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Basic Cosplay Staff Tutorial (ft. Sailor Pluto’s Time Key)

 

 

Basic Cosplay Staff Tutorial (ft. Sailor Pluto’s Time Key)

If you’ve been following me on Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, you’ll have seen me posting about my Sailor Pluto cosplay! Sailor Pluto is my third (and probably last) Sailor Scout cosplay, following Sailor Jupiter and Mars. I wanted to go out with a bang, featuring a large prop!

Today, I’ll be teaching you how to make a cosplay staff. The materials are all pretty basic and accessible, and it doesn’t cost a whole lot of money either! Keep reading to see how it’s done…

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Sailor Pluto Cosplay Progress: Tiara, Boots, & Collar

Sailor Pluto Cosplay Progress – Part 1

Hello everyone! Today I’ll be sharing some of the progress on my Sailor Pluto cosplay! If you’ve been following me on my other social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook, you’ll have known that I’ve previously cosplayed Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter! I’m such a huge fan of the Sailor Moon series as it was quite dear to me growing up. Pluto will likely be my last Sailor Scout cosplay before I retire the bodysuit, and I’ve decided to post all of my progress.

I’m modifying my basic white Sailor Scout bodysuit, and the black skirt is a simple circle skirt pattern. The bow is borrowed from my Sailor Mars cosplay.

I have a few more updates to come, so stay tuned! You can check out my previous cosplay tutorials / progress reports under the Cosplay Progress tab.

This post will be covering the tiara, boots, and sailor collar.

Sailor Tiara

Sailor Tiaras have a very basic design and are super easy to make! The design is quite straight forward – it’s a ‘v’ shape. Measure across your forehead and sketch out accordingly. Here’s a template you can use!

I transfered the design onto craft foam, and then sandwiched two layers of worbla over top! I didn’t bother smoothing out the worbla with gesso because most of it is hidden under the hair, and the textured design gives some dimension when photographed! I made the gem out of worbla scraps and painted over it with nail polish for that enamel gem look.

I attached ribbon to the ends. I tie the ribbons over the top of my wig cap and tuck the rest under the wig!


Sailor Collar

The sailor collars are super simple to make – I initially used this tutorial on the McCalls cosplay blog.

I traced the design from my Jupiter sailor collar and cut out two pieces of black material and one piece of white felt (which gives support and shape to the collar.) I sewed the pieces together and flipped it inside out, leaving the back straight edge open.

I folded and tucked in the back edge, pinned it, and sewed it! After that I ironed everything out so the seams were all flat and smooth. I also stitched two little button snaps onto the pointed ends of the collar (at the front) so they would attach to my body suit.

If you own a cat, you probably understand my pain. I filmed this vine a while ago while working on a cosplay project and it basically summarizes my entire life’s struggle. The collar is detachable which makes getting in and out of the outfit a lot easier, and also hides a portion of the back seam.

 

Here’s the suit so far. As I mentioned before, the white bodysuit was from my previous sailor scout costumes, and the black skirt is a simple circle skirt design. I also altered the white suit a bit so it would be a bit more fitted, since the fabric stretched out.
The bow is from my Sailor Mars cosplay – the colours were similar enough so I decided to use it! 😀

Pluto Boots

Found these suede boots at a thrift store! They fit really well and the heel isn’t too tall, which means I can actually walk around in them! (Wearing tall heels is super uncomfortable for me because I never wear them / not used to the feeling.) I was really debating between these and another hair with a higher heel though, because generally higher heels photograph better… Just look at my Jupes photos! Those were 3 or 4 inches I think, and hell to walk in….
The boots themselves have a really nice pointed toe, and side profile. However, they were much too baggy! As a comparison, I sewed the left one much tighter so it would be fitted to my leg, and not slouch as  much. 
I had to make the fronts pointed because that’s the style of most Sailor boots. The shape looks a bit wonky but I’m buying some white bias tape fabric to sew along the edge so it’ll be much smoother and pointier!
My next progress posts will cover wig styling, accessories, and the staff. This post was originally posted on my Patreon account! I post a lot of cosplay progress on there (much of which is exclusive to Patrons.) I host monthly livestreams and polls deciding on my next video topic, cosplay, and tutorials! I an unable to monetize many of my videos due to copyright so I really appreciate all of your support.
Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂 Thanks again!

Making Pleated Skirts for Cosplay | Tutorial

Heya lovelies!

I love making pleated skirts. They’re the one thing that I actually know how to sew, and they are really simple to make! Most anime school uniforms include a pleated skirt of some sort, and I can usually pump one out in a few hours.

I recently made some for my Erina cosplay from Shokugeki no Soma… or food wars! #bestanime2015 I also made mle’s skirt.

I think they turned out alright considering we:
1. Didn’t have an iron before leaving for Fan Expo, meaning we couldn’t smooth our the pleats.
2. Tried to use a straightener and ended up burning some of the ribbon
3. Changed at the convention, meaning the skirts were packed up in our bags

Oh well. I think they turned out alright. However, some anime school uniform designs have pleated skirts that come in different patterns. These fabric patterns are either impossible to find, or are ones you have to order online! If you event is coming up and you want to be able to make a skirt with easy to find materials and don’t want to pay for risky shipping from China, this tutorial is for you!

How to make a tartan/plaid pleated skirt for cosplay!

You will need some fabric and some ribbon of your choice. The ribbon should be in the colour that you want to make your plaid design! 

Get your sewing slave to cut the fabric into the length that you want. 2 meters cut in half was enough for both of our skirts. I would have liked to use more fabric for sharper pleats but there was only 2m left in the color that I wanted 🙁

 Lay out your horizontal strips. Pin them into place and then sew them down! Make sure that the thread doesn’t pucker or else you’ll have weird crinkling that you’ll have to iron out later…

 Lay down your vertical strips. For the Shokugeki design, we sewed a white thin strip of ribbon down the middle of the black strip. Hem and fold up the bottom of the fabric where the skirt end will be so it looks cleaner!

 Begin folding your pleats to the desired size. This can take some trial and error to get the correct sized pleats that you want. I believe ours were 3.5 inches wide. I would have made them smaller for more defined pleats but we ran out of fabric… Make sure you have more if you want a sharper pleat!

When you are happy with their size, iron them down! Make sure the iron is on a lower setting or else it may melt the ribbon. I highly recommend using a starch spray to keep your pleats crisp and pretty!

Sew down the pleats along the top. Fold the told of the skirt in again to make a waistband. Sew the two ends of the skirt together, and make sure pleats match up so it looks seamless.

I packed away my skirt and then remembered that I had forgotten to take pics for this tutorial, so excuse the wrinkliness!

This is the front of the skirt. Make sure when you iron that you’re on a lower temperature. If you look along the fourth write ribbon from the left, 2 black ribbons down, you’ll see a part of the ribbon is missing. This is because the ribbon stuck to our iron, which was too hot! A little mistake, luckily not too noticeable when worn.

We used velcro at the back to keep our skirts closed. I like using velcro for cosplay because it’s easier to put on, and change in and out of. It’s also more beginner friendly than installing a zipper!

This is the back of the skirt, As you can see, we matched up the pleats with the velcroed back so it blends in nicely! Especially when the velcro back is covered by the uniform jacket.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! If you use this tutorial, make sure to mention me on social media so I can see your results. (@sachietv on twitter and instagram!)  Best of luck with your cosplays!

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Sachie


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Syndra (League of Legends) Completed Cosplay

Hiya lovelies!!

Here are pictures of my “completed” Syndra cosplay. Completed in quotations because I didn’t actually finish the skirt, I didn’t have time so I just cut a few pieces of black fabric and tucked them into my shorts haha. Sssh don’t tell anyone!!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)
I’ll be completing them for the next con that I wear Syndra to! 🙂

Here are pictures of my completed cosplay! Starting off with the makeup and circle lenses. Armor and outfits can look cool, but you can’t forget about your face!

All of my armor placed together! 

Now, here are some closeup shots. I took all of these photos after I returned from Anime Expo aka fresh out of my suitcase, so please keep that in mind if you see any ripping/chipped/fading parts!

The bracers look quite black in these photos, but they’re mostly dark purple and gold with silver detailing. Lots of weathering and drybrushing with dark paints to get the worn look.

Loops on the inside of my costume that attached to the main body armor piece through ribbons and hooks. 

Back and fromnt of my helmet. You can see the worbla/craft foam pieces on the front and sides but I’m planning to smooth them all out for the next convention! The ear pieces are made from craft foam and hotglued onto the sides of the helmet.

I bought my silver ponytail wig from wig-supplier.com. It was actually a twin-tail wig but I dissected one of the ponytails to create the two little long bits that hang out of the front part of her hair.

I am wearing the Vassen Bambi Queen Violet circle lenses that I got from Pinky Paradise. You can get them here! They are “natural” purple lenses (not super bright) that have a strong black outer ring and fade to yellow in the middle! I’ll be doing a full circle lens post on all of the lenses I used at Anime Expo.

Selfie taken on the way to the convention! I’m not crying haha! I had just put my lenses in + some eyedrops 😉
I chose to do a strong winged eye, and thick dark eyeliner on the lower waterline. I really contoured my face to make it look more angular. I gave myself strong cheek contour/highlighting, contoured my nose to look more defined. Wore a sheer red lip balm. Didn’t colour my eyebrows but filled them in with light brown powder. Syndra’s outfit was mostly black and the helmet/wig were covering my eyebrows so I wasn’t super concerned.

Jom chillin in my armor! Peipa-chan had to pretty much glue my into my armor because I didn’t have time to make proper straps with velcro haha! At the end of the day I had to cut myself out of my costume ;v;

Was lucky enough to participate in Sky William’s newest video! We pretty much just had to catwalk and put on our cosplay which they edited together and made into a timelapse. These cosplayers are so talented so I was honoured to be able to film alongside them! :0

Here’s the video! Ahh It’s so cool! 😀

With the beautiful Domineau as Ironscale Shyvana on the right. On the left, met a super cool Graves cosplayer at Sky William’s video shoot! His gun looked SO LEGIITTT and it was super light as well!!

SYNDRA ON URF MODE? SO MANY BALLSSSSS
Haha too bad I never got to play on URF mode, I think that was when I was at the Gathering? Or exams? I remember there was a certain reason why I couldn’t do it and I hope they bring it back!
I was also featured in MLZ Studio’s League of Legends showcase video! It was my first time seeing him again in 2 years (last time was Otakon) and it was so much fun to film! Luckily, we ran into a Super Minion cosplayer who agreed to be thrown by me for my Syndra E ;D

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions about how it was made or painted. I’ll try my best to answer them asap!

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Syndra (League of Legends) Helmet and Claw Progress

Hiya lovelies! This is part three of my Syndra cosplay tutorial. You may want to check out these posts first if you haven’t already! 

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)

Helmet

Another part of Syndra’s character design that proved to be quite challenging. The Syndra from MCM Expo made her helmet out of EVA foam! I hadn’t even thought of that, and found her progress pics after I started making mine (haha too late!) Instead, I decided to use the expanding foam method. 
This is one of the only parts of my armor that I am a little bit unsatisfied with, as I started this helmet two days before I was supposed to leave. So in result, it is a little bit messy. Still turned out alright though!! 
I used a can of “Great Stuff” expanding foam for gaps and cracks. It’s comes in a can with a small plastic spout.

Made the base shape out of cardboard! Then I covered it in expanding foam and let it cure (which the bottle says to leave for about 8 hours). It foams up when first applied but don’t put on too much at first!

The foam expands a lot when it is dried. I recommend putting on a coat and letting it cure, then cutting it into the shape you want and cutting again. This will be easier than trying to cut through a giant foamy monster! Also wear gloves since the foam is made out of weird chemicals and will irritate your skin. I forgot to put them on the first time and my arms got all itchy :<

Carved a hollow part in the middle where the helm would fit over my forehead. I also made a base helm/band that the “horns” would attach to! I made this band out of craft foam and worbla. It was curved so it fit right over my head.

Important!! If you are ever making a cosplay helmet, make sure it fits to your head + wig! If you fit it to your head like normal, it will be too small when you fit it over your wig!

Covered my helm with painters tape. Would have used paper mache but I was running out of time. The helmet is massive on my head but fits perfectly with the wig on! It had a tendency to tip forwards because I didn’t have time to attach clips at the back so it fit more snugly to my head.

Used small strips of worbla and wrapped them around the horns. This gave a more demonic look I think, because they looked like actual horns rather than part of a helmet. It looked bumpy at first but I heated the worbla and used a knife to press down the edges so they melted flat.

Didn’t have time to sand it either, so I tried melting and pressing down the edges as flat as they would go and then used a spray gesso to prime my helmet.

I don’t have photos of the painting process because it was done at 1am the night before I wore Syndra, but I used a glue gun for the raised parts at the front of her helmet. I melted together some worbla scraps to make the main shape of her helmet jewel/eye thing. Primed with spray gesso, and painted with acrylic paint! I forgot about the little flap things at the very top of the helmet so I’ll add those next time.

Again, I would have liked to have better primed/ varnished this helmet if I had the time, but I’ll leave that for touchups for the next convention.

Claws

Here is the base for my Syndra claws! I first cut a piece of craft foam that was the width and length of my finger. This would make sure my fingers fit into my claws!  I then heated some Worbla and made little triangular prism shapes with the foam at the bottom of my finger, and made the edges pointed. 
Primed with gesso and painted a solid black with acrylic paint!!
I found that when I actually wore these claws, they stayed on fine but the coloring on the craft foam inside stained my fingers! So I had pink/purple fingertips whenever I took my hands out haha 😀
Next post will show you all of the completed pieces! Hope this was helpful.
As always, leave any questions in the comments below and I’ll try my best to answer them! 
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Syndra (League of Legends) Creating and Painting Body Armor

Hello lovelies! This is a continuation of my Syndra – League of Legends cosplay progress series. We are now on part two – creating the body armor and priming/painting the armor pieces!
Check out my other Syndra posts: 
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Body Armor

I’ve seen a few different interpretations of Syndra’s top, and most people seem to make it out of fabric. I chose to do an armored top because 
1. I suck at sewing
2. I’ve made craft foam armor in the past so I have a bit more experience
3. Armor looks more badass!!
Belted the foam mat to my body and sketched out the basic design! Happy helped out, hahaha.

Cut out the boob hole/ basic shape. Transferred the design to Worbla, using the same fold-over technique as the bracers/pauldrons.

Heated the smooth glue side of the worbla with my heat gun and pressed the foam over top so they attached! Heated the foam/worbla up again and belted it to my body until it cooled so it would form and curve to the shape of my body.

This method took a while, but I don’t have a dress form/mannequin or anyone to help me… so this would be the poor loner cosplayer’s method haha! ;_;

The boob hole ended up being too big so I added some more craft foam to the middle to make it smaller and covered that up with worbla strips. Added shoulder straps and the main triangle part at the top of the boob opening.

Added the foam designs and raised edges. Instead of just a plain strip, I like to add a really thin long strip along the very edge or alongside. This adds interest and makes the design look more detailed! I often like to add my own interpretation on designs if I think it’ll help the armor stand out in photos.

All of the base pieces together! In this photo, I added the raised ring to the bracers. I heated up some of my scrab worbla, rolled it into a sausage and pinched the edge so it was pointy. Then I heated it and applied it to the bottom.

The rolled up worbla pretty much solidified the shape of the bracers though, so the bottom was the exact shape of my wrist (and I’ve got super tiny wrists). I had to squeeze my hand through in order to get the bracers on, which left quite a few scratch marks 🙁 I told everyone they were from happy because “squeezing hands through cosplay armor” sounds super weird, haha.

Trying everything on for the first time!! It fit well, thank god. I was a bit worried that the pauldrons would be too big or wouldn’t attach properly but everything stayed put.

Using the same method as the top, I crafted the back and added the raised designs. Also added the top belted part to the top armor using craft foam and worbla!

This is what it looks like on the inside! The armor connected at the top shoulder parts and the side parts.
The way the armor is attached is by:
1. Opening neck area and fitting it to body
2. Getting friend to belt you in, trapping you in the armor for the rest of the day

Painting Armor Pieces

 The way that you paint a piece of cosplay armor can really affect how it will appear and how well it well it will photograph. I like to use a method that is used by cosplay armor goddess Kamui Cosplay, called “3D painting”. Painting highlights and shadows onto a piece helps it pop.

Used white acrylic gesso and mixed in some black so it became gray. Coated the armor and worbla. I used approximately 3 coats until everything was smooth.

 I spraypainted a black base overtop the gesso! I meant to choose gloss or satin finish spraypaint but picked up flat by accident 🙁 But that was fine since it was just a base colour.

Painting process: (Did a lot of the painting last minute so didn’t get many pictures)
1. Base color
2. Make a gradient of warm brown fading down into Syndra’s signature purple. Did a few layers so that the colours stood out
3. Add shadows to the edges/corners using black/dark brown paint, and highlights to the middle using the base colour + white or silver. Then dabbed a sheer layer of gold paint over top to create a sheen.
4. Add metallics (gold/silver) to the raised parts.
5. Shade small shadows in on the edges, and down the middle of the metallic parts to look more 3D
6. Dry brush mixed dark gold (black + gold + dark brown) paint all over to create a bronzed, worn look.

I didn’t have time to do this in time for the convention, but I would have gone over the top of my armor with Modge Podge Gloss (which I bought but didn’t use.) I’ll have to do this for next time!

The next post will discuss how I made Syndra’s helmet and claws!

Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them as soon as possible.

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Syndra (League of Legends) Bracers and Shoulder Pauldrons

Hi lovelies!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper cosplay post. I mostly save all my cosplay stuff for my Geek and Sundry vlog show but some of my viewers prefer written, photographic progress posts because they’re easier to follow than videos.

Also apologies for the image quality, as most progress photos were taken with my iPhone.

I recently cosplayed Syndra from League of Legends. After cosplaying Bloodmoon Akali from League (which turned out horribly because I didn’t have any materials or space to work on it, student halls etc.), I really wanted to make something big. I’ve been out of the North American cosplay scene for almost a year, so I wanted to come back with a bang! Syndra seemed like the perfect outfit – complex yet simple, cool design, and eye- catching. Plus she’s really fun to play 😀

This was how my cosplay turned out for Anime Expo. Not completely finished, but pretty good for working nonstop for 8 days!

I saw this amazing Syndra at MCM Expo in London! I had thought about cosplaying Syndra, but this cosplayer’s interpretation was absolutely perfect and really inspired me. The entire set of armor was commissioned from Ae Ri who is a fantastic cosplayer. Go check out her stuff – she’s a god at making armor from EVA foam!

Anyway, I contacted this Syndra and she answered all my questions about construction, materials, etc. Some cosplayers can be quite secretive about how they make things, but she offered to help me with everything. I’m glad there are still talented and generous cosplayers in the community these days <3
Before I start with my progress photos, I’d like to thank my patrons over on Patreon! Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to put Syndra together. All of my cosplay stuff comes from my own pocket with a little help from what I make from Youtube…not much at all. They helped me cover costs for materials, specifically Worbla! Thank you all so much <3

So without further ado, let’s go!

These posts are part of a series. Check out the other posts here!

Syndra

I decided to cosplay the concept art version of Syndra rather than the in-game version. Whilst similar, I like the more purple/gold/brown colouring of Syndra’s armor as opposed to a solid black/dark purple. I also like the extra detail on her bracers and helmet instead of the simple in-game designs!

Armor – Materials

Camping foam mat, craft foam, paintbrushes, acrylic paint, glue, xacto knife, scissors. All from the dollar store. Heat gun is from Home Depot. 
I also ordered two jumbo sheets of Worbla from cosplaysupplies.com. It came to about $183 CAD I think (which is completely ridiculous in my opinion, but it’s a medium I’ve been meaning to try out.) Again, thank you so much to my Patrons for helping me out. I will be doing a video on my Geek and Sundry cosplay vlog showing you how it works!
For reference, I’m almost 5’10” without shoes haha!! Worbla came in this large tube wrapped in cardboard and apparently took about 3 days to arrive from the supplier to where I live (Toronto!)
Worbla is a very forgiving material – it’s a sheet with the texture of cardboard. There are two sides – a rough side and a smooth side that is coated in glue. It can be cut with scissors and is attached by heating the edges and pressing them against each other. Once attached, the worbla will not seperate unless heat is applied. It hardens to a plastic-like texture when cooled and will not change shape.
It is typically doubled up or sandwiched over a sheet of craft foam for support to better hold its shape. 

–Arm Bracers–

Made a rough pattern for the bracers with paper and transferred to foam. Cut a slightly larger version of the same shape on worbla. Using the heat gun, I heated the shiny/glue side of the worbla and placed the foam over top. I folded the edges over.
I know many cosplayers say to use the “sandwich” method aka sandwiching a thin piece of craft foam between two pieces of worbla, but it’s unnecessary in my opinion. This means double the amount of worbla is being used, and worbla isn’t cheap! Instead I used thicker foam and just folded over the edges.

This is what it looks like on the other side, and then curled inwards. I heated the back and placed the worbla over my arm and held it there until it cooled. The worbla held its shape and didn’t bend.

Using small strips of craft foam, I covered the bracer following the designs of the concept art! It was kinda tricky because Happy kept jumping at my scissors. I used hot glue to attach the craft foam. Did this for both arms.

Shoulder Pauldrons


Cut out 8 comma shapes using the same fold-over technique as the bracers! Each pauldrol has 4 comma shapes that make up her shoulder design – two on top and two below. When they cooled, I held the round part of the comma shape over a styrofoam ball so it was kinda round, since these parts need to fit over my shoulders.



Everything heather together. This is what they look on both the inside and outside. I didn’t want to put any worbla on the inside because worbla has a rough texture. Craft foam feels a little softer on the shoulders, especially if worn at a convention for several hours.



It is important to keep trying them on to make sure that they fit! The first time I tried on my pauldrons, they were too big and weren’t pointed upwards enough so I had to reshape them! 


 

I attached little rings on the inside of my pauldrons – three in each pauldron. One on the top, and two at the sides. These will be used to attach the pauldrons to corresponding rings on the inside of the main body armor!


Final craft foam details hotglued onto the tops of bracers and pauldrons! I found small details looked better with craft foam instead of worbla since the foam looks smoother. For the bottom of my bracers, I took my worbla scraps and heated/rolled them into a sausage shape. I heated it to the bottom and then pressed them on so they adhered. Then I pinched the middle  to create the angled edge.


The next post will cover the body armor and priming/painting!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)

— Syndra’s Bracers and Pauldrons— 
Syndra’s Helmet + Claws
Syndra – Completed

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So, you want to start cosplaying!

Hello everyone! This is actually a really outdated post, hence the old water marks. I wrote this last year but forgot about this post in my drafts, so I figured I may as well publish it!

I’d like to start this new blog series! I tend to get quite a few emails asking me about my cosplays or advice on how to start cosplaying, which is quite flattering because I never really expected people to ask me about it! But since this is also a cosplay blog, I figured I’d try to do more cosplay related posts!

Here are just some examples of the cosplays that I’ve done in the past. As you can see, I’m not a professional cosplayer or anything. I just love doing it. I love working on projects and getting to play dressup… in an extreme way. I’ve found that cosplay has helped me become more confident (I used to be really shy around people, and sometimes still am,) and it’s helped me make lots of really good friends! (Some of my best friends are people I’ve met through cosplay!)

These posts will be more directed to newbie cosplayers / people who want to get into cosplaying. This series isn’t to tell you a specific way on how to do things, but to give you an idea by showing you what I’ve done and the mistakes I’ve made! Haha!

Before we start, what is cosplay?

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. – Wikipedia 

Chances are if you’ve lurked my blog, you’ll have come across pictures of my cosplays! If not, you can click here to read the posts/ see photos! 

Today, I’d like to start talking about choosing a character and time management.

Choosing a character to cosplay! 

If you’re thinking of starting cosplay, you’ve likely thought of a character you want to cosplay! If you’ve already chosen a character you want to cosplay, that’s great! You can skip this step~

If you’re unsure of a character you want to cosplay, here are some things to think about~ In a series, do you feel drawn to a certain character’s design? Are you able to identify or relate to a character on an emotional level? Is there a character you like that you feel you resemble in a way? Do you like a certain character’s design/outfits?

It’s more fun when you’re cosplaying a character you love/have an aspect that you love. If you are able to identify with the character, you’ll have more fun embodying them when you’re dressed up like them! However, I know lots of people cosplay characters simply because they like their outfits!

A trend in some of my cosplays that you have have noticed is that I like cosplaying girl characters with long hair that is usually a dark colour. My two favourite characters to cosplay have very different personalities. Akiyama Mio (K-On) is very mature and cute! Black Gold Saw (Black Rock Shooter) is batshit crazy! But the thing is that both of them have long black hair which I think suits my look well and looks natural!

If you’re still finding it difficult to decide on a character, read a few manga! Watch some anime! Play some video games! Watch some cool cosplay videos! Browse cosplay.com or Cure! See if any friends of yours are  doing a cosplay group from a series you like and ask to join! Inspiration will hit you. :]

Also, if this is your first time cosplaying, you might want to stick to a character with an easier outfit! It’ll be easier for you once you gain experience. There are also many cosplay stores such as Cosplayfu, MicCostumes, eBay etc, where you can buy cosplays! But I’ll be going into that later on.

Time Management~


Now that you’ve chosen a character that you want to cosplay, you’ve got to think about time management! You have to take these questions into consideration~

  • What are you planning to wear your cosplay to? (Photoshoot, convention, cosplay event…etc)
  • How much time do you have until that event? (Weeks/Days etc.)
  • If the outfit is complicated, how long will it take you to make it? (Or how long will it take you to acquire these skills?)
  • If you’re buying/commissioning outfits or props, how long will it take for the items to be made/shipped/arrive?
  • If you’re ordering wigs, how long will it take to arrive?
  • Do you think you’ll be able to finish it in time for the convention without rushing?
Lots of cosplayers tend to work on parts of their cosplays and then procrastinate/leave the cosplays until a few days before the con, which causes them to rush and pull all nighters! Believe me, avoid this if you can!! You don’t want to be sleep-deprived wearing your rushed costume at a convention because you’ll feel groggy and probably won’t enjoy the convention as much as you’d like.
Personally, I like to start on a cosplay project well in advance of a big convention like Anime North or Fan Expo. It gives me time to plan everything out and work at a comfortable pace.

I usually start collecting references once I decide on a character. The picture above is of the references I collected for my Black Gold Saw cosplay! I typically start a cosplay project about 3 months before a big convention. If you want to commission something, you might want to start a bit earlier because it takes a lot of time for commissioners to work on something + having it shipped to you.
If you’re buying a costume off a website like eBay or another Costumes usually take about 1-2 months to be made and shipped to you. (This is based on the times to ship from China to Canada… it might take longer/shorter time depending on where you live)
I usually take a blank sheet of paper and make a planner/list of things to do, and tape it on my wall. That way when I’m sitting around doing nothing, I can always look for little things on the list to do! Finishing little bits at a time is better than rushing a few days before the event. You’ll have more time to perfect the little details and make the outfit turn out better over the long run!

Have a question? Feel free to leave a comment!

Cosplaying Rorona #1 : Making the Purse

Hello my lovelies! Long time no talk!

I’m back today with a cosplay post! Anime North 2012 is less than one month away, and I’ve been getting work done on my Rorona cosplay. For those of you who didn’t know/don’t follow my facebook or twitter, I’m cosplaying Rorona from the RPG game for PlayStation 3 – Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland 2.

I was drawn to this design because she’s so cute! Her outfit is very comfortable and she has a small but intricate prop. After I cosplayed Black Gold Saw last year, I wanted to wear something less painful with a prop that wasn’t so huge. I have a feeling this will be my favourite cosplay so far! Compared to the other cosplays that I have made myself (Meiko and Mio), this is my favourite costume design.

Unfortunately, it looks like Ringo won’t be able to join me as Totori for Anime North. Genie won’t be able to do Meruru either since she’s going to China and getting back on the Wedsnesday before AN so she won’t have time to work on it. If Ringo decides to go to Otakon, we’ll have out full group ready for then! 
Ringo and I are currently working on a backup cosplay for Anime North because we always cosplay together. I’ll still bring Rorona for a day though for a test run.
Annnyway, as you can see in the picture above, Rorona doesn’t have a bag. 
Totori does though (reference design above) , so I decided to design a bag for Rorona that looked in character, Atelier style. This way, I’d be able to carry around my stuff in a small pouch without having to carry around a huge bag that didn’t go together with the costume.
Went to Fabricland and found discounted leathery material, perfect for the bag! 
First, I made a pattern out of newspaper, testing out possible dimensions. I made the dimensions of the bag a small-medium size. I left extra space around the actual size to sew the pieces together. Then I transfered the pattern into the pleathery material and cut the pieces out.
Here are all of the pieces laid out. 
Since I bought too much pink sable suede for her cape, I decided to use the extra material to line the inside of the bag. I labelled the pieces on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric (the side that wasn’t soft.)
The pink isn’t that bright either, it’s more of a muted raspberry colour.
Then, I sewed pockets made from white drapery material (also extra material from the pattern that I was going to use on the white part of her cape.) I sewed the pink onto the other side of the pleathery material. 

 
I attached the pieces side by side. This way, I’d only have to attach the bottom and then sew up the sides. (lol you can see all of my loose threads, oooops.) The pocket on the far left is for my iPhone, and the one next to it (which is the front of the bag) is for small things like cards or makeup, change etc.

When I sewed it all together, it looks like this! (The left side of the bag in the picture looks a bit wonky, but it’s because I didn’t straighten out the bag properly.) I folded in the top, still going to fix that.

Next, I cut out the patterns for the flap. I sewed them together like what I did with the other pieces.
The flap itself looked really boring so I decided to add some beaded designs! Totori’s bag has a sun and moon design, so I decided to use a floral inspired design. Beading took forever, orz. 

 Taadaa! For my first time doing pattern beading, I’m quite pleased with the design! I think it suits the Atelier designs quite well.

 Close up! 
What the inside of the bag looks like. It’s still a bit messy, I have to clip all of the loose threads and sew on the other side of the strap. 
Despite not being an official part of her costume, I’m glad I have a bag now! I’ve tried filling it. It holds my phone, camcorder, a bottle of water, my wallet, and some cosmetics. 
I’ll be posting more cosplay progress soon! Let me know if you’re going to Anime North this year! 
Oh, and I’ve posted two more videos on youtube. If you haven’t visited my channel yet, you should! 😉 I’m getting into the habit of uploading more often. I’ll probably vlog about my cosplay progress as well! 

Meiko Cosplay Progress

Hi everybody!

Today hasn’t really been the best of days- it’s been hot and I’ve taken down a load of my previous blogposts because somebody feels the urge to start attacking me on cgl… Not such a great feeling. (#`ε´#) Anyway, I’ll be quickly updating you guys on my cosplay progress on Meiko, Synchronicity version. (Since this is a cosplay blog as well haha!)

Before I start, I mainly used this tutorial as a reference! I changed some of the parts, but it’s a really good guide for people who want to make armour for their cosplays and can’t afford/don’t have access/don’t want to use materials like Wonderflex, Sintra…etc.

Finished my leg armour for Meiko! Hopefully it lasts for the convention haha, still weary about craft foam armor. I’ll re-enforce the backs with more fabric later! ヽ(゜▽、゜)ノ

Earlier progress pics of chest plate!


My sheets of craft foam weren’t big enough to make the full plate as one big piece, so I had to split it up into two different parts – the bust and the waist. This is the pattern for the bust part, drawn on poster board. Cuts are made in the bottom corners to see where they’ll make the top curve to make the boob shape.


This is the pattern after it was transferred onto the craft foam and the cuts were glued. The lines that the cuts made were covered up with gesso afterwards so its not really noticeable!


Bust plate after the bottom waist part was glued on!


The inside was re-enforced with scrap pieces of foam because I’m lazy and quickly needed the chest plate to keep its shape! Strips of fabric were later glued on the inside to make sure the armour shape set!

My chest plate!  (`・ω・´) In this picture, I’ve drawn on Meiko’s chest plate designs. After that, I cut out 1cm and 50cm strips of craft foam and hot glued them along the designs!

In this picture, I’ve covered it in a few layers of Gesso!  This made the surface smoother and sealed the foam?  (I think that’s the term.) I did a few more coats after this one so it became smoother. ≧(´▽`)≦ Gesso filled in and smoothed out the cracks between the foam.

First layer of silver paint! It looks quite streaky now, but it’ll be fine after a few more coats of paint. I actually thought it would look better if I spray painted it, but I ended up using the same silver paint from the rest of my armour because it would match. Except the paint I bought tends to stick if it touches more of the same paint. orz (iДi)

The funny thing about this armour is that the boob part is bigger than my actual boobs, so I’m going to put a pouch for my phone in there haha! :*:・( ̄∀ ̄)・:*: So handy, I won’t have to carry a purse around. I’m actually planning to buy a pass for the Friday of Fan Expo so I can actually look around and get all my stuff from the dealers room!

I’ll be with my BRS group on the Saturday. ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ If it’s like last year where you had to show your pass to get into the actual building, then I might just end up buying a weekend pass… It’s expensive but I guess it’ll be my little birthday present to myself! (・∀・)/ Haha. Hopefully it’ll be like FX09 where you were able to lobbycon and only had to show your pass if you wanted to go into special events/dealers room.

My wig arrived in the mail! It’s unstyled and reminds me so much of Yui from K-On’s hair, so I decided to camwhore. (θωθ)/~ I wish I was cute enough/shorter so I could actually cosplay her! But Jean still has the best Yui imo!  Nudy purple lenses really do pass off as having light/ash brown eyes in photos, eh?  I’ve also finished the elbow armor thing, but it’s not that special so I’ll show you at the end when all my armour is done.

Anyway, that’s it for now I think. I’ve got lots of reviews lined up inbetween other cosplay progress shots and random posts. Couldn’t upload a video last week because of some issues, but that means I’ll do two videos, or one long video, this week! (`・ω・´)ゞ