soooo happy this is finally coming together. the jacket isn’t drawn with any sort of closures and Ryuko doesn’t wear it closed to begin with, but I put in a zipper anyway cause I thought it would look strange without some plausible way of closing it. unlike their American cousins (letterman jackets), I’ve yet to see a sukajan without a zipper so I definitely wanted to include that detail to further make the distinction between the two kinds of jackets.
it’s a pretty sexy looking zipper, by the way.
now I just have to attach the cuffs, collar, and pockets and then it’ll be done! this has definitely been a labor of love and I’m proud of how it’s turned out, so I’m reeeeeaaaaallllyyyyy excited to get it finished.
not the most exciting of updates - I hemmed a skirt, woohoo - but I thought I’d share one of my favorite techniques with those of you who aren’t familiar.
circle skirt hems were something that baffled me when I was more of a paste eating baby noob than I am now - I used to always hand-stitch them which is all kinds of not fun. horsehair braid (not actually made of horsehair) is a great option because it acts like bias tape (since it’s stretchy it curves with the hem and lays flat) and adds shape and volume to the skirt. Rufflebutt has a great tutorial on creating a horsehair braid hem, so I’ll let her do the talking for me in that aspect.
Pictured here is 1 inch horsehair, which is my preferred size. I used it on my Sheryl last year; keep in mind the skirt is also enormous - the hem was ten yards! - but it produces a great poofy effect without using a petticoat. here, I actually used 1/2 inch horsehair, which I don’t like all that much but a) I wasn’t looking for extreme shape or volume in this case b) I will be wearing a petticoat with the final costume and c) I had just enough of it lying around and figured I’d use it up instead of going to buy bias tape. (speaking of, bias tape is also a great way to finish hems on circle skirts and pleated skirts - here’s another handy tutorial.)
so, here you can see that it gives you a really nice clean hem, which can be hard to achieve with circle skirts - they often end up wrinkly, which looks even worse when you are using satin like I am, but that’s not an issue here! I have a picture of it without the petticoat to show how it affects the shape of the hem - keep in mind that the shape is also affected by how big your skirt is and the width of the horsehair (I’m using 4 inch horsehair for another project, so there are several sizes to suit whatever effect you’re going for).
anyway I hope that was useful to somebody because horsehair is pretty great!!!
yeah so… remember how determined I was to finish Lucina earlier this week?
that dream is on hold for now. I realized a few things… first, I don’t have the money to sink into that kind of project right now - I want nothing but the best materials for my princess and that’s just not something I can do at the moment! second, because I can’t invest in those materials, making the costume has been much more difficult… and as I’m in my last three weeks of school (ever!) I don’t need the added stress!
so, I decided to do what (so far) has been a fun, easy, and cheap project - maid Nero!
Nero is by far my favorite Saber and I always loved the maid outfits that Alter and Arturia got. Forever ago I got the idea to make one for Nero even though she doesn’t have a canon design, but it was one of those things that would be fun but figured I wouldn’t ever get around to. After pitching a fit over Lucina, I realized I already had the fabric to make this, so I decided to go for it. I’ll be staying pretty true to the design of Alter and Arturia’s maid outfits, since the only variation between the two dresses is the color.
Happy to show that I already have the base dress done! All that’s left are all the frills… and a properly colored zipper wouldn’t hurt either. (Ignore the sports bra, I was too lazy to change. :P)
so I’m forcing my ass into high gear because even though I’m still not sure if I’m going to Fanime and I don’t think I have a good chance of finishing Lucina for that con… I know I’d be mad at myself if I didn’t try!
so I’m 90% sure this will be the last mockup of the tunic. it needs to be taken in a bit, but I think it’s okay. we’ll see how I feel when it’s not 2 am.
I also tried working on her boots but that didn’t go so well. I think I’m going to need to use whatever material I make the basic shapes out of for the mockup stage as well; poster board is too rigid and craft foam is too pliable. I may try out buckram (since I’ve not used it before and wanted to for a long time) or plaster wrap… since I happen to have that lying around.
it’s been a while since I’ve made a post, but I’ve been so busy. I have done a little bit of work here and there, but nothing I could really make a post about. I do sanding and filling on the scissor blade pretty much every day, and I’ve done some work on the jacket too. tonight I was feeling tired but motivated to work on something, so I finally started finishing up the skirt.
I used bias tape to finish the hem - this is a great way to finish skirt hems, whether pleated or circular or whatever. I mostly did this because, due to my limited amount of fabric, I didn’t have a lot of room to do a rolled hem, so this saved me a little bit of length.
I also put in the zipper and finished it with more bias tape. doesn’t it look sexy? this was my first time successfully doing a lapped zipper. though this is a very common way of putting in a zipper, I still never really understood the technique, so I’ve never actually done one (which is why I almost always use invisible zippers - to me they’re sooooo much easier to put in). A while back I thought up a cheater way of doing it, and it mostly worked. it didn’t come out maybe quite as neat, but I plan on refining the technique (and I’ll pass it along if I do).
it’s been too long since my last progress post!! honestly I have had pretty much nothing to share. school and job hunting have eaten my free time and I’ve barely been able to touch my sewing machine.
the nice thing about props is that they usually need drying time, so they can be a pretty ideal cosplay project if you only have a few minutes here and there to work on something. in this case, I’ve been putting LOTS AND LOTS of wood filler on the insulation foam base I carved a few weeks ago, which has meant lots of sanding and drying time. it’s going to take a lot more of that unfortunately, but I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out so far.
I forgot if I mentioned this but the pattern I used was made by my friend Tarasque Productions, and she just added the other half of the blade today!
had an amazing shoot with JW Cosplay Photography yesterday!! I can’t wait to share the results with you all (hopefully this week). in the meantime here is a preview of me taking a picture of me on a camera with my phone camera, like all the cool kids do.