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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.


pre-alterations

Alinthia

All items have arrived but just need altering! The skirt and jumper both need shortening and the patches need to be ironed onto the jumper. The wig is slightly different to her hair in the episode however, I am not confident in my wig styling skills so it will have to do!

Hiatus

White Tigress

So yeah...was almost done for Ame but the shoes left me with a toe injury a few days before the con and will need a new pair :(

Trousers Made!

WingedWalrus

So I had to prep for nightshifts... which meant staying up all night... so I did the usual thing and made a pair of trousers. Of course! Fairly simple, elastic waistband, white detailing at the bottom. Tried to make sure they would allow for movement for martial arts poses, so they aren't super well fitted but they fit well enough. And of course I added nice deep pockets because I AM POCKET OBSESSED.

Wig and Headband

WingedWalrus

Finally styled the wig... which has been sat around for two years... I'm not very good at wigs yet but every one is more practice! Also made the white zigzag headband, which I attempted before but have re-done with a much simpler design.

Reference

Alinthia

Was originally going to go with pink tights but opted for white instead. Most items were bought, daisies will be iron on patches.

Props

LittleRecordGirl

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Beginnings.

Bean S├Čth Cosplay

While not a big part of the costume, my fabric for my BoS jumpsuit arrived last week and it's just what I need. This will cover all of the suit and the hood for my head. I just need to source webbing, tubing, plastic board for some of the metal pieces and actual metal hardware for some of the pieces. Foam is on the way so a music nerves and excitement to start on that. Lastly and perhaps the most ridiculous thing, eyebrows. I had pretty skinny brows so those got grown out a bit to shape as they need to be a bit more feminine and also look right for my face as I'm sticking with them now! The red hair is going as I haven't been my natural dark brown in a few years, so while not black like Danse, black dye looks so off anyway, it saves having a wig and more insulation attached to me.

Progress Updates - Mask Animations/Weightloss Goals

L.C.Crafts

This cosplay is going to be a slow burn and not something I can just whip up in a week. Mask Animations: Speaking with some friends who are quite savvy in ElSheets/ElInk and LED sheets. The goal is to have the mask animate, whether it be a cycling animation or something more technical, like a set amount of images that would change depending on my jaw position. Its gonna be a lot of work but hopefully worth it. Weight Loss Goals: This is something I'm doing regardless and not because of cosplay - however, I'm a firm believer in goals and this cosplay is no doubt a huge weight loss goal for me. Therefore some progress like the pants won't be started on until certain goals are met

Mostly there!

TheStarlightFairy

I'm slowly but surely getting there! I just need to attach the linings to the dress, hat and cape, then add the trim c:

Trial wear and improvements

White Tigress

Gonna leave this as in-progress until I am satisfied but I really enjoyed wearing this. Sadly when I got as far as I did it was 6am and had a train to catch in a few hours so I just left it there. For my next wear I will need to; add the white applique to the shoulders, redo the wrist cuffs, add the hoops and gold buttons and reshape the sleeves. I am super proud of everything else :)

Outfit Progress

LittleRecordGirl

I had been wanting to cosplay Isabelle for a few years now but found it difficult to get a hold of a gingham fabric print that matched her own. I could've purchased fabric from Spoonflower, where people had created her fabric pattern as a print available to buy, but I didn't have room in my budget for that amount of accuracy. To keep the costs low, I hunted for a gingham printed shirt on eBay to use as a base, where I then attached a bottle green fleece fabric via bondaweb around the collar (which I cut into the correct shape beforehand), down the front and for the fake pockets. The top original had buttons, to I cut each one off and handstitched in their place to the vest kept its shape. The shirt I already had, and the bow was this lovely ribbon from Hobbycraft which I burnt the edges to avoid fraying. I bought two large white buttons and glued them onto the vest, while also making a few stitches to secure them in place.

Props

LittleRecordGirl

To keep to my small budget, I wanted to make props using supplies I already had laying around. I had a lot of yellow fleece fabric laying around and it reminded me instantly of the bell bags from Animal Crossing so I decided to make one as a prop. This just involved making a circle and a rectangular strip, and sewing them together using a blanket stitch. I purchased a brown star embellishment from ebay, then used my sewing machine to sew around the edges to give it an embroidery look. I only wish I used a thicker thread for the prop as using a basic sewing machine thread can be too thin for plushie type products. The stuffing I used was from a pillow that I wanted to bin anyway, and the ribbon was the same as I used for the necktie and the wig, so that they all matched. I made sure to not sure a cheap silk ribbon to make Isabelle look more professional. I also made a last minute additional prop of her Smash Bros Ultimate letter that can be seen in the trailer for Isabelle being a new playable addition to the newest Smash Bros game. I printed off the 'wax seal' logo onto sticker backed paper and attached the letter to my clipboard I had on the day.

Wig Styling: Before & Now

LittleRecordGirl

As I planned to cosplay Isabelle before, I had started the wig before. The wig, as I found it, was looking very sad - which is not surprising as no matter how many years its been since I've started cosplaying, I am awful at styling wigs. I chose specifically not to go down the route of making dog ears for the cosplay, as I personally didn't like that look and so the pigtail attachments were meant to be representative of her ears instead. I only wish I re-curled them to make them tighter and therefore shorter, but I was still happy with the wig I chose! I restyled a loop on the wig, to represent her bob, and used the ribbon to create the red collar on her design. I then used transparent plastic thread to attach two jingle bells. The only bells I could find that were the correct size were Christmas craft supplies, so they do have star shapes which aren't accurate but it's a detail you can't really see.

Ears

Fables

The only picture I have is a low-quality selfie but here are my ears! They're a short-pile brown faux fur with pink felt on the insides, and they slip into my wig on crocodile clips! I had to handsew parts of them which is why they're kinda wonky. Oh well!

Tail

Fables

My super-soft and super-strokeable tail! This was winged from start to finish but I'm so happy with the result. I eyeballed the shape, all I knew was that I wanted it to have a slight curl and when I drew it out it was much bigger than I realised, whoops. The material is a long-pile faux fur in a colour the seller described as 'toffee'. I picked it because it looked like a good match and it actually matched my wig pretty well.

Planning the Skirt

Fables

I've had this image saved for a while, but never posted it! When planning out the bottom half out my outfit, we realised that using a cheerleader-style skirt would work as a basis for my patterning! Once I pick this costume back up, I'm hoping to do a mockup of the two-tone look.

 


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