December 12, 2017

Tsuyu Asui Medieval AU cosplay WIP


Hello! Welcome back to my blog, today I'm here to share about my latest costume progress. This costume is a huge step up from my previous works as I really looked into how medieval costumes are made, then reinterpret my own version of Tsuyu's Medieval Alternate Universe maiden dress. There isn't a lot of references that I could pick up for this version as it's a spin off from the canon story line. Even from the images I found, there were various differences which I've put up here for your reference. If you couldn't tell what I mean, take a look at the details on the apron, stocking and boots.

In the end I picked the illustration on the left as my main guide but I used the striped stockings on the right.




I started off the costume by making the corset piece. I was very sure that I wanted to use black velvet fabric for this and I got the corset pattern from a Japanese book. For the boning I chose plastic boning because I only wanted the sturdy fit, not making my waist line extra small. The corset was machine sew except for the details which I hand sew. When I drafted the corset, I removed the front opening so to make it possible to wear it, I made the lacing extra long. It's a bit of a hassle to put on but I still manage to wear it on by myself each time without problems. Oh btw, I test fitted the corset as soon as I was done with it during night time, so please excuse me for being in my pajamas.




I took weeks to find the right floral details for this costume and finally found the one I like at a shop near where I stay. They had just enough for my entire costume, lucky! I searched many places and compared lots of designs and prices for the floral applique and finally decided on the one in the right image. That's the right one, aha! (sorry for the bad pun)

As you can see, the one I chose had just the right amount of shiny edges around it and the warm shades fits the fabrics I've bought. The one on the left was a tad too shiny and I didn't like the contrast of black borders.




Making of the skirt and apron was really easy. Everything was tied on, so there's no fastening on the garment itself. I was able to source for the green cotton fabric locally, as well as the white cotton lace for the striped skirt. However, the red and white fabric plus the gold lace trimmings are sourced from Taobao as I couldn't find them locally. I ordered them 2 months in advance so my materials can arrive in time, and I have time to sew before the convention. Always plan early!

I already got a belt from a thrift store nearby, which I repainted the PVC leather with acrylics to the shade of brown I wanted and made this cute little pouch which can slide onto the belt so I can store my belongings during the event! Oh, talking bout storage, I made hidden pockets in the dress too! They are really convenient when you need to walk around all day~




Look who's here to visit me!

Plan your costume schedule wisely and allocate time to work on it each day. I actually just started a full time job as I started working on this costume. Each day after work I only have about an hour or 2 to sew or craft, unless it's the weekend where I can stay home all day on Saturday to sew. In total the whole process of making this costume took 20+ days (not including prior research and material sourcing).




Test fit of the costume so far~

I'm missing the boot covers and the wig. Oh, and I did sew a white blouse for the outfit. It's a simple basic top with sweetheart neckline and puffed sleeves. The length of it doesn't really matter because you're gonna tuck that into the corset. For the bottom, I wore a petticoat which I bought online for the poof. You can always make that.... but it's a lot of fabric to deal with so I rather get a ready made one.




Close of details of the top.

I first wore the blouse top, stockings and petticoat, then the corset, followed by the skirt and apron then finally the belt. There're so many layers in this costume!




Boot covers are up next! I used white PVC leather which are a little stretchy. The process is about the same as how I did the boot covers for my previous Little Witch Academia costume. I added 3 velcro tabs at the bottom, where the space between the platform and the heel is. A mini 'collar' was sewn on, floral applique were attached with hot glue gun and the line down the middle was painted on with red acrylic paint. These were all done within a day's time.




I did a costest of Tsuyu earlier on before the costume was ready. I thought I might as well show you my makeup test too. This was how the wig looked like before I styled it with braids on the sides.




Latest costest selfie~ I didn't make the tongue, it was a sour chewy candy XD Styled the wig here and changed a little on the eye makeup for the bottom lashes.




And finally a full look of the costume! I can't wait to bring this cosplay to Comic Fiesta this coming weekend! After the event I definitely want to do a photoshoot for this costume ♥ Upon completing this costume, I feel the sense of achievement looking how much I've progressed this year in costume making. This year I only started sewing costume in May, which is the Stocking Anarchy one which feels really simple compared to this set. For 2018 I'm looking forward to sew even more challenging projects!

Thank you for reading this far and please continue to support my costume making journey~ Especially on my social media platforms! Facebook & Instagram
December 11, 2017

Cosmart 2017

Cosmart was held at the end of October on the weekend before Halloween. It's my first time attending this event because I have always been away in Singapore when it happened during the years before. It is an event where cosplayers can rent small booths to sell any second hand items such as wigs, costumes, makeup, props and many more! I attended the event on its second day with Angel after our Little Witch Academia photoshoot.


Hello from Akko!




First thing to do as soon as I arrive was to collect my pre-order photobook from Kazuko and Weon Haur! I have been following them for a really long time and I love their cosplays so much. Their photobook was amazing, and even had tutorials on how they made their costumes! Plus they are super nice IRL, I always feel so happy meeting them ♥




Met some really nice friends at the event!




Got a photo with Ying Tze too, her original character was so cute! I love her poofy hair XD Also met Tomia who's super sweet too, and she said that I looked cute but I'm like 'You're the cutest here!!! *blushes*'




Was so happy to meet King again, the last time I saw her was at Comic Fiesta 2013. And Sansin who was super nice and she held my hand when we met?! *melts* I'm so happy I finally met her!





We also found Jasminka! Super thrilled to find cosers from the same series :D




The event was hell at MyTown shopping mall's basement, and the lighting was quite dark. Many people walked outside to the open area for photos, and we did too, for selfies XD




We left the event around 6pm (actually we just went somewhere else in the mall) for dinner with some friends I got to know from Angel. Dinner was at a steamboat restaurant where we celebrated my birthday in advance too!




Looks as if I lighted up the candles on the cake with my magical wand, but if it's Akko I think she would've screwed up and turn the cake into something else hahahahaha XD




One more photo before we go home! Cosmart was super fun, probably because we had a great photoshoot to start the day, then while we were at the event, there were lots of people who recognized our cosplay. :D Got to know a lot of new friends and catch up with some old ones. ♥
November 23, 2017

Little Witch Academia photoshoot

Last month, for the very first time after cosplaying for 8 years, I finally did a proper photoshoot at a photo studio with my best friend Angel. I was the one who got her into Little Witch Academia and in the end we decided to cosplay together as Akko and Diana. The team at Trigger Studio produced some of my favourite series, even when they were still part of Gainax, namely Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, Space Patrol Luluco and so much more.

Our photographer of the day was Tin, who was even a bigger fan of Trigger than I am. Assisted us was his girlfriend Katsuki who helped us out with so many ideas and props, really grateful for having both of them at the shoot. We shot at Cupcats Studio which was having a limited time Halloween themed decor at one of their studio set.




My favourite photo from the shoot because it's just too funny hahahaha! It's the scene from episode 10, Bee Commotion. It was Katsuki's idea to shoot and edit this XD I'm printing this photo to decorate my wall lol




This was taken when Tin tested out the lighting and I didn't know if I should be posing yet, but it turned out looking nice :D Akko's dress is really short and when I sit in this costume I have to be extra careful. I mentioned in the costume WIP post about the different skirt length for each character :D




Studying really is not Akko's thing hmph.




Exemplary student, Diana~




'Guess who?'




'Hey, help me out with some magic spells~'




Akko never fails to mess up and Diana is always there to save her day ♡




'I swear it wasn't me who made this mess!'
'Watch me.'
'That's amazing!'




A bonus gif from the shoot!

To be honest, this being the first photoshoot experience for each of us, Angel and I were very surprised with the outcome of this set. We booked 2 hours at the studio and managed to finish the shoot before the allocated time and even had time for extra stuff like the Bee Commotion photo and this gif. During the shoot we were able to get the right shots from just 2 to 3 clicks which saved us so much time XD After the shoot we went to Cosmart which was just a 10 minutes drive from Cupcats Studio, which will be in the next post~ Thanks for viewing this photoset and please help to share it on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HanieKuar/media_set?set=a.10155122514660745.601230744&type=3)if you like it!
November 15, 2017

Tokyo, Japan 2016 | Day 10 & 11: Meiji Jingu & Shimokitazawa

This is the last post of my Tokyo trip and I'm happy that it's finally done, at the same time I'm looking forward to my next Japan trip. Probably not in the near future but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to explore more places the next time I go there. I'm sorry that this post has been delayed quite some time because lately I've just started a new job so I have been busy balancing work life plus rushing my costume for Comic Fiesta... which means there will be a new post on costume making soon~! I will cosplaying as Tsuyu Asui from BNHA's second ending at CF this year and so far I'm loving the costume progress so I can't wait to debut it ^^

Back to the topic of this post, I merged the last 2 days of my trip in Tokyo since they were pretty chill and I didn't take much photos. I only wanted to savor the remaining days of my trip in Tokyo before I leave. :')




On the tenth day of my trip, I went to Harajuku alone. By now I'm pretty familiar with the area already and I went there to check out Meiji Jingu and do some last minute shopping. It was a long walk to the shrine but I enjoyed the beautiful scenery and gorgeous weather that day.




Looking back, I really miss autumn in Japan.




Meiji Jingu was so packed already when I got there. It was a weekend so there were many locals as well as tourist there.




Spotted a cute girl in kimono. Love the colours and accessories she had on ♥




Saw these on the way when I was leaving Meiji Jingu. I only went there for a short while to take a look at the famous shrine, it's nice to be there but my favourite is still the Gotokuji Temple.




Harajuku Station.




I met Kurebayashi Haruka!!!

I was so surprised to spot her while I was casually walking around Harajuku! She's a decora fashion icon and even though I'm not into that I was happy to meet a famous personality lol :P I didn't take photos around Harajuku that day since I was just there for shopping. In fact I looked so tired by the end of the trip so I've got to cover up my face here XD




Ahh Japan and their beautiful train stations~




The next day, which is also my last full day in Japan, I met up with Misato at Shinjuku to shop at Okadaya since she has membership discount. We couldn't take photos inside so the only photo I took at Shinjuku was a pachinko building outside Shinjuku station lol ^^;




Afterwards we hopped over to Shimokitazawa to check out more vintage stores. We went to Haight which has really pretty stuff but it was so expensive D:




Also went to Toyo Department where lots of small vintage store were gathered and handmade accessories were sold. It's a great place to check out but I was too broke to buy stuff... though I still wasn't satisfied with shopping in Tokyo yet lol. I think it's possible to never feel that you've bought enough when you're in Japan. Not until your wallet says you only have money left for food and train fare. (:




A really cool western comic and animation themed store.




I'm really fascinated by the traffic at train railways. There isn't such thing around where I live and I find it so cool that people can walk across where the train passes by during intervals.




Last dinner in Tokyo. We went to a Tsukemen store because I haven't had Tsukemen yet after so many days in Tokyo. I ordered large portion and it was such a good meal!




Lastly we went to get crepe for dessert. It's my first time having crepe in Japan and it was my last day lol :P At least I got to eat it so I have no regrets hahaha~

The next morning I woke up and got out at 6am to catch my morning flight from Narita back to Kuala Lumpur. I dragged 2 huge luggages by myself for 2 hours train ride and I was so tired. When I weight them at the airport it was perfectly 30kg which was the luggage allowance I had. I must've looked so terrible since I had no makeup on and was sweating when it was freezing outside. Very good exercise for someone who never exercise lol :P

Thinking back I'm still really happy I went for this trip and check off one of my bucket list. I really hope I can go there again someday but for now I'm very much satisfied that I got to visit Japan. It was a gift which I worked so hard to save up for my 21st birthday, and a memory that will last a lifetime.