Due to Popular request I’ve finally got around to making the tutorial for how we made the open front petticoats for Goddess Madoka and Walpurgisnacht. Now, before I get into the details about the making process let me give you a little behind the scenes; When I first set about to making the pair of costumes I had no idea how to do the open front, nor had I seen any tutorials online on how to do this except from making your own cage, which I didn’t have the ability to do in our house. So- The process I used was one based on trial and error; Madoka’s petticoat was the one I made first, and Walpurgis’ was the one I made for the tutorial.
Now! On to the Tutorial! You can find the details under the cut—-
Difficulty Rating: ★★ - Basic techniques that can be perfected over time
Hello! I'm making a gambol shroud, and I'm using your videos and a few other guides as reference! I already have the skeleton/weapon put together from foamboard and cardboard, but I was wondering what the best molding/filling material is that I should use? I tried using bondo the first time but that didn't turn out so well, and in your video you used apoxie sculpt, so I was wondering what you recommend? Thanks!
Long story short, I suck and I’m not sure what I’d recommend. :(
I really liked Apoxie Sculpt to build up the scabbard so that there wasn’t a huge gap between that and the hilt of the sword, but you could definitely tell it was there —
I think it looked fine in non-closeups, but it’s definitely something to be aware of. Maybe if I’d sanded it more I could have gotten things smooth, but I was starting to sand off the foam core too and I was worried about that, so I stopped. It also adds a not insignificant amount of weight, although I kind of liked that it gave everything heft.
I used Elmer’s Wood Filler on the 3DMG and Myrtenaster and it had the same problem, but not quite to the same extent — maybe because I could sand it more as I wasn’t worried about sanding away the Sintra/wood, so that might be worth a shot too.
I suspect it comes down to doing a lot of sanding… I also think I probably could have smoothed/flattened the Apoxie Sculpt out more when applying it, thus making the “seams” of “I put Apoxie here but not here” less obvious.
I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help! :(
Goddamn, this is some gorgeous trim! Can you guess what I’m working on?
DIY New Circle Skirt App from By Hand London here. The actual app is here. What I really like about this app is after you plug all your data in the app tells you the fabric length required:
From my phone a picture I text,
Can you guess which costume is next?
I’ve picked my next costume! I’m hoping to have it finished by Otakon in August… even though I haven’t registered for it yet because I haven’t fully committed to going, hahaha.
I probably won’t be buying the materials for it until next month (my budget is still recovering from Katsucon,) but I’m planning everything out now… and getting really excited to tackle the wings/wing harness and the armor (gonna use Worbla for the first time!) :)
Booker DeWitt (genderbent version) from Bioshock Infinite
"A heads up to everyone who is or has has been feeling sick after Katsucon, it has been confirmed that one of the flu strains that has made people sick is the H1N1 virus. If you’re feeling sick or have flu symptoms, PLEASE get to a doctor to prevent further spread of the virus. As a word of advise, if you’re feeling sick or running a fever, you should not be exposing an entire convention to your illness. Stay in bed, drink plenty of fluids and get some rest. No con is worth exposing thousands of people to a virus."
A member of staff just passed away due to this virus after contracting it at con.
Wanted to give a heads up to my followers—I’m absolutely appalled that someone would bring H1N1 to a convention. If you’re sick, stay at home or stay in your room or something—cons are NOT amazingly essential parts of your life to the point where it’s necessary to not miss one at all costs.
So, basically, Sonia, you are the reason I want to cosplay Blake. I've watched your Gambol Shroud videos a million times! I have a question about the vest, if you don't mind! Which letter from the pattern did you follow and what kind of fabric did you use? I'm a n00b at sewing and can barely hand sew things, so I'm trying to get as much info as I can to make this easier on myself(: Thank you in advance!
Aaah, oh man, I can’t believe I’m why you wanna cosplay Blake! But it’s incredibly flattering and aaaahhh (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) (Hahaha, my middle name is inarticulate…) Unfortunately, I too am a noob at sewing… and I kind of hate it… and I’m reasonably sure my sewing machine hates me, too… Michelle was kind enough to make the vest for me, so I’m gonna pass this question on to her. :)
Michelle here. I think I mentioned it previously, but for anyone who might not have seen, I used Simplicity 3629 for Sonia’s Blake vest. I don’t think I really used one particular letter. If you take away all of the unique details, all of the vests are the same. I just cut out the base parts for the vest without bothering with the pockets and grommet holes. If you’d prefer to look at one letter, though, you can look at A. Then just ignore the pockets.
So basically, I just took the pattern and altered all the lines to where they needed to be for Blake. An easy way to do this is to sew a mockup of the vest exactly as the pattern says. Then once you’ve finished put it either on yourself or a dress form and mark lines with a sharpie where everything needs to be adjusted (lowering the center front, making the points on the bottom front, etc). The only place where fabric will need to be added are the tails in the back. You can take some paper and cut out the shape of the tails, and then tape it to the back of the mockup.
Once everything is shaped the way you want it, just take a seam ripper to it and use each piece as the pattern for your final vest. One other tip: when you’re sewing your mockups, adjust the stitch size on your machine to the widest it will go. This will save you SO much time when you have to rip everything apart.
Lets see, you also asked about the fabric. I chose a black polyester suiting for Sonia’s vest. It has a good weight and wont wrinkle easily.
Hope this helps!