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ghetto cosplay.

Published October 31, 2012 by princeshinkei

So I’m trying to finish a Lyn costume from Blade and Soul for a contest, but they gave up such a short time frame.  ONE WEEK!  I didn’t have any intentions on cosplaying anything from the MMO until it was released in the USA, but the prizes are nice.  xD  I’m pretty much putting together an outfit made from cloth, tape, staples, and glue.  I gotta say, it works!  Might not be very permanent, but hey, I’m not wearing it anywhere.  lol

This is a WIP of it, I have some shorts drying from the glue I used.  I hope it stays together just long enough for me to take some pics.
I also have to style wigs and play with makeup.  lol  So much to do.  @>@  This was all made in one day…overnight, I was late to class this morning…OTL

sewing complications.

Published September 24, 2012 by princeshinkei

I have pretty much finished Flandre’s outfit, but I won’t debut it until this weekend. Anime convention is this weekend and I still can’t believe time has gone by so fast! Seems like just a month ago I was still trying to figure out how to put together my cosplays.
I feel like I’ve learned a lot more than I’ve ever learned this time around. I didn’t have any help from anyone so I had to figure out everything on my own. I drafted my own pattern, modified existing patterns, and learned a LOT about ruffles and gathering.
Now I’m actually working on my second cosplay for the con; I’m going as Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown. I’m going in her casual black dress version. The dress is actually pretty simple make so it’s only been 3 days and I’m almost done. I think one more day and I’ll be done, not including her bag she carries and the little pouches on the side of her dress. I’ll slowly post up the WIPs if I’m not too busy finishing up.

I had to deal with more gathers for her dress as well but I was trying to do things quicker so I tried cutting 5 layers of Kona Cotton all at once. It wasn’t impossible, but I had to use some force to cut through it. In the process, I pinched my finger between the scissors handle and caused some bleeding under my skin. DX That was one complication.

The other one was me going at top speed on my sewing machine overcasting over 80 inches strips of fabric on all four sides. You can imagine how many times the sewing machine jammed up. lol

This is my mock up for Inori’s dress.  She actually has the white version of this dress as well.  It’s much simpler than the black one.  Maybe I’ll make it as well.  haha

sleeves and ruffle fun.

Published September 9, 2012 by princeshinkei

Sleeves~ POOFY sleeves, are fun. XD I gathered the sleeves on the bottom and it actually turned out too tight, so I had to undo the stitches and redo then.
This was before I had figured out where I wanted to place the ribbon.

pre

Sewed on the ribbon.  It was a bit hard since I was sewing such a small bias tape onto an uneven surface; in this case, all those gathers.  I actually bought some red bias tape for this part, but it turned out to be a shade lighter, so I ended up having to make mine own 1/4 inch bias tape.

poof

Finished up the sleeves and started working on the bottom of the blouse.  More frills.  lol  Two rows of them.  But before that, I took a snack break.  Ate some anchovies with sesame seed with a bit of spiciness.  It was yummy~

fish

Serging yards and yards of cloth strips for ruffles.  Takes so much thread.

frills

This was basically all the ruffles my outfit had.

lots of frill

But all in all, I’m almost done!

late night sewing.

Published September 4, 2012 by princeshinkei

I’ve been dealing with the collar the whole day and it’s been aggravating me since I couldn’t get it right.  I finally got it right.  I’ll sew it together tomorrow, for now I just pinned it.
IT’S SO FRILLY.  o.o  A lot more than I intended it to be, but all good.

MORE gathering ruffles.

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The two tiers of ruffles~

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And the collar~  I still thinking it’s a bit overkill.  lol

overkill

And now I need to do Japanese and Astronomy homework.  OTL

continuation of the blouse.

Published September 3, 2012 by princeshinkei

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my sewing progress on my Flandre cosplay. Well as you know, I’m working on the blouse right now. I decided to make a more complicated version of the blouse so I could wear it on other occasions rather than just for that cosplay. I’ve done the shirring on the back piece so I started working on the two front pieces. I bought some lace and ribbon for this to put on the front, and I have to say I like how it looks.

ribbon

I only laid the pieces out on the fabric to get a general idea of what it’ll look like in the picture above.  But I went ahead and sewed it all up.

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Went ahead and sewn on the piece for where the buttons and button holes will go.

button

AND Ta-da~  The body of the outfit is done.  Now I have to make the collar, sleeves, and I’ll be putting two tiers of ruffles on the bottom of the blouse.

blouse

two times the blouse.

Published August 11, 2012 by princeshinkei

I started working on my blouse for Flandre, and I decided rather than making a plain blouse, I should spice it up a bit.  I will make a lolita blouse with lace and ruffles!  The blouse will sadly be covered by the red vest on the outside anyways, so I’m adding a lot of extra details needed to the blouse.

Started drafting it and what not.

draft

There’s so many pieces for this blouse versus a normal blouse would have a back piece, two front pieces, sleeves, collar, and 1-2 other pieces.  This one takes like 5 pieces to make up the back piece.  I’m actually following a pattern from my Gosu Rori Sewing magazine and since it’s all in Japanese, I wasn’t sure whether to put seam allowance or not and ended up messing up.  I actually cut all the pieces out already and sewed the back together to realize the pieces don’t match.  I tried to add extra length to the pieces here and there, but it just didn’t work, so I had to redraft everything, add seam allowance and etc.  Lucky enough I bought almost enough cloth to cover up for my mistake, but I still had to buy a little extra since I ran out.

This was the part of the back; it called for shirring which is also a new technique I haven’t tried before.  I feel like I’ve been working with a lot of elastic lately.  o.o

shirring

I thought making the blouse was really fun getting to add so much detail into it.  I thought the ribbon was a nice finishing touch; now I can’t wait to see the result!

back

too much cake.

Published August 4, 2012 by princeshinkei

I ate too much cake today, now I feel sick.  I usually don’t eat sweets, but I’ve been having cravings for it for some reason.  That and junk food.  I want to eat pizza!  o.o Someone help me DX

Besides that, I placed my ruffles around my dress to pin.  I was having a hard time pinning them down, so I ended up just spreading it on the floor.

skirt

Pinning the skirt took longer than expected as well, but I was a bit distracted by Netflix.  I don’t remember what I was watching though.  I sewed the ruffles on afterwards, but to my dismay, they turned out different lengths.  I decided to just let it go and continue.    I hemmed up the red part of the skirt, then I sewed the waistband together and inserted elastic inside it.  I wish I learned from my previous mistake, but I made the elastic band too loose again.  Well, not loose, but it wasn’t as tight as I would have liked it.

This is the finished product~  ;D  I wore it with bloomers underneath it.

with bloomers

This is with an ultra poofy petticoat.  The lighting in the kitchen was better.

with petticoat

Right now, I can’t decide whether I like it with or without the petticoat.  I feel like it’s too poofy, but without it, it’s too flat.  I wish I had something in between.
Next I have to make the blouse!

time consuming ruffles.

Published August 2, 2012 by princeshinkei

I started getting lazy, I’ve still been sewing, but just not as much and I get distracted easily. So time to start updating this blog regularly again to keep me on track! Wow I wasn’t expecting to take so long on ruffles.  The idea behind it seems simple but it took me one whole day just to cut, iron, and sew 294 inches of ruffles [and I was still short, had to make some more].  I had to cut out five and a half 4 x 28 pieces of cloth and sew them together.

pattern

Looks so nice all cut out….still so much to do though.

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I also overcasted the whole piece as well.

serge

I would say this part was the most fun part of the experience.  I was going to hand gather it, but due to the nature of the material, it gathered by itself.  Tension wasn’t even high.

gather

And….DONE!  Nice ruffles that needs attaching now.

ruffles

I attached the ruffles on the skirt with pins to see what it would look like.  I would have to say I really like how “ruffly” it looks.

skirt

I was very pleased with the outcome and I felt really successful!  Next post, I’ll be putting the ruffles on the actual skirt.

skirt lining.

Published July 29, 2012 by princeshinkei

Today I will line my skirt.  I’ve never actually lined any of my skirts before, but Flandre’s skirt calls for it.  She has ruffles on the bottom of the lining for the skirt inside.  My last outfit I made for her, I cheated and attached the ruffles to the hem on the inside of the skirt so it looked like there was lining inside, but there really wasn’t.  I decided I’m going to go all out on this cosplay this time around, so I’ll actually attach lining.

This is the skirt without lining.
skirt no lining

The white part actually turned out larger than the red cloth on the outside, so I had to gather it a bit
pins and lining

To be honest, I was really anxious to seeing how this would turn out since I had no prior experience in doing this. I kind of visualized how I thought it would turned out, and it turned out nicely!
lining sewed

Annnnddd, this is the skirt! Not done yet, but it looks pretty. You can’t see the lining, but there will be ruffles on the bottom of it soon enough.
skirt

Ruffles and gathering next~ Can’t wait!