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Vorfeed Update 1

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I’ve been working on my Vorfeed cosplay for the past few days.  It’s about 45% complete.  So far, it has taken me around 14.5 hours to make this cosplay.  The main dress is nearly done, and I don’t have much left to do otherwise.  I just have to scrunch the bodice, make and add the bow, finish fitting it, and make the hem.  Then it’ll be time to work on the cape, shoes, and gloves. 

The cape shouldn’t be hard.  I just have to make sure I get the layering and feather work right.  I still have no idea how I’m going to make the back feathers.  I have a couple ideas, but I don’t know how well they’ll work.  I still need to get the feathers though.  I need to find a good place that sells good feathers in bulk for a reasonable to good price.

As for the gloves and boots, they are going to be a bit harder.  Ok, a lot harder.  I’ve never make gloves before, much less full arm gloves with large puffy add ons on the top.  Not to mention, I’m using satin that has little to no stretch whatsoever.  I know the gloves are going to be the biggest challenge of the entire cosplay.  Even the wig looks easier. 

The shoes on the other hand look relatively easy, especially compared to the gloves.  I still have to find good base shoes and maybe a couple zippers, but other than that I have what I need.  I even have a pattern halfway worked out.  I just have to test it. 

Finally, the wig looks like it’s going to be one of the easiest pieces of the cosplay.  I’m really glad I chose it for my first time cutting a wig.  I am really nervous but calm at the same time.  I know I can do it.  I know it will turn out fine. 

Oh! I almost for got about the jewels!  I’m going to cast the two jewels myself as soon as I’m able to get the supplies.  I really hope it’s soon because I’d like to get a photo shoot before my friend leaves for college again if it’s possible.  She takes amazing photos.  I’ve wanted to do a shoot with her for a while.  If I don’t get the jewels done in time, I could always improvise…but I don’t want to do that unless I have to. 

Beside my minor aforementioned dilemmas, my cosplay is coming along beautifully.  I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out.  I can’t wait to see the finished project.  I don’t have any pictures to share yet, but I’ll get some up with my next post.  So far it’s nearly perfect with just a few quirks that the laws of physics won’t let me change.  Trying to make a shirt drape and split and fall at a slightly tilted angle just isn’t going to happen no matter how much I wish it would.  Anime characters are known to defy the laws of physics and this cosplay is not without it’s exceptions. 

Voyage of the Dawn Treader Update

Even though my sewing machine broke, I’ve been able to work on my Lucy’s Dawn Treader outfit.  It’s coming a long well, especially since it’s been hand sewn.  Most of the pieces are either in progress or close to completion.  I even have some pictures!

So far I’ve been able to complete the base for the breeches.  They look wonderful!!!  I made then out of velvet and a handmade pattern.  It’s one of the first times I’ve used a handmade pattern so I’m really happy with how they turned out. 

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I still have to add embroidery on the side of the legs and a back closure.  I kinda hurried to get these done so they could be worn for a costume party the weekend.  Because of that I still have a bit to do for the premiere in December.  It shouldn’t take me too long.  I only hope I’m able to apple the designs correctly and get it done in time.  The last thing I want is half embroidered pants for the premiere. 

 

Because it’s such a huge embroidery project, I’ve been working on the jerkin as well.  I almost have the entire front and left side embroidered.  I just have to add the wide band around the bottom both are gone.  The back is going to take a while because of all the embroidery it has, but the right side should be a breeze. 

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The jerkin looks a lot better on my sister than on the dress form.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out in the end.  I can’t wait!  I’m just hoping it’ll look right.  It’s my first time majorly modifying a pattern so I’m really nervous.  I’ll probably have to modify it a bit more to make the sleeves just right.  Other than that I’m happy with the way it’s turning out. 

My final piece for this post is a cloak I made to go with the outfit.  It has nothing to do with the new Narnia movie.  Instead, it is an original design for my sister.  I was originally going to use the fabric for Lucy’s red dress in Prince Caspian, but I decided to modify the design and make it an interchangeable cloak that can go with many time periods and outfits.  Here it is!

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Thank you again for reading.  Keep in touch to see what happens as I find a new machine and scramble to complete my Halloween commissions in time.  See ya soon!

Another New Prom Dress

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Darn patterns!  I do not like how much ease is incorporated into ready make prom dress patterns.  It can mess up perfectly wonderful dresses and turn them into alteration nightmares. 

Ok, Joanns Fabrics is having the Own Your Look prom dress contest.  Naturally, I decide to make another new prom dress for it.  Prom was in a couple weeks anyway and a ginormous sale was going on at Joanns.  Casa Collection fabric for 50% off is a huge deal.  I get my fabric and embellishments or as many as I can considering that I went on either the last or the second to last day of the sale.  Everything was pretty much picked over, but I found what I wanted (even though I had to back six times). With that done and taken care of, I finished up school and graduated.  My school’s prom is weird since it’s after school is officially over. 

Anyway, so I start on the dress.  Following the pattern perfectly, I carefully constructed my work of art.  Even though it took me just under a week, I was very happy to finish up the last details.  Or so I thought.  Excitedly, I tried on the dress only to find that it was at least 2 inches too big.  I was very distraught (I still am a bit) and mad at the pattern.  Even though I had followed it perfectly, the dress still turned out too big.  I realized that I forgot about this annoying thing called ease that is included in every store bought pattern.  Boy, is it a hassle sometimes. 

Frustrated, I tried to alter that dress but to no avail.  I was still too upset about the mis-sizing.  So, I put (ok, threw) the dress in my redo corner and focused on the matching shrug instead.  The shrug turned out exactly as the pattern said.  I didn’t even have to alter the pattern for too much ease.  Heartened by the success of the shrug, I began to alter the dress.  At first it didn’t work so well till I prayed and got the idea to put darts in the bodice and an adjustable bow around the waistband.  Both alterations worked really well!  I reduced the bodice to nearly my size (I still have to put in a couple more darts) and made the waistband look like it actually fit me.  I just have to fix the skirt a bit.  Since the dress has a high waist, the skirt makes me look a bit (ok, more than a bit) bottom heavy and slightly pregnant even though I’m neither.  I know that because of the cut there is not much I can do, but I still want to try to slim out the skirt a bit. 

Challenge

As a challenge to myself and a tribute to my senior year, I have made it a goal to finish four costumes before my freshman year of college, which hopefully will be this fall.  To add an extra twist to my goal, I have added a stipulation to each of the four costumes.

Costume #1 must incorporate some sort of fantasy/costumes armor.
Costume #2 must be made from a pattern I made myself.
Costume #3 must incorporate a homemade hoop skirt.
Costume #4 must be one of my costuming dreams, and I must be very pleased with the outcome of the costume, that means detailing.  

That said, I will now move on to my ideas for the costumes.  For costume #2, I was thinking of making a mascot or Aerith’s Advent Childen dress.  I would use a very modified pattern for her bolero though because a homemade jacket pattern is just to complicated for me right now.  I’m leaning more towards the mascot because it’s more impressive, but I have all the materials I need for Aerith’s costume.  I also have very limited funds and will have to do a lot of saving, so I think Aerith is going to win.  I’m almost positive.
Costume #3, on the other hand, was a cinch to figure out.  I’m going to make one of Meliara Astiar’s gowns.  I’m hoping to make either either her first ball gown or her masquerade gown or her court gown.  I’m leaning more toward her masquerade gown.  The court gown is second.
As for costume #4, it’s going to be either Rouge’s green and yellow costume from X-men or an 18th centurey ball gown.  I’m at an impasse for both.
I’ll just say right now that I HAVE NO IDEA what I am going to do for costume #1.  I’ve never made costume armor before, and I haven’t really looked into very many characters with or examples of costume armor either.  But I know I want to make costume armor, for sure. 
So I need to start researching my ideas even more and start calculating costs, time, etc. soon, especially since I have this deadline.  I just hope school slows down so I can more done and have more time to work on my projects.