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Joined: 17th Aug 2009

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So, the top that is taking the longest time to make is almost completed. I've been working on the sleeves for a long time. The water satin I used for the gold was temperamental and actually melted the first time when I tried ironing it. So it's backed on some cream cotton, turned inside out then sewn onto the purple. It wasn't neat enough for my liking so I ended up appliquing the entire set of triangles on, all 14 of them with 2 diamond shapes too. The edges was also zig-zagged until no purple could be seen. Overall it took about 3 hours, but the results are definitely worth it.

I also purchased some grey tape for the mid section between the top and sleeves. In some pictures it looked light grey, in others it was white. I held both colours up to the purple and gold and it looked awful, so I went with grey. I think it looks nice together, all of it needs hand stitching though. This costume is a lot of work.

To make sure it's Pokemon Conquest, I painted on the pokeball designs. There will be another layer underneath so it should be lighter like the photos. I tried to water down the paint and make it more see-through. It worked but it spread so it was messy. I need to paint another 4 on the back.

Cut out the applique and to be sewn onto the top. It's going okay, needs a good bit of neatening up but it's easier than Ion's right now.

I had actually purchased this wig probably back in February. I had debated whether I should get a two piece ponytail wig or a high ponytail. I saw this one and thought it was close enough and purchased it. This was before I noticed the Samurai Warrior 3 artwork, so I used some artistic license with Ranmaru's hair. I know it should be a bob cut with half of it up and half done. It is possible with the wig, but I don't want to dismantle it to sew the wefts upside down for the correct effect. I think I'll do that after Aya so I can buy a back up wig if needed, but with 3 weeks to go I can't risk it.

On the plus side it's the perfect colour. It looks rather blue in person but it actually photographs black with a blue tinge. I couldn't ask for a better colour really.

So the top white layer is cut out now. I just need to stencil some pokeballs onto the fabric. Planning on lining the top white layer as it's looking see-through right now. I've been slacking on Ranmaru but as Dragonair is nearing completion I really need to step up and finish Ranmaru.

The black top is on it's way! I need to cut out the applique pattern for the front of the top. The pink bias has been cut and will be ready to add once the applique is done.

I plan on cutting some more black as lining with interfacing between the two layers, then all the edges in pink. That in essence will be Arietta's outfit. I've decided if the boots aren't done, I'm changing them to leg warmers but right now they're still boots.

The ears have been made and attached. I went with red fabric as I couldn't find the right type of pink-red, I'll remake it in pink red when I find the right fabric. All the pink fabric I saw was way off so I thought red would be slightly closer. As it's an evening cosplay, I'm not too bothered about the off colour.

The white under shirt is all finished. The outer shirt is almost done, the sleeves needs detailing. The gold fabric is so slippery so it's not as perfect as I would like it.

I'll have more detail shots of the sleeves later. Just need to make the outer white shirt and blue bubble shorts. If I can't make the shorts I'll have to modify.

The grey top is almost finished, I need to buy a new zip the right length to sew it in, aiming to finish the last bit of the pink edging soon and starting on the top layer. After that just 5 belts to make, the hat and the boots.

4 layers of PVA glue
3 layers of Primer
1 layer of PVA x paint
1 layer of paint

I think another 2 layers of paint is needed to smooth the finish and then a gloss spray. This time there's no cracking. I'm not risking it by spraying so I'm going to get it as smooth as possible. I am going to taint it with a darker brown for colour when it's all done.

Details placed on the boots, I glued a new white panel onto the shoes and then hot glued the pink straps on. They're not fully glued down so there is room for movement. They're secured on the sides. Just need to attach the grey panel and the fleece and they'll be done!

So I finished off Arietta's skirt today, attached the grey to the black skirt. There is a 6 inch gap at the front. I'm not 100% pleased with how it looks but I'm pleased enough to keep it for now. Just need to add the zip and the skirt closure, take out the white tacking thread and it'll be done!

The arm warmers was made on Monday/Wednesday, I need to make the belts for them. But as I need 5 identical belts, I'll make the top and hat first. I've started the boots, not entirely happy with how it's gone but it's going okay so far.

I spent yesterday looking for shoes for Ranmaru but nothing really worked. I know he wears getas but I could not find shoes that I could wear that fit for the costume.

As most of the shoes are hidden by the leg guards, I have decided to use a pair of old sandals for the costume. This is how they are at the start.

So I patterned and cut out the fur flaps (made with white fleece.) I also cut out 10 strips of pink foam at 1.5cm each. These will become the straps on the boots. I need to make a new white and grey panel on the front of the boots to secure the straps on.

I will be painting the bottom, front and back of the shoes black.

So I purchased these hidden heel high top trainers from Primark (for £10) to modify into Leia's shoes. I like the shape of the shoe and think they work well for the design. I know it should be a heel base but for comfort and to have this design in white, I compromised with a wedge heel.

I removed the bling on the trainers.

So I made a set of arm guards already back in May. They started cracking and was overall unpleasant so no one is seeing them again.

Here are the work in progress shots of my new arm guards.

They are made out of foam, with 4 layers of PVA glue and then primed with gesso primer. I'm going to sand the sides a little, paint them, add black felt on the underside and they will be ties on with dark red-brown ribbon like the design.

I've purchased a size S men sized hoodie to use as a base for Yuzuki's hoodie. I know her hoodie is pink red but after trying everywhere and not finding what I want, I have went with red.

Bought Gold Leather to start making Ion's headpiece and shoes. Ended up buying real leather because Faux Gold was about the same price.

There isn't much but should be enough to do the pattern on the shoes and the headdress.

I got a pole to start making his staff too. It's all coming together, hopefully my wig will arrive in time soon.

The jacket is almost done. I actually started this back in May... The jacket is made up of 13 panels and zipped up at the front. There are some minor problems that needs fixing so just need to undo some parts and then resew it.

Otherwise the zip's put in, the edges are 80% done and most things line up!

Just need to get more fabric to make the bottom of the jacket as it doesn't flow as well as I wanted it.

Making the Tunic for Ion's outfit. It's more like a dress really. I had it all cut out and just needing to finish off the sleeves and the ends. Hoping to get this done at the start of July.

I got my wig in from Coscraft.com!
It's a really nice wig actually, I wasn't really sure what to expect. The fringe needs cutting and there is definitely styling to make it more fluffy and a bob shape. But the fibres nice and comfortable on. Now just to buy the fabric and boots to start on Leia.

Last layer of dress is almost finished! Just need to purchase more black ribbon that I forgot to do today and more lace. Then the back panel and Bow can be attached.

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