18 May 2017

Cosplay Adjustments: Saber - Haregi ver.

I purchased my Saber cosplay awhile back from 1/3 Delusion, and I love it immensely. The level of detail and work put into the kimono and details were beyond my expectations. It is as close to the figure as I feel I'll ever get. So today's post was just a minor adjustment I made in something already exemplary. And that is...

An odd deviation from her original obi design/shape. I think all designers and seamstresses have a reason for everything, but I couldn't figure out this one. Maybe it's my inexperience, but I was at a loss on how to make it look like the figure as it was.

 I tried scrunching it in a different way, forcing the interfacing to fan out under weight... in the end I decided to remove the interfacing altogether and replace it with something else.
 First step was to seamrip (nearly) everything apart from each other. You can see that the interfacing was very stiff, which wasn't the look I was going for. 
The fabric was so cute and perfect, so I did my best to be careful.
Careful seamripping!
Then I removed the interfacing. Plastic! No wonder.
I had my old Fiona (Adventure Time) bow from years ago, so I decided to use that for the interfacing instead! Using craft foam to stiffen bows is a very cheap alternative that allows it to keep its shape while still being lightweight and malleable (trying to weave my way through crowds with fragile costumes is not a fun time).
Sewing it back up! I used white thread and topstitched straight through the craft foam, down the middle, as it had originally been. The bow's band covers up the thread and seam, so it made my life a whole lot easier.
Then I attached the rest of the original bow, and handstitched the band back into place. Voila! Much fuller, and much softer looking. I think I might remove the interfacing in the smaller part of the bow as well, but for now this was a cheap and quick fix that I am content with.

02 May 2017

A Trip to Tulip Town

April showers is quite the understatement for Seattle this year, having broken its rainfall record for the second year in a row. We've gotten over 44in of rainfall between October and April! But with the rain comes beautiful, lush greens, and, naturally, gorgeous flowers for viewing.

In the spirit of that, my mom, Liz, and I went to visit Tulip Town for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! It was Liz's first time going, and since we had gone to Roozengaarde last year, we thought it'd be nice to check out Tulip Town instead.
Tulip Town is just a 3 minute drive from Roozengaarde, but it was our first time there as well! While Roozengaarde has more of a garden appeal, Tulip Town is several fields with rows upon rows of tulips. 
There are so many different types and colors, so it's really cool walking down the path and taking everything in.
Unlike last year, it was rainy and cloudy all day. The drive up was especially pouring, but thankfully it was a light drizzle up here.
I personally like taking photos in the rain - all the colors just pop pop pop! I think these ones were the double dreamy pinks.
They had a slow tractor touring along the wide paths -- which looked fun! I love hay tractor rides a lot. Reminds me of elementary school field trips.
It was also super windy, so everyone was bundled up!
in the back you can somewhat make out claudia tulips behind the burgundy ones!
Capri striped tulips
I think these are the double early amazing grace tulips. The rich color was absolutely stunning in person
left: Pink Vision | right: Amazing Grace
Moonwalkers and a little astronaut
light and dreamy
Red impressions, possibly?
gorgeous monte carlos :)
Liz looking super gorgeous! ‧⁺◟( ᵒ̴̶̷̥́ ·̫ ᵒ̴̶̷̣̥̀ )
Sweet Maries/Maria Christina tulips -- these were my favorite. :)
My hair was suuuper messed up from the wind, haha!
Some fire wings by the windmill!
Inside the enclosed area were little shops for food, art, and all sorts of knick knacks. You could even buy bouquets too! We got peach and yellow tulips, which looked so cute together - I wish I'd taken a photo of those. ><
Some budding flowers along the path from the parking lot :) so cute! 
We got back to the car, had lunch, and headed on home!

13 April 2017

Sakuracon: Day 0

After prepping and packing for the con, I met up with my friends for dinner at Pike Place Market! It was super windy, but the setting sun was gorgeous, so we walked around while waiting for our table.
Seattle is filled with all sorts of quirky graffiti haha.
Chan is always a safe dinner plan, in my opinion. We tried new dishes tonight! This was the korean fried chicken wings. So spicy! So yummy!
skillet bibimbap!
Bo SSAM - suuuper good!
After dinner, we walked over to SHUGS and got some ice cream. ^^ I love their interior and overall theme -- it's very pastel retro! I ended up getting coffee ice cream.
I had to pick up my badge before everyone went to sleep, so I left early~
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