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Gracewing
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I got started by browsing cosplay.com and looking for Red XIII costumes, when I found there were very few/none finished I decided to make one, talk about starting at the deep end! He was a quadsuit with a glowing tail, follow-me eyes and a moving jaw, and I thorughly enjoyed building and playing him. My proudest moment was realising the hellish travel and months of no sleep were worth it, walking into the Excel Centre as Catbus and getting people squeaking with delight to see it, not to mention the huge cheer the crowd gave it at the masquerade - even if my eyelight on one side did go off as I went on stage!

Last online 9 years ago

York

Joined: 27th Jul 2007

Completed costumes: 7

Photos uploaded: 40

Progress journals: 3

Events attended: 6

http://www.ephyn.webs.com/

As per usual I'm awful at updates.
She's finished and she was a joy to wear, despite the massive heat of the event and things going wrong last minute (like one wing sheering off right before going on stage!!). Thank you to everyone at the cosplay desk and everyone who was helping me out all day to get around, I'd not have made it without you guys. :)

Sadly as the title suggests, she's been horribly damaged and her facemask that took so long to make now needs completely reforming or remaking, I haven't evaluated it enough yet past 'oh gods she's broken...'.

Things to do before she goes out again:
-New wings!
-Scale down the front paws, they're huge
-Repair the face mask, if possible
-Furry leg covers for the shin/ankle as the joint between her feet and my legs is too bulky.

This. Stuff. Is. Awesome.
I was verynervous about using wonderflex for the first time on this costume, especially given the cost to get it (still cheaper than getting it from the UK, grr). I'm very happy I did!
Paper patterns are always worth the hassle, as is an understanding of dressmaking when doing female armour. It's nigh impossible to make the armour out of one sheet piece of wonderflex.

So. I go back to durham on the 5th of October.
London expo is 20 days after this.
I have to have Neferti mostly finished before leaving because time restraints due to working (argh 3rd year!) mean I probably won't/shouldn't be working on her that much. I've already put her legs together backwards once, and I'm nervously waiting on a bodysuit pattern to finish the waist-up plans for this stretch velvet monstrosity.

I really, really hope this works.

-nervous-


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