Ragyo Kiryuin preview! …Of course I realized immediately after I took my makeup off that I’d forgot to put on the collar but oh well. This also does not include the feather boa/cape, but I wanted to be sure to put some preview pics up before Colossalcon!
The wig took forever and a day, but I’m actually really happy with how it turned out. There were a few things I’d really wanted to accomplish with it: It needed to both light up and look good while turned off. It also needed to be portable for wearing around a convention. I find that EL wire tends to not photograph well during the daytime, while LEDs can be too bright if they aren’t diffused. So I ended up packing a hollow foam space with superbright 5050 LEDs, and then diffusing them with wig fiber laid on top of a plexiglass screen. The wig runs off of 4 to 8 AA’s and is monstrously bright - the color is hard to see on cameraphones while in darker spaces, but I’m looking to experiment with the voltage to get a more consistent photo range. I’ll be putting up a wig guide with progress pics after the con too.
We’ve been asked a lot about how we made boot covers for our Satsuki cosplay, so we decided to scrap together the (unfortunately) few photos we’ve made during the process and try to say something helpful about it.
First thing first: There are many ways for making boot covers, but what’s really vital for Satsuki’s boots is the right fabric choice. I highly suggest looking for a fabric with nice stretch, so that in the end it wraps tightly around your legs, kinda like a stocking. This is a rare case where I absolutely wouldn’t recommend leather for boots, it’s usually too thick of a material for this job.
I would love to tell you what the fabric we used is called, but I honestly don’t know T.T Some weird glossy synthetic with a touch of rubber, or so it seems. It could be possible to find something of this kind in a place that sells fabric for theatre or carnival costumes.
Now to the making process. My preferred method for boot covers uses duct tape. For Satsuki it went down as following:
1. Tightly wrap your base shoe with something (e.g. newspaper, cellophane etc) to prevent damage and then cover it with duct tape
2. Cut the duct tape off your shoe as you can see in the photo – and now you’ve already got your pattern for the shoe itself. You can just go and use it on your fabric – go for it.
3. Now for the boot-leg you could either (1) cover your own leg in cellophane and do the same thing with duct tape (I don’t do this, but why the hell not) or (2) just fetch a measuring tape and get down the measurements for the desired length + leg girth on the widest and the slimmest part of your leg
4. Get your boot-leg on paper and adjust it to your leg again if you used the method (2). Don’t forget that now that you’re using a fabric with lots of stretch you’ll have to adjust your boot-leg again anyway to sit really tight ;)
5. Cut the fabric for your boot-leg out (1 boot-leg consists of 2 parts – right and left), sew the two parts together along the front seam, NOT the back seam for now.
6. Connect your boot-leg with the shoe-part that you’ve already completed after step 2 (if not, now’s the time)
7. Now you should do the long blue line that covers the front seam of Satsuki’s boots. IMPORTANT: the fabric you use for the blue parts MUST have approximately the same amount of stretch as your white fabric. Otherwise it’ll screw the whole thing up.
8. After getting through all of this you’ll have to fit the boot-leg to your leg - now for real, on actual fabric. Here I don’t think you’ll get by without someone who lends you a hand. Fetch someone and let them pin down the back line of your boot-leg while you’re wearing your boot cover. Be sure to get it as tight as possible.
9. Now sew your boot-leg together along the back seam. Try it on again, adjust if needed.
10. There’s still the blue line on the back that you should get to after you’re completely satisfied with how your boot-leg fits. You’ll probably need to sew the line on by hand. After that, complete the blue line around the upper part of the boot-leg
11. Don’t forget to add a holder so your boot covers don’t “jump up” from the base shoe. The easiest way is to close your boot covers under the hill of your shoe, e.g. using velcro
PS: With the right fabric you won’t need a zipper, so that’s a big plus in this otherwise annoying work that is Satsuki’s shoes :D
I hope that was at least somewhat comprehensive. Again: CHOOSE YOUR FABRIC WISELY and you’ll get it done.