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.
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 ^^;.
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!
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?
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?
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!
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!
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!
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.)
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)
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?
So I guess us Spoonflower folks stirred up quite the feedback, because the other day in my inbox I saw this:
So I guess Poly Crepe is staying after all! Please disregard my other update regarding the Etsy inventory then (still doesn’t apply to the twill change). Hooray!
That aside, I was able to go to CTCon this year and it was a ton of fun! Nowadays I feel like these weekends don’t last long enough anymore :(. All that work prepping and traveling to the destination, just for 3 days out of the whole year! (Though if it was longer than 3 it would just assault my bank account, and that really wouldn’t be fun.)
Besides Nick, a few other friends also cosplayed (some stick to western animation, others like me gravitate to games). I was able to attend the cosplay meetups I wanted to go to this year, and also won a Judges’ Award in the Masquerade for my Reapfield puppet.
I ended up moving his body frame into a more solid build (literally a small beachball and an Easter bucket), which meant his head had a full range of motion while still fitting in a small duffel! All my costumes did better than I expected though, so I may bring back the puppet at some point in the future just to waltz around with. I’m gonna give Phasma a break though, as I really do want to fix my armor next time I be her. Mitsuru will be my new redhead mainstay for a while though!
This year, I also plan to return to the NY Ren Faire, so hopefully I can do a fun little review of that too. Not sure when that will be though, as after the opening weekend is the LI Retro Gaming Expo, in which I will be helping my library conference committee with a free outreach table on the Sunday. (Yes I will be dressing up!) Since I’ll be there a full day this time, I coud write up a review for that too? (I dunno how I suddenly got into the business of writing reviews, but people keep finding those posts so they must like them!)
I was hoping to make this post earlier a few days back…but a certain game came out 3 days ago.
I can go on for ages about how amazing the game is though, as well as my Mitsuru cosplay progress, but that will be later. First, let’s get down to business! (To defeat the Omnix!)
Since I was requesting the swatch proofs, I finally was able to check out Spoonflower’s new twill fabric as well, and I love it! The weave is tighter than the cotton canvas I currently use for the zipper pouches, which allows the designs to show details much crisper (and is just as durable). So over time I will be phasing out my cotton canvas for future zipper pouches, and also integrating the twill for purchase as fabric yards on Etsy. (Spoonflower already offers it, in case you can’t wait any longer :).
Now that I have a decent inventory, and basically have ordered every swatch type, I think a helpful post on reviewing the quality and pros/cons of Spoonflower’s fabrics will be necessary. I’ve been adding photos of the proofs in the mean time for the listings, since it can be difficult deciding from just the sample graphic from the screen. But I’m sure many will agree that any insight on how your order will turn out can help you be a smart shopper! (According to G.I.Joe, knowing is half the battle!)
(Don’t you love line breaks? I love line breaks. Only took me 10 years to figure out what the heck they actually do.)
With the new Persona title out now, I thought it would be fun to sneak in what my Mitsuru outfit is looking so far. For the most part she basically is all done; I just need to tailor a skirt I got from Goodwill, and find a water gun to paint up as her Evoker. I normally would love to make her rapier from scratch, but time isn’t on my side for CtCon this year, so I have a toy musketeer one on the ready for some new paint.
On Sunday, this blog will reach its 2nd birthday! (Yay woohoo confetti party!) I will have news on the relaunched giveaway, so keep an eye out for it.