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Cosplay Tumblr by Yossi : 29. Female. Cosplayer. Photographer. Bibliophile.

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Glinda by Konzertjunky (deviantArt | Animexx)
Elphaba by Y-o-s-s-i (deviantArt | tumblr)

Gifmaking is my new favourite thing, so Maddi aka Konzertjunky and I took short videos of each other’s costumes at Connichi, which I happily (yet clumsily) turned into gifs. Can we please all agree that Maddi’s the most charming Glinda around? Yes? Yes.

Candy Cotton Butler by patalord (Animexx)
Candy Cotton Maid by y-o-s-s-i (deviantArt)
Original designs by y-o-s-s-i
Photography & editing by acorea (deviantArt | Facebook)

Last November, my sister patalord and I randomly came across those cheap, crazy, fluffy wigs and decided we needed to use them for cosplay. I ended up sketching some simple maid and butler designs and then went and bought the cutest pastel coloured fabrics I could find. I really like the outcome and we had a lot of fun at Connichi with those wigs! The fake candy cotton is made of quilt batting and will be my weapon of choice during a zombie apocalypse.

(Source: y-o-s-s-i)

Photography + Editing: Andy K. (deviantArt | tumblr | facebook) 
Costume + Model: Y-o-s-s-i (deviantArt | tumblr)
Character: Elphaba (Wicked)

Here’s a nice little photoset with a full-body picture and a portrait of my Elphaba costume. I love how the flashlight highlights the ruffles on my shoulders and the cape! Thanks to squirrelofdoom for these gorgeous pictures!
I’m currently thinking about adding some more detail and wearing this costume again for AniMaCo in October. For once, I could applaud myself for wearing a warm, comfy costume at the coldest con on my annual con schedule.There’s also a little park/forest near the covention site so I could take some halloween-y pictures…

For WIP and construction details, see my earlier posts:
bodice | skirt | make-up | cape, hat, detail

squirrelofdoom:

As Long As You’re Mine by Andy-K
It’s been a really long time since I uploaded something to deviantART and shared it here. But I like this one too much to ignore.
y-o-s-s-i as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West
Her sister as Fiyero
Both characters from the “Wicked” broadway musical

Yooo, so I cosplayed Elphaba at Connichi last weekend with patalord as Fiyero and squirrelofdoom took some pictures. I’ve already seen a few previews and they look truly wicked indeed. 
You can find Andy’s work at deviantArt and facebook. Be sure to follow him, he’s awesome!

squirrelofdoom:

As Long As You’re Mine by Andy-K

It’s been a really long time since I uploaded something to deviantART and shared it here. But I like this one too much to ignore.

y-o-s-s-i as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West

Her sister as Fiyero

Both characters from the “Wicked” broadway musical

Yooo, so I cosplayed Elphaba at Connichi last weekend with patalord as Fiyero and squirrelofdoom took some pictures. I’ve already seen a few previews and they look truly wicked indeed.

You can find Andy’s work at deviantArt and facebook. Be sure to follow him, he’s awesome!

Elphaba (Wicked) cosplay WIP - Part 4 (100% completion)

Part 1 (bodice) | Part 2 (skirt) | Part 3 (make-up)

This is my finished costume of Elphaba from the musicak Wicked.

For construcion details on the bodice and skirt, please refer to my earlier posts listed above.

Hat
I might have written about how much I despise sewing hats once or twice before, and I’m afraid it will never change. I sewed Elphaba’s hat last, because I was still hoping on some kind of epihpany on how to sew hats the easy way. It didn’t come.
I had found this soft, snake leather like faux leather at a fabric market some month ago and I really love it. I lined the crown with a sturdy fabric and the brim with craft foam which I ironed into the desired shape.
It took a couple of hours to finally get the brim attached evenly to the crown and I’m suprised how well it came out. I still don’t like sewing hats, but I like this hat.

Cape 
I took some artistic liberties with the cape, because it always annoyed me that Elphaba’s cape was fully intact, while the dress looked so dragged. So I sewed myself a nice cape out of chiffon and then had a little go at it with a pair of scissors.
It is attached to the bodice with press-studs.

Weathering 
Proper weathering techniques include sandpaper and talcum and the like. I had yarn/thread (mostly from tearing the stripes of fabric for the skirt), scissors and sequins (obligatory musical theatre costume bling). I used the scissors to fray out any edges, loosely stitched the little heaps of thread onto the bodice and finished it up with some sequins.

Here’s my costume line-up for Connichi next weekend ♪
Nuriko's an old costume I’ve already worn twice, but this time, I’ll have a little group.
Elphaba has been my “big cosplay project” for 2014. I’m really happy how it came out (see my WIP tag) and I’m totally looking foward to wearing it with Konzertjunky as the cutest Glinda and patalord as a dashing Fiyero.Cotton Candy Maid is an original design I did for the sole purpose of having an excuse for wearing that crazy wig I bought last year.

Here’s my costume line-up for Connichi next weekend ♪

Nuriko's an old costume I’ve already worn twice, but this time, I’ll have a little group.

Elphaba has been my “big cosplay project” for 2014. I’m really happy how it came out (see my WIP tag) and I’m totally looking foward to wearing it with Konzertjunky as the cutest Glinda and patalord as a dashing Fiyero.

Cotton Candy Maid is an original design I did for the sole purpose of having an excuse for wearing that crazy wig I bought last year.

Elphaba (Wicked) cosplay WIP - Part 2 (skirt)

Part 1 (bodice) | Part 3 (make-up)

This is the monster that consumed my entire summer vacation.

Pattern
As far as I can tell, Elphaba’s skirt looks slightly different in each production. Most Elphabas wear what looks like a full circle skirt to me, but I was afraid the skirt would become too heavy with all that fabric - which is also the reason I split the dress into a bodice and a skirt: I wanted to take the weight off the bodice. Some Elphabas, so I noticed, wear a slightly more tight, fit-n-flare kind of skirt. This is what I went for. I started with a half-circle skirt and tightened it above my knees, but not too much because I wanted to have some room left if the skirt should happen to get tighter with the ruffles on (Which it did! It also got shorter.). On the 2nd picture you can see my base skirt.

Ruffles
Next step: Cutting stripes of various fabrics (about 6-8cm wide). I bought a rotary cutter solely for this purpose - a wise decision! Some fabrics, like taffeta and chiffon, I simply tore into stripes. Again: Since the finished costume is supposed to look ragged, I deliberately worked rather lazily. In total, there’s about 100m of ruffles in this, which means around 200m of unruffled fabric stripes. For the actual ruffling process, this video tutorial by Artflower saved my life. The tutorial is in German, but basically, it’s about using elastic thread as your bobbing thread and tightening your thread tension. This way, you get nice, even ruffles in just one go. Then, I sewed the ruffles onto the skirt, working from bottom to top. Needless to say, this got quite confusing and physically exhausting (because of the skirt’s increasing weight) the further I got. Once I was finished, I checked the result for any gaps and added more ruffles where necessary.

At the end, I added a waistband and a hook and eye closure. I was afraid a zip fastener would get caught in the ruffles too easily and Velcro or press-studs probably wouldn’t have supported the weight. Speaking of which: The finished skirt weighs 3kg. Not the heaviest skirt I’ve ever made, but it’s definitely making the top 3.

Pictures of the full costume (including hat and cape) will follow tomorrow!

Elphaba (Wicked) cosplay WIP - Part 3 (make-up)

Part 1 (bodice) | Part 2 (skirt) will follow tomorrow
I officially finished my Elphaba costume yesterday, which means I finally have time for writing blog posts about it and doing a make-up test.
The result of which you can see above.
I did the test very spontaneously. Originally, I just wanted to check the brightness of the green facepaint, but then my hand slipped, and I greenified myself.
I didn’t bother putting on fake lashes, nor is the wig properly attached. The test definitely taught me that I need to work on my shading, but otherwise, I really like myself as Elphaba so far.
I will debut the costume next Saturday at Connichi.
Photography and editing: Franky
Costume made and worn by: Yossi (tumblr | deviantArt)
Character: Cassandra "Statue" Lang (Young Avengers)

There are hardly any pictures of my Statue costume, mostly because I don’t really like myself in it. I put a lot of effort into it (and learned how to sew elastic piping in the process) and, objectively speaking, I think the costume looks really good - I just can’t pull Cassie off. I really, really love these pictures that Franky took, though!

Character: Nuriko (Fushigi Yuugi)
Pictures: 1st picture: evayabai (tumblr | Facebook) / 2nd & 3rd picture: patalord
Costume, Wig, Model: Yossi (tumblr | deviantArt)

Posting some Nuriko again, because I’m going to rewear this costume next Friday. I’m having mixed feeling about that, because I didn’t have enough time to fix the parts I still don’t like (although at least I already kinda fixed the wig in April, see 2nd row pictures). On the other hand, my sister patalord and my friend Konzertjunky will team up with me as Tasuki and Miaka and it’s always a lot of fun cosplaying with them!

Photography and editing: Franky | ladydeadpooly
Cosplayers: Konzertjunky as Fionna
patalord as Huntress Wizard 
y-o-s-s-i as Marceline
Costumes: y-o-s-s-i
Series: Adventure Time

Did I ever tell you about my lovely little Adventure Time cosplay group at Leipzig Bookfair? No? Well, the Huntress Wizard and Marceline costumes I sewed for my sister and me were already a spontenous decision (hence the inaccuracies), but a few days before the con, Konzertjunky told me that she’d like to join us, so I lent her my Fionna costume. Turns out she pulled her off much better than I do :’D
I had a blast nonetheless and I’m pretty sad that I don’t have that many pictures of us, especially since it’s highly unlikely that we’ll wear these costumes together again any time soon.

(Source: y-o-s-s-i)

Character: Sofia Sartor (Assassin's Creed Revelations)
Costume worn and sewn by: y-o-s-s-i (deviantArt)
Picture taken by: patalord

Today, I proudly present you the results of a spontaneous, close-to-zero-effort photoshoot I had with my sister last month for Ubisoft's cosplay contest at Gamescom. It involved my sewing table, some draped fabrics, the ugliest vase available, some artificial tulips (which I had used as a prop for Sofia at cons before), and whatever else we could find in our flat that would remotely pass as renaissance-y looking.

I entered the contest with the left picture and somehow, despite many other, talented contestants, even ended up placing 3rd (YAY!). My motivation to cosplay another lady from the franchise has risen again!

Oh, and by the way: The well-deserved win went to ichi-cosplay and her adorable Aurora (Child of Light) cosplay! Congratulations!

Elphaba (Wicked) cosplay WIP - Part 1 (bodice)

Here I am trying to offer an excuse for my inactivity lately: I’ve been busy working on my newest project: Elphaba from the musical Wicked.

Her “No Good Deed” dress has been on my cosplay wishlist ever since I first saw the musical four or five years ago. I’ve shied away from all the (almost invisible) detail, but this year, my friend Maddi decided to sew Glinda’s Bubble Dress. And when she can face thousands of sequins, I can face a couple hundred metres of ruffles, too.

Still, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to sewing the ruffly skirt, so I started with Elphaba’s bodice first. I started by sewing a mock-up from cotton. (Later, I sewed boning to that mock-up and used it as lining.) Once I was satisfied with the pattern, I sewed an identical bodice out of a wonderful fabric I was very lucky to stumble across on a fabric market. It has a very beautiful lace-over-cotton look, which saved me the pain of sewing yet another layer of lace to the bodice.

Then, I randomly and lazily sewed scraps of differently coloured leftover fabric (mostly taffeta) to it. That’s really the good thing about this costume: For one thing, Elphaba’s dress looks slightly different in each production and for another thing, it’s supposed to look weathered and chaotic - so I don’t need to worry to much about accuracy or neatness. Sewing deliberatly unclean was both relieving and challenging! I covered the “patches” with another layer of lace fabric.

The ruffles on the shoulders are made of tulle, chiffon and organza in various shades of black, blue and purple. On top of everything, I sewed black velvet ribbon roughly along the edges of the coloured patches underneath the lace.

After I added the leg-of-mutton sleeves, the collar and the zipper, I started weathering down the ruffles with a pair of scissors - which was by far my favourite part in the construction process of this costume so far!

I’d say the bodice is about 90% finished now. I still want it to look more ragged and sparkly at the same time, so there’s propably more weathering and some sequins wating for me later.

Currently, I’m working on Elphaba’s skirt, but I don’t have much progress to show yet, so that’ll have to wait for another post. Let’s just hope I won’t regret sewing this dress as two pieces in the end!

(Source: y-o-s-s-i)

cosplaygen:

(via Manakete Princess by y-o-s-s-i on deviantART)

Look who’s there!
I’ll be forever grateful to acorea for taking this picture. Let me tell you: When I was standing there awkwardly grapping that branch and angling my elbow like she told me to all I could think was: “This can’t possibly look good!”. Turns out it does. Trust your photographers, folks.

cosplaygen:

(via Manakete Princess by y-o-s-s-i on deviantART)

Look who’s there!

I’ll be forever grateful to acorea for taking this picture. Let me tell you: When I was standing there awkwardly grapping that branch and angling my elbow like she told me to all I could think was: “This can’t possibly look good!”. Turns out it does. Trust your photographers, folks.

Character: Tiki
Series: Fire Emblem: Awakening
Cosplay made and worn by Y-o-s-s-i (tumblr | deviantArt)

Finally came around to editing some of the Tiki pictures my sister took at Dokomi. I really need to practise posing again… Tiki was particularly difficult, because she has no weapons or any other props.
The “length” of her skirt didn’t exactly help, either.

(Source: animexx-en.onlinewelten.com)