Progress Journals

What do we love? Costumes! But what do we love even more? Seeing people making them! Here are the most recent progress updates from those working away on their costumes.

Heating up

White Tigress

I have spent a few days on and off making the yoyo and mask. The yoyo is covered in worbla and currently in the process of the final neatening before being painted xD The mask is worbla too and is looking good!

Finished Harness


Finished Sasha's harness tonight. It's a very simplified version of the harness, partly because of time but also for comfort.

a miracle, staff and almost finished


ok, I'm been working off : screenshots (watching the movie a few times more, which aren't the clearest) : some out of focus photos of costume on display (appeared on google) [] : whole ton of imagination. : and by complete chance because while in a fabric shop my elderly father said "this fabric reminds me of radagast" and I should buy it even if I use it for something else. It was also cheap. I have some how managed to do things more accurate than I thought. I really had no idea what I was doing (except the boots) and was really in Goblin Town over colours and definately thought I was doing my own thing with the fabric types. With only a couple of bits to do now just my luck, right at the end: I come across this lovely person who has scanned in pages from what seems to be a book on all the costumes and props in the Hobbit films and put them on dropbox. **** *** - for all your Hobbit reference Oh my TreeBeard. Reading and looking at the scans, I'm actually not far off the embroidery and the types of fabrics. Not all the colours but pretty much. I'm pretty shocked, as this really has been a journey. To the point where yesterday I was ready to throw it all in mount doom! If this wasn't enough Gandalf light for you: This morning I had a sign: A branch had fallen off a tree in the garden and .... It reminded me of Rad's staff... (I had started one from broom handles) Found some other bits of branches. I just need to fix them together tomorrow. This the 'gem' (which I have made four times now), Sebastian, and wig to sort out, then make everything old and I'm done! P.S CI not liking paragraphs?

Yuga's paintbrush finished


Today after months of work i have finish my paintbrush for my Yuga cosplay and i am so happy with how it turned out. I had alot of problems when working on this but i was able to sort everything out and make this i am so happy :D

Sleeve wip


Sewed the lines in on the sleeves tonight, each line is about 2" apart. It's pretty tedious ngl but it's worth it! Pretty boring update but con crunch is real sendhalpplz.

Leg straps


Finished the leg straps. Made from fake leather, with the belt buckles made from copper wire. The buckles are just for detail, the strapping itself is attached together with velcro when I put them on.



The denim shorts with some tweaks. They did still need some little darts in the back and the inside leg needed to taper a little. Now the sides are pinned while I work out the pocket insert. It needs to be deeper than the opening so everything doesn’t fall out the side.

Sleeve/side panel wip


I stitch ripped the old sleeve and made a pattern. I made this cosplay back in 2015, so thought it would be time for a complete revamp! I had some left over "buttersoft" PVC from my cosplay and luckily found the same metallic Lycra I used previously, only this time I will be using some stretch-foam-sponge-lycra material which name escapes me.. ( i will get back to you on the name of this weird material! I really like it because the Metallic Lycra is super thin so the spongy stuff really helps bulk it out)

Making Straps


Been making the straps for Sasha's harness. They are made of fake leather cut into strips, then folded in on themselves and attached with contact adhesive to neaten them.

The Eagle Patch Pt. 1


The first update I’m making to my Gladio between now and Amecon is adding the eagle patch to the back of his shirt! It’s not perfectly to scale because he is literally a square and I am not (quite), but I sketched up as close a copy as I could. I’ll be using embroidery thread to backstitch this design onto some spare pleather, and then sewing it on the shirt when it’s done :D



Hat made from Felt, was the best colour I could find anywhere. Good old Masons in Abingdon. Needs making old looking but I'm happy. Pipe cleaners help the shape of the 'ears' but because I had to scrap withe the felt, The way I sewed means it pulls a bit, I tacked but maybe it needs poppers. Though won't be able to shape them as freely.



Left boot - a sibling gave me some shoes to cover for Cuddles so I used one of them as a base, shaped some foam and some left over faux leather bits, some staples and hot glue and it was done. Right shoe - well. I went through three covers for this shoe. At first I couldn't find a reference image of any good quality so I hand stitched my own design.. Was happy until... Found a very close image of the shoes someone took of a display and so, I started over. I can't explain now hard it was to do this in metallic threads with my hands playing up. Too many hours and tangles. The faux fur was some very long left from some hats I made few years ago, cut a lot shorter and painted to look worn. Oh and the base shoe a sibling had some they bought as a £2 bargain and didn't fit. The fabric was also left over from another siblings Legolas costume ten years ago. I love that a few bits are being used from the same franchise.

New dress!


I had created the little sister (bioshock 2) variant dress previously but put her away for a while and she’s got forgotten about. Since creating the dress I’ve dropped 11 dress sizes so I can’t decide whether to just take it in or restart. She’s pretty old so I guess a restart on her dress is on the books!

Beads.... Beads everywhere


I am already regretting my choices of adding so many beads to this, it will be worth it but im finding beads everywhere im dreaming beads, I even founds beads in my dinner.....


White Tigress

Not sure how I felt at first but after playing around with a hairdryer and cutting in some bangs I became much happier with this. Considered cutting it short at one point hence how it looks from the front xD No bangs in any wig is never an option for me :'D Wish I waited for the Alexs to get back in stock but I made it work.

Blade of Ahrah: part 9

Lady Bahamut

Once I was happy with the fast mache, I took the frog tape I'd put on the runes off (to protect them from everything I was doing) and used gesso to make them pretty!


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