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Happy New Year!
First and foremost, I am an affiliate now! If you are like me who loves reading manga, feel free to click the image below or check out the affiliate section in my side bar. It'll help me out a lot. Thank you Renta! for the opportunity.



As you can see, I've revamped my layout! It doesn't look all over the place now and the ads fit in seamlessly. I still have a lot of backlog posts to finish but I'm gradually working on it. I have a lot of tutorials and worklogs to post soon but I'm also trying to get back into writing essays and reviews.

Last year was a blur with  cosplays. I went out of my way and completed five new costumes which was quite a feat considering the limited amount of resources that I have to work with.


But I did finally fulfill one of my cosplay dreams to be Bishamonten from Noragami after over two years of entertaining the idea. I am so proud of it.

Photo by: Happy Clicks PH

This year I'll be mellowing out and lessen the crafting for a bit, settling for about 2-3 new cosplays for now, depending on my time and budget.


I'm already making progress for my Aqua and it's going quite well so far!


I also started getting hooked on Identity V. It's NetEase's first survival horror game with a gothic art style, mysterious storylines and an exciting 1 vs 4 gameplay.


I don't play much games so it's basically my only go-to on free times or when I got too fed up with crafting lol. But I am in love with their overall aesthetic, interesting backstories and fun gameplays even if they do get confusing sometimes.

Feel free to add me! My ID is 17453968, username Bianchii. I lose a lot though but I'm trying my best.

My third tentative cosplay for this year is probably one of the characters from the game. Maybe the doctor or the priestess. It's very outside of my comfort zone (yarn hair, button eyes...how do I even...?) but I'm always up for a challenge when it comes to crafting.
Looking forward to what this year will bring me.
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It's been long overdue but we're finally on the final part of this worklog! It wasn't easy, everything looks so complex and advance I couldn't even imagine how I'm going to go through with this but I did it and it turned out great! This project has been my favorite so far and I'm really proud of it.

Yang Xiao Long Prosthetic Arm Tutorial >>
Boot cover tutorial >>

The most difficult part was drafting the patterns. There was a lot going on in the entire costume and for a long time I was stuck just trying to figure out which part goes where, how to draft the patterns and what materials to use.

After three attempts, I was finally happy with my drafts.

so messy, just like my life

When transferring drafts into pattern, I used a few old patterns that are close to the structure of my draft as a guide to build my pattern from.

For Yang's jacket I used a generic bodice pattern for the overall base structure and my previous Yang patterns for the length and dart placements since they're basically the same.

just some generic bodice pattern

It's kind of hard to explain how I drafted the patterns without some visual guide but here are some video notes I took while constructing them.

(Click full screen to see better)

right panel

left panel

Note: I said right but it's for the left side of the body. It's because of the reference photos. Please make sure you always double check if you're making one yourself.

armhole/shoulder

I apologize if it's a little incoherent, this was suppose to be notes for myself for when I write this worklog but I figure it's better than my nonsensical writing. I hope it still makes sense.


The back panel was simpler. I just traced one of the front panels, get its center line and eyeballed the triangular slit in the middle.

right, left and half of the back panel test pattern

I wasn't very much confident with my patterns yet so I tested them out first on a cheaper fabric. After I'm satisfied with the fit, I adjusted some darts and added them to my patterns. I used a princess seam that goes from the shoulder all the way to the bottom because it's the closest to what it looks like on the pattern.


For the sleeves, I also used the generic pattern that comes with the generic bodice pattern but since I extended 2cm from the shoulder of the armhole area, I lowered the tip of the curve by 2cm and readjusted the curve. I wasn't exactly sure if it's going to work so I did more tests and readjustments until I got the fit right. It's just eyeballing so I don't have anything much to tell on how I constructed it.

The hip capes and the belt flaps are basically just long rectangles and trapezoids respectively.

The belt flaps are asymmetrical from each other. The right side only has one while the left is made up of two and folded in half for the belt to go under it. The width should be less than half the circumference of my hips but greater than the width of the hip cape.

sleeve, half back and belt flap patterns

hip cape width measurement

The hip capes should have the same width as the bottom half of the jacket piece and length that reaches a little bit below the calf. It also has that diagonal seam detail along the center so I just cut the pattern the same way.


Once I'm done and satisfied with the patterns, it's time to transfer them to the actual fabric. I also cut another similar set for the lining. With the way the entire costume is designed, it's important to add lining since a lot of parts can be seen on both sides and we wouldn't want those extra seams and frayed edges to show. There are a lot of examples online on how to add the lining so I'm not going to elaborate on that part since it's going to be a lot of that here.

The jacket has an asymmetrical look so always make sure you're cutting on the right side and/or using the right color of fabric.


I used a separating zipper for the opening then sewed the rest of the pieces together and added the lining for a cleaner finish.


test fit

For the sleeves, I added the strip details first along the center before attaching them to the main piece.




For the cuffs on the sleeves, I used the same method as this tutorial.

Initially, I used the shoulder part of my pattern as a base guide for the shoulder detail but when I tried to attach it, it was too short. It might be because of the bulk of the layers of fabric. 


So I had to redo the pattern and this time I had to use the actual jacket as a base guide for better accuracy.


I transferred the final pattern to the the fabric and added the lining.


Then I attached the piece around the shoulder area and sewed as close to edge as I can.so it blends with the rest of outfit rather than looking like another layer.


The belt flaps and hip capes are also lined (orange for the capes) and finished with a gold trim biased edge except for the top sides of the hip capes.

I also made the hip capes detachable just like in the series and added a few snap buttons so the cape can attach itself to the inner side of the jacket.


To get that uneven layer look on the folded belt flap, I only have to change the fold to a perpendicular direction and adjusted a bit so the back is longer then ran a few hand stitches on the corner to keep in place.


butt check lol

For the neck piece, I used a long strip of paper around my neck to measure how big the circumference I should go and how high along the neck it should be.

Then I made three strips from the final pattern. 

The brown strip is interfaced and extended slightly to accommodate the Velcro for the opening. The orange strip is a tube that can be inserted (and removed if it's out for washing) with a 2mm thick craft foam for that added volume. 


I also added snaps so that I can attach them together to avoid them jostling against each other when worn. The orange piece is placed slightly higher so that it peeks enough just right above the brown piece.


The last strip which I'll be calling a mini belt is about 1/3 the width (or just enough to fit whatever buckle you have) and a few cm longer than the rest of the strips. I added some sort of belt loops around the brown strip for the mini belt to go through. To keep it in place, I sewed the area near the buckle to the brown strip.

And finally to keep the neck piece poised in place even if I move around a lot, I sewed some strips on the jacket (keeping the stitches on the lining so that it wouldn't be visible on the outer side) with snaps on the other end that connects to the snaps on the inner brown piece.


And lastly, some button details for the jacket, belt and belt flaps and the outfit is done! I just bought a plain orange sports bra for the inner top and a pair of fitted black pants. I also decided to forgo those cuff thingies on her wrist (what do you call those?) since I'm wearing a full Ember Celica but I might make one in the future.

ta-da! I love how sturdy the neck piece looks

Might schedule a photoshoot with a friend as soon as I get a better wig but here's a little preview of the entire cosplay worn for the meantime:


You can check out the arm and boot cover tutorial from the links posted on top.

I know this worklog is all over the place so feel free to ask any questions if it's too confusing and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Peace out! xx

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Humans have always been been drawn to the occult. Whether out of fear or fascination, it has become an integral part of our culture. What does it feels like to walk among the creatures of the night?

World of Darkness is a fictional setting for a supernatural horror themed role-playing game that captured millions of audiences worldwide because of its unique take on the classic tabletop role-playing game. World of Darkness: The Documentary is an 88-minute film that showcases the rise and fall of one of the most popular role-playing game that ever graced the tabletop community.



The film starts off by giving us a glimpse of how the universe within the World of Darkness works. The community, its people and the lore that ties them all together. It's not just a game, there is also an art in the way they tell their story.

The documentary further explores what goes on beyond the game. We see how it all began, their inspirations and how it influenced and shaped aspects of our pop culture. From exclusive insights of the original creators and founders as well as inputs of long-time fans and players of the games to glamorous LARP events, elaborate storytelling and gorgeous artworks that inspired various books and films. No wonder it left such a huge impact even up to this day.


Aside from the beauty and excitement, they also discussed the nitty gritty and struggles the creators had to go through in order to make the games a continuous success. The reduction of sales, legal battles, explosion of vampires, werewolves and the likes in media and generally just keeping up with the changing times.

Overall it's an interesting journey to follow along. The narrative is clear and straight to the point with no dull moments. The documentary focuses more on the stories that revolve around the game and its message rather than the game itself so there won't be much in-game action. I am no expert when it comes to RPGs but coming from someone who has an avid fascination with the creatures of the night and whose creative influences comes from the gothic subculture, the thrill of having to live out your fantasy is what makes the World of Darkness truly great.


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I'm back again with another boot cover DIY tutorial and this has been my favorite so far out of all the boot covers I've made because I've incorporated a lot of stuff I learned from my previous boot covers and the result exceeded my expectations. There were a couple of fitting problems and wayward stitches along the way but that was just me being sloppy due to con crunch lol.

So, yeah. This is part two of my Yang Xiao Long post-timeskip worklog series.

(Part 1)

Materials:
  • Fabric
    • I basically just used two colors of non-stretch fabric here. Leather types would probably be well-suited for this and you wouldn't need to interface but my sewing machine wouldn't be able to handle it so I had to improvise. Work with whatever is easier for you.
    • Don't forget to have enough to include the lining
  • Interfacing (if you're using a normal fabric like i do)
  • 2 Metal zippers
    • For the zipper detail on the front... or if you can find exactly huge ones like those from the reference.
  • 2 hidden zippers (can at least reach from ankle to calf length)
    • Metal rings
      • At least 1" in radius
      • A pair of heeled, close-toed shoe for the base
        • I find making boot covers on a pair of high-heeled shoes easier because of the wider shin-feet angle
      • Cling wrap
      • Masking/Duct tape
      • Pattern paper


      To sketch out the patterns, first get the basic boot structure by using the good-ol' cling wrap-tape method to get your feet mold.

      Wear the base shoe first before covering the entire required area (including the bottom of the shoe) with cling wrap and masking tape.

      Leave the heels area open.


      The pattern will be divided into three major parts: The bottom (the shoe sole shape), the left half and the right half. Using the main reference as guide, sketch the extra pattern lines. Make sure the parts are labeled to avoid confusion.


      (It's easier if you have a friend to help you with this.)

      Once that is done, cut the pieces out and trace them on pattern paper.


      Since the boots isn't exactly suppose to be form-fitting, I've also added about an extra quarter inch allowance (different from the seam allowance) on each side of the side patterns. But on the toe side, it tapers down to meet the pointed corner because that part connects to the bottom pattern piece.


      Transfer the final patterns to the main fabric. Add seam allowance before cutting. Make sure you take note which is for the left and for the right.

      Sew the pieces together and topstitch to flatten the seams. Leave the back part open for now.

      Do the same thing for the lining.


      For the front zipper detail, cut away a narrow strip about an eighth of an inch wide by 4-5 inches long from the upper front center of the main piece. Fold the raw edges inward and install the zipper.

      (I also carefully cut a really small notch on each corner so that it can be folded inwards more easily. Be careful of fraying though, the gap might unnecessarily widen)


      Next, transfer the patterns on the interfacing as well but don't add any seam allowance.


      Sew the interfacing on the lining that's facing the wrong side of the main piece so that it will be sandwiched in between.

      it looks wonky for now

      Sew the main piece and the lining together.

      First I sew the top side together with right sides facing each other then flipped them inside out. Once I properly aligned the two pieces together, I ran a topstitch all around the edge so that the pieces to keep it in place.

      should look something like this now

      Do the same thing for the bottom piece. The interfacing should be sandwiched between the lining and the main piece.

      Next, sew the back piece close and attach the hidden zipper. It should be opening from the bottom.


      Finally with the bootcover inside out, attach the bottom piece. Cut away excessive fabric as much as you can to avoid bunching but make sure you leave enough seam allowance to keep fraying hems away from ruining your stitches. You can use an overlock machine or a zigzag stitch for a cleaner finish.

      Next is the detail on the toe front which looks like a type of metal toe guard but I'll be using fabric on this one as well since it's easier to put together pieces of the same material. For this, I'll be using the reverse side of a gold-colored satin fabric. It's a technique I learned from my old dressmaker if you just want a cheaper fabric with a soft sheen that doesn't look ugly on cameras.

      Haven't had the chance to take photos of the progress since I was in a crunch but basically I used the bootcover pattern as guide to sketch the detail.


      Get your fabric, fold it in two and trace the pattern on top of it. Add seam allowance and cut. Sew around the marked edge but leave one of the shorter side open so that you can turn it right side out after. Make sure you cut small notches on the corners to avoid bulking in that area. Turn the entire thing right side out and insert an interfacing for extra structure.  Fold the opening's seam allowance inwards and sew it shut.

      For its other half, do the exact same thing but make sure the pattern is flipped horizontally.

      And finally, repeat the same process for the other half of the pair.


      For the ankle strap piece, measure the ankle area circumference first and divide by two. Extend the length by at least 3cm each on both sides.

      Make the straps by folding the fabric in half with the right side inwards and sewing about 3cm away from the folded edge. Once you're done, open up and flatten the seams with flat iron before turning it right side out. Add interfacing inside for structure. You'll be needing about four of this.

      Attach the strips on the rings and sew. Make sure you can slip your foot in and out of it so it doesn't get on the way while wearing the bootcover.


      Next make those little straps that goes under the heels that will keep the rings in place. For this part I just folded the required length of bias tape in half lengthwise and sewed in place.


      For the set of straps to be removable, sew one end on the ring (facing the open space) and add a pair of snaps to the other (facing the other foot).

      forgive my crude illustration lol



      That's about it. It's tedious but fairly easy once you figure everything out.

      I hope I've explained the process properly but feel free to comment any questions regarding the tutorial and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :)
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      Taking a little bit of detour from my DIY tutorials series because my scheduling has already been out of whack anyway so might as well write some cosplay life update while I still have a little bit of that post-con high/hangover.

      After years of planning and clearing most conflicts out of the way, my friend and I have finally managed to schedule another out-of-town convention trip like we used to do two years ago. This time, we decided to attend AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018 Day 2.

      Unfortunately, even with months of planning, some things just doesn't go the way we want it to.

      Just a few days before our scheduled trip, my friend Chloe who's always with me on these trips had to bail out at the last minute because her work leave was rejected due to an important event happening right on the same day where her presence is required. We tried to come up with other ways that she can get out of that situation but it was a futile attempt, the job had to come first and we can't argue with that.


      So I was left to travel alone to a city I barely know.

      It was also a Friday so Leddy, the friend we're visiting in Manila who usually fetches us from the airport, couldn't get out of work do it.

      My anxiety levels was thrown out of whack.


      On the brighter side, I had another friend Dan who's also coming to Manila to join us for APCC. His flight is hours later than mine though so I had to wait at the airport for hours where I constantly keep dozing off because I haven't had any decent sleep for a week.

      stuck in the charging station

      After a few delays, we finally met up. We made a quick stop to a service center to get his laptop repaired and then had lunch where I OD-ed myself in caffeine before checking in at the hotel where we'll be staying for the entire weekend


      10/10 would probably book here again next year

      Friday was basically just a whirlwind of adventure. we had a lot of dinner plans but then it started raining plus the after-work rush hour traffic, we couldn't get any cab to take us to our destination. We had no choice but to walk. We would have cancelled the plans but the person we're meeting up was already on the venue. Leddy couldn't make it either because she was a little bit farther and very stuck in traffic.

      Originally there were suppose to be six of us but unforeseen circumstances happened and we're cut down to half. We just ended up eating at the very first available fast-food restaurant we saw. Still, it was nice catching up, just randomly talking about stuff over a meal.

      It was really late when we got back in the hotel and I still have some last-minute details to attach to my costume.


      But I am so tired and done at this point I just ended up gluing the rest with fabric glue.


      Finally, my friend got out of traffic and arrived at the hotel a few minutes later. She's going to be staying over since Chloe couldn't make it and there's an extra space.

      And we can go to the event together the following day.


      It took us quite a while to get to the event because of the traffic but it gave me an opportunity to catch some snooze time that I actually feel refreshed by the time we arrived at the convention hall a little bit past noon.


      We also had another friend, Nina, coming with us, but she's also still stuck in traffic and will arrive a little later. Thankfully, the ticket line wasn't long so we didn't wait much.

      After settling our tickets and getting our passes, we went out and saw this amazing BnHA cosplay gathering.


      Every time a new cosplayer joins the group, they would clap & cheer. It was such an amazing experience just being there and seeing all of it happen.

      A post shared by Bianca Isabel (@fujo_trash) on Jul 28, 2018 at 8:22am PDT

      Leon Chiro, one of the guest cosplayer on that event also joined the group as the one and only, All Might.

      A post shared by Bianca Isabel (@fujo_trash) on Jul 28, 2018 at 10:22pm PDT

      We spotted him on the escalator going up to where the group gathering are just as we are going down. A few minutes later we heard very loud cheering from the group above. It was really exhilarating and heart-warming.


      While waiting for Nina, we would spend a lot of time fooling around the upper floor or roaming the artist's alley for some merch and prints.


      And then we saw some cosplayers waving this flag around and asked if we can borrow it.


      Thank you so much for letting is have a little bit of moment with the flag. It was such an awesome moment for me.

      someday I'm gonna get one of these babies once I save enough

      Spotted these amazing cosplayers cosplaying my Garisson babies form Voltron


      Then we finally get to meet up with Nina! She was always busy with work every time we drop by Manila so we couldn't see her even if we wanted to but that's not the case now and I'm so happy we finally have the chance to hang out.

      The rest of the day was spent looking around the Netflix hall which was really fun because their exhibits are cool and interactive.


      lol I blend really well
      I really love the Stranger Things booth because we get to draw some doodles and then they'll post it on the walls the same way they do in the series!


      "Will....? Wiiiiiiiiiiiill???!!"
      (You can actually hear Will speak on the phone)

      \m/ Aggretsuko!!! \m/

      I still have yet to watch the series but based on the clips I've seen, i think it's pretty awesome. Better get a pic with her while I still can hohoo~


      There was also Riverdale but I didn't get to explore much because it was really crowded and I didn't care much because I don't really feel like seeing the show.


      Then there was this dude who is giving away stuff like baller bands and paper bags for upcoming series promotions but he also gives away free mugs when he likes your cosplay and I got one!


      After a while, we decided to get back to the upper floor where there are lesser people so that we can sit down and relax after an afternoon of walking.

      Some time later, the weather outside started getting bad so we were contemplating going back early or else we will risk getting stranded for hours hailing a cab. But since some of us were so tired, we decided to stay a little bit longer for more rest time while the others went back to the artist's alley to buy more merch.

      Best decision we've made so far.



      A few moments later, these fellas randomly stormed in and started play-fighting with lightsabers. Everyone just stopped whatever they were doing and watched. It was the second highlight of my day, right next to the BnHA group cosplay meetup.


      When the T-rex group started to disperse, we decided it's also about time we take our leave and grab some dinner before going home.

      Fortunately, it didn't take us long to get a cab but the trip back to the hotel still took a while so I fell asleep in the cab again.

      By the time we got back to the hotel, I was sporting a mini headache so I decided to just chill in the room and clean myself up while my friends went out for some beers.


      Most of my pocket money was spent on cabs and pumping my blood stream with caffeine so I didn't buy much. Just a few prints and stickers from my current fandom, a bookmark, a smol Shiro pin and some cat stickers. The mug, baller band, poster and paper bag are the free stuff I got from the Netflix hall!

      I had a really great time and I feel like attending again next year.

      last photo before parting ways with leddy :(

      We had an early morning flight the next day so I really should be turning in early but the packing and cleaning took way too much time and I ended up getting barely enough hours of sleep.

      I basically just slept the entire plane ride back to my city.

      Despite the short amount of time, we had a great time just being nerds together and catching up on life over fast-food dinners.
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      This is my first time making a prosthetic type of prop in cosplay so the entire process is a little bit of a trial and error for me. There are a lot of things I could have changed to make it better but I am still very pleased with how it turned out.

      This will be the start of my Yang Xiao Long Post-Timeskip cosplay worklog series. I'll be posting the entire costume worklog soon.

      I also did Yang's first version cosplay. You can check out my complete worklog here.

      Materials:
      • Pattern paper (or any paper you can use to draw patterns)
      • Form-fitting gloves (or you can make one yourself with a black stretch fabric)
      • Cling wrap
      • Masking/Duct tape
      • 2mm Rubber Sheet/Craft foam (we mostly call it rubber sheets here so I'm going with that term)
      • Super Glue
      • Crack filler/Sealant
      • Primer (I used wood glue mixed with water in 1:1/8 glue-water ratio)
      • Spray Paint (or whatever you prefer)
        • Metallic Gray (I know I used black here which was a mistake. I didn't double check my references when I went buying for materials)
        • Yellow
      • Velcro
      • 0.5 cm elastic garter

      The Arm


      Using the reference, I tried sketching out the arm prosthetic first. By drawing it, I'd be able to understand the shapes that makes up the entire thing and makes it easier for me to design the patterns.


      Starting first with the arm area, I came up with four main patterns:
      • Pattern A - upper arm (I didn't revise the sketch here but the upper part of this pattern should be pointed)
      • Pattern B - elbow
      • Pattern C - Lower arm outer plate (the yellow part)
      • Pattern D - Lower arm inner plate (the metallic gray part)

      Starting with the lower arm piece, I used the cling wrap - tape method to get the base shape of my arm. To those who are not familiar with this technique, you first wrap a body part you wanted to pattern from with cling wrap and then cover it with duct tape. This will serve as a base where you can draw patterns that conforms to your size. (for a better picture)

      I used masking tape here and although it still works, duct tape would probably be a better material for cover as the former loses its stickiness when you move around a lot.


      Once I covered my entire arm, I divided the piece into two sides: left and right by drawing a line on the half of the top and another on the half of the bottom side.

      I hope I made a clear picture

      Then I carefully cut on one of the lines to dislodge the pattern off my arm and sealed the opening again with more masking tape and redraw the line.

      Now I have a base to sketch my pattern.

      img5: half of the outer plate pattern

      Since the pattern pieces on the arm is symmetrical, I only need to draw one half of the pattern and just mirror the other side when I transfer it on paper. On one side, I'll be drawing the outer plate pattern and the inner plate pattern for the other side.

      I didn't cut the base pattern in half yet before I'm done with the pattern sketch because I wanted to use each side as a reference to each other.


      The dip in pattern D should be deeper than Pattern C. Pattern D covers the entire arm while pattern C is just a tad bit wider than half of pattern D's width.

      img7: half of the inner plate pattern
      The third piece(largest cut) should be the fold center once you transfer it on paper

      Pattern D is divided into five parts to accommodate the curve of the arm. But it depends on how many parts you want. The more parts, the more it will conform to your arm shape.

      I also drew marks on the cutting line as a guide when I glue them together so the parts will connect in the right places.

      Once I'm satisfied with my patterns, I traced the drafts on pattern paper, and labeled them properly to avoid confusion. I also cleaned the curved edges with a french curve.


      Then I transferred the final pattern to the 2mm rubber sheets and again making sure the pieces are marked properly including the guide lines on the edge for gluing.

      I lost my progress a bit in this part because I forgot and accidentally closed the opening for the inner plate and my hand couldn't get through. I tried to cut a notch on the narrower opening but it just wouldn't work without making the notch really big and obvious so I had to redo the entire thing.

      my hand still couldn't get through with a notch as wide as this

      The lower arm pieces are primed and painted separately first and then added in the velcros before gluing the outer plate to the inner plate.


      The Hand

      First of all, my mistake here is that I should have done the gloves first so that I can pattern the hand pieces over it. The pieces fit perfectly on my naked fingers but over the gloves it was too tight and cutting off circulation. With so many pieces, it was exhausting to start all over again so I carefully used flame heat (because I'm too poor for a heat gun lol) to stretch the pieces a little bit wider. It was still a really tight fit but at least my fingers can breath properly now.

      With that out of the way, I made the patterns for my hand the same way: with cling wrap and masking tape. For this I used my left hand instead of the right because it was easier, I just have to flip the pattern drafts later.

      I didn't cover my entire hand, I used the reference as guide to only cover the parts that are needed.


      Then I sketched the pattern with a marker. I marked the seams and lines where to cut and made sure the parts are properly labeled in order.


      While drawing the patterns, I also keep on flexing my fingers every once in a while to make sure I didn't cover the joints area so that I can still have my finger movements when I put the finished product on.


      After that is done, I carefully cut the pieces off my hand and transferred the patterns on paper.

      don't forget to flip the final pattern if you used your left hand as base

      For the fingertip-dome part(I don't know how to call it), it took me quite a while to figure out how I'm going to shape the dome. In the end I decided to just cut the base piece in half sideways and marked three notches (one on top and one for each side) on the curved edge of both sides (see img15 below).

      After that is done, I traced the sample on paper. Then from the corner point of the notches, extend the line until the flat edge. These will be my cutting lines.

      img15: I cleaned up the curved edges with a french curve

      Each side consists of four pattern pieces so one fingertip would have eight in total.

      Make sure each piece was labeled every pattern transfer

      Then I cut the pattern out and transferred them to rubber sheets. It was a very tedious process but it's the best with what I got. lol.


      I used superglue to connect the pieces together. I didn't exactly have to patience to wait with contact cement considering the amount of parts I had to deal with.

      The dome piece was a little tough to put together but a little heat helped me make it pliant and easy to work on.

      Testing... 

      img19: All the dome pieces

      For the palm area, the piece will cover both the palm and the back hand. There are two pieces glued together on the sides except the area below the thumb hole part(see img19). It needs to be open so that my hand can slide in and out easily. I used velcro the same way I did with the lower arm piece to keep it closed.


      I cleaned the seams with sealant/filler and sandpaper to smooth the surface out.

      test with gloves on

      I forgot to take progress photos on this part but for the raised details on the back hand and lower arm, I just made a copy of the base pattern and drew the inner pattern on it so that i have a reference on size and placement. Then I transferred the final pattern to rubber sheet.

      these details

      Once the details are glued in place, I rounded out the straight edges a little bit with sandpaper for a smoother finish.

      test fit

      Elbow & upper arm piece

      For the elbow and upper arm piece, I also used the cling wrap method. I slightly bent my arm so I can use the curve of my elbow as base and extended the coverage until the upper arm area.


      I used the lower arm piece as reference to make sure the elbow piece fits nicely within its wedge and marked its position so that I have a guide to sketch my pattern.


      Then I sketch the the elbow and the upper arm patterns simultaneously because they have to match in size and placement.


      To form the dome-ish shape of the elbow piece, I divided the pattern into four parts so that I can lay the pieces flat for tracing and then marked the edges where the parts would meet.


      Next I made two patterns for the upper arm part. One is for the main pattern, the second one the template guide for the inner yellow area.

      Both ends will be glued together to form a cylinder.


      Priming & painting

      After the structure are done, I primed everything in three layers of wood glue and painted accordingly.


      Then I added the final details after the paint is completely dried.

      Assembly

      Next I connected the pieces using 0.5cm black elastic garter and super glue. I didn't want to permanently put all the pieces together as one because I wanted it collapsible for easy storage/packing so I decided to put them into groups.

      First, the finger pieces are connected with elastic on the inner palm part. Since I'm wearing black gloves underneath, the elastic will camouflage perfectly and can be barely seen.


      I've also connected the elbow and the lower arm piece with two strips of elastic.

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      I am running late on my updates. It's been hectic recently that I realized I haven't updated this page for a quite a while. I have three consecutive cosplay projects lined up two of which are already in the works and over halfway done so hopefully this page will be running on tutorials and worklogs again soon.


      Last February I had the honor of being a part again of my org's annual IGP project: Nigatsu Cosplay Café. This year has been ground-breaking for us because we've managed to secure a bigger venue out of the university and into the city. It's still the same café that we've been in partnership with for years but just on another branch. We also had a scheduled program each session, customer interaction, fun games and activities. It's the best one we had so far for the past seven years. I am so proud of my kohais.


      Photoshoot preparation >>
      Seifuku worklog/tutorial >>
      Nigatsu Cosplay Café 2017 >>

      Session break time

      The event is divided into four sessions, one and a half hours each and lasted for a whole day. Every session had at least an hour to an hour and a half of break to rest, clean up and retouch for the next session.


      Every session had games where any customer can participate and win prizes. We had this one game where you guess which anime a song is from. It's fun watching contestants guess and the audience trying to coach/help.



      A post shared by Bianca Isabel (@fujo_trash) on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:47pm PST

      The first session was calm and slow because it's morning but the rest has been jam-packed that we keep running out of tables and seats. But it's a good rush and we're happy that many people came and supported our event.


      I got roped into joining a dare game #sos

      The program includes various talks about random otaku stuff, some anime dance-along (we get to make our customers dance to some anime songs lol) and plenty of intermission numbers from the staff to keep the customers entertained while they wait for their food.

      yyeah we made them dance lol

      Never a dull moment with this org


      It's also nice because most people who attended are part of this community of sub-culture nerds so everyone sort of knows everyone and the interactions are really good.



      We've literally taken over the café and the only thing the actual café staff has to do is prepare the food. I truly appreciate the level of trust the owner has bestowed upon us.


      This year, our theme is "Bunkasai" so we also encouraged our customers to go in school-uniform dress-up/cosplay to get the full experience.



      We've also set up a merch/exhibit outside where local artists can sell their stuff. We have Azrael SantiChloe Havengaarde, and Preshy.




      We also had prints! For anyone interested and first two free for top-tiered customers (a.k.a. VIP). Photos shot by JM See.



      One thing that I look forward the most every year in this event is the opportunity to be reunited again with my fellow org. alumni some of whom I haven't seen in years due to various understandable reasons.


      It's nice to just to revert back a little bit, relax and talk about good old collage days. Fanfiction.net, mangatraders, KHR, Kuroshitsuji, aarinfantasy, watching animes from pirated dvds... gosh I'm getting sentimental.





      I love this organization so much. It's grown a lot since I graduated. Me and my friends are the one who started this Cosplay Café gig back in 2011 and it means so much to me to see it flourish and grow every year. I will continue to support this event for as long as I can.

      I'm also happy and thankful for all the people who contributed and supported this event. Till next year!


      Photo Credits: src 1 | src 2
      Special thanks to Café Diem SM Iloilo
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      Due to a flurry of happenings, I'm starting my 2018 a little bit late but I still have big plans for my cosplays this year. For the meantime, I'm starting off this year with something comfy and simple. Yukako Yamagishi from Jojo' Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable.


      The first moment I laid my eyes on Yukako, I knew I had to cosplay her. I love her character build up especially even more after she stopped being an antagonist and became a powerful ally to her beloved Koichi. Plus I wanted to try making a seifuku for a while now so I went for it.

      I had two different photoshoots with this cosplay. One last December 2017 and another one just this February 2018 for an event promotion. I'm going to merge both shoots in this post since there wasn't a lot of behind-the-scenes pics. But I did have tons of awesome finished photos from various amazing photographers.


      What I love about this cosplay is that there's no need for a wig as Yukako and I have similar hair structure. Although I did insert a few hair extensions for extra fullness.

      putting dem contacts

      For the first shoot, there were only three of us. Photographer Dan(Behindnothing) assisted by Chloe and then me.

      Since it was on a holiday break and we're all going home, we decided the photoshoot location to be somewhere near our hometown. Everything was a little impromptu, rainy and rushed (Chloe lives in another town so she had to leave earlier to catch a bus home) but we had a fun day.

      My contacts are darker than I expected but ah well
       it's a nice shade when hit by good lighting


      As for the actual shooting location, we decided to go at a local university since my Dan's parents work there and it was easy to ask for permission. It was also school break so the place was practically deserted save for some faculty members and caretakers.

      We managed to secure a classroom which was really awesome.

      With the awesome photographer who managed to secure this location for us

      #mood

      Yukako Yamagishi | JJBA Diamond is Unbreakable : Bunny Iinchou
      Photograpy: Behindnothing
      Assistant & bts shots: Chloe


      Photo by Chloe

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      Once a year the university organization that I was a part of (although I'm already an alumni, I still try to be an active member) will host a cosplay cafe event as an IGP(income generating project) and this shoot that I also got to be a part of, will be used as an event promotion. For this year, the theme was "Japanese Highschool Festival" so we all get to be in various anime school uniforms.

      src

      There were more people involved in this shoot. We had four cosplayers present and three photographers. The location where we did the photoshoot was also the same place where I did my Setsuka Heel cosplay shoot back in December 2016.

      getting ready...


      Happy with how I did my eye make-up on this one


      Since we shot in a cafe, we had to start early to avoid being in the way of customers but some people would still drop by because we did shoot on open hours after all. Fortunately we managed to wrap everything up long before the afternoon rush.

      (Also permissions were given to shoot in case anyone's wondering.)

      I aplogize for my poor phone cam quality

      lol Ram whut XD XD

      Ram | Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu : Yuna Lesca
      You Watanabe | Love Live! Sunshine!! : Keito
      Yoshiko Tsushima | Love Live! Sunshine!! : Erii-chii
      Yukako Yamagishi | JJBA Diamond is Unbreakable : Bunny Iinchou

      Photographers:

      << JM See >>



      Cosplay Cafe blog will be up soon.

      Content upload may slow down a bit since I've taken more hours working but I'll try not to stray longer than two months. For minor updates, you can keep up with me through my social media (see left sidebar for links)
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      Wrapping up my last cosplay of 2017 with something simple, Yukako Yamagishi from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable.

      There should be a lot of seifuku tutorials out there in the internet and I feel like there's a general conventional method in making it but I had a hard time following some of the tutorials I found online. I did find one really helpful seifuku tutorial that served as my starting point. However, it wasn't entirely complete so I used a basic bodice and sleeve tutorial as the main guide. You should really watch those videos first if you want to go through with this tutorial.

      Before anything else, this isn't the official method in making a seifuku. This is something I came up on my own based on the information I've gathered. There are many types of tutorials in making a seifuku out there and mine is just one of the many.

      With that said, let's proceed...

      I really thought I was gonna do some embroidering.
      Fortunately, I found alternative solutions lol

      First off, I used the bodice tutorial for the main structure of the top with the exceptions of the bust, waist and neck hole measurements.


      For the bust and waist, I followed the measurements from the seifuku tutorial which was chest width + 5in and chest width + 6in respectively.


      For the neck hole measurement, first I started with the basic bodice neck hole measurement to make sure my head fits right through. Then I measured from the collarbone down to my desired "V" length.


      For the collar, I traced the neck hole pattern and drew the collar around it. The front length is equal to the back length which is the vertical distance from the shoulder level to the tip of the "V".


      As for the bias details of the collar, since it in't just a simple bias, I first have to draft the pattern and position how it would look like on the collar. So I traced another collar pattern on a thin interfacing and drew the bias pattern on top of it.

      my bias pattern was about 1cm wide

      Then I cut off the pattern and divided it into three piece (the back and the two sides) so that it'll be easier to cover with fabric.

      make sure you'll be covering the right side

      Next I covered the interfacing with fabric. I used a quick running stitch to keep them in place instead of pins to avoid bunching. Then I cut small notches on curved parts so that I can fold the fabric towards the back easily and used fabric glue to keep it in place.


      Then I sewed them on the right side of the collar first before sewing the two collar pieces together.


      This is how it looked like after I finished with the main collar.


      Next is the collar lining which was also traced from the neck hole pattern and sewed the same way as the collar.


      Putting all the pieces together...


      Always test before proceeding to the next step.


      For the inside collar flap, I used the neck hole pattern again as a reference, drew the main pattern around it and kinda eyeballed how high I wanted it to be.


      I might have made mistakes in drafting the sleeves and the order in which I sew the pieces together. The part under the arms was a little short and maybe because I sewed the bias first before sewing the sleeves to the top so the bias didn't end up aligned properly at the ends. Fortunately, you can't really see it much unless you scrutinize so I won't really bother redoing.


      I don't even have any idea how to do the scarf. First I measured the back length of the collar for the scarf length and then the circumference of the neck hole pattern times two for the width. I sewed it the same way I did with the collar.

      However it didn't work the way I expected it to. When I tried it on, it was bunching too much underneath the collar and it still ended up being too short. I didn't have enough fabric left to redo so I just cut what I have in half lengthwise, sealed the raw edges and gathered it a bit until it's the same length as the shoulder seam underneath the collar where I sewed it in place. It still looks flimsy and lacks volume but it's a better improvement than my earlier version.


      For the sleeve patches, I just bought the closest one I can find because I can't embroider to save my life. Also I realized I brought two different patches so I had to get out again and buy a new one lol.


      Moving on to the skirt, it wasn't as complicated as the top. However, I did have a hard time trying to figure out what type of skirt Yukako was wearing. I've seen cosplays of her in peplum style or the pencil-knife pleated sort of type but I didn't really like those sort of skirts on me (also I can't make precise measurements on fitted garments) so I decided to make a box-pleated half circle skirt and top stitched about 3/8 of the length from the top.


      It consumed a lot of fabric. I used up exactly two meters just on this alone and took a really long time to finish pleating but it turned out to be my most favorite piece in this cosplay.

      I used running stitch instead of pins so that it'll be easier to iron out later

      When I'm unsure of my patterns, I always test it on a cheap fabric first. While I'm thankful that I got what I wanted on the first try, I still had mistakes on the actual fabric. But nothing too major, it still looked great and I'm quite proud with it.


      Full body look.
      The pleats are pinned for the meantime so it wouldn't be all over the place.

      I just finished doing a mini photoshoot of this cosplay with friends during the holidays. I'm excited for the final photos and I'll be writing a post about it soon.

      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
      ~Bunny Iinchou
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