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.
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.
I hope to have better images soon of my costumes so for more updates on my work please check my Facebook cosplay page.
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:
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.
A-kon 24 is less than 3 weeks away and for the first time EVER I am not behind on my costume. I am so used to working until late night before the con, and in some cases, in the hotel AT the con. Yes, I admit I am a last minute person and although sometimes I find myself working better under the pressure, I have learned from last years stress that it just isn’t worth it. I also picked a much easier costume this time due to time constraints and lack of money.
The pirate girl costume I am working on is by an artist named Shunya Yamashita. You will hear me mention him a lot because I LOVE his art. I have already cosplayed several of his characters and have several more planned for future cons. His work is amazing and I recommend checking him out if you haven’t heard of him.
First thing I made on this costume was the corset. I used a black and white dull satin, and the corset is completely lined, interfaced and boned. I still need to add the pink bow on the front as well as the lace on the top and add the brass grommets on the back. For the jacket I used a gabardine and although I did use a bolero pattern I had to modify it by adding the collar as well as changing the sleeves so that they were more full. I absolutely HATE sewing in sleeves and the fact that I had to enlarge them made it much more annoying. I also made all the binding as well. The hat I am still a bit unhappy with but it is going to have to do. I don’t feel like losing my sanity by making another. I still need to add the ostrich plume (which needs to be dyed).
The armor is made of worbla, similar to wonderflex but seems to work better on curved surfaces, in my opinion. The worbla was shaped over a pair of bra cups that I cut up and bent to the correct shape. I am still in the process of doing layers of gesso before I can sand and paint it.
I admit I was a bit worried about making the boots for this costume due to their different lengths. At first I was going to just buy a pair of brown boots however I lucked out when I found the perfect piece of leftover leather at the fabric store. Unfortunately their was exactly a yard left so I knew their was no room for error when making them. They are still a work in progress but so far I am happy with how they are turning out.