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Progress work on my jacket for Jade! I drafted the pattern Saturday afternoon, spent Saturday night and most of Sunday dyeing white twill the appropriate shade of dark teal, and then started assembling it yesterday. The front closure on this design is so weird….

Very proud of the dye - it took three rounds and four different colors to finally hit what I wanted, so I think I’m justified in that :T Next up: a million yards of twill bias tape.

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Cosplay WIP - West Witch, Skirt Painting

I managed to take photos really quick while I was working on stuff, but did not have time/energy to upload them before Katsu (or even right after Katsu, haha). The underskirt edges were airbrushed, because I make a lot of poor choices but I wasn’t going to let hand-painting 30 yard of hems be one of them. I made some stencils/masks out of plastic, spaced with little wire loops (so that I could spray in between them without the wire blocking off fabric). I used basting spray to hold them down on the fabric, because it cleans up with soap and water if things got gummy. It took a good eight to ten hours to do both the layers.

The top skirt was mostly freehanded - I made some attempts at stencils but they didn’t give me the quality I wanted, so I ended up making a basic template to trace the outline off of using tracing paper, and then sat with a brush and painted in all forty of them. I ended up using part of a Gutterman thread spool to stamp the circles, because my ability to freehand circles with a paintbrush is basically non-existant. This took another eight hours or so total (which explains why I didn’t get a bunch of other stuff finished in time)

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help me I am in fabric hellllll

More feathers - I don’t have the energy for a full write-up but basically, for whatever reason, the batch of feathers we got do not want to take up dye. All the tutorials are like ‘just swish them around for a few minutes’, and the two left hand groups in that photos were in the dye baths for a good two hours. The ones on the right I left soaking overnight and then heated up, which finally actually made them more or less the right color and shade.

In sewing, trying to stitch cording in an even geometric pattern across a surface that curves in more than one direction is… basically impossible, really, but you can fudge the sizing some. After a few attempts at laying it out with pins or straight edges, I made a little square of card (actually a business card I had in my wallet, I was in class and going stir-crazy), and started marking out the corners with loops of thread. Tedious, but it works. I have about half the cord down - hopefully I can get the rest done tomorrow. I also turned and ironed the hems of the scalloped underskirts. They still need to be painted, but they’re looking pretty good.

Finally, some fabric porn from my better camera - like I said before, my point and shoot doesn’t really capture the colors (for ex, look at the corset photos), and even the DSLR doesn’t get the full depth of the dupioni in a single shot. But man, is it gorgeous.

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Emerging briefly from under my piles of fabric with evidence that I am actually working on things. Stuff being dyed (these fucking feathers, man), giant pile of underskirt hems, overskirt at a super awkward angle, inner layers for the corset. The dupioni I’m using for the overskirt and corset is gorgeous but does not photograph well with my point and shoot.

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Cosplay Progress - fancytier Aradia and West Witch

Yaaaay Aradia’s almost done - just need to make wings and the little gear buttons for the cuffs and garter ends. The beading on the shirt turned out… decently (the flash shine makes it kind of hard to see). Boots were some grey Ugg-knockoffs that were $20 on Amazon - I took out the back seam, poked holes with an exacto knife, and then used one of my tapestry needles to thread the charmeuse ‘ribbon’ through. The soles are painted with red Angelus leather paint, which held up well on the sandals I did for D*C

Meanwhile, in Sakizou land: giant bling, giant hat, giant skirt. Making molds of the rhinestones right now so I can make copies in the colors I need, and then I sketched out the underskirt border on one of my muslin panels to get an idea of the size.

God I have so much to do still fffffff

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Cosplay WIP - more West Witch corset

So I managed to get rid of the worst of the gaping, and create a more flattering silhouette - and then realized that the corset was about two inches too short for my torso. Which I really should have checked on the front pattern pieces before I cut the thing out, but oh well. I cut it apart right below the bust cups and added extra panels to increase the height, so now the fit is pretty decent everywhere except the cups. I don’t feel like dealing with those tonight though so… later this week!

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Cosplay WIP - fancytier Aradia

I really wanted to get all the machine-sewing done today, but I spent like half an hour fighting with my serger and then felt too demoralized to stay up late sewing. But I only really have the hood left to sew, as I got through the rest of the shirt. I ended up tweaking some stuff from the original design, mostly because I put on one cap sleeve and remembered why I don’t wear cap sleeves - wide shoulders and big biceps means they’re a pain to fit. So I used the original shirt pattern sleeves, which are more fluttery, but it work for Aradia, I think.

Also, my beading supplies from Fire Mountain Gems showed up today! I got the jacket ALMOST done, except - I forgot the jacket cuffs needed beads, so instead of having a comfortable oversupply, I am about ten beads short, and will have to order more.

Finally, as proof that I haven’t forgotten about it entirely, the skirt muslin for my Sakizou outfit. It’s like seven yards of fabric, it’s kind of ridiculous.

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Cosplay WIP - Fancytier Aradia

So! When last we saw this project, it was December 2014, and I had just dyed the trim and shirt fabric. It got put on hold for most of 2015, though I did pick up the red polyester dupioni to replace the poly-wool gabardine that wasn’t red enough. The shorts are a pants pattern I modified myself to make a standard base that fit me (originally from a Vogue men’s suit pattern, iirc), and the bolero is McCall’s M6911 with some mods, primarily in the sleeves. I made the dubious decision to handsew all the trim on the jacket, though I did get a lot of anime watched in the process.

The Time symbol is charmeuse I dyed red - the tone variations are not quite like the original art, but trying to find close tones in appropriate fabric is really hard. Silk-on-silk was not a good choice for my first time doing needleturn hand applique, but it turned out decently well and the line of seed beads (currently on order) will hide any of the flaws and help set it off a bit more from the background.

Super-pleased with how much I got done in two and a half weeks, particularly with finals and holidays!

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Black Queen - WIP

The velvet nightmare I’ve mentioned occasionally, but haven’t posted any photos of because GOD is it a pain in the butt to wrestle onto my dressform. At some point (probably once I have photos of the finished product) I’ll write up a post about the inspirations behind this and some of the patterning process. Suffice to say the top portion of the dress took like three tries to draft properly before I got to dealing with the velvet, and the sleeves still aren’t right but I don’t have the energy to make them again from scratch.

I got some lovely red-black silk in the mail from Silk Baron today, but unfortunately failed to get enough to do a full cascade overskirt out of, so I’m playing around with other fabric I have to see what I can come up with.

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Cosplay WIP - Garfit

With cameo appearance by the disaster in my room. I did get some other stuff done today, but no pictures - tomorrow maybe. Today was finishing up the last of the major sewing work - most of which was on Garfit. As I told Fi yesterday, this capelet is business on the outside, party on the inside.

Now to just bling everything out, basically.

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Cosplay WIP - assorted

A bunch of stuff is now actually looking ‘done’-ish which means… more photos!

All the sewing on the kimono and obi for Duskull is FINISHED. Incidentally, it is really hard to put a dressform in a kimono, particularly one intended for someone slightly smaller than the dressform goes.

The frosting on my space halo (which is a Rustoleum spray-on thing) came out really nicely, which leaves figuring out how exactly I’m attaching it to myself. Probably either a headband or nice sturdy hairpin run through a hole in the middle. I also spent some time cleaning up yesterday’s pile of random plastic bits to… slightly nicer plastic bits? I’ll glue it all together tomorrow, probably. And I sanded and painted the claw decorations for Snorlax - I left them fairly rough on-purpose, because I thought it gave them a more ‘organic’ feel. Not sure my split-rings are big enough, but I can buy some bigger ones.

Last but not least, the whiteboard I’ve been writing down costume notes on - it finally got full enough crossing things off that I went and erased everything that was done, which makes my lists look very tiny.

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Cosplay WIP - various

Have I been too busy crafting to actually post photos of said crafting? Yes I have. The upside is that I’ve gotten a ton done in the last week and a half or so.

Top row is current state of my Snorlax (just need to put ties on the hakama and add the claws!) and a Duskull kimono I’m making for Andy. The lining on the latter wasn’t sitting right so I went and pulled it out today to realign it.

Sollux glasses took like fifteen minutes once my transparent vinyl showed up, not counting the hour I spent looking for the tiny, tiny nut I’d dropped on the floor of my room. Quick cosplay test… sometime? When I remember before like 10pm maybe.

The version of the X belt-buckle I wore to CAPE, which was way better than my previous ones, but still has room for improvement - I mixed too much of the bronze XTC 3D and than panicked when it started setting early and sort of glopped it all over the other pieces, which made them ugly and lumpy which is why they are not appearing here. I also made the loops for the belt too small, so there is another giant pile of plastic bits that are going to be the new and improved version. I also freehand-sculpted my claws for Snorlax out of some Free-Form Air, and I’ll probably sand them tomorrow if the weather is okay enough for working outside.

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Cosplay WIP - assorted

Posting so that maybe it will give me a sense of accomplishment instead of a sense of terror? I think the arrival of my Dharma supplies brought with it a wave of ‘oh shit what am I doing’.

Anyway. Kimono top and haori for Snorlax are nearly done - they both need some handstitching and I need to thread the cording and ‘claws’ through the jump rings on the sleeves. The messy pile of plastic bits is me crying inside over these stupid X-Factor belts - I’m really really trying to get Shatterstar’s done to wear to CAPE on Saturday. And first coat of red on my sandals for Matron of Space, which looks… really good, actually.

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Cosplay WIP  - assorted

Other things I’ve been doing in the last few days - Sollux wig now has horns, I cut my Matron of Space halo out (and managed not to snap any of the swirls off until I was sanding the edges, argh - hope the glue holds), and my top for Snorlax, which still need the collar and cuffs and is basically huge and fluffy right now.

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Cosplay WIP - Garfit (with bonus fabric porn)

I got this komon bolt from Ichiroya for like $50, and there had been a note about about the pattern being divided into different parts, but I didn’t realize until I’d unrolled the whole thing that the pattern had been laid out in distinct pieces, so that the wave pattern would be right-side-up on both the front and the back, with a really smooth transition at the shoulder. So once I noticed that I couldn’t bear to cut it into smaller pieces, so the sleeveless robe for Garfit is the two body pieces with the excess folded up to double as a self-lining. That way I still have the option of making it into an actual kimono in the future.

It’s going to have a dark purple collar, but I’m still waiting on my order from Dharma to ship.

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Cosplay WIPs

Stuff I’ve been working on in the last few days, in between dealing with car stuff and doing room-painting for a friend of the family so I actually have money for all this shit

  • Captor horns! With streaks of ‘I didn’t knead this enough’ which explains why they still felt slightly sticky two days later, but they sanded okay
  • Giant pile of belts for X-Factor outfits with pinnedtogether, dyed and sealed
  • Huge oval cloak for Matron of Space cut out and hemmed, though I still need to do the hood
  • Shiny silver lame ribbon for the waist tie! I need to seal the ends still though
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Cosplay WIP - Matron of Space

I started this earlier this month but it hasn’t been photo-worthy. Tunic is mostly done - I still need to hem everything and decide what I want to do with the collar, but I’m pretty pleased. It’s actually the cloak from a ‘grim reaper’ costume my mom made my brother probably ten years ago. Nobody was going to ever wear it again, so I ripped out the seams and restyled it.

And then shoes, which are going to be painted red! The design has some Greek/Roman elements already, so I wanted something like that in the shoes, and found these on sale at Kohl’s.

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Saitou Hajime - Leatherworking WIP

Started (and mostly finished) tackling this crazy mess over the weekend. I’m pretty newbie at leatherworking, but I know the basics and this doesn’t have any crazy shaping or tooling, so the hardest part was mostly cutting out the leather for the main piece, which is really heavy (probably around 5mm thick) and also kind of dried out. It’s mostly missing some hardware for the straps, and some touch-up on the sewing. Right now the sword wrap is loosely riveted together because I don’t have button studs and I really don’t want to drive to Tandy this week if I can help it. Depends on whether JoAnns has the other hardware I need, I guess.

If the pouch gets made, it’s going to be out of PVC because the only large pieces of leather I have are the super-heady stuff and a really nice half-hide that is both the wrong color, and garment-weight.

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Paako and Zurako WIP - Block-printing with Dye

I am forever playing around with new dye methods, and the current projects are no exception. This time I decided to fiddle with stamping, which I have only ever done with pre-made stamps, on paper. And I knew the linings weren’t going to show much on these kimono, so it seemed like a good place to fiddle with something that wasn’t going to have 100% precision.

The blocks (which I forgot to take photos of, I’ll add some later) were cut out of Speedball’s Speedy-Cut Easy with an exacto. For the cat, I traced a printed out piece of clip-art, and then the strawberry I just sketched out freehand. The ‘ink’ was thickened dye. For the cat, I painted it on to get a nice thin, even layer, and then the strawberry used some scrap upholstry foam as a makeshift ink pad. Overall, I think the foam worked out better (and it was faster), but I discovered the reason stamps have block handles - trying to ink the strawberry result in dye on my fingers and on the edges of the print block, which led to it slipping out of my hand and misprinting a bunch of times.

My steaming technique still needs some work - the strawberries faded some in the innermost area - but I’m getting better at it!

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Zurako design painting

I finally bit the bullet and started laying out the designs on these kimono, which is honestly terrifying. Originally Zurako’s was going to be silk embroidery but 1) my embroidery skills are lackluster and 2) I only have three and a half weeks to the con. So I got some Jacquard Lumiere fabric paint, which is still a little stiffer than I’d like, but has a lovely color (this one is Burnt Orange), and set to work. The sleeves are almost done, and I should be able to get the body done tomorrow.

Then I have to do a billion gutta outlines for Paako, dye it, and get the gutta drycleaned….

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