3rd November 2010: This, is the fruit of my research I remember when this looked like a red, baggy dinner lady dress! Look how much it has grown up! *sniffles!* A big thank you to Lauzie for making sure it ate it's vegetables and grew up perfectly!
And another big thank you to everyone who said hi at the expo or took a photo! I probably made a pants Rita because I smile way too much and ended up semi-bowing at everyone who took my photo (I was just so grateful!). Thanks goes to SarahSaiyan for being a fabulous Zagi and an awesome photographer!
29th October 2010: Aghhh....the pre-expo late night/morning Well, I'm so so close to finishing - just need to attach the goggles, the little red ribbons and a bit of elastic for the top of the sock. But it's 2 am and to be honest, I don't trust myself with a needle at this time!!
But here's a piccy of the sock which has been left out of the spotlight. It's because I hate cosplay socks (thanks larsa...)
But hey, if you see me at expo, give me a shout! Pics will be up soon and I hope everyone has a fun time at expo! I'm pretty sure it will be a good one - we saw a guy dressed as a banana in tescos....surely a good omen!
26th October 2010: UHU is a girl's best friend... Heya, this is just a quick update. I'm mainly doing some fiddly little bits, like this morning I finished off making some funny little red taggy things for one of Rita's boots... they're very cute and took me all of 10 mins (bonus!).
Yesterday I tied the little red ribbons for her tunic...again, very cute (who would have ever thought Rita was cute?) and I've just been generally tidying up my pockets (I take it back Pez- pockets are hard work!)
I have been waging war with my goggles, using UHU glue as my sword. I think I'm winning.... but only because my friends the clothes pegs have stepped in to help.
Now really it's just painting the sock, fixing all the ribbon parts together and faffing around with my wiggy and goggles left to do!
Ooh, and look at the lovely fimo collar piece that Feather-to-Earth made for me! <3 Love! That girl has serious skills, as does Elegant Aura - thanks again so much!
23rd October 2010: Rita's hair stylist has a lot to answer for! Hmm, this wig is starting to drive me crazy. I think it's going along the right tracks! My poor hairdryer hates me now for making it work overtime - and covering it in a sticky grimy coating from the hair gel. For a girl who has messy hair, it sure is hard work to style! I'm so worried about travelling on the train with it - if you hear a reaaaally loud scream from the excel area on Friday, it may possibly be me wailing over my wig hahah.
The goggles arent done yet, but I felt like balancing them on wiggy, to get a feel for the look. I still need to figure out how to attach it... *brain-melt!* But I guess all this pent up rage will be good to vent out at the expo and say it is just good Rita role-playing!
19th October 2010: Warning to all cosplayers: there is an epidemic of cosplay fever!
You know you've got it when you have the following symptoms: you start freaking out that the expo is actually soon, you can't speak properly and you attempt to 'cosplay whisper' to your outfit in the hopes it might make itself.
In fact, I had cosplay fever so bad today that I ended up pretending to be Lauzie and having a conversation with her sewing machine. That thing doesn't like me, I swear!! Though I'm pretty sure there is potential in the whole cosplay whispering technique....my pockets actually listened to me when I asked it, very nicely, to please stick and stick now to my tunic/dress. Or maybe it was because I threatened it with maximum heatage on the iron...either way it did, and there is now a piccy up to celebrate the defeat of the pockets.
Also, I have sleeves now! Very poofy ones that I squee at every time I see them. But there is a small hitch: when they are attached to the tunic, I will look like an absolute dork (for dorkage please see the attached pic Lauzie sneakily obtained through her wit and cunning, and my inability to see where she was).
Next on the agenda : sock painting, and wig styling. Oh dear, I feel the fever. Thank god for catchy songs and the enticing promise of a chocobo conga in the expo queue and a bagel for lunch.... >.<
17th October 2010: Breaking sacred wig rules, sock horror and dancing with my ribbon It's been a little while since I last posted, mainly because the fun world of law has once again taken over and is waging war with cosplay. But the good news is the tunic is done (Thanks soooo much Lauzie!) and sleeves are underway. Note to self: don't bend down while wearing the tunic >.<
I finally got round to starting the sock. Who knew a sock would be so darn hard? Whats the name for a phobia of socks? As soon as I started attempting it I had horrible flashblacks of my lame attempt of Larsa's boots *screams and waves hands dramatically*.
But! It seems to be going good, and wearing my pinned up sock actually made me feel kinda Rita-ish (i.e. totally badass and awesome). I've started my ribbon...and I'm pretty sure all I'm gonna do while I'm standing in the queue at expo is swing my arm around to make the ribbon whirl and swirl around in pretty shapes (simple things please simple minds!).
Bad news on the wig front...I had to restart. Aagin, lol. I tried it on and it sat so weird on my head. Maybe I just have an abnormally shaped head? Anway so I'm cheating a little and going against the sacred wig rule that thou shall not subject your synthetic wig to a hairdryer. Good news: the front bangs are lovely and straight (my hairdryer won the battle, so now they're doing as they're told!)
Pictures soon, so watch this space!
5th October 2010: Gosh darn pockets You may be wondering why I put these up...these pockets have been the cause of many burns and 'Ah!'s during today's session of bondawebbing. I have probably set a life record for the most time spent with an iron today, as I ironed the material, twice, ironed on the bondaweb a million times until the red stuck to the yellow and ironed the hem of the smaller pocket's red back material (as I was being lazy and didn't want to fight the sewing machine).
But I'm so proud of them! And they're working pockets too *grins*
Cute, ne? <3
5th October 2010: Salon Sammykins At Salon Sammykins, we use fuzzy curlers that cling to every single, itty bit of hair, causing a fluffy mess when taken out (which we do when I can be bothered- normally a week and a can of hairspray later).
Actually, I'm enjoying this bit. Tt reminds me of when I styled my Selphie wig. It did kind of go poofy earlier when I took the curlers out, but with a careful comb and reclipping it's still taking shape. The front bangs are staying in place quite solidly, so all I have to do is make sure Ed the breaker of cosplay props and goodies keeps away from it *shakes fist at the memory of her broken nun-chucks*
Fun fact kiddies: 80 slides, 11/12 hair rollers, 5 pins and 7 metal hair clippy/separting slide thingys, gobs of hair gel and 3/4 of a can of hairspray have currently been nommed up to this stage. Lets see if it eats the whole can!
1st October 2010: Glove nightmares are the worst I had a dream where my gloves weren't finished the time the expo rolled round, and I hid from everyone in cosplay shame. So here's proof that that isn't going to happen this time! Take that nightmare!
"How would that ever happen Sam? It only took a few stitches!" -Laura, on my ditziness.
She is still laughing at me now :D And please excuse the caramelldansen pose. I've listened to a lot of 'nyan nyan's this afternoon and it's kinda rubbed off on me. Nyan! <3
30th September 2010: Blah blah blah spamming My sewing machine has decided to not cooperate. but on the good side of things my wig is taking shape. At least things are going okay with that! And Rita's sash isn't going too bad... just very, very slowly now that I have to invade lauzie's to steal- er I mean, borrow her sewing machine.
I'm very chuffed with how things are taking shape, especially the tunic part, which lauzie is doing a very good job with (because, quite frankly, I am useless when a pattern is even in the same room as me). I'm looking forward to taking the bazillion clips and the ten-ish curlers out of the wig though, until it all sticks to itself hahah.
though for now, I want to subject my sewing machine to a blah blah blah tidal wave spam session >.<
24th September 2010: Yuri's love filled croquettes Cut out paper prototype with obligatory cups of tea (not both for me by the way..)
This is just a little paper prototype that I wanted to make before I went ahead and cut out the actual zig zag. I wanted to lay it over my sash, just to see the effect and decide yay or nay. There is so many ways a zig can zag... and how thick... so many cosplayers have taken diferent approaches to this!! But I have gone for a thicker look for it - and I think it looks okay! The thinner looks a little weird!
During this I was texting lauzie, who said "I love it, you are putting so much love into Rita" and it completely reminded me of the Yuri's love filled croquette skit.
"So eat them with care, okay?"
19th September 2010: Better to be safe than sorry... Okay kiddies, its always better to be safe then sorry, right? I think I was too safe when I bought my material, as Elegant Aura is showing us here.
At least I know I have tons spare if anything goes wrong, and maybe even enough for a sash if I have time to make it. But I really want to use any spare material to make some red bunny ears, to honour the bunny guild. Probably the best accesory to exist in a game!
31st August 2010: Goggle eyes. This wasn't too bad to do - just a few coats of enamel spray over the original colour, making sure the paint doesn't run. I did have to scrape of a couple of layers when they built up slightly to form lumpy bit, but it was easy enough to do!
Now I'm having fun scraping off the spray that got over the lens, though it's all going to be covered anyway, hopefully with a red translucent plastic if I can find it. But the spray has given me a bit of a sore throat, even though I've been doing it in a ventilated area >.<
21st August 2010: The battle of the boots! I was nicely surprised to have received my boots extra super faster than expected. Shame I Can't get them on extra super fast! They have no zip, so I have to pull/slip them on, but they must be reinforced round the heel because that's where my heel gets stuck! Funny though, once they're on, they a smidge too big by my toes hahah!!
But they're perfect when I finally get them on! It just takes half an hour to get them on and about half of my total energy to do so. Perhaps I shall just live in them during the expo, or perhaps I will have to get the a whole apartment's worth of people to play tug of war with me to get them off!
ryaoki - 23rd August 2010
Ill have to see on karol for oct hun! but ill do my best.
Phoenix Xlr8r - 14th September 2010
if you are at the october expo then i would be happy to join as im doing yuri with his dein nomos sword ;P
Flick - 15th September 2010
hurray for more Rita's and Vesperia love. :D
Will be looking out for you in October~! *is not as creepy as that makes me sound ;;*
Sammykins - 17th September 2010
@ liam_xlr8r: Cool, I have a yuri with me but his costume is in serious danger of not arriving. Plus he doesn't have a dein nomos haha, so yeah, come join us! I know a zagi who's coming along too :)
@ Flick: Not creepy at all, I think I will be being creepy as well heheh! But yes, I'll look out for you too! We must all arrange a photoshoot for somewhen :)
picklesofdoom - 17th September 2010
YAY! Love Rita's outfit, I think it'll suit you :3 oohhh btw I may have some Red Acetate Plastic you can use for the goggles. I'll try and fish it out for you =^___^=
ElegantAura - 24th September 2010
Adoring your progress sammy! you're obi is looking fantastic! excellent work! ~steals croquette~ ^_^
Feather-to-Earth - 1st October 2010
Wooo its looking really awesome chick!!! <3 <3 <3
Storme - 5th October 2010
Ooo, this is looking really good so far!
KiraraYumi - 17th October 2010
Looks really awesome so far, can't wait to see the rest! =D
SarahSaiyan - 26th October 2010
more blastia is making Rita happy :D wig looks awesome!!! ^^
Pez - 31st October 2010
So glad to see you today at Expo! Your Rita was so cute. I'll be uploading the photos soon. :) We definitely should arrange a ToV photoshoot!
Storme - 1st November 2010
Hey, this looked awesome! Really impressed with how the wig and the tunic (and pockets!) turned out especially. :)
KiraraYumi - 2nd November 2010
I saw you on Sunday but was too far away to get a photo! D=
You looked really awesome~!
Sammykins - 2nd November 2010
@Pez and Storme : Thank you! It was great meeting you both! I was jealous of your awesome masks, and yes, a ToV photoshoot is definately in order!
@KiraraYumi: Awww, I'm sorry >.< I hope these pics are okay! But thank you very much! I loved playing Rita, even though I probably wasn't grumpy enough!
Dark_Angel_15 - 2nd November 2010
Hello Rita, It's Estelle, You were Awesome ^^ cool pics
SarahSaiyan - 2nd November 2010
haha if it gets a good picture you're allowed to beat him >:D you made an ace Rita! bla bla bla!!!
Limegreenjelly - 3rd November 2010
this costume is lovely, Im so glad I bumped into you guys ^^
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