Friday, 5 September 2014

finished elf costumes

Hello lovelies,
longtime no see!
i am so busy at the moment a there is no end in sight because University will start in Oktober again too and I have 8 classes, á 1,5 or 2 hours plus 25,5hours of work per week, ergs. I really hope to finish all my projects and start new ones too...I have so many ideas.

The following two costumes were made for the Middle-earth festival (Mittelerdefest) near the Czech border in Austria. I have a very split opinion about the festival. On one side, I loved all the workshop and especially the long sword fighting. On the other side, I was confronted with racism and sexism which made me, a half Asian, half Austrian woman, so angry and mad at all these fucktards. I do not know if I'll go there again because it was really expensive (there is another lotr festival and it's located in a castle and it's only half the price..) , in the middle of nowhere (and I had to go there with public transportation) and because of the people who, I thought, were mysoginists.

Enough ranting (my favourite pasttime)
Left is the front part, right the back..

All the parts for the top...

Tadah and that's the finished costume. I am sorry it is so winkled but I only had the chance to take pictures after the festival. I close it with this leave brooch and the white satin ribbon.


Detail pictures of he ribbon and my collar. I hand stitched flowers, pearls and rocailles on it. I like stitching very much yet I am still not good at it *cries*

The back. I closed the skirt part accidently although I wanted it to be open until the knee. whupsies. Never mind, it worked like that too.

Details of my stitching on my back collar. As you can see, I was too lazy to continue until the end...


And this is the more princess-ish dress, with pink velvet and silver/blue silk...
Front of the dress including the slippers I made!

 See how big the sleeves are? I love them but I only wore them when I did the leather works workshop because they would have been very impractical during my sword fighing workshop :D!

Details of my pearl stitching on the front. You will see, that I was too lazy/didn't have time to do the back.

See here the plain back but with a long (and dirty) trail. It was muddy and raining at the festival nearly all day long on saturday and Sunday. Lucky I wore this dress on Friday, it would have looked much worse when I have worn in on one of the other days.


Shoes plus details. Again, everything is hand stitched....

All pictures are large so if you click on them, you can zoom into them even more!

Have a nice weekend,

Aurîs

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

One Pattern done, one more to go plus shopping review

Hello lovelies,

I finally have pictures of the fabric I bought. I really do hope, it will be enough..
This is a light woolen fabric which is amazingly soft. I really do hope it is not itchy on my skin..

This fabric is very silky and shiny. The only problem is, that it really feels oily on your skin? I do have to wash them when I got to a friend on Saturday to cut out all the pieces because my room is much too small for such amenities, like a big fucking sewing table..

The pattern for the top part is ready and I will continue today with the bottom part, which is actually just the skirt part. Afterwards I will finally start with the evening/nice dress pattern.


I want a really long trail for that dress but I fear it will not really be possible. Not for sewing but rather for practical reasons. I will be out in the wild for three days and if it rains, this dress will get so dirty and muddy, ugh..

Yesterday my package from Hong Kong arrived too! The stuff is from Harajuku fashion an online shop from Storenvy.
My shoes and my sailor moon necklace are here. I actually ordered two pairs of shoes but they didn't have the second one anymore and refunded me my money immediately.






I think they are super cute and have everything cute himekaji/cult party kei shoes need; ribbons, lace,heart shaped charm and they are pink!

I ordered them in size 37 (usually I am 36 but in China I am not XD) and they fit perfectly, no criticism there..

The sailor moon necklace looks cheap. Very cheap.


You can really see that this is a replica, the original picture in the shop looks way different...:

And I paid 23$ for that...>__>. I am not amused.

Shipping was extra and shipping plus handling took aaaaages and then it arrived in a really messed up shoe box. It was soggy and torn.

This shop only gets 2 out of 5 stars for a torn box, slow shipping and handling and an overpriced replica. I would not recommend buying in that shop....

Enough for today, I should also do some work...... at work :P

Aurîs

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

New Project

Hello lovelies,

the con is finished and I got myself caught up in a whole new project.
There will be a Middle-earth festival in the last August week "near" Vienna and I will be attending it for the first time ever. There will be a programm at daytime and concerts at night. I enrolled for "punzieren" (no idea what this word is in english. It's craftin motivs on leather), dagger fight and long sword fight. I actually wanted to take archery instead of punzieren but I don't know when I will arrive on Friday and therefore I wanted to be on the safe side and took the course which is only one afternoon and not the whole day.
Not only am I very excited, I am also very enthusiastic about myself some nice costumes.
I want to sew 2-3 costumes, one Tauriel like fighter costume which is inspired by Arwens riding gown.
Source: www.Iansmith.co.uk


 I want to take Arwens riding gown as base and just add the sleave part from picture number two, which is a Tauriel inspired pattern. I bought myself vambraces at Närcon and this is the reason I do not want fluffy sleeves. They'd be a horrible match.

The other dress is a more elgant one, for the evening concert. I bought the fabric yesterday and it will be made out of rose coloured velvet and silver satin. The latter dress was also inspired by one of Arwen's dresses.
I love these long sleeeves. I hope 3m are sufficient. For the pink velvet dress I bought five meters because I want a long trail.

Currently I am looking for a nice silver border for this costumes and I already have a few in mind. I will buy them when I get my paycheck :)!

I will probably upload more progress pictures in the next few weeks, because I plan to do something for the cosplay every day of the week, even after a 8,5h workshift and 60min gym. I can't be lazy now. It's better to finish these dresses asap and start the connichi outfits because time is running so fast.

Have a nice week,

Aurîs

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sakizou finished

Hello lovelies,

my project finally came to an end! I finished the costume! And even though I am not please with some details (VERY heavy wig, ribbons missing, small flowers, the saddle and tail not really fitting properly) I will change that when it's fotoshooting time! I didn't get to do any pictures at all on the con, except for random pictures for photographers and my dear friend Dee, who did some awesome portrait pictures for me.

The original picture by Sakizou!

My cosplay:
 
Those two pictures are from the official Nippon Nation Album on Facebook.   © Almasan Adrian

And then selfie time...
Instagram
 Laura was doing Trachten Roderich Austria from Aph (Hetalia) and Dee and Matthias were doing Dean and 'Sam from Supernatural. Dee had wonderful sideburns, saddly they are invisible on this picture...

Slippeddee's instragram
And this is the picture Dee made from me. I actually had pink contacts but due to the filter my eyes look very reptilian..:)!

Nippon nation was a bit boring for us because we were not interested in the workshops or competition. They only show we watched was the cosplay contest on Sunday. Some groups were really really good! 

So for Sunday, that was my himegyaru outfit. I love being dressed like this so much but I didn't like peoples' comments on the street, stating it was a very ugly look. Oh I am sorry, I didn't know you were an expert on japanese fashion...
Instagram
I finally wore my dreamv dress again. Last time I wore it was...2years ago? OTL The shhoes are from DreamV too, the bag is from Jesus Diamante (I really love it, but it gets yellow patches already? help...). I got the crown as a present from Matthias in Disneyland. It is very dear to me *_*!

Here is a portrait picture
Instagram
I can't wait to do pictures with the costume although I have no idea how I should manage the wig again. It was very uncomfortable!

have a nice week,

Aurîs

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Whatever happened to my cosplay..?

Hello lovelies,

remember the cosplay I wanted to finish for Japan expo but didn't? It seems like I could finish it now for the Nippon Nation, the newest convention in Austria.
It starts in 4 days and there is still a lot to do but most of it is just details. And nobody will notice the missing details if I finish them for the grande fotoshooting. (I hope).
This is it:

 So..this is how I did stuff....
(crappy pics ahead because lazy me is lazy)
This is the to-be tail. I made a form with "Bauschaum". I have no idea what this is in English...and then I just glued the hair on it. It sounds super easy, BUT IT IS NOT BECAUSE the glue and hair sticks to everything, You have to really work neatly. Sometimes I let the glue settle with my hair dryer.

weird curls appear! I made them beforehand with lots of wire and glued them on. You can only see three but now there are a lot more on the tail. (And the big curl in front is muuuuch shorter now and looks a lot better too).
Yey for my crappy mobile camera pics.

This is the wig. It is not that full anymore and the bangs are cut correctly.


the arm thingy and the leg thingy. I didn't want to use gold paint for that but I didn't have any other choices because the 400pcs of rhinestones were not enough and I couldn't work with hot glue or normal glue. So paint it is. It doesn't look that bad but I am not satisfied a 100%. Meh.

My hand looks very dark in this picture...but yey for wristcuffs. I wanted to use an elastic band for that but it didn't turn out that flexible so now I can open and close it with buttons.
But the armcuffs are made with elastic band..(no picture here, whups) and will be held in place with a brooch.

So, things to do until Saturday:
buy lace and finish the garters
finish painting the stocking
glue roses onto the tail
finish the saddle (gold band missing)
pearls everywhere
glue/stitch satinribbon onto the shoes

as I said...details... XD

At the end of August I will attend a middle-earth festival and I am sewing elvish clothes. I want one fighter dress like Tauriel and one elf dress like Galadriel or Arwen.
Source: http://fav.me/d65d5i4

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/nerdybirdiewho/

Source: http://briellecostumes.typepad.com/briellesnotions/2011/06/arwen-dress-making-of-part-1-.html

I started with a vest for Tauriel and, as if I had the time, hand stitched a flower on it.



errrm, it looks a bit weird because I used crocheting yarn as I didn't have stitching yard at home (except for a butt load of different pink tones). But at least you can see that it is a flower? XD
Apart from the flower, I didn't really start yet. And my Connichi cosplays are piling up too. So I have to finish this project ASAP!

Aurîs