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I've been cosplaying since about 2008, at first on my own and gradually doing more photoshoots with friends and attending cons together. I try to hand-make a lot of my outfits but I'm still somewhat of a beginner in using a sewing machine!

Last online 3 years ago

Canterbury/London

Joined: 1st Dec 2010

Completed costumes: 41

Photos uploaded: 100

Progress journals: 6

Events attended: 20

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Working on the hat, bit by bit. It's huge, isn't it. . .

Bass progress!! It doesn't look like much but it's lightweight and easy to carry at least~

First, before I remind myself how to sew, I'm working on the wig. All of Cilan's hair is slicked back so Matt (who'll be cosplaying Chilli) suggested putting in a hairline around the wig to make it more realistic -- I'm using this tutorial (http://malindachan.deviantart.com/art/Wig-Hairline-Tutorial-216211961) to do just that. It seems to be alright at the front for the moment!

So I bought tartan fabric the other day to make the skirt, thinking I needed 1.5 times my waist size to make pleats-- and upon checking this tutorial (http://thecosplaychronicles.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-cosplay-pleated-skirt.html), turns out I needed 2.5 times instead. derp.

Luckily Fuuka's skirt is quite short despite her fat thighs, so I had enough material for the pleats AND the waistband. And I ended up making the pleats from just looking at the reference picture since the above tutorial is actually for knife pleats (instead of box pleats gathered at the top...) ... DERP #2.

All in all it was less difficult than I expected, and just required repetitive actions in tacking and sewing instead. I think it turned out well! (WIP picture included.)

Before heading out to find a matching blazer or fabric for the blazer, I thought it would go fine since the maroon of the skirt was very red in my mind.

Turns out it's far more purpley red than I thought. Impossible to find any garment or fabric that was /exactly the same colour/. :|

To solve this, on our trip to Singer's today, I settled with Derby cotton which was a light maroon colour-- redder and lighter than what I was going for-- and bought some Dylon 'Burlesque Red' dye. Hopefully that'll work. I wish they still did the little one-off pots of dye, they were cheap.

I'll have a go at dyeing the fabric soon.

Should have done this earlier |D

So far I have; received my maroon/burgundy skirt and shortened/hemmed it, twice, because it was pretty long. Ironing the pleats works a little bit, so at least there is a vague notion of pleated-ness at the hem of the skirt.

My wig has arrived and thankfully it doesn't have a parting-- instead it has a very very long fringe which can be swept to either side. This is great since I was having such a panic re: NO WIG-SELLERS HAVE WIGS WITH YAMATO'S PARTING. It's incredibly soft and shiny!

Legwarmers are... pretty cheap and bad quality. But I have them. I'll be wearing them with white cotton socks, possible sock glue to hold them up, and a pair of schoolshoes I found which I had purchased years ago to cosplay Dokuro-chan. So they have skulls draw on the bottom in Sharpie. |D oops.

Right now I'm sort-of waiting for money to appear out of nowhere so that I can buy fabric to make her blazer so that it matches colours with the skirt, uniform-style. It's double-breasted and has a specific design...


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