Now that I’ve finished embroidering my Sansa costume, it’s time to get set up for my next embroidery project, which will be Yuuko’s spiderweb kimono from a xxxHOLiC chapter title page. I got some help from my ridiculously talented artist friend artofsararichard with sketching out my spiderweb lines and painting some billowing smoke on my under kimono. The embroidery process will probably start after GraniteCon is done and will likely take a REALLY long time (but I’m not planning on wearing this until Katsucon 2015 so I’ve go plenty of time).
I finished the embroidery on my Sansa Stark dress earlier this morning, but I didn’t get around to taking pictures until this afternoon. I haven’t embroidered anything in a long, long time; but I’m pretty proud of how this turned out. Next I need to put the lining into my dress and then add the zipper and neck details. I also need to figure out a good (but quick) way to tack down the leaves on my ribbon vines. I’ve got one more weekend to work before GraniteCon, so I’m sure it’ll be a busy one.
I’m still not 100% happy with some aspects of my costume, particularly my mask and my wig, but I really love how everything looks all together. I definitely plan on wearing this costume again in the near future and hopefully I’ll get the chance to take even more awesome photos.
Here are a couple of “behind the scenes” pictures from when I helped judge the costume contest at Boston Comic Con a few weekends ago. I was lucky enough to be able to judge the contest with two other awesome cosplayers - Stella Chuu and Leeleethebunny Cosplay and we were lucky enough to have a lot of wonderful entries (deciding who to give awards to was TOUGH).
I’ve been doing more judging at comic shows in the New England area over the past few years and I’ve had a lot of fun with it so far. I really enjoy competing still, but I tend to do that at anime cons (since those are the type of flashy competition costumes that I’m drawn to). I’ll be judging again in a few weeks at GraniteCon here in Manchester, NH and then I’ll be judging again at Rhode Island Comic Con in November.
Started my embroidery this afternoon and I managed to get all of the green stem stitch down on one side. I still need to go back and add some silver stitches in addition to filling in all of the leaves. The colors in the pictures are off due to the flash, but unfortunately the ambient lighting where I’ve been embroidering isn’t as bright as the light in my usual workplace.
I also realized this morning while sewing my vine ribbon down that I placed mine so that the leaves face up, where as on Sansa’s “official” dress the leaves face down. However, the leaves on Sansa’s dress as also part of the fabric, rather than additions to the fabric, so I’m claiming artistic license (especially since I had to mostly guess about the placement of all do the vines too).
My Sansa dress is finally starting to look like it’s supposed to! As for my wig, I’m going to have to rethink how I’m styling the braids because the wig I’m using is layered and the top layer is just too short to create the right shape when braided.
To do list for tomorrow = sew on vines to the green skirt portions, sew on sleeves, sew sleeves to dress lining, and begin the embroidery process!
I haven’t had the chance to do an actual photo shoot with my Sailor Moon costume yet (and I definitely need to tweak some things before I do); but I did find these pictures from Boston Comic Con. These shots were taken right after the costume contest ended on Sunday of the convention, so I look a little tired after spending the whole day judging. I am really happy with the way the colors all look together, especially the different gold parts.
The wig that I ordered for my Sansa Stark costume came in today! It’s a Dany from Arda Wigs in “dark copper red” (you can see it here as is and then after I straightened it). It’s my first lace front wig and I’m really hoping that it will give me the look I’m going for (fingers crossed). I generally have some minor fit issues with Arda wigs because my head is small, but I’m hoping it won’t be too noticeable since most of the hair will be down. I’ll probably get around to doing the rest of the styling sometime this weekend.
Pictures of the minimal amount of progress that I made on my Sansa Stark costume this morning. The original dress has green panels that have a vine print as part of the fabric. My green fabric is just a plain satin, so I’m adding the vine detailing with ribbon vine trim. It’s a trying process for me because I’m not super great at sketching out organic designs, so it was hard to make things look “natural” rather than uniform. I managed to get both sleeves done and pinned, so all that’s left is to sew the ribbon down and iron the leaves flat.
I meant to get my pattern for my embroidery sketched out as well today, but I ended up going to the movies and ran out of time. Instead I blocked out the general area where the embroidery pattern will go on both sides, and hopefully I can get it sketched out tomorrow night after work.
I spent the afternoon working on a skirt for the Game of Thrones themed after party at GraniteCon when I should have been working on my Sansa Stark costume for the show itself. I’m going to be adding each of the house sigils using iron-on transfer paper, but I haven’t printed them yet. The skirt is lined in glitter satin because (winter sparkle snow is coming…) it was on sale for cheaper than lining fabrics and it provides a bit more stability to the cotton panels of the skit. I’m also planning to make “The Wall” for the waistband of the skirt using some leftover glitter satin.
I really love how the first picture turned out, but unfortunately there were also a few pictures that turned out not so great due to my lackluster posing. Lessons learned - a) looking good while posing in a body suit is harder than it looks, and b) I really need to work on figuring out what to do with my props in pictures. I’ve always enjoyed making and wearing my costumes much more than the photo shoots. I always feel so awkward in front of a camera; but without photo shoots then I have no pictures to show off my hard work.
Here are some of the first (good) photos of my Magik costume that I’ve found online! The pictures are from Nerd Caliber’s Boston Comic Con coverage, and you can see pictures of other awesome costumes here. I did have the opportunity to do a photo shoot at the convention in this costume, but it will likely be a little while before I see those pictures. I’m also realizing as I look at these pictures that I should probably trim up my wig before I wear this costume again, along with doing a few touch ups on my sword.