Archive for April, 2010

It seems like so long ago that I grew tired of the convoluted plot of D.Gray-Man and left the series behind.

Kanda Yuu is a bad habit I can’t seem to get rid of.


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Vanille pt1

So I lazily and sluggishly handstitched my pouch just now while watching Survivor. Miraculously I didn’t poke holes in my fingers this time. Then I got lazy and decided to do the trimming for the pouch another day. And then Survivor ended and I watched Project Runway while drafting and cutting LOL. How apt.

Anyway, here’s the pile of fabrics – light and dark pink jersey for the sash and top respectively (with ugly blue tailor chalk markings OTL sorry), the wrong side of pleather for the pouch, satin crepe for the skirt which has yet to be dyed, and the random piece of yellow cloth that goes under the pouch.

I just love this shade of orange, it’s so wonderfully bright and psychadelic LOL.

And if you’re wondering, yes, I am going to apply the yellow gradient to the skirt, and no, to those who have this strange belief that you can’t dye a gradient of a lighter color onto a darker color, I assure you, YOU CAN.

Tried and tested! Admittedly, it doesn’t show up very well here because it was all dark and everything looks washed out on digicam photos. BUT you can see the gradient. And to achieve that..

This is your best friend.


But well, yeah, this is part 1 of Vanille’s progress. I’ll update sporadically whenever I have the opportunity to work on the costume more, like beads and accessories which I’ve already bought but haven’t put them together because I abhor beading. And also, I’ll do a short writeup on dyeing gradients, BECAUSE YES PEOPLE, YOU CAN DYE A LIGHTER COLORED GRADIENT ONTO DARKER FABRIC, REALLY. I am sick of people always saying you can’t, BECAUSE YOU CAN LAH, DAMMIT. \o\

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Cosplay Generation

“Cosplay Gen, a project brought by the Otaku Magazine team, is an independent magazine focused on the worldwide promoting of cosplayers and of various Japanese fashion trends. The 72 pages of the magazine will include mini-interviews featuring cosplayers from around the world and their amazing work; extended interviews; reviews from various cosplay events; articles centered on cosplay photography, cosplay trends, and Japanese fashion; tutorials; and also a beginner’s corner.

It’s a project born out of our love for cosplay and for Japanese contemporary fashion culture, and from the continuous need to bring these in the spotlight. We consider that a good project is always a useful one, regardless the many other existing similar means, and from this point of view there’s no such thing as “enough”. Therefore, in our attempt, we tried to collaborate with the best contributors and bring forth materials that would address to a very heterogeneous public interested in cosplay and Japanese fashion.”

– CosplayGen@dA


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Because I could never describe the project better than the Otaku Magazine Team themselves. Yes, it’s a magazine centered on subculture, particularly cosplay, and they feature cosplayers from across the globe, including my own Lightning and many other talented individuals.  

So just to spread awareness of this project –


I believe you can place preorders now! And Jes’ Joker is on the cover of the first issue which I think is mad cool. ❤

And also, a big thank you to the Otaku Mag Team for organising this project, and executing it in a thoroughly professional and effecient manner. CosplayGen is looking to be a stunning success; I’m quite excited to get my own copy.




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Alright, not a formal photoshoot. A bunch of my friends and I wanted to do a casual FF at the beach.

Well, it was more of like a beach outing than a photoshoot. We were kind of like more interested in going into the water and nua-ing there out of the heat of the sun than actually taking photos. I don’t think the beach was really populated at all during that time, people must’ve all been staying out of the rubbish sweltering weather. Except for us, that is. LAWL.

Yes, yes, my hair went flat, I’m sorry. It’s one of the consequences of taking a dunk in the sea. Can’t say I regretted it though. 8D

And there you have it – when cosplayers are on a vacation, you might see characters on vacation too. *gets shot*

And I must complain that I miss those jeans. Those are my favourite pair of boyfriend jeans, and I forgot to pack them and as a result they’re in Singapore and I’m whining now. *whines* And my shades did not survive the trip here to NZ, they’re scratched and chipped and disgusting now. Bleh. And I didn’t pack this shirt either. HALF MY NICE CLOTHES ARE BACK HOME. WHAT’S THIS.


photos in this post by Zettai Daijoubu

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I laugh at my own Serah Farron’s face.


LAWL okay, now that’s out of the way, I shall explain what the hell it is that’s going on. I don’t know exactly why it is that I like Serah, but I like Serah. She’s like a big driving force behind the plot of FFXIII, and she was a symbol of hope and a reserve of strength despite being a very normal, typical young girl waiting to attend university. Yeah, I do happen to like the storyline and the characters of FFXIII, and I don’t wish to play an audience to any debates on how sucky and linear the game was, or how flat the characters are. =) It strikes me as weird that people find emoCloud’s emo-ness and depressing, self-absorbed ways deeper in character than FF13’s, whom I find very real, but then again my opinion doesn’t weigh very much in the matter I suppose.

…And yes btw, I am a huge supporter of Snow and Serah’s engagement plans HAHA. <333

Also please note that in these camwhore photos taken off my compact digicam which you can see in the 2nd picture, there is no retouch applied beyond tweaking of levels (READ: ADJUSTING THE LIGHTING/BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST), and of course, a 180 flip because it’s taken in front of the mirror. I am highly tired of insinuations that I excessively shop my face and my hair color, so there you have it.

Camwhored in the hotel before heading to the con –

Alright, so to be fair, I shall leave off all this unpleasant talk and write a bit about the costume, of which there’s not very much to tell, really.

Makeup was light and simple, as is always the case for my Final Fantasy cosplays. Concealer + foundation, a very light pair of false lashes, double eyelid tape, and mascara, blusher, and then color for the brows. No shading and highlighting this time because I didn’t think it was needed. Eyeliner again kept to a very thin black liquid line on the outer corners of the upper lid along the lashline (below the falsies), and pencil liner on the outer corners of the lower lids. Silver on the inner corners. And of course, the absolute essential and every girl’s bff – LIP GLOSS LAWL.

Wig was the old Lightning wig (I realised I haven’t even posted a picture of the pretty new one LOL; this must change), I put the top half of it up into a ponytail on the side, and layered the bottom half to 2nd collar length. Of course, the ponytail is very much too short 8( I had intended to use a short wig and a clip-on extension of a brighter candy-pink tone to match the in-game model, but they’re both back in Singapore so I made do with this one.

The entire costume was -literally- handmade. Drafting on a carpeted floor was a pain but I did it anyway, and everything handstitched together. I managed to find a very lovely light pink chiffon at Spotlight which was on SALE, so I used that for the outer garment. Bright pink satin ribbon for the closures at the back.

The accessory that she wears on her bicep is exactly the same as the one Lightning wears, and on the very same arm, but I left mine in Singapore (again OTL) together with the rest of my Lightning costume. So I cut a small amount of brown pleather that was meant for Vanille’s weapon holster for this, and reinforced with interfacing. I must say, pleather looked marvelously better than the real pigs leather I used for the old one LOL. And more comfortable, too.

Her bracelet and hairtie were insanely easy. I paid a visit to daiso and bought elastic hairties and beads and charms and mixed them up and painted/bleached some to match the colors in hers –

Shoes were awesome. I managed to get a pair of offbrand grey jersey high-top sneakers for 9 bucks on sale LOL. I love sales. Painted them and replaced the lace. Yes, I know they are supposed to be boots, but I think I managed to make my humble sneakers resemble Serah’s footwear, so why not?

AND I HAVE PUT UP A PICTURE ON DA OF MY AWESOMELY SHOCKING MANRY SERAH, GO SEE IT; photo courtesy of Tammy from CNZ, thank you very much ❤

I’ll be redoing Serah when I go back home to Sg for my holiday. (God forbid, I know HAHAHA). But I really need to correct the mistakes of the too-short wig and the missing accessories. AND I WANTS A SNOW 8(

But anyway, on to other FFXIII characters now, then.

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