New Cosplay!

March 23, 2022

So I was working slooowly on Galadriel – which is still on the table – but I knew I wouldn’t be able to learn how to work with metal in time for my conventions next month – Sci-fi-con on April 1st-2nd and Gamebox Festival 22nd-24th.

Last year, I got married and I made my own wedding dress – and I’m really proud of it, even if it’s maybe not the most impressive tailoring, but I love how it looked and how it felt to wear it. I kind of felt it was a pity that I wouldn’t get to wear it again. So I thought: How can I find a way to wear it again without getting married again? Well, since it was inspired by night elves, I thought: Maybe I could turn it into a cosplay! And so, I set out to create an Elune cosplay using my wedding dress as a base.

I haven’t done much changes, which is how I’ve managed to finish this project in a month.

I’ve added a headpiece with big antlers and moons and shiny gems. It’s made of EVA foam using Pretzel cosplay’s pattern.  It was supposed to be for low density foam, but I only had high density. It was hard to get it into the right shape and required a lot of sanding, but I managed. It’s super light weight, so not super uncomfortable to wear. I’m using the same wig I use for a few other cosplays, so I didn’t want to ruin it by mounting the antlers to it, so I made a worbla headband and an elastic (actually an old bra strap) that goes underneath the hair. It’s not perfect, but it works and it’s easy to put on. The worbla headband also worked as a good base for all the bling I added. You can see my selfie that also shows my make-up test above.

I also added some shoulder pieces, because I felt like it needed something more.

Lastly, I’ve also added a little bag (with rhinestones, not pictured) and a moon staff. I only had 3 days to make the staff, so I kept the design very simple. The only thing I bought that I didn’t have for this whole upgrade/cosplay was a broom stick for the staff. It’s telescopic, so not only can I make it short for easy transport (and the moon + foot is removeable), but I can also adjust the height, which is useful for photos (sometimes you just need a shorter staff to fit it in the photo).

I’m really excited to debut this soon! A lot of people were outraged that I would use my wedding dress like this. They asked why I didn’t want to keep it protected home. Well, the reason is selfish – I want to show it off! I really hope I won’t get married again – and if that were to happen, I’d probably not want to wear the same dress, anyways. Honestly, I feel like I’m cheating the system, finding a way to wear a wedding dress more than once without needing to get married again. 

In any case, I hope I get some photos of this soon to show you guys!

This Bernina was my 2nd serger/overlocker and actually the first (and only) brand new machine I have bought. It works quite good and it’s a bit less noisy than my old one, which is great. One thing I miss from my old machine: It doesn’t have free arm capabilities. I don’t follow rules when I sew, so I like to overlock on my sleeves when I’m making clothes, which is harder when you can’t fit the fabric around the machine, especially when making mistakes and accidentally stitching through wrong layers will ruin the whole project, because the machine cuts while sewing. But it’s a minor thing that I work around, and overall, I’m really pleased with the performance!

My next machine was a very fancy christmas gift from my dad:

Pfaff Creative Vision sewing /embroidery machine

I have wanted an embroidery machine for years, but they are both quite expensive (though, more and more affordable models are being released) and also I had no idea what to look for. I thought each machine had their own software, and so I thought it was also a thing to consider. But it turns out it’s not. And while embroidery software (to make your own designs) is a whole topic of it’s own, it turns out the machines are quite “simple”. This one functions both as a sewing machine and an embroidery machine, and I have used it for sewing a little bit, but for that purpose, my old one still does better – it has a more powerful engine. This machine struggles with e.g. webbing. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s a bit of a chore to convert it between sewing and embroidery (the attachment + foot + needle needs to be replaced, and different types of threads on upper-and lower thread), so I just use it as embroidery machine. And for that, it works great. It supports quite large hoops – up to 360 x 350 mm. (though biggest I have is 360 x 200 mm). The standard hoops that were included were plastic ones that work by squeezing fabric between inner and outer hoop and tightening it. But I fairly quickly upgraded to metal hoops with magnets, because I find it easier to align designs like that. It’s a preference thing. It’s a single colour machine, so you have to replace the thread after each colour. But I think it’s fine. Some projects require you to babysit it, while others you can just leave it alone. It depends both on the file, the fabric and the thread. There’s a lot to learn when embroidering, but it’s quite fun. I haven’t used it for cosplay yet, but most things that sit still long enough in our house gets embroidered.

The latest machine I bought is this one:
Brother Coverstitch CV3550 coverlock machine


This machine is quite limited in it’s use. It’s something inbetween an overlocker and a regular machine. It has one bottom looper, and up to 3 upper threads. And this version also has an extra thread that is kind of like an over-looper. If you have a t-shirt on, I’m pretty sure there’s an edge of folded fabric that is stitched with a coverlock. On the visible side, it’s usually 2 straight, parallel seam-lines and on the underside, it’ll be kind of looping around. That’s a coverstitch. I got this, because I enjoy making clothes for myself and my family, and it makes that a lot easier. But it’s overkill for most people and probably not that relevant for cosplay. I just felt like splurging a bit and buying myself something nice. I did buy it used, though, because I figured I would get one that had all the possible features (including free arm for easier sleeve stitching).

So that’s basically all the machines I have! I would like to add one honorable mention, though:

 Husqvarna 5710 sewing machine


This was my very first sewing machine! My grandmother had it before me, and it’s from somewhere between 1976-1982 (I don’t know exactly when) It was actually a nice machine, but when I first got into cosplay and realized it was something I wanted to do a lot, I wanted something a bit more quiet with more features. But this machine isn’t gone. My mother-in-law didn’t have a sewing machine, so I brought it to Lithuania and now she uses it for little repairs and such. It makes me happy to know that after all this time, it still has a purpose and it still works just fine. Those old Husqvarna machines are work horses, and if your budget is small, go look for this kind of machine. The machines that were made back then were so simple that they don’t break that easy, and they were made with quality materials, so they last forever. They may not have lots of fancy seams, but my first Druid cosplay was made mostly with this red machine.

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