Updates!

Hey everyone!

Long time no read!

 

Sorry for the lack of posting or editing anything on my blog these last months.
Right now I’m in the middle of graduating from university. In less than 2 months from now on I need to pass one oral test as well as 2 exams. I also need to finish my bachelor’s thesis. Hopefully I get everything done and accomplished!

If everything goes according to plan I will be one week in denmark at the beginning of september and I will have a lot more time to get my blog updated and work on costumes afterwards (at least as long as I don’t have a job yet).
Also the “Connichi” is coming up in the middle of september and I plan on attending this German convention! ❤

 

So what are my upcoming plans for this blog?

 

I will mostly keep on doing the same thing as I am doing right now. This means I will finish the blogposts for already started costume projects and write about the “new” ones (which are already finished cosplays).

Also, there are some more interesting plans for the next year! I really would like to test my skills again at the DCM (German Cosplay Championship – “Deutsche Cosplay Meisterschaft”) in 2018 and I thought about the big cosplays I’d like to do for this contest and in general. I am planning on doing Sheeta from Laputa – Castle in the Sky (I already started with the first little thing), Azura in her Nohr dress from Fire Emblem: Fates, Kazemon/Fairymon from Digimon Frontier (4th season) and maybe even Hikari Yagami in her standard and winter version from Digimon 02!
A lot of Digimon is ahead… as well as some nostalgic and interesting characters!

Last but not least I found awesome friends in my direct neighbourhood who also cosplay. Both of them also want to work on videos (cmvs, parodies, etc.) and we are brainstorming for a few things. I want to be more active on YouTube in general, so that would be an awesome opportunity to work with them together!

 

What do you think? Aren’t these some awesome news!
Thank you for waiting so long. More updates are coming very soon!

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Nikasparkle
Stay sparkly!

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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