Monthly Archives: January 2016

Photoset: Shallotte Elminus, Atelier Shallie

2016 has kicked off nicely with a little shoot for my most recent costume, Shallotte “Shallie” Elminus from Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea! I started working on Shallotte in November and really wanted to do a good job on her – Atelier designs are jam packed with little details, and I wanted to capture them all.

Admittedly because of time there’s a few things missing from these photos – most notably is the book from the back of the belt (shhhh), details on the socks and shoes, and the broom. They’ll all be added in due time and other parts will be tweaked too, but I think even without these pieces the costume still looks pretty neat so far!

Photos by Felixize

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Learning to.. Care Less?

Excuse the musings. I’ve written about this here before, but over the past year or so I’ve been really working on my patience when working on costumes. Contrary to what people tell me and give me praise for, I’m not very skilled at all. When I rush it’s very noticeable so I wanted to find a happy medium where I can work on things at my own pace, make things to a great standard and most importantly, be happy with the result.

Now, I’ve had issues in my own life and with my health that have made this more difficult, but I think at long last I’m at a stage where most of the costumes I make are much better quality and are actually things I’m excited to rewear, rather than something I’d like to shove in a closet and forget about.

So what changed? Well, I’ve been making my own costumes since 2009 and I’ve always been a little hothead who would get upset that things ‘weren’t done’ and rush everything, resulting in crappy costumes. I was also the sort who would attend every event ever with about 6 new costumes to each one, which was a big part of the problem. Making so many new things for every event and generally having no idea what I was actually making was my biggest issue – I’ve never really done any kind of tailoring or even sewing before in my life – so everything I do is self-taught, and I never stopped to learn what I needed to improve. I’d just work on things constantly and if they weren’t perfect I’d just have to deal with it.

That said, I don’t think it was a bad way to learn – it’s just been difficult to improve with this mindset, and I think if I had slowed down a bit or had taken a class I’d have been more patient from the start. I’ve always been the sort who’s managed to make something out of nothing (even if it has been sub-par a lot of the time) and it’s a bit of a testament to that.

So what have I learned? A lot actually. I tried to write it down in a nice comprehensive manner but bulletpoints deliver it better.

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Hello 2016!

2016 is here and a new year means new costumes! In 2015 I only completed 6 costumes;

2015

Most of my costumes this year were stupidly easy. Mahiru, Chikane, Anise and Genis were all made quickly and weren’t too challenging, or at least, weren’t super stressful to make. I also made Himeko to match Chikane for my babe Yuka Cosplay and we wore them together at Japan Expo in Paris!

Estelle was a big mistake for me and pretty stressful, but I won’t go into that here. Sakura was also a bit of a challenge, but I loved making her with PopcornKuma as Syaoran! We won a trip to AnimeCon with Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup which is pretty awesome and I can’t wait to take part in the finals. The biggest learning curve with costumes this year was making The Sword Card for Sakura, because I’m awful with props and it took me weeks of working on and off and really tested my patience!

I also started two more costumes, Ludger and Ramirez, but both were dropped. Ludger didn’t suit me very well at all and Ramirez was meant to be for ECG, but I chickened out before entering and dropped the project. I’m hoping to redo parts of both of them this year, but time will tell.

So what else awaits in 2016? Well, so far these are my costume plans! I’m not sure how many I’ll manage, but it’d be nice to at least get a few of them started.

2016

All of them are kind of moe, which is much closer to my comfort zone. A lot of them have been on my “to do” list for years, so it’ll be nice to finally get some of the smaller projects I’ve been shoving aside sorted this year. The characters are as follows;

🌟 Shallotte Elminus (Atelier Shallie)
🌟 Alisha Diphda (Tales of Zestiria) – “After Episode” and “Default” (remake)
🌟 Marth (Fire Emblem)
🌟 Umi Sonoda (Love Live!) – “Valentines Parade”
🌟 Mahoro Andou (Mahoromatic)
🌟 Taruto (Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto)
🌟 Shia (Pita-Ten)
🌟 Leon Magnus (Tales of Destiny)

For events I’m still unsure of what I’ll be attending; I’m hoping to make it to Dokomi (Germany) and I’ll definitely be at AnimeCon (Netherlands), but I’d also like to make it to Japan Expo (France), EGX (UK) and some local events too. It’s actually kind of nice not having many solid plans for once though – it means I don’t pressure myself to finish things as quickly, so I stress less when working. Yay!

Here’s to a productive and happy 2016 for us all!

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