Monday, September 4, 2017

Cosplays That I Lost Interest In


Hello folks!

Today, I will write a bit of a different post but I'm sure the topic is familiar to many cosplayers out there. Namely planning/working on a cosplay and then completely losing interest in it for whatever reason. Familiar situation, no? Anyway, I thought about this post at first, if I should write it or not, some might see it unnecessary but I didn't; there is always a reason behind why I drop a character from my cosplay list. Who knows? Maybe someone out there is interested to know why or what happened to character x, that I haven't mentioned for months/years? I'd like to avoid keeping people waiting forever for something, that I know already, won't ever happen. Myself, I despise waiting for something/someone just to find out, much later, that it/they never showed up. Few things will piss me off like this one does.

On this post I also want to notice you peeps that this list will only include characters that I have mentioned in this blog! The ones on my cosplay list do change at times but those changes, well, aren't visible here so they don't matter. This is a "from then to now" list, so don't be surprised if you see old cosplay candidates that I have dropped in the past, like the Ah! My Goddess genderbends as this is, after all, a complete list. I want this to be an easy-to-follow list with all of my dropped cosplays in one single list, instead of separate posts scattered throughout my blog. I won't delete the old posts though, done is done, but new cosplay drops will be added to this list in the future.

Note: I will list characters from oldest to newest that got dropped. Also, if a character isn't here then that means I still consider or want to cosplay them.

Alright, let's start this!


Character: Izuru Kira
Series: Bleach
Dropped: 2012

I'm not surprised if the majority of my readers have no idea where this character came from or that he has even been mentioned in my blog. Truth is, he was only once cosplayed and that was during Uppcon12 in 2012, in other words, when this blog was all fresh and new. Despite really liking the concept and idea of Bleach, I never really got that much into it. My Bleach knowledge was "sponsored" by Shiro Samurai and even if I had around 4 to 6 (I kid not!) planned Bleach cosplays back in the days, only one of them is someone I still want to cosplay today and that's Uryū Ishida - my favorite character. I do like Izuru as a character but that is not just enough for me to keep cosplaying him.

Character: Rukia Kuchiki
Version: Prison
Series: Bleach
Dropped: 2012

Another Bleach character. However, Rukia is here for a completely different reason than Izuru and hopefully, no other of my crossplays end up on this list for this speCific reason. Yes, you guessed it right. Rukia is here because I really felt uncomfortable crossplaying as her, despite liking her as a character. When I was new to cosplay, little did it cross my mind that "cosplay comfort" is a real thing and one that should always be taken into consideration when dressing up. I was mostly focusing on what the character was wearing (I don't mind kimonos) but ugh, I completely forgot the fact that I was about to... crossplay. For a first timer, I really didn't feel comfortable in this cosplay at all and it ruined my con, experience-wise. Luckily the white kimono works for other cosplays and from this, I learned that when I crossplay in the future, for the love of my identity, pick a character who wears more than just one single piece of clothing or something I would feel more comfortable with. Honestly, just wearing that one piece of knee-long kimono and nothing else, made me feel terribly naked at the con. Ugh, never again.

Character: Sandshrew
Series: Pokémon
Dropped: 2013

I did a kimono inspired Sandshrew gijinka for Närcon Vinter back in 2013, as a pair cosplay with Shiro Samurai, who also did a kimono inspired Pokémon gijinka to match our cosplays. Even if I had a decent time in this gijinka at the con and with Sandshrew being bloody nostalgic for me as a kid, the idea of this gijinka was very rushed and kinda of a last-minute one too. I don't plan to use this kimono gijinka version anymore, as kimono inspired cosplays (while I really don't have anything against them personally, I actually find many of them pretty) just, somehow, doesn't feel right for me. I just don't enjoy these types of clothes as much as the usual ones I run around in, overall. When it comes to Sandshrew gijinka and re-designing it, I say it now - sorry but I don't plan to re-design it, as the interest is long gone and I have other Pokémon gijinkas that I'm much more hyped about and rather put my precious time and money on.

Character: Len Kagamine
Version: Original casual
Series: Vocaloid
Dropped: 2014

A quick original version of my favorite Vocaloid, Len Kagamine, that I threw together for Skecon's Vocaloid concert back in 2014. This was was just a quick "cosplay for the concert" and nothing I plan to use again. I will cosplay Len again in the future though and do an actual version of him. Which one that is, you'll see one day.

Character: Peorth
Series: Ah! My Goddess
Dropped: 2015

A beautiful design on a character who knows how to get what she wants and has quite the attitude, in a good and respectable way, earns my interest pretty quickly. Peorth was one of my original genderbend plans but I dropped her because of two reasons. The first one was that I never came up with a design I liked enough and the second one is that she lacks story and character depth. The last one being easily the biggest bummer for me, as the vast majority of characters I end up cosplaying has a deep story and personality that I love. Then again, Peorth is a side character so it could be expected, to some degree, but I can't help to think and let my mind wander; what made her become the person she is? And why is she (at one point in the series) trying to "force" the main guy to fall for her instead of Belldandy? What happened to her in the past and so on? I would really be interested in the psychological aspect of her character and especially her childhood... if Goddesses have one, that is.

Character: Lind
Series: Ah! My Goddess
Dropped: 2015

The Valkyrie Lind, who is also from the magical world of Ah! My Goddess is actually my favorite Goddess from the cast. Sadly Lind didn't quite make it to the "want to cosplay" list in the end, as she fell short for the very same reasons as Peorth did. The little you discover about her story, is actually pretty cool and very unique to the Ah! My Goddess world. Unlike the other Goddesses you get to know in the series, Lind is a skilled Valkyrie fighter and fights evil beings in both the Goddess and human world alike. Correct me if I'm wrong, it was a long time ago I finished the manga. I like Lind and what she stands and fights for along with her personality and design but sadly, that just isn't enough in the long run for me to cosplay and genderbend her. I really enjoyed reading Ah! My Goddess, don't get me wrong, and it's a superb feel-good series with plenty of moments that will pull at your heartstrings, but sadly, many of its characters suffer character depth and story development, in my opinion.

Character: Kratos Aurion
Version: Judgment / Cruxis
Series: Tales of Symphonia: The Animation
Dropped: 2015

The anime version of Kratos in his Judgment/Cruxis outfit. I mentioned him in a post in the past and this version got dropped back then. Originally dropped as I couldn't be bothered to make the almost same costume twice, as I prefer the game design of it.

Character: Levi
Series: Attack on Titan
Dropped: 2015

As probably expected, my Attack on Titan hype has decreased the last few years since I got into the series but don't get me wrong, I still like the series, its idea/concept and I look forward to see how it ends. However, the soundtracks and the suspense of it are, in my opinion, the cherry on top of the cake! Normally, I dislike/have no interest in popular series but Attack on Titan was different for me and I really enjoyed it. Sure it's brutal and all but heck, they're at war with titans so what did you expect? Levi is still my favorite soldier of the entire cast and I believe him to keep that position all the way to the end of the series and yes, I still want to cosplay him not just his over-done Survey Corps version. So that's why he's on this list. When I decided to cosplay Levi for the first time, I was really happy to find a badass short male character that I can cosplay and up to this day, I am still happy to have stumbled upon this guy.

Even if I technically have his Survey Corps outfit at home, I don't plan to cosplay said version of him anymore. I just don't like doing an over-cosplayed version of a character when there are plenty of other cool, lesser done versions out there, especially from the Wings of Counterattack game. I'm not 100% sure yet which version I'll do, but I'm strongly leaning on doing the one where he has a black long coat, red shirt and black pants. We'll see what the future holds in store for this one.

Character: Kratos Aurion
Version: Judgment / Cruxis
Series: Tales of Symphonia
Dropped: 2016

First off, I know that many of you are probably very surprised to see Kratos on this list and well, I am a bit surprised too that I ended up putting him here in the end! But let me tell you why he is on this list and that's certainly not because I don't like him anymore or anything like that. He is still one of my favorite characters of all time (note that I said "one of my" and not "my favorite") and even if I still really like him and what he stands for, fights for and believes in etc. I would be lying if I told you guys that Kratos hasn't had a significant drop from my so-called "I really like this character" list, ever since I got into Hetalia and my new way of living life. I actually don't know exactly why he has dropped that much recently, it was happening so naturally and he just doesn't speak to me the same way he used to do. Easiest way to explain this would be to say that people change, their life and goals change, their interests and tastes change and heck, people get into new stuff, fandoms and series etc. Change is a natural way of life and I guess all the things I went through the past years changed me a lot - and that's probably why I don't relate to Kratos as much as I did in the past. Honestly, I relate more to Lloyd nowadays (the main character of the game) and my favorite beer brothers in Hetalia.

However, no worries Tales of Symphonia fans. I will absolutely keep cosplaying Kratos in the future but just in his default and pre-game outfits (that I have) as I really don't have the time, money, lust nor inspiration to do his Judgment/Cruxis outfit anymore. Anyone familiar with sewing and crafting can say that the outfit is a bigger project and the interest to do it, is just not there anymore. I have also taken a strong preference towards his default outfit lately, especially when I reflected over what the both outfit's represents to him and when he wears them in the game. Those who have played the game/seen the anime (which doesn't even hold a candle to the game!) knows what I mean and without a doubt, I want to represent Kratos in his good, happy, pleasant memories and moments so I choose his default outfit. Besides, I don't think his Judgment/Cruxis outfit is that comfortable to wear or practical for that matter - my two biggest worries at cons. I mean, how the heck do you take an emergency shit in that thing?! xD

I really like the symbolic design of it but that isn't everything.

Character: Shin Kazama
Series: U.N. Squadron
Dropped: 2016

Shin Kazama is my favorite fighter pilot from one of my most treasured childhood games - U.N. Squadron (known as Area 88 in Japan). This game holds so many good and equally frustrating game memories and despite strongly liking and having the feels about Shin's story and personality overall, I gave up on this cosplay project because Shiro Samurai decided to start doing it and I know that he will do it 20% cooler than I ever will, lol. Especially when he bought a legit military helmet to start with, then you know it's good stuff coming up. I'm really excited to see this cosplay of his taking flight (hehe, see what I did there, eh ;D) and therefore completely leave all the fighter pilot glory to him. Maybe I just do a casual version of him one day because eff yeah, Shin Kazama! Besides, I do have a fitting wig that would work for him too. I would love to bring this childhood hero of mine to life, if I can find a more appealing, simpler design of him that I can do instead of his aviator gear. Good luck to my bro with the cosplay though!

That's it for me and I keep listing cosplays here when changes occur in the future. Do you have any cosplays you've lost interest in? Why? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Guren Ichinose Preview


I'm back with some more photos of my Guren Ichinose (Seraph of the End) costume, as I promised in my last post. This is a preview photoshoot just so that you all can get a better look at my costume and my awesomeness, kekekeke that I got from Cosall. Big thanks to them for sponsoring me once again! <3

I also want to add some thoughts about the character here and why I cosplay him; First off, I still need to finish the manga I'm currently reading (Samurai Deeper Kyo for those interested and it's legit good!) so that I can finally start watching Seraph of the End. Yes, I only watch/read one series at a time, so that I can give my 100% concentration and interest to it. However, don't get me wrong, I have read a little bit about Guren's background (I liked what I read *insert feels here*) and from all the pictures I saw of him (while searching for official references) he really seemed like the type of character I would fancy. So yes, I do have some minor knowledge about Guren and the series but this is gonna change once I get to watch the anime.

Besides, I have always loved Seraph of the End's character design (especially the uniforms) so even if I -for a reason or another- would end up disliking the series more than liking it; I would still cosplay Guren purely for the backstory and awesome design.

Anyway, you peeps most likely came here for some photos so let's roll them out, shall we?

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Guren Ichinose)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai

Myself, I'm happy with these photos and I look forward to learn more about the character and how I should pose for him. These poses are all thought-up-at-the-moment kind, hehe. Seriously, it's hard to pose for a character you don't know that much about, yet.


Guys, is it just me or do you also feel that something important, like the essence of my blog, is about to be left out? My blog has felt different lately and somehow "less me" do you peeps understand? Wait, hold on now, I will try to figure it out as I almost got it on my tongue for a split second *intensive thinking*



Enjoy or run faaar away! Whichever you choose, this beautiful face will follow you all the way... in your mind! *evil laugh*

... okay okay, I'm out dudes :DD

Saturday, August 5, 2017

[Sponsored] Cosall Review: Seraph of the End Guren Ichinose Cosplay Costume

Hello everyone!

On 22nd of April 2016 something I really didn't expect happened and I got very excited about it! You see, on said date the cosplay costume store Cosall (they are a sister store to the more popular CosplaySky) contacted me and asked if I would be interesting in a sponsorship with then and review one of their costumes. I of course, as a cosplayer and someone who wants to help the community and people in overall, took this chance and we spoke through the details soon enough. I looked also through their store (which used to be smaller back in the days) and checked through all of the costumes I would be interested in and in the end, I ended up picking their Guren Ichinose costume from Seraph of the End or Owari no Seraph, if you prefer the Japanese title.

Even if this is a sponsored review, my thoughts and opinions will always be 100% genuine and my own. I despise dishonesty of any kind and I strongly believe honesty to be the best policy towards my sponsor(s) and readers in the long run. I will never compromise my honesty as I want others to learn and grow as a business/person. Thank you for understanding.

Now let's get on with the review!

The costume was made and sent to me somewhere around early-mid May and I received it on late May or early June (going after the photos and mail dates, this is long time ago). To my surprise the costume came directly to my mailbox when it arrived which meant I didn't need to walk to the other side of town to pick it up, which is always appreciated! It was packed in a turquoise-green plastic bag with my address on it and when I opened the bag, I found the costume along with the measurement sheet in a costume bag with a resealable zipper. The costume looked really nice in the bag and I must say that the costume bag idea is great! I personally feel it's a safe way to keep the costume undamaged and clean during long distance shipping. Because this is a sponsored costume, I didn't pay for the costume nor the shipping and had it made in my own measurements.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Original packaging the costume came in.
Costume in its costume bag.
I tried the costume on at Shiro Samurai's place to see how it fits and the uniform jacket fitted well but the pants were a bit too broad for me at the waist, so I needed to fix that once I go to mom's. I have to say that all the details on the uniform jacket is pretty and on-point! I really liked it and the only two misses I noticed that they did, was that the school emblem logo (correct me if I'm wrong, haven't watch Seraph of the End yet) that should be below the horizontal mark with green, red and white, was completely missing. The other one was this gold colored medal/mark/whatever he has just under his collar, located in the middle of his upper chest. In the official art it's clearly golden and has the shape similar to that of a star with five spikes. On the costume, it is made out of some kind of metal and looks more like an actual medal/mark of some sort. Pretty cool, if you ask me. Myself, I don't mind these two minor details being different and missing, but I think it should be mentioned because there are those out there who expect online costumes to be 100% true to the official art. As these two are small stuff, they are easy to fix/replace when you have some basic sewing knowledge and of course, time. Can't sew to save your life? Google and Youtube are your friends man ;)

Here is an official art of Guren Ichinose (Seraph of the End) for reference:

The costume fabric at Cosall's said costume page is marked as "cotton" and "uniform cloth" but for me they feel like this medium-weight synthetic fabric. Since the jacket is lined it is more sturdy to the touch, compared to the pants making it feel more uniform-like, which is great for both quality and look. Great choice! When it comes to the lower part of the uniform jacket, I had to take in some centimeters from the belt as it was too long for me. This was an easy fix and all I did (at mom's later) was to re-stitch the existing straight seam and make the belt length shorter without cutting off the unnecessary length, just in case. On the pants, I had to do a bigger experiment as they were too big on my around the waist so I had to take in some at the sides to make them fit better. I could have used a belt too but even if I did, it would still look off around my waist as the size was just too big. It was better to fix it right away, mom also agreed to this idea. Since the pants had loop holes for a belt, I had to make sure to not screw any of those over while sewing the excess fabric in.
With both of these sizing mistakes I learnt and figured out, with the help of Shiro Samurai as well, that do not add extra centimeters to your custom measures as Cosall adds that. I have only myself to blame for this and it's not their fault at all - they did it correct.

One thing that had me a bit surprised/disappointed was the belts around the costume's left leg. The material choice was decent (some kind of faux leather-ish fabric, it fit) and the color of the belt buckles was gold, which is what you want accuracy-wise, but what bugged me was that both the belts only went halfway around the leg. Halfway. Belts never go just halfway around something, as far as I have seen in anime and manga but also, of course, reality.

This became easily the biggest fix for me in the entire costume. It was sad to see Cosall have such a clear miss on such a beautiful, good quality costume otherwise. I really hope they do something about it in the future, it's just really sad to see such an obvious miss, that just shouldn't be there in the first place. I'm sure they know how belts work on costumes and that's... just not the way, sadly. Their stock photo of the costume showed this miss too but you could barely see it, unless you checked the back photo of the costume. However, I gotta hand it to Cosall and say that they did an amazing job getting you the very same costume that their stock photo images showed at the costume's page. It was 100% accurate to the image so big points and thumbs up for that!

Because this entire "belts only going halfway" was bugging me, I, of course, took this project to mom's again (end of 2016) to well, fix it. I fixed it on the same go as I sewed in the pants. First I had to remove the belts from their original seam, take out the buckles from them and then cut out two new pieces of "belt stripes" from the fabric I wanted to use. At mom's, I know we have this white faux leather fabric (which I had used in the past) and from that, I cut out the two pieces in the desired length. Mom helped me to get the right fit for the belt circumference and I just had to insert the buckles to the right place and sew the new belts on top of the original seam. It took its time for me to fix this but it was all well worth it and not that much of a hassle, in the end. The costume looked much more complete after this fix and aside from it, I was really satisfied and happy with the costume I got from Cosall.

The photos below are taken on 2/8 2017 (with the costume fully fixed) at Shiro Samurai's place and first off, I really want to apologize to Cosall that this review is so late. You guys have no idea how much my conscience have nagged and chewed at me for over a year because of this. I feel really terrible for doing this so late (hello my ISTJ conscience :DD) but man, am I grateful and relieved that this is now finally behind me. I also want to deeply thank Cosall for their patience and understanding of my situation, as I have had so much going on lately and in short; my life did a complete 360 degree flip on my head and since then, I've been extremely stressed and busy from then to today to get things back in order. It was also difficult to get a time that worked for both me and my photographer, le bro, as he has also been really busy lately. To top it all off, we also needed good weather for this review, something that was a challenge in itself.

Below you find photos of the costume. I will also write a list of what was included in the costume and what was not.

This is what was included:
- Uniform jacket
- Arm badge + safety pin for it
- Gloves
- Belt
- Pants
- White dress shirt (not shown in review)

This is what was NOT included:
- Wig
- Belt for pants
- Sword
- Shoes

Cosplayer: Frozen Angel (Guren Ichinose)
Photographer & editor: Shiro Samurai

Left side.
Right side.
Link to Cosall main page: Cosall Online Costume Store 

As you peeps can see, this is a very solid and beautiful costume right down to the details. I love it and I can't wait to take it with me and debut it to a con! The sewing quality is good and clean throughout the entire costume and the golden buttons are sewed well in place, along with the rest of this costume's details. Yes, it's actually real buttons and not those fake ones you often see, which means that you really have to take your time and press your buttons (pun intended) to put on and take off this costume. Personally, I like that Cosall used real buttons for this cosplay, as it feels more authentic that way, because well let's face it, real uniforms have buttons.
 When it comes to the gloves, I think the fabric is cotton as they're really soft and comfy to wear, same goes for the belt but that's a more sturdy type of cotton. The red stripes on the sleeves and the collar seems to be satin band and it even looks good! Yes, I just said that satin can look good. To my positive surprise the black fabric used for the arm badge was thicker and more cotton-like than the one used for the cosplay. It felt more sturdy, which is good, and its white sides felt like either some kind of very thin PVC-like material or faux leather.

What I'm trying to say, is that I like their choice of materials, colors and the attention to details. I think Cosall did a great job on this costume. I don't feel that I need to worry about something to start ripping, fraying etc in the near future when I move around in this costume and that is great! The costume fits me well (after the changes), is nice to the skin and to the touch, comfortable to wear and is just overall pleasant to look at. I love its color scheme to pieces! <3

Here are photos of costume details. Enjoy!

Front close-up.
To show you more buttons and how you take it off.
The medal/mark below the collar that I mentioned above.
Decoration zoom.
Collar, notice the buttons on it. Sleek!
Epaulet zoom.
Arm badge. It's fastened with two safety pins to keep its place.
Gloves and sleeve end.
The more hollow metallic buckle is pressed on top of the other one to close the belt.
Lower uniform jacket "skirt".
This is what the belt looks like before I fixed it. As you can see, it stops at the side seams.
I think that's sums it up pretty well but I also want to say that the customer service I got from Cosall (when they contacted me through mail) was really friendly, professional and the replies fast and in good, understandable English. They are also fast to sew the costume, usually within 2 weeks, so you're going to get it fairly fast.

To sum it all up (short version):

Cosall is a China based online cosplay costume store with over 5 years of costuming experience. They have customers from many different countries and are trustworthy with great, friendly service. Their costume variety has grown a lot since they contacted me back in 2016, so now you can find many different series ranging from popular anime titles to book and comic characters, if you're into that. The costumes have good value and you get a decent and solid costume for your money and their prices are also affordable. When it comes to shipping, they have the regular shipping (which is slow but free) and an express option that will cost a bit extra but is really handy if you need your costume within 2-4 days. Costumes may have minor faults, for example, details can be missing so one should keep that in mind. If you order a costume in your own measures, make sure to not add extra centimeters as Cosall takes care of that or you end up like me, sewing and fixing that afterwards. However, measurements are tricky stuff so it's very easy that something, somewhere, might be a little bit off. After all, it's really difficult to sew a costume for someone you can't measure right at the spot; so keep that in the back of your head and be ready, that you might need to adjust/fix some measures to get that perfect fit to your costume. To put it shortly; having basic sewing knowledge will make your already good costume perfect.

Sometimes Cosall have sales on specific costumes, so it's definitely worth checking them out every now and then! Especially if you're a cosplayer or one-to-be when hunting down a specific character costume. Myself, I felt really safe ordering from Cosall, as soon as I was told by them, that they are a sister store to CosplaySky (whom I have bought from in the past).

Final Grade (from A-F): B+
Recommend to others:

In the end I'm really happy with my costume and that Cosall contacted me. I look forward to help them out in the future and I also want to deeply thank Cosall for making this review possible and for sponsoring me a fabulous costume! Thank you! <3 ^w^

If you haven't checked Cosall out yet and want to buy something cosplay related or know someone who is interested, by all means check them out! If you find something in their store tingling your fancy, don't hesitate to use the discount code CACAFA to get 15% off on your purchase. I would personally return to Cosall to do business in the future.

That's all for this review and thank you for reading. I hope this was helpful to you and if you have questions or comments, send them my way! My e-mail can be found at the left side of this blog, just under the "Disclaimer" note.

Stay tuned for a preview of this costume in its full glory within the coming days! ;)

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Hello Pokémon fans!

Today I went to the local toy store to grab that Giratina promo blister pack that I had my eyes on ever since I walked out from the same store a few days ago, with a Black Kyurem blister pack. I bought the Black Kyurem one mainly because of the 3 XY-Evolutions booster packs in the blister, as I heard from my bro, Shiro Samurai that it's basically the very first Pokémon cards since 20 years ago (that started the craze and was a big part of my childhood) re-printed and updated to keep up with the TCG cards of today. The nostalgia hit me in the face when I opened the Evolutions packs a few days ago and I got my favorite Pokémon of all time in reverse holo along with some other goodies, yaay! I think it was a decent pull overall but it's nothing to compare to what I got from those three Break-sets booster packs (still generation 6) in that Giratina blister from today. Holy shit! My jaw dropped all the way to the floor and it even took me a minute or two to realize how amazing pulls I just got! O__O

The best part? These six booster packs were also my very first booster packs of generation 6. I understand now why my friends call me Gladstone (Donald Duck) every now and then! Call me lucky! ;)

Oh and I stopped collecting Pokémon cards ever since the 5th generation of cards hit the market, as I just lost the interest to continue collecting. Nowadays I only buy blister/promo cards with Pokémon that I really like and if the artwork of the card applies to me as well. Yes, I'm just a collector so Energy and Trainer cards and the like have no value to me. I might start collecting the XY-Evolutions set but we'll see about that, as I still find the originals the best. #genwunner

Below you find the two blisters I bought, the booster packs of each and the rare cards I pulled excluding the common and Trainer reverse holo(s). Enjoy!

If you are interested in Trainer/common & uncommon reverse holo cards, e-mail me! I can sell/trade them along with other cards :)

Photographer: Frozen Angel

Black Kyurem blister pack.
Three Evolutions booster packs.
The rare cards of each pack.
The two most valuable cards. Notice that Exeggutor is a secret rare as its card number goes above 108.
Giratina blister pack.
A Fates Collide, BreakPoint and BreakThrough booster pack.
The rare cards of each pack.
Last but not least, I bought the blisters for their promo cards respectively:

Promo Black Kyurem and Giratina along with each blister's coin.
That's it for this post and while you go all jelly over my pulls, I go and freak out somewhere else :'DD


Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Green Hero Process Part: 8

Hello gamers and nerds of every color!

I have fought my way through the silence and here I am, bringing you peeps the next progress post about everyone's favorite hero in green - Link! Yes, I have finally been working on that particular sucker again!

Some reasons for my absence has been that I have been working plenty in the cinema the last months and a big chunk of my time has been spent on planning and getting "everything to work nicely" for my latest vacation, which was an almost-one-month long trip to Germany. I had plenty of fun there and I also got some cosplay stuff done too! The trip just gave me so much emotionally, spiritually and physically as well so a big, heartfelt Dankeschön to all of you wonderful people who helped me in different ways or spend time with me during my stay in Germany. I would so visit again! <3

Now to that green hero of time... whom time almost forgot, whoopsie! :'DD

Before I get to the "main progress topic" of this post, I just want to say that I did actually do something for about a year ago, to kick this project a little bit forward. What I did was that I attached the cross-shaped ribbon (that I sewed in the past) to the v-cut collar on the front of the shirt. This was the final touch to the shirt which meant that the only thing remaining now, sewing and clothing-wise on the cosplay, was the shoe covers.

Photographer: Frozen Angel

The shirt is finally done! DA DA DA DAAA! ~
Done looking? Good, let's go back to a more recent date then *plays hysterically Song of Time over and over again*


So, during the end of May this year or more exactly on 28th of May, I continued working on this forever-project of mine and a few days before the 28th, I went to mom's place because that's where all things cosplay happens! For the longest time (since my last progress post à la Link) I have wanted to do those light brown, shoe cover... things... the character has. See image below for reference:

See them? Those light brown ones below the knee of the character.
Luckily, since the last time I worked on Link mom put away a little bit of a mocha fabric that I wanted to use for the making of those shoe cover things. I really like the color of the fabric (not picture accurate though) as it would go really well with those dark brown knee boots that I bought during spring this year! Which was also an excuse reason that I haven't worked on this cosplay lately, as I haven't had the proper boots to model the shoe covers after. Legit.

The making of the shoe covers was rather simple and straightforward once I got the hang of it!

Mocha fabric and elastics of two different sizes.
I started out with measuring the circumference of the boot (when I wore it) to get the correct circumference for the shoe cover and once done with that, I also measured the desired length. Mom came to take the final measurements to make sure that I got it right, which I did, mostly. I can't remember the measurements anymore but it was a bit funny because somehow, mom and I, managed to miscalculate the fabric for the second shoe cover so we ended up cutting out twice as much as we needed! We epic facepalmed afterwards for the dumb mistake and got the laughter of the day as a bonus.

With the fabric pieces cut-out, I zigzaged some of the corners to prevent them from fraying, as usual. Then I kept sewing and folding the thing until it started to look more like a tube than a piece of fabric. Every now and then, I went to show mom the progress I've made and she told me how to continue when I got stuck or when my brain decided to hit standby mode. The more I sewed and followed mom's advice the more said piece of fabric started to look like a tube and mah boy, did I like it!

Corners zigzaged to prevent fraying.
Sewed one of the sides in and folded what I could fold at the time being. It looks like a tube now!
One side done (bottom) on the first piece of shoe cover. Neat.
Shoe cover from a distance.
Once done with one tube, I took the next one and just repeated the process. Much folding and straight-stitching going on here but I enjoyed it, so I surely didn't mind!

Both "tubes" done, now it's only the elastics left!
The elastics, duh!
Then it was time for attaching the elastics to the upper corners of both the shoe covers to make them well, elastic and adjustable. I had to keep in mind the width of the elastic when I folded and sewed the upper corner in place, to make sure the elastic would fit inside the fold. The width wasn't the only thing I had to keep track of. You see, I also had to make sure that I left an opening/hole that was big enough in the fold seam, so that I could use a safety pin to pull the elastic around the top of the shoe cover. I have a hard time to explain what I mean, but I hope the photos below gives you peeps an idea of what I was trying to say!

Straight-stitching the "fold seam" aka "tunnel" so that I can pull the elastic through it to its place.
Elastic pulled through with a safety pin. It's sewed together at the ends to keep them in place.
Both shoe covers completed. Eff yeah!
With both of the shoe covers done, there was only one thing left to do - namely try them out! So I dragged myself to the entrance of the house, put on the boots and pulled the shoe covers on top of them, all the way to their respective places.

Totally satisfied man!
Oh and I continue with Link once I can find that darned sword of mine, as it has been moved from the place where I put it last time (as mom did a big clean-up of the house) and now I have to find its whereabouts before I can continue with this project. Great, just wunderbar.

Anyway, that's it for this time and I leave you all alone with this guy until next time! ~

So, what's up next guys?