Category Archives: Costuming, Cosplays and Fashion

Sewing projects. From convention wear to LARP wear to anything in between.

Cosplay: Tira

Me as Tira. Picture taken by Eurobeat King at Fanime 2007

As I’ve said before, I love video games and I love evil people. Though one could argue that Tira isn’t really evil so much as crazy. Regardless I also love the characters with the freaky weird fighting styles and weapons. If I had the body for it I’d probably cosplay as Voldo but that’s another story all together.

Character: Tira

From: Soul Caliber III

Version: Player One in alternate color scheme.

Notes: I was originally going to do this costume in it’s usual green but I couldn’t find a green body suit that didn’t look goofy so I ended up using a black cat suit for the top and some pants that I found at some weird shop at the mall for the bottom. By far the only time I ever bought pre-ripped jeans in my life. Possibly the only time I ever will. The armor was actually cheap plastic roman armor painted and cut up. Add some ribbon, leather ties, a green feather boa and some gloves and you got a costume.

The full costume plus the bladed hula hoop weapon. Sadly the lighting was a little too dark here but you can see the hula hoop at least.

Hardest Part: The damned weapon. That there is a hula hoop with some foam core poster board and a lot of silver duct tape. The wig was also a pain as I started with a green wig, hated it and used a black one and some green hair spray instead.

Favorite Part: The body paint and the make up. I love how it came out.

Hours Spent on it: Probably about twelve.

Cost: Um… hmm… probably less than $100. It was a fairly cheap costume to make.


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Cosplay: Dizzy

That's me as Dizzy at Fanime

Hello All,

I’ve been rather busy with school and trying to find a job so I haven’t been able to post as often as I had been. So I’ve decided to give you guys another installment of cosplay. Hope you enjoy it.

Character: Dizzy

From: Guilty Gear X

Inspiration: Oddly enough this costume was suppose to be a present for a boyfriend by the name of James but then that relationship fell apart and I was left with this costume. Which was fine. I guess. I had been playing the game and I do like the character. She’s got this innocence about her despite the slutty outfit.

Notes: This costume was made by taking a bunch of other costumes and cutting and sewing them together. It’s probably the skimpiest costume I’ve ever worn save for that time my friend Cheryl and I dressed as savage tiger girls for Bay Con. That was pretty skimpy. If I had been doing this costume for real I would have started from scratch, made the wings a lot prettier and probably done a few hundred sit ups prior to wearing it but it turned out alright I suppose.

Favorite part: The wig and the sleeves. I think by far they turned out the best.

Least Favorite Part: The stalkings and the wings. That and the fact that I felt like I was going to fall out of it every time I moved.


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Cosplay: Morrigan Aensland

Entertaining the Troops

As you’ve probably noticed my cosplays fall into one or a combination of a few categories. Characters from Video Games, Villains, Vampires, or Strong Women.

Character: Morrigan Aensland

Series: Darkstalkers video games

Inspiration: I’ve said it before, I grew up as an Arcade Rat. I loved Dark Stalkers and Morrigan was always my favorite character. So when I had the chance I made the costume.

How Long it Took: About a week

Notes: Most of this was made from preexisting items that I hacked up and put back together again. The hardest part of the whole thing was putting the damned bats on the tights and gluing the bat wings to the leotard. Easiest part was attaching the bat wing things to the wig.

Awards: None

Best Moment: The picture above is the best moment ever. I was sitting by the fountain waiting for a photographer friend of mine to meet me and these two Storm Troopers walked up and asked to take a photo with me. I felt like some sort of bizarre USO girl.

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Costuming, Cosplays and Fashion


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Cosplay: Ivy Valentine

Me as Ivy Valentine at Fanime

I’ve been an Arcade Rat for a good portion of my life. I don’t go to arcades anymore, mostly because I have a real life that requires my time and money be spent on it but I do love a good video game. Growing up I loved fighting games. My first video game was Karataka. This little side scrolling fighting game where you ninja kicked and punched a bunch of evil dudes to save the princess. I can remember when the first Street Fighter came out and when Mortal combat still used live people for their graphics. As graphics and games got better I fell in love with the Soul Caliber series, mainly because the character designs were amazing. On of my favorite characters is Ivy Valentine.

Character: Ivy Valentine

From: Soul Caliber 2

Version: Second Player Costume

Inspiration: You know me, I love my villains but really Ivy is not really so much a villain as just a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to do what she has to to get it. In a lot of ways she’s also a tragic character. Factor in that she’s suppose to be intelligent, sexy and sophisticated and well… you can see where this is going.

Oddly I’m not as fond of her 1st player costume. It’s nice and sleek and sexy and I really don’t give a crap about her running around in purple dominatrix gear and kicking guys asses. But it would look awful on me and I really really loved her blue buccaneer outfit better. I think it actually fits her character better. Strong dominant woman in a mans world getting things done. Somehow, purple leather lingerie doesn’t say that to me. But a feminine twist on men’s clothing from that era… oh yeah. That’s the ticket.

Hours of construction: Um… probably between 150 and 300. I wasn’t paying that much attention to the clock when I was making her.

Materials: The boots I got from Pleasers. The little black cuffs were ones I made. The jacket was actually a vintage 1970’s deep blue velvet suit jacket that I found at my work and added trim and cuffs too. The shirt was also found at my work on the 70’s rack. I added trim to it too. I already had the black pants and the waist cincher so that wasn’t hard to throw in. I had to make the epiletts and the ascot. The gloves were white vintage leather ones I had gotten at work. The sword was a plastic sword I had bought at work and dremmled the hell out of and then hooked together.

Hair and Makeup: The make up was pretty simple. Smokey eyes, lipstick, contoured cheeks. Nothing super fancy. As for the hair, believe it or not THAT is not a wig. That is in fact my real hair. Also believe it or not my hair is actually auburn in that picture but I used a ton of Ben Nye Hair White and white hair spray to get it to be that lovely shade of silvery white.

Awards: I won an award for best use of preexisting garments at the BayCon masquerade.

So yeah, that’s the costume. I’ll end you on a back view.

Ivy Valentine Back View


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Cosplay: The Baroness

The Baroness from G.I. Joe Picture Credits: Eurobeat King

Hello my sweets,

So I didn’t have anything else to post so I figured I’d give y’all another Costume post. This time it’s the Baroness from G.I. Joe. One of my favorite costumes to ever encase my skin.

Character: The Baroness

From: G. I. Joe

Inspiration: As a child of the 80s I grew up watching such things as Transformers, G.I.Joe, Thunder Cats, Jem, She-Ra and all those other weird shows that are now retro and kitchy. You know, those shows teenagers wear t-shirts for even though they never watched them but it’s in to wear “retro” stuff because the Hot Topic says so? Those shows.

My annoyance at the way trends work aside, I loved (still love) G. I. Joe. Not just the cartoon but also the comics in all their incarnations. Yes, even the cheesy marvel ones. Don’t judge me. There’s something to be said about pure imagination coupled with cheesy sci fi, weird ways to show patriotism and silly Flash Gorden-esq plots. Beyond that, when you actually get into the characters their are some really cool ones in there. In my opinion the 1980s were one of the best decades to grow up as a girl because all the cartoons (even the girly ones like Jem and She-ra) had amazingly strong female characters. I mean c’mon, Cheetarah? Lady Jay? Stormer? Catra? They’re all kick ass women who also have a soft side. They don’t compromise the aspects that make one feminin just to be bad ass. They were great examples of “you can be tough and girly too.”

Now I will climb down off of my feminist soap box and get with the costumey stuff.

I chose The Baroness because I had always loved her. She practically ran Cobra. Lord knows someone had to with Cobra Commander, those doofy twins, and Zartan running around like it was a three ring circus. And she wore glasses. I mean… um… she made glasses cool. And sexy. The other reason I made the costume was because I wanted a second costume to take to Fanime and needed something that didn’t require a lot of sewing since I had only two days to make it.

Time to make: Bout 2 days initially. I’d up it to about 4 now since I added some stuff.

Materials: 1 Vinyl Cat Suit (from Leg Avenue), 1 vinyl waist cincher (also from Leg Avenue), 6 inch heeled knee high lace up boots (most likely from Pleasers even though I got them from some random store in the mall), Two rubber snake heads taken from staff thingys that we were selling at work (Debbie Lyn’s Costumes), Black vintage leather gloves ( also bought at DLC), My old fencing chest protector painted with some model paint, A black Mistress wig (also got at DLC), one black leather ringed belt bought at DLC as well, a leather pouch gotten at BayCon, and my glasses. The gun in the picture above was the photographer’s.

But wait, Adana, dosen’t costuming/cosplaying require sewing??

NO. I don’t know a single costumer professional or otherwise who will sew doesn’t occasionally buy something rather than sew it. I also know plenty of Cosplayers who buy their costumes or have them made for them rather than make them themselves. There’s no shame in it as long as you are honest about it. For this costume the work required was figuring out how to put it all together to get the look I wanted and then some cutting of the little snake heads as well as some painting. It’s still costuming because it’s not easy to tetrus everything together to create a reproduction of a specific character. If it was everyone would be doing it.

All in all I’d say that this costume probably cost me no more than $200.

Awards: I don’t think so. I mean, I can’t recall any and I never entered her into a Masquerade so I’m gonna go with no. I did however make several people’s day and got a lot of hugs and compliments. Luckily the costume is vinyl so the drool came right off.

Most Difficult Part of the Costume: Wearing it in anything over 75 degree weather, really. Vinyl dose not get looser when it gets warmer, it gets tighter. So I felt a little like someone was grabbing my ass the whole time. Which is a really awkward sensation.


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Cosplay: The Blood Countess Carmila

Me as The Blood Countess Carmila at Fanime. Picture credits:

Time for my first ever Cosplay/Costume post. I’ll start with one of my earliest costumes since well… it makes sense.

Character: The Blood Countess Carmila

From: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Why: Because the second I saw here on the screen I wanted to make that costume. I’ve this thing for villains and vampires. Especially if they’re in amazing dresses. It’s just something I love.I also loved the challenge of it.

Hours of Construction: Um… I lost count. Well over 500. Probably closer to 1000. I wore here to Fanime and BayCon several years in a row and kept adding to here as Time went on. So I really don’t know how long I spent on her. I can tell you that the initial construction took about two weeks and that from there I just kept improving here with trims and beading and all sorts of other things.

Details: So you can’t see it in the pictures but there’s little red seed beads on the shoulder things and on the hip puffs. The skirt was made using a pattern from a Renaissance costume. The bodice from a gypsy costume. The Jacket was just a basic balaro style jacket pattern and the hip puffs were taken from a Cinderella costume. The rest (long sleeves, shoulder puffs and collar) were all things I just made up without a pattern.

The necklace, earrings and crown tiara designed and constructed by me.

The fangs are costume fangs. They are plastic but they look like porcelain. I got a lot of compliments on them from a fang maker who thought they were his work so I’ve never felt the need to buy the super expensive ones.

Make up and hair (no that IS NOT a wig. I styled my hair with two pieces of foam, a lot of hair spray and some prayers to the dark gods of cosplay) were designed by me.

The trims on the costume were inspired by the art work of an artist by the name of Shannon Hubbard.

Fabrics: I like to talk about fabric choices because they are important in costume making. The wrong fabric can make a costume look weird.

Carmila was made from red and white satin (bought at the local Hancocks fabrics) some gold curtains ala 1970 something (given to me by a neighbor) and some sea foam green liner fabric (also given to me by a neighbor. As well as some red stretch velvet also acquired at the local fabric store. Gold and black trip, seed beads, crystals and wire all acquired at local crafts stores.

When choosing the fabrics and trims I looked closely at her design and did a lot of research on the character. Who she was, personality, portrayal, role in the film, etc. What I noticed was that she was a very vein and conniving person. She’s seductive and pretends to be your friend just to get what she wants. It was obvious that she was partially inspired by the historical figure Elizabeth Bathory and the book Carmila so I did research on those. I also looked at the costume aspects and found that there was a lot of elements taken from the Renaissance and 1700s. So I chose rich overly lavish fabrics that matched her aristocracy and vainty but also choose some antique fabrics (the curtains and the liner fabric were both old or old looking) since she had been sitting around her palace for a while collecting dust. In the movie she’s sort of a ghosts or psychic projection so I wanted to use fabrics that were a bit out of date when put with the newer fabrics. Just a little off. Like her.

Color Choice was easy, I just looked at the movie and concept art. Found that I really liked the sea foam green color with the vivid blood red and gold. I also wanted to use texture to kind of break it up and make it look interesting.

Awards: I won Best Novice in the BayCon Masquerade and a slew of hall costume awards.

Final Notes: I really enjoyed this costume. Sadly I have outgrown it otherwise I’d still be wearing here. Someday I will remake her but for now I don’t have the time, space, money to do so. One day though.

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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Costuming, Cosplays and Fashion


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