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judar | day four

My C.diff cow poop piles finally dried. Yesterday, I went to flip them over but the three biggest piles were still damp on the bottom and I stuck my finger right in the middle of one of them right before I went into work.

Tip! It says right there on the canister, but acetone will clean up any expanding foam messes. I wish I knew that when I accidentally got some on the carpet of my apartment but it’s tooooo laaaaatttteeeee…

If you use acetone to take off expanding foam from your skin, do it over a sink and have warm running water nearby. When you rub the acetone on your fingers and take off the foam, you will need to wash your hands extremely well to rid your skin of acetone. Prolonged contact to any kind of chemical is not good and may cause chemical burns!

[Yes, I have a degree in chemistry. I do know what I’m talking about.]

Anyways, this morning, I was able to peel the three big piles from the wax paper. They were still a little soft in the center so I left them to air dry before I went to work. After meeting up with a friend, coincidentally to talk about getting started on a cosplay project of his own, I ate dinner and drove to the post office to pick up my wig!

It was really exciting getting the package. I’ve never had to pick up a package from the parcel locker and was giddy upon seeing the key in my mailbox. I knew I ordered a long wig and a long clip on ponytail, but seeing the box was surreal.

I opened it up when I got home and found a pretty present inside! Arda sent me a beautiful compact mirror with their logo on it and it’s perfect for touchups during an event! I will have to remember to pack it in my con box whenever I go out.

I pulled the wigs out of the box but left them in their bag to prevent them from tangling.

Then, I cleaned up my current workspace, sweeping the floors and mopping the tile. Luke left the box to his sewing machine at my house and I was going to throw it away but I taped it back together and decided to use it as my scrap bin instead.

My foam piles are flat on the bottom and rounded on top. They are much larger than the diameter I wanted but they are not spherical at all. In order to carve them into a sphere, I marked the center of each side as a point of reference. On all of my piles, the diameter marking I drew as a reference on the wax paper transferred to the underside of the foam and I also used that as a guide when carving the spheres.

Tip! As Malindachan pointed out, she used a box cutter as her main cutting tool. I did too, albeit a smaller one. In order to turn this weird pancake into a sphere, I always cut in tangental lines to my surface and moved a little bit at a time.

My first sphere barely hit the six inch diameter mark and the next two after that also barely hit their intended diameters, but I called it good enough. My biggest sphere was also my first one and I didn’t round the bottom at all because I was scared to loose too much foam from the carving process. I might leave it slightly flat just so it can rest comfortably against my upper back.

I got through six of nine balls in two hours before calling it quits. Some of them I will have to go back and continue trimming them down because they’re too big. I debated on getting another canister of foam to fill in the gaps on a couple of the spheres but I may not do that in favor of having a flat surface against my back.

In the morning before work, I’m going to see if I can finish carving the last three balls and get my braid ready for painting and stringing them together!

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[cosplay guide] ren kougyoku

Ahhhhh! I finished Kougyoku at last and now it’s time for my construction recap!

Dress: I made the bodice out of ivory casa satin and the skirt out of red taffeta from the clearance section. The ruffles are yellow silk-like fabric gathered with my ruffle foot and attached in between the satin and the yellow lining. The skirt was also gathered using my ruffle foot. I purposely made the dress loose fitting because it fits with the time period. The sleeves gave me the most trouble since I made them too small around the wrist the first time but that was fixed by inserting another panel. I tried to avoid having ruffles sewn on the edge of the yellow part of the sleeves, opting to have a loose yellow silk layer, but the ruffles didn’t show up very well so I ended up having to add in another three yards of extra yellow silk ruffle just so they would show up. In order to add volume, I wore my mother’s wedding petticoat she gifted to me underneath it.

Green Overskirt: We used this iridescent green taffeta last summer for Mike’s Earth King cosplay and I knew I wanted to use it for Kougyoku. I actually bought the red taffeta for the dress despite owning yards upon yards of red dupoini just so it would match better. The black trim is satin with white bridal satin circle appliquéd on. The trim is blind hem stitched to the green skirt. The entire thing is gathered at the waist with an elastic waistband.

Pink Overskirt: This is dark pink satin with a petal pink satin bias tape. There is also a petal pink lining on the inside and interfacing sandwiched in between the layers. Of all the pieces, this was one of the most difficult to construct and I need to remake it with darts to drape over my skirts better.

Pink Shawl: This was by far the most difficult and time-consuming piece to construct aside from the hairpin. The patter was easy to draft but I think I made the shoulders a touch too broad. Oh well. It took several attempts to get the collar right and the trim is made the same way as the green overskirt. I made a thin ribbon from leftover red taffeta for the bow around her neck.

Green Sash: There are two green sashes made from the same taffeta as the overskirt. The one around my shoulders actually has some wire-edged ribbon and 18 gauge wire inside to help it stand up and “float.” It is secured to my shawl with safety pins at the shoulders.

Hairpin and clip: Both were made from worbla. I used modge podge to smooth out the layers and a ton of paint. The heart shaped sections are actually heart beads left over from Lucy. The jewels are actually TranspaArt painted with red anodized paint and silver paint. The gold chain is a gold necklace cut to size.

Wig: I made two felt loops and sewed them to the top of my old Gou wig. Then I took sections of hair and glued them to the felt loops to make the “rabbit ears.” The rest of the hair was pulled into a ponytail and separated by spraying each section with Aquanet. I don’t like how this wig turned out because of the gross texture but Rin is styling a new wig for me for Christmas!

I had a lot of fun wearing Kougyoku and hanging out with my Magi squad! She was surprisingly fun to wear and has quickly become one of my favorite costumes.

Until next time!

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I literally can’t even | naka-kon 2016 plans

A couple months ago, Luke and Nuds were chatting about competing in Naka-kon’s cosplay contest together and somehow or another, they bring up Tsubasa, one of our first projects together. In light of the skill set we’ve gained since that disastrous first attempt, the boys decide we’re going to enter it into the cosplay competition under the intermediate category because they’re not quite up to Master-level personally, and Laura and Sarah are entering Master-level with Haytham and Connor.

We’re chatting about it today and much to my surprise, they said they want to do an art book version rather than recreate the original costumes. Whelp. So much for being ahead of the game and buying all that crap for Syaoran last Monday. I’ll probably keep it and make it anyways just so I have one more costume in my box for me and Zwei to wear.

Luke finally settled on this:

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Which is one of my favorite outfits. So we started looking through the internet to see what other cosplayers have done with this particular set. We found a beautiful group from Katsucon a couple years ago but while studying the detail work on their Fai’s outfit, Luke saw an album on her page and said, “What is that? It’s so cool!”

Nuds and I looked at what he’s pointing at. To my surprise, it’s none other than Yunan from Magi: the Labyrinth of Magic.

The funny thing about Yunan is that Sarah and I always envisioned Luke as Yunan if we were to ever cosplay the series as a group. It would be either him or Ka Kobun to keep up with his Vic Mignonga spree.

We tossed around a couple more ideas–Nanatsu no Taizai, Arslan Senki, League of Legends–but Luke said again, “I want to be Yunan! He’s so cool!”

“I want to be Sinbad!” Nuds added.

I paused at this point. Do I tell them? Should I even encourage this? Why does it always seem like i pick our group cosplays when I honestly have had nothing to do with anyone else’s decisions?

Let’s talk logistics for a moment. Since it is just the three of us, we have to have a trio that makes sense. When considering Tsubasa, it was always going to be Kurogane, Fai, and Syaoran. However, as Luke pointed out, the Tsubasa group loses its impact when you’re missing Sakura. Therefore, for whatever project we picked, we needed to have a trio that could stand alone.

At this point, it makes sense given Luke’s insistence on Yunan to choose the era’s three Magi: Judal, Yunan, and Scheherazade. Nuds shot that down because he would have to be Judal and he doesn’t want to show his abs. I suggested that Nuds be Titus instead of Scheherazade but that was brushed off pretty quickly.

So I started thinking. How could we make this work? After staring at an image of the cast for a couple minutes, the idea finally hit me. We could do Sinbad, Yunan, and Judal because all three of them have some kind of long history with each other. Yunan raised the first dungeon and suggested Sinbad conquer it; Sinbad conquered the dungeon and is Yunan’s King’s Candidate; Judal raised a couple dungeons for the Kou Empire but Sinbad conquered them instead.

Magically, we all ended up getting what we wanted.

The next thing I know, we’re going fabric shopping. Luke bought bottom weight in hunter green and a linen look fabric. I insisted he get a lining for the pants at the very least to help make them last longer. We’ve got a ton of interfacing leftover from other projects that he can use. Nuds bought blue and purple suiting, and white linen along with gold bias tape. I honestly should have made him get a lining too but we’re a little too concerned with how we’re going to make this without making him look stupid in a dress.

The boys are going to be sewing their own costumes this time around with a little guidance from me with regards to patterning and construction order. Since I already have all of the fabric for Judal, I ordered my wig from Arda today and will get it some time this week. I’ll be using Malindachan’s tutorial as a guide but I will probably make a few modifications as I see fit. The last thing I have to decide on is how to make Judal’s jewelry but I will probably end up using rolls of Worbla and some kind of clasp for the necklace.

We’re doing Magi, guys. And I had absolutely nothing to do with this decision.

Funny how that works.

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judar | day one + two

I had four or six yards of black sateen lying around from Azula (didn’t need as much as I originally calculated for) and I recently got into Magi (hey, it took a lot of convincing and a certain Balbadd arc for me to fall in love with it). My favorite is the fabulous Judar, closely followed by Kougyoku but I’ve had enough of red hair and ornate dresses for the year so Judar became a serious consideration.

While working on C.C., I happened to find a package of gold bias tape and a short black zipper. It was like the cosplay gods were all but whacking me with a stick to make this cosplay. I decided to use the extra two yards of lining from C.C. for Judar instead of lining the skirt.

I made the pants in a night after being completely frustrated with C.C.’s ridiculous corset. I eyeballed the pattern and serged it without trying them on. Even with the added elastic at the ankles and waist, there was still too much fabric to get the right look so I took in four inches from both sides. I intended to add pockets but forgot to the first time around, so having to take in the sides was a blessing in disguise as it allowed me to put my pockets in. Even though pockets are not culturally accurate, some of the recent panels in the manga suggest that Judar may actually have pockets after all.

The only thing I didn’t do was sew the waistband in because of a very important point.

Because Judar’s outfit is so simplistic, a big part of the cosplay is his slim physique and obvious abdominal muscles. Being nearly twenty pounds overweight and entirely self-conscious, I knew there was no way I could bring myself to wear this cosplay no matter how much I loved it. An elegant solution that would kill two birds with one stone was to work out! This is not so much as a NYR, but as a direct order from my physicians (read: my doctor father and therapist mother).

Back to cosplay, the only thing I was missing was an adequate amount of white fabric. I didn’t have enough from previous projects so I went to Jo-ann’s with the intention of finding a white chiffon.

However, chiffon was too sheer for my purpose and David Tutera had a nice stretch taffeta with a texture I liked. They didn’t have it in white and the other whites in the case collection would not suit my needs at all. I did find silk duponi but the $25/yd price tag was a serious issue. Luckily, the bridal collection and duponi were 30% but it was a tough decision to make.

I also picked up another package of gold bias tape in case the one I had ran out. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a seam and running out. I am collecting the Worbla scraps from Azula to make his wand.

I will not work on Judar until after graduation and I am in a little better shape for an accurate fit! But I just couldn’t resist. XD

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