Fast Times at Cosplay Progress

 

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Voting for the Birthday Party Invitation challenge at Minted is live! Please vote for my design if you can ^^! Thank you!!

 

So last week, a few of my CtCon usual crew decided to chill out with some Switch hilarity and work on our cosplays. I brought my sewing machine and kit, supplies aside of course.

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I use a Brother XL 2600i and I love it! Highly recommend and fairly afforable too. The fabric I am using is the stretch pleather from Yaya Han’s cosplay line at Joann Fabrics. Btw never use pins on pleather like I did! I forgot to bring tape 😦

 

My friend Freddie also brought her Pipimi (Pop Team Epic) cosplay to tailor up. She swapped the main shirt out for a more comfortable cotton, and put the uniform cuffs and collar on it instead. It came out awesome!

Adorable and badass! A deadly combination 😮

I am happy she succeeded with her progress though, because I failed hard lol! I decided to double-up on the stretch fabric for Mitsuru’s boot covers, but I did it in the dumbest way possible. So the machine had a hard time gripping the fabric, eating up way too much selvage, and in the end I only had one leg in decent form ^^;.

 

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The other puckered too much and some parts never made it in the seam…. It was pretty bad.

 

Fortunately I used a coupon on the yardage but regardless the boot covers are pretty much useless as a pair now. Eventually I will go back and fix them another time, but for now at the con I will just use my leggings like at the small gaming con from last month. But at least I learned a lot about using stretchy fabrics, let alone pleather on my sewing machine. Normally in the past I’d forgo the material or just sew/glue by hand.


Anyway, the other day was Star Wars Day (May 4)! Normally I don’t do much for it, but this year I decided to bring my Phasma helmet to work since it fell on a Friday and people could use some cheering up. It’s very fitting I’m mentioning this on the 6th however!

 

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*Admiral Akbar voice* It’s a pun!

Too bad there’s not enough occasions where I can just always bring my cosplays around. But I am fortunate to be in an environment where I can if the timing fits. Are any of you guys working on anything new for cosplay?

 

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What’s New in the Shop? (April 28 edition)

On my previous post, I mentioned adding more original designs into my Spoonflower library. I started with a few (on a whim, really) to see how they turned out. So far I am waiting to swatch some of them, but one came out really good if you saw my IG, and is now available for purchase!

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From left to right: Pastel Linen Stripes (in Blueberry and Watermelon), Dot Grid, and Pastel Winter (purchase here)

So far I seem to be gravitating towards either nature designs or shapes/geometry. You’ll see on the shop that I made 2 new collections based on those, and organized previous designs into them as well. I’ll be slowly adding more as inspiration strikes! So far I plan to use the dot grid as some fun gift wrap (especially for my future planners), and the pastel linen will become a shawl or wide summery wrap for the poolside!

Btw I am still working on those spring green denim pants! I’ll be helping my CTCon crew with their cosplays tomorrow, so I’ll try to get photos of our projects (and my sewing machine rig for funsies). I’ll be bringing the denim project if I’m able to work on it, otherwise you’ll likely see my pleather thigh-high bootcovers for P3 Dancing’s Mitsuru! #darkhourmorelikedancinghour

From left to right: Kids’ Birthday Party and Corporate Holiday Card design submissions on Minted’s Design Challenges.

Not so much shop-related, but I began entering Minted’s Design Challenges recently (thanks Jess for giving me the info!), My full designer profile is now live, though unlike something like Spoonflower, Minted’s selected winners’ designs are the only ones that’ll be available to purchase for the public. However, voting is public! So once things start getting tallied up, if you guys can help upvote my designs that would be amazing! The deadlines haven’t come up yet though, so I’ll post again when voting opens up. The prizes sound amazing and there are a variety of opportunities to win something at least, so I hope I can make it to the winners’ circle someday :)!

Belated Blog Birthday (sorry for the radio silence!)

This past Monday marked the 3rd birthday of this blog! Yay woohoo confetti time! I wanted to write something more substantial about it, but I kept second guessing my drafts and eventually ended up discarding those. I just haven’t been really happy with things I want to post or share since my last post here, though maybe with the weather finally warming up I will get myself out of this rut.

I decided this year that I want to make more original designs for my fabrics, and I have a few in mind that are still geek-related too. Eventually I’d like to phase out what I currently have on Etsy for this newer stock, but I will make a formal announcement of when I’ll really be pushing that.

Speaking of announcements, did you hear?

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I’m so happy this finally is a thing! (At least for those here in the U.S.) If you’re a maker or DIY-er who always wanted a D.Va bedsheet (or whatever else on Spoonflower really) but cried in your pillow just thinking of the shipping charges will be relieved! Go make those sheets! Or blanket fort! Or whatever else you need a lot of yardage for like just simply buying in bulk Cindy not everyone is 5-years old like you!

 

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Oh! I finally have a better progress photo of my P3 Dancing Mitsuru! I checked out GeekFest 2.0 in Brooklyn this past weekend and it was a fun small con! They mostly had retro games but there were also other artists too. I wouldn’t mind coming back again next year if they decide to hold it again. I mainly wanted to wear Mitsuru for it since I also needed a photo to submit for CtCon’s Cosplay Deathmatch, so it works out! I doubt I’d even get in, but I always wanted to do a cosplay deathmatch so I hope this is the year!

 

What’s New in the Shop? (January 20 edition)

We made it to 2018, guys! I was torn on what to post next, since there was that poor draft post I had ages ago kept haunting me, and I ended up deleting it on retrospect since the cake’s recipe I modified for it tasted a little off, but it sure looked pretty!

I also still want to do a breakdown of recipe reading and conversions for baking, but I felt making a little infographic might be more readable and Pin-friendly for other social sharing out there. So I am still working on that! But business is first – got some shop and blog news to take care of, as well as cosplay lineup stuff yay!

The recent holiday season was my busiest and most successful one yet! Thank you everyone for your support! I loved reading some of the feedback I received on Etsy and saw that I made some fellow makers out there happy on their gift giving! If you saw on IG, I also came across Mel and her awesome Etsy using the lovely fabrics you see here and Spoonflower for her lovely headbands!

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Speaking of, Spoonflower debuted their denim stock a few weeks back, and I’ve since stocked it for the inventory on Etsy as well! Just change your fabric selection when purchasing (pricing will change appropriately). I ordered a yard for myself with the green variant of the vintage floral from my shop, and I can’t wait to see the quality myself when I make a cute tulip/wrap skirt in time for spring!

Recently this past week, I kept getting a lot of e-mail notifications for subscribers with junk mail addresses here, and figured to cull the herd, I have removed the “Follow by e-mail button” on the blog. I wasn’t too upset since most of my followers are here directly on WordPress anyway. (Or if you’re like me, you stalk via RSS teehee!) To dress up the vacated space, I added a cute countdown widget for my next convention, CTCon! I will do my best to update the widget with any big events happening throughout the year (mainly any cons or artist alleys.)

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“It’s just a puzzle game.” – people who have never played ‘Catherine’

For CTCon news, I am making 2 new cosplays this year for my lineup (technically 3 but the third one I am literally throwing stuff together aimlessly). I will not be participating in the Masquerade this year because I was pretty miffed at how it was handled last time, and I don’t want a part of it if the same team is still running it. Nick still likes to do it so I will be cheering him on this time.

2018 lineup in no particular order yet:

  • Luka Megurine (street wear; Vocaloid)
  • Katherine (Catherine)
  • Mitsuru Kirijo (Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night)

My friend Freddie is a big Miku fan and has decided to take the plunge ^^ so I will be matching her with a quick Luka getup. Part of my other group who usually do western animation cosplay, are also Catherine fans and were really stoked about the rerelease coming out, so in celebration I will be completing the trio with Katherine (they will be Catherine and Vincent). This also works out, because the Order ending was the one I got when I finally beat the game last Halloween, and I like her more than Catherine anyway ^^. So far I bought a belt that looks really close to her’s as well as her wig, and I am still on the hunt for good pumps and a 3/4 sleeve blouse to sew some pinstripes on.

Also on the Atlus train, dancing games for P3 and 5 were announced a while back, and after finding more reference art of their outfits, most of my wardrobe has Mitsuru’s, which helped me decide to be her again this CTCon. I just got my awesome sequin cardi yesterday and it is super fab! I plan to add the black accents so it appears more like in the reference (I think it’s a bomber jacket but I have no idea really). If time permits, I really want her headphones and shoes to also light up kudos to some EL Wire, but I’ll see. I don’t even know if her shoes do light up, but it’s a Persona dancing game, why wouldn’t it?

Reminder on holiday order deadlines!

Wow, I did not mean to neglect this blog! Sorry about that! Work and the holidays has kept me away from WordPress longer than I thought. On the upside, I have never seen a holiday season this busy already here for both my shops ever! It still baffles me that this time 2 years ago, I had to buckle down and put the store on Vacation for most of the year (and didn’t even know if I’d still even decide to reopen)! I want to take the time and thank everyone for their support – many of the purchases I’ve seen or been inquired about have been for gifts or supplies for other indie makers and fans like myself, and that just amazes me! I hope everyone’s projects and gifts turn out fantastic!

That said, just a reminder that our printer/sister shop platform, Spoonflower, released their holiday order deadlines – this also affects the Etsy, btw!

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source: https://blog.spoonflower.com/2017/10/2017-holiday-shipping-deadlines/

It might look a little confusing, but the breakdown is that as long as you place your order in by these dates (according to your location), it will arrive in time for Christmas! A good rule of thumb is that since the 6th is tomorrow as of this writing, if you need your supplies or gift on time, please consider upgrading your shipping to Guarantee/Rush (basically the equivalent of my Priority Mail pricing).

Please make sure to check your shipping information when you’re ordering, and if you’re not sure and want to confirm, you can always ask me! Note: For Etsy orders, I always place in your order through Spoonflower the same day of purchase (depending on when I receive it it may not be same business day though). 

Thank you and Happy Holidays!