22nd October 2010: CF Red Launch Party Launch party for the second Cosplay Fever book was yesterday! It was a good trial run for the costume, but more importantly it was fun to go and to chat with everyone there (we left at 7, and it seems like most people arrived after that. Ah well.)
Alas, the Machi wig is now a bit dishevelled and my pendant is wrecked. The plan is to remake the pendant using silver card instead of painted foam (the silver paint just cracked horribly when the foam bent :() and to reshape the wig and then spray that wing section until it is so rock-solid that a heavy wind won't dislodge it.
Hopefully this will make it easier to transport and to remove/replace during the day, because wearing wigs for the whole day makes me grumpy and ill.
20th October 2010: Completed! All done! This will be worn to the Cosplay Fever Red launch party tomorrow.
14th October 2010: Pendant 1 Foam! Covered in glue so I can paint it silver and blue. And the glue is all cracked because it tightens as it dries and so bends inwards. Hmmm.
(Yes, the two pieces are made out of different coloured foam--grey seems a better backing for the silver piece, and white a better backing for the blue.)
9th October 2010: Shoes, done The leather was glued down around the edges of the shoe to make the correct ankle shape. The buckles were just glued on, and then the tongues were inserted and glued into place (with much fiddling to get them to the right height and to match up with each other).
(I didn't realise how dark the first picture was until I'd gotten quite a bit further along, so it looks weird here. Oh well.)
Yay! Finished shoes!
9th October 2010: Wig, part 2 Making the parting on the wig. Lots of pins and hairspray!
8th October 2010: Wig, start So I needed a shortish blond wig but I also needed enough hair in the same colour to make that hair spiral out of.
Somehow this seemed like a reasonable way to ensure I had both, without having to chop down a very long wig or search for colour-matching extensions. Though I'm going to end up with a leftover ponytail clip that I can't see myself needing any time soon. :P
The base wig needs to be cut down a bit anyway (it's way too long at the back, for a start). It also needs to be set into a zigzag parting. And then, that spiral needs to be created from one of those clip-on ponytails and attached onto the wig.
I'll cut the base wig shorter myself, but Pez is doing the parting and the spiral styling for me.
8th October 2010: Shoes 1 I bought a pair of blue boots on eBay as the base for these. I then hacked off most of the top of the boot--the remaining leather will be folded and glued down (once I get more leather glue tomorrow!).
The buckles are made of craft foam which I sealed with a few layers of PVA glue and then coated with chrome acrylic. It didn't look quite as smooth as I wanted, so I then added a layer of silver rub 'n' buff and then sealed it all with more PVA.
The tongue-flaps are cut from the top of the boots (because that way there's some backing on the reverse) and will be added after the folded-down leather is glued into place and the buckles are attached.
8th October 2010: Current status So I didn't take any progress pictures while making the bulk of this, because I didn't have a CI account. Oh well. Never too late, I guess. :P
The top and trousers are done. SO much blue velvet ribbon was handsewn onto the top--I couldn't find any other ribbon/bias binding in the right colour, but I think the effort was worth it.
The lace around the base of the top is actually cut from net curtain material (the best match I could find for the pattern, and believe me I looked a *lot*.)
The ruffles for the sleeves were cut out of a separate, very long piece of white cotton and then gathered. The edges of the ruffles on both top and trousers are sealed with fray-stop (it is awesome stuff).
The shoes and wig need to be completed (more on that to follow), and the giant pendant needs to be made. But I'm pretty happy with this all so far.
MoonLily - 8th October 2010
I adore Machi! \o/ And it's looking great so far!
Sillabub - 8th October 2010
Wow! Awesome job on the costume! Reminds me I need to finish the one I've been working on for two years XD
Well done! :)
Storme - 8th October 2010
MoonLily: Thanks! I have a huge soft spot for most of the Apollo Justice cast, really. :P
Sillabub: Thank you! He's a lot more awkward to make than he looks at first glance, I think. XD
KiraraYumi - 12th October 2010
Machi!! Wow, you look just like him! Everything looks brilliant, I'll have to find you at Expo!
Storme - 12th October 2010
KiraraYumi: Aw, thanks! The wig really helps (so thank heavens for Pez's skills). And yes, for sure--I'll be Machi-ing on Sunday for an AA group, it should be awesome!
KiraraYumi - 14th October 2010
The wig does look amazing~!
I really like the shoes too, they look great! Must've been hard...shoes always look like a pain to work with.
I'm really looking foward to seeing you and your group! 8D
Storme - 14th October 2010
KiraraYumi: Actually the shoes were surprisingly easy once I got over the fear of messing them up somehow! The buckle helps hide the join between the bits of leather, and since the tops of the boots were pre-backed with leather it meant I didn't have to do anything too awkward.
(I am also wearing this to the Cosplay Fever launch next week; hopefully it will all hold together okay. :D)
Freyarule - 17th October 2010
Wheeeee! Sooo looking forward to seeing you :) shall we bring a piano lol! <3
picklesofdoom - 17th October 2010
OMG! Fantastic hun! Love Machi and can't wait to see this at Expo! =^__^=
Storme - 17th October 2010
Freyarule: Ha, with my piano skills and two weeks to learn The Guitar's Serenade? Bring earplugs. :P It's going to be a lot of fun though! :)
Picklesofdoom: Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting to wear it!
KiraraYumi - 20th October 2010
Ah, that doesn't sound too bad then! It's all about getting over the fear to start, haha^^ I get the same way about my costumes xD
I LOVE the new photos, and the completed costume looks excellent! Yay for Borginian!
Pez - 21st October 2010
*insert Borigian symbols herre*
Bambi. - 22nd October 2010
You looked so sweet hehe =)
Storme - 22nd October 2010
KiraraYumi: Thanks! It's gonna need some fixes for expo, but nothing horrific. :)
Pez: Wingdings FTW!
Bambi.: Thanks! It was great to see you!
KiraraYumi - 2nd November 2010
Yay, I saw you guys on Sunday and got your picture! So glad I got to see your Machi in person, you looked great!
Storme - 3rd November 2010
KiraraYumi: Thanks! You were lucky, we only ended up wearing Daryan and Machi for about two hours before we got changed into the CF cosplays instead. :)
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