Finally got the last of my fabric for my Sailor Moon costume and I was able to get all of the bows made fairly quickly. I decided to make both a white and a red back now for my skirt. In the art I’m working from she has a white bow, but I could easily ditch the cape and switch out to the red bow for a slightly different costume. I also decided to make the tails for the back bow a little long because I like the way it looks (kind of an in between length from the regular & super fukus).

I also got all of my Worbla pieces mostly finished. I’ll be covering the chest “triangle”(?) with gold spandex so that it matches my other gold details. I have liberally gessoed my other pieces (choker, odango shields, tiara, and locket), so all that’s left is some sanding, painting, and gluing on some gems.

Magik progress! At this point all I have left to do is her armored arm and to finish altering/painting her sword.

Boot covers are made on top of a pair of nude colored wedges. I had to double up the yellow spandex on my bodysuit to make it more opaque, so I ended up having to double up the spandex for my boot covers and yellow glove too, to ensure that the yellow looks uniform across the costume. The doubling up makes my glove a lot bulkier, which I’m not sure I like, but the boot covers turned out fine.

The shoulder armor is made out of Worbla and I will be covering it in the same gunmetal spandex as my sleeve. The armor on my actual arm will be made out of craft foam covered in spandex to allow for more ease of movement.

I’m currently finishing two costumes for Boston Comic Con (Magik and Sailor Moon). I’m also working on Sansa Stark’s tourney dress from season 1 of Game of Thrones, which is set to debut at GraniteCon in September. After all of that is done, I’ll be starting my Katsucon competition costume - Yuuko Ichihara’s spider web kimono from an xxxHOLiC manga chapter title page.

For the costume I’ve started gathering loads of fabric because I am hoping to be as accurate as possible when it comes to the multiple layers of kimono I’ll need to wear (hadajuban, nagajuban, furisode kimono, etc). I’m planning to embroider and bead the designs onto the outer kimono. I’m also planning on making a full size darari obi, which will be 20 feet long and mostly embroidered because I’m apparently insane.

I finally have all of the pieces that I need (minus my wig) to continue working on my Sansa Stark costume. I added the green panels to the sides of the dress and the sleeves. I ended up using an olive green satin, which is a bit shiner than I wanted, but it was the only fabric I could find in the right color. Luckily the vine ribbon and embroidery thread that I’ve got match nicely.

I was going to use some floral spray paint to give the grey fabric that I’m using a bit of a purple tint, as it appears purple in the screen shots. However, my boyfriend pointed out that it probably looks that way due to the use of a blue filter while filming. Since the dress looks grey in Michele Carragher’s official photos, I’ve decided to just stick with the grey. The embroidery and vine ribbon placement will start after Boston Comic Con in 2 weeks.

I haven’t gotten a lot done over the past few days because my sewing area is in a loft and it’s been HOT and humid the past few days. I did get my boots in the mail and I added the bands to match my gloves. I also got all of my craft foam and Worbla pieces cut out, so in hoping to get them all assembled tomorrow (the yellow pieces are for Sailor Moon and the black pieces are for my Magik from X-men costume).

I’m also including a picture of the base wig that I’ll be starting with. It’s a Chibi in Silver from Arda Wigs. I’m going to have to take in the wig cap because it’s very large; but once that’s done I plan on raising the pigtails a bit, stubbing them, wrapping two 3” styrofoam balls in the excess wig fiber, and then I’ll be adding some long extensions for the odango tails.

I’m almost done with all of the sewing portions of my Sailor Moon costume! I still need to make the bows, but I have to wait until my fabric arrives. The stuff pictured is pinned to my dress form, but everything will be secured with snaps when I am finished.

I’m 99% finished with the skirt, including adding the lace trim, which is made from 2 types of lace plus the pink ribbon threaded through. I’m hoping that some pressing of the pleats will help make the skirt look less messy. The gloves are 100% complete and I’m super happy with them. The last picture shows the patterns I made for my Worbla pieces, including the odango shields, the tiara, the choker piece, the locket, and the triangle(?) for the chest armor portion.

My office was closed today due to a power outage, so I took advantage of the unexpected day off by working on my Sailor Moon skirt. I managed to put in the horsehair braid on the hem of my underskirt and then I trimmed, hemmed, and pressed my blue overskirt. I really, really hate hemming circle skirts and I’m thrilled it’s done.

I’m not 100% happy with how the overskirt falls due to the horsehair on the underskirt, but I’m hoping some fiddling with the pleats will help. I also need to do some touch ups around the front point of the hip roll. Now I plan on spending the rest of the evening threading ribbon into my lace trim which will then be attached to the underskirt.

I only got a little bit of work done on my Sailor Moon costume today - but that’s mostly because I underestimated the number of yards of horsehair and lace trim that I need for my skirt. I’m adding horsehair to my underskirt to help fluff up the blue overskirt. I’m also adding a lace trim to it because there is trim in one of the many references I’m using.

I redid my “boob armor” and decided to forgo adding batting for bulk. I still need to go back over the V seam with a satin stitch to make it more prominent, but otherwise I think it’s good to go. Hopefully I’ll make a lot of progress next weekend/week because I’ll have a weeks worth of stay-cation.

I worked for a bit on my Sansa Stark costume this morning. The lining is completely assembled (minus the sleeves) and the exterior is in progress. I have to wait for my green fabric to come in before I can put the side panels in on the exterior of my dress. I also have to get more fabric for the sleeves because they ended up eating up more fabric than I expected.

Once I’m done assembling the exterior I plan on coating it lightly with some lilac floral spray paint to give it the slight purple hue that the original has. I was planning on dyeing it, however, I couldn’t find a light enough polyester dye and the fabric I chose to use frays like mad, so I’m not sure how much would have survived the dyeing process. Anyway, once I’m happy with the exterior color I’ll start sketching out my embroidery pattern and then I’ll be hand embroidering and detailing the neckline.

I spent most of today working on my Sailor Moon fuku and I made some good progress in some areas and some “meh” progress in other areas. The stupid sailor collar took FOREVER because I couldn’t find any white 1/8” ribbon, so I had to sew my 3/8” ribbon in half before sewing it to the collar. Things don’t quite match up at the very tips of the collar, but otherwise I’m happy with how it came out. I’m also reasonably happy with my skirt so far. The pleating came out ok; I’m hoping it’ll look better once it’s shortened to the correct length and I add some horsehair to the hem of the underskirt. I’m really happy with my hip roll and shoulder puffs, though the puffs still need to be sewn to the bodysuit. I’m not all that happy with my “boob armor”, so I may scratch what I have so far and see what else I can come up with.

Next up is finishing detailing my gloves and starting in on some of the accessories. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to make my bows yet because I can’t find the fabric that I want, but hopefully I’ll find some soon.

That’s not annoying or discouraging at all sola-heika, I think that Yuuko is such an awesome character and her stars and moon costume is beautiful and intricate!  I hope I do get to see you at the Katsu so that I can see your costume in person.

That’s not annoying or discouraging at all sola-heika, I think that Yuuko is such an awesome character and her stars and moon costume is beautiful and intricate! I hope I do get to see you at the Katsu so that I can see your costume in person.

I spent a large portion of my free time today researching kimonos, kitsuke (the art of wearing a kimono), and obis. I’m currently planning on making Yuuko Ichihara’s spiderweb furisode kimono with its darari musubi obi for my competition costume for Katsucon 2015.  Am I crazy for planning out a competition costume this far in advance? Maybe. But considering the fact that I plan on embroidering all of the spiderwebs and adding in beaded details, I figure the more time I have to work on things the better.  Right now I’m in the process of gathering my materials and I plan on starting the construction and embroidery sometime in August/September.

I spent a large portion of my free time today researching kimonos, kitsuke (the art of wearing a kimono), and obis. I’m currently planning on making Yuuko Ichihara’s spiderweb furisode kimono with its darari musubi obi for my competition costume for Katsucon 2015. Am I crazy for planning out a competition costume this far in advance? Maybe. But considering the fact that I plan on embroidering all of the spiderwebs and adding in beaded details, I figure the more time I have to work on things the better. Right now I’m in the process of gathering my materials and I plan on starting the construction and embroidery sometime in August/September.

After much procrastination, I finally put a zipper into the back of my Magik bodysuit, and I also attached the sleeves as well. Putting the zipper in was a horrible experience because I kept having to rip out stitches and line things up again in order to keep the crisp X shape. I still need to add in some hand stitches at the bottom of the zipper to even things out.

I also decided to remake my gloves because the first set I made ended up having really blocky fingers. I still have to take these in some at the wrist and finger tips, in addition to shaping the top of my yellow glove. This costume is WAY hotter than I expected, but hopefully the convention center for BCC will have plenty of AC.

I’ve been sewing SO MUCH spandex this weekend. Part of that is because I started working on my Sailor Moon costume. I’ve heard that making sailor fukus can be difficult, but so far I haven’t had too much trouble with it. I did unfortunately underestimate the amount of fabric I would need, so I need to buy more blue satin for my sailor collar and some more red satin for my bows (not pictured). I also still have to tackle the arm rolls and glove rolls.

I decided that Sailor Moon would probably be a more comfortable costume for Boston Comic Con than Ariel (due to the heat), so I’ve put my Ariel dress on the back burner until Rhode Island Comic con in November. Fingers crossed the rest of my Sailor Moon wig materials come in soon so that I can get that done on time.

I got a lot of work for my Magik bodysuit done this afternoon! I ended up having to trace most of the pieces from my mockup onto paper in order to make usable pattern pieces. I also ended up cutting my black fabric weird, so the fabric grain creates a rough texture when you rub your hands down it, but I don’t care that much about it. The black fabric is wet look spandex and the yellow is milliskin with cotton lycra underneath it to make it more opaque.

I’m trying to see if I can figure out another solution for getting in/out of the suit besides a zipper up the back so I don’t mess up the back X, but it might be unavoidable. I’m also planning on remaking both my silver and yellow gloves because I didn’t like how blocky the fingers came out. Both of the sleeves are cut, but have yet to be attached, and my sword is in progress as well (but I haven’t taken any pictures yet).

I’m hoping to have this all done for Boston Comic Con in August.