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Hizaki Dress: How was made.

Journal Entry: Wed May 18, 2011, 3:30 PM

I bet a lot of people want to know how I made my Hizaki cosplay, so here's some progress photos :la:

I started off with the bodice. My fabric of choice for this: italian velvet (it's a upholstery fabric).

Here's the front.

And the back.

Before make and attach the sleeves, I started to make the skirt. My fabric of choice: shantung jacquard.

For the frills I used the same italian velvet.

Make some straps first.

Make the frills by hand :dead:

Testing the fit between the frills to attach them later.

Such a heavy skirt needs a crinoline to support all that weight, so I made one.

Oh my! It can stand on its own! :XD:

Time to make and attach the sleeves.

If you want to work with heavy fabrics as the velvet I used, you'll need strong and sharp scissors x_x

Details of the fabric for the sub-sleeves(?)

Painting roses, because I couldn't find the color I wanted. This reminds me "Alice in Wonderland" by Disney, when the cards are painting red the white roses xD

Beading time!

Painting lace. Sorry for the poor quality of the last photos, I didn't have the camera with me in those last days T_T

Done! All made by hand D:

I didn't photographed some things because the deadline was so close and I needed to hurry up, sorry :ohnoes:

If you want to see my progress photos before anyone :XD: go here or add me on facebook :D and why not? Twitter too

  • Listening to: S.F.A - Beyond Hope
  • Reading: Facebook stuff
  • Watching: Gosick
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XIII
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aka-daifuku Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this journal. :+fav: a million times!

A lot of the girls in my grade who do textiles are making corsets... this kind of reminds me of it.

A-anyway, this is really pretty and amazing and the fabric was lovely!
Ai-Kiren Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad you like it ^_^

They're making corsets? Sounds awesome! I'm making a costume right now which need a boning support, so it's like to make a corset I guess. I can't wait to start going to school and learn more about garment construction! :eager:

I fell in love with the velvet I found *_* but it's difficult to manage as you can see in the photo showing my scissors "standing" on their own xD I was really happy to work with new kinds of fabric and how everything turned out :aww:
aka-daifuku Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It kind of is. I think a lot of schools are doing the same (corsets). D; I know nothing about making clothes. Hahaha~ I just know if it looks nice!

It does look nice, I want to give it a go sometime... maybe after I try with some cheaper fabric :D
Ai-Kiren Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Practice and patience are really important in sewing, but have a lot of fun while learning is important too! :dummy:
aka-daifuku Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely having lots of fun! I have a short anything span... if I get frustrated I'll ditch the project until it needs to be done. In terms of cosplay, there's no time and I'm not getting marked on it, so :x might not happen.

Also, I'm very impatient... and I find that when I hand sew (my mum's sewing machine goes really quickly and is very noisy!) my hand cramps very easily so I have to take breaks and it takes a long time too!
Ai-Kiren Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Don't worry about that, it happens to me a lot too! I have some ditched projects right now but I hope to get back on them when I can. I also get frustrated some time in the process of a costume or when I get close to a certain date for a con or event and I haven't finished. But I think this is completely normal and those situations can teach us greatly.

So it's pointless to say "hey, don't get angry or frustrated!" because some of us can't avoid those feelings and we shouldn't; because that means we can do better but we feel like we can't, at least at the moment (I speak for myself specially xD).

With time, patience and practice one can achieve great results, also have confidence in yourself can improve incredibly your skills. Keep this in mind and don't forget that even the greatest artists (or cosplayers, seamstress or designers if you want) started from below and through the basics as everybody else in sewing and they succeeded because never lost their focus or even found a goal to achieve.

Oh wow... this sounds really nice xD I need to follow my own advices hehehe.
aka-daifuku Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your encouraging words~~ ;w;

I will try harder! :heart:
Ai-Kiren Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aka-daifuku Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
B-by the way, did those roses start dying after a while?
TsukiLion Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Fue un gran trabajo! :love: Y valio todito la pena, Hizaki te quedo super hermoso!
Ai-Kiren Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fue cansado y casi matado pero aprendí mucho con este traje y cada que lo veo me da confianza para hacer otros cosplays igual de complejos :meow: Gracias! :hug:
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