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Tuesday

Game of Thrones - Sansa's Wedding Gown

I had been watching GoT since season 1, and read all the books soon after. The character Sansa Stark/Lannister has been a constant inspiration. I think her resilience and ability to cope with the plight life has thrown her is admirable.  She is not the most outwardly strong character, nor is she most pretty; however, her quiet resiliency is what will keep her strong.  Being in a POV character in the book lets us see through her eyes of the worlds crudity, and the actress (Sophia Turner) really completes the image for me.  In Season 3/book 3, Sansa, almost materializing marriage to the handsome Loras, and was forced to marry Tyrion. In her mind, all she ever wanted is to marry a gallant knight. In the TV show, her wedding gown was full of meaningful details (THANK YOU Costume Designers and Master Embroiderers!).  In a full gown with luminous gold fabric, she has her arms exposed with just two small piece of hip armor to accentuate her womanhood and vulnerable nature. The scrolling pattern on the armor is the same as the ones on Cersei’s corset. Amidst all the design elements, the neck wrap is the piece that tells the story of her life.  It starts at the lower center back, we see the Sansa’s origins with the union of Stark wolves and Tully fish. As the story moves forward, her arrival with at the kings landing and the elements of the Lannister lion slowly takes over. And at the highest center back neck wrap, we see the Lannister lion takes center stage and totally controlling her. Classical symbolism of a balanced pomegranate, flowers and water, and the background filled with gold beads are all present.  

For my construction, I made a fish tail petticoat ( longer at the back side, but nearly flat at the front) with stiff crinoline. I made this before I started draping to make sure I can my dress accompanies the exact fullness. In the end I am glad I did this, because the fabric was becoming scarce. I had purchase 10 yards of 60” wide upholstery fabric, and used up 90% of it. To start, I used hem tapes to outline the general shape of the top, noting the pleats at the side. I used flat pattern techniques to make the neck wrap. For the neck wrap, I took extreme care to make multiple revisions until the shape is correct for it to blossom around my neck.  I also enlarged some screen captures to full size so that I can draft the embroidery lay out better.  


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!

For the Embroidery details, I used a ton of findings such as French wires, garnet gemstone beads, gold beads, seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Also gold lace trims, gold/black/silver/red embroidery floss, braded robes etc.  I also stitched out digitized appliqu├ęs to capture the spirits of the GoT house sigils. (You can now purchase these appliques on my etsy site! https://www.etsy.com/listing/182103709/game-of-thrones-stark-tully-lannister)

   
 

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. 
2) Use fine gold braided lace trims, I outline the secondary compoents. That would be the vines, flowers and pomegranates.  3)  add beads and embellishments, to fill in the shapes, and attach major components. 4) add thicker golden robes and laces to outline and stablize the design. 5) lastly (not shown, is to add all over gold beads.


For the wig, I used a wig from Epic Cosplay. It was extremely full with lots of hair. I used 5 hair rollers, and with Hillary’s and this Youtube video to accomplish the hair rolls. I then braided the individual hairs braids and stitched the whole wig set up together. It is worth to note, that I used a large amethyst stone in the middle of the hair adornment, (as a homage to the book’s plots)
 

The night before ECCC, I lay out the whole set up and totally ready to go!
 
 

At ECCC, I had so much fun hanging out with my GoT group of 14 people, and won the best group catalogry in the competition!  Below photos are taken by many awesome photographers and thank you all!!




 

Friday

Tangled - Rapunzel

First cosplay commission of my new year is Rapunzel from the Disney animated film Tangled! 

This is for a partial commission project where Hillary only wanted me to make her corset. We used a soft cotton fabric to capture the perfect hue of the character's costume. Mostly out of cotton material, I made a steel boned corset with detachable sleeves. The edge binding is a pretty orange with slight color saturation, and of course finished with layers of ruffled lace.

modeled photo is from Hillary, and she does not want her face shown. :) 


Here are some close ups for sleeve construction and the costume:

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Monday

My logo!

I finally have a logo!


Tuesday

Tales of Vasperia - Rita Mordio

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!


 





Monday

BioShock Infinite - Young Elizabeth

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




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Tuesday

4Chan Meido - Rose City Comic Con

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!


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Wednesday

Sucker punch - Amber Redux!

This is a redux of

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. 
 



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Just a note, I know that some cosplayers created this cosplay by modding an original flight suit. However, I feel that my pattern making skills can better serve cosplay purposes as well as achieve a better fit. So if 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/