I love the artist Sakizou and she has far too many costumes that I wanted to choose from however when I came across this one I had an instant vision on how I wanted to go about constructing this. I just love the colors plus I have been wanting to do a mermaid inspired costume for some time now.
As I said in my earlier post, I am trying to buy as little as possible for this costume and use things I already have. I find it makes things not only challenging but opens my mind up to new methods and ideas. It forces myself to be more creative and resourceful. So far I lucked out and haven’t bought a thing.Also as stated, this costume is not going to be accurate to the picture. I am doing my own interpretation of it so there are things that may be slightly altered.
For the neck, arm and belt piece, I found some old brown faux leather that I had used for a past steampunk costume and painted it purple. I hand painted all the trim gold as well. For the waist buckle thing (not sure what to call it) I simply used eva foam covered in multiple layers of polyurethane (so that the paint would slide on nicely) and layered pieces to make it dimensional. I then added some lace which I cut out and painted gold. I then found an old piece of costume jewelry and added it to the center. I used rub n buff (which is one of my favorite products to use) for the costume jewelry b/c it was silver and then painted the center pink.
My favorite part so far is the neckpiece. I was going to buy some fishing net to use however I got lucky and came across an old purple shirt that seemed perfect. I cut out the desired shape and then painted it gold (yes lots of painting going on in this costume). Then I just simply added some jewels on it and attached it to the choker.
I am now starting to brainstorm the headpiece (I love headpieces by the way) which I have begun by putting brown beads on numerous pieces of cut wire. As with the rest of the costume, I used gold rub n buff to change the color. This is all I have so far but hope to have some more progress very soon. As for now I must get back to my little world of dolls. For those of you who don’t know…I am also a doll maker. If you are interested feel free to check out my work here.
OK…so it’s been a really long time since I have updated anything on this blog….so now that I am finally back in costume mode, I figured it was a good time to update and attempt to keep it updated. I have several new costumes (from Ren Fest, Steampunk festival, Zombie Walk) however I will save that for a future post and focus what I am currently working on.
After going repeatedly through my hundreds of characters that I want to cosplay, I began to narrow them down. I have this problem of not being able to make a final decision which sometimes frustrates me to the point of pushing things until the last minute. However, I know the stress all too well of working several weeks before a con and having to finish pieces in the hotel room. So this year I am not going to let that happen. I am starting now.
So how did I finally settle on these costumes? Well one thing I will admit is that I HATE the frustration of picking out a character and then going shopping for fabric only to realize that they don’t have what I need. The color isn’t right, or its not the right type of fabric that I had in mind. This always seems to happen with my costumes that I choose. So, I realized since I have so many characters that I want to do, why not choose one that I already have the materials for. I have more fabric than I know what to do with so it makes sense and it puts less stress on me and less trips to the fabric store (b/c I know they get tired of seeing me so much).
Also I thought it would be fun for these costumes to try to use only things that I have on hand and buy as little as possible. This way it forces me to think outside the box and use new creative methods. So far I am having a lot more fun with them. And I am not doing them exact but putting my own creative twist on things. I know a lot of cosplayers are particular about being exact but honestly I hate being restricted and sometimes I feel the need to change things. I guess this is why lately i have been choosing characters from artworks rather than well known characters. I feel I have more freedom with them.
Anyway I have been wanting to cosplay characters (too many of them) from the artist Sakizo so I finally settled on these. I actually have a few others that I want to work on (and probably will as I find the perfect fabrics) but in the meantime these are the ones I have started. You may very well see me bouncing back and forth through the year on different costumes. That is just how I am…..I get bored so I go from one to the other and then back…it all just depends on what I am in the mood for.