It’s been an eventful week here for B.M.D. Studios! My Pachimari proofs came in earlier along the week and these are definitely my best work yet!
The fabric here is a little different compared to my other proofs; I wanted to make an infinity scarf out of them this time, so I ordered them in fat quarters, and also in their chiffon. I used a white backdrop to have the pattern show better as a result. If you’re ordering in a sturdier fabric like cotton or twill, the design will still show up just as bright and bold as the others in my collections, so don’t worry!
Once my scarf is done, I hope to photograph it as a sample for made-to-orders on Etsy! I’m trying to do different things than zip pouches, though I have no problem still making those!
I also am working on my next tutorial (possible freebie?). You can see a sneak peek of part of what it looks like below!
When I woke up this morning, like other Spoonflower shop owners and customers, I saw this:
But fear not! To make way for its replacement stock (chiffon), I will allow purchases for the poly crepe through my Etsy until the end of July! After that point I can’t guarantee the printer will even have the fabric in stock, so to be safe I will be updating inventory for the chiffon at August. *This only applies to my Etsy!! If you purchase through Spoonflower you may only see the poly crepe option if you’re not a guest or new customer!
I also would like to note that the cotton twill has finally been stocked in my Etsy (which replaces the cotton canvas). Of course, if you really prefer the canvas, please convo me on Etsy or just hop over to Spoonflower where it still can be printed. (I just personally prefer the twill in terms of quality.)
As of new designs, I still am contemplating on making Pachimari after all, since not many still exist and I have a cute theme in mind. I’m also waiting on the turnout for Kinokuniya‘s design contest – I’ll be submitting a design once entries are allowed, so check my Instagram if you’re curious! If it’s not a chosen winner or runner-up, I will move it to Spoonflower as part of my original designs! So either way, something new will be up!
As a reminder, since more orders have been popping up over the past month, please feel free to share your projects made with the fabrics through social! I’ve done shoutouts for fellow geek/fandom shops too, so don’t be shy! You can tag me at Instagram or WordPress directly, or even on my personal Twitter. Or anywhere else by linking to my Etsy or Spoonflower. I love seeing how other creative minds go to work!
You probably noticed by now, but as of late September, my Etsy has finally been reopened! It will be featuring top fabrics from my Spoonflower shop (and items made from those textiles), and other cute made-to-order items such as amigurumi. I’m also in the process of cleaning through supplies I don’t use, like beads, so sometimes you may see art/craft supplies. So far I already sold a zipper pouch, internationally!
With AAC right around the bend, I’ve been finally working on my Mei cheongsam. Normally I don’t rush to get garment patterns for a project (I like to make it myself, especially since a lot of cosplay has to do with crazy designs that just don’t normally exist unless you customize a pattern anyway!), but with only one yard of my Mei fabric on me, I really didn’t feel like messing up ^^;. Fortunately, Pinterest didn’t fail me like it did Soldier, and the pattern I found for my cheongsam was a perfect fit!
I paired it with a polyester sherpa for a wintry look, and it is SO comfy! Definitely the best dress I ever made! Now I’m kind of sad I didn’t bother biting my pride and use a pattern for my Elphelt gown way back. I’m a stubborn goof like that.
As of the Soldier mask for Nick, the base paint is done and the gesso did a great job reinforcing it, the frame especially! I’ll be adding the finishing touches this weekend so I can ship it to him Monday with my Phasma helmet. (Between transferring trains to get over to him for the con, I was nervous I would damage both of them.) That way, he can bring the box of them over in the car when we drive up! Life hacks!
It’s been a while since I had a cosplay update. Though I guess in the world of blogging it’s like talking about dog years; while my last update here was 2 posts ago, that also happened to be well over 3 weeks ago, and we all know in the land of DIY a lot is done in between. (Assuming your muse falls in alignment with the stars, because even I have days where I just want to watch Food Network with my cat/shop assistant after work.)
I showed the emblem the other day for El’s dress, so here it is in a better view on the dress itself, complete with her adorably spiky hemline.
Speaking of spikes, here were the cones of doom I mentioned also. I say it endearingly though, because they were really easy to make actually, and look fantastic!
Besides all that, her “ears” and veil are just about done, they need to be assembled though. I also prepped the Nerf gun for its repaint, got a bouquet of fake roses from the dollar store, and just put in an order for red bridal gloves since I despise sewing gloves.
Speaking of things I despise, have I mentioned I also dislike paper mache? After my Ultra Sword Kirby..um..sword, last year, I not only realized I’m bad at it, I also just don’t like it ^^;. Like anything involving it. Shaping, layering, painting, the sheer amount of time involved, the way it basically destroys and prunes my hands every time… Yeah.
I attempted doing her buckles in this method, but it just looked weird. After looking at alternate methods, I found papercraft, and since I did the spikes in a similar fashion, it was time to redo these ones as well. Shown below are the first versions (in the trashcan where they belonged the whole time), and also the new papercraft versions. Or one side of the first buckle anyway. Already an improvement!
I didn’t really find a tutorial for papercraft buckles, I just went with regular crafting ones, so I may even go ahead and just make one using the second set as the example. A lot of folks really like my tutorials it turns out; I even got featured around Tumblr soon after my Bullet gauntlets debuted on deviantArt at the time, and I only found this out 2 weeks ago too! I’m happy other people find them very helpful, though I also would not be able to do them without other tutorials I used to build upon those techniques in the first place. So kudos to those pioneers! They’re the true geniuses.
As ConnectiCon draws closer, I may have a final cosplay progress post before that weekend, but I may not remember. So aside from the tutorial above, there might end up being just a jump to post-con photos. My lineup however is more finalized, for those who are curious or would like to meet up.
Friday: Parasoul (Skullgirls; I will have Krieg as my prop!)
Saturday: Elphelt Valentine (Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN)
Sunday: Allenby Beardsley (G Gundam)
(It’s a joke from the thing I painted recently. Forgive me, it’s Monday ^^;)
I’m still in the process of making more perler bead cameras for the shop (I keep forgetting to haul my butt to Ace Hardware and get the crazy good magnets, not the dinky craft store ones), so I don’t really have a shop update otherwise. Since my convention is coming up next month, the next couple of posts will vary between any updates on that, and stuff on my cosplays like here.
I mostly cosplay from video game series, though lately the past few years I’ve thrown in the random anime character (usually from series in the 90s) if I have some friends going for a nostalgia theme that year. This time it will be G Gundam, which was my first Gundam series I got into. (Like as of last year. I’m very very late on the Gundam train, I know. Almost done with Stardust Memory at least!)
Anyway, so the following is Allenby Beardsley (Neo Sweden)’s 80s-tastic vest of awesome. I finished assembling it last night, and it is cozy. While I never understood why her gundam is not Swedish-themed, who else would pilot a mech that looks like Sailor Moon?
As of my usual schtick, which is game characters, my main costume this year is newcomer Elphelt Valentine from Guilty Gear Xrd. I love Guilty Gear and was so excited when it was finally getting a continuation, now that the mess from Arc System Works and Sega ironed itself out years before. I’m also a massive BlazBlue fan, as some of you might know already (but I put it out there for any new followers here on WordPress). I’ve done three BlazBlue cosplays before in the past though, so it was time to get one from its spiritual predecessor out of the way.
That aside, the bodice of her dress is done, and I also have paper cones on the ready to be turned into the many spikes that are on her outfit. It felt like a million of them had to be done, but it turned out only being 25. Close enough.
Despite the amount of work required to make a wedding dress with spikes and matching jacket (and a spraypainted Nerf gun), I’m really excited to finish this up. I also am officially never making a wedding dress again after this too, cosplay or not. I love Elly, but no wonder everyone looked at me like I had a thousand heads when I told them of this project ^^;. Regardless, it’ll be worth it, and I do look forward to finishing and wearing it while acting all cute!
Not shown here since it was finished two years ago, but I will also be bringing back my Parasoul (Skullgirls) cosplay too for Saturday evening, but I won’t have my props with me since it’s just to wear to be casually geeky. (Also that section of the con with the rave and bar has that odd policy of no bags. Oh well, when in Rome. Or Hartford.)