And I feel as if you guys need to know about these. Because I don’t want some unsuspecting cosplayer to waste their money. Before I go on, I want to say that I am a costume maker and I have a degree in costume and fashion technology. As a part of that degree I had to learn a ton about fabrics and I handle fabrics that range from $2 - $200 a yard every day.
So I came in to this yesterday. A cart full. We didn’t get too many, you can see they all have the Yaya Han logo on them and they all say “Cosplay by Yaya Han” on the end. They all cost $19.99 (on the Joann website, they actually have some that are even more expensive) and are not going on sale any time soon.
Included in what was there are these:
7 metallic 4 way stretch fabrics. 1 of these is a print (the red scales??). They’re very similar to the “performance fabrics” that are actually across from these in the aisle. However, they’re extremely cheaply made and stick to each other. I can already foresee the horror of having to measure these, all that loud peeling noise of having to separate it all from itself. The only really useful color that was there was the metallic black, which looks a bit like wet look leggings. The unfortunate thing is that directly across the aisle is the exact same thing. For cheaper. You’re basically paying extra for her name to be on them.
Next is the stretch pleather and the twill. The pleather was grey, that was the only one there. It was VERY thin, I could see it pretty much only being used for a body suit or leggings, but the color was so odd I don’t know what costume would use it. The thing was. Again. It was cheaply made. It was brand new just out of the plastic and already peeling off of the backing. Truthfully, this was the one thing I was sort of excited about in this line and I’d happily use a 50% or 60% off coupon on a couple of yards if it was more substantial. It’s the only thing in this line so far that I feel the price is worth it, if it was thicker. (Please note that Joann HAS a stretch pleather for $12.99. It doesn’t stretch as much as this, but it works very well for nice tight sleeves)
The twill is described as “corset twill”, however, it’s NOT coutil. I could see it being a nice replacement for it, but it’s not as thick. The weave is nice (you can see it sort of), but again, something that Joann already sells for $9.99.
And finally, the brocades. They’re all polyester nylon blend. The color range isn’t bad and Joann purposely put their peacock brocade on clearance because they were getting these. The thing was, I was sort of hoping for a range. Something different that wasn’t already there, something good for things like Game of Thrones costumes. What we got was exactly what we already had, just 60″ instead of 45″. Except for the second blue one (which is peacock feathers) all of the designs are the same paisley. You’re basically paying $10 just for 15 extra inches wide.
I want to see the rest of the collection, there’s a rib knit I found online in it that’s $29.99 and I need to see what the big deal about this is, when there’s rib knit at Joann for $9.99 already. In my opinion, right now, it’s not worth it. Don’t waste your money, it’s cheap, it sticks to itself, and it’s exactly what’s already at Joann. The pleather is the only thing I would spend my money on and you can buy it online for cheaper. (It’s $15 at Mood and at Spandex World). These should be out at all Joanns and others may have what we don’t so please feel free to add onto this post as you see fit. But this is my personal review out of the package of the Yaya Han cosplay fabrics.
((Photo 1)) Name: Park Jimin Birthdate: 1995.10.13 Blood type: A Vision: 0.1 / 0.2 Specialities: Lazing around Hobbies: Lazing around Career highlights: Breathing nonstop for 23 years Prefered Computer Software: Minesweeper Typing speed: 461 ~ 524 Certification: First class in climbing members’ back for piggy backs
((Photo 2)) Habit: Bitting my nails, scratching my neck (when sleeping), brushing my hair back My motto: I am manggae Movie that describes me: Twenty My biggest charm point that beats no other is: My swollen eyes My perfect fatal flaw is: My memorization What I think about often nowadays: Rebellious spirit
~What I Like~
Who I look up to: Seniors Sports: Sports involving ball (ex. pool) Snack: Cookies/chips, chicken, jokbal Favorite Song: Spring Day Material of performing uniform: Soft fabric or just cotton Fashion Style: [Drawing]
~What I Don’t Like~
Season/Weather: I dislike humid weather When I don’t like myself: When I can’t control my anger Most recent embarrassing moment: Nothing specific
Drawing of me growing up: [Look at the picture Jimin drew]
~Relationship with members~
Jungkook thinks of me as: The hyung he loves Jungkook to me is: A cute baby brother Rapmonster thinks of me as: The heir Rapmonster to me is: The big brother Suga thinks of me as: A younger brother Suga to me is: The grandmother Jin thinks of me as: The angel Jin to me is: The newborn baby J-Hope thinks of me as: A younger brother who he can tease eaily J-Hope to me is: The big sister V thinks of me as: A savior V to me is: The puppy
Personal goal of 2017: I want to be closer with our fans who support us What is needed to achieve that goal: I think I should become a better, cooler person in order to achieve this. I’m going to work hard in the field I’m in charge. What I want to do before I die: I wish I could say “I have done everything I wanted to do. It was a very nice life.” Something that I improved in comparison to last year: Appetite My biggest potential: I think I grew a little taller
~Personal Bragging Time~ I have Namjoon hyung I have Seokjin hyung I have Yoongi hyung I have Hobi hyung I have Taehyung I also have Jungkook? And I also have ARMY
MBTI personality test result: ENFJ Accuracy: 4 stars The part of the test that explains / fits my personality well: Likes people and has a strong tendency to see things positive
I, Jung Hoseok, strongly recommend Jimin to the company as the outstanding individual. The reason is BECAUSE HE HIS JIMIN!! JIMIN IS GOOD IN EVERYTHING
it’s profoundly insulting to suggest that an entry-level employee earning a quarter of your salary, working twice your hours, and assigned an outfit that makes them look like a thirteen-year-old youth group member “strive for a promotion because you care, not because of the money.”
look at me. i’m wearing a fucking performance fabric polo shirt and khakis. i can’t afford rent by myself. most people don’t bother to make eye contact with me. i get a half hour for lunch, and if i forget to take a lunch, you summon me in here and make me sit down and give me a talking-to like i’ve been sent to the hallway for passing notes in social studies. i’m 26 goddamn years old. and you can look me in the eye and tell me i need to have passion for my job? no one has passion for retail. literally no one. if you claim you do, (a) you’re full of shit, and (b) it’s because you’re allowed to take two hour lunches.
honestly, from me to you or anyone in a position of senior management, let’s cut the bullshit. all right? you and i are both here for the same reason: a fucking paycheque. i am a corporate drone, as are you, because we are both humans living in capitalist america. i do care about my job. it is how i subsist. it is how i maintain medical care and feed myself. i do my job duties because they reflect well on me, ensuring my continued employment, and because it somewhat protects me from verbal abuse from strangers. (somewhat. i will often get verbally abused for pursuing my job duties. and you want me to have passion for this?)
today i spent fifteen minutes bagging up these grapefruit-sized plastic skulls attached to thick plastic chains, and he bought three of them, and they were huge and unwieldy and tangled together and because the skulls dangle, as soon as i would get part of one in the bag, the rest of them would sort of rattle and slither out of it in every other direction. a line formed while this man chuckled and watched me struggle to bag his bullshit discount halloween decorations. “kind of a pain, huh?” he asked me jovially.
i am here because you pay me to be here. if you did not pay me, i would not fucking be here. you know that. quit gaslighting me. if you don’t want to promote me, then don’t fucking promote me. don’t feed me this bullshit about doing it because we care, because if you were paid what i’m paid? you wouldn’t fucking care either.
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This is how I created my Eros costume for my Yuuri Katsuki cosplay. Designing the cosplay took me only an hour. I used felt to draw on my design and used a basically full body bathing suit style to start with.
For fabric choices I used mostly performance spandex fabrics and a little bit of knit fabric for the skirt part. While sewing I used a recent thread product at Jo~Ann for stretch fabrics. For the see through part of the Eros from the original design, I used a white fabric with metallic sparkles and sewed black mesh over it. I really like how it turned out because you can’t tell it is white underneath it, but the sparkles still are noticeable giving it a beautiful look!
For the skirt I use a light grey knit fabric that I did a fade to black dye with Rit Dye More. One the other side of the skirt I used a maroon knit fabric. The skirt is attached to the cosplay by three snaps.
The sewing took about 3 days of work, but the longest part was the stones. I used resin and a mold (the mold was made by my friend) to create the stones used on my cosplay. It took me a week to create enough stones need for Eros. Also had to test what backing (paint or glitter paper) to use for the back of the stones. I decided to use glitter paper because it made the stones truly pop!
I am really happy how it all came out. I attend the AnimeFest 2017 (Dallas, Texas) cosplay contest and won Guest Judge Award. Which is my first award I ever won for one of my cosplays. It makes me really happy that it was for my Yuuri cosplay <3
sometimes i feel like i don’t appreciate how intensely holmes-esque victor nikiforov is
- he spent his entire career crafting a personality that only exists within the limits in which he performs. while holmeses usually fabricate personas that repulse the general public if they can’t be bothered with him, victor creates a persona that appeases the demands of the audience. the principle is the same.
- my point is, at one - or several - point in their lives together victor has absolutely put on this façade after he accidentally upsets yuuri and obv yuuri is having none of it. “don’t give me the poster smile, it’s scary”
- “you know it’s okay to be sad sometimes though, right, vitya? you don’t have to be perfect all of the time. i told you, you can be whoever you are,” “nobody ever likes me for whoever i am,” “i will. i do,”
- cue gross sobbing followed by hours of cuddling and watching crap russian tv
- “oops i guess i forgot i promised yuri to choreograph him a program ¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯” and “who the fuck is jeremy jorts le foy” i’m not saying he’s saving brain space for ~important~ stuffs only, but
- victor always remembers important things like the anniversary of their first kiss and their wedding and the first time he came to hasetsu, and other things like yuuri’s favourite cake and coffee preference and the exact organisation of his desk at any given moment
- but sometimes it’s been a while and he’s hyperfocusing on a new program for his and yuuri’s student and “solnyshko, you haven’t eaten for twelve hours, please take a break?” “…oh, is that why i’m hungry,” “…yes? i made dinner. come eat,”
- i’m not saying victor will retire to the countryside to keep bees with yuuri, but on the off chance you get to propose this scenario to him he will definitely beg yuuri to let him keep bees in hasetsu
- in the past people closest to him always think he’s a handful - yakov believes he’s full of himself, gosha is most likely fucking tired of being overshadowed, and yuri is just perpetually filled with anger to event count - so he tries to tamp down himself (prob esp after realising yuuri doesn’t remember sochi gpf banquet)
- that being said, though, he’s def apologised to yuuri for this, “i’m a little too much to handle, aren’t i. i’m sorry,”
- (lorde’s liability starts playing sadly in the background)
- “NO,” yuuri shouts instantly, so quickly he almost gives himself whiplash, “you’re just the right amount. i want all of you. don’t reduce anything from yourself for anyone’s sake, ever,”
- victor’s very weak for dogs!!! for makkachin, but also for any dog and every dog tbh but especially makka. his decision making process relies entirely on her. “makka should i get yuuri a new scarf or TWO new scarves? bark once for one twice for two” makka barks three times. “of course, how could i even think yuuri deserves less”
- at 3am during off season: yuuri i just found out the creaking floorboard in our kitchen used to be a hidden latch. yuuri, who’s just about to be asleep and is suddenly awaken: it’s three o'clock vitenka fuck off
- when they’re gaming together he’ll definitely have a 3GAR moment when yuuri is down or smth “anata please say you are not hurt!!!” yurio, side-eyeing him: you’re supposed to be on the team opposing his, old man -_-
- did makkachin bite victor’s first boyfriend’s ankle, is the real question, or did she just, like. chase the poor guy around until he acquiesced to date victor or something
- please pretend i never said that last bulletpoint but also, victor’s dramatic telling of his first date a la GLOR must be hilarious
edit: this was only meant as a wardrobe headcanon and turned slightly longer than it needed to be
I’m obsessed with the idea of despair!peko wearing the finest kimonos unless she has to do some heavy fighting, because she likes the traditional feel of them and despair!Fuyuhiko will not let her wear less than what he thinks she deserves, even more so because they’re married (not actually, but no one questions it) and the wife of the oyabun whom doubles as his literal partner in crime will be treated with the fucking respect she’s owed.
So they imprisoned this seamstress and a tailor who makes their modern business outfits. Fuyuhiko’s suit has more compartments than Peko’s simply to carry his gun and some extra ammo as well as his tanto. Meanwhile, Peko’s suit is definitely made out of the best performance fabrics in contrast to Fuyuhiko’s wool suit.
The black and white scheme was no mistake either. Yeah, it’s easy to say they’re just representing Monokuma, and more so shirokuma and kurokuma but that’s the plain answer. I like to think there’s some yin and yang symbolism going on.
Also, Fuyuhiko gets his tattoos because the pain is just another form of despair; of course it kind of tears Peko to see him like that but she’s also for it, and that conflict also gives her despair in its own way as it leads to questioning herself which is something she does a lot, at least for my headcanon, since having a solid sense of identity is something she denies herself, so she suffers in this purgatory like state of existence.
Remember, these two are at the worst so their relationship is going to be far far from healthy; I like to imagine there’s a lot of power shift between the two. There was always a line between the two that they both wanted to cross while simultaneously keeping it drawn out of their respective fears. So then, with the people keeping them separate in certain ways gone, what now? Who will give out the punishment for crossing that oh so forbidden line? Answer: each other or no one. They mainly tip toe around said line, but may purposefully go too far to feel that despair of hurting your spouse and wallow in the guilt of it all before they kiss and make up.
But at the same, time, there’s an aggressive fear of losing each other because they’ve been, as Fuyuhiko states in game “together ever since they were kids” and they “saw each other almost every day”. It’s similar to the sadness and anger you might feel when your best friend who’ve you known since you were in diapers suddenly announces they are moving away; in this case, it’s bumped up to 20. Furthermore, it’s possible that they both felt responsible for Natsumi’s death (one of the two most important people in their lives). So now, it’s likely that the fear of losing each other (a feeling they try to ignore) is exploited by Junko until they become each other’s crutches just as she became Mikan’s crutch. Maybe something along the lines of “It’s so sad how Kuzuryuu-senpai’s sister died. Just goes to show you can only trust so many people in this world…” Essentially, it’s possible she made them believe that they couldn’t live without each other or lead them to that conclusion by playing on said fear. She knows that their separation would cause them despair, and welp that’s pretty much her whole fucking agenda.
I mean, it’s not like this was 100% what happened all the time, since they’d become numb to all it which prevents them feeling despair, so it comes in waves. Rather, I’m just explaining potential mechanics of their relationship. Hell, other times they probably seemed like some ordinary rich couple walking down the street littered with corpses and are oddly as ease with the apocalypse. I also think they truly did love each other, but were not able to express it in a positive and healthy way.
It’s why I feel like they’re couple’s therapy is more focused on interdependency, because while it’s important for them to get along in a healthy manner they need those boundaries between them least they go back to their despair ways and never exist beyond the other’s existence.
Loie Fuller was a pioneer of modern dance and of theatrical lightning effects. She developed and introduced the dance in 1891, combining her choreography with silk costumes illuminated by multi-colored lighting of her own design. In several of the Serpentine Dance movies her special colored lighting effects have been translated into fascinating hand-colored effects. Besides Serpentine Dance performances (often referred to as Butterfly Dances); Fuller presented a Fire Dance into which the four elements were incorporated.
The Serpentine Dance films: Skladanowsky Brothers (1895), Dickson for Edison Manifacturing Company (1895, 1896 & 1897), Lumiere Brothers (1896), Demeny (1897), Alice Guy (1899,1900 &1902), Melies (1899), G.A. Smith (1902) & De Chomon (1908).
Something New Grows on Trees: Biodegradable Chips for Electronics
It was just a couple of weeks ago when we featured nanocellulose, a natural supermaterial derived from plants that is getting ready for the spotlight. Researchers are looking at it for durable, transparent composites because of its strength. Others are investigating its use in applications from biocompatible implants and flexible displays and solar panels to better bioplastics, cosmetics and concrete.
Now we hear from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory that scientists have demonstrated a new product for the nanoscopic fibers of cellulose, a carbohydrate that gives structure to plant cell walls. Turning the material into a film, they’ve been able to produce high-performance computer chips made almost entirely of wood.
By replacing the semiconducting foundation of modern chips with biodegradable nanocellulose, electronics could become significantly less of an environmental burden when they are discarded.
Of course, this isn’t the Catsuit Selina wears, that black one-piece honed and streamlined and made of the sorts of performance fabrics only the comics can provide. Eiko’s a rich girl who took to the streets as Catwoman to undercut her father’s business; she doesn’t have the same ready access to flexible Kevlar inserts. Her Catsuit’s assembled, not crafted. Of course, it’s assembled from Helmut Lang, which helps.
In the center is the initial sketch by Garry Brown based on the jacket picture; the armored thickness of the leather, the pleating and piecing that strengthens stress areas (those pockets have to hold heaven knows how many wires and knives), and the protective neckline were all perfect. Helmut Lang was also kind enough to provide leggings with moto padding on the thighs and knees, which was terribly handy, and we gave her a pair of heavy-duty knee boots. The jacket, we figured, would have been tailored after her first few outings to keep it closer to the body (there are some bits of her in action on the right).
In the Catwoman Annual (left), of course, she isn’t yet the practiced Catwoman we meet in Catwoman #35. For her first outing, Pat Olliffe drew the jacket in all its original glory, alongside a hastily-assembled Catcap and some ski goggles that made me laugh out loud the first time I saw them because of how perfect they are. She gets cooler goggles later, but if you’re Catwomaning in a hurry, you sometimes have to make do.