Monday, July 9, 2012

Loki costume!

So, I think I mentioned in the last post that I'm going to be working on a Loki costume for the other Jazmine. At first, I was scared shitless. I mean, come on! Look at all that detail! And to top it off, it's not just normal Loki, it's King Loki.
The horns. The helm. The details. Then top it off with the fact that we decided to be more authentic and make it our of pleather... I've never worked with pleather before! And that whole coat! And the shirt! And... and... and... 

*freaks out*

But, never fear! It'll be all right! I (think) I have devised a way to make it an easier build.

So, first come first, I researched. I used tumblr as my research. I wanted to see what reference pictures I could find, and I wanted to see what other people had done. Thank god for tumblr! I found two blogs that saved me a heart attack.

First is this awesome one: The Aquarius Hot Rod. This person put in all the work into researching all the different pictures and coming up with sketches. Normally I would do this myself, but I'm going to be out of town for three weeks and it has to be done by Halloween. So, all I'll have is three months. Short to say, I love this person.

Second blog is a dude who is making the costume and has made most of it already. I like his pictures (I think he's a he. It say's he's a brony, which normally means guy... I'm sorry if you're actually a chick or something!). Though his pictures actually scared the shit out of me and made me want to cry at first. Damn near gave up. But then I re-looked at the pictures in order rather than backwards, and it all worked out. His stuff is here: keyotolaufeyson.

I took the weekend to draw out and decide what I was going to do. Jaz and I found a pattern at Joann's. It's a McCalls pattern, but after studying it, I don't think it's going to work. Can't even find it right now LOL. Anyways, I'm going to buy this one: Simplicity 2057. I can even use it for the undershirt, which rocks my fucking socks!

I don't have my sketches scanned into the computer, but I can't draw all that well, so I doubt you want to see that, anyways, haha. It's not horrible, just looks like an amateur drew it. Oh well, so long as it works for me. Go to that first blog for good pictures :P

That's all for now. More when I figure more out. :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Finished Cosplays and a note about how awesome sewing kits can be

The last post I posted was of working on Seneca Crane's vest. Well, it's done, my Effie is done, and they've been worn to the con already. So I will show off the finished products to those of you who don't read this blog! lol
I love my big, poofy sleeved coat, made from scratch!  The parasol is all purple on the top, make from a broke umbrella with an epic wood handle. The lace around the edges is gold and cost an arm and a leg! The parasol is all hand sewn and was annoying, but came out awesome!

Now, sewing kits. Mini sewing kits. I love them! I bought a mini sewing kit at Joann's before the con and packed it, with my hand made coat in mind. Because it was the first thing I ever made and wore, so just in case... And it held up well. Except for when I was putting it on.

I grabbed the sleeve in the wrong spot and it tore open at the seam.  The bottom part of the sleeve is made to be tight on my arm, so it's naturally a bit tight coming over my hand and I have to grab the bunching of the puff AND the tight part and pull. Stupidly, I grabbed just above the bunch and pulled. Next thing I hear is RIIIIIIP! and my elbow is hanging out. O.O

Thank GOD I had my mini sewing kit, because I would have been screwed otherwise. My whole Effie outfit would have been out the window, because the coat was the main part of the outfit. Other than the wig, of course.

As an update, I'm going to be working on a Thor costume and Jazmine's Loki costume for Halloween. Hopefully I'll get more posted on here while working on those. Can't wait!