Last Updated: 06-07-2013
June 18th, 2013 - Strands of reddish fibers somehow escaped the alcohol I used, so I directly dunked the strands in alcohol to make sure the dye came out which worked great. I'm sick of spray-dyeing as of now because the color isn't consistent throughout the wig, so I will pour my remaining dye in a big Ziploc bag, put my wig in, and saturate the entire thing. I am hoping that this will finally give me the color I'm looking for. I am preparing to attach fabric to my wings, although I'm not quite sure how this will be done. I've given form to my wings - I added padding over the "fingers" of the wings - and I wanted to emphasize it by sewing down the fabric over the "fingers." As for attaching the two sides of fabric over the wings, I'm thinking that I can try to do a neat hot glue job.
June 7th, 2013 - My wig is looking pretty great except that the areas of it that had a reddish tint don't really match the color of the rest of the wig. They're lighter in color and still have a faint hint of red on certain fibers. I really hope I don't have to buy more Sharpies to make just a little bit more dye. When I am finally content with the wig's dye job, I will move onto styling. I worked on the wings and now they are ready to be covered in fabric somehow... The area where the two wire frame wings are attached, which is hot glued so it's not that strong of a bond, needed more support to keep from "drooping," so I reinforced the back by hot gluing a small piece of cardboard onto the back which really helped after some experimenting. As for a harness, I was going to use elastic but I've been recommended to use velcro, which makes more sense to me now. As of now, I believe fixing up the jacket is top priority while waiting for my wig to dry.
June 5th, 2013 - Luckily, I was able to remove the red dye from the areas of my wig with a few sprays of 91% alcohol. I gave another coat of brown dye to the whole wig and will wash it out when it's dry. While waiting for my wig to dry, I've given some more thought as to how I will carry out more progress for the wings. The two wire frames are hot glued together but don't stay in position, so I hot glued some leftover wire horizontally as to connect the wings, which helps a bit. I am planning to trace out the final shape of the wings onto some padding I purchased and cut it out. From there, I suppose I'll hot glue the padding shape onto the wire frame and then figure out how to sew the fabric casing over the wings.
June 3rd, 2013 - The whole wig was spray-dyed with one coat of brown dye and washed. I thought that spraying over the red areas of my wig would help but it didn't, so I'll have to try to get the dye out with 91% alcohol. I thought I read somewhere that red dye doesn't come out of wigs very well... I guess I'll have to find out the hard way. Other than that, I'm pretty content with the color of the rest of the wig.
May 29th, 2013 - I've basically finished hand coloring the many wefts of the wig, but the style, the "punky" style from New Look, has outer wefts and a center poofy section on the top. I colored the outer wefts and the top weft is unfinished because the fibers' roots are frizzed and densely tangled at the base intentionally. Coloring these fibers by hand is practically impossible, so I've decided that I would mix up some Sharpie wig dye and spray it all over the top weft's fibers. Currently, the dye is mixed and I'll let it sit overnight since I need to perform the dyeing process in a well-ventilated environment. I took an empty water bottle, poured it about halfway with 70% rubbing alcohol, slit the ink well of 3 brown Sharpies, inserted them into the bottle, and shook it on and off for a few hours. In addition, after the outer wefts of the wig were finished, I washed the whole thing in cold water and let the remaining dye and residue drip off. Like an idiot, I used 2 brown Bic markers on an area of the wig in the past, so that area has a noticeable red tint to it meaning I'll have to find a way to fix that up.
May 24th, 2013 - One month gone by and hardly anything has been done. I'm finally out of high school so I'll have some free time to get things done until I have to prepare for the dreaded move to college...
April 24th, 2013 - I want to get this cosplay construction up and running again really soon. I'm focusing on fully dyeing the wig by means of the tedious by-hand Sharpie process. As for the sad excuse of a jacket... I guess I'll just have to redo the collar and fix the shoulder hem. I'll also have to figure out how to get the white shoulder pads looking decent.
December 22nd, 2012 - I went to Holiday Matsuri on Saturday, and it really wasn't anything special, to me at least. Nobody really recognized me at all. :( I knew I wouldn't have my wig completely colored and styled, so I decided not to wear it. The major problem with this cosplay so far is the jacket. The material is really thin, the collar isn't long enough, and the white shoulder pads won't stay in place. I would really like to remake this with a professional pattern. More work with this cosplay will be carried out over the next few months in time for Megacon or some other convention.
December 10th, 2012 - Damn it, I currently don't have enough time to finish both the wings and the wig, so I'm choosing to work only on the wig. Finding it difficult to purchase brown Sharpies locally, I'd approximate that nearly 1/3 of the wig has been colored. I'm asking around my school to see if anyone would care to donate their Sharpies. It looks like I'll have to carry out a quick, unprofessional styling attempt.
December 2nd, 2012 - Well, my wig isn't heat resistant, so I'd prefer not to use hot water to attempt to straighten out the fibers. Maybe I'll just test a little bit of the hair to see what happens. I washed my wig in preparation to dye it using a mixture of water, shampoo, conditioner, and dish soap. I'm deciding to go over a bunch of the fibers with a brown Sharpie instead of undergoing the whole Sharpie dyeing process. Of course, after all of the fibers are colored, I will wash the wig in cold water. I've been exchanging messages with FaxenCosplay on YouTube to ask how he made his Sora wig look so great. I will definitely be putting his tips to good use in the coming weeks. Not much else has been completed these past few weeks. I cut and shaped out the wing wire frames with hot glue, pliers, and wire cutters. Next, I need to add padding to the wings in some sort of fashion and then apply the "foil finish" fabric I purchased. I really don't know HOW I will be applying the fabric over the padding, though. I'm deciding to just skip the shoes, since my normal, everyday shoes look pretty alright with my cosplay.
November 17th, 2012 - Decided to skip ShadoCon to get my wig looking decent. Some of the wig's fibers are "bent" and won't go straight even with a few brushes of the comb and hairspray. I've learned that hot water (around 180 degrees) poured onto the hair will help to straighten it, but my wig is partially styled right now, so I may have to trim off the ugly bent hairs so I don't have to undo all of the ponytail spikes. My jacket is finally done, all of the parts are attached but don't look all that perfect. I finally worked up the courage to cut out and iron on fusible interfacing into the pant legs. This REALLY helped poof out my pants a lot, and I am very happy with the outcome. Last week, I found a cable wire and worked on harvesting the copper wire which laid within. This wire will be used for the wings.
November 11th, 2012 - I'm working on attaching the red ribbon to my tights, which is actually taking a lot longer than I had expected. The jacket's collar needs to be attached, and the sleeve cuffs need to be trimmed and hemmed. Of course, the cape must be created and attached to the collar. I bought fabric and padding for the wings, but I am unsure as to how it will be attached, since it seems that the wings come out from the cape on the back. I would like to make a cable wire base, hot glue the padding on the back of the base, and then attach the fabric. I really don't know what to do with my wig since when it arrived at my house, it was MUCH more blonde than the color chart's color. I thought that after using hair spray and hair glue, the color would probably darken, but my friends' advice tells me otherwise... So I was considering going over most of the hair in a brown Sharpie, but I thought it might rub off... So I'm pretty lost. Everything else is pretty much done, though.
November 1st, 2012 - So I ended up going as Sora on Halloween night. It's pretty alright to walk around in, except that my pumpkin mask kinda makes it slightly difficult to view my surroundings. I didn't even trim or spray my wig; I just kept it in ponytail spikes since I would like to do a better job with it now that I have some time between now and my next convention, Holiday Matsuri. More tidying up on this cosplay will be done in the meantime.
October 26th, 2012 - Oh, god, Halloween is almost here and I have so many unfinished aspects of this costume that must be completed. One glove is finished and the other one is nearly done, the jacket's sleeve area is pretty uncomfortably tight and the collar and white shoulder pieces need to be sewn on, the flying crown brooch has been cut out onto craft foam and needs to be reinforced and painted, the pumpkin mask is being painted, but the black is too glossy so I must find another brand, and, the most dreadful part, my wig needs to be trimmed and styled. At the moment, I am multitasking with just about everything I listed above. Damn, I'm so slow.
October 17th, 2012 - Not much has been done since I am being bombarded with homework, particularly difficult calculus work. I was able to begin tracing out the winged crown brooch's design onto paper, but it still needs some work. My wig was ordered late last week and it should be arriving tomorrow afternoon, so I will soon be attempting to style and trim it in the coming days. At this point, I am also considering skipping the wings.
October 8th, 2012 - Time is really running out fast, I really don't know what to do... School work is increasing as the quarter comes to a close in just a few weeks. Thankfully, I have a few days off this month to work, maybe those days will really help speed up my progress. The jacket's sleeves still haven't been sewn on; I really wanted to use a stretchy spandex-like material for the sleeves instead of using the unstretchy fabric used the jacket's body. For now, I just need to sew them on, maybe in the future I can replace the sleeves with a stretchy fabric. I am applying a "sealant" to the pumpkin mask so that when I paint it, it won't have a "spongy, foamy" texture. The sealant is a mixture of one part Elmer's glue, one part fabric glue, and two parts water. I need to apply many coats of this until it will look alright.
October 3rd, 2012 - At this pace, I don't think I will have enough time to finish up everything by Halloween. I'm considering leaving the shoes out so far. I'm still working on the jacket's sleeves.
September 29th, 2012 - Of course, I'm struggling to speed up my cosplay progress as I'm behind my schedule in things to complete. I've only made a jacket once before, which wasn't so great, so I'm becoming quite frustrated with the overall appearance of it so far. Now I'm attempting to create some sleeves with the small amount of fabric that I have remaining. The pumpkin mask is taking much more longer than I thought it would; it has been rounded out by means of heat forming it over a stove and a cotton fabric backing was glued onto the back for more support. But as the glue dried, it deformed the mask's shape pretty horribly (it curled up like a hot dog bun), so I had to keep applying glue on the back and holding the mask in such a way that it didn't dry like that again. Right now, the mask looks alright, so I'll try to mix up some paint for it tomorrow. I've also tried to experiment with some scrap fabric in order to make a suitable glove pattern. I've only done this kind of thing once, and I remember that I had quite a difficult time.
September 25th, 2012 - Some sewing has been completed with the jacket, next I'll need to cut out the front so it opens up, which I am quite reluctant to do since I'm not using a professional pattern. I've also begun some work on the pumpkin mask. I intend to create the design on craft foam and heat form it over a stove burner to get a rounded shape.
September 19th, 2012 - Again, school is taking the best of me, meaning that I'm mostly caught up in work that always takes a long time to complete. Anyway, I keep forgetting about adding on the little details - the gray shirt needed a v-neck and a white "border" sewn onto the collar. The white collar is almost completely sewn on, believe me, it has been much harder to execute than it might seem.
September 15th, 2012 - I finally finished sewing the black panel onto the shirt. THAT was pure hell. I glued small pieces of the lacing onto the black panel in the zigzag pattern, let it dry, and then sewed it on, which took nearly 3 hours to do. Now I will focus on designing the jacket.
September 13, 2012 - I've started to trace the jacket's design onto the fabric, which I will be cutting out soon. I still need to finish the shirt - I need to attach the lacing and sew in the black panel in the middle. I haven't exactly figured out how I will be doing that since I'm hand sewing everything... I bought fabric glue today, so I was thinking that I could glue on small fragments of the lacing in the zigzag pattern onto the black panel and then sew that on. But I know that lining the panel up straight will prove to be very difficult.
September 10th, 2012 - Attaching belt loops took a lot longer than I expected... especially when you're hand sewing. Sewing on belt loops is time consuming and tedious, rather than difficult. Having that said, the pants are finally done. I will be moving on to finishing up the shirt.
September 7th, 2012 - I forgot about hemming the top and bottoms of the pants, so that has been completed. I'm still thinking about how I can keep my pants poofed; petticoats seem much too difficult for me to create, so I'm thinking about purchasing some fusible interfacing for the inside of the pant legs. Today, I will also try to find a suitable belt to customize.
September 5th, 2012 - I've been pretty sick lately and haven't been able to work. But today I will attempt to make and apply some belt loops.
September 3rd, 2012 - The pants are almost done, I just need to add some belt loops. I was thinking that I could perhaps make simple petticoats for each thigh to keep the pants nice and poofy.
September 2nd, 2012 - The shirt is nearly finished, and I have just started working on the pants. To finish the shirt, I need to color the black lacing I purchased gray.
August 30th, 2012 - Most materials required have been purchased, and work will begin very soon.
August 29th, 2012 - Planned to do for my school's Fall Festival-thingy and Halloween. Will be purchasing fabric and such soon.
Approximate hours spent: >190 hours
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