Sakura Matsuri day 2
Here is another batch of pictures - this time of my Rei Hino fuku. I may have mentioned that I was selected to perform in the Cosplay Fashion Show (hosted by Uncle Yo), which was super exciting since it was my first time. Here is a picture I found in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s official flickr. Don’t I look sassy? There are some random videos on youtube, all of the costumes...
taylrmoon asked: Hey, I am looking at your Sailor Moon costumes and I notice you use a... "stand" to support the making of your costume. I don't have one of these. Do you think it will greatly hinder the process of making the costume. What do you recommend to work around this?
Sakura Matsuri 2013 day 1
^_^ It’s been very nice so far! Perfect, sunny weather, lots of flowers, and fun people! Since I’m in the BBG Cosplay Fashion Show, I can’t really wear my Rei fuku until the performance.. they want the costumes to all be a ‘surprise’ for the audience. So for the first day I decided to bust out the old Mars fuku.
THE DAILY HEY NOW!: Cosplay crackdown in NYC? →
thedailyheynow: So there has been something that has been grinding my gears and that is the new proposal by NYC City Councilman Peter Vallone to crack down on costumed humans. The legislation introduced is intended to crack down on costume characters or ban them outright. According to CBS, “One bill would… I normally don’t post stuff like this here, but do check out this article...
Just about done! Square knot.. eh.. ish
Well, I guess that is it.. I can’t think of anything else at the moment. Maybe more accurate shoes… for now I’m just going to wear some generic Mary Jane style shoes I found at DSW a while ago just to go with some suit I had. Anyway, getting the knot to stay just the way I wanted was hard… so I got creative. As you can see, the center is kind of wide.. but you can...
Rei Hino/ School girl socks!
And nearing 99% complete with a little over a month to go until Sakura Matsuri 2013, here is my plan to tackling the very worrisome “School girl” socks. If you have tried to find knee high socks exactly like those of the character you are cosplaying, you know this is not easy. I came across some socks that had two stripes and someone suggested I just roll the sock down to hide the...
Really almost done!
I really need to master the whole ‘square knot’ thing. Anyway, I say almost done because I have a few details left, like sewing trim onto knee high socks and hand sewing a few things.
So I’ve made the shirt more fitted,hemmed it and done. I like how it’s the perfect length so I don’t need to tuck it into the skirt, yet it wont poke out under the vest. I removed seven inches from the skirt and hemmed it using the blind stitch on my sewing machine. You can only see it if you look closely ^_^. Of course, you cannot see it all in this far away picture… but...
Tri Art Acrylics - Pluto staff update
I think my Pluto staff came out pretty nice, my friend did a good job considering the small amount of time he spent making it. For this year at Otakon, I want to ‘finish’ the staff with details, perhaps sanding it smoother, etc. While I was at CAA this weekend I came across the Tri-Art booth. The woman, Rheni Tauchid, who was manning(hah?) the booth was super nice and very informative....
Personas of Cosplay: Sailor Moon fuku tutorial... →
This has been a popular post and I figured since it’s that time of year where people are getting ready for Otakon…. I figured it was better to repost it rather than let people dig through the archive. I’m sure eventually I’ll make a nice and coherent tutorial.. until then try to work with this :) supersailormars: This wont be the whole thing, and as I update, I’ll...
A little video!
A friend of mine who followed me around New York Comic Con made a video of me! I just wanted to show it off here. She also used a collection of pictures she pulled from the internet, so if you’re in a group shot with me you might be in the video.. please point yourself out and give a shout out :)
Some progress.. fold, iron, fold, and repeat.
Pleated skirts are so daunting… repetitive.. they’re easy to make but I really hate them. Anyway, I think this came out much nicer than my Ai Enma skirt since I used 1.5 inch pleats rather than 1 inch like on the Hell Girl fuku. Though, I do think 1 inch is more accurate for the Hell Girl anime/manga anyway. l As you can see I am on the home stretch. I believe the amount of...
Sailor Collar Tutorial Time!
Follow these step by step pictures to make a great collar for any cosplay. This is for my Rei Hino summer uniform. You need two pieces of fabric, one cut into a V and one cut into a C. The exact pattern and measurements will depend upon the neck opening on your shirt. One side should have interfacing… I used a thin iron on variety. Place the interfacing right sides in and sew…...
Rei Hino vest
Okay… so it didn’t really occur to me to take progress pictures of this since it’s just a vest and a bit boring. I’m a knucklehead and forgot to buy matching thread so I’ve decided to omit pockets since I’m impatient and wanted to do this NOW NOW NOW! My dress form is a much larger gal that I and this vest doesn’t have any stretch at all so here is a...
So I was googling around last night...
And I found some pictures of myself! Apparently, if I type in Sailor Pluto (or Mars) NYCC 2012 I’m like… right on the first page of google images. Most of the pictures are ones already on my blog or cosplay account but here are a few I knew were taken of me but never saw! These were taken by Miss Samantha Nicole, whom I believe is somewhere on my tumblr feed already! You can...
scarlettartemis asked: Oh hey! It's Miss Samantha Nicole on flickr. (I had to change my tumblr URL this morning so sorry if you don't recognize me...) but yeah, you have plenty permission to use any of the photos! :D
Winter is coming....
and that means making new costumes! I don’t have much to update about since it’s one of those down time periods where I’m not sewing. I’ve got a new idea for Sailor Moon chest armour that I want to try based on a tutorial from another cosplayer… so I’m going to change it up a little bit and see if my innovation on her idea works… and of course I will post...
Sailor Pluto @ NYCC
I’m sleepy so I’m just going to do a quick and dirty post.. I plan to upload ALL of my moonie pictures very soon. ^_^
New York Comic Con 2012 - Friday
Hello all! I have only a few pictures from my first day at the con because the rest aren’t so interesting. I’m happy people recognized me since Ai is not cosplayed very often and the anime isn’t so popular. Cheers to people who recognized me from the blog and wanted to say hello! Apparently my Sailor Mars cosplay left an impact on people’s memories! By the way, there was...
Here it is!!!
Pre-Comic Con musings
At first I wanted this blog to be strictly pictures - but I think that leaves a lot untold and makes things less interesting. So I want to kick off my first thought-filled(hah) post about my feelings about the upcoming New York Comic Con at the Javits and my plans beyond. I’m hoping to start having some photo shoots to build a portfolio since the major costume contests require some type of...
Super Sailor Pluto bun with real hair!
So, I used the Conair Bun Maker kit which is available at any drugstore for around 5 bucks. It comes with a ponytail band, four bobby pins, and a ‘bun maker’ that you wrap your hair around. This was easier to do than I thought. I wonder if it would work for those of you who are using wigs. It is also super light weight and comfortable. I am told you can go to Claire’s and buy the...
Sailor Moon fuku tutorial 'guide' 1
These images will be posted permanently in the tutorial’s link of this blog. Feel free to message me if anything is confusing. I hope this clarifies things a bit since I didn’t take pictures of every single detail. THIS picture represents how to modify the Crystal Lake Skating Dress pattern by Green Pepper. Obviously follow the instructions included in the pattern (such as which seams...
Sloppy preview picture!
My work is done. A friend has volunteered to make Pluto’s staff for me since he scorns the idea of using a broomstick. The next costume I shall make will be Rei Hino’s summer seifuku from Sailor Moon S. Supposedly there is a Sailor Moon meetup at New York Comic Con for a group photo op.
Sailor Moon/Pluto/Mercury Boots
You will need: Boots Ruler, marker(or pen, pencil, whatever), foam board (or white pvc material), glue gun/glue, scissors. If you use foam board, you’ll need latex paint to give it the pvc texture to match your boots(assuming you bought patent/pvc boots) You may have to cut your boots… in my case, the Funtasma GoGo-300 boot was simply too tall for me. Use your ruler and mark, then...
Seifuku empire waistline using self bias, bow...
Okay, this cosplay is coming along nicely despite the bumps in the road I endured with my sailor collar experiments. So from day one, I mentioned that you would want to make an extra “top” out of the pattern if you’re using the Crystal Lake skating dress pattern which you would then attach via the two seams at the shoulders and then when you hem the sleeveless edges… So...
Sailor Scout Glove Rolls.
Hopefully this is easy to follow. It actually wasn’t difficult at all. I suggest stretchy fabric.. 4 way stretch lycra. Start with a piece of fabric about 7 inches wide, fold it in half.. then sew it shut (raw end) so that you have three inches. Divide the fabric into 3 sections. Sew along those lines, and then sew up one end leaving maybe 1/4 or 1/2 an inch for seam allowance....
Sailor Pluto bows
I am hoping the pictures will be enough of a guide for anyone who wants to figure this out on their own. The bows were inspired by Lyn Leigh who seems to have disappeared from cyber-space. Anyway, she had a website with many costumes that she made for herself and for friends and also provided some decent tutorials. These are not identical to the bows she suggested/outlined on her website since I...
Sailor Moon fuku tutorial time! part 2.
Alrighty, so last time we left off with a bodice and hip rolls. Now let’s go on to the skirt. You will need Tailor chalk pins 4 feet of bias tape ruler If you have the kwik sew or green pepper patterns, you can follow the skirt pattern from there and just cut that out. I like to use a true circle skirt because I feel that it is fuller and I have more room to manipulate pleats and...
Sailor Pluto earrings out of foam board
So, I think its called foam board. I don’t know. Anyway, using a ruler I measured out a shape that is a bit under two inches in length and one inch in width. Behold, my lovely drawing skills. So then I cut out four of those shapes… I then pierced two pieces 1/2 an inch below the top V to make a hole and then inserted flat back sterling silver earring posts. I didn’t take a...
Because I really, really...
liked how my Enma Ai seifuku came out… :-D Take a look at this instead of being bored by my lack of updates until the next sewing session.
This is how you make a brooch when you are poor...
Okay guys, so I was going to buy some clay or sculptey but then decided… I have stuff lying around, why not use it? Ok, what I used: thin sheets of craft foam that I bought for 1.99 4 glue sticks for glue gun (I’ve had these forever, I buy them in packs of 10 for a dollarish) old glue gun red liquilatex paint I used for the soles of my Sailor Mars pumps xacto knife bottle caps of...
Sailor Moon fuku tutorial time!
This wont be the whole thing, and as I update, I’ll transfer this to a more permanent page to be found via the links above. I just don’t feel like sleeping right now even though I have work in the morning @_@; Since I’ve been meaning to do this, and I have no plans to finish my Pluto fuku until August.. here is something to keep you guys occupied and sewing! :) You will...
More words than pictures.
I have been procrastinating on this update because I have been busy. This update will be useful if you want to learn how to make a sailor collar; however, keep in mind this didn’t work out because I was mixing two very different fabrics. This is an experiment gone wrong. Here is my collar. I used the same pattern from my Enma Ai costume; however, I made two cut outs and sewed them all...