Tutorial: Biast Tape Trim via Hong Kong Finish
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If you have a project where you want to put double folded bias tape at the edge of your coat or neck line or sleeves or whatever, but don’t want to top stitch the entire bias tape down or spend the hours hand stitching a back seam? Then this tutorial is for you!
The Hong Kong Finish is a semi-hidden seam finish that can be used on bias tape to make a clean seam on your front, while using tight stitching of similar colors to hide away a back stitch. Much faster than hand stitching and still gives you a much cleaner finish than top stitching!
Tutorial: Biast Tape Trim via Hong Kong Finish
Gijinka Plotting: Faron from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
As some of you may remember, I’ve had Faron from Twilight Princess on my list for gijinka. Initially this was for Katsucon 2014, but my lights group wasn’t prepped and to be honest, I wanted to do Merlwyb really bad. But after some ideas I decided to re-draw my initial design scheme of what I’d like to do for this gijinka.
Faron Gijinka: Full Body
The initial human clothing set was thought off of the Ordon style clothing. Since there are no ‘humans’ really living in Faron provicence, and the close neighbors are all from Ordon, I went with that design as a close thing to grab.
- The wig would be pretty solid shaped like the monkey head
- Long ears, longer than normal hylian ears as well
- The poofy sleeves and pants are for the ‘arms and legs’ that are thick on Faron’s body
- The wrap around would be the ‘tail’, which has all the designs on it (see tail pattern)
- Another pattern is also on the back of the shirt
- I’d have a giant ball of light as well! Not yet sure how to tackle that. Thinking clear blow up balloon!
Faron Tail Design 1
Initially this was how I wanted to put the tail on my dragging thing. The idea is what would Faron’s tail look if I cut it down one way and flattened it out? Initially since the end of the tail curves that way, I decided to start from that as the cutting point. It unfortunately leaves the middle very awkward due to the points.
Faron Tail Design 2
After seeing what happened with the first design, I decided to flip it around again. This one makes the base of the tail a little awkward from its original pattern, but there rest of the body looks full on the straight edges.
Faron Tail Design 3
This tail is with the idea of having the entire pattern stretched outward to fill the entire straight fabric wrap. It was a little tricky since some of the edges are very pointy, but it’s accenting more of the ‘light’ than it is the points and curves of the tail.
BACK TO BACK PHOTOSHOOTS LETS CHANGE THE COSTUME WHEN HAVE I EATEN LAST NO CLUE TIME FOR MASQUERADE. Bored sounds fun actually.
SEE THO Photoshoots are a thing as a last minute cosplayer I know that feel. (last two AACs I finished parts of my cosplay up at my table. God bless.) And I always have loads of food behind my table it’s always a thing. I’M SAD THO I’VE MISSED THE LAST THREE MASQS OF THE CONS I’VE WENT TO. :CCC Granted one was for photoshoots so that was worth it (I still need to edit the pictures for it) but it makes me a sad.
I’m just so used to the hoopla of selling things at an art table that it’s like Fun??? FUN HOW DO? WHAT DO WITH ALL THIS SPARE TIME??
Yea craftsmanship and masquerade are the big things for me. If I run a panel I’ll go to it but beyond that I’m not big into panels. I’m big into posing in front of things and gettin my picture taken CLICK CLICK. And if I’m staffing at AUSA? I spenddddddd most of Fri/Sat running around like a chicken with my head cut off 8D And then too tired to do fuck all on Sunday.
Selling stuff at a con does sounds good for the wallet, but bad for the boringness. Shit, at Magfest I spent 90% of it walking around since I only brought 3 costumes that weekend and by the time Friday rolled around I was like ‘lets debut Ming early cause I’m fucking bored- 4th trip through the dealers room.’ It was the first time in a while I’d been bored out of my mind at a con (which was ok, cause it was so chillax it was sorta a mini vacation.
I GUESS YOU COULD DO WHAT I DID AT MAGFEST AND PLAY STREETPASS ALL DAY 8DDDD
More Anders progress!
Pretty much all of the base stuff is done and now it’s onto the detailing and belt!
(fuck all those squares we have to cut out for the coat)
Big thanks to the lovely vicious-cosplay for all her help on the half jacket ❤
Also have a cute little Ser Pounce a lot 83
YEEEEAAA Its getting there! :D
Q:Christine I miss yooouuuu!
WE WILL HANG OUT SOONS AT COLOSSAL RIIIIGHT!? :D
Q:Hello! I was wondering if you could help me decide on some fabrics and lend me some construction tips? I'm making the default skin for Lulu from League of Legends. It's a little difficult because her dress seems sturdy - almost like a vinyl, but the stripped sleeves seem like they might be a cotton? Like I said, I'm pretty confused and I'm lost on what to go with! And then there's the matter of interfacing, which I've never done before. Any general tips, fabrics, patterns, etc would help a lot!
Alright just to be sure that I have the right character, this Lulu Skin.
At first I thought it was maybe a sleeveless dress over a shirt, but since the sleeve edges matches the dress, no you’re right its one thing. The stripes certainly look cotton or knit from the flow. I’d say make lengths of fabric with stripes and then cut a pattern for sleeves out of that and sew it together that way, to ensure it’s all flat. Your alternative is dying a painters tape paint with tulip fabric paint.
The dress certainly has some lift I agree. What you could potentially do is add non-fusible craft interfacing (its super thick) into the gold portions to give it that lift around. The dress and hat could certainly vinyl, but the sheen also to it could be suede or some matte leather that wouldn’t be too shiny. Also for that gold it might be best to look for gold vinyl or spandex that has that metalic sheen to it to get those details.
The dress altogether can be made from modifying any old straight dress pattern. Those added swirls would be the most difficult part out of fabric, but puffy paint for those always works. If not you could purchase cording and hand baste that in, which could be a giant pain or a lifesaver.
Luckily those black pants can just be leggings if you want. And for the boots, try out this lovely tutorial on Jasmine shoes.
The hat will be tricky. I’d def say pick up some bedsheets from a local thrift store and play around with that as excess. You may need to invest in some craft interfacing to help it stay upward, and then stuff the top with polyfill to give it the ‘lumpy’ look. Certainly try making it completely split up the top and then see what you can stitch through to make it look more naturally ‘closed’ at the top.
Hope some of this helps!
Q:Hello dear! I'm making a Militarystuck Feferi cosplay (they're a fandesign made by Mookie000, if you wanna check it out), and I'm having some troubles deciding on the fabric I should use for her super fitted dress. I was thinking of using imitation leather, but should I use the stretchy one? Thanks!
I’m going to make sure this is the right one we’re talking about :3
I’d say some some matte pleather will be the best choice for this as well because the fabric has a ‘shine’ around those edges. Just be careful when you’re searching for pleather/vinyl as you don’t wanna end up with upholstery stuff that is SUPER thick. Always order swatches if you’re getting it online.
Since its also so form fitting stretch would also be a good idea for it as well. You could go with 2 way or 4 way as well, since you only would need it to stretch about the waist and the hips for the jacket/skirt combo there.
I hope that helps!
Q:Hey Fabulous Lady! I'm going to be teaching a workshop in a couple of months for cosplay newbs. I was wondering if, with your permission, I could use some of your cosplay photos for a slide-show?
Yes sir-e you may! Thanks for asking <3
Q:Do you have a cosplay agent? There is an agency called D-Mentd Entertainment that says they represent cosplayers. Ever heard of them? Do a lot of cosplayers have agents?
No cause I have no interest in going beyond the hobbling level.
For people who want to take this on as a full time thing, an agent would be a good person to handle the events and stuff so that you can focus on… well cosplaying. But I don’t know how well it would work with the whole money situation. I can think of two cosplayers I know with agents and do full time cosplaying so yea.
I’ve heard not so good things about that “cosplay agency”. I wouldn’t recommend their business.