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!
Pompadour Wig Tutorial - http://bar-code-cat.tumblr.com/post/53041684362/how-i-made-my-wig-for-josuke-pompadour-wig-tutorial
Fuzzy Fox Ears Tutorial - http://cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/fuzzy-fox-ears-tutorial/
Alright chums and chumps, let’s you and I talk about my tights for Blake.
That’s right, those bad boys right there.
At first I was going to buy a pair on Etsy, but every pair I found was around $40. And I was willing to pay that price! For convenience, and also because the thought of dyeing my own was
terrifying a little scary. But then Michelle posted about dyeing fabric and encouraged me to try, and making my own would cost a lot less. Plus, the tights I’d found weren’t quiiiite the color I wanted, so… why not, right?
So come along, friends, as I walk you through the process (I wouldn’t call this a guide, so much as helpful show-and-tell)! From the dyeing to the symbol painting! With words, links, a couple photos (not as many as I’d like, sorry :/), and even a video! **jazz hands**
I don’t know when my next con will be (maybe AUSA or Nekocon?) but I still want to be working on a costume. I need to remake Ember Celica for Chelsea, finish up Ravager (so many scales… and figure out the neckline and sleeves and how to put the damn thing on,) and then… something. Something big and badass and awesome. Something to reeeeally push me.
I mean, making all the props for Katsu was a push! I’ve never made such involved props before, and it was great, and I learned at least a little (e.g. straight lines: fuckin hard. Circles: fuckin harder.)
And now I want to keep stretching and make like… something armored, maybe. I’m torn between someone from Fire Emblem: Awakening, the Legend of Dragoon, Dragon Age, or any iteration of Lightning (especially since Michelle said she thought I’d make a good Lightning and I just ;____; that just really meant a lot to me.)
Aaaand I’m open to hearing thoughts :D
AHHH you guys were so cute!! I hope I get to run into you at another con!
You too! And same! I (Weiss) currently live on the west coast, but Sonia and Chelsea (Blake and Yang) live over on the east coast. I’m hoping to come back for another east coast con at some point, but if you’re ever on the west coast, hit me up!