Yuri Plisetsky Cosplay Construction Notes

Yuri Plisetsky Cosplay Construction Notes

Seeing Yuri!!! On Ice last year was certainly iconic for me. I personally invested in seeing all of it for one reason: Yuri Plisetsky. The moment his eyes glittered over from seeing the tiger shirt in episode 2 (or 3) resonates with me when I see cute stuff, haha! From then on I decided to give cosplaying him a go, in his edgy streetwear.

His streetwear version can be broken down into:
– Tiger Shirt
– Leopard Print sports jacket
– Zip up Black Hoodie
– Black pants
– Studded bag

HOODIE AND PANTS:

The pants and hoodie is something you’re likely to already have in your own closet (…or in my case… my brother’s closet LOL) which makes the major part of this cosplay clearly the tiger shirt and the leopard jacket. Most of my sewing / construction is on the jacket.

SPORTS JACKET:

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For the leopard print, I scoured the thrift stores (ukay-ukay, Goodwill) for any garment that had a leopard print in a good fabric.

Things to consider when buying a base piece to upcycle are firstly the quality of the print–don’t go for a garment with a blurry print–and then the quality of the fabric. Other things to consider? The size/amount of fabric, make sure there’s enough in the base garment to make the new garment you’re making.


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I scored a winter faux-fur vest that had off-white fur and was fully lined with leopard spot faux fur inside. For P220 (4-5USD). Later I found out a yardage of this leopard faux fur is P460 (10-11USD) … so by upcycling you save up a lot! Also I’ll be using the white fur for another cosplay, haha!

For the new jacket itself, I took my black fabric scraps (I used peach twill) to construct the upper part of the jacket. I used the pattern for an ordinary bodice, only sewing in shoulder darts. (You can even get by without doing that.) No waist darts since this is meant to emulate ready-to-wear menswear.

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Attached the black jacket parts to the leopard. I kinda did an epic fail and cut the leopard print before looking at the reference… it was supposed to attach diagonally to the black parts, but I cut it at a straight… SO MORAL LESSON! LOOK AT THE REFERENCE BEFORE CUTTING! I just decided to roll with it though and crossed my fingers that no one will notice

I didn’t do it here since I realized it too late (again… I wasn’t looking at the reference), but you’ll probably want to add a welt pocket.

The faux fur itself is flimsy, so I lined the jacket with lining fabric (carillo/pongee/geena)inside. Also for comfort when wearing.

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Eventually, I added the sleeves and the collar, and the sport-y stripes. If you’re into details, use knit cuffs , collar and jacket trim. I had no access to them so I just used more black peach twill and white bias tape.

For finishing–added decorative buttons and a jacket zip. The buttons aren’t functional and are decorative. I’m confused by the references because on some photos he has buttons on both panels of the jacket?


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Jacket done!
TIGER SHIRT:
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For the shirt, I went to my local t-shirt printing service and had the shirt printed. The tiger print in the series was remastered by my brother, who is a digital artist. I had it done as a normal shirt, not a long sleeved sweater as is the reference, for ease of wear (so its not too hot… he’s wearing like 3 layers of clothes he can’t survive in tropical weather).

WIG:


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The wig I chose for Yurio was one of the  blonde bob style wigs from Airily, which my friend happened to be destashing/selling from her personal stock. The Airily brand is a brand from Japan by the people behind World Cosplay and is one of the best wigs I’ve ever used.

Cut some layers from the wig to style.

MAKEUP:

For the makeup, I used Gwyshop’s Sugoi Eyes Dango Green, did subtle contouring, and focused on extending the eyes to make it look longer. That and a “manly” arched brow.

FINISHED COSPLAY:

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Cosplay done and debuted last Christmas Toycon 2016! Featured photo by Jipri.

I didn’t have the hoodie here yet, and the bag either, but I’m hoping to improve this cosplay again come YOI-con!

Hope this helps you guys put together your own Yurio cosplay! If you have questions, just comment down and I’ll try my best to answer. ^^

Steins;Gate Makise Kurisu Cosplay Photos

Steins;Gate Makise Kurisu Cosplay Photos

So last month, I attended my first con of the year–Cosplay Carnival, a new event held by Cosplay.ph , catered more to newcomers in the cosplay scene. Since I anticipated that I would be going alone, I prepared a simple costume for the event–which is Makise, from Steins;Gate. I haven’t actually seen the whole series yet, but my brother is such a massive fan and wanted us to pair up and cosplay the main protagonists from the series. I gave it a go because she’s wearing plenty of simple clothes that can be bought off the store shelves. I only edited existing clothes I had or bought, sewing in blue bias tape onto the collar, adding on a patch pocket and the likes.

My brother was unable to go with me, but I look forward to having him with me as Okabe soooon!

 photo 12728952_10208074369558924_2019842026132121002_n_zpsbacyxqdj.jpgPhoto by Kevin Vincent.

 photo 12764732_10208074370238941_737506730718812559_o_zpsxyznktvp.jpgPhoto by Weeaboo with a Camera.

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Anyway, this is definitely just a self-gratuitous filler post! I honestly doubt anyone here comes to look at my face lol But do stay tuned, next week I’ve got new craft and cosplay posts and reviews once more!

Cosplay Photoshoot at VERA Studio!

Cosplay Photoshoot at VERA Studio!

A month back, I had my very first ever cosplay photoshoot! I have done my fair shares of costumes but the photos are always taken by my brother (my best bud in all things) and often impromptu in public places, using our digital camera. Sometime last year though I met Kevin, who expressed interest in photographing my Fire Emblem: Awakening Tharja costume. We spent a lot of discussion spanning months over where and when we could hold the shoot, looking up various locations and studios that could be suited. Eventually, I saw someone recommend/share VERA Studio to other cosplayers, and promoting they had a discount and loyalty program for cosplayers. It was within our price range, so I booked a slot as soon as Kevin and I saw our schedules freeing up. We also invited Argel, our FE cosplay group’s Inigo and another photographer, to tag with us since the more the merrier~!

The studio was located in Intramuros, which is convenient for me because I’m familiar with the area, and those commuting will find it very easy to locate since it’s right beside Manila Cathedral, which is a very popular landmark. I was charged P30 for a pedicab ride from near the Letran gate to the studio. (I found it better to take one rather than walking because I was carrying costumes and props by myself.)

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I waited for Kevin and Argel for a while so I took a few snaps of the place. It’s spacious and isn’t cluttered, with a shabby chic/vintage feel. We were given free drinks (in cute mason jars) and chips. The studio had interesting furniture and items you can borrow for your sets, a restroom/changing room, and a vanity for doing your makeup. There’s a lot of natural light from wide windows.

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There’s a cozy room set aside for the studio photography. I barely know a thing about photography equipment but I know the dudes were very satisfied by the equipment that the studio had. They had a white and black backdrop available, and some couches and things to borrow as props.

 photo IMG_3631_zps7tr4thnb.jpgSelfie! I also shot my FE4 Ayra costume here. Unfortunately it was rainy during the day, so we don’t have a lot of photos of this baby. Hnngg we will come back to reshoot you, dear Ayra!

Here are some photos Kevin and Argel took~
 photo received_10153371575693351_zpsedrtycur.jpegFire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu Ayra. Costume and props all made by me. Photo (c) Kevin Vincent.

 photo received_10153367458423351_zpsku4m6dpj.jpgFire Emblem: Awakening – Tharja. Costume and props all made by me. Photo (c) Kevin Vincent

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Photo (c) Weeaboo with a Camera

The rooftop area boasts a great view of the Manila Cathedral. It’s gorgeous at day, but if you want to be experimental, check it out at night too. The catherdral lights and the color of the skyline is really amazing as the day starts to turn darker. It also fits the colors of my costume perfectly huehuehue

You can also check out Argel’s Facebook Page, or Kevin’s Flickr stream for more photos, apart from my personal cosplay page.

I’ll be posting more photos of the photos we took in a separate blog post, but I hope these are enough to convince you to try out VERA Studio~ The people are accommodating and it’s really affordable too, especially if you’re splitting the bill around. Don’t forget about their Cosplayer Loyalty Card, which will entitle you to 20% off on their services for your next visit~!
– Xarin

Cosplay: Maya Fey from Ace Attorney

Cosplay: Maya Fey from Ace Attorney

Last month my brother and I held a mini photo-session of my Ace Attorney Maya Fey costume! Here are some photos we took.
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 photo me_et_joey_zpslup1fbsy.jpgThank you for my brother who’s always there for me and my costuming/cosplaying hobby! One of my bffs right there! Can’t wait for him to join me as Nick!

Costume is made entirely by me, so I’ll be posting construction notes for this costume next time for those who’ll want to make their own Maya costumes! Stay tuned!

 

Fire Emblem Awakening : Tharja Cosplay Construction Notes

Fire Emblem Awakening : Tharja Cosplay Construction Notes

Hi there everyone! Today I’ll be writing construction notes on my Fire Emblem: Awakening Tharja cosplay. Tharja is a fairly popular character for girls to cosplay as since, apart from being sexy, the whole… lack of actual clothing lol, makes it an easy costume that needs less time to pull off. I’m quite satisfied with how my own costume turned out.

 photo 10659369_10204149157311071_573702570152599193_n_zps27b471a8.jpgWho wouldn’t want to see their digital waifu come to life in cosplay? Heh.

I myself am not very attached to Tharja, tbh. I worked on this costume out of a joke that my brother said when I got this black wig that had full bangs–he said “Ohh you look like Tharja!” I decided it looked not-bad. Cosmania was also coming up in a month, but it happens on October, when by September I usually have a surge in work so I barely have time to work on a costume. Tharja seemed like a costume that was easy project due to her, as I said, minimal clothing.

 photo 10678641_10204142188576857_8889908863875269497_n_zpsd3077091.jpg“Looks like Tharja. You should cosplay Tharja,” my brother said. One thing he should note is when he challenges me like that or jokes like that, I take it seriously. xD Black wig was bought from gwyshop.com

The only reason Tharja is a fairly easy-to-execute costume is that major parts of her outfit can be bought, not made. The bodystockings and the bra top could easily be purchased off store shelves. I bought a bra that was not-obviously-a-bra—I made sure to pick one with no embellishments and no obvious stitches for the underwire. My pet peeve in seeing Tharja cosplays is when the bra top looks too-obviously a bra… so I made an effort to look for one that was seamless and smooth.

I also have a habit of buying matching underwear for a character I’m cosplaying so if anyone caught a less-than-desirable photo of me at least my underwear matches?!

 photo 1273131_10204304047103219_4235238857250481529_o_zpsf7c523b3.jpgUnderwear set was bought from the department store; bodystockings are ordered online from Yandy.com

I think the first thing I worked on was her crown/headpiece, which I figured would be an easy job. I cut out the shape in craft foam and then sandwiched it in Wonderflex. For those asking where I get Wonderflex, it’s from my personal stash I got from the US a year ago–no one sells it readily in the Philippines yet.

 photo 10355374_10204223747175771_800358879793233038_n_zpsc60b5e2c.jpgThis first version was too big, so I cropped it up a bit in the final version.

I worked on the neckpiece next, which I confessed I thought was gonna be a pain. It seems an area of difficulty other Tharja cosplayers run into, me included. Most choose to make this out of fabric, but then the fabric bunches up and to me, looks unflattering. All I had to work with was thermoplastic, so I decided to make it with wonderflex as well. I drew a pattern on craft foam and cut up ten segments of these rectangles, then piecing them together to form the neck bracer. I made them shorter than Tharja’s because I value being able to move my neck and shoulders, thank you. xD

 photo 10609504_10204329375736419_7798020196130258325_n_zpsed8a9fe7.jpgI also curled outward the top line in the final version of this, so my neck can move even more. It’s closed in the back with a toggle lock.

 photo 10670036_10204336611677313_1994270236517636641_n_zps5b9c9ae7.jpgI bought gold rhinestone-studded pumps to wear for this costume, but I ended up wearing the gold flats hahaha.

 photo 10388651_10204323486789199_2998592278782700116_n_zpsc1e9ded2.jpgThe shorts/very tiny lower-wear she was wearing was sewn by me in reverse satin and scrap katrina I had here. The gold I used for the binding was the shiny side so it looks shiny in this photo, but shows better in actual real life light.

 photo 10683642_10204347837797959_1492260755374579389_o_zps4e1cecb4.jpgMake-up test. Although this is too “dolly for Tharja and I muted it down eventually. I tried to mute down the lines on the upper lid since and just have clean thin lines in the final version, because that’s how Tharja’s make-up is.

 photo 10714054_10204698691529083_4908193077696953770_o_zpsaffed625.jpgFinished costume! The bracelets and the thingy-on-the-loincloth are all wonderflex and craftfoam/airfoam. The tome is a custom Grima’s Truth tome that is an actually sketchbook, customized with chipboard, fabric, paint and polymer clay. I think it’s my favorite prop so far in all props I made! I put in my Cosplay Cards in there too so I can hand them out easily haha. xD

 photo tharja_breakdown_zps36a6b24c.jpgHere’s the overall cost chart for Tharja, in PHP. While in the end it’s converted to USD. you shouldn’t really use this as a basis for making the costume in America because many supplies tend to be cheaper here in the PH, since we’re closer to factories (basically to China) so there are many things that are available at a cheaper price.

All I have is blurry tablet/phone photos of this costume so far, so I’m looking forward to a proper photoshoot of this costume soon!

 

All things Cute at Kawaii in Manila 2! (Event Report)

All things Cute at Kawaii in Manila 2! (Event Report)

Hello everyone! Here’s a little post about Kawaii in Manila 2, which was a much-awaited event for the local Japanophiles for months now! I’ve been very, very excited for it myself. While there are cosplay conventions popping up left and right, there isn’t really a dedicated event for Japanese Fashion and culture, so it was just about time that Kawaii in Manila 2 arrived! This blog post is more of a personal take on the event instead of a coverage. (Partly because I brought my camera but forgot the memory card, haha—Some of these photos are cross-posted on my sister’s blog at FlaringFelicity.com, since the camera we used was hers. ^^)

We arrived just in time to see local j-fashion brands La Princesse Tea Doll and Dorotee Sweetlips walk down the catwalk. 

 photo kim2_4_zps2eb1d404.jpgDorotee Sweetlips’ collection had visible gothic and punk inspiration all throughout their collection, with blacks, reds and a consistent UK flag print. It’s definitely for the edgier lolitas out there. A favorite piece of mine (not pictured because yes I forgot my memory card) was the dress that had a parasol decked with playing cards walking down the catwalk.

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La Princesse Tea Doll is a new local lolita brand and their collection in the event was mostly floral prints in Rococo-influence silhouettes that would resonate with Classic Lolita gals–or even Sweet ones with the mostly pastel pink colors. I see it as a marriage of the Classic and Sweet styles. The photo above is one of me and my sister’s favorite for the day, from La Princesse Tea Doll. It’s more inclined to my currently Classic tastes. This is just so classic and rich. I’D BUY THIS. <3

 photo kim2_10_zpsb13ab51b.jpgLocal Mori-kei brand Forestale Shop also showcased their collection, but we arrived just as it finished! D: But I got a photo together with Jeyel and Kyo, who modeled Forestale’s “Don’t Eat the Candy” collection. I first met them in 2010 and we all debuted our first cosplay the same time that year. Over the years they have just improved so much and I look forward to seeing their costumes in events. It was refreshing to see them in J-fashion this time! please feel free to crop me out my color scheme is so out of place with them xD

seeing them all the time makes me wish I had a significant other who’d dress up with me

 photo kim2_11_zps009edbcd.jpgI ran into Katz (Nekomi-Kasai on Facebook) who was in her anthro/human version of Catbus from Totoro, with Sammy as Totoro~ They’re real sweethearts. <3

 photo kim2_12_zpsaab7b220.jpgAJ Cross Cosplay came as Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. I love how the Ghibli group came in cosplay that’s still very relevant to the event. I may even go so far as to say that Studio Ghibli works is an own subculture in itself, haha! Sese Cosplay was also there as Sophie, but their group seemed pretty busy getting together for a shoot so it was awkward to be interrupting them. ^^;;

 photo kim2_6_zps92ffb9cf.jpgWe checked the art gallery next. All the pieces were just bursting with kawaii-ness and skill. I hope next time the artworks are bigger and we have a wider space for the gallery too!

 photo kim2_3_zpsbf31b177.jpgThe kawaii life is also all about DIY–decorating and blinging out stuff is really popular among the girls of Japan! It’s nice to have live DIY workshops in events, in this photo they’re having a polymer clay workshop. I picked up some of the clay they were using, which is a fairly new brand that I haven’t used before called Flexi Clay. Will post a review of it soon. ^^

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There were all sorts of shops which have taken up booths in the event, and you can walk out there with your complete dose of cuteness or with a totally new look if you wanted!

 photo kim2_14_zps3878f940.jpgFrom Spring Marionette‘s shared booth. ^^

I love how you could sense the passion even from the sellers in the booths here. The great thing about booths like these is that they’re manned by the artists and owners who are also passionate about the kawaii movement, even dressing up to match! Even sellers were decked in their best kawaii outfit!

 photo kim2_9_zps753aa7bc.jpgFrom Abbey Sy’s booth–my brother attended their lettering workshops before. ^^

Kawaii in Manila also gave out “bingo cards”–flyers that get stamped whenever you visit the booths listed. If you bingo, you get a raffle entry! I like how it encourages people to go around and meet the shops and booths. The venue was just right for the number of attendants. While there’s congestion here and there which is unavoidable, it doesn’t get to “omg dying” sort of frustration which is what happens when organizers try to pack too many people into the event.

 photo kim2_7_zps7ea26365.jpgLolita with an attitude (the good sort)! I wonder what print she’s wearing? And those bags are just perfect!

 photo kim2_15_zps57eaf02e.jpgDolldelight designer Cyril with her good friend, also modeling Dolldelight.

 photo kim2_2_zps1dfaa4c0.jpgomg lolita senpais noticed me—-*fangirls* I feel so underdressed next to them! xD I’m a fan of dolldelight creations since I found them on facebook, and it’s a pleasure to meet Cyril in person! Cyril has started a group for dolldelight fans in the Philippines, so please check out the group and join if you’d like to be in the loop!

 photo kim2_16_zpsf37a48ad.jpgCute photo-op walls in the venue. ^^ A pet-peeve of mine is the wrist-stamp though, I always hate it when I’m in a nice coord or costume and then in my photos I always have some stamp on my arm showing—xD

I came in a little classic-lolita coord that was self-sewn in two days… with my sewing machine needle breaking just when I was about to finish it. D: It’s far more casual than any of the lolita coordinates in the event.  xD

I love lolita, and while I don’t dress in the other subcultures, I enjoy seeing them all the same. But I am not in close contact with other people who enjoyed Japanese fashion or culture in general and just “got it”. Kawaii in Manila 2 was a true eye-opener and experience from me in the sense that from one event, you just knew that there were others like you who were passionate about the same things. And even if the subcultures in the event were many and varying, it was refreshing and there was just a feeling of community from just being there.

I hope Kawaii in Manila becomes an annual event, and comes back bigger and better next time. It was a huge success and I’d like to congratulate all the organizers for all the passion they put into this event.

See you in Kawaii in Manila 3!

 photo kim2_0_zpsb97226c5.jpgMe and my sister. Thank you sis, and my family, for putting up with me, lace and frills and all!

xoxo

Xarin

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