The Relevance of Cosplay Planning

Hey everyone!
After showing my planning process on Instagram people were interested in a blogpost about cosplay planning and I’m really excited to write something about this topic as well! It’s a very important step in making your costumes and everyone has a different way of approaching this. In this blogpost I will show you how I personally plan my costumes and which steps you should not miss to prevent mistakes and avoid nerve-wracking moments.

So let’s jump right into this! First of all, again:

Planning is a very crucial and important part of cosplay making!

A good plan is half the battle.

If you know before starting the costume where to put snap fasteners, zippers or any other attachment for parts of your cosplay it’s much easier to think of a good pattern when making or adjusting one. It also helps you evaluate how much fabric you need for which parts without buying four meters more than actually needed. If you know from the start that you need to attach different parts via velcro onto your main garment, you should use a type of fabric with more stability. Also think about the kind of needles you may need! How many times did you have to wait a few days to finish your cosplay because you were missing some zippers or snaps and still waiting for the order to arrive? Think about it while planning your costume and you will most likely not need to order something you missed in between. Do you have enough snap fasteners? Count them! Do you really have enough at home for your project?

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Cosplay Music Video: Takari (Digimon) – Did I Mention CMV

Hey there! It’s been a while since I last uploaded anything on YouTube.. Sorry for that! My studies for voice acting started recently and I had a lot to do and will even more the upcoming months. I hope to upload some dubs as well somewhen soon! Stay tuned for this ;).

And without further ado, here is my new YouTube upload:

My friend Jolien and I had a lot of fun filming this video! It was a rather spontaneous idea and I’m super happy we did it! I had even more fun cutting and editing this video and I was constantly thinking about how I can make it even more hilarious. I hope you have fun watching it as well! <3

(And again, a little disclaimer: Digimon belongs to Toei Animation and the song Did I Mention belongs to Disney’s Descendants. This is just for fun and without commercial thought. Thank you!)

Last but not least:

Would you be interested in more CMVs (Cosplay Music Videos)? What kind of cosplay-related videos would you like to see? <3

See you next time and thank you for watching!

Nikasparkle
Stay sparkly!

Cosplaysky.ca: Kikyo Cosplay Review

Hey everyone! Today I have something exciting and new for you! After posting mainly cosplay tutorials, pictures and updates… it’s time to introduce you to a new series on my blog: Cosplay Reviews!

I had the chance to review a costume from cosplaysky.ca and I decided to go with their Kikyo Cosplay.

After they received my measurements the costume got custom-made and then sent to me. The paket arrived the day I drove to denmark. I missed it a few hours. Yay me for the best timing ever! The paket itself was waterproof, which I really liked. Inside of it was a ziplock bag, which makes it easier for me to store:

The costume consists of three parts: the top, the pants and the bow.

The top is made out of light and seethrough cotton fabric. The pants and the red parts in general are made out of polyester. I personally don’t like polyester and sheer cotton that much, but it suits Kikyo’s outfit – and on top of that: fabric with higher quality would lead to a higher price. All seams were sewn and secured with a serger. The first fitting test surprised me. It fit really well, better than expected.

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Elsa [Ballgown] – Pictures: May 2015

After all the work and effort I put into my Elsa Ballgown I really loved wearing it. I love the wig and the skirts! The only thing I didn’t like that much were the shoes. They look amazing, but I hadn’t had the time to learn walking in them. This is something I will definately do for the next time! And yes, I am planning on wearing her again sometime soon – we don’t have a specific date yet, we just know we want to photoshoot these costumes again!

If you haven’t seen my Making Ofs of this costume and you want to know how I created it, feel free to take a look at the following links:

Part 1:  Wig
Part 2: Corset
Part 3: Skirts
Part 4: Shoes and Make Up
Part 5: Stola and Bag
Project Overview

 

Without further ado, here are some of my favourite cosplay pictures of this costume:

Photographer: Jurai, may 2015; Collage Editing: Nikasparkle

My awesome King Frost (Jack Frost) from Rise of the Guardian
is my dear friend “Sorasparkle”! (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) <3

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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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