sunnuntai 24. tammikuuta 2016

Crossplay?? at Frostbite?


It's been a while, eh. Sure I started working on few costumes that never got finished but only after friend(thank you Fukka!) hinted they could use a character for their upcoming group I managed to pull myself together and finish something.
So I made my second crossplay costume, Ventus from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. Prior to Fukka mentioning him I had no idea who he even was. Few Youtube videos later I was much more knowledgeable about the complex trio that is Sora, Roxas and Ventus.


Anyway! I'm going to show some(quite many) WIP photos I took and few words about the making of the costume. The effort I put into this was nowhere near the dedication into my previous projects but actually completing something after half a year boosted my morale a lot. Inspiration is booming and I'm torn between choices what to do next.

Prototype of the pants. I actually managed to sew the pocket wrong here, haha. Shows just how many normal clothing pieces I have done...

Ventus got a veeery short sleeveless shirt as I ran out of fabric, oops :D

I decided to start by making the pants and the shirt that goes under the jacket. To save myself from destroying the real fabrics I made prorotypes of the pants first and then proceeded to cut the real fabric. Choosing the colors and materials was quite hard as Kingdom Hearts has it's very cartoonish look that doesn't relate to real world that well. In the end most of the costume is made out of scuba fabric which holds it's shape well but is way easier to sew than normal stretch fabric.

I wish I had made the pants poofier..

I decided to make the white&grey layer of clothing under the jacket as a vest and attached it to the sleeveless shirt. For my life I couldn't find the right color of grey from the fabric store so I ended up using the lining fabric for both sides. Dying was out of option as I was on tight schedule..

Very carefully I stenciled the patterns onto the vest with normal white fabric paint.

At least it has a place for sewing supplies...!

One contributing factor why my cosplay making has been halted after moving to new apartment is that we don't really have any tables here... Sewing on top of a stool isn't very handy >>

The jacket brought me some head ache. Proportions were very important here as I needed to make the jacket short enough but still fit all the details in. Thank god the fabric was easy to sew and the sleeves just magically kept their shape. White bias tape was used for the lines and I managed to sew it on smooth mostly.. at few spots, mostly at the curved lines at the front some pulling occurred but nothing major. For quick 50% effort project it shall do!

The collar of the jacket didn't come out quite as it should buuut.. next time then. Fukka kindly sent me the zipper which had been originally in Organization XIII jacket, fitting! I sculpted the Keyblade master mark out of Black Worbla(which will hopefully get more experimenting in future) and the straps were just something I crafted fast out of black patent leather. A fun costume, so comfy if not counting the binding and the armor...

My favourite part of the costume are the jacket and the shoes! Those shoes, haha. I need to add more funny shoes to my cosplay list.

Measuring, cutting, fitting.

I decided to not spent a dime of extra money on these shoes and just gathered whatever I had at home. Some craft foam, camping mat, eva foam.. paracord and more scuba(or actually it was some thermo-feature sport fabric, anyway).
Quick patterns and lots of contact glue, paint.. The toes and the "sole" of the shoes could've fit together better but since I was crafting with "who cares" attitude and mainly to have fun, I decided to leave those as they are. I had my doubts if these things would even survive an hour of walking since everything was held together with glue.

Surprisingly, they did! The paint of course got some bruising, but for zero budget shoes I couldn't care less.

Crappy phone cam pic, eep.

The ankle parts came out a bit tall and I might redo them for next time this costume is worn. It'll probably be when the third member of the group gets their costume ready.. later this year, who knows? I definitely needs to craft a keyblade too before that..

Messy! Next time I won't use painters' tape, it shows through Worbla. Another reason to hate Worbla, ugh.

The rim of the ring was so smooth and neat when out of EVA, afterWorbla horrible and uneven ;__;

The one part I hated making were the armors. Who in the world would design armors this bland, eww. Mandatory still. Very quick and carefree crafting of Worbla. I tried to prime few of the parts with Gesso out of nostalgy but it's just as bad as wood glue.. on even surfaces it works but at the edges, just no. Definitely not my best armor work but hopefully I can redeem myself in the next big costume.

WTB thin EVA, please.

Even the painting of the armors was dull :D some weird yellowish gold, silver and blackish... whee.

Before any modding.

Tested if I could steal fiber from old wigs.. wrong colors >>

First try, eww :D

I needed to make a spiked cartoon wig for the first time and boy, was it different. It didn't help that the wig I had was horrible quality.. First try got a bath very fast and the second try really was no better, but without a new better wig I had no choice. The outcome wasn't quite right but at least I had a wig...

I know everything that is wrong about the wig and will definitely do better next time :D I was so relieved when I could just throw the monstrosity to a bag after the con day without needing to be careful with it.

Aaaanyway! I didn't have time to make the keyblade in the end(no materials either and school had started just a week before the con..) so after the wig the costume was ready. Frostbite wasn't a special con by any means but I loved seeing my friends who live far away and I was just glad to have a new costume on. ECG-preliminaries gave huge inspiration for future.

KH-dorks. Sorry Fukka :D
I managed to avoid proper photos of this costume pretty well and can only show one reeeally bad quality shadowy pic, but once we get the group together there might be actually a reason to shoot these.

Help me with posing, what is this???

So apologies for a boring entry(imo), I hope I can show something more exciting in the future. Like blue alien goats or heroines from old FFs?? Maybe! Yukicon will be my next con and I will try to finish one incompleted costume for it.. unless I end up starting my Cosvision costume already. Will see~