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24 August 2005 @ 01:04 am
Yeah...back at the cosplay already  
I'm very interested in going to Tekkoshocon, which is near Pittsburgh in March. Not only will Amy be there, it's a convenient location (an expo mart attached to a hotel, which is mexcellent if you want to wear weather-sensitive costumes), and we may be able to get a group together for it. My goal is to complete Zhang He and Xiahou Dun to my liking before then. Here is the official to do list.

For me

- Make white knee-high boots with butterfly designs. It really seems easiest to buy some go-go boots and paint or glue stuff to them. Honestly, the money saved with boot covers would not be worth the extra time required. I can put my cheap shoes aside for future boots that can't be purchased.

- Redo the armor so that it is more tightly fitted (mine keeps riding up on me) and has nifty pauldrons. My big pile o' EVA foam may work very well for this. If I use that foam, may wish to finish it by contact cementing stretch vinyl over it.

- Insert interfacing, cotton twill, or something between the purple waist sash cover and the headliner foam core so you no longer see the valleys made in said foam when I sewed the sashes to it. It really does not look bad at all in photos, but it annoys me anyway.

- Fix the popped stitches in the Velcro on the waist sash. Only a few popped and they will be easily repaired. Hooray for extremely minor wardrobe malfunctions.

- Acquire feathers and paint nice stripes on them. Attach them to the costume pieces in an easily maintainable manner. (Read: glue them to a strip of something that then gets Velcroed or snapped to the piece. This way, missing and damaged feathers can be replaced without trouble. I hate, hate, hate the idea of permanently attaching delicate decorations to sturdy pieces.)

- Figure out how the fudge I am going to paint butterflies on my unitard.

For Randy

- Redo the cape. First, see if chucking it in the wash with Rit Color Remover will get all the dye out. If so, then just redye it carefully. If not, I have to make another one. Bleh. This time around, to dye it, I am going to neatly get the very end of the gradient wet with dye, hang the cape up, and just let capillary action pull the dye up the garment evenly. I used the exact medium concentration of plum shown on Dharma Trading's site to get the purple color, so if I mix the purple dye the same way, it should be a close match.

- Get a more matte, subdued home decorating damask fabric. Make new pants. Amusing as they are, the pimp pants have a sheen not present in the reference art, and it annoys me. Plus, the construction inside is bizarre because the fabric shredded as I worked with it (this was before I knew to Fray Check everything shreddy as soon as you cut it out) and I made all manner of bizarre adjustments to get it to knock it off. The new pants will have a better overall effect and be more soundly constructed.

- Hand sew dark blue trim (probably quilt binding, which is wide enough and should not look junky used in this manner) all around the jacket. (If I try that on the machine, it WILL ripple.)

- Hand sew the shoulder appliques to the jacket.

- Redo the garment armor. I want this to match either the aluminum leg armor or the Tamiya gloss acrylic sword blade. Seems that it will be easiest to make it out of 1/8" basswood, prime well with sandable primer, and use the aforementioned acrylic spray. This will be durable, match, and look clean because I'll be able to sand everything neatly. It will also be more accurate. The sunburst thingy has some linear aspects that are actually rounded (like tubes bent into shape), and I could recreate that roundness easily by sanding the edges of the cut wood.

- Redo the skull. I am going to sculpt it out of paper clay and it will not suck. I wasn't that bad in ceramics class, for ass' sake, and I do have enough art skills to figure this out. If I put my mind to it, I can do some amazing shit.

- Finish the armor. I need to sew another glove, superglue the edges of the leather to the metal bands, glove the armor, and then rivet on straps.

- Finish the sword. It needs more paint, a nicely detailed guard (thank you Zeriel for cutting out the thick basswood for me in an efficient and neat manner), and a handle.

- Sew/rivet straps to all the various stuff that has to hang from the belt.

- Finish the arm guards. All I did so far was sew the hand and body pieces. They need gold satin trim and some painted detail (and, of course, to be assembled).

- Make the boots more accurate. They weren't that pricey, so I won't mind permanently covering them with green fabric (or only covering the leg so they won't get all fugly dirty around the foot just from being worn). Besides, given the budget of this project, $30ish boots are not a big deal at all.

THESE ARE GOING TO FUCKING RULE. I can't wait to get back to work. I won't even have to turn the porch into a disaster pit all over again. I will need the bathroom, though. Bleh.

And after that? (or possibly started soonish, depending on how nutzoid multitasky I get) Super duper OMFG anal thief Rikku (thank you meanjunglist for the gorgeous dyeable scarf, which just arrived yesterday!), DW5 Zhu Rong (I like her outfits from that game best, and her hair is quite similar to mine, so no wig required), and possibly an Ocarina of Time Twinrova, which I have wanted to do for several years. That will be an insane long-term no-deadline project. I want to start it by constructing a genuine steel-boned corset for the bodice - a fantastic exercise in difficult tailoring and patternmaking. And I do want a light-up headdress. Because I am a crazy fuckbat. Yes indeed. My preciousssss...
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Shigeru Matsuzaki - Katamari on the Swing
Victoria Maevesyncopated_time on August 24th, 2005 11:16 am (UTC)
Corset-making makes me OMG crazy. However you have both more patience and more sewing experience than I do, so I'll be anxious to see how that ends up going. Grommets are the bane of my existence.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on August 24th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
Well...I figure that if I treat it as a project of its own and be as careful and anal as I possibly can, it will probably turn out well (and be less likely to drive me bonkers). ^_^ What type of grommets do you use and how do you like them (once you wrangle them into submission)? I've read that choice of this material is quite important. From my preliminary research, I'm planning on the hammered-in kind, but I don't know if there's any type of those that works best. All I know is to get grommets and not eyelets because eyelets are much less sturdy.
silverluzsilverluz on August 24th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Wheee, corsetry :)

It's really not all that bad if you take it slowly. The first corset I did EVAR was a steel-boned Civil War style. (Working closing from Simplicity 9769, but with some alterations.) I'm pretty damn happy with it, although I don't ever have occasion to wear it (having gravitated to a bit earlier time period for most of my sewing adventures).

Materials: strongly recommend a sturdy cotton for the 'structural' portion, with a separately constructed 'fashion' layer. The boning channels tend to produce a LOT of stitching lines, and you won't want them showing. Coutil is apparently wonderful stuff for corsets, but I just ended up using a double layer of white drill. You could go all out and do a separate lining layer as well ;) Cotton twill tape for boning channels is soooo worth it (as opposed to the slimy poly stuff you can find normally). Definitely two-piece grommets, not eyelets (as if that was even a question). Dritz makes a grommet plier tool that's actually pretty decent, with the caveat that it wasn't the right size for my grommets, so they didn't end up looking half as nice as they should have. I've never gotten the hammered kind to work right for me, but maybe I just lack hammering skillz.

If you have a decent character study pic and want to pursue this, I might be able to give you some more specific recommendations.
Victoria Maevesyncopated_time on August 25th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't had any luck with any of the kinds of grommets found in general sewing stores. I use the hammer method to set them, but no matter how anal I am about punching the holes or lining up the two halves of the grommet I haven't yet been able to get them to withstand more than one tight lacing before the fabric around them tears or the grommets pop apart.

I've never tried using the grommeting tool (looks a bit like a pair of pliers with a big wheel on the pinching end), but a friend of mine swears by hers. Someday I'll have to try that method.

If you hit upon a winning combo, let me know, ok? ;)
silverluzsilverluz on August 29th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Better late than never, but I doubt anyone's still reading comments a post this old...

To prevent fabric tearing around grommets: The instructions probably had you cut a hole in some fashion. DON'T. What you really want to do is to stretch open a hole without cutting any threads. The tool you need is an awl, preferably a tailor's or sewing awl with a wide taper.

If you absolutely must cut threads (for bigger grommets or something), cut as little as possible, stretching the hole so it just barely fits over. Reinforce with an extra square of sturdy fabric, and fray-check the heck out of it.

As for grommets actually popping apart, either 1) they're cheapass or 2) they're not set right. If properly set, the sleeve of the tall piece rolls over on itself - there's no way for it to come undone. I can't imagine what's happening to yours without seeing them.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on August 29th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's not that late. And I always appreciate free sewing tips. I'll have to dig up a reference pic of Twinrova for your perusal. Her top is actually quite similar to a Simplicity bustier pattern I picked up a few years back when I first started planning the costume. The bustier has multiple curved panels with boning channels, so I would think it would be possible to alter the pattern to remove ease for use as a corset. Or I could use it to help me change the shape of the panels on an actual corset pattern to get the neckline I'm after.
Onezumionezumi on August 24th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
I was considering Tekkoshocon. Someone from there asked me to go and do some panels but they never followed up with me. If they asked me for next year and followed up I'd consider it. My schedule is weird, though.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on August 24th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
It's disappointing that they didn't get back to you! We SHOULD be going to at least one other con next year (not sure which yet...I've been curious about Katsucon, but I deathly fear the DC beltway even if I'm not driving, so I really hope that isn't a necessary part of the trip), so I would love to come visit your b00th again or catch a panel. I don't want to be a stranger, either, but I will still be strange. Weehee. Now where's the rest of my coffee?
kaiten-konekokaiten_koneko on August 24th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
what kind of paneling would you like to do? i'm the head of the wrong department, but i do know who you should talk to - we have a new person running panels this year, so it's a bit wonky right now - please don't take it personally!

amy, of con ops
Onezumionezumi on August 24th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hi Amy! No worries. :) I totally understand how it is. Things can get so crazy to run big stuff like this.

We're pretty flexible. Harknell and I usually do something like the following:

Webcomics 101
Webcomics as a Business
Digital Art 101
Survival in the Artist's Alley
Turn your Fanart into Money
Women in Webcomics

I've done some of these at Katsucon, Otakon, and AnimeUSA already and they went over really well. :) We live near NYC but I'm actually from Pittsburgh originally. Besides starting and running Onezumi Studios, LLC and my webcomic, I've worked in New York for The Disney Channel in their animation studio and in corporate design for clients like XM Radio. I love teaching people how to get started in the creative field and I also have free tutorials in that vein up on Onezumi.com. FunFun! ^_^
kaiten-konekokaiten_koneko on August 24th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
excellent! i shall go poke the panels person with a stick. thanks!
(Anonymous) on August 24th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)

That visual made me LOL. :D
Onezumionezumi on August 24th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)

That visual made me LOL. :D
kaiten-konekokaiten_koneko on August 24th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
yes, and work for amy = get in free! the more the merrier.
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The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on August 25th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
That would matter. ^_^ I only got to meet you briefly at ACEN last year, and it would be great to get to chat some more.