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A hundred internet points to whoever can guess what this cosplay will be:


The entire thing is hand-sewn.  ;___;  I cry.  I really need to invest in a sewing machine, it would make this whole cosplay thing a great deal less labour-intensive (and a good deal less raggedy, too).  I still fail at fabrics, this was my first serious attempt at making everything for a cosplay.  (Previous ones were largely op-shopped or modded or held together with sticky tape and pins.)  It still needs to be ironed, so the zig-zaggy pattern won't be there.  I also kind of wish I'd thought to line it, or at least to do the hems a bit differently.  What I get for sewing and watching the tennis at the same time.  


Sometimes I feel bad spending time on cosplay at the expense of other more career-related things, but damn, you know, I learn a lot of weird stuff from cosplay!  It's taught me how (not) to dye fabric.  It's taught me how to wear a kimono, and about all the different types of traditional Japanese and Chinese clothing, from furisodes to cheongsams to geta to zori.  It's taught me more about sewing than I ever learned in home economics.  It's taught me about fabric and paint mediums and clay and varnish.  It's taught me more about makeup and hair-styling than I ever would have learned otherwise (though still have a long way to go on all of these things.)  It taught me how to use a glue gun.  Heck, before I got into cosplay, I didn't even know what a glue gun was.

It taught me how to make fake weapons!  Which I am not allowed to carry anywhere, which sort of defeats the point of making them.  Varnish bubbles, I hate them.  :|  Did not thin the varnish quite enough, but am afraid to go over it again in case of ruining everything.

This ought to be a pretty big freaking clue.  Ahaha, why do I keep choosing esoteric and largely forgotten characters to cosplay?   *Will be recognised by nobody*  ;__;  I have an event to wear this to now, but I actually started it around Christmas for no apparent reason, with no real planning, just the sudden inexplicable desire to fill a vital hole in my fandom experience.

Although, wow, that looks really weird without the wig.

Only the shoes and wig-styling left to do!  Looks like for once I'm going to be finished well in advance!


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Feb. 28th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Isn't that the grown up costume of the summoner character from Final Fantasy IV?
Feb. 29th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Ooo, Rydia? Good guess, but no. (I actually kind of want to do Rydia, but, um, no pants.)
Feb. 28th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
I have literally never seen you in a dress because you do all these handsome manry cosplays and somehow my mind has come to associate you with that. xD (Edit: Wait, what am I talking about. You were wearing a skirt at Brisnova lol. Sorry brain fart! It's 7:30 in the morning orz). Don't know the character but looks great, can't wait to see!

Big kudos to you for wanting to make everything for your costume! :D I don't like bought costumes unless the character wears plain clothes. Buying just defeats the purpose of cosplay in my personal opinion. (Although I do sometimes buy plain clothes and cut them up and alter them to suit whatever costume I'm making, since I sew slowly and that tends to be faster).

Also, I admire you for hand-sewing all that. I would've gone insane fast. Yeah you really should invest in a sewing machine! D: It would seriously make the process like 10x faster.

Edited at 2012-02-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
Feb. 29th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
XD I only crossplay maybe half of the time! Although yeah, looking back on it most the male characters have come out better than the female ones, oh dear... Considering the next two I have planned after this are guys as well...

Thanks! Same, for me I probably get more joy out of making the cosplay than I do wearing it, buying it removes half the experience! And most of the characters I want to cosplay these days I can't buy costumes for even if I wanted to. It would be kind of boring sticking to only the characters popular or easy enough to buy online. I mean, look at your crazy Seth costume! You couldn't have bought that anywhere. Or a more obscure one like Fatal Frame.

I can understand why some people just buy the costumes, though, since it's more about just dressing up for them I guess, and maybe it's a good starting point if you're a beginner. I did buy my first few starting out, but have been buying less every time as I slowly get better at making things, and find it way more satisfying (and often better results, too).

Don't think people should enter competitions with bought costumes at all, though. That really annoys me.
Feb. 28th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Um, my magic eyes says:

Seiken Densetsu 3, Riesz (or Secret of Mana, Lise)
Feb. 29th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Wow! A HUNDRED INTERNET POINTS TO YOU. :D I didn't think anyone would get it with just some of the pieces. Hi-fives all around!

(Thank you for the awesome v-gift by the way!)
Feb. 29th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I have no clue....I saw the dress and was all 'She's gonna be Tinkerbell? O.o'

You've done a very great job though for whatever character you are doing! :D
Feb. 29th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
XD TINKERBELL. Oh god, I would never. I can see how you arrived at that though, I never noticed the similarity before! *cannot unsee* It's from the Secret of Mana series, I didn't actually expect anyone to recognise it (since it has the double-whammy of being obscure AND an unassembled cosplay), but sillk proved me wrong and totally ruined my attempt at being mysterious.

Thanks! Hopefully it all turns out okay!
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Feb. 29th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)

I didn't even realize you were a cosplayer! Yaaaaaay! I <3 cosplayers. :3

It looks amazing.

(also, a suggestion: you can get a really cheap sewing machine from walmart. It's about 80 bucks and is really a decent machine. It doesn't have tons of extras, but it has about 20 different stitches which is more than enough to get the job done.)
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
*flails right back* Thanks! I've been cosplaying for a couple of years now. (Though I do my best to forget the first few). I even have a tag for it! :) That's why I am super-impressed by your crazy work at things like wedding dresses, because I appreciate how hard it is!

Ahaha, thank you for the tip, but I live in Australia and we don't have Walmart here. Luckily most of the cosplays I have lined up in the future don't involve much sewing (just armour. Boatlods of armour) so it's one of those things I can put on the shelf a little longer.
Feb. 29th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
I am so, so impressed with your skills. I made an A-line skirt in home ec. It was disastrous. If I had known that cosplay existed back then who knows what wonders I could have wrought?

I LOVE the headpiece! Although I have no idea who it is.
Feb. 29th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
Hey, A-line skirts are hard! In comparison this was probably easy. On that note though, I think you're on to something - how much better would we all be at sewing if they assigned something interesting as a class project like a costume, instead of something super-boring like a pillow case. Seriously, how did it take our class an entire term to make a pillow case? That should be two lessons, max. (It does at least sound like your home ec classes were a little more advanced).

Haha, hardly anyone knows who it is! But thank you~
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Feb. 29th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oi, what were Celty and Hiiragi?! XD
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Feb. 29th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Hah it'd almost be cheating if I answered the guess who you're cosplaying question, given that the secret of mana fandom was where I met you in the first place pffft.

Although... you never got to use a glue gun in primary school? :C Somehow that makes me more sad than it should; they were like, one of my favourite things as a kid.

Looks pretty good so far! Can't wait to see you strutting your stuff when it's done :3
Feb. 29th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
<3 And yet, I'm only getting around to cosplaying something from it now. Travesty, right?

No, we didn't! We only ever used Clag, that brush-on stuff. I remember we all discovered glu-sticks in fifth grade and our world was forever changed. Our primary school was pretty small, maybe that's why. Or maybe they thought kids+glue+gun=UNMITIGATED DISASTER. Considering plain old glue sticks caused chaos enough...

Thanks! Hopefully it all comes together in the end.
Mar. 25th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Jun. 7th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
i know i'm late to this, but can you move your ruroken fics to AO3? with the recent purges i'm worried they'll be taken down and i love them. also the disposession of echizen ryoma and the rinko mystery are probably safe from being purged, but they are amazing anyways so if u wanted anything else to move over that's what i would vote for.
Jun. 8th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe you commented on the wrong entry here?

But ahaha, yeah, those two probably don't fit into the rating system anymore, it was a bit cheeky for me to leave them there back when they removed the R rating, I really ought to take them down. (They're not terribly graphic but the subject matter...)

Urgh, I don't know if I really want to repost those anywhere though. They were my first fanfics and so the writing is just awful. (Thank you for liking them but I cannot fathom why anymore! XD) Maybe I'll bring over Routine, because it at least had SOME thought put into the (still very bad) plot.

As for the rest, I'll get around to posting a few more on Ao3 - I've been dragging my feet as dealing with the formatting has been a bit of a pain. (Better than LJ formatting woes, admittedly, but still takes time.) But anything post 2004 is on LJ anyway so it's not like it would be stricken from the net, so don't worry!
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