Edea, er, Progress!

It hardly feels fair to call this progress when it’s quite a simple cosplay! Nonetheless, lately, I’ve been working on Thief Edea from Bravely Default. I chose this cosplay partly because I had limited time to make something before EGX.
I used an old hoody I had (from a previous cosplay of Prussia from Hetalia) that had been lying around. I cut off the bottom and removed the pockets, then sewed the bottom back on higher up so I’d still have a nice finish. I used the cut off piece to make the hood a bit longer – it was definitely too short to start with! It’s not perfect, but it’ll do =)
The giant padlock was made of 3 layers of camping mat foam that I had lying around, worbla’d and primed with wood glue then spray painted. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the finish as I might normally, but I figure most people wouldn’t notice 😉

For doing the designs on the sleeves and the hood, I decided to try something new.
I used some interfacing on the reverse of my fabric as it was stretchy which makes it difficult to satin stitch on to – see last image for the difference between using it and not! I could have used an embroidery interfacing, but I had normal interfacing to hand and it made them almost like patches so that was fine. I started with a straight stitch to draw out the pattern which makes the fabric less likely to wobble as you satin stitch. I then used a narrow zigzag stitch to do the design properly. I did this from the back, which isn’t perhaps ideal as you can’t tell how it’s going to turn out, but it was the best option for me at the time.
I cut around the stitching and used a straight stitch to stitch each ‘patch’ into place. Ideally, I’d have probably wanted to use something like heat’n bond, but time was short and I wanted to get these done in time for EGX if nothing else!

Both the keys and sleeve design (I assume they’re meant to be locks?) were done in the same way. The locks took me about 40 minutes of work, the keys a little longer, simply because of the more fiddly design. Overall, I’m happy with them and they look much better than simply painting the design on. Actually quite pleased with how the embroidery turned out, last time I tried something like this it was a bit of a disaster! I suppose the design and the fabric make a world of difference.

Hopefully Edea will be coming out again at October Expo, but frankly, with the hoody done, there’s not much else to do! Really it’s just making a belt with some bags and I can dig up the other pieces from elsewhere =)

EGX 2014 Video!

Today I’m sharing with you what my steadicam at EGX London managed to produce for me. I still definitely need a lot of practice, plus I didn’t get that much footage. I tried to make the best with what I had and I think I’ve managed to pull it off. There’s one clip I’m especially proud of out of all of them, I wonder if you can tell which?

I quite enjoy taking a view of cosplay from the other side of the lens, and going further in doing videography as well is just another way of expressing creativity I think. You can never have too many outlets for it. At the moment I’m finding it more tricky than photography, since I don’t have the steadiest of hands. Obviously the steadicam goes a long way to helping this, but it’s not perfect. Perhaps just with more practice I can get it so.

Not only that, but I tend to be a bit shy and/or awkward when asking people if I can take photos or a video. So I often end up with mostly photos/videos of my friends and even then I don’t get quite as much footage as I would like. Hopefully, at MCM Expo in October, I can kick this habit of mine. I’m always surprised by the amount of footage I do get – I reckon I have about 30 seconds, but it’s actually 4 or 5 minutes, which when cut down makes about 3 minutes of useable footage. I’d love to be able to actually pick and choose which clips I chose though, since at the moment I end up using everything I have that’s half-decent =p So asking more people for video shots will give me more clips to work on. I’d still try to include everyone, but it would mean if I had a slightly wobbley shot that I wasn’t that proud of, that I wouldn’t have to use it.

Anyway, enough of the ramblings, enjoy the video =)

EGX London 2014

Or Eurogamer as I still insist on calling it.

I first went 2 years ago as Lightning with a friend of mine as Auron, and we were probably 2 of only about 10 cosplayers there. This year felt so much bigger, and though cosplay wasn’t the main focus, it was good to see lots more people cosplaying. They also now have a cosplay area and a stage and events going on all day, so it’s become a proper part of the event now.

It still remains though, that the focus of the event is gaming and playing games. I feel like when I’m cosplaying, I get very little chance to play the games – partly just because it’s often inconvenient if you have (large) props or not the most comfortable of cosplays. Last time I went, we didn’t play anything, we just looked around. This time, we got to skip the queue to play Call of Duty (yay?), which we basically failed, miserably, at =p But it was nice to actually play something!

We stopped off at a couple more games (a new Project Diva game, some indie game based of Triple Triad from FF8 which I can’t for the life of me remember the name of) but mostly we were walking around and chilling.

I think in the future/next year, I’d like to go 2 days. One exclusively for looking around and gaming, and the other for cosplaying and whatever else there’s time to do! It’s a great shame to go to such an awesome event (and it really is quite awesome!) and not actually get to be involved with anything there!

I did however also get the chance to try out my steadicam, which I was quite excited for! I took some shots – though only of a couple of cosplayers – and hope to edit them together soon. I’m not looking for a fabulously amazing video, I just wanted to get a feel for doing it. So hopefully for MCM I can pull together a proper CMV =)

PS Sorry for skipping last week’s post! I was away all weekend, came back and I was really tired. I realise this week’s is also a day late, but shhh.

The Rest of 2014

There aren’t many months left in this year and there aren’t many more cosplay events happening. But I’ve still got a few to do, and I thought I’d do a run down of my plans for them =)

EGX London
Warrior Rikku – Final Fantasy X-2
Although to be honest, I’m highly considering dropping the cosplay, in order to focus on photography, but, in all likelihood I’ll end up trying to juggle the both of them! Hoping to try out my new steadicam =)

October MCM Comic Con
Saturday: Joker – Kuroshitsugi
Sunday: ???
In all honestly, I’m not 100% set on what’s happening for Expo, but I should be there, if only to keep an eye on the SEC on Saturday =) Which is why cosplay plans are kind of up in the air =p The two cosplays I had considered wearing, I’m now putting on hold. So it’ll probably end up being Rikku (again) or the Midnight Mauve garb if I get it done!

Distant Worlds
Lightning (Midnight Mauve garb) – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Okay, so I know Distant Worlds isn’t a convention, but there’s a bunch of us going and I’ll be in cosplay so I’m just going to count it anyway =p This is my aim date to get Mightning Mauve at least wearable for. It should definitely be possible, as long as I don’t get distracted or procrastinate!

Auchinawa
Ooo, what I’m most excited for! I really don’t know what I’ll be wearing for this yet, it’s a case of seeing what’s finished and ready to wear! I may try to sneak in another cosplay between the end of Midnight Mauve and Auchi, but we shall see!!

And then comes a long break. And it may be even longer than you think….