Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wish post: Doll

One of my readers asked some time ago if I could do a post about my Doll cosplay, well.. I don't actually know what that person really wanted to know, so I'm going to tell what I tell and then that person (and others too) can send me more questions about this costume if you feel like it :)

This costume is actually from 2010, I made this for Tsukicon (yes, really, and I haven't used this myself since that day.. But Lily has used this too at Desucon 2011..) But I have worn this costume for studio photoshoot + a friend that studied photography at that time took some photos of me in this costume and of another friend in her costume for her school work :)

© Elina Rowland
© Elina Rowland
© Elina Rowland
© Milla Laine
Because of various reasons this costume was easy to make and not.. The basic design is really simple and nothing that special, but all the roses made it a little harder to make.. And the fact that I wanted to do those by hand.. And I actually made 111 of those, if I remember correctly there's 1 rose/shoe and 1 rose on the center of the bow. Then there's 38 roses on the wig and rest of the roses I used for the hem of the skirt :) And I could have used couple roses more but I run out of time and cord :D I actually made the last things on the morning of the convention, though I worked on this costume for 1-2 months actually D:

Choker. It was nice to do it, I made the patterns by myself and it was my first time making one, But in the end it was pretty nice and easy to do! :) Doll actually has buttons, but I used some poppers and just added the buttons for the show ;) That lace was a really nice find from a local store at my hometown! They sell all kinds of laces and buttons there~

Bow. As I always think, bows are the simplest thing that you can make and for it to maintain the shape I used some metal cord :) Also, I made the bow on the morning of the convention so that also shows how little time something like this takes.. Also there's one rose in the middle of the bow, I just used some hot glue to add it there :)

Skirt. There's actually two layers of skirt here, one on top, the one that has the "flower/cookie shape" and some lace too in the hem and then I had to add the roses there too, so I made a petticoat and added all the rest of the roses there, as you can see, there's two rows of roses there and to be honest I wish I would have had more of those, because it would have been nicer to have three rows, but I'm still pretty happy with this.. 

Top. I think that this is the only part that I don't like. It should have had more round shapes (same shape as in bottom)..

Back. Here I've made a rookie mistake that I think is so hilarious! As you can see the back has a corset back and where did I add the bones? Well, The bones do give a nice support there too, but this way the fabric will eventually give it up for the ribbon as you tighten it. I should have added bones to both sides of those metal rings.

Dress. I have nothing to add about the dress, but I think it suits better ppl with a slimmer figure than I have, at the moment I think that I' way too curvy to wear this kind of a dress.. But yeah, I made patterns for the top myself and according to my own measurements, so it fits really well for me :) 

Wig. As the base I used an old wig, I just cut away all the fibres and then made the part that would cover my eye out of fabric and after that started to add roses one after another to it.. After it had all the roses added on I made the four pearl thingies to the left side. I used some clear plastic pearls and some with a shimmer :) At the end of those there's Swarovski tear-shaped glass thingies :D Also I added the ribbon and the ostrich feathers to the wig too :)

Sleeves. One sleeve is actually made out of two different parts. There's the baggy part and under it goes the more fitting part (I'm bad with real words for things, sorry! ;;__;;) I used a sleeve pattern for the fitting parts and didn't use any pattern for those baggy things, also I added a rubber band there and added the laces :)

Socks and shoes. For the socks I actually bought real socks and then just made the upper part myself and added it to the socks, That part was pretty easy to do also and didn't take too much time :)
The shoes I also bought, those are "jumppatossut" and I don't really know the word in english for those, sorry! So I just added roses to the shoes and also the ribbons that go around the legs :)

So, that's all about my Doll costume, now I've shared all my secrets with you guys, haha! :)

Here's a tutorial of how I did those roses too, so watch it if you are interested to see the whole process :)


Friday, August 17, 2012

Tracon?! What is that, something you can eat?

Hello all you lovely peeps!
Actually, where the title actually comes from is..
Well, let's put it shortly:
I'm not going there this year!

Well, there is pretty simple reason:
I'm moving and because of that and the fact that I'm starting my studies at the University of Lapland leads to this..

for me :(

It's way too sad, because this is first time for me that I can't go to a convention that I would love to go!
I even had great plan to cosplay one lovely character from one amazing game and that was..

Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere!

I even had a group of 4 ppl, but as I can't go the rest of the group decided to put their costumes on hiatus too, so we're still going to do these to some other convention! :)
Which, we don't know yet~ But it will happen (and we're looking for other ppl to cosplay from OS too, so if you would like to be part of our group leave comment or mail me!) someday somewhere!

I have been working with this costume, so I decided to end this post with an old progress photo:

I'm going to redo that tiara-part, but anyways :) This is actually the only progress photo that I have at this moment :)

As I'm not going to go to Tracon I will be working on my costumes a lot, so that hopefully means that I will have a lot to show to you guys during this fall~ :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Närcon 2012 @ Linköping, Sweden

Hello to you all~
As my last post told you, I left Finland on last weeks Tuesday, just so I could go to a swedish convention called Närcon!
I got to warn you that this post is going to be a very long one! Because there's a lot of photos to be shown and well.. I think there's going to be a lot of text this time too!

So, our journey started already on Tuesday, so that we were at Sweden on Wednesday morning! That was because we wanted some time for us to spend at Stockholm (mostly at Gamla Stan) and that that when we go to Linköping we could take our time with putting the tents up etc :)

But yeah, the camping are was just a random spot on a field.. They had put up a fence around the area and the hay had been cutted down.. But you know, it wasn't that comfy.. Without a tarp under mine and Ninnu's tent it would have been awful to sleep :') But I did sleep quite well the first night.. :O
Other things about the camping: they had promised toilets and showers to the area and no, for the first 24h or so there wasn't even toilets there! And when those came.. Well.. Those were horrible xD You can see a photo of it here if you are interested to see it :')
And about the showers.. Well, we never got those! We had to walk to campushallen if we wanted to go to shower and well, it was quite a walk, I must say x)


Thursday was the first convention day, the doors were going to open after 13:00 so we weren't in a hurry..
We still ended up waking up pretty early and it felt like forever when we were waiting for a good time to start put on make-up etc.. We didn't want to get there too early.. :/

But I guess we were a little early anyways, because we were on the location before the doors opened.. And it was hot!
Btw, I ended up cosplaying White on the first convention day ;)
We were walking around 'till we ended up sitting on some stairs in the shadow of the trees.. At that time one of Närcon's photographers came and asked to take some photos of us, first he took some of Niina and after that of Linda and after that he took some photos of me too :')

After that we ended up having a small photoshoot at the stairs, Ninnu took some photos of me and I took some of her :)

After that the doors were open and we went in to check what the place is like inside the university..
I got to say that what I really like at Finnish conventions is how they put all the stores (like Fantsu, Manga café etc) in one place to sell their stuff, here they had separated all the stores to different classrooms.. :/ And I wasn't that fond of it..

We also went to check out backyard (POOLEN!!!!!) but  it was a little of a disappointment.. :/
(Photo of the pool can be seen here!)
So, after some time at the backyard we decided to go eat, on our way to McDonald's we noticed a nice path through wood so we decided to stop there on our way back to the convention, here's couple of shots Ninnu took of me :)

Like always we got pretty tired of our costume after some time and we went back to the camp and first we just changed back to our clothes but when we decided to play some croquette we changed to our Inu x Boku SS cosplays or well.. It was more like closet cosplays, lol!

And after the game we decided to go back to the convention area, but we actually put on the real costumes before that! We were just hanging around but because I had burned my arms really badly I started tofeel bad.. And after midnight it just got badder, so I decided to go back to the camp first.. We had planned to go watch Battle Royale as they were going to play it there, but after I left the others "remembered" that we are in Sweden and possibly the subtitles are going to be in swedish and then they talk japanese so they wouldn't understand any of it.. So they came back to the camp right after me, actually!

On Thursday we ran into Valkoinen Samurai! It was nice meeting you there! :) Too bad our conversation ended so fast, well, maybe we'll meet again at some other convention, and maybe this time in Finland? :'D

Oh yeah, and here's some photos of Ninnu that I took, she cosplayed Rikku (Final Fantasy X) on Thursday~ :)


Friday was an Inu x Boku SS day!
We had our little group (Nobara, Banri and Karuta) for this day and it was fun!
Again we were on time at the convention area, because the doors opened at 12:00 (really, it's so weird that the doors opens so "late" :O) and I think that we had the photoshoot with our group pretty early that day, because there wasn't really anything going on.. :O There was this nice separated area for adults, or should I say for parents.. There was coffee and tea for those too, pretty nice! And happily we could use it as our photoshoot place.. And it suited our characters pretty well too, as it is a cafeteria!
Photos of just me has been taken by Ninnu and other photos have been taken by Mollamaija!

And then some not so serious photos..

Bitch, we're fabulous!
Again we spend most of the time just hanging around, since there wasn't much of program going on.. Well, there was a lot of outside activities, like live tetris, chess, laserdome etc.. But I think you know what I mean, right?

So after we changed our costumes we went back to the convention in civil clothing! We tested Josbar and at that time I noticed some more finns there! So with Ninnu we went to talk to them and we did have pretty long conversation :') At that time I also saw Sowah (a friend of mine, you might remember her from my last post, she cosplayed as Grell Sutcliff at Meuwcon 2010) and I spent some time with her too..

But we ended up going to the town pretty early and we also went to check up Linköpings Gamla Stan.. It was really pretty *__* I liked it a lot and it reminded me of our summer cottage and ofc of Porvoo too :') So I felt really home there :3

This day we went sleeping really early! Or at least that's how it felt :')


As always we got up pretty early, did our make-ups and put on our costumes and then we left for the convention!

On saturday we also did same things that we did on the previous days, boring? Not really :D I had fun, because it's mostly the ppl that makes the convention, right? :D

I think that it was the last time for me that I wore my Madam Red :( It's a little sad, but I've already used it 4 times, so I think that it has served it's purpose pretty well :D

Have some new photos of my Madam Red:

I really wanted some new photos of my cosplay and I'm pretty happy with the results :)
I also took some photos of Ninnu, she cosplayed Karina Lyle (Tiger and Bunny)

And we asked some worker of Närcon to take a photo of us four infront of this Närcon sign~

From left to right: Me, lineartt, Ninnu and Mollamaija!
Our small group ;) It's nice how we all cosplayed from different series :') 
I went back to the camping area with lineartt to take off the costumes (my contacts and shoes were killing me!).. Ninnu wanted to keep her costume on as there was going to be some more T&B cosplayers there that evening!
So after I had changed I was starving, so I went to McDonald's with lineartt and after we got back to convention are I just had to leave a small mark on the ground of my visit:

Advertising much? :D
So when the rest of the T&B cosplayers came Ninnu and lineartt left with those to photoshoot (I guess), I watched Nordic Cosplay Championships with Mollamaija and after it was over we just waited for those two to came back, but in the end we ended up going back to the camp without those two :') I was so tired and just wanted to go sleeping..


Sunday was a really short day for us!
We just put all our stuff together and packed my car, after that we went to the convention, bought some drinks from Josbar and after that we already left!

Now I actually really want to go back and I guess I will be there again next year, if just possible<3 p="p">

Again at Stockholm we went to Gamla Stan, but after a short time we already left to the ship and started our way back to Finland..

I've been pretty tired after the trip and I just can't believe that it's already Thursday and it's already one week from the start of Närcon!

Well, now I can start my next cosplay and hopefully I'll finish it in time for Tracon ;)
So I guess there's going to be some progress photos too, if possible! :)

But before I end this post, here's a music video that Team Elric made of Närcon!!!
When I watched it I really started to miss Närcon a lot more than I already missed it ;;__;;

and then I already forgot, but on Saturday there was these two awesome zombies that scared the shit out of us!!! Here's some video of it too ;)

But that's all of Närcon!
See ya next time~ Bye~