Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sasori and Deidara video update

The adventures of Sasori and Deidara continue. Go check our new video with some morning madness Akatsuki style!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pretty in pink: Ivy's dress and hat

Photographer Anniina Väisänen

It seems that is has been long enough from the WCS preliminaries, or more precisely from the two months of continuous work last summer; I can look at the photos of the costume construction without flashback. So I decided to put together a post from the making of Ivy’s get-up.

The fabrics I used for Ivy’s dress are pale pink polyester satin and lilac cotton satin. After I started to gather the materials in December 2010, I soon realized that finding the right shade of pink would be most certainly impossible. After three months I settled to a pink that wasn’t as rich as in the reference but close enough. The lining is actually the same fabric I used on the gold trimmings. It’s just inside out. And it’s the actually the same as Yoshimitsu’s vest lining, which is two –sided taffeta.

Ivy’s peculiar tailcoat-corset combination was first on my list when I started to draw patterns for the costumes. I can’t recall have I ever struggled with lining as much as I did with it. I had to make few chances to my original plans with having a zipper on the side and making a fake lacing on the back. This was all because of the misguiding two layered look of the garment. The piece of clothing I made is one-piece with lacing on the back and plastic boning on the seams.

There is also boning in the body I’m wearing under the dress. The lace front, which I constructed from tulle and tiny pieces of black lace, is sewn on the body. The body is there to give some piece of mind, since the cut of the dress is rather…high. No flashing because no visible panties. Yes, that’s really a weird reasoning, but somehow makes sense. And I was wearing the tights under to body… Enough with that, every girl cosplayer knows what I’m talking about.

Most time-consuming sewing project along side dress was the rose embroideries, which decorate Ivy’s stockings and veil. The roses took rather long to complete. I could only blame myself, because after trashing the ideas of drawing the figures on the violet stockings with markers, embroidering them on a piece of tulle was next on my list. The other problem with the roses was to attach them to the stockings. Sewing them on didn’t work, because the stockings naturally stretch, but the roses didn’t. Then I realized to slip them between the two stockings that I was wearing! In the morning of the preliminaries! Yay!

I don’t know have I ever mentioned that I love making hats. I do, so Ivy’s cocktail hat was a pleasant task. The hat is made from the same fabric as the dress. The shape is created by cutting petals from sheet foam. I decided to trim the petals with black piping. The black veil I purchased from Belle Modeste. To prevent the hat from falling off my head, I attached it to my wig with clear fishing line.

Photographer Miika Ojamo

I have no idea where I got the stockings. I think I bought about seven pairs of tights before finding suitable ones. The fishnets are probably from Cybershop.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Plans, plans... And Valentine's day!

For starters, I would really like to thank everyone who voted our photo on Desucon’s Välähdys- posing competition! And again big thanks to AG, who is responsible of all the photos from Lumiere and Cogsworth. I hope we bump into you at the convention photo booth in future cons!

"--You pompous parrafin-headed pea-brain!" "En garde, you overgrown pocket watch!"

Even if we finally got a proper winter here in Finland, our thoughts are already wandering towards summer. Our convention plans are still wide open, but we hope we are able to attend as many as we can. We have planned to roll pretty much with our old costumes, like Yoshimitsu and Ivy. Wearing them again also would give us a boost to polish and work on the details, with which we had to take short cuts last year. Desucon’s quest of honor might finally force us to re-do Sasori and Deidara. Also we could finally do a proper construction post starring Sasori’s body, because we have had questions about it through the years.

Old costumes aren’t the only ones swirling in our heads. We have sketched a pair cosplay from Star Wars, lolita-Transformers mash-up (to satisfy Yoki and her little Transformers addiction) and what else. In my closet there is still some costumes waiting to be finished, yet I dream of doing more, like Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle.

Next to sewing costumes that I wasn't meant to, I also might do something very different; compete alone. Lately I’ve been thinking about attending to the EuroCosplay preliminaries in June. The idea is a bit weird, performing on my own and all, but Yoki promised to be my best supporter. We'll see what happens! Cosplayer's plans are... well, cosplayer's plans. You can't really write them in stone.

Oh yeah, Finnish people! Lappeenrannan ja Kouvolan Eurokankaissa on muuttomyynti, kankaista -20% ja rullan loput -50%. Valikoimaa on jonkin verran rajattu; esimerkiksi suurin osa peruspuuvilloista ja -trikoista on siirretty syrjään muuttoa odottamaan. Lappeenrannassa osa puuvilla- ja satiinikanteista on myös alennuksessa, sekä kasa riemunkirjavia vetoketjuja.

Last but not least:

Happy Valentine's day for all the humans~