12 August 2014

Cosplays I want do in the future...maybe

I admit, my process for choosing which cosplay to do next is extremely subject to momentary whims, rather than actual planning.  I have been told that my life would be a lot easier if I planned ahead, but there is absolutely no fun in that.  All too often, anyway, I do the exact opposite of what I am told or what I tell myself to do just because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

My point is that I have a lot of projects that I'd love to do.  Maybe I'll get around to them sometime, but 72% says I probably won't.  Whatever.  I can still keep a list.  This way at least next time I need a project I can print out all these pictures and tack them to a dartboard.  I tell you, this is the easiest way to make choices!

For those who follow my Facebook, no, my upcoming "mystery project" is not listed here.  Until my supplies arrive in the mail, I'd like to keep her under wraps.

Okay, so here are the cosplays I'd like to do sometime.  This list doesn't include costumes or other miscellaneous clothing I want to do, that would be another list entirely and I wouldn't even know where to start.

These are listed in no particular order.

Next time I'll have a cosplay progress post for you, I promise!

1.  Ulquiorra Schiffer (Bleach)
I made his katana a long time ago, and a terrible attempt at his coat back when I didn't really know how to sew.  But he's still on my list--I enjoy his nondiscriminatory nihilism.  Yay for villains.

2.  Sephiria Arks (Black Cat)
This is from back in the day when my friend and I wanted to do a Black Cat group.  I've still got part of Sephiria's coat made from some crappy purple bottomweight.  Anyway, I love swordswomen.

3.  Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)
I really want to make that uniform, and Riza won't take your shit, Roy Mustang.  No miniskirts here!

4.  Momo (Ballad of a Shinigami)
Characters with white hair are among my favourite to cosplay, though I'd be hard put to say why beyond the obvious aesthetic.  Maybe it's because they tend to be so mysterious, and Momo certainly is.  She seems to have lost her memories from before her death and subsequent induction in the ranks of the Shinigami, so what are her origins?  There's no English translation past the first two novels, so we'll probably never know.

5.  Ran (Texhnolyze)
Ran is the last ray of innocence and hope in a society on the brink of destruction.  Her story is one of the few that makes me sad enough to actually cry--though for her there was, unfortunately, no way she was going to have a happy ending.  Ran's not likely to happen anytime soon because she's so obscure.

6.  Delenn (Babylon 5)
I actually kind of like Commander Ivanova better, but I'm more interested in making Delenn's garments and prosthetics.  We can file this under 99% not gonna happen, though, because I have neither the experience nor the time to make the prosthetic.

7.  Galatea (Claymore)
She's been on my wishlist for years.  I once even tried making her armor out of cardboard!  It sucked, though, and just recently I cleaned the last pieces of it out from under my bed.  Galatea requires a considerable amount more thought and experience than I have at the moment.

8.  Sansa Stark's "entering the Game" dress (Game of Thrones)
This was the moment I've been waiting for.  I bet Sansa's got some badassery ahead of her now...I'd like to think think she's going to kill a certain someone.  The feathers on the bosom of this dress are beautiful--I'd love to try my hand at those.

9.  Allen Shezar (Vision of Escaflowne)
I, er, really like long-haired guys.  Allen's a bit too chivalrous at first, but I like him more and more as the series progresses.

10.  The Third Doctor (Doctor Who Classic)
In terms of Doctors I'd like to cosplay, Jon Pertwee's version is at the top of my list.  I love that velvet jacket.  Plus I love his Doctor's combination of silly and classy.

11.  Lord Darcia (Wolf's Rain)
Chances are good I'll do this one within the next few years.  Darcia get's a lot of haters, but to me he's very human despite being some weird alien-creature-thing.  I'd like to think he's in a better place now.

12.  Alicia (Aria the Natural)
I love the childlike naivete of this particular series.  It never takes itself too seriously, but there's still wonderful character development.  Alicia's extremly comfortable with herself and one of the top professional gondoliers.

13.  Nakiami (Xam'd)
I'm adding Nakiami to this list on a whim since I just finished Xam'd two days ago.  She's very much like Miyazaki's Nausicaa, another one my favourite characters who is also a badass woman.

14.  Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)
Explanation is not necessary...is it?

15.  Princess Kushana (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind)
This is the manga version of Kushana, not the film version.  They are very different, and if you've never read the mange, I highly recommend doing so.  Manga-version Kushana is a revolutionary and an integral part of Nausicaa's journey to the Crypt of Shuwa.  There's a lot here that I don't know how to do yet--but someday I'll try it.

16.  Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
Besides my desire to try a skintight costume sometime, Motoko's a beautiful, strong, android soldier.

01 August 2014

Howl Jenkins Photo Gallery

Based on Howl Jenkins from Hayao Miyazaki's film Howl's Moving Castle, this is the very first outfit that Howl appeared wearing.  This is a fun, non-competition cosplay...though I put about as much work into it as I usually put into a competition cosplay.  Howl was a lot more complicated than I thought he would be.

Coat and shirt are completely handmade.  The coat is quilted together out of pieces of faux pink "silk".  Both colours are the exact same fabric, I simply dyed the purple pieces to the right shade.  The shirt is made stylistically like a poet's shirt and it features a neck ruffle and hand-stitched eyelets to facilitate lacing at the cuffs and collar.

There ended up being a bit of pucker along the front hems of the overcoat, though in retrospect this should have been easy to prevent.  Fortunately I was able to stabilize it with the stiff gold trim, but I'll look out for this kind of thing in the future.
**EDIT 25 January 2015** I took apart the right front of the coat and redid the piping and trim.  With all that done, both sides of the coat hang nice and flat with no sign of pucker.  Well, let's just call this a learning experience!

I elected not to make the pants because I had a vintage pair that worked perfectly.

Howl's jewelry is all handmade by me except for the ring, which I ordered off of Etsy.

Progress posts can be found here:
Part 1
(Part 2 coming soon!)