of the sleeves as well now, I noticed that the top of the sleeves have a slight bell-curve that I haven't actually seen anyone recreate yet! I bought some bra cups and I've cut them to the right size and they're gonna be inserted into the top of the sleeves to get them the right shape :D woot!
Gonna quickly paint the rings for the arm-vice things now, then head to bed, for I tire~

Pics tomorrow!

4th May 2010: Bah So... there was the fabric dying setback. After taking it out of the basin and rinsing it and drying it and stuff it has gone like, cornflower blue (like the background of the CI banner) and it's all tye-dyed D: it's not the end of the world as I can make a nice dress or two with it, but a bit annoying that I have to buy a load of new fabric. Just ordered 3 meters of royal blue cotton jersey online so hopefully that'll arrive by the end of this week

In the meantime I've been working on Shenny's Jin, all the belt and jacket pieces have been cut out, tomorrow (after my uni hand-in) I begin sewing :D

Is it bad I'm more excited about making Jin than I am about making Noel?

1st May 2010: Fuck... Hokay...

Can someone please explain to me why the Dylon hand-dye called "Ocean Blue" has dyed my fucking fabric PURPLE?

Seriously, I'm so pissed off right now, that's 20 pounds worth of fabric completely ruined...


30th April 2010: DYE Yay started dying some of my fabric tonight :D
I bought all the fabric for Noel and Shenny's Jin yesterday, unfortunately the only colour they had in the fabric I wanted was white D: thankfully I had some leftover black from my Ryoko for the black strips on the dress but I had to buy extra white for dying. I've just dyed some of it grey for the bust and thigh-socks and tomorrow I'll do the blue dye for the dress panels, hat and sleeves :D
I've also made the metal plate for the hat! Woot

26th April 2010: Wig :D Yay just ordered my wig, I decided to go for a long one and actually tuck it under the cap like it's supposed to rather than get a short one and cheat :P
I like the way this one is shaped as well, I think the front bits will fall really nicely from under the hat :D

Also, it means I actually have a mid-length blonde wig for my Zelda/Samus/etc cosplays and stuff too :D

Awww I want it now...

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Ino - 24th April 2010
Yaaaay more BlazBlue! :3 Her uniform is so cute, can't wait to see you and your Jin at Expo! XP

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DarkPharaoh - 25th April 2010
yay i like noel although you do know that jin absoultly hates noel O_o

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ryaoki - 29th April 2010
cant wait to see this in may

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Solaria - 29th April 2010
Thankies for the comment on Tao x3
Im now wearing Rachel for May 8D Tao is being saved for October/Midlands =]
Hope we can get piccys together x3 you'll make an adorable Noel!

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Ranma1-2 - 6th May 2010
Aww sorry to hear your dylon woes. :/ I had problems with hand dying too, - but the modern version which you do in the washing machine worked for me ..I got an all over colour. Just takes a LOT of guts to put this stuff into your washing machine, especially if it's new. tbh I did have to give the door rubbers a clean after but they came good.

Oh I mst say I LOOOOOOVE that wig in journal. *__*
and I'm very looking forward to your Noel cosplay, you will look stunning. :)

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Chibi - 6th May 2010
I haven't done a lot of dying really, always used hand dye because when I was living at home mum didn't want her washing to get ruined and now I'm in student accommodation I don't really want to risk dying someone else's clothes!
I've ordered some royal blue fabric online now though, I hope it'll be what I was hoping for >.O atm I'm trying to work on Shenny's Jin to keep me busy!
Ah and thankies :3 I love the wig too, can't wait to try it on!

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street-angel - 7th May 2010
Tip for hand dying, especially when using this type of dye , is that one packet would dye a shirt which is typically made from thin cotton fabrics so when dyeing cotton jersey you've got to imagine it would take that little bit more. Also you can cut out the pieces first before dying the dying won't cause them to shrink this reduces the amount of fabric and means you can work it easier so more surface area of fabric will be exposed to the dye so you'll get a more even coverage.

Hope that makes sense and/or helps at all. Dying is a nightmare XD

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Chibi - 7th May 2010
Yeah I made sure to buy extra dye as I knew one packet certainly wouldn't do it XD tbh I think the reason it didn't work so well is because the basin I have to dye things in is really small
Either way thanks for the tip!

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Solaria - 19th May 2010
Looking wonderful 8D
Love how its coming together x3
You guys get a place in the masq yet? =]
Either wya hope we get some piccys together~

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Keekal - 20th May 2010
You're gonna look fab! Can't wait to see it!

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Chibi - 21st May 2010
Yay thanks everyone, your lovely comments are keeping me going, now let's just hope I can finish it all (+ Jin) in time!

@Nami: Well we've applied but I think we're still on the waiting list D: though Shenny wants to go early to buy tickets and was gonna try and nab some of the on-the-day-first-come-first-serve places XD

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ryaoki - 21st May 2010
ohhh stockings are so accurate, wherd you get thems!

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Chibi - 21st May 2010
I made them XD had to hand-dye the dark grey fabric myself as I couldn't find the right colour anywhere and I didn't want them all black

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BlusterSquall - 24th May 2010
Your Noel is looking so pretty~! I really hope you can get finished for Expo - I so wanna see this! ^____^

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Ino - 24th May 2010
Amazing progress!! :D I think the boots are absolutely brilliant ^_^b Can't wait for the weekend~~

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Mighty Odango - 25th May 2010
I love those boots, you've done a really neat job on them!

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Sephirayne - 2nd June 2010
Wow! Fab costume. I love the boots and the guns.

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nanahara - 2nd June 2010
this was a really well made cosplay ^^

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Chibi - 2nd June 2010
Thanks guys!

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Uni - 3rd June 2010
Predddiieeeeee! *snugs*