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Konnichiwa Minna-san!

I hope you are having a lovely day ^^

You may have known from the “Done” tab above that I have cosplayed the Romeo & Cinderella Miku. That shoot had an all female crew, because I didn’t think I would feel comfortable with a male crew, especially with the rather awkward poses.

Photographer and Makeup artist: Etterorua Red
Kaito: Tesun

Anyway, this is the original PV of the song

Alternate PVs that I found.

Okay, back to topic. I hope this tutorial will serve as a useful guide for those out there who plan to cosplay the Romeo & Cinderella version of Miku.. I believe this can serve as a guide for similarly clothed characters as well as Romeo & Cinderella version of the other vocaloids, which have different colour schemes.

You will need:

  • Red Sequins
  • Black Lace
  • Dressmaking Pins
  • Nylon Thread
  • Cotton Thread
  • Sharp Sewing Needles
  • Super Glue/Cloth Glue
  • Hot Pink Long Tube Top
  • Hot Pink Underwear
  • Black Elastic Braid
  • Camisole (that you usually wear)
  • Long Ruler

Step 1: Top

Miku is wearing black laced red polka-dotted lingerine.

  • Tube top
  1. Using a ruler, place sequins (as markers) 5cm of each other using 0cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm etc… as a guide for row 1.
  2. Move the ruler to be below your markers (as shown in picture)
  3. Using a ruler, mark out dots 5 cm of each other using 2.5cm, 7.5cm, 12.5cm etc… as a guide for row 2.
  4. Repeat Step 1 to Step 3 until you reach the bottom of the tube.
  5. You should get your desired pattern as shown.
  6. Place cardboard inside the tube to prevent glue from seeping through and gluing your tube shut.
  7. Proceed to glue and sew them down. If your sequins are too small, glue a few together to make a larger sequin.
  8. Remember to have sequins for both front and back of your tube.
  9. Decide which side of the lace faces towards the top of the tube and which face of the lace is to be the surface where the glue is applied. (Note that left and right side of lace is slightly different in below picture)
  10. Pin the lace down with dressmaking pins to stabilise position on tube. Cut away extra lace.
  11. Place cardboard inside the tube to prevent glue from seeping through and gluing your tube shut.
  12. Glue the lace down before sewing. It will the lace easier to sew.
  13. Remember to Repeat Step 9 to Step 12 for front, back, top and bottom of tube top.
  • Spaghetti Straps
  1. To determine length of straps, measure the length of camisole straps, add 1cm to that measurement and cut elastic braid accordingly.
  2. If width of elastic braid is too small, sew 2 together using nylon thread.
  3. Secure lace onto elastic braid using dressmaking pins, make sure to leave a 1cm gap.
  4. Glue down lace before sewing lace onto elastic braid.
  5. Determine which side of lace faces the wearer and which side of lace faces away from wearer. (note in above picture that left and right side of lace is slightly different)
  6. To determine position of straps, place camisole inside the tube and note the position of the straps on the tube top using dressmaking pins.
  7. Glue elastic braids down to double confirm their position before sewing.
  8. Remember to make 2 straps, 1 each for your right and left shoulder!

Step 2: Bottom

  1. Following Step 1 to Step 8 from “Tube top”, you should get the desired pattern as shown below.
  2. following Step 9 to Step 13 from “Tube top”, apply lace as desired.

Complete!

You can use leftover lace to make a garter or use it as a prop for your photoshoot, as I did πŸ™‚

Miku wears a white cardigan and a black pleated skirt in some of the fanart, so you may want to include that in your shoot. Also, bring many many apples! I spent half the shoot going through the apples that Tesun bought for the shoot. Haha

Many of you may not have heard of the series Vampire Princess Miyu. It’s a rather old series that was released in 1988. If you take a look at the art work, it would be rather obvious, for those who are quite in touch with the anime/manga works.

It has a rather repetitive storyline, but I find the artist portrayal of different characters rather interesting. There’s always an air of mystery shrouding the episodes. I would recommend that you listen to the soundtracks, especially those with the flute!

You can find the list of songs here: http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/miyu

There is a playlist of the OST on Youtube as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSqB3CM3-5A&list=PL88BB73BB38FBDCCD

Please check out fellow cosplayer Astellecia and Calssara‘s Miyu cosplays. They are awesome!

This will yet be another solo shoot because my dear Larva aka xSincrossx isn’t as free as me. Haha. He’s being buried by work at the moment, so he won’t be joining me in the shoot.

Here are photos from the previous time I cosplayed as Miyu. The event is Streetfest 2011. Back then, I had black hair, so I could use my own hair for the braid (bun is a hair extension). Haha. As I did for Black Rock Shooter as well. Haha.

The previous time I cosplayed as Miyu, I didn’t have Larva’s mask. However, for this Sunday’s shoot, I’ll definitely have it with me (:
I’ll be posting a tutorial for it too! Keep watching this space! ^^

The Miyu photoshoot will be held this Sunday, with Sleepycs as photographer, e3m1n as confirmed helper.

I’ll be headed down to the Bukit Batok Cosplay Competition to support my dear Suzume at Pika Pika Meido Cafe as well!

Please visit the Meido Cafe’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/PikaPikaMeidoCafe

Hope to see you there! ❀

みγͺさんこんにけは!Minna-san Konnichiwa!

Since this blog is new, I would be posting entries that will draw your attention to the older cosplays that I did before starting this blog. Today, I will bring your attention to the Gumi Sandplay Photoshoot I had with JP_Capture and his 2 friends about 2 years ago.

It was a really convenient photoshoot because the crew had a car! However, it was a rather short shoot with few photos as it was getting pretty dark and we didn’t want the shoot to end too late.

That was my third time cosplaying a character from the “From The Miniature Garden Where The Dragon Howls” Series (otherwise known as Sandplay Singing of the Dragon). This time around I was rather happy with my makeup. I could do with more blush, but the eye makeup had significant improvement. The makeup doesn’t really show up nicely in photos though. It was the first time I have successfully added false eyelashes to my eyes! They are very uncooperative when I want to use them! Haha.

Back then, I still needed to improve on posing for shots. I look stiff and too expressionless in this shoot 😦

Here are some of my favourite shots from the shoot. I have uploaded more pictures up on Deviantart and Cure!

For those who are not familiar with the series, this is how the song sounds like, this version includes Kaito, Kagamine Len, and Gackupo Kamui

[youtube:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUYsNepqps”%5D

Gackupo Solo Version

[youtube:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JACgojmY0oc”%5D

Hello all! Here’s the promised Tutorial for Yuffie’s (Collapsible) Shuriken. I will do my best to give you a detailed step-by-step tutorial. Do note that it is my first time making Yuffie’s Shuriken, so some parts of the tutorial could have been done simultaneously to save time. Shown here is how I made my shuriken in chronological order. Feel free to contact me for enquires about how to make! πŸ™‚
Let’s all make the cosplay community a more pleasant place!

I suggest that you read through the whole tutorial and write down the list of things you need before you start. I didn’t include a “Things you’ll need” list because you may use a different material/method for making your own shuriken.

Step 1: Do the homework

You will have to look up pictures from your game consoles, internet, fanbooks and more. The more pictures you have, as well as the higher resolution they are, the easier for you to draft out a design in your mind.

Look out for pictures that
1. Feature the shuriken alone
2. Feature closeups of details on the shuriken
3. Yuffie posing with theΒ shuriken at various angles
Tip: Look up websites that sell Yuffie’s Shuriken or Yuffie’s costume, they sometimes have useful closeups that you can save for reference

Step 2: Do the measurements

To make a Shuriken that will turn out roughly the correct proportion, you’ll need to do a little measurement. A little trick that I do is, take a picture featuring Yuffie posing with the Shuriken, where the Shuriken is placed in a straight angle. Here, I’m using a picture from Camera Store HK.

Copy and crop portions of the shuriken you want measurements of and put it against line it up with Yuffie’s legs, arms or torso. This will give you the rough gauge of how big the weapon should be.

As you can see from the red dotted boxes here, I measured the length of the blade and the handle separately. The length of the blade, is roughly equivalent to the length of Yuffie’s leg from the ankle to the top of her knee. Thus, I will need to make the blade as long as the length from MY ankle to the top of MY knee. Using this trick, you’ll save a lot of trouble trying to figure out the right proportions and size of the weapon.

Step 3: Record the measurements

This would sound redundant, but trust me, sometimes people do forget. Get a picture of only Shuriken alone and write out your measurements. Don’t forget to label them with arrows, least you forget which measurement is for which.

Step 4: “Disassemble” the Shuriken

I wanted to make a collapsible shuriken so I could easily travel with it. Therefore, my shuriken would need to be pieced and un-pieced like a jigsaw puzzle. Planning out the parts of this puzzle was a little tricky, but fortunately, Yuffie’s shuriken isn’t too complicated a prop to “disassemble”. I’m not an artist, but I managed to come up with an idea and drawing of the pieces to this shuriken puzzle.

As you can see, I separated the handles and the blades. The handles were going to be made up of 4 rectangular pieces, with a notch cut out in the middle for 2 of the 4 pieces (ignore the numbers on the picture, I tweaked my plan as I worked to make it more feasible). Since Yuffie’s shuriken has a round hole in the middle of the handle, all 4 pieces would have a circular cut-out in the middle as well.

The triangular pieces which served as the blades were just going to be fitted on the ends of the rectangular pieces. 2 Triangular pieces would be glued together to make 1 blade. A slit would be made at the middle of each triangular piece to make the blade “pop” out a little and make it a little more 3D.

Holding all the handle pieces together would be a little toilet roll that would be pushed through the circular openings of the handles when they are stacked together, cut to size.

Of course, the plan would be much simpler if you would like to make the shuriken in 1 (non-collapsible) solid piece.

Step 5: Materials

Of course, how are you going to make the shuriken if you cannot decide on the material to make it from! Haha. I decided to make the blades and handles of my shuriken from cardboard and the nuts and bolts using chair leg protectors (LOL). If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, take a close look at the handle of Yuffie’s shuriken and you’ll notice some knobs along the bar.

I just used plain red ribbon for the ribbon on the shuriken on Yuffie.

Step 6: Handle

Well, since you have your reference picture, draft drawings, measurements and materials, it’s time to cut your materials to shape. Be sure to draw out your measurements onto the materials before you pick up your penknife/scissors!

First, I drew out the dimensions of the handles on a piece of cardboard. You can do this individually if you don’t have a cardboard that is large enough. The first and third line are the guides where the notch would be cut out on 2 of the 4 handles.The length between them is the width of the handle.

Tip: Make sure the length of the blade is longer than you would like. You will need to accommodate for the portion of handle that will be covered by the blades when you fit the pieces together. If not, the handle will turn out to be shorter than measured when you fit the shuriken together.

The second line is the middle line, to be used as reference for the circular cut-out later on.

After you are pleased with the lines drawn, slice the cardboard along the lines to make 4 handle pieces. DO NOT CUT along the lines that you have drawn in the middle of the pieces to be used as guide lines for the notch and circle.

Now that you have your 4 pieces, pick any 2 pieces and cut out a notch. Take care not to tear your handle piece into 2. To be safe, you may want to cut out a few more pieces of handles to accommodate for errors.

Label the handle pieces WITHOUT notches 1 and 4, and label the handle pieces WITH notches 2 and 3. This is the order by which they will be stacked. Pieces 2 and 3 should have their notches FACING each other. The notch will be used to secure the handles together, while pieces 1 and 4 are used as reinforcements.

Make sure that pieces 2 and 3 fit snugly. Pieces 1 and 2 are supposed to be in line with each other and glued together later on. Same for Pieces 3 and 4.

Step 7: Blades

A useful tip to make sure that you will not cut slanting blades, is to mark out the middle of each cardboard piece you are going to use for the blades. For that, I drew little black dots on the cardboard for reference, before I started drawing the outline of the blades and cutting them out. Make sure you cut out at least 8 triangular pieces for the blades.

Next, for the “pop” and 3D effect on the blade, draw a straight line down the middle of the base of the triangular piece to the tip. Using a penknife, slit along the line. As deep as you did for the notch in Step 6. Likewise, make sure not to cut through the cardboard.

When you are done, bend the cardboard to stretch out the slit a little. The triangular piece should form an inverted ‘V’ shape when placed on the floor.

Proceed to coat your cardboard pieces with a layer of white glue on both sides.
To make things less messy, coat one side, let it completely dry, then coat the other side. Make sure to do this twice, so your cardboard pieces are coated with 2 layers of white glue.

You can choose to paper mache the cardboard pieces if you wish.

Step 8: Spray Paint!

Please work in a well-ventilated area and cover your work area with LOTS of newspaper. The newspapers I used were not enough and I ended up spray painting the floor as well.

Line your cardboard pieces out, close to each other but not touching, to save space and paint. Spray a layer of lacquer on top.

Next, you could use metallic spray paint if you like, but I find them too expensive to bother. So I used a different technique instead. You will need at least 2 colours for this technique. I used DPI Anchor 29 Flat Black and DPI Anchor *3P Premium Silver for this technique.

Holding your spray nozzle about hip level, lightly mist the spray over your cardboard pieces. No need to worry if the paint does not fully cover the cardboard. You are supposed to build up the colour in light layers. Repeat this step, alternating between the colours. You may want to let the paint dry completely every 2 layers.

Make sure you lightly mist the cardboard with your finger pressing onto the nozzle with constant pressure. Otherwise, you will get ugly spots like these.

The desired result should be as below. A nice mix of black and silver to give you a mimic metallic appearance πŸ™‚

Don’t forget include the chair leg protectors while you are doing spray painting!

When you are satisfied with the result, let the paint completely dry before spraying 2 coats of lacquer on the pieces. Make sure you let the lacquer dry between coats!

Step 9: Blades II

Tip: Be generous with the glue

After all your cardboard pieces have dried, it’s time to partly assemble the pieces together! Starting with the blades, pair up the triangular pieces and glue the sides with white glue firmly together. Please remember to leave the base open as shown in the pictures! Remember to let the glue dry completely!

Step 10: Handle II

So while the blades are drying, you can start work on the handles!

Using the middle line as a guide, use a compass to draw a circle. Make sure you leave a sufficient gap between the side of the cardboard piece and circular opening so that the sides of your handle will not be too flimsy. Cut out the circular piece.

When you are done with cutting all the circular pieces from all the 4 handles, stack them together accordingly and make sure the circular opening stacks properly as well.

Step 11: Connecting Tube

When you are satisfied with the circular cut outs, paper mache the toilet roll and cut to desired length! The way I did it, I just slotted the paper mache-d toilet roll into the opening made by the 4 stacked handles and shaved off the excess length.

Step 12: Blade III

So, when your blades are completely dry, you’ll see this ugly tell-tale sign that shows the world that the shuriken is made up of cardboard ):

Fear not! Use paper mache! πŸ˜€

Make sure to cover the sides completely. Be careful to keep ONLY the sides covered. Leave to dry completely before attempting the next step.

Using the technique shown in Step 8, spray paint the sides. You may want to position the blade such that the paper mache side faces upwards.

Step 13: Finishing Touch!

Before you glue handle pieces 1 and 2 together, 3 and 4 together, piece together the shuriken and see if the handle can support the weight of all the blades. If not, add in reinforcements sandwiched between pieces 1 and 2, as well as 3 and 4. I reinforced my handle pieces with ice-cream sticks since I do not have access to tools that can cut wood pieces. Ice-cream sticks can be cut using scissors! However, it can be tedious work since ice-cream sticks are quite small. This technique is not shown as it is a “secret” non-circulated tip that a friend shared with me.

So… When you are done with gluing the handle pieces together, remember the chair leg protectors you painted? Yup, just stick them onto the handles as desired. Remember that Yuffie’s shuriken has a red ribbon wrapping parts of the handle, so do add that as well.

Finally, when all the glue, paint and lacquer is dry, piece the shuriken together and there you have it, Yuffie’s (Collapsible) Shuriken! Time to head for an event/photoshoot!

photo by Sleepycs

Good luck making yours! πŸ™‚

For those who are interested to see how the photoshoot turned out, stay tuned to this space or watch my deviantart! πŸ™‚

Greetings to all!

As mentioned in my “Lastest News” tab above, I had a FFVII:AC Yuffie shoot today.

I was extremely excited for the shoot!
1. It is my first cosplay and photoshoot after ‘A’ levels
2. I was working with a new photographer
3. I was going to see an ex-classmate that I haven’t seen in awhile
4. It was going to be an action shoot, with kicks and all!

I was lucky to have Sleepycs (aka Sleepy_Yume) working with me as photographer for the shoot. He’s still quite new on the scene, so everyone please help him out! I’m very comfortable working with this shy but friendly otaku who is super picky about shot lighting and scenery. If you want pictures that are sure to impress with his awesome lighting, drop him a message! (:

I’ll definitely ask him for a shoot again very soon!

For helpers, the unsung heros of every photoshoot, I had the luxury of getting Iso (aka nocturnalsolace) and Brian (aka BriannaCahn) come down to help out! Iso is an old classmate who pretty much pulled the shoot together since he introduced Sleepy_Yume to me for this shoot. Haha. Great to know that your old pals are doing fine as well! It is nice to catch up. Brian came over with more ribbons to help me out with the shoot. The ribbon I had for Yuffie initially was too thin and I had problems securing that stupid butterfly knot! Brian is also very well versed in the Final Fantasy Series, so he really helped in posing and shot ideas πŸ˜€

Oh yes, did I mention that the helpers today are also going to be editing and processing the photos since they are the professionals at photoshop and other photo enhancing software? :3

Anyway, the shoot lasted for about 5 hours? We met at about 10am, and managed to pack up and get food at about 3pm. We just spent another 2 hours chit-chatting about J-subculture/photography stuff haha. These guys really know their stuff haha. I’ve been out of touch with this circle for too long.

We had 4 locations in total for this shoot, all within the same area. The first area is the very famous spiral staircase that has been grossly overshot by all cosplayers and photographers working with them (well, almost). However, I must say I really love the effect that the staircase gives. It has a half dilapidated feel to it, which was what I was initially looking for. There was some simple climbing to be done, and I must say, if not for my natural phobia of heights, I may have suggested some rather dangerous stunts to try while balancing on the edge! Haha.

I guess shots there turned out rather stiff, for both me and Sleepy_Yume, probably still warming up. He did manage to catch a few closeup and moving shots though!

The other shots that followed were super enjoyable since they were action shots! Haha. I guess everyone got a little excited since it’s not always you get a cosplayer that escaped from the circus and a photographer who’s pumped and has the ability to capture them HAHAHA. Brian even commented “It’s hard to cosplayer Yuffie properly since she is so hyper and all over the place!”
We actually spent quite a bit of time trying out jumping kicks and other tricks. LOL. My favourite one was the “Shuriken throwing” one! That took awhile to get, BUT it was totally worth it because I LOVE the effect! Whee! Sleepy_Yume is awesome! Haha. For the kicking shots, I kept changing kicks to see which one would show up best on camera, I think Flying Side Kick and Jumping Turning are winners since they are easier to capture with the longer air time.

The difference between what I look out for and what the photographer and helpers look out for:
Photographer: “Ok!” *shows photo to everyone*
Photographer & Helpers:”Nice! Good pose good lighting!”
Me:”OMG DIE. Non-kicking leg never keep! Sir will kill me” T-T

OH WELL. Haha.

The graveyard shots were kinda… unsatisfactory for me though. It was a little hard to drop into a more somber mood when you were just bouncing around trying to do tricks mid-air. More balancing acts after that though! I thought the effect of me pretending to run on the stone railings was quite realistic with me having one leg in the air. Thank goodness for all the training I have in Ninja that enhances balance!

It was quite scary having to balance with a leg off the ground on high ground. Having confidence in yourself really helps I guess. I’m quite enthusiastic about climbing up and down now though. Oops. Heh.

All in all, I’ll say this was a great shoot, with kudos to the whole crew πŸ˜€
The good thing about working with guys is that I don’t have to keep reminding or confirming things. Discuss, Set, Arrange, Confirm, Done. Nobody forgets or delays or needs extra reminders.

I’m super hyped to get the photos uploaded onto deviantart. BUT, I’m going to wait for all the photos to be processed. There are 11 pictures that Sleepy_Yume says that doesn’t need any photoshop or editing or cropping or anything. These will have to wait till the rest are ready too, before they are released to cyberspace! I’ve seen them already, they have really good lighting and feel! πŸ˜€
Except that I’m quite stiff and emotionless in some shots ._.

I need to improve on a few things.
1. Makeup skills
2. Pose & Smile/Emo skills
:X

Again, BIG THANK YOU TO SLEEPY_YUME, ISO AND BRIAN! πŸ˜€

For those who were expecting photos, here’s a picture of my baggage for the shoot, along with a costest. Keep watching this space, I’ll have a new entry up once the photos come in. AND, I’ll be writing a Yuffie Kisaragi Shuriken Tutorial soon as well, be sure to check back!

Hi everyone!

I’ve decided to split my personal and cosplay blog, so things are less messy. After all, not all of my friends are interested in my cosplay and not all you people out there are interested in my private life.

It feels extremely good to be back! Haha.

I’ll slowly be transferring cosplay related stuff over from my personal blog over to here.

At the tailor:
Miku Romeo & Cinderella Project Diva – Alteration

Heroine Amnesia – Alteration

Bringing to the tailor:
Gumi Sandplay – Alteration

In the talks:
Luo Tianyi (left) with Incy as Ling Caiyin (right)

Things to look out for would be my Yuffie Kisaragi Photoshoot coming up this Sunday with Yiwei and Shengzhi! (:
Photos will be up on deviantart!


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