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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.

Automail Progress: Part 1


I finally got started on the automail! I've decided to use craft foam covered in a vinyl/leatherette silver fabric for my automail, as I haven't made a piece this big before and I'm not too familiar with using Worbla/thermoplastics/fibreglass just yet! I cut out the finger and thumb pattern pieces from Amethyst Angel's website, then traced them onto craft foam and cut them out again - the pieces all look very similar, so it's important that you keep a note of what pieces go where! Once they were cut out, I placed them individually onto the back of my fabric and sketched out a rough 1/2" larger outline that, when cut out, will fold over the pieces nicely. I think I drew it took big, but it's easier to trim down than face the prospect of making them too short and leaving areas uncovered! I applied Gem-Tac glue to the pieces which worked pretty much instantly, but the instructions advise to leave it overnight so that's what I'm now doing. Next step is to fold the fabric over the pieces to cover them completely, and then shape the pieces to form the fingers. Hopefully this all works out okay, I keep remembering just how much of this arm I need to do....



No picture just yet - going to wait until I have most of the outfit - but I unearthed a pair of leather leggings that I bought last year from Sainsburys, that will work perfectly for Edward. Good news, since I have an automail arm to make and literally 30 days until the convention... oops.



The base boots and a cover before it was turned the right way out.



Not sure how much help the photo is to illustrate this, but I used this tutorial for box corners: https://sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-box-corners-two-methods-formulas then topstitched down each corner of the bag to give it the appearance of being constructed from 4 panels. The side seams ended up being helpful to act as a pleat for the bags to concertina closed neatly.

Everything arrived yesterday!


I'll be honest that this was sort of a late minute plan to do this year, originally was thinking about it last year but never went through with it. Because of that, I've just bought bits and bobs from Amazon and a wig from coscraft which all arrived yesterday and i just tried everything on (apart from wig) today and it fits fine. The only things that won't be perfect are:- 1) The tie because I bought a clip-on one for easy for use for myself 2) I'm not going to be wearing the shorts + tights combo, I'm substituting it with black trousers. 3) Shoes, I'm just using a pair of black boots I own. When I re-do this, I'll probably try to do it closer to the source material but as a simple thing that should be obvious who I am, this works :).


White Tigress

Made from strech fabric and the ribbons have been ironed on with hemming tape before being sewn.

Wing progress


I have been working on the wings for rias, they are made from 2 sheets of poly props foam stuck together. I have dremeled around the edges to give a curved appearance and used flexi filler on any unsightly seams. They have an aluminium wire skeleton inside to help keep their shape. I've got so much more work to do on them!

Beeeeeads done


All of her beads are now done, I've temporarily strung them up and now they're put aside until I've done the fur collar that they attach to. (Will sit lower than pictured, as they'll start from a bit lower). Also made the beads for her braids and lower leg straps. Not sure if the blue is a bit bright, but I'll decide once I have all the colours and top put together, can always tone down / weather a bit if so! All the beads are resin clay from Coscraft, painted with acrylic inks with a varnish coat to hopefully protect them a bit.

Dyes, dyes and dyes!!!

White Tigress

Since my last entry the tail, sash and mask are almost done. I am about half way into the wig colouring progress. Most Volpina wigs in existence seem to be brown by default and have additional wefts attached and some even painted on at the ends. I decided that maybe gradient dying might be my most favorable method. I have never done any wig dying before, let alone creating ombre effects, and decided to challenge myself. The thing is Volpina's hair colours seems to change based on reference pics. Some pics her hair has orange and sometimes red. My gut instinct suggested that the best way around this is to have fun with it and mix the colours together as I am a sucker for wigs with many shades and highlights. I spent ages reading and watching videos about wig dying and made a start by buying a Alex wig from Coscraft in White and using Rit Dyemore in Racing Red to create a base for the rest of the colours to work on. I had a bit of a scare as I thought the wig was gonna be a irreparable mess due to the tangles but thankfully with the combination of a soak in fabric softener, a comb and a hairdryer it was saved. From there all of my dyes have been, and will be created by myself using the sharpie method that involves using sharpie cores and rubbing alcohol (there are many tutorials and are easy to make!). Currently the wig has orange and black and right now I have brown dyes and more black dye soaking in my studio right now. The wig itself is sectioned ready as I plan to 'paint' the rest rather than spray.



I found a great snakeskin leatherette for all the black belts. To make sure everything stays in place, I decided to sew the belt and harness to the jacket and keep the whole thing one piece. This also keeps both ends of the side laces secured. Now I'm make this all over again for Kuma.

Fake animal hide test


So Aloy's outfit is mostly made out of animal pelts and skins, which for sake of cost and ethics I've replaced with synthetic versions. Mostly synthetics are easier to work with, however trying to get a raw edge that you see on hides is a bit tricky with woven materials mostly because they fray like hell. For the test piece below, I've backed the faux suede with light iron on interfacing, giving it a bit more structure and helping keep the threads together. That wasn't quite enough when I did some rough edge cutting though, and it started fraying - so I coated the back around a 1cm of the edge with PVA glue. Once that had dried, I could easily cut jagged edges in and fine-grit sand the very edge for a faded / weathered look. No fraying woo! Underneath the test piece is the blue material I'm going to edge it with (that the fake hide sits on top), but it needs some fading and weathering to match the colours right.



I've been having trouble finding the right kind of tartan for Aria so decided to look into getting it printed. I'm currently looking for a printer that isn't super expensive so if you know one please let me know! I did however finish the basic pattern, once I'm set on a printer I will change the colours to match their samples to make sure the colour comes out how I envisage it

Petticoat fit for an idol


Today I made the light up petticoat of my dreams. It's something I've wanted to do for ages but again always assumed it was really hard. But today I did it. I'm so happy with it, I'll wear it for a lot of different costumes but the main one I was making it for was Aria, so that I can shine as brightly as she does! If you'd like to see a more in-depth look into how I made it there is a ig story highlight on my page @nachtangel on ig.

Good start


So I've spent a couple hours on this so far, I have the skirt almost complete (i've learnt to leave waistbands until closer to when I'm going to wear them as I always make them too big or too small...) and I have started with the top! Hoping to get the top to a wearable level tomorrow so that I can start on the fun bit, the details!

The planning stage


I've finalised the fabrics I'm using for this costume, so excited to work with the sequin fabric again, it made such a difference to how my Shiny Trinity costume came out. I've also been doing a lot of research regarding the wings, which I am planning on making too, I made a size guide this evening and am pretty happy with that, now to just finalise what and how I'm making them. I'm working on my other colour version of Shiny Trinity at the moment but will be going full steam ahead with 2nd Anni once I'm back from my holiday next week. Hoping to debut this at Hibana con!



I couldn't find crocodile texture leatherette, but I was lucky enough to find this fashion jersey that's a similar effect.


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