This is just a quick cell phone photo that @stella-sews snapped of me when I took Pincushion out for a quick bit on Thursday of Katsucon, but it’s my favorite full body photo of the final outfit that I have so far! The wig I envisioned is still not complete but I definitely will be catching up with that soon.
More skirt placement progress! Btw, because I’m dumb and don’t know how to handle posting to more than one social media platform at once, I’ve been putting a lot more of my #cosplayblogging content in my Instagram stories now. If you would like to get the full dosage of my Katsucrunch shitposting I’m Ivorivet on Insta!
I finished up my pin bandoliers yesterday! I also tried using Plastidip as a primer for my scissors because I wanted the paint job to be resistant to cracking, and… Whoa man, would not recommend for use on Thibra. It bubbled so bad, but fortunately with a little elbow grease it peeled off.
Finalizing my foam base for my giant pair of stork scissors! I used 8mm EVA foam, rounded the edges and made the etched details with a dremel tool, and created the blade bevels with a wire foam cutter and a power sander. I’m really pleased with how smoothly the long bevels came out! Next up is covering it in Thibra.
I am so slow at this it’s unbelievable. 🙁 Between the first and second picture is about four hours’ worth of work. I was taking progress shots after each new line of hair and was like, “man I’m actually getting faster at this, I should have the whole lobe done tonight!” and then I looked at it from the top down. lol.
Things are definitely going faster, but I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting more skilled at laying larger chunks of hair down or if the areas closer to the center of the lobe are easier to put hair on because there’s less of a curve. I’m really glad I started on this now, at least!
I had to drop my sewing machine off at a repair shop today, so I’m starting on my wig right now! This is my first time ever styling a wig with a foam core so I’m a little nervous about it. I also started on the giant hair pins today – each one is two size 11 knitting needles spliced together, and the pin head for the highest one will be two decorative barrettes that I took the clips off of and straightened out.
First set of machine embroidery! I’m super pleased with how these turned out – the final leaves are made from silk dupioni with metallic embroidery thread. I used a water soluble stabilizer and the same thread for both top and bobbin, so they still should be attractive to view from the back if anything curls or flips up.
Okay, I THINK I finally have all this digitizing and embroidery figured out. This photoset doesn’t look like a lot but it took a whole afternoon! There are captions on the individual photos.
I fixed my scaling problem, made various petal sizes from 3/4″ to 2.5″, made leaves, measured the length and width of the bias tape I’ll need to cover the frames, mathed it all out (using paper/pencil and Excel), and made cutting diagrams for all three of the fabrics I’m going to be using for this part of the project so I don’t have to worry if I’ll have enough. For now I’m looking forward to doing something other than geometry.
I did not realize when I started this how much machine embroidery it was going to take – according to my calculations it’ll be 53 hoops. jfc.
Every time I use Embird I discover some new level of fuckery that I have to either A) look up tutorials on how to fix in order to move forward, or B) come up with some circuitous workaround to do a thing that probably has a way more efficient way that it can be done, except the efficient route is hidden by layers of shitty and unintuitive programming. :)))
So embroidery works with vectors, right?? Why does the image on the left, which I’ve been using Embird Editor to rescale things with, look like absolute puffy garbage; when the image on the right is what things look like when I scale things first in Embird Digitizing Studio and then import it directly into the Editor? I’m sure there’s some way I could get the Editor to re-calculate the stitching but I don’t know how to find that option because YOUR PROGRAM IS STUPID AND HORRIBLE