9th January 2011: Base of umberella progress I finished sewing up all the black pannels and pinned them onto the red pannels to see the overall look of the base of the umberella. Umberella weighs about a ton... okay I lied, but it's so heavy that it feels like carrying a ton!
Next step is to make Nago which will be my first time making a plushie so wish me luck!
3rd January 2011: Nago W.I.P Rachel cosplay did not feel complete without Nago and since I will be rewearing Rachel for MinamiCon and possibly Midlands Expo 11, I decided I need to get a move on with Nago, otherwise I may not have the chance to rewear Rachel for another time for Nago.
I brought 4 metres of black fleece and 2 metres of red fleece because the fabric makes Nago look plushie-like. I started off by cutting 8 pannels of both red and black fleece, then sewing them together by hand. I'm pretty insane for hand sewing, but the fleece fabric is so thick that it would constantly break all my machine needles, so thought it was best to sew by hand despite the amount of time it would have taken. Umberella was brought from Sports world for £2.99 and I have taken the fabric layer off in order to add the pannels of red fleece.
Overall I'm fairly happy with the result because this was my first attempt and all the red panels fit perfectly onto the umberella. Hopefully will have some success with the black pannel layer aswell as making Nago itself.
9th November 2010: Gii plushie Gii plushie is now complete and it's all thanks to my friend Sara (Sephy-Chan) for doing most of the hard work by buying the fabric, making the base of Gii & stuffing it with plushie fillings, then I did the rest of the work (wings, eyes, feet etc...) I offered to pay for the fabric and her hardwork, but she did not accept the money. I still feel a little bad, so I must buy her a present.
27th October 2010: That darn Skirt of DOOM!!!!! Gah! Just when I thought the skirt was done and dusted, I had a final test of the entire cosplay and realised the final result of the skirt turned out way too poofy. Yes! Rachels skirt is meant to be massive and poofy, but my skirt is wayyyyyy over the top and whats worse is that it makes the final layer of the skirt pushed back, so you can hardly see it from the front view! Only 3 days left to fix this problem *fingers crossed*
Sorry for the ever-so bad photo! It was taken during the night with the timer on the camera so I can not guarantee to get good pics, plus I had a pile of mess with spare fabric on the right <.<"
24th October 2010: 90% complete Costume is coming along quite nicely *dances* This weekend I worked really hard on the costume and managed to complete the wings. Also I have adjusted the overskirt to the right length and shape. Oh I can't believe the adjusting of that damn pain in the arse skirt has come to an end :)
I still need to add the 2 crosses on the skirt and make the boot covers (which is not greatly nessecary) but this will not be the end of it. I have no experince in making plushies and I kinda dread to think how my Gii and Nago will turn out. Nevertheless, Rachels costume still looks good on it's own.
19th October 2010: Approx 80% complete Bodice is now complete which means I only need to finish the final layer of the skirt with wings ^o^ and of course I cannot forget Gii and Nago. My friend Sara (also known as Sephy-Chan) has offered to make Gii for me if I struggle. Thanks so much, but I will probably attempt it and if all fails, then Sephy-Chan to the rescue!!! The rest of the costume is pretty much complete, however will need minor adjustments such as cutting the fringe, ironing the entire thing, tighten the sleeves and possibly adding straps to bodice for more support.
Overall, it's not the most accurate or best Rachel cosplay, but I'm happy I managed to get somewhere with this costume as Rachel's dress is not easy to make.
Auchinawa, here I come!!!!
17th October 2010: Shawl complete I woke up early today and decided I need to get a move on with this cosplay, so I spent absolutely hours to try to get the shawl complete and eventually got there ^^ It's not the most accurate thing, but still works well for Rachel.
(and I look moody as usual in photos)
16th October 2010: Shawl W.I.P I totally lost count of the maount of times I accidently stabbed myself with pins and needles, my poor fingers *cries* plus I broke 2 machines needles!
Shawl is approximately 80% complete, what is missing is the red line which goes across where the collar joins to the shawl. I'm so not happy with the applique, all the lines are messy, oh well... at least it's a little difficult to notice unless you stand real close to me <.<
Btw, shawl does not lay out flat, so not the best picture.
10th October 2010: Sleeves and bow After so many hours of work this weekend, I only managed to complete the bow and sleeves which took almost 5 hours in total! OMG! I seriously thought it would take a maximum of an hour per sleeve. This is the first time I've used a sewing machine to applique in a year since my old sewing machine broke, I had to hand sew my Sakura and Romeo cosplays back then, so I guess it was a matter of getting used to doing applique with my newer sewing machine.
I'm not 100% happy with the sleeves since they are not indentical, but surely you cannot notice right?
6th October 2010: Overall 65% complete Note that I'm not wearing my 4 inch boots and the skirt length was made 4 inches longer on my bare foot. Also the layers of the skirt are still yet to be sewn together, so my poor hoop skirt was feeling the uneven-ness (is that even a word?)
I've started to work on the red details and fairly happy with how the bow turned out. I will make a brown ribbon from left over fabric from my Sakura DVD box dress and then it will be attached to the shaw. Also started on the red wings and needs some slight adjusments.
Another thing you may have realised, that the lacing is now complete *happy dance*
30th September 2010: Costume base ~ 80% complete Oh gawddd!!!! costume is absolutely killing me, but hoepfully worth it when everything is done and dusted. Base of costume is approximately 80% complete, the other 20% is sewing all the layers of the skirt together such that it sits comfortably on my waist, hence why I'm holding the skirt for a little bit of support in the photo and still yet to make the final layer. I swear, the skirt is even, but using the timer on the camera and running at the back of the room whlist holding the skirt at the same time = fail!
On the other note, I recently found some suitable fabric for Gii and Nago. The fabric I choosen was fleece, so it will be plushie-looking. However, not sure if it will be in time for Auchinawa *fingers cross it WILL* and wish me luck as I have no experince in making plushies, so it will be my first!
26th September 2010: Laces and bodice Whlist working on Rachel's bodice, I looked closely at the reference artwork and it seems as though the white details on the skirt are ruffles and the white details on the bodice are laces, however don't quote me because this is what I see and I know other Rachel cosplayers may think differently. Since, I was collecting my Rin (FSN) cosplay from a friend, I quickly went into the markets and brought 4m of white laces for £1. It's not the most accurate pattern, however I can not find any other better pattern, so I'll have to stick with it. I only needed 2m as a mximum but it was sold in 4m. The advantage of using laces is that it will save a lot of time and effort make ruffles as I am dead lazy.
I only just started to hem the bodice and add the laces on the front, so hope to complete the back when I get off the computer.
21st September 2010: Sleeves and Ruffles W.I.P A few progress' this week
1) Hemming the outer skirt (middle layer)
2) Working on the sleeves
3) Making ruffles
4) Making the bodice
This is killing me as it took up my entire free time and I lost a lot of sleep, but hopefully it will be worth it.
5th September 2010: Over skirt W.I.P Very slow progress, but will eventually get there. Making Rachel's skirt is more then a pain the arse. The layers of skirt is very heavy which drags the skirt down making it look longer then what I started with, so I had to adjust the hoop skirt and all the layers of the skirt again! I'm in a frustrated mood because it took so long to make each single layer. However I given up adusting the layers until I make the final layer, then all the adjusting will start again. The 2nd and 3rd layer is made out of cotton. The colour is dark blue/black, however it is very difficult to notice the subtle tinge of blue.
Photo was taken with the timer on my camera, so not the best progress shoot, but you'll get a rough idea how the skirt will look like. Also, skirt is very twisted as I still yet to line the layers up and sew them together.
9th August 2010: Underskirt ~ 80% Yey, managed to get a progress picture of the underskirt. My bedroom is in the current process of being refurbished, so bear with the amount of space and rubbish around my room. picture was also taken in the night using the timer on my camera, so I can only post really bad pics!
Anyways, I'm pretty much happy with the poofy skirt & it defys gravity too! I still need to complete the hemming on the bottom of skirt and adjust the elastic on the waist to make it perfect fitting. Now I seriously can't wait to make the rest of the costume!
Something off-topic, but my friend will be buying a PS3 and BlazBlue game for my birthday & Christmas. Haha! I know it's only 4 months away, however he knew that I loved the game when I played it at his house. Gawd! he did not have to spend so much money on me, but I really appreciate how generous he really is! he really don't have to....
8th August 2010: Update I have not forgotten about this costume or kept it on hold. My entire house is in the current process of a revamp which includes changing wallpaper, carpets and rewiring for new plugs and sockets, hence the ever so slow progress. I really want to get a move on, so I hope the revamping will be completed soon, so I can carry on. Right now, I'm tempted to handsew as my sewing machine is packed away and can't be bothered to take it out. Hmmm.... it might be quicker if I handsew rather then wait for the sewing machine, but we'll see how I feel.
Progress-wise, I have almost completed the white underskirt made from white cotton @ £1.50 per meter. The fabric was a lucky find at the Birmingham rag markets as it was high in quality at a low price that I cannot resist to buy 12m. Anyways Rachels dress is MASSIVE and if I get any left overs, then I can always use it up for either Misaki (Angelic Layer) or Nanoha (MGLN).
No pictures as my room is in a big state, but will definitely have pics after the revamp of my nice new room.
28th June 2010: Rabbit ears COMPLETED! I'm back onto working on Rachel after a while since the fabric for Ame's cosplay still yet to arrive through the post.
Since I have made Fate's hair ribbons (from Nanoha) which are pretty much similiar to Rachel's, expect they are a lot smaller and point in a different direction. I've decided to scrap the method of using hemp and use the same method like I did with Fate's ribbons which gained some success!
I'm pretty much happy with the result as the rabbit ears maintained their shape and secured on the wig.
I just realised the fringe needs cutting as it hides my vision and Rachel's fringe is supposed to be short, so will cut it for accuracy.
30th April 2010: TEST - Bunny hair ties Okay, I'm wearing my PJs and my room is a HUGE mess! please ignore as it was after 2am and I always make a mess when working on cosplays. Anyways.....
I was meant to be working on my AmeCon and May's Expo cosplays as a priority since Rachel is not to debut until Auchinawa, however I was in the mood to work on Rachel. Whlist Auchinawa is a while away, I REFUSE not to join the Blazblue group.
Rachel's hair ties are nicknamed as "Rabbit ears" because of the long and pointed shape. The thing which I am curious is how to make them gravity defying with the ears pointing the correct direction and without making them too stiff or thick?
I started to gamble and use the trial and error method with a material called hemp and the result was quite pleasing. I like how the massive hair tie sits on the wig, so next step is to cover them with black fabric once I get out next weekend for a Rachel fabric hunt. However, I am worried that covering the hair tie with black fabric will put more weight, so it may effect the gravity defying effect and the way it points T_T Looks as though I may have to go through another trial and error once I have the fabric.
Apart from the hair ties, I've started to re-laced my Rachel boots which took approximately 10 minutes per boot. I am pretty happy with this attempt so I think I'll leave them as they are. Will post pictures of my re-leaced boots soon.
13th April 2010: MASSIVE skirt W.I.P I have started to adust the hoop skirt to make it the right length and poofy-ness, so I get a rough idea how much fabric I will need for the upper layers of the skirt. Overall I am pleased with the result though might adjust the upper half of the skirt as I go along, but... I dunno, we'll see as I make more progress.
Picture was taken by timer and after when I was knackered after work, so ignore my uniform and my expression. By an optical illusion, the poofier the skirt, the more shorter a person will look. Funny enough, I am slightly too tall for Rachel (haha! I think for the first time I am cosplaying as someone shorter then me) Rachel is 145cm and I am 156cm.
8th April 2010: Boots W.I.P Sadly Rachel's shoes make no sense. Is it really possible to walk in those platforms? I guess every Rachel cosplayer will have to face inaccurate shoes unless they can walk on their toes all day or don't care about falling over several times.
I really wanted platform boots for Rachel (with a heel of course), however I am too worried about twisting my ankle. Infact I used to own a pair of platforms & almost fell down the stairs 3 times, but luckily I was holding onto the rail which stopped me from rolling down the steps. I rather not take the risk of hurting myself again, so I brought a pair of boots with heels. Good thing I am used to high heels! The heel is approximately 8-9cm high and ironically very comfortable.
Boots will need adjusting. I started to change the colour of the laces to red and will paint the soles into Sliver. Gah! How much I hate lacing boots? It's time consuming because I suck at shoe laces and defintiely not happy with the final result. I will need to re-do the lacing again and hopefully get it right.
I will eventually get somewhere!
Apart from the boots, I also have a petti coat which will be good for the poofy skirt. It will need some adjusting since it drapes onto the floor, but that should be an easy job (hopefully)
OMG! I only just got started and still got a long wayyyy to goooooo.... *fingers cross I will have the time and money to complete this by end of the year*
22nd March 2010: Wig I'm excited already! I already own a wig suited for Rachel because in the past I've always wanted to cosplay as Utau from Shugo Chara! and Fate from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, so I brought a blonde wig with 2 ponytail extensions. Ironically Utau, Fate and Rachels hair is very simliar, so decided this wig will work for Rachel.
At least my worries regarding spending more monies for a wig will be over, but I'm dreading how much more dosh will I dig out for the rest of the costume. I don't want to see money as an objection to this cosplay, so if time allows I REALLY want push this cosplay forward for Auchinawa 2010! Damn Spirit_of_the_stage for making me play this game and loving the character & costume so much!
PinkCharlieBear - 12th April 2010
This is going to look amazing! Your really talented and bigskirts seem to be your speciality. So I really look forward to this!!!
I love Rachels design :3 I'd love to have photos with you when I finish Litchi 8D
Solaria - 12th April 2010
Boots are looking Very sexy 8D
You'll make a very cute Rachel! More tea princess?
charlieparrot - 10th October 2010
This looks amazing!! I don't even know the character or series but I LUV this outfit!! It looks beautiful! :)
nanahara - 10th October 2010
this is looking awsome ^^
Anonymous - 16th October 2010
Wow, progression is fantastic. Keep it up, looks awesome. 8D
KiraraYumi - 16th October 2010
This looks so amazing! You're doing an awesome job on it, can't wait to see how it all looks together!
yami-no-neko - 19th October 2010
awww you make such a great Rachel. It looks amazing so far
Bambi. - 24th October 2010
YAY Rachel!! will Nago and Gii be accompanying you ^^
It's coming along great! Wish I was there to see it >.<
Ichigo-Chan - 24th October 2010
Thanks for the comments everyone!
I will be wearing this to the Expo next week (Saturday only) so if your there, you may have a chane to see it.
Yes, I will be making Gii & Nago and they will be with me for Auchinawa, but sadly I will not complete them in time for the Expo. Anyhow, I do not fancy carrying Nago all day, especially on the train journey.
cowiee - 27th October 2010
You look fantastic, this dress is amazing! (:
Anonymous - 27th October 2010
*bows down in envy* you're skills truely are awesome!!!! and the dress looks amazing on you! ^^
Pandora-Chi - 31st October 2010
Oooh I think I saw you on the day but couldn't get to you for a phot0 :( You looked amazing though ^_~
Ichigo-Chan - 31st October 2010
Thank you ^^
I'll be re-wearing Rachel again for Auchinawa 10, Midlands Expo 11 and whenever my friend finishes her Taokaka cosplay which will be either for KitaCon 11 or AyaCon 11, so you may get a chance to see me again.
Lady Bahamut - 4th November 2010
You looked EPIC. I simply cannot describe how amazed I am by the size of your dress 8D
Anime_Angel - 8th November 2010
you sure are legendary with yer costumes^__^
Bambi. - 9th November 2010
Giiiiiiiiiiiiiii!! Yay!! =D I want one xD
- - 10th November 2010
Very cute~! You did an amazzzzzing job on this =3
phalor - 13th November 2010
This is most likely one of the best Rachel's I've seen. You look so good and the outfit itself looks stunning.
Anime_Angel - 22nd February 2011
Thanks, but you do know the rule of the keyblade, you steal it and it comes back to me lol
and congrats on winning 3rd place^__^
Ranma1-2 - 22nd February 2011
Oh my gosh this costume was such an epic adventure to make! Well done, you worked so hard on it and looked amazing. Congrats on your award - if it was Olympics you would have a medal. :) Im glad you were in the masquerade winners too. ^_^
ps arent we lucky to have such a good rag market. :D
Sephirayne - 22nd February 2011
Amazing costume. Loved the detail work on this. Congrats on your award ;)
CrystalNeko - 22nd February 2011
BIIIIIIG congrats on winning 3rd! I seriously think you should have been placed higher but I'm still glad nevertheless that you won something! Really truly well deserved, you've worked so hard on this costume and you know I love it. Great job!
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