So, I’ve wanted to do some kind of tutorial for a while, but I have no secret or tip that isn’t already well displayed out there on beautiful websites or through other cosplay blogs like cosplay-tips and beyond. So….I’m just going to talk, I feel chatty and I haven’t done much interacting with the populace of tumblr. Not sure if this will even be read, but I will write it~
Lets Talk About Fabric Selection
For me choosing a fabric isn’t only about choosing what is most accurate to the design, especially when the design doesn’t technically exist in a real world. Choosing a fabric is also about what evokes emotion, style, and theme. The above image is a shot of my fabrics on their bolt for my Gyarados ginjika (art & design by Cowslip!). I could have simply chosen a flat, solid colored satin or silk and been on my way. They certainly had plenty to choose from in terms of colors and textures. As you can see in the image, none of the fabrics I chose are basic or plain in their weave, not even the white despite how hard it is to see.
I love texture. I love something with dimension and pop. Given the chance, I will use this method on a costume for a client to add a little extra oomph in the details. It’s that little extra that goes a long way. Usually, however, the costumes I craft don’t have much room to allow for such a detail or they already have a texture designed into it.
I decided to go with a brocade for the body of Gyarados because I felt the idea of a brocade to be fitting toward the Asian style of the character and design Cowslip created. While this design is not a match for that on the bodice, and there’s obviously no design like on the above fabric on the tail, that’s what I think makes a difference, and when it comes together it’s going to look very, very cool. Whether I paint the bodice as in Cowslip’s design, I have not yet decided. I do not want it to be too busy, and so I will probably do a test of a 1’ square section to see if I think the design drawn on the ginjika will work with my personal tastes in fabric. I hope it does. I am a stickler for those kinds of details, but I’m also happy to trade out and spend my time on other minute moments in a garment.
I think I’m very romantic when it comes to my work and my costume choices. I haven’t done much costume design since graduating, but as I said above, given the chance I will take that extra leap. The flow of colors in the image above seems very genuine and proper to my eye, and the textures are what I think could be considered romantic in the way I’m using them. If you’ve watched (or read!) Pokemon you probably know that Gyarados is something of a BAMF and it doesn’t take lip from anyone. When I saw Cowslip’s design I was very pleased. It wasn’t monstrous. It wasn’t over sized or gaudy. It wasn’t dark, big, clunky, or masculine. I’ve always kind of thought Gyarados (and Majikarp) were very masculine in their own right, just by the nature of their design.
Gyarados is a sea monster, after all.
So seeing such a feminine, flowing, fashionable design really stuck to me. I’ve been waiting on this for months, ruminating on cost and production process and whether I should do it in the first place. I know I can, I have no doubt about that, but should I. Should I take the leap?
I jumped. I spent about an hour in the fabric store hemming and hawing over a basic satin or a brocade. I chose brocade. I bit my lip and tapped my foot and paced while debating over a basic satin or a sheer with glitter dots. I chose the sheer. The white did not take much convincing. You can’t see the texture well but it has a slight rib or crinkle to it, which I think will move very nicely with the overall structure of the “belly” down the skirt of the costume. Finally, on the way by I saw this weird…..awkward……strangely melted together synthetic mesh and I thought, “that’s my collar.” It will overlay to the white, which will be hand dyed to fade between pink/collar/ and white at the very lip. It has a stiffness and strength for the shape I need while still being fun and flirty. I’m debating using it on the small ‘windows’ down the skirt, but I have yet to decide.
There’s a lot of fabric out there, lots of choices, but unfortunately I don’t really live in a place where I can go out and touch all the really fun pieces. Most of the fabric I purchase is from Hancock Fabrics or Jo-Ann Fabrics. About two hours away is Mary Jo’s Cloth, which is the NC Mecca for fabrics, in my opinion. They’re also very pricey and I was looking to make this costume out of materials I already had or could purchase relatively cheaply.
Jo-Ann’s with a 40% off coupon and competitors coupon of 15%? PFT Not missing that deal. All in all the above totaled with thread to about $70 or $80, which is bogus and cheap considering at full price it was of course going to be twice that. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve robbed these stores. They just give things away with their coupons when presented to a savvy shopper.
I encourage you all to go out and be creative, take a risk and an extra step and try something new. A lot of times I hear from other cosplayers or my clients when I suggest such a thing, like brocade or embossed suede “wow I never even thought of that!” and I want to push people to think of it. Being creative is about trying new things, making new ideas about old things, and going that last mile to make something truly your own. This is what I do. This is how I make it my own.
Gyarados Ginjika WIP
Today marks a beautiful day for me! For the first time in three years I have finally taken on a personal project that isn’t a coat, or a skirt, and will see itself to completion. I haven’t cosplayed for myself in so long, and then before that only once a year if I were lucky, because my focus was always on school while in college, on my education and the friends I met and have kept. I only finished a costume during my four years because I petitioned to make a class known as “Anime Costume Technology,” which essentially was 10 of us making cosplay under the guidance of our costume design professor, Ami Shupe.
So, here it is. I unveil to you the Pokemon Ginjika design by Cowslip, and my costume part breakdown! The breakdowns are chopped off on the side and bottom, yes, and you don’t actually get to see the cool part, but I did not realize my scanner butchered it all. So, this is what you get. A friend of mine joked “well at least they can’t steal all of your ideas!” I don’t care. Go forth and craft and learn if you can read my handwriting, do so! Rise to your own challenge, be simply magnificent!
Edit: Rise to the challenge anyway, but I uploaded new photos that cover all my sketching!
Anyway~ This is a monster of a project and I am hopeful to debut at Ichibancon in January. It will likely be the only costume I craft for myself (other than for Bronycon) for a while and so it will go with me everywhere: Animazement, Triad Anime, Hoshicon, and more! I don’t know where my life will lead me next year. I have a new job, a new outlook on life after separating with my beau of four years, and I’m finally finding me again. This costume will be my greatest challenge, and my greatest work. It will combine techniques I’ve already used and have mastered as well as utilize those others have mastered and crafted tutorials for. I will be dyeing the fabric to get the gradients, crafting resin molds for the crown and belt around the bust, and the tail will be articulating, which means it will be stuffed full with foam to hold it’s shape but can in fact move and pose—though it could it stand up on it’s own.
Save for the wig base and perhaps the fan, nothing on this costume will be pre-made.
What an incredible and incredibly daunting task! I can’t wait!
Stitch in the ditch? Pin that sucker! It’s ok! Just remember to remove the pins and not run over them!
#Etsy #chainmaille #jewelry
#Etsy #chainmaille #jewelry
I have a fantastic friend who is now available to sell chainmail commission bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more! You should check out her Etsy shop listed above, and totally follow her BRAND NEW TUMBLR because she is just a great lady with such talent! Check out her stuff today!!
Everyone, meet my favorite presser foot: the button guide! With my darling Elvis (that’s my machines name, of course!) who is capable of memorizing my stitches, I simply make one button hole and proceed with the……many more!!
I’m on number 8 of 14! Zoom zoom!
Starlord in progress
As usual, I don’t normally post non-work related things, but I’m having quite a lot of fun in Wildstar and wanted to share my Cupcake with you all. This is Zevira! You might have seen some of my doodles of her previously. I’m looking forward to RP with her so please feel free to message me in game if you’d like! I’m on Evindra.
(I take very bad screenshots! Eep!)
The Fifth Doctor - Doctor Who
This costume was created for a wonderful lady who wanted to keep the original silhouette of 5’s design while still being feminine. Rather than a skirt we kept with slacks. Both of the patterns modified were for a women’s jacket and slacks, altered for the design. Unfortunately, while the fabric from Spoonflower.com was perfect, the stripes run the width rather than length, which made it difficult to create the high-wasted trousers that 5 wears. We agreed a simple waistband was acceptable as she plans on wearing the cricket vest, of course, and the waistband would not be seen.
This jacket is fully lined and fit to my client’s size.
Interested in a costume of your own? Please visit my website @ Adaria-Designs.com and peruse my work! Then fill out a quote request!
ANGEWOMON COSPLAY by ShineUeki33
Perfect. Had to reblog.
Zevira Novik — Mordesh
More WildStar fanart. This is my Mordesh, a once-star on Grismara before the Contagion. Now, she’s on Nexus to aid in finding a cure but she doesn’t strictly have a “class” talent (IE, she’s an Engineer but that isn’t necessarily her IC skill).
Pre-Contagion she was an actress, perhaps one of what we would consider a Broadway Star. Now, she is slowly becoming more machine than Mordesh. Replaced parts include her right foot up to her calf, right hand to elbow, breasts are both otherwise empty metal shapes for vanity, neck, left hand’s first, second, and forth fingers, and her left ear. Zevira also has several plates holding together parts of her flesh, including her left forearm, left eyebrow, the entire nose to chin from ear to ear is covered in a mask, and several plates run down her left leg.
Her mask covers a nose, which is missing in its entirety and her mouth, which has started to flake away revealing a stringy cheek and her teeth and tongue within. Her nice plump lips are decaying and only half toward the right side remains…
She is the vainest woman.
Lunamaria Hawke in progress!