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.
Follow my cosplay page for more of my work and progress pics:
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.
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).
This year for A-kon 24, I chose two costumes based off the artworks of Shunya Yamashita. Here are a few pics of my pirate girl costume. (I still need to do a better photoshoot for this one so more pics will be coming soon).
Everything made by me with the exception of the stockings. I still need to get a plume for her hat because the one I got was the wrong color and not as full as I would have liked. I would also like to remake the sword since I am not very pleased with how it turned out.
I often work on several projects at a time, sometimes not knowing when I plan to wear some of these costumes. I started this one b/c I happen to come across some remnant fabric that was leftover from previous projects. I have been wanting to cosplay a character from the art of Sakizou for some time now but could never narrow it down (she has so many amazing designs). Yesterday I got the urge to sew a corset so I decided to start.on this one.
Obviously, I am not being 100% faithful to the original design. I am trying to stick with the idea as much as possible however I wanted to give myself a challenge by not spending a whole lot of money and trying to work with things I have on hand, therefore many aspects of the costume are being modified. I had the perfect pattern chosen for her corset, however being the messy, unorganized person that I am, I seemed to have misplaced the bra pieces,so I had to go to plan B. I decided to change up the design and make it an under bust corset instead. I will purchase a nice strapless pushup bra for the top and add white stripes (to give it a nice 3d look) then add the ruffles and details. Although her corset appears to be more grey, I decided to recreate it in black satins and lace. I will add some buttons down the front like in the original design, as well as some ruffles in the back. Also I am not quite sure what is going on with her shoes, so that I will be making up completely on my own.
I also have some other of Sakizou’s costumes planned out and I will be working on them as I find suitable fabrics for them ) As I said before, I am a gemini (for those of you interested in astrology) and I change my mind a lot and I often find myself starting a lot of projects at one time but in the end it works out because when I get annoyed with one, I can move on to another. It also prevents me from getting bored. 🙂
These are a few that I hope to have completed: ( I have already started cutting out the pieces for “coffee”)
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.