Anime North 2013!

Monday, June 03, 2013

 PICTURE HEAVY

I've been gone for a while.. mainly working on my cosplay and waiting for pictures. ^^
I've attend Anime North for a number of years now (last year) and this year I cosplay as Angewomon from Digimon.


I watched Digimon as a child but was a bigger fan of Pokemon, I admit. Still though, Angewomon is a kick ass cosplay that would be a challenge to make so I went for it. Making this cosplay has really inspired me to sew more and once I can work it into my budget, going out and buying ALL the fabric!

The making process:
I started about a month before the convention and was on a tight budget. I actually lost track of how much this cosplay cost me but it's around 150~200$ YIKES!!!! In retrospect, the wings would have cost that if I ordered an already made pair.

How I made the wings? Boy this was trial and error. I didn't want to pay for chicken wire so I decided to make my own. I bought bendable wire and mended them into chicken wire myself!


Then I weaved in a piece of hanger wire on the tops and bottom part. Then I weaved feather boas around, I originally bought turkey feathers but didn't get enough and the seller from China I bought them off of wasn't responding to my shipping questions... Turned out better than expected though! Also... put the feathers in LAST. Just a word of advice.



My original plan for the harness didn't work out but my jack-of-all-trades father put together this wooden tube harness. The wires were inserted into tubing from an old fridge then screwed onto a piece of wood. We then used left over tubes to hold everything on my shoulders. Everything was secured by more wire.


 This was the wings half done, I posted it on instagram.



The rest I thought would be easier. Okay, so I really don't know much about sewing but this fabric.... didn't work as I imagined! I'd cut a little piece off but then as I made the edges smooth it'd end up turning something penny sized into a toonie! I ended up exposing more than I wanted so I didn't seal off all the raw edges.


Next I made the arm and shoe pieces. I stuck the turkey feathers I bought on one of my shoes and made a shoe cover for the other one.





I actually made the mask first and the breast plates last. Like, the night before the con last. hahaha BIG MISTAKE!! I hadn't planned the breast plates very well and I used an old bra to paper mache' but.. sewing it onto my costume was difficult so I ended up using safety pins which lead to some unfortunate errors but what can you do.

 
 
 

Also the ribbon which I didn't take any photos of, it was pretty simple to make.

AND NOW THE FINISHED PRODUCT...

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pictures are by Freddy from Rykius, check out his other photos, they're awesome!!


 The best for last.. my favourite picture:


I had some other shoots booked but I was too cold/tired so I just "rescheduled". Quotes since I have photographer friends who I can ask to shoot more with. ^_____^
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Let me just say it was FREEZING that weekend. Not only was it something like 14C but the wind was crazy! The first day I opted out of the costume because I didn't want to get sick so I just wore my purple wig, cat ears and my high school uniform.. bumped into my friend who had the freakiest/coolest costume!

Photo by Ellie
He got so many photos taken. haha

The Saturday I was Angewomon but I wont lie, the majority of the weekend was spent inside my hotel room with friends. WE HAD A BLAST. omg
SHOTOUTS TO LEON, LOVE YOU! THANKS FOR SPENDING SO MUCH TIME WITH US!!
 

The rest of the time I just looked like a variation of that ^. Nothing too crazy!


Perry decided to put this on our door. You can just guess the shenanigans that happened as a result. ;sigh;


Who I bunked with: Jen and Eric. You've seen Eric before since we've been buds for a million years. Jen and I have known each other for a while and sometime last year our friendship bolted into this fun mess. haha

Sunday we did some shopping and buy some shopping I mean I bought only ONE thing. I'm a pretty savvy shopper and know the prices for a lot of memorabilia so I wouldn't pay more for something I can find for less on eBay. I spent a lot of time in the artist alley and found the CUTEST bunny ears.

I evoled into Blanketmon it was so cold. haha
돼지토끼 - pig-rabbit forever (•ㅅ•)

They're made by La Beauté D'un Rêve. It's so well put together, you can tell a professional made it! I had a hard time choosing a style actually but I decided this one since I liked the placement of the ears. I had a nice chat with the designer who also is a blogger! She's super sweet and creates amazing things, super in love with everything!

Overall I had a fantastic weekend. I admit the weather did ruin it for me and it was COMPLETELY different from last year.. Spending a weekend with people you have fun with no matter what is the best and what friendships should be.

I may not have had a chance to meet up with as many people as last year but we're all friends right? Don't need a con to bring up together. I'M LOOKING AT YOU DAIKI.

LOVE YOU GUYS. ♥♥♥

Also, I'm super into cosplaying now and want to do it more and more! What would you cosplay as if you could be anyone?

(next post will be a review of the wig I'm wearing as Angewomon)

Freddy entered us in a competition, so if you'd please, VOTE FOR US HERE!

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