Elsa [Ballgown], Making Of – Part 5: Stola and Bag

And finally here is another part of my Elsa Ballgown series.
If you haven’t read the other parts, be sure to check them out right here.

The dress itself was ready by now, but since I didn’t want to get into the ballroom with my big convention-bag, I wanted to make a fitting one for my dress. So I started to design my bag and get the measurements I wanted according to the fabric and accessories I had bought for this or at hand.

Also, on a sidenote: I will never use panne velvet for anything again.

So I started with the lining and the side parts to get the size and lenght correctly. My cat was a huge helper here while elaborating the strings.

Meow. Looking good.

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TRAILER: Digifection Photoshoot 2017

Guess what? We had a #Digifection Cosplay Photoshooting on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of march and I got the chance to take some videos for a behind the scenes video, just like the last one (althought this time I have more actual material). You can check it out here:

Here is again a link (click) if it somehow doesn’t work.
Our Sora also made a Tumblr just for our group. Check it out here: Digifection.

I want to add some finished and edited pictures into the real behind the scenes video, so it will at least take as long as the pictures take. After that I need to edit the video, so maybe in a month or two I will have the final version ready. You’ll get notified here (or you can just subscribe to my YouTube Channel, there is a lot more cosplay content going to come very soon. Hohoho).

I will also write a bit more about my experience and our activities of this weekend in the blogpost for the full video.

See you next time and thank you for watching.

Nikasparkle
Stay sparkly!

Hikari Yagami [Tri], Making Of – Part 1: Wig, Make Up and DigiVice

Welcome to a new Making Of – Series. Yes, I know, I haven’t even finished the started ones, but I like to have some variety… So today I will start with the Wig, Make Up and the DigiVices I made for my Hikari Yagami Cosplay from the anime series Digimon Adventure Tri.

For all of you who don’t know what she/her outfit looks like:

As you probably can tell she has a school uniform. She is in middle school and wears a winter- and summeruniform and as much as I love Hikari – you should know – I will sew both. Well, at this point the winter uniform is finished.

Since I am going over things that took a long while (I did take a lot of progress pictures!) this post will be rather long. Be prepared for text. Warning over. Without further ado, let’s get started:

So to get started, what do I need? A wig, some basic make up and some basic DigiVices.

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Digimon Adventure Photoshoot 2016 – Behind the Scenes Video

Hey everyone! After some time I finally have a few new blogposts for you! First of all I wanted to show you the video I edited a while ago about our Digimon Adventure photoshoot we had in june 2016:

I want to record more of my cosplay life and you will be seeing some videos every now and then. You can get to my YouTube Channel by clicking here. If the video isn’t working somehow, click here to go directly to YouTube.

There will be a new video coming soon as well as some more tutorial posts, so stay tuned for that. If you want to know more about the shoot you can search on twitter and other social media via the hashtag #digimops!

See you next time and thank you for watching.

Nikasparkle
Stay sparkly!

Cosplay-Plans 2017

It is finally time to talk about my plans I have for 2017!

If it interests you, feel free to read this blogpost. If you’re here for a character specific blogpost, why not read the last one I posted? Just click here.

Warning: There will be a lot of text! If you don’t want to read everything, you could just take a look at the pictures if you want to! 🙂

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1st: Conventions

Let’s start with the fixed plans: the conventions I’m visiting including the costumes I will wear that time. I only have two conventions I’ll be going to 100% this year and one “maybe-convention”. These will be the following ones:

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Japanday 2017
May 20th; Düsseldorf, Germany

I haven’t been to the Japanday in costume the last few years, so I decided to try it out again. I will probably wear the Yukata Hikari Yagami wears in Digimon Adventure Tri together with a friends as Sora Takenouchi. Although I won’t sew a new Yukata! I will wear the one I bought in Japan which looks similar to the one she wears in the movie.

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Dokomi 2017
June 3rd & 4th; Düsseldorf, Germany

If I can get it done, I want to wear Ladybug (Miraculous) on saturday with a friend as Chat Noir, a miraculous-inspired Ballgown for the cosplay-prom and Tharja with a gigantic Fire Emblem Awakening/Fates group on sunday.

I am thinking about visiting the Connichi in Kassel, Germany, which takes place from september 22nd to 24th. I am allowed to sleep over at a friend’s place, but I cannot say for sure if I will attend the convention. I’m not sure if I have enough time or money at that time yet. I am also not sure which costumes I should wear.

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Tharja, Making Of – Part 2: Bra and Body

And I’m back with the first making of – blogpost in 2017! This time I will be talking about Tharja from Fire Emblem again. Since I know a lot of people (especially those who want to cosplay Tharja aswell) who really don’t know how to do her body, this is one thing I would like to explain in detail – including the bra.

If you haven’t read part 1 (pants & belt) yet, feel free to do so by clicking here.

The first thing I did was making the rings she wears on her middlefingers. I thought about a good way to craft them and since I got Worbla’s DecoArt I figured why not try this out.

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This is what it looks like. Don’t worry, these are no drugs, these are the DecoArt Pellets. If you put them into hot water, they will melt and you can form them into any shape you’d like. The best thing: You can always reheat it by putting it back into the water to form it again. So I made two rings and after they were completely dry (they turn transparent when they are heated, but turn back to white once they’re dry) I painted some golden color onto them and sprayed fixing spray over these.

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Next thing I did was buying 3 pairs of tights in a brownish color that would fit Tharja’s body-color. Two in a fitting size (I wanted to buy one in size S and one in M, but they only had M, so I bought two of these) and one that would be way too big (XL).
I tried one on as soon as it got here and I must say… I really like the color. I got these from an ebay-seller and if I recall correctly the color was called “chocolate”.

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New Year’s Resolution 2017

Hey there! The new year has finally started and I hope you had an awesome start into 2017!

New year, new luck! … as I like to say. Normally, to have new luck, you are thinking about the past year(s) and try to think of new and better ways to survive the upcoming one. And what is a good way to do so? Exactly, New Year’s Resolutions!

Although I did not post resolutions for 2016, I really want to start doing so. I love cosplaying and sewing, so why not make a list only for cosplay-related resolutions?

The first things I want to mention do seem to be not related to cosplay at all. But they are, more or less, because it affects my time for working on costumes.

So 2017 is THE year! I will graduate from university in summer and I still need to write my bachelor thesis, so I obviously cannot work on costumes as much as I want. Too bad… But I really need to get this done properly. After graduating I want to find a good job and save up some money for a few things, including a new and better sewing machine and a nice camera. And I hope I can somehow accomplish that.

Shana, Shakugan no Shana, 2012 – Photo (c) “Asasparkle Cosplay” (Facebook)

I also want to start going to the fitness center, at least once a week, to get in shape. Yes, this is a very crucial resolution! If I want to shoot a lot of things and especially wear Ladybug in spring or summer this year, I need to be ready. And I want to do that. For that purpose I even created the hashtag #roadtomiraculous, to motivate myself!

And now… moving on to directly cosplay – related resolutions.

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