This is the base pattern for the neck wrap, if you want to reference it. :) the grid board on the back gives you a sense of scale if you want to duplicate your own. Left side is the center back, then side back, and Right piece is the front wrap. The curved Center back seam allow it to fit closely to the neck, and blossoms out, framing the head.
This fabric sew like a dream and I found a shimmery gold taffeta lining to go with the look. I also match the fabric pattern at all the center back seams, so the exquisite floral brocade was kept in tack!
If you are interested in knowing my embroidery process, here it is. 1) roughly place the major components on the fabric base first. For the back panel, it would be the wolf and fish appliques.
modeled photo is from Hillary, and she does not want her face shown. :)
One of the biggest project I did for Pax Prime 2013 was Rita Mordio from Tales of Vasperia.
My customer wanted a complete package, which included everything you see - costume, accessories, shoes covers, gadgets! And Rita has many! From her mysteries waist gadgets to the waist book harness, and her weapon - a flying scroll, Rita is endless surprises and discoveries. But I took it with stride, dissecting the figurine (which my customer kindly provided) piece by piece one at a time.
I used Kona cottons for that deep saturated color effect to achieve the bold look of Rita's cosplay. Of course Kona Cotton also offers a bazzillion colors that matches my every needs! I made the inner bodice with long puffy sleeves, and then the outer vest. Of course they are tacked together for consistency and ease of wearing. The legging is just a simple white cotton knit with one leg, and covers are created to fit the shoes.
I also partnered up with a leatherworker to make the golden choker, book harness with storage space inside for Rita's Convention loots.
I am very happy with how this complicated but amazing project turned out!
Recently, I did a commission for the Young Elizabeth version cosplay for the video game BioShock Infinite.
It is a Edwardian inspired design with many different details. We finalized on a cinched high waist navy skirt that comes to just below the knee length. A white shirt with a 3/4 sleeves, french cuffs, and Chelsea collar. Main colors are white and navy, contrasting colors are a darker toned navy and gold. Findings are zippers at the skirt side, hidden button, and gold buttons for the center front of the shirt, and at the side tabs. There are 4 tabs for the skirt, which gave it a military touch and are so cool!
I used a beautiful drapey crepe fabric to capture Elizabeth's flowing silhouette. Because it is a high waist style skirt, I also engineered the skirt pattern to have a inside waist band so that it is invisible on the outside, but stays in place higher. It is also similar to a Hollywood waistband, but being faithful to the Elizabeth's original designs, I did not use elastic at the back.
I had abit of challenge finding the two tonal navy color fabrics in the same weight that would work together. I would find the correct color, but the drape would be completely different. Since the skirts has the Darker Navy/white border at the bottom, I wanted to make sure the drape of the skirt will not get interrupted by the seam, But when I saw the final fabric, I was delighted!
Accessories for this cosplay includes the scarf and the hair tie in the dark navy fabric
Over all this is a very elegant cosplay and comfortable cosplay. It is so popular at this time, I am sure my client was instantly recognized at the con.
I have received many *favorites* and compliments on the constructions this cosplay. And it makes me so happy every time! So you can purchase this cosplay in your size from my Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SeattleCosplay
Michelle commissioned this piece for her Rose City Comic Con cosplay. This is the 4chan board moderator - Meido. Usually she is depicted as holding a vacuum cleaner and/or a broom.
There are a few challenges with this cosplay, firstly, there is no official artwork for her. There are a few fan arts circulating around the web, but nothing authoritative. Michelle was super nice to work with and we work together to confirm a specific style with added elements from different artwork.
I found a wonderful and cheerful sky blue tailor shirt fabric with a very nice drape.The boob catcher (sorry, I am not sure what to call it. Chest insert? may be?) is made with a opaque white interlock knit fabric. Michelle wanted modesty and not revealing as the reference. There are load and loads of ruffles on this super girlie cosplay. The sleeves are a cuffed sleeves with a puffy top. And I shirred all the things! The puff short sleeves has a bias binding on the edge and then elastic stitched about 1" above to create the even shirrings. The apron and collar also has emblems of the 4chan board. The collar is hand embroidered, while the apron as a applique technique.
When Michelle showed up for the fitting, I have found a unused vacuum that's the same as the reference art, so i gave it to my customer as a present. :) Awesome appreciative customer is hard to come by and I certainly hope we will work on other projects again. Such a cute cosplay!
This is a redux of Sucker Punch - Amber.
This project is a complete cosplay project with the combat boots, leather belts and harness, undies, strapless tube top, side cap, choker, and, of course, the crop jacket + crotchless/kneeless pant. LOL Lacing this cosplay up took many hours, which I am very thankful now that it's all done! This is my beautiful customer Jennifer.
This is a very tight fitting costume, so we worked very closely together to get all the fabric correctly. I also sourced a stretchy contrasting fabric where are the first time around, I used a fabric with only mechanical stretch.
Just a note, I sourced the leather belt and harness from my leather master partner. The clips and gun prop was provided by Jennifer.
f you are interested in your own Amber cosplay, contact me for commission work or check out my written tutorial on Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ambers-Cropped-Jacket/