Jade Harley

Cosplayer: Amy-Lou

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

27th February 2013: Finito! Sewed the ears to a matt black fabric covered headband as it'll be hidden by the hood. Because of their curved shape they sit both sides of the band and are really stable on there.

Put the hood on with the ears on top to mark where the holes needed to go and then cut them out slightly bigger than needed so I could overlap the tabs and still have enough room.

Add buttons....done!

Note: By overlapping the tabs it adds a pivot point to the hood hem and it will tend towards a point at the top of the opening, if I wear this again I'd add something round the inside hem to hold a nice curve. Maybe horsehair braid or a thin light boning.

23rd February 2013: Cowl/Collar Rounded at the front and pointy down the back. It was pretty fiddly to sew to the hood, so I just did the outside seam properly and tacked the lining up in a few places.

18th February 2013: Ruby Slippers Time! 1. Acquire super cheap shoes in the right colour so gaps don't show.
2. Rough up the surface with sandpaper so the glue will grip.
3. Cover in PVA glue and sprinkle on glitter.
4. Use a piece of paper to press it down (sticks to fingers) and tap the excess off.

5. Magic!

Once it's had time to dry I'm going to do a top coat of PVA to seal it all in.

Also, learning from the last outing, I've added a thin elastic strap across the foot using contact adhesive. Black elastic should blend with the black stripes on the tights and stop the shoes falling off all the time.

15th February 2013: Two Ears! Second ear done :D
Exactly the same method as the first ear, but all the folding and snipping was so much neater with all the edges flush like puzzle pieces rather than overlapping. Urge to re-do the first, but resisting as white doesn't show detail very well, it'll probably all blur out under flash anyway XD

6th February 2013: Ear Fur One fluffy ear done!
I worked this in three stages: Covered the back wrapping over the edges, covered the front carefully cutting level with the edge and finally a spot of longer fur in the middle.

I started off using contact adhesive thinking I could get a thin layer that wouldn't soak through, but it's very yellow and does show in places, so I swapped to all purpose clear glue. Hoping the second ear will be much neater.

Minky fur is the softest substance known to man, I can't stop stroking these!

6th February 2013: Iterating Ears I can't cut any holes in the hood until I know the position and size of the ears.

Going back to my first ears they seemed too small and flat, so I had another go with bigger patterns and some more heat shaping tests. In the end it needed more depth so I added some darts and I swapped to 3mm medium density EVA foam so they wouldn't get crushed easily.
Pictured at the bottom are the final shapes waiting for the contact adhesive to set on the darts, then I can heat them to shape at the sides.

1st February 2013: Alterations Looked at where the tunic wasn't fitting and most noticeably the shoulder seams are hanging way over my shoulders and the horizontal bust darts are slightly below my bust line so it wrinkles a lot.

I had to unpick the sleeves so I could take in the shoulder seams and the side seams to raise the bust darts and reposition the armholes. Then I put the sleeves back on at my actual shoulder width and took the back darts in a tad more before re-trimming the pointed hem to meet at the sides again.

It's made a massive difference, the whole thing looks so much neater on.

29th January 2013: Jade Revisited To keep the hood in place I'm lining it with a normal shaped hood in the same jersey material. As you can see in the photo, the tailed hood is wider round the neck, so I need to cut it back till they match then I can sew them together.

Shortened and took in the seams on the skirt to make it a half circle pattern as the full circle looked like too much fabric around the hips where it was falling in lots of deep folds. Also bought a swing dress petticoat to give the skirt more poof (another way to fill out those folds). I love it, more skirts in future!

21st March 2012: First Outing I didn't finish the rest in time for MinamiCon so I wore the hood down and left off the ears, no problem.
Photo shoot with Kuma and Nert was great fun, though it was mostly messing about on video we still got a few shots :)

Got a list of things I'd like to change now I've seen photos of the whole thing together, as well as finishing the bits still left to do:
- A full circle skirt was too bulky for this design, it's a bit too long and it looks flat standing still
- The top needs altering to fit me, rather than following the default pattern for my size
- Finish the hood and ears
- Glitter the shoes

15th March 2012: Finished Tunic Pointy hem done, slightly longer at the back than the front. Holding off trimming the neckline until the hood cowl is done and I can see what would show.

15th March 2012: Transfer Found a clear copy of the space symbol online and sized it up to fit before printing the outline onto transfer paper. This stuff is fantastic, can't believe I hadn't used it before. The swirl was a super fiddly design to cut out, those spindles get really thin at the centre, but thankfully nothing tore.

15th March 2012: Ears Drew up a paper pattern for the ears, I want to get that cartoon shape with the straight inner and curved outer edge. I don't want them to be flat either, so I'm curving round the inside edge to give the straight line.

Base ears cut from funky foam and heated into shape.

15th March 2012: Hood Progress Hood made from the same jersey used on the skirt. Now to work out those ear holes and tabs.

5th March 2012: Hood Pattern The hood was a real pain. I've been messing with patterns for ages, but finally tweaked something that worked! I looked at patterns for historical pointed hoods and jester hats, but couldn't find anything specifically for a two pointed hood.

For the first attempt I just joined two cones down the centre which left the points trying to hang in the same place down the centre back instead of apart to each side.

Sticking with the two cones I pinned them together at various angles until it looked about right (around 45 degrees). My test fabric in the photo didn't need the full length points on, so I used a shortened pattern. Couldn't shake the feeling I was putting pants on my head.

1st March 2012: Tunic My first attempt was to copy the shape from an old t-shirt to make the tunic, but the new jersey didn't have the same stretch as the old warped t-shirting and it looked really bad when I tried it on!

I then remembered a blouse pattern I'd bought in a sale which is a perfect tunic pattern if you make the front one piece. It's basically a t-shirt with bust and waist darts. Luckily there was enough fabric left over to cut out the new body pieces and the sleeves fitted on the reject tunic fabric. So now I have a comfy tunic, which is inside out and not hemmed yet in the photo.

31st January 2012: Minky Time I ordered Minky fabric for Jade's dog ears as all the dogs I've known with pointy ears have had really short ear fur. I'm going to use that for the main shape and couple it up with a paff of long fur on the inside.
This stuff is so soft! I may just roll up in it and forget about cosplay forever...

Bought from http://minkyfabrics.co.uk/ and they were incredibly quick.

8th January 2012: Basic Skirt I found a soft dark grey jersey to use for the skirt and hood. They had exactly the amount I needed left on the roll, which makes this fabric of destiny!

Jade: Combine fabric of destiny with circle skirt.

7th January 2012: Glasses Arrived! I found some sunglasses on ASOS that looked perfect for Jade, but believe it or not they were too big (if such a thing can exist)!
Ebay then turned up these Potter-tastic 2" round glasses from Korea which are perfect. Must remember to pop out the lenses, or the photographer will cameo in every photo XD

13th December 2011: Doubts Be Gone! More pages have been released and now there's lots of references for Jade's new duds! Black and dark grey for certain :D

....ruby slippers....RUBY SLIPPERS (my house is going to be covered in glitter).

10th December 2011: Wig Salvage I had a rummage through my wig pile and found my old Juclecia wig, which has a wide band of skin top at the front. I did a rubbish job cutting the fringe back then, but as Jade wears her parting on the opposite side I can cover up the mauling and get some more use out of it!

Using a hairdryer turned on low I heat-set the hair to lie the other way in small sections at a time until the parting was right at the edge of the skin top. Really happy with how it's turned out, like a completely new wig.
Was wondering whether it's worth putting some messy layers in so it's more like Jade's hair, but I think I'll leave it as it'll be hidden by the hood most of the time.

7th December 2011: Day 1 gardenGnostic [GG]: im going to make some cozy pajamas!! :)

gardenGnostic [GG]: i think theyre supposed to be completely black, but then it can be hard to see all the details and thats kinda sad :( so im going to go with the more basic reference and make the skirt a really dark grey instead, yay!!

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Solaria - 7th December 2011
ah looking forward to this you're really gonna ace it and suit her *3*

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Felixize - 12th December 2011
As it turns out, I think that the variation in shade (dark greys) along with blacks is what her outfit is meant to look like, after all! http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/04290.gif
I guess it makes sense since everyone else's God Tiers conform to the same 3-shade rule!
I'm really looking forward to seeing this, though! I think you're going to look wonderful~!! 8D

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Amy-Lou - 13th December 2011
Thank you!
Now there have been more pages released I'm confident in my colour choice. It would have been rubbish to break the team 3-shade look anyway :D

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Solaria - 9th January 2012
Ah youre sooooo cute <3

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same_difference - 26th January 2012
Looking forward to seeing this, just hope you have enough grist!

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Anonymous - 18th April 2012
kyaah you are such an adorable Jade :D :D :D

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KiraraYumi - 12th March 2013
You're an adorable Jade!! ;w;

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cowiee - 13th March 2013
oh this looks good!

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Anonymous - 15th March 2013
Such a great Jade!! I really enjoyed reading your journal, too!

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Sephirayne - 26th March 2013
This is great. Love the pics ^_^

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Amy-Lou - 27th March 2013
Thank you everyone!
@nullfl0w - Glad you enjoyed it :)