Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cosplay Year 2015

Now 2015 is soon behind us and it feels just as crazy as it did with 2014, wow... time just passes by really fast! Man, I'm gonna get old before I even know it, haha!

This year my entire cosplay hobby was more or less on ice the whole year as I only attended 3 cons plus Kemi's manga day and debuted 2 simple cosplays. But for me this small amount of cons and cosplays for the year felt just right, as I've been wanting to take a break from this hobby since the end of 2014. It was a really needed break from cosplay Wonderland and it really helped me to get back the muse for cosplay that I haven't really felt during the last cons. I just want to enjoy this hobby more than I currently do and it was a brilliant idea for me to put the hobby aside and focus more on life itself. 2015 had a lot of goodies coming my way and I'm really grateful that my hard work really paid off! The best thing of all the goodies was that I finally got the chance to travel to Germany again, something that I've been missing beyond words since 2013. That trip gave me so much and I just want to say a heartfelt "Dankeschön!" to all of you down there who helped me along the way and made my trip so special! But now back to cosplay Wonderland. Guess what guys? I somehow managed to do a small thing on Link and lead him closer to the goal line but then the damn thing got left behind... again!

Before ending this text, I would like to say thank you for a great 2015 to all of my readers and followers out there despite it being a pretty silent year for me this time. Oh well, at least I have some plans for 2016 but we'll see what happens!

This year I have been to the following cons:

Desucon Frostbite 2015 - Lahti, Finland
Kemi's Manga Day (21/2 - 2015) - Kemi, Finland
Nerdcon 2015 - Umeå, Sweden
Kitacon 7 - Kemi, Finland

Here is what I have cosplayed during the year:

From left to right: Luka Crosszeria (The Betrayal Knows My Name), Germany (Hetalia), Jean Kirstein (Attack on Titan)

Happy New Year 2016!

Frozen Angel out.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Across the Stars - Anakin Skywalker Progress Part: 1

Hello all geeks!

The weekend before the world's premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was at mom's place sewing a dark brown Jedi robe for my closet-cosplay Jedi outfit (for the cinema showings) but also for my planned Anakin Skywalker cosplay. That's why I picked the dark brown color and I'm super happy that we had just the right fabric for it. There won't be many photos of the robe progress as I and Shiro Samurai worked on our Jedi robes at the same time (he did a lighter brown one) and we didn't really have time to photograph each other. We were so busy with our own robe and in a hurry to finish it for the premier.

As per usual my sewing started with that I went to the attic to look for the appropriate Jedi robe fabric and I found it fairly fast. Lovely. With the fabric on the kitchen table I and -mostly- mom thought about how to make the robe pattern while I at times searched for Jedi robe patterns online, trying to find one that speaks sense to us. It was surprisingly hard to even find patterns, gosh. After looking at couple of different reference pictures we figured out and cut out the right shape. The patterns for the robe consisted of two arm sleeves, hood, one back part and two front parts.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai 

Front part cut out.
Front from another angle.
After that the front and back part had been released from the fabric I went to sew the shoulder seams together with the overlock machine.

Jedi robe with shoulder seams done.
Then it was time to cut out the sleeves and the hood. Those patterns were easier to figure out but we had to size-up the hood quite a bit from the hood pattern we used, which was a men's hood XL size, huehue. It was going to be huge! Next up was to attach the sleeves to the robe and sew them on. I had a memory of how to attach sleeves, so I marked the upper middle point of the sleeve with a needle and attached the sleeve to the arm spot on the robe. I attached it with needles all the way around and made sure that it fit properly to the robe's sleeve-less arm. Same process on both sleeves, of course.

My robe has sleeves!
Now when my Jedi robe had its sleeves on, it was time to sew together the side seams starting from the sleeves (as I now had them on) and then follow all the way to the hem. When I was done my robe looked like this:

I don't remember exactly what I did after sewing the sides together but I know that I spent plenty of time doing the zigzag (preventing hems from fraying) and straight stitching to take in seam allowance and to make it look more proper. Man, it felt like the mass of fabric would never end at times, haha! With parts of the straight stitching done and the zigzag done, I started with the hood, like ironing it and making sure that it looks pretty when it comes to the seams and man, this thing knew how to be an ass to me on the ironing board.

Photographer: Frozen Angel

Hood resting on the ironing board after I tried to iron the upper seams to look good and even. It was harder than I thought. Mom helped me to get it to look as good as possible later on, thanks.
While still at the ironing process, I also took my time to iron in those 2,5 cm width of seam allowance on the bottom hem that I haven't sewed yet and need to fold in. I did this before the straight stitching to make sure that I get the right measure taken in. I namely don't have time to start ripping long seams and re-do things.

Robe on the inside. Bottom hem is the one I need to fold in and straight stitch.
Making sure that all the sides have the same 2,5 cm width. Photographer: Shiro Samurai.
With the straight stitching over and done with, I still had the hood left to attach and to cut out one more hood, as I wanted to have it lined. It would have more weight and be more thick and I wanted that for my robe. I placed the fabric on the floor near the ironing board and cut out another hood piece. Mom had some complaints as I cut the bottom edge of the hood on the fray, do-not-cut-here edges of the fabric. I personally did this to make sure I got both the hoods on the same height and to save the amount fabric in-between the both hoods. Besides, this thing was so huge that a loss of 1-2 cm at the end wouldn't matter at all and well, it didn't. From the hood sewing part I remember sewing them together on the curved top seam so that it well, would look like a hood and then zigzag around the whole thing to prevent it from fraying. This thing kinda looked like some sort of tent when I held it out. Mom ironed it to be flat on both sides as I had issues with this and she did the straight stitching very near the front edge of the hood and attached the hood, as she knew how to make it look really good. It took some extra work but man the results was worth it!

Only one side of the hood is attached. Photographer: Frozen Angel.
We needled the hood in place as we did with the sleeves, starting from the middle and then going towards the sides. But we only attached one of the hoods (as seen on the picture above) to the collar and then mom used the other hood (double layer, lined one) to cover all those poking out threads on the wrong side to make it look really clean and nice! Many thanks! I can't recall everything that she did or in what order exactly things were done, as I was looking after the food and preparing the kitchen table for dinner while mom was doing my sewing part. Yeah, we kinda swapped duties at one point as someone had to look after the food and the sewing got fairly hard at this point. Mom finished my cosplay.

This is what the finished Jedi robe looks like!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Huge hood is huge.

So how did I feel when I wore a Jedi robe? Well, I really can't explain in words how happy I was or how geeky I felt, but I think that this Darth Vader and his fellow Stormtroopers gets down my feelings pretty well:

That's all for this time! Thank you for reading and may the Force be with you!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens World's Premiere

Hello, hello all!

This post was written during 16th December but the clock had time to pass midnight before I posted!

Today is the world's premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and as a big Star Wars fan myself, I've been waiting and hyping for this day ever since I heard there is a new movie coming out. Star Wars really hit my core and it clicked so many of my "All my YES!" boxes when it comes to movies/series and I just fell in love with it. As a guy who works at the cinema in town (non-paid work) I was, of course, working during this big day and my work position was to sell tickets and take debit card payments. This -along with the rest of my working duties- while dressed up as a random Jedi! I arrived at the cinema somewhere around 16:20 (the movie would start at 19:00) and as soon as I got there, I went to change to my closet-cosplay Jedi outfit and immediately afterwards, I got some work to take care of. The Jedi outfit was quickly put together from parts of other costumes that I own, including a dark brown Jedi robe that I sewed at mom's place during last weekend for the Star Wars showings at the cinema (there will be 3 showings in total) and -afterwards- for my planned Anakin Skywalker cosplay, why I picked the dark brown color. Two birds with one stone, yeehaaaw!

During my working hours at the cinema I had really fun and I enjoyed myself while doing my work. What especially made me happy during this special, geeky evening was the customers nice comments about my outfit. The best line of the day was actually the first one I heard, one that came from a guy who came to the cinema shortly after that I was done dressing up. When he and his friends saw me he said "The geek is strong with this one" and that just made my day. All the nice comments that I got about my outfit put smiles on my face and it felt just awesome to know that my tiresome, last-minute Jedi robe sewing work really paid off! Yupp, I'm totally cosplaying during the other 2 showings of the movie as well, as the Jedi cosplay idea felt really appreciated by both the cinema staff and the customers. I worked at the cinema from around 16:30 to probably 22:00 and we had almost a whooping 200 visitors which is huge in this small town I live in. Sadly, this time I didn't have time to watch the movie myself as I had plenty of things to take care of during the movie but oh well, I don't mind too much; I had so much fun and it felt really satisfying when all the hard work was done. I make sure to watch the movie either during the 20th or 25th December. We'll see.

Before I leave you guys to Darth Vader's mercy, have a photo of what my closet-Jedi outfit looked like feat. cinema snacks!

Photographer: Hasakitsuki

Yes, I have Anakin's lightsaber as I plan to cosplay him in the future.

That's all for this time and my Jedi robe progress post is up next! Goodnight folks!