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07 February 2006 @ 12:12 am
Sewing With Sakaki: SUPAR DINGBAT  
Interim Report: Project "Make a Less Shitty Collar"

I always knew that cosplay had the potential to be a money sponge like few other hobbies do, but it finally just hit me how much of a timesink it is as well. This little piece of fabric that I am dealing with now is eight inches wide and approximately fifty-six inches long, and despite being so narrow, it's somehow already sucked in four hours: pinning, repinning, adjusting, accidental stabbings, making faces at it, and stitching. Kimono collars make me homicidal. They make me want to wear a helmet in public, pillage small coastal villages, and sack Rome.

On the upswing, this one is turning out much better than my first attempt (though this is mostly because my first go-through was completely effed up). ProctorSilex gave me some tips that really illuminated the neck-accomadating process (such as, you fold/press it thrice not just twice). On the downside, it's not done tonight, as I had hoped it would be. I'll finish it tomorrow, definitely, then the painting shall commence.

Aside from the collar, the red kosode has turned out fairly well so far. There are a lot of imperfections (.......... asdasl;dfkj damn collar), but considering the number of new-to-me-concepts I'm implementing in this costume, there's a lot I'm secretly proud of. The thing is French seamed to the extreme, which may account for some of my mysteriously vanishing time. All body panels, where the sleeve connects to the body, and the sleeve bottoms are done in this manner. Also, pick any seam, pick any seam! You'll find that it's back-tacked on both ends! Just not always as straight as I would like ...

I love the power of this particular red hue, and I wish there was more of the material that I could purchase!

Also, extremely shitty new hair pictures ahoy!
Current Mood: exanimategoing to require 2x as much coffee
ex_erikadoor819 on February 7th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
The biggest problem people have with collars is not cutting them on the bias....you need all the stretch you can get.

I digs the hair, yo!
One Who Wanders: erkabiona on February 8th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
I think an "Oh shit" is in order re: bias, but the thing is on. Not very beautifully, true ... but much better than the first incarnation. It's all a learning experience. @_o (Is it weird to be acutely embarrassed that my stay-stitching shows in two spots ...? x_X)

I digs teh Erika yo! XD I think I'll probably keep it this short for a while. (If I could find a way to make a couple sprigs of hair defy gravity, it would work for Hitomi!)
Emily: Hinataetoileeyes on February 7th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
I like the cut! Very cute. Thanks for the pictures. Was Pittsburgh nuts after the superbowl win? I can just imagaine. What costume are you making by the way?
One Who Wanders: AAGH!abiona on February 8th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
There was much screaming and dancing in the house of Mr. and Mrs. Dance, I can only imagine what went on in public places. The amount of honking was crazy.

I'm making Asano Rin from Blade of the Immortal. Or at least, attempting to create a recognizable version of such. x_x
Emily: Ryoko Blushetoileeyes on February 8th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
I can only imagine what was going on in public places... lol

I just found a picture of Asano Rin, the kimono is Gorgeous. It'll be a fun costume especially because you get to carry weapons with it. Props are fun!! I can't wait to see it.
One Who Wanders: blahabiona on February 8th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Because I procrastinated so long, I'm so going to be propless for Katsu. @_o; I should get it done thereafter, though.
Lokiateeq on February 9th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
I like this one: http://pics.livejournal.com/abiona/pic/0002fesr/g8

I sense introversion in these pictures. Or are you trying not to laugh in all of these pictures? -.-;
One Who Wanders: battyabiona on February 9th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)