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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… and a Happy New Year!

Hey everyone!
I hope you are all enjoying your last few hours of 2016!

Let’s say goodbye to the ending year and welcome 2017 with a bright future!

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Jack Frost (King Frost) – Rise of the Guardians by “Sorasparkle Cosplay” (Facebook!); Elsa (Ballgown) – Frozen by “Nikasparkle Cosplay”; Picture (c) Jurai Spring 2015

Although there were a lot of good things that happend in 2016, I’m glad that it finally ends. All in all this year was one of my worst years. Nevertheless I am happy about every experience I got – be it good or bad ones.

I have a few things planned for 2017 and I will write a New Year’s Resolution blogpost about this topic soon! If you’re interested in that: stay tuned! ❤

Until then: Stay sparkly!
Nikasparkle

Merry Christmas…

Hey everyone!
I wish you all a merry merry Christmas!

Wherever you may live in the world, I hope you’re having a great holiday with your family!

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Colette Brunel, Tales of Symphonia, 2012 – Photo (c) Elynn (http://e-l-y-n-n.deviantart.com/)

I have a few things planned for 2017 and I will write a New Year’s Resolution blogpost about this topic soon! If you’re interested in that: stay tuned! ❤

Until then: Stay sparkly!❤
Nikasparkle

Hikari Yagami, Making Of – Part 2: Top, Scarf and Whistle

Aaand finally another making of part! Yay!
This time I’m going to write about her top, her scarf and the whistle she wears around her neck.
Again, I don’t have that much pictures. I’m sorry, I always forget to take more than I do normally…

Anyway, if you haven’t read Part 1 of the Hikari-Making-Of, feel free to do so. I also have a page with more information about the costume and her character, including the links to each and every link to the making of parts.

Okay, so let’s get started.

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First of all I found this fabric at a local fabric market. I bought it twice (it was a special offer – 2 pieces of fabric for… I don’t know, cheap enough), since I wanted it to use for another costume as well (Honoka [Dancing Stars On Me]).

After that I looked for buttons I can easily cover with fabric – and that was basically the first thing I did:

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Tadah! I had finished buttons.

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Hikari Yagami, Making Of – Part 1: Wig and Make Up

Kari is a character who is very dear to me. I always liked her, loved her Digimon Tailmon (and all evolutions) and light is something I always could refer to myself – I love the light, especially the sunlight, and anime taught me in my young ages that you shouldn’t loose the light and fait in youself.
Thanks to all this I wanted to cosplay her for a long time! And by the time you read this, this costume is already done and worn at least 3 times. And there are at least 2 more times to follow.

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I really love this costume and after all this talk it is time to start the project! Wuuuhu!

First of all let me tell you a bit about the wig.
I don’t know why, but I didn’t take enough pictures. The process was simple, though.

I got the wig through a friend of our Sora (who is also my Jack Frost). She sold it and since I thought the color was quite fitting for Kari I bought it right away.

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Tharja, Making Of – Part 1: Pants and Belt

Hello and welcome to the start of a new Making Of!

This time I talk about Tharja from Fire Emblem Awakening! The game is so gorgeous and addictive, as well as the following one Fire Emblem Fates! Tharja is a cosplay I finished by now. (Or nearly. I’m still missing the book.)

So if you don’t know what Tharja looks like, here is a picture for you:

A few people might know that I’m really liking dark mages and just any kind of dark people.
So it might or might not have been obvious that I would choose her.

After I decided to work on her costume, I went to a fabric market to get my first fabrics.
I was really lucky there because I got everything I needed! Including a golden fabric. In Germany it is really rare to get real spandex and guess what? I just found the perfect amount for a little money for that.

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I also got nearly perfect embroidery floss! I was really happy about that. So as soon as I had time I started with her pants she wears under her belt.

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As always I started with making my own pattern for her pants. It somehow worked out really well. I had some fitting issues but putting in some more stripes of fabric at the sides made it work. It wouldn’t be seen anyway since the belt would completely overlay the pants at that point.

I added the golden part to the center of the pants. I knew those would most likely not be seen, but I wanted to have them. I don’t know why.

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Elsa [Ballgown], Making Of – Part 4: Shoes and MakeUp

Welcome back to my Elsa Ballgown progress! This time I’m going to write about her shoes and the make up! 🙂
There won’t be that much to talk about, but I’m doing my best to tell you every detail.

But before doing so, I want to remind you, that this is part 4 of my Elsa Ballgown costume makeing of. If you want to read part 1-3, feel free to check them out right here: part 1 (wig & accessories), part 2 (corset), part 3 (skirts). 😀

First of all I had an idea in my mind which I drew onto paper:

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Sorry for the German. (These are just some notes for myself to remember.)
I had seen some fitting shoes on ebay which I wanted to buy. But guess what. The moment I wanted to buy them they weren’t in stock anymore. Yay. So I decided on these ones:

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Not the ones I had in mind, but this flower-like fabric at the toes is somehow fitting for Elsa.
So I started with elaborating the ribbon I had in mind for the shoes.

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