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.



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


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.



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!



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


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.

Lizzie's Wig!


As I was styling Lizzie's wig I remembered to take a couple of step-by-step photos, so you can see how the pigtails have changed.

Dress and Jacket


So I took a long time on this jacket! It's only small and something that a lot of folk could put together in much much less time but I was determined to get out of my habit of rushing everything I make. The jacket is made of a cream brocade and I lined the whole thing, and added facings made of that same brocade. I had to wing the pattern because I didn't have one to hand that matched enough-- if the collar was right the jacket fit and cut was wrong or vice-versa! So the collar doesn't sit quite right, but even still I'm proud that I was able to come up with the pattern myself. The collar is made of brown cotton that can also be found on my skirt and hat and has interfacing on the inside. I also had to adapt my sleeve pattern to add the big 'puffs' that Lizzie has although lining the sleeves was definitely a tough thing to get my head around. I also included a picture of my skirt in-progress. I sewed blocks of green twill into one long run and the black stripes are grosgrain ribbon that I pinned and sewed in place. Along the hem of the skirt once this was done, I added a long stripe of brown cotton and rolled the hem. The skirt isn't lined just because it's already quite heavy!

Gloves and Sleeves


I wanted to add a picture of my gloves because even though they don't match the reference (they should be brown) they're really pretty and were a nice eBay purchase! All of the colour-accurate gloves were completely wrong-looking so I settled for 'inaccurate but nice' instead. I also included a picture of my sleeve cuff, purely for the fact it's the first time I've fully lined sleeves and added facings and I'm just really proud of them! I hope I can get faster at stuff like this as I keep trying.

Lizzie's Hat


Lizzie's hat started life as a 'steampunk' costume hat from Ebay. I pulled off the design that was glued on and replaced it with a 'cover' made out of brown cotton that I'll be using elsewhere in the costume too. On top of that I added some green ribbon tied in a bow to help it match up with the reference. The ribbon that ties under my chin is glued underneath the hat itself and I can cover it with my clip on pigtails!

Jirou's Wig


I took a couple of pictures of my wig before and after I'd cut it, as little bit of a WIP. It could do with being cut shorter but I was really nervous so chickened out completely and left it as a regular bob cut as opposed to the angled one Jirou sports.



These started out life as a £3 pair of black velvet boots from Primark. They were actually really cute so altering them was a bit saddening xD For some wild reason I have an endless supply of white stretch pleather so I used that to cover the boots (including the heel) and make the ankle cuffs. The ankle cuffs are separate to make it easier to use the side zip, they attach with Velcro to the inside of the boot. Originally I painted on the floral designs but they got washed off at Amecon (that rain was horrendous). At some point I'll repaint them, but I'm going to test out some other types of paint on scrap fabric to find something a little more sturdy.

Mega crunch

White Tigress

Ive been very busy lately so when I finally got around to doing the suit I had to do most of it in a single sitting *sobs* There are things id very much like to improve on but it will do for now

Onion Knight skin


Started embroidering the face and stitching the pattern pieces together. Still don’t know whether to make the sword and shield out of polyester filling, or whether I should use fimo clay. Still tonnes more work to do anyway...

Apron and belt


Like the bodice, I hand-embroidered the flower design with DMC cottons. I made the apron from green linen (sob all that ironing), and it simply safety-pins onto the skirt c: it has no visible attachment in the art and I was admittedly being lazy but it works and saves the bulk of knotting a waist-tie! The belt and pouch were made from faux suede. The pouch has a coutil interlining to help it stay in shape, and it slips onto the belt c: both are lined with more striped fabric!

Harisen recovery

White Tigress

I dont have the time or funds for the katana so for a laugh and a change of pace I have a paper fan :'D very lazy prop.


White Tigress

Just a quickie from fabric from my stash.


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