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.

So close but no cigar


So bought the Spirit Halloween Proton pack from a friend who no longer is wanting to use it, bought the cyclotron and powercell replacement lenses from BenOfKentProps as well as other stuff for the batteries. Hooked up the wiring ready to put into the Proton Pack once the Frankengeek Cyclotron/Powercell and sound upgrade kit comes through the post once that is bought. Still need to grab a few things more - Spengler Neutrina Wand from GB Afterlife, MDF motherboard (which I will have to import from USA unless I can still reuse the cardboard motherboard), drill bits w/drill, glue gun w/glue sticks, Upgrade parts & stickers (again from BenOfKentProps) and that should be it. I hope that I don't have to solder the wires to the new button for the songs that I have chosen for the proton pack.

So it begins....


I've got all the fabric! Just waiting for the right moment to make everything!

Baldric Belt Progress 1


Taking a break from the wig to start the actual costume. I ordered a screen-accurate metal belt buckle from Ebay, and when it arrived today I decided to mix some black and silver acrylic paints to get a 'dirty' silver look, to make it more screen-accurate. Once the fabric arrives, I can start making the actual belt as well as the holster for his sword.

Wig Progress 3


Today I separated the dreadlocks into ones I wanted to paint dark brown, ones I wanted to leave as they were (Jack has a few random pieces lighter than the rest of his hair), and ones I wanted to keep vaguely the same but to darken slightly. I painted all of the ones I wanted to paint a dark brown so that they would be consistent, although I kept all the pieces that were the same colour as the base wig so that they would blend well and I'd have some natural highlights. I also created the three front pieces he has, using a number of beads and trinkets, and some wefts from some black hair I planned to use for the dreads but didn't need. Getting the small; disk onto that small part was haaard... Tomorrow, I'm going to paint the remaining dreads, then neaten everything up ready to start attaching it to the base wig. I can't wait to see how this all looks when put together!

Wig Progress 2


Today I made the dreadlocks - there's 16 in total, all various shades which I plan to paint over tomorrow to make them more consistent. To make these I used the cut wig fibres from the day before, as well as a number of clip in extensions of various brown shades, as well as some blonde as he has a blonde section in the later movies. To get them into shape I got bundles of loose hair and made them tacky with some watered down PVA glue, then twisted them into shape, before setting with a hair dryer. They look a bit obvious right now, but I'm hoping that the paint job will make them look a little better. Then I trimmed any flyaway pieces that I hadn't caught with the glue. Tomorrow I'm going to paint them to a dark-brown/black shade.

Wig Progress 1


As I'm now on furlough for the foreseeable future, what better time to start working on a new cosplay! I took a basic, long dark brown wavy wig from Amazon to use as my base. I cut it to around shoulder-length - more length will be added later when I make and glue the dreadlocks - before thinning it out all over as it was quite thick. I kept all of the hair I'd cut in the wig bag to use later for the dreadlocks, and maybe even the facial hair. Now, I'm going to spend some time researching his dreadlocks - what colours they are, how many, where abouts they're positioned, and then get started on making those hopefully tomorrow.

Costume complete

White Tigress

No proper photos exist yet and just decided to try it on for fun :) Minus the shoes and gloves.

Underskirt Dyeing


I bought some green and gold brocade last year to make my underskirt and had put it aside in preparation but while I was sorting and re-organising my fabric inventory over the weekend, I came across several meters of something I must have bought the previous year, with this cosplay in mind and completely forgot about. It's actually a much closer match in pattern to my source, so I'm going to swap it in and use the brocade for something else. It needed a bit of colour correcting, though, so it's been through the machine with a tub of Dylon's emerald green to deepen the shade a little. The left-hand side is the original and the right the dyed.

Painted Sleeves


Made a first pass with the stencil using Dylon fabric paint in purple. Once that was dry I did a second coat to even out the colour using a small brush. This paint can be heat set with an iron, then it's washable.

Pattern Stencil


Used baking paper to sketch out a design that would fit to the sleeves. Once I was happy with the proportions I flipped it over and traced on the other side to transfer the design onto stiff card for the stencil.


White Tigress

ok its been a while since I made an update on this costume. For starters, it is still in progress and have been slowly adding to it over time :) I THINK I have all the supplies to get this done and she and Princess Tutu are on the top of the work list as I have a lot more free time thanks to current events. I pushed her back from Hibana due to personal reasons, and it was meant to be for MCM Birmingham this weekend. The gloves and bootcovers are patterned and needs restitching with matching thread. The wig is being redone completly as there were issues with the dyes and had made a big mess of it. The bodysuit is a dress with a white panel on the front. The belt and tail have been almost done for a while and I really like how the appique turned out :D


Seiken Cosplay

Progress on my howl jacket so far, from a lovely pile of materials to the basic shape of the jacket done. The bulk of this is done now, just got to chip away at the hand sewing. Which takes so much damn time



IT IS DONE 3 months of embroidery during my work commute finally complete I'm so happy with how this came out, working out the pattern for it drove me mad! My only issue is that the hood is non-functional ;;

Patterning - Tunic and underskirt


I had planned to cut up my chemise pattern for the tunic, but I've ended up working on this while visiting family and have nothing on hand! I'm not entirely sold on the way I've put the tunic together but with spring events already rescheduling for later in the year, it's looking like I'll have plenty of time to figure it out.

Sewing - Chemise


I'm about as far along with this as I can get for the moment. I'll be keeping the sleeves pinned on until I'm ready with the tunic and I like to do all my hems together at the end of the project, but otherwise, all the panels are sewn together and fully French seamed. No word as yet when I can expect my custom fabric for the tunic, so my next job is the underskirt.

Patterning - Chemise


It took some trial and error to get the sleeves sorted out but I'm finally happy with how this is looking. Next step - taking it all apart again!


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