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So I'm working on throwing together Mikazuki's battle outfit for Anime Central, which is in five weeks (oh god I don't want to think about that). Like a lot of the Touken Ranbu designs, there is kind of a lot going on, so I thought I would break down the components and make some notes of them for my own reference, and maybe that will be helpful for other people out there, too :) This post is going to be the big fabric bits, because they're sort of the foundation of the outfit.

Most of these pieces are actually pretty close to traditional Heian era garments - I'm using Reconstructing History's Heian men's clothing pattern as a base for most of it.

-Kosode: This is really only visible on the concept/reference art - on the in-game sprites, it only shows as the innermost white collar at his neckline. Important, though, because this is what actually covers your arms and sides! His is pretty much the same as historical versions, or a slight varation on a modern kimono - narrower body, no front tuck, ends about knee-length I'm using a white cotton sateen because I had a bunch already, and I'm a sweaty person so I need an under-layer that's machine washable. Mostly done already because I can sew kimono in my sleep, practically.

-Hitoe: The white layer that's mostly visible, right under the blue one. It's pretty close to Heian hitoe, with two exceptions, both in the sleeve area - one is that the sleeves look to be all one piece, instead of made up of two pieces (which is more an artifact of traditional Japanese fabric widths than anything), and then the sleeves are open on the bottom and wrist edge, as well as the body edge. So I'm going to take the traditional hitoe pattern, cut the sleeves as one block, and then line them because the edges are super-visible when they're open like that and I have enough hemming as it is. I think I'm going to buy some white polyester chirimen (chirimen is a type of tight crepe weave that is easily the most common fabric used for kimono). Normally I'd buy a bolt of vintage kimono silk from Ichiroya - you can get them for ~$50 plus shipping, and they're 15m or so - but 1) a lot of the whites tend to have discolored with age and 2) they're traditional width, which is about 15" and thus too narrow for me to do the sleeves in one piece for. Thankfully Tomato has 44" polyester chirimen for ~$14/m on their Rakuten store.

-Kariginu: The giant blue monstrosity. Like the hitoe, this mostly only differs from the traditional cut in having single-piece sleeves that are open all the way around. I'm lining the whole thing because there are a lot of visible edges/insides, and I have the feeling the fabric I'm using is going to be fray-tastic. It's a royal blue brocade with the sayagata pattern woven in - it's a little bigger, with slightly thicker lines than the patterning on Mikazuki's kariginu, but honestly, it's probably as close as you're going to get without actually weaving your own (don't do that, please). Okuyama sells it online, though I was lucky enough that a friend was willing to pick some up in person for me when she was in Tokyo last month, which saved me a bunch on shipping. My sewing project for today, I think!

-Hakama: The only part of this that isn't mostly-Heian in style. Hakama were part of Heian ensembles, but they had fewer pleats than modern styles, and were waaaay longer so they could be gathered up at the ankles and have a nice poof. The pleat arrangement and length on Mikazuki's place them pretty solidly in 'modern' (19th century to present) style. Round Earth's hakama pattern is my go-to for that, though I may leav off the backboard (which is solidly a 20th century martial arts addition). I'm airbrushing the gradient on a heavy matte polyester satin, which, uh, is an adventure. And probably a whole post to itself at some point.

Next time: armor, armor, and more armor!
momijizukamori: Gwendal from Kyo Kara Maou, looking grumpy. The text reads '...Don't make me stab you with my knitting needles' (Gwendal | knitting)
A short list of things that have been happening, some of which may get more elaboration later:

-Anime Boston, where I ran the Cosplay Repair Station and did not get nearly enough sleep, but had a good time anyway.

-We held Hackathon 10 and 5/7ths at work - I got pulled in to be on the decor committee (because an event run by a Burning Man regular does not do things by half-measures), and frankly it looked awesome. I will definitely be posting some photos of that, because I was so happy with it (and am still sad we had to return the office kitchen to just a kitchen)

-Python. So much Python.

-Whatever we're calling this most recent mass-exodus from LJ. I may actually finally turn off crossposting and go back and lock my entries there (not deleting, though, because I'd rather keep control of the username)
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Three guesses who's coming up soon on my cosplay list, and the first two don't count ;) #cosplay
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Pictures from Anime Boston! Please pardon the mall background, it was the best we could do with the weather. Had a lot of fun with this costume.


Cho Hakkai: @momijizukamori


Sha Gojyo: @pinnedtogether


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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:29
momijizukamori: Yuna from Final Fantasy X, dancing a sending. The text reads in script 'dreamer' (Yuna | Dreamer)
One thing I've been thinking about a lot the last few weeks, both because of the election and because of the number of tech podcasts I'm listening to and the various long-form pieces on the ethical and privacy implications of technology, is the importance of supporting platforms that are built by the community, for the community. Every month or so I see posts on my tumblr dash going 'why can't tumblr be more introspective and accepting of long-form pieces like LJ used to be' and frankly there is a pretty clear answer: Tumblr's business model revolves around getting you hooked on the dopamine rush of likes and reblogs, which is not a goal well-served by slow, thoughtful introspection. Basically all the other major social media sites - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - are the same way. They're popular because they're sticky, and their sticky because they were designed to be sticky, without a lot of attention paid to the kinds of interactions being fostered or the long-term effects on our attention-span or the way we relate to others. Which is why I spend the bare minimum of time on FB to keep up with my social groups I can't connect with anywhere else but there (or Twitter, but Twitter is everything I don't like about Tumblr turned to 11).

And the reason for this can be basically summed up as 1) advertising and 2) Wall Street. Denise has a huge essay on why advertising is a bad business model for social media and there is almost certainly a well-thought-out piece on why catering to the short-term gains for investors rather than long-term gains for end-users is a bad idea, but I don't feel like trying to find something - hopefully it's not a theory I have to really convince a lot of you on. At this point Facebook and podcasts are the only times I regularly experience advertising, because I don't watch broadcast television, and run ad-block software basically constantly, so the rare experiences I do have ads just highlight how fucking obnoxious they are, and the more I have to see and hear ads for MeUndies the more I never want to give them my money.

So in this sort world, a place like Dreamwidth becomes more and more important, and I'm going to try and do what I can to support it.
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Goodbye, #bishounencon! This moebot is tired and heading home, but it was a fun weekend. #cosplay #gundam00
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At #bishounencon! I really should name this starfish at some point #toukenranbu #cosplay
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Last-minute #ouji coord for lunch at Max Brenner - I went straight for dessert, haha. Blouse is #littledipper, cost is #atelierboz and everything else is off-brand.
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It is the year of our lord 2017, and we sure are still Homestuck Trash.


Katsucon Barstuck, Running of the Fantrolls
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With @pearlgirl710 @yaexrae @saccharinesylph @terieri @ilabelle @pyropi @chairman-miaow @kidbunni @roxasdestati @rawrimamidget @xagave @imploder @momijizukamori @psychopyro813 @spirithealer118



(Far left of the big group shot - I look suitably ashamed of the hot mess that my wig is there)

Katsucon 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:50
momijizukamori: Dante and Virgil from Dante's Inferno. There is an arrow pointing to Dante reading 'gay for Virgil' (Dante/Virgl | 16th century Italian self-)
Katsucon was great - it was fantastic to see so many friends again, and it was nice to just relax and and not worry about stuff for a few days (once I got my forgotten kimono sorted out, anyway). I spent a lot of time people-watching and chatting. Part of me wishes I'd done a higher-profile cosplay or two, because all of my stuff was obscure shit and Katsu is a cosplay-con for me, but not losing my mind over cosplay for a month before was worth it, I think (and well, we can't all be e-famous *g*). I'm going to try to get some more non-IG shots up this week - I spent yesterday cleaning madly, and then woke up this morning with a massive tension headache and not enough sleep, which means I'm only just now getting to editing the photos off my camera.
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Date clan thug life with @pinnedtogethercosplay #cosplay #katsucon #sengokubasara
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Had fun cosplaying this smol nerd tantou tonight~ #katsucon #cosplay #toukenranbu
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Okitagumi 4 life #katsucon #toukenranbu #cosplay
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Rub'n'buff ALL the things #toukenranbu #cosplay
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The picture says it all, really.
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What I have left to do:

Yasusada:

  • crests on bracers
  • finish painting the chestplate
  • an entire haori

Toshii:

  • attach horns to wig + style bangs
  • detailing on prosthetic hand pieces
  • paint all prosthetic arm parts
  • assemble arm

Kojuro:

  • collar pins
  • finish styling wig

I thought I was pretty on top of stuff but sitting here looking at this is just like *screams inside*

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Mmm, spray paint fumes. Priming Yasusada's armor and robot arm panels. #cosplay #toukenranbu
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Really pleased with how my indigo dye and resist tests came out! #cosplay #fabric #dyeing
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Katsucon is less than a month away! Which means I'm into 'panic' territory, but to a significantly smaller degree than previous years, because I am doing a lot less than in previous years, and am already well on my way working on it. Two and a half new costumes - it was going to be three and a half, but it turned out someone else was already doing Impa for the Ocarina of Time group, so I shelved that for now. The two and half new ones are Katakura Kojuro from Sengoku Basara, Gakuen Basara flavor; Homestuck AU of a cyberpunk AU of Hijikata Toshizo from Peacemaker Kurogane; and remaking some parts of Yamatonokami Yasusada from Touken Ranbu (which is the half - I have a wearable outfit for him already, it's just being made better). And it's been good to play around with a bunch of new techniques without the pressure of having SO MUCH stuff to do.

Kojuro is the simplest of these, because it's mostly pre-bought components. I'm doing some wig styling, too, but the real challenge will be make-up, because I'm still not much past 'generally passable' and I'd like to work on that more. Gotta do lots of practice...

Toshi has had the bulk of major new experimenting - mostly in the robot-arm, which I'm doing out of eva foam and thermoplastics, but I also had to reweft a wig to get the high ponytail, and this is what I was building my own screenprinting frame for. Lots of discussion on the arm to come, though not tonight. (and lest I forget, art is a commission from the fantastic [Bad username or site: roachpatrol @ tumblr.com"])

Yasusada has some foamwork as well - I'm making a new chestplate, because the one I've been using is actually from a different costume, and is both too big and has the wrong details for this one. The other new stuff is actually going old-school - I'm remaking the arm-guards in sheepskin leather with gold leaf for the crests, and I'm experimenting with traditional Japanese stencil-dyeing techniques and indigo dye to remake the haori. Exciting, if slightly messy!

Each one of these things will probably get it's own post, because I can talk forever about this stuff *g* Hopefully with a bunch of photos, though my documenting is far from thorough
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I have a bunch of different things I want to post about (sorting algorithms, focus, cosplay stuff, things I have been watching) but the last few years, it's felt so hard to pull words together into a coherent whole, and it takes an enormous amount of time that I don't have. But I'm writing this to, well, throw something out here, in hopes that if I keep doing it, it'll get easier again. That said - any topic in particular people would like first?

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