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This was a fun costume I threw together at the last minute since my friend, Boris, was doing Ramona. I love the Scott Pilgrim series, I love the movie, and I love the video game! I already had most of the pieces and it’s such a simple costume. Pants and tank I already had. The wig and swords/knives I already had. I had to make the gloves which were quick.



I based my Knives off of the movie version. In the comics she still had the highlights in her hair, but in the movie they had been knocked out by Todd Ingram.

The only major inaccuracy with this costume is the scarf. In the movie it’s knitted and the scarf I have is crocheted. XD Some day I plan to learn to knit.
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I was very, very excited for this. I’m still excited! A small group of us wanted to be Cheerios from Glee and so we got to planning. Initially we thought to make our own cheerleading uniforms but we decided against it considering we all lived in different states and there was no guarantee we could all get the same fabric and have it look the same, it wouldn’t be ‘uniform’. So we got to researching and after searching for quite some time I was able to find the exact manufacturer that made the Cheerios uniforms for the show. Then we had to figure out cheerleader speak since apparently ordering uniforms can be complicated; the order forms are not intuitive.



We got the bloomers, pom-poms, and then we looked at pictures and found the exact cheerleading shoes they wear as well. If we’re going to spend the money, we wanted accuracy. Yay!

"There’s a lot of talking going on and I wants to get my mack on."

It's funny, every year around Halloween, I get a ton of comments and questions about where I got the uniform and though it says it in the comments, I figure I should put it right here in the post. My friends and I were able to get the uniforms from Dehen Cheer, the company that the show gets their uniforms from. Their website is www.dehencheer.com. We were able to get the exact uniforms from the first season of Glee with no issues. I know at this point since so many people are interested, the show put some restrictions on what Dehen Cheer could put out to the public. I would still call them and find out what you can get. Good luck!
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This was a lot of fun to make. There are a bunch of seams that go diagonal across the body. It’s way more interesting dress than I thought it would be. You can get the patches and pattern off of roddenberry.com. I made this for a Sci-Fi Pin-up group so I paired it with some knee high boots and vintage-style thigh high stockings. It was a successful group I think. :)


Technicolor!!!

I also went ahead and made a red shirt for Marty. He seemed to have a good time with it and decided that he would go against all odds and not die like other red shirts.
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I loved this show back in the day. It’s not as good now that I’m somewhat of an adult. XD Dude, am I the only one who thought that Rio was a manwhore? I suppose Jerrica knew he was cheating on her with herself, does that mean it’s okay?


Anyways, we had a small Jem and the Holograms group for Dragon*Con 2009. I made the top and skirt for Aja and that’s who I wanted to be since she’s the adopted Asian sister of Jem and then I made the pink Jem dress and the belt for Ashley. Ashley supplied her own wig and accessories.

The outfits weren’t too difficult to create. What was difficult was picking out exactly which tacky fabric I wanted to use, hehe. I made the top, skirt, and dress from patterns. I just created Jem’s belt out of thin air as there is no proper pattern though it wasn’t exactly rocket science. I’m especially proud of how well I added the fringe. :)


It was a fun little group and we ran into other Holograms as well. XD
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Love this character. There aren't too many prominent Asian superheroes though technically she was Caucasian before she was switched bodies with Kwannon. Gotta love comics. XD



I'm on Version 2 at this point. The original was made out of navy vinyl and while it was awesome, the vinyl isn't very durable as it can melt in the heat and excessive wear can lead the vinyl to crack as well. So the second version is made out of wet look spandex. I decided to do the strappy leg version of Psylocke since it's not as common though it's not that big of a deal to make another boot cover and do regular Psylocke. XD I keep meaning to make that extra boot cover. The main bodysuit pattern is from Kwik Sew. Love Kwik Sew!



I didn’t follow the instructions exactly but I based my boot covers from instructions by Love Meeko.

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Not historically accurate but fun! I just fell in love with the pattern. I suppose I'm somewhat proud of this dress in particular because I made it in less than a week on a whim for a renaissance faire. It wasn't exactly perfect when I got it done by the faire but I wore it anyways. Later on the only thing I had to do was take it in a little in the back since it was a bit big. Now it's great! XD

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The problem with Inara is there are a million outfits to choose from. I finally picked one outfit from the Firefly episode "Trash". Great episode and the outfit was a good pick for a beginner. It's not entirely accurate to my liking because the detailing and trim aren't exact but they look fairly similar when compared so I'm pretty happy with the outcome! I love the Asian influences in all of Inara's outfits.

The black dress is made out of velvet. The gold top part of the robe is based off of a belly dancing top and then I sort of attached the red fabric. I added trim and buttons. I found the necklace and bracelet online which I’m ecstatic about because they’re so similar to what she has on!

I'm in the process of remaking the black dress since I'm not too happy with the workmanship on it. :P


I need a new picture cause I look like Mrs. Grumpy McGrumpypants. XD
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This was more of practice sewing than making a real costume as I've never worn it out in public or had any reason to do so. Loved the movie, loved the colors. Breathtaking cinematography.

Had the red fabric to make the robe and pants and so I did. XD

At this point, robes and cloaks are easy peasy, lemon squeezy to make. They just seem to require so much fabric.
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UBCS stands for Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service. I guess you could say this was a concept costume. When you join a costuming group and their main focus at the time is Resident Evil, you can come out with with some really creative stuff. I give credit for the whole concept to Moshi and Vixen. Vixen has almost the exact same costume since we were meant to be uniform. :) The differences are in our use of accessories.

This is when I learned to make catsuits. I was so happy making catsuits that I made three out of three different materials just because. The catsuit pattern is from Kwik Sew.

The vest is freaking awesome. It is a modified Icon Motorcycle Vest. Took off all the plastic detailing and logos. Slapped on the Umbrella Corp. logo and shortened the straps since the size small was still too big for me. Gloves, elbow pads, knee pads, and belt can all be found at various places like the Army surplus store or any sports stores. Boots are from Hot Topic. When you get to accessories you pretty much can do whatever you want. It really does not have to be said that airsoft guns make great weapons in costuming.
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I have a thing for school uniforms. They're just cute, what can I say! But I’m pretty sure this is the last school uniform costume I’ve done, though no promises for the future. The Hogwarts robe was the first thing I had ever sewn in my life. This was before the sewing lesson too. I got a pattern, got the fabric and winged it. Now I can sew robes/capes in my sleep. In the books, Cho was a total cry-baby, I liked her representation in the movies more though she didn't seem to say much. Either way, I'm Asian and I love when there's Asians in my fandoms. XD

Tie and scarf were bought at a costume shop in Gainesville, Florida. Regular white shirt of course. Initially I had tried to make the sweater myself out of fleece when I realized that wouldn't do and bought a knit sweater from Alivan's: http://www.alivans.com. Hmm, I know how to crochet, so now I need to learn to knit properly. Damn you, purling!

The robe I made twice. The first time without lining, the second time with lining. The skirt I made twice as well! The first time I made the pleated skirt I was tearing the hair out of my head. The second time I made the skirt I used a pattern drafted by Starfire Phoenix: http://www.starfirephoenix.net/hppoaskirttutorial.htm. I’m thinking the robe is sort of superfluous for me though since it’s always too hot wear. Sure, you need a robe in Britain, but not so much in the South. I might offer the robe up for sale.

Shoes and socks can be bought anywhere though I really like the Sorcerer Socks from Sock Dreams: http://www.sockdreams.com/products/knee-highs/sorcerer-socks. They're totally cute though not screen-accurate. They're always changing up the styles as the movies go on and at this point I think they've been wearing black tights as opposed to knee socks.


Oki's my familiar! XD
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Battle Royale is crazy film. School kids are dropped on an island to kill each other off until there’s only one left. Also, they have collars on that will detonate if they try to escape. There’s way more to it. Japanese movies can be pretty funky. XD Funnily enough Chiaki Kuriyama who played Go Go Yubari in Kill Bill was in this film (Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of Battle Royale). There was a sequel which I’ve never gone out of my way to see because I heard it wasn’t as good.

Another outfit that wasn't made by me. Jacket, skirt, and tie purchased online. The lettering on the tie was done by Ashley since I didn't trust myself to do it and I think we used puffy paint. XD I would love en embroidery machine eventually but I have no plans to purchase one any time soon as they are terribly expensive. The collar is from Dream Angels cosplay: http://www.dream-angels.net/.


Stabbity!
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My very first complete costume. Gosh, I'm not even quite sure when I deemed it 'complete'. 2007? I love this outfit. I love the character. It's really comfortable. None of it was made by me, I sewed the buttons and the patch, that's pretty much it. The only other major effort on my part was making sure I had bangs when I wore this outfit. I've cut my own bangs so many times for this. XD

The jacket I found at Goodwill - I had a seamstress take it in since it was a bit big and I switched out the buttons myself. This was before I learned how to sew. Regular long sleeve button down white shirt, white knee socks, and plain white shoes can be found anywhere. Red pre-tied bowtie found online. The skirt was a crazy lucky find on ebay! I'm completely anal and try to be as screen-accurate as possible (within reason and budget) and I'm amazed at how close this skirt is compared to the film. The patch was purchased from Yaya Han though I don't believe she sells it anymore. I have an amazing friend who can make custom patches though, message me for more information. The mace is from Bounty Hardware: http://www.bountyhardware.com/.

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To be honest I’ve been costuming for a few years now and I still have trouble discussing my costuming hobby with non-costumers and non-nerds. I have no issues talking about how I like to sew, but getting into what I sew and how I love to put on costumes and run around at conventions is a more private matter for me. I’m already secretive about what costumes I plan to do so I suppose this is just an extension of it.

Anyways, I’m coming out of the costuming closet so to speak. Not that I ever kept it a real secret or so hush-hush, but I tend to be shy about the subject so I want to be more open.

So yes, I’m a nerd, and yes, I sew, and I like to put on costumes and run around conventions. It’s a great hobby. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I learn a new sewing technique or when I finish a part of a costume. I love being in costume groups with my friends or running into people who obviously share the same love for whatever books/movies/videogames. Rawr!

And um, that’s it.
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Video Games Live is coming up and we're attending. It's a concert where video game music is played by a live symphony orchestra. It's gonna rock. There are going to be other activites such as a Guitar Hero tournament, and of course, a costume contest.

I don't know if I'll enter the costume contest... I don't costume for contests or masquerades or anything like that. I just like doing it. I figure dressing up would be fun either way. I don't really have a video game costume though. I know, blasphemy, and yet again I reiterate that I have a very long list of costumes I want to do which includes many, many video game characters. I suppose Psylocke sort of counts because she's been in a bunch of the X-Men video games and Marvel vs Capcom. And technically I've got this Resident Evil UBCS outfit but that's an interpretive thing from the movies really. I want something new.

So now I'm scrambling. I actually thought, "HEY! I was planning to do Xianghua anyways, perfect!" Not so perfect. I only have three weeks and there is no way I'm making Xianghua in three weeks.

You know how I said I have to do three costumes before the end of the year; Mulan, Xianghua, and Tinkerballa. I also have a "secret" list of other costumes that I want done before the end of the year but I don't announce it because if I don't announce it, it's not a big deal if I don't get them done. XD Well, Chun Li and Midori (Guitar Hero) are on that list so I figure I should be able to get one of them done within three weeks. We shall see. If not, I'll be attending as normal me. :D

I already got a bunch of fabric and patterns for Midori so that's cool.

Chun Li shouldn't be too complicated - I just need to modify a cheongsam pattern... but I can't find a freakng cheongsam pattern! A majority of the American patterns have buttons on the wrong side, WTF, though I suppose I could just flip the pattern... And then I figured out that most people just make the basic dress but then it doesn't function like a normal cheongsam where there's a flap and it buttons down the chest. O_O They just have a zipper in the back.

I wonder if I'm making things too complicated by wanting the outfit to actually function how it's supposed to rather than taking a shortcut and putting the zipper in the back. Oh! And then I've found some vintage patterns but since people were smaller back then, I can't find my size. >_<

There actually is a free online pattern... but I'm too lazy to print and measure it our properly to fit me. XD

There are a bunch of ways I can work around this... but I'm feeling overall lazy about it right now. XD

I'm terrible.
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I annoy myself sometimes in my lack of motivation - either I need someone to prod me to work on a costume or it needs to be two weeks before an event before I start working on it. I miss having a costuming buddy. Sigh.

As it is, it's the new year and I have plans.

First off, there's a bunch of miniscule redos I want to do before I get to new costumes:
  • Redo Cho Chang's Skirt and Robe

  • Take in my Battle Royale Jacket

  • Redo Inara's Black Dress

  • Fine tune my new medieval dress

  • I'd really like to figure out how to make psi-blade for my Psylocke
Here are my costumes planned for 2010:
  • Xianghua from Soul Calibur II - Red Outfit

  • Mulan

  • Tinkerballa from The Guild
Those are the three that I HAVE to get done before the end of the year. I think I can do it. XD Not that I have to, but I really want to get these done. Xianghua has been in my head for years and years and years now. Marty broke out the Soul Calibur games and it was awesome.

I also have it in my head to do a couple Star Wars costumes... I want to do a Padme Amidala outfit... and even though it completely intimidates me, I want to do a Zam. Dude, her outfit is so cute and awesome but I did the research and it looks so complicated. o_O

And while I love participating in group costumes - I need to take a step back from those. I find that when I do a costume that I'm not in love with - the work is subpar. Course, when I rush a costume, the work is subpar so I need to work on that as well.
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So it's been three months since Dragon*Con.

Like I said, I'm terrible. XD

Too Many Pics! )

That was fun and we're already all set for going next year. Lot of conventions I want to go to but not enough time and/or money. Poot. I'm glad Dragon*Con is a default.

Oh! Oh! The epic finale!


A decent Tenth Doctor. I was happy. I was also kind of tipsy when this picture was taken. Didn't have the good camera but had my iPhone.

Costuming

Oct. 19th, 2009 10:27 pm
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1. What was your first costume?
I think in kindergarten I was a butterfly.  :D  My aunt bought me the costume.  My first convention costume was Go Go Yubari, still a favorite too. 

2. Did someone get you into costuming? Or on your own?
I was always interested in it, but I give credit to Marty for introducing me to conventions which only fueled my desire to costume.

3. What is your favorite costume?
I don't think I've made enough to have a favorite yet.  I like them all and they're all works in progress - there's always something to improve with all of them.

4. Which is your least favorite costume?
I don't have one?  Generally if I don't like a costume I make it better so I stop disliking it.  Hehe.

5. At conventions, do people compliment you on your costumes?
Yes they do which I appreciate.  :D  Most of the time they just ask me for my picture instead of of a verbal compliment but getting my picture taken is compliment enough.

6. How many have you done?
Not enough.  I have a longass list of costumes I've been meaning to do.

7. What are the top 6 on your list of "Want to Costume!"
This changes all the time.  I've got a list of top 50.  XD  Plus, I'm somewhat secretive on what I want to costume.  Although off the top of my head some costumes I want to do are Mulan, Huntress, and something from Doctor Who - I love Doctor Who and I want to be a companion but there aren't any Asian companions!  Maybe Lady Christina de Souza... there's an Asian in Waters of Mars so we'll see.  I hear she's a bad guy.  I can do bad guys.  XD

8. What female costume do you want to do most?
Isn't this very much like the last question?

9. What male?
I'm not into crossplay.  I like being a girl.

10. What do you prefer to do, make or buy your costumes?
Make make make.  I learned to sew because I wanted to make my own costumes.  I like to dress up and go to conventions, but I love the sense of accomplishment when I've finished making a costume.  I love learning new techniques and hopefully I'll get into prop-making.  We'll see. 

11. Your most memorable experience? What makes it so memorable?
Just hanging out with my costuming friends at any convention.  Hanging out with people who understand costuming and are so passionate and into it as I am. 

12. Your dream costume?
Lady Deathstrike from Messiah Complex - it looks like mostly form-fitted armor.  o_O

13. Is there a pattern in your costuming? If so, what?
There are several ways to answer this question... there's a pattern in how I work when making a costume.  I start out with the base and work from there - then I add the detailing.  I like to work on several costumes at once, finish one major piece on one, move onto the next, finish a major piece on that one and move on to the next and so on.  Another pattern to consider in my costuming is that I do mostly Asian characters - makes sense since I'm Asian.

14. Your most recent costume?
I made Aja and Jem from Jem and the Holograms and I made the red skant from Original Star Trek as well as a regular red shirt for Marty.  I also threw together a marauder. 

15. What do you prefer? Cosplaying in a group or on your own?
No preference - being in a group is always fun when dressed in the same theme, but sometimes I like to do my own thing and not have to worry if people are gonna show up on time or whatever.

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O_O

And I wanna do the Tinkerballa costume for Dragon*Con but there isn't enough time although it's fairly simple. Oh wells, maybe another convention.

Planning

Mar. 8th, 2009 10:33 pm
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So thinking about my wedding and trying to plan my Dragon*Con costumes at the same time hurts my head. Maybe I should worry about D*C after the wedding. Or maybe just after we get the house. Whichever comes first. o_O

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10-31-08 - Hot Dog and Yoda, originally uploaded by TineyHo.

Hehe. Halloween wasn't terribly exciting but it was nice. Everyone gathered at Ryan and Nicole's house.

Ryan and Travis build a haunted house for the neighborhood kids. It was made out of piping and garbage bags. They called it the lair of the rat king. They used LED lights as eyes in the walls. It looked like a giant tetris block on the outside. You go down one pitch-black tunnel and at the very end was Travis dressed up in black and rats. He would turn on a light once the kiddies would get to the end which would startle them, but he'd give them candy. Then they'd go left down another tunnel full of hanging rats. Course, it's pitch-black so you didn't know what was touching you.

There was a ton of food, candy, Resident Evil, and our dogs dressed up.

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