Little Sister
Bioshock 2

Cosplayer: Mungojerrie

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

17th February 2012: Distressing done! Just finished up the distressing for the dress. Thankfully the sandpaper worked a treat and really roughened things up. In the end the bottom of the dress wasn't hemmed as it added to the wrecked look. I'm really happy with the outcome of the dress distressing as it looks absolutely disgusting and really fits the look of someone living down in Rapture!

Had a problem with the syringe - unfortunately the bottle won't stick to the syringe properly. I tried impact adhesive like I did with the dowel and it didn't stick properly, so I tried some regular superglue and it holds for a little bit. I'm going to try super gluing it overnight, but it looks like I'm going to have to take the tube with me and re-glue it throughout the day. Also, because of it constantly falling off when the bottle is empty, it looks like I'm not going to be able to put any liquid in it to use as ADAM. I'll probably reinforce this for another time but unfortunately I'll just have to go without this time.

The only thing that's left to do is the collar for the dress. That'll be done within the next couple of hours and then I'm good to go!

16th February 2012: Syringe complete My impatience really wasn't a good idea, having dried the syringe in the garage over night, one side has gone all bubbly from lying on the grass most of the day. I scratched at that side with a screwdriver to try and get rid of some of the bubbles and also scratch it up a bit to show a bit of wear and tear. I have to admit I'm kinda annoyed at myself for not waiting to spray the other side, but at the same time my timescale was really small so I had no choice really.

Fortunately everything has dried out, so I've just glued on the last little bit onto the syringe. It's the bottle cap for the ADAM container. I haven't actually had time to test whether the liquid all stays in ok (which probably would have been a good idea...) but again, timescale. And funds slowly dwindling :P

The only things that need doing before Saturday are the collar for the dress and sewing on the four big buttons on the front of the dress. It's been a long time since I've been prepared for Expo like this lmao.

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I tried following Sands tutorial on Youtube, however the grater didn't really agree with my fabric so I've been thinking of other things to try out. Obviously if they go wrong it doesn't really matter as it's meant to be a grubby wrecked dress anyway.

Ideas for distressing:
- Using an old tooth brush dipped in the red food dye and flicking it at the dress
- Hacking at it with a pair of scissors
- Using the scissors to score repeatedly at a section of fabric
- Using sandpaper on the dress

I'll be giving the distressing a go tomorrow night when the dress is completed.

15th February 2012: More spraying Side 2 has now been sprayed all over! I got a bit impatient and it was definitely touch dried on the other side. I was getting a bit wary because of the time limit and just sprayed the other side without waiting. I'm going to glue the bottle on tomorrow morning and hope for the best.

15th February 2012: Spraying Kind of regretting not doing this earlier, but at the same time, lack of time and weather have hindered my progress in this. But today, finally got half of the spraying done. Just waiting on it to dry up now, but I'll have to get on with the other side tomorrow - it apparently takes 24 hours to hard dry which is an absolute ballache considering I've got so little time left! I'll probably let one side dry for most of the day and then do the other side just before I go to bed and let it dry overnight. As I've still got to stick the ADAM container on (which wonderfully enough also takes 24 hours to dry and I can't risk that not drying by the time Saturday morning rolls around) I'll probably see how things are tomorrow and stick everything together.

Not really sure about the colour but I don't have time to be picky. Metallic grass, woooo!

10th February 2012: YAY Happy to say that the impact adhesive has done its job and everything has set in place properly! Such a relief. I feel a lot better about everything now. The only real problem I have to face in the run-up to Midlands this week is the weather - if the rain doesn't hold off then I won't have a chance to spray paint it bronze :(

Thankfully the worst part is over and if I don't get to paint it, it's not too much of a hassle. It'll just mean I'll have to save the spraying until Kitacon. I'm desperately hoping that won't be the case though ;__;

9th February 2012: Waiting time Ok, so I managed to sand it down to more of a point while I was watching Kenan & Kel, which I was quite happy with! I did end up asking some people for a bit of honest advice, where they pointed out the length of the dowel needed to be a lot thinner. I agree with them, but unfortunately as I'm running out of time, I need to make sure that this glue I have actually works, so for now I've glued it all together. I now have to wait 24 hours to check if it works, and after that, comes the spray painting stage. That's to be done tomorrow afternoon.

I think if I rewear this cosplay (probably at Kitacon), I'll sand down the dowel a lot more or just remake the entire thing completely. Be aware that I'm completely winging this thing as I go so I'm hoping it'll turn out ok XD Once the spray painting is done I just need to glue the bottle on and it's done :) (apart from filling the bottle with ADAM, obv.

9th February 2012: Bottle Ah well, never mind, an hour after I posted that last journal the bottle turned up. It's uh... a bit on the small side. I guess I only have myself to blame for that. I did order everything in a bit of a rush a while back and I should have done a bit more research into it, but I can't really do anything about it now. I don't have time to wait around for a new bottle (and for that matter) I don't have the money either. This will have to make do for now, maybe in the future I can re-do it and sell this one on (if it gets finished that is!!)

At least I know for my sister's syringe that I'll have to get better bottles for her. To be honest, I guess it doesn't look that bad proportion wise (from the distance this photo was taken, anyway). I'm hoping I'll just get over it and be happy with it anyway.

9th February 2012: Syringe I have started on this, but it's a really slow process. I spent 3 hours sanding down the syringe tip yesterday, but you can hardly tell the difference :( I'll have another day of sanding it down today while I have a chance to considering there's only 9 more days until expo... argh. I can't glue everything together until I've sanded this down - not to mention the bottle hasn't even turned up yet so that's another problem to face. I've got all of the spray paint so I can do a quick paint job when it's finally set together. I'm just hoping that it does set properly otherwise I don't know what on earth I'll do. I don't really want to go without this prop because I'm putting so much into it :(

2nd February 2012: Close to completion! The dress, that is, anyway. My sister has nearly completed the entire thing for me, slaving away over gathering a lot of fabric haha :P The only things that are left to do on the dress is the collar and sewing on the four big buttons on the front. I'm going to do the flap over the back of the dress with the 20 or so little buttons on if I have the time, but I'm not too worried if I don't manage to finish that before Midlands Expo.

The main priority is finishing off the syringe before then! Thankfully I did manage to go out and get the majority of the materials needed to finish it off. The only thing I need to do is order the bottle for the ADAM container, as well as buying some red food dye. I'll be ordering the bottles tomorrow, but the food dye can be bought pretty much the night before Expo. Tomorrow afternoon I'll be attempting to put together the syringe with the impact adhesive and provided it sticks, I'll be spray painting the entire thing bronze at a later date. I also have to sharpen the needle part of the syringe, but I'm going to start doing that tomorrow as well. It's going to take some time as I have to sand down the entire thing D:

2nd February 2012: Dress progress Finally started making some more progress on this. Been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to :( The dress is sewn together now, just needs the collar and sleeve cuffs putting on it now, possibly hemming at the bottom as well (but unsure whether to do that or not to stay with the ragged look of the Little Sisters. The skirt has been gathered which I absolutely love as it gives the whole dress a swooshiness about it :D

The apron is in progress at the moment as well, literally just started it this moment. A bit unsure as whether to make it a separate piece or not, but leaning more towards sewing the main bulk of it onto the actual dress so that it doesn't fold over. I've had that problem a lot before with cosplays and I'd like it to be sewn on if we have the time.

Unfortunately I've made zero progress on the syringe as well, but I'm going down to B&Q later with the petrol pump to see if I can find a wooden dowel to fit into it. I'll also be getting some impact adhesive while I'm out, then I'll have a go at glueing it all together. If the impact adhesive doesn't work properly, I've got a back-up plan if the impact adhesive doesn't work out, but I'll have to order that off eBay pretty soon to ensure it arrives. It's much more of a hassle than the impact adhesive so I'm just praying it works out haha. Also going to be ordering the correct bottle shape for the ADAM container. Unfortunately they only come in packs of 10 which is annoying, but ah well. At least I'll have some spares when they're needed XD

18th October 2011: Dress The top part of the dress was completed the day we got the material XD Zoe has been hard at work finishing off the dresses (she is a genius) and I think she's part way through getting the skirts finished off. I need to go home at some point so that she can gather the skirts (cue me playing hours of Spyro while I stand there for ages).

Our ADAM syringe bases arrived like two days after we ordered them XD I'm quite happy with them but they're gonna take a bit of modifying. We've already got the gold/bronze paint ready for whenever they need colouring. I'll be getting wooden dowels for the pointy bit on the end and I think Zoe said that her boyfriend will be making the ADAM containers light up for us which should be awesome :D Very much looking forward to getting this done!

Really going to hate ripping up the dresses though. I just can't bring myself to do it XD

12th October 2011: Material all bought :D Went out to the giant local material shop today with this reference and managed to snag all the material for this cosplay for under £20 :D We're currently starting on the dresses now!

We've just bought the ADAM syringes as well. Luckily there were only two left in stock and we managed to nab both of them :D They'll be arriving in about 4-6 days. My sister just told me she already has some gold paint as well, so I'll spray paint them both when they arrive in the week.


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FlyingMammal - 4th February 2012
seriously, stop with the teasing. hurry up and put photos of finished - both of you finished that is XD get on with it Zoe ;P hehehhehe sorry i'm just messing about, but really look forward to seeing these (still doing two right?). ohhh daddy doooollly too! niceee.

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Starbucks dad - 5th February 2012
Agreed! We need Photos!

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Solaria - 9th February 2012
Reallyyyy cant wait to see this your syringe is soooo perfect <3
Ima try remember my camera so I can take some pics if tahst okay <3 *3*

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Mungojerrie - 9th February 2012
Aww Jenn thank you so much! ;___; And of course you can! :D

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Yasmia - 18th February 2012
I'll be looking out for you tomorrow! I'm sure you'll look awesome!

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FlyingMammal - 18th February 2012
iiiii neeed pictures nowwwwwwwww *waits*

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HarryKurt - 19th February 2012
Amazing cosplay. *__* Can't wait for pictures!

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FlyingMammal - 20th February 2012
lllook at you :D this makes me happpppy

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Starbucks dad - 1st March 2012
Superb!