Well I just realized I have done a horrible job keeping up my cosplay blog and have many completed costumes to share so today I am making it a goal to start getting this page updated. I left off with progress of Rydia (Final Fantasy iv) which I wore last year to A-kon 26.
As I probably stated in my previous post, the fabric for the corset, arm pieces, and belt pieces were all constructed from an old prom dress that I found at the $2 goodwill. As always, working on a budget while still making things look good is my goal, along with putting my own personal touch on each character. Corset is made with steel boning, and lined with heavy twill. Each star is hand made by cutting out fabric stars and gluing thousands of tiny tiny gold balls/beads) and then lining with gold trim. All the beads on this costume are hand painted gold.
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Pics 1-5 photography by Patrick DT and last set by Lauren Koehler.
I have such a long list of characters that I want to cosplay and it is always hard for me to come to a conclusion on which one I want to bring to life, so I came up with a method to help me make my decision easier. One of the things I hate doing is choosing a character and getting so stressed because I can’t find the perfect fabric or the things I need so since I already have a large stock of fabrics and supplies to work with, I use that as a guide to which character I will choose.
One of the characters I have been wanting to do for a long time is Rydia from Final Fantasy. I always loved seeing other’s different interpretations of her and have long been inspired to do my own. When digging through my stash of fabrics, all kind of ideas starting coming to mind. I happened to come across an old green prom dress that I had bought from the $2 goodwill and although it isn’t quite the green I wish it was, I decided to use it anyway. Since I am an artist for a living and don’t have a lot of spare money, I tend to always improvise and use what I have on hand.
So far all I have completed are the corset and the belt. All the stars are individually cut out, painted, and then I added gold beads, and gold wire trim around the ends, then attached to the top. I then made all the smaller stars and adorned them with jewels. I still have a lot more beading that I plan to add to it. I still have quite some time until my next convention so I will just work on it as I have spare time available. I wanted to get a head start on my A-kon/Mechacon costumes.. I have learned over the years that waiting until the last minute is too stressful on me so I am doing my best to avoid that. More pics of progress coming soon.
Wow, I have been doing a really horrible job of keeping up with this blog. I have been posting everything on my Majestic Thorns art blog so started neglecting this one. Feel free to follow me here where things are more likely to be more updated. I post my costumes, as well as my art dolls, drawings, and modeling pics.
I have a lot of things to update so I will just start where I last left off….my forest fairy costume which was worn to Texas Renaissance festival 1001 Dreams weekend. As with all my costumes, I worked on a budget using old clothing that I cut up as well as old scraps of fabric. Luckily I have built up quite the collection of random fabrics so I have lots of things to work with. I wanted a messy random look for this costume so all the scraps worked out perfectly.
As for the wings, this was my first pair of fairy wings so it took me a few times making them before I was satisfied. I used the old fashion method of using panty hose over wire and acrylic paints. Although they stressed me out at first and I pouted quite a lot in the beginning, I am quite pleased with how they turned out.
It was quite fun running and bouncing around like a little fairy. In fact, I am so ready for next year so I can make a new pair of wings….although I guess really I have no reason to wait. Who knows maybe I will make a new pair soon. I am thinking purple!!
This coming weekend is Texas Renaissance Festival 1001 dreams so I have been working on a fairy costume, something I have been wanting to do for a while. I didn’t have much money to spend on this costume so the entire thing is made of scrap fabric, green tulle and old clothing that I cut up. The shoes are also some old shoes that I just painted and added flowers and tulle. I think the only thing I spent money on was the wig, which is from Arda wigs. Also this is my first time making fairy wings and although I was a bit frustrated and had to rip them up several times, I am feeling a little more confident about the way they turned out.
Everything is original design for this costume.
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Sorry for all the quick posts… I am just trying to update my blog with my newest costumes. This is my 3rd one made for A-kon 25. It’s just a very simple little costume based off Rose from the artworks of Sakizou (yes, again!) During the con I definitely got tired of walking in my mermaid costume (the tail restricted my movements) and my Geisha (big heavy wig) so this was my backup comfortable costume that I changed into usually by the end of the night. Again, I created my own interpretation of the costume.
Everything was created by me. (with the exception of the stockings and lace arm pieces).
Another costume by one of my favorite artists, Sakizou. I was really just drawn to this beautiful image the moment I saw it and I knew what I wanted to do to bring it to life. Luckily, I happened to have some red fabric to make the dress and arm pieces although I do wish the red had been a more deeper red like the picture. But again, like my mermaid costume, I was on a budget so working with the things I already had. I believe in the end I only bought the wig (which was a long straight wig that I styled myself), umbrella ,fan and the gold beads for the headpiece. Lucky for me, my mother has done crafts for about 30 years so I have inherited a lot of her collection of fabrics, flowers, lace, etc. So I am pretty stocked up and sometimes I use this to determine which of the costumes I will choose.
Everything on the bow was hand painted, as well as all accents on the arm pieces.
This costume was also worn to A-kon 25 in Dallas, TX.
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Wow! I just realized how really bad I have been about keeping up this blog. I guess its time to update with some of my new costumes (all of them by the artworks of the wonderful artist Sakizou)
This one is my mermaid costume from the artworks of Sakizou, worn at A-kon 25 in Dallas, TX. I won “Most Creative Award” for the hall cosplay contest! Everything is made by me and created on a very low budget. My goal was to not spend much money and use only things I had already on hand, finding ways to improvise so that it was close to the original as possible. In the end, the only thing I bought was the wig, and the gold fabric for the bottom of the fin. I do admit I did stray away a bit from the original design particularly on the hair, the fins at the bottom, a slight change in the overall colors as well as a few minor details that were left out. However, I am not a cosplayer that believes in complete accuracy and I do not believe their is anything wrong with doing your own interpretation of a character.
Overall, the tail is made of about 200 scales, all hand cut and individually painted….it took such a long time and patience but so rewarding in the end.
I still need to get some better photos but in the meantime here are a few: