Sunday, January 27, 2013

Närcon Vinter 2013 Cosplay Plans - Changed!


I know that I have written down my cosplay plans for Närcon Vinter earlier but because I decided to wear a Sunday cosplay, I have to re-write the cosplay plans to include the new cosplay.

Here is my final plans for Närcon Vinter!


Silver (Rival) from Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver.

Keisuke Sannan from Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan.

Sandshrew from Pokémon.
Yes! It turned out that I will attend the con during Sunday too! As mine and Shiro Samurai's train back home leaves first during evening. This means that I can tuck in one more cosplay in my con luggage! The cosplay will be a Sandshew gijinka from Pokémon. To match up with Shiro Samurai's gijinka version of Espeon I will also do a kimono inspired gijinka for now.

See you all at the con!

Frozen Angel out.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Le Ishida Photoshoot

Hey there!

My day started with getting up from bed and changing to my Uryū Ishida (Bleach) cosplay. I wanted to have a photoshoot with said cosplay as I don't have many photos of it but also because there is snow outside which is really pretty and fitting for the character's color scheme.

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Uryū Ishida)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai

Favorite one.

Bonus Pictures!

Because we need them at times to survive...

Oh, you think so?
My precioussss ~
Muthafuckah mah fingers!





Frozen Angel out.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Green Hero Process Part: 2


I woke up around 11:00 today local time to continue sewing on my Link cosplay. The sewing process started off with picking up two fabric pieces which is going to be the both sleeves' inside linings. I had them cut out since last time. I let the pictures explain the process, instead of writing books.

- Bad quality because I used my mobile phone's camera. I didn't have any better for the time being, sorry -

The lining pieces (4 pieces) that I will attach to the sleeves.
Sewed the pieces together at the ends first and then around them.
Linings attached to the sleeves with needles. Right side of the fabric.
Sewed with straight stitching (right side) and lining folded to the inside of the sleeve.
Same process repeated on both sleeves. Before I started to sew the sleeve linings in place, mom took the scissors and fixed the length of the hem, so that it was even both on the back and front side. When she was done I sewed around the hem with the overlock machine.

Hem sewed with the overlock machine, as seen on the seam.
I took a photo when I had done the straight stitching when I folded the overlock seam to the inside, but the thread color was so close to the fabric color and you couldn't see it clearly in the photo -if at all- so I left that photo behind. The last thing I did today was to cut the small v-shaped shirt opening the character has. I started off with cutting it the exact wrong way it should have been cut, so rage!mom happened and I had a change of mind immediately. Even if I had already cut a small, small hole. She said that I should tell her before I start cutting anything but I said twice that "I start cutting!" and waited several minutes for her to show up, but no wild mom appeared so I tried it myself and well, derp. Luckily there was no further problems with the cut I did, it was easy to just adjust when I cut again the way you should do it. Start from above and move downwards. The shape was so-so according to me but I guess I can adjust it later to my liking, I still need the lining for it, that might do it.

The v-shape opening. It's okay.
Zoom in.
Today I finally learned how to sew properly with the overlock machine -all progress made today was like practice with it- so it feels really good to be able to handle both the normal sewing machine and now this one! I thank my mom for the handy advices. This one will come to good use in the future, heh.

That was all for today. Next time I will do the ribbons to his shirt opening the brown sleeves to his shirt, and maybe I start with the boot covers.

See ya folks!

Frozen Angel out.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Green Hero Process Part: 1

Hey all!

During the end of 2012 I decided that Link from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will be the next cosplay that I will start working on. I wanted to do this version of Link because it's old-school and A Link to the Past is the only Zelda game I have played through and I really loved it. I played it on the Gameboy Advance even if we have the original for Super Nintendo somewhere.

Why just Link from "A Link to the Past"?

I have always liked platform Zelda games better than the 2D and 3D ones that are the nowadays Zelda games. Why? When I was a kid around 5-7 years old I tried both Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask at my aunt's place. In Ocarina of Time I started inside a pitch-black building with several floors and when I came to the top floor and went through a door, I saw in the next room well, freaking Ganondorf! I don't know were I was exactly in the game because it was so long ago this happened. Just imagine that scene before you face him when he tries to blow you away or something, with the loud music playing in the background when you're about 5-7 years old and mostly been playing platform games your whole life. It might not sound so bad, but I was scared. Really scared! So scared that I immediately shut down the whole game system! Ever since that experience I haven't dared to play any of the newer Zelda games until Wind Waker was released. I thought of giving it a try when it looked more "fun and cartoon-ish" hence I always played with Tingle which was quite fun. We'll see if I and bro will play through the game one day.

A Link to the Past is also a game I hold close to my heart and which contains a lot of good gaming memories from the past and therefore I wanted to cosplay someone from it, someone who I like and who is male - Link.

Now to the process ~

The Green Hero Process Part: 1

Yesterday (2nd January) I went to the attic -a part of my mom's house- to pick up the fabrics that I will need for the chosen cosplay. Here is the fabrics that I will use:

 and here's what I will sew:

Link from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Alright! Once the fabrics were taken to the kitchen -we cut out all the pieces to our costumes in the kitchen- I went to get the patterns that we were going to use for the costume. I have done cosplays in the past with similar shirt designs that are sleeveless so I could just take one I had used before. No need to draw new patterns this time. I put the patterns on the green fabric and drew the lines, adjusted the length for his shirt and cut them out. First time I did this myself, mostly.

Once the shirt pieces (front and back) were cut out, I carried them away from the kitchen and thought about how to do his hat instead. After a while I figured out how to do it because there could obviously only be one way of doing it. Mom also told me to try to figure out the shape by myself because I will need to adjust and draw patterns on my own for future cosplays. I got confused of the head's length because it seemed so big at first on the fabric when I had drawn it. But it was supposed to go all around the head and when I tested and measured half size of the original half I had gotten, it looked way too short. Without further questions or showing it to mom -who often check things before letting me advance, in case I fail which has happened- I cut it out and was hoping it would work. Need to be more self-going and not be too afraid to screw up, like I was before. After that I felt it was enough for the day and I laid the progress to rest. It was getting late and mom was slowly turning into rage!mom so I didn't dare to ask for help either.

Today (3rd January) during evening I continued with the Link cosplay, I was in the mood for it and I wanted to get something done today. So I took the front and back shirt pieces and went to sew them together on the shoulders and the sides. The stitching looked nice but it was very near the edge of the fabric in some areas, where the fabric was uneven. I did a straight stitching right next to all the areas I sewed, to make sure there won't be any holes later. Process after the straight stitching and when the shirt is turned inside-out, like it should be.

You should put the right sides of the fabric against each other before sewing them together but this time neither me or my mom could say which side was the right one on the green fabric. I later found out when I had already sewed the shoulders together... drat. However, there isn't much of a difference and I don't think anyone will even notice it, unless they have really sensitive fingers when touching a fabric, haha. The hat piece that I cut out yesterday, I took a picture of it. To show its shape.

Just think of a fat Triforce and you can't do it wrong!
I tried to sew with mom's overlock machine but the stitching derped and didn't look nice and it has always been derp when I have been sewing with it, for some unknown reason. So mom took the hat sewed it together by placing the right sides next to each other and seconds later it was done. She then took the yellow ribknit-like fabric, cut out an enough long bit of it for my head size and put it on top of the "right turned" hat. Then she started to sew it in place, while stretching it to fit with the green hat fabric. It went well and were done in less than 3 minutes, I also found out what I did wrong with the overlock machine when I saw mom sewing with it. Yeah, so I got something out of it and from now on it should work properly and not derp when I sew, hopefully.

Final results of the hat:

There is no more progress today, so goodnight folks!

Frozen Angel out.