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14 August 2005 @ 09:50 pm
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I will be bringing Zhang He to Otakon. I simply don't have time to complete Xiahou Dun as well as I would like to. Instead of driving myself utterly insane and winding up with something without the details I had planned, I'll finish the costume at my leisure this fall and most likely bring it to Ohayocon. I honestly think that a winter con will be a better place to wear it anyway, as it involves three layers of clothing plus leg armor. For a while, Randy has been telling me not to go batshit for his sake. He just wants to dress up as a favorite character. Doing so for a particular con was not high up on his priority list at all. He mainly wanted to be part of our friends' DW group, which did not materialize this year anyway because some people couldn't make it to Otakon and others didn't feel like making stuff after having spent months on other sewing projects. Thus, it's not a big deal. However, I can't help but feel disappointed because this work has been over a year in the making and it isn't anywhere near where it was supposed to be at this time. Then again, I don't think a year was really enough time, so I shouldn't feel too bad.

Also, because I won't be in a hurry, I'll be able to redo the cape to my liking. I can make some test strips to perfect the gradient technique. I'm thinking it would be best to only soak the gradient portion of the piece in the soda ash and then dip (or spray, masking off the rest first) the "deep end" with dye and let it crawl up. This SHOULD result in an even gradient. I have plenty of twill and dye left. I'll figure it out.
 
 
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The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on August 15th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think so. I think this is for the best. It didn't seem right to rush the last parts of something that I've put so much time (and money!) into constructing as well as I possibly could. Besides, the project hasn't been fun for me for a while because I've been so bonkers over it. With no deadline and most of the work out of the way already, it will be enjoyable again.
Admiral Biyotch: pokey stickarafel on August 15th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm marveling at your post, because of the following statement:

Then again, I don't think a year was really enough time, so I shouldn't feel too bad.

Wow. See, that's professional cosplay. I feel that a couple of dedicated weekends is more than enough time to spend on an outfit, whereas ppl who are really good at this will put more work into a cosplay than I could ever handle. Bravo to you!
The Heavy Metal Matador: southparkrydain on August 16th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. ^_^ I just have a penchant for making extremely involved and complicated stuff that's probably beyond my skill level. These projects were so insanely complex that I knew I could never do them justice unless I gave myself A LOT of time. I do think I succeeded, though (for the most part, and the stuff I'm not happy with will be redone properly in time for whatever con we attend next). The lack of dedicated cat-proof work space definitely hurt my endeavors, so one of my goals for next year is to build some so I can collect power tools and make indoor messes without taking over the bathroom. Then I can start working on some REALLY crazy crap.