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A selfish little need
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How do you love somebody else?

Princess Emeraude - Magic Knight Rayearth - CLAMP

INCIDENTALLY. Pardon nasty face/nasty mirror/nasty lighting/nasty me. I am almost through with the dress portion. Gotta hem, finish the sleeves, etc…  THAT said.

Top two are canonical. It’s basically a big triangle. This thing is HUGE. Which is great, it means my skirt is enormous, allows for lots of pretty folds and spinnies C:

But it makes me look like a total tent. Granted, Emeraude is supposed to be tiny and like. five feet tall, so that works for her. However… I am not. So. I need to do something to define my body a bit. There are draping beads on either side of the breastplate that are supposed to kind of outline her shape, but those aren’t gonna be heavy enough to hold the fabric down. So I’m considering adding a second strand of elastic under my bust to kind of give me a bit more of a figure back, and also make more of a Regency Era silhouette as well.

What say you guys? Canon and be a tent, or tweak a bit so I don’t look like a nightgown with bits glued on?

OK, so, halp. I have found that I don’t pose well without some kind of prop/something to do with my hands. Otherwise I just end up kind of…there. So Emeraude is often pictured with two kinds of flowers.

Lilies, and Wisteria. Which should I carry? I’m tempted for the wisteria, since it’s unusual and a bit less… Funereal? What say you?

Something that occurred to me while I looked through my costumes

I haven’t done most of the typical Cosplay Milestones!

  • A school uniform (pleats terrify me, and tailoring… dkjfnskj)
  • Feathered Wings
  • A Magical Girl outfit(!!)

I mean that’s kind of alarming. So far my COMPLETE list has been, from beginning to most recent:

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So I put together a sort of portfolio of costumes highlights… I omitted most of the simple Homestuck ones, or ones I just don’t have photos of anymore… And it’s sorta weird to look through them and go

"Wow look how I’ve improved"and simultaneously, "wow look how I’ve gotten lazy"!

It’s also interesting, since I’ve started in 2008 (with a year-long break, 2010, where I didn’t cosplay), I’ve kind of settled into a “type.” It’s either long, draped dresses with a few key accessories, or short, nipped-waist, detail-heavy garments.  Also I shun pants. (I have only done two with pants: Penelo and Regene.)
I really have a LONG way to go to catch up with some of my friends, but I’m proud of the progress I’ve made in 5 years, considering it was all self-taught and petering away at them while working!

You know what I’m sick to death of?

Telling people I’ve cosplayed/am working on a cosplay from Homestuck and having their faces wrinkle up like a prune, or look at me like I’ve been coated in curdled milk.

Like. I’ve had people do a literal 180 on me from letting me help them at work to not listening to a word I say because of the series I cosplayed from. Or people who were friendly and chatty, till I tell them what I wore last, and they scrunch their noses like I smell bad.

There are lots of series I’m not terribly endeared to or straight up don’t care about/dislike out right now, but if someone told me they were cosplaying them, I’d fucking help them make it the best.

I have been sewing for ten years, I teach at work, and I’ve been cosplaying since 2008, I know what the hell I’m doing.

I’m just frustrated. It’s really drained the joy out of cosplaying it lately. It’s been nice working on Emeraude and having people be pleasant.

Fefetasprite quick shots!

Fefetasprite makeup test!
DEFINITELY a lot to learn/fix here… For a little while I was running around like THIS LOOKS TERRIBLE I CAN’T WEAR THIS TO KATSU but I think I got it figured out. I’m amazed at how utterly different White makeup v. grey is, though. Grey hides a lot of evils, but white shows everything. Definitely have to be MUCH more precise with my lipstick and eyeliner.
But! It was just a test, and I’ll know better by Saturday. Hahah….sob.

Fefetasprite makeup test!

DEFINITELY a lot to learn/fix here… For a little while I was running around like THIS LOOKS TERRIBLE I CAN’T WEAR THIS TO KATSU but I think I got it figured out. I’m amazed at how utterly different White makeup v. grey is, though. Grey hides a lot of evils, but white shows everything. Definitely have to be MUCH more precise with my lipstick and eyeliner.

But! It was just a test, and I’ll know better by Saturday. Hahah….sob.

Cosplay contemplation

Soo it seems like in the foreseeable future- mostly next year, I’ll be on the Eastern con circuit. Granted most of these conventions I’ll be with ODIP and therefore be in Lolita wear, but after the Dealer’s room closes, I’ll probably want to cosplay! At least a little. More than likely I’ll want to scratch off my makeup and be a kigurumi hobo for the rest of the day. Yay! But as of right now I uh. I have no cosplay plans? Like none.

It’s really weird for me not to have them! Usually I have a ton lined up. I’ve gotten good photographs of most of my HS costumes and so I don’t feel the need to reprise them, and not really anything’s jumping out at me to make it! :C I haven’t seen any GASP I MUST MAKE THIS outfits lately. I’ve sort of wanted to do a Fancy Dreamer, but honestly I feel like much better cosplayers have covered that category, and haven’t liked any redesigns I’ve attempted.

I’ve also wanted to do a Vriska? Because, BB, etc… But again I don’t really wanna do defaults or another Godtier.

I’m in a really weird costume-block. It goes with my artblock. Nothing coming out currently anime-wise has my attention so I have no group to join, so anything I’d do would be solo.

Part of me really wants to do a sort of “old school” costume, an older anime or manga, an old cartoon. old movie, etc. I’ve really wanted to do Sailor Moon for the anniversary year! like… her default outfit or her Serenity gown. (Maybe one of the artbook versions? They’re all so pretty.)

But I have no idea what or WHEN the hell I’d have time to make it. I’m sort of tempted to (perish the thought) buy her regular uniform and wig. I don’t want to compete or even show off- I just really want to run around being Usagi for a day and being half as kawaii as she is muhhh.

Basically WHINE WHINE WHINE

2 YEARS!

Two years ago today, I’ve became saccharineSylph! And this month two years of cosplaying Homestuck!

And WOW, I can’t think of a better fandom, kinder people I’ve met and I am just so full of feelings?? jsfnjksdf.

I’d wordswordswords and cry at you more but I have to run to work because sdjkfnjksdnf