Ask me anythingSubmit
you're living in a dream,
you stay behind the scenes,
you never go outside,
cause you prefer to hide.
what you had you need,
all functional and neat,
in self-imposed exile,
a martyr-like denial.
These words are my diary, screaming out loud
and I know that you'll use them, however you want to.
One time in sixth grade I was being bullied really badly, and this whole circle of people gathered around me and the girl that was bullying me, and she smirked and went ‘You dumb rich bitch.’ And everyone was like OOOOOOH and I stood there for a second before pulling 20 dollars out of my wallet, placed it in her hand, and said “Buy some better insults.” And I swear the entire lunchroom rioted.
One question I got a lot when I was wearing my Mulan costume was “did you make everything yourself?”
Yes, yes I did, except for the boots, sword and sword beltand the metal components (rivets, zippers and buckles). I think this costume ended up being just under 80 hours spread out over the course of a month. Here’s a smattering of some of the progress shots from the three weeks before katsucon. The costume itself consists of an undershirt with the satin sleeves, and over vest with all of the armor components, a waist cincher, the chest and crotch tabards, cape, sword belt, gloves and gauntlets and the shoulder thing.
Overall, I’m super happy with how it turned out. I need to fix a few things before I wear it again but that will be another hour or two of work at the most.
This was definitely a learning process in terms of problem solving and making everything look fairly screen accurate. Just a quick break down of the photos above:
-I did the quilted pieces using my sewing machine and carefully drawn patterns based on the screen shots I could scrounge up. The red was a few layers of acrylic paint. -The armor rounds and decorative triangles were sculpted by hand and casted using a two part resin and silicon mold. -The gauntlet pieces were made of a combination of Wonderflex and worbla as I was too busy to figure out how to make them out of pleather. -The armor rounds were kept in place using rivets. Hand setting those was probably the longest part of assembly (that was about 8 hours alone broken up into two days). -Assembly tests are important. My dress form couldn’t handle the weight of the damn costume. -The triangles were glued on using E6000. I only had two come loose that were on my hip.
That’s it for now! I’ll probably post some more pictures from the earlier phase later.
"So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide."