First let me apologize for the long break I’ve taken from updating this blog. At the end of last year my life kind of fell apart and I’ve been slowly putting the pieces back together. I spent several months dealing with severe illness and then the passing of my mother in December. It’s been a very long to get back to my life and my business. I’m not all the way there yet but hopefully I will get there someday. Right now I’m just here, doing the best that I can for today. I have a few exciting projects I’m starting this year. One of which is me getting back into cosplay! I will be attending Phoenix ComicCon this year with some friends as the main characters from Final Fantasy X, the first FF game I’ve ever finished!
Thanks for reading! See ya soon!
I’m not an artist I’m a seamstress so it’s no wonder that painting is not my forte. I’m not happy with the way the shells for my costume came out but I think I’m going to deal with it because I don’t have time to find real shells or to order a pre-made shell bra. Here are some progress pictures of the shell top. I used a heat gun to mold the craft foam into the shell shape.
Cutting out the shape
Before and after shaping with the heat gun
Color reference and finished shell.
Finished bra with shells attached to top. I think I’m going to cover the bra with some of the same material from the tail so it’s doesn’t look like I covered a bikini top even though that’s what I did.
This costume was made for my friend Devon for Anime Expo 2006. I used nylon/polyester fabric for the main body of the costume, trimming it in gray cotton bias binding. The cape is cotton the bottom design is appliqued on the main piece. Unfortunately I was rushing and didn’t get pictures of the process. But you can see how it looked on Devon compared to the picture of the character.
The color difference in the charters outfit in the pictures was Devon’s choice of fabric. This picture of the Character is not 100% accurate but it was the closest we could find. The actual color of the character’s main outfit fabric is more like the color Devon is wearing.
This costume was also made for my friend Devon for Anime Expo 2006, unfortunatly I didn’t get any pictures of her in it. It was made with cotton fabric. The top fabric was originally white and I dyed it orange, then I appliqued the flowers on the shirt using the same white fabric. The pants are double layered yellow cotton. All the jewerly for this outfit was made by hand by me. The braclet is clay beads I shaped by hand and then painted. The necklet was easier, just a chain I already had and a glass bead.
Here is a costume I made for my friend Colette for Halloween 2005, it’s a modest veriation of Aeon Flux. Since in the cartoon Aeon herself changes outfits more Cher there’s really no “one” Aeon Flux outfit. My friend designed this verison so that it fit her body type and her vertures. Being as most of us women don’t like to run around Hollywood in a thong.
This is the Superman costume I made for my boyfriend Alex for Halloween 2005. Everything in this costume was done by me including the boot covers. I even made him a pouch (per his request) that attached to the belt to hold his wallet, keys, etc. This costume like all my other costumes was made using an altered commercial pattern.
This is the leg band for my “Hinata” costume from the anime series “Naruto”. I made this costume for Anime Expo 2007. Originally I wanted to make it a functioning pocket but the vynal wouldn’t hold the shape, it was more round than square so I had a different idea.
I took styroform and cut it to the right size then covered it with black vinyl.
I added a belt loop to run the strap though, which is made from the same vinyl. I used a hot glue to attach the vinyl to the styroform.
This is the most recent costume I made. It was for Anime Expo, which is one of the largest Anime conventions in the United States. This year it was held in Long Beach California during Forth of July weekend (June 28th-July 3rd). Hinata as a character is very shy and unsure of herself. Born to a noble family there are high expectations on her. All this is expressed in her shy ackward stance and soft spoken voice. I picked this character to cosplay because she has a similar body type and facial features as me. Plus the costume itself was fairly simple. My friend Devon cosplayed as “Kiba” who is in the same Ninja Sqaud as “Hinata” in the show “Naruto”. The show Naruto is currently being played on Cartoon Network.
Here is the finished jacket I made for my friend Devon’s Kiba costume. Which was also for the Anime Convention in Long Beach and from the same show as my “Hinata” costume The pants are pretty much finished too but I haven’t taken pictures yet. *Special thanks to Hipoman for holding the hood up for me.*