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. Click on the title or the images to go through to the costume and see their other updates.


Shorts

1 day 12 hours ago

I found some leggings in Primark for less than the fabric would have cost me. Chopped the legs off to Machi length and re-hemmed them with a zig-zag stitch.

Axe complete

4 days 1 hour ago

The axe is finished, going to pay for it sunday so should be with me either monday or tuesday

Final product

5 days 1 hour ago

All done! I'll probably also have my Shinra pin on the day to make the FF connection clearer and hopefully I can get some photos that will pick up the details better (black on black on black's a tricky one!) but I'm pretty pleased with how it's all come together and looking forward to wearing her for the Kita ball.

Costume complete

5 days 12 hours ago

And that completes the timeline of the RZ michael Myers costumes, glad to have this finished

H2 Jacket arrived

5 days 12 hours ago

The jacket arrived, after some tweaking of the white flannel top, it is now complete

Costume complete

5 days 12 hours ago

Well the costume is complete now, glad to get this project done and dusted

Jacket arrived

5 days 12 hours ago

The jacket arrived, after some tweaking of the white flannel top, it is now complete

Outcome...

5 days 17 hours ago

I'm super happy with the photos we took but when I've looked back it's a little embarassing that my juban shows like this under the sleeves... The cosplay looks good otherwise, and I doubt anyone notices or cares, but someone who knows anything about kimono might think this is awful haha sobs

The photos are gonna be shown in the Utena fashion zine that's coming out at the end of this month... I'll post them here after that!

Con crunch

1 week 8 hours ago

Just afew days to go!

The dye didnt work out so decided to try painting the gradient using water and a spnge which seemed to have worked well.

There is some hope Terra can be done on time afterall!!!

First time ombre painting and making earrings. The fabrics for the sashes are luuuuush~

Tunic Assemble

1 week 11 hours ago

Got the tunic fitting and roughly worked out the angles for the wrap front.

Purchased items!

1 week 1 day ago

Using this Simplicity base pattern and doing the full ruffle/crinoline/broderie-anglaise dealio. I've bought plain blue cloth, however (couldn't find a polka-dot I liked) and my underskirt ruffle fabric is an actual Alice in Wonderland print because it amused me.

So far the fabric and fixings for the dress have set me back approximately £50. I've still to buy shoes, tights, and a wig.

Round up of progress - July

1 week 3 days ago

I've been working away at this costume in fits and starts so although it's relatively simple, it needs a lot of work still done before it is complete. I have finished the wig -- I boil curled the base wig and then after deciding it needed more volume, I've spliced in a second wig. It's been strategically curled too, and I think we can call it done.
The bow is all but finished - I covered the paper mache with wallpaper filler and sanded it down, covered it in a base coat of paint, varnished over that, didn't like the colour so painted over it and varnished it a second time and it looks passable. I've glued on the faux leather wraps using bag straps I've pilfered from bags I never use any more. The bow, all in all, has cost me nothing. Thumbs up.
The dress is the big issue - I have practised the sleeves and I have drawn up a successful pattern for them, but inserting the 'puffs' into the sleeves looks to be the issue I am going to have. I have added a neckline ruffle and it looks okay but it also still needs work; the neckline looks incredibly messy.
TO DO:- Add sleeves, cut the hem to length, finish neckline
I have purchased a petticoat to wear under the dress and emphasise the a-line shape, as the material is extremely heavy and 'drapey' and can be rather figure hugging -- not really what I wanted!

Kimono Notes

1 week 3 days ago

I went with a design where I could use mostly parts of other costumes/my old yukata stuff for this (the juban + hakama + the yellow obi), but ofc i still need to make a really dumb cow-print kimono. Because I'm only going to be wearing this with a hakama, I decided to cut it short rather than make it a kimono that would need ohashori so it's only 150cm long. It's also less to try fit under the hakama, which I cut a bit shorter in the Taisho Roman style (for Takiko from FY).

The collar is double width (unlike my Nora yukata) and folds over so that I can add the dateeri, which was made from scrap green fabric and some fabric for an upcoming CCS cosplay:
http://kidorakujapan.com/know/women_accessory_dateeri.html

I designed the sleeves to be a bit long, but not full length furisode. See under ko-furisode here:
https://maihanami.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/types-of-kimono-furisode/

Something I noticed, and should have thought of earlier though, is that my juban was made for Nora from Noragami, who doesn't have furisode-length sleeves! This means I have to hide the juban's sleeve length by pinning it so it doesn't show from behind. In the future I should make another red juban with furisode-length sleeves for this and my Kalluto furisode, which actually also had this problem, since I used the same juban for that as well...

If I'm not too lazy, I should probably re-make both Kalluto and Nora at some point, because I've learned a lot from making so many kimono e_e;;

adding a new axe

1 week 5 days ago

Decided to add an axe to my list of weapons for my Michael Myers H2 costume

Tunic Pieces

2 weeks 22 hours ago

I've found a polished cotton with a slight stretch that's reasonably opaque for a white fabric.
These are the pieces cut out and ready to sew, with the extra width added to the front panels to make it a wrap front.