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May 28, 2012


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Serious Cosplayers Here

Journal Entry: Mon May 28, 2012, 9:43 PM

My post Fanime 2012 journal  (stupid photos included)

So, about two weeks before Fanime, I played Journey and got it into my head that I wanted to cosplay the little characters in it.  I immediately wen to alcedinidae as she had done a random last minute cosplay with me before 2 years back
(as seen here)

So I made her play the game and we decided to go through with the cosplay.  She found a guide of sorts online here:… which we used for most of the cosplay.  
We found a wonderful color fabric really easily at Jo-Ann's and started immediately by cutting out the pieces for the cloak and taking some stupid photos with fabric scraps

the sewing of the pattern on the cloak took a loooong time and a looooot of bias tape (we raided the two closest jo-ann's for all of their goldenrod yellow tape)
It took even longer because our pets were so helpful throughout the process

The main difference between our guide's and our costumes was in our scarves which we did through silk-painting.  alcedinidae's mom is into silk painting (and has tons of cool silk paintings throughout the house) and she helped us with the scarves.
First we bought some plain, white scarves and then we set them up on this thingamabob (I believe that is the technical term) and painted the white part of the pattern on in a wax-like substance that prevented it from getting covered.  We then painted the entire scarves yellow and let it dry before painting the outline of the red sections.

To finish, we painted in the red and let it dry


We then took it upon ourselves to get some orange clothing to go underneath the cloak if it was blowing so we bought some white tights, shorts, shirts, and ballet flats and dyed them (as it was impossible to find that color of rust orange in anything).  

delicious shoe stew
also look at alcedinidae's weird elbows

This worked out alright - the tights were approximately right but everything else ended up kinda salmon colored after it dried (that was alright though as only the tights really showed).

After that, all that remained was the hoods and the masks.  We decided to go with paper mache masks.  We bought some plain creepy white masks but they had noses and lips so we had to make a slightly different shape with crumpled newspaper and masking tape.  

Then we layered paper mache over this and eventually painted them black and added a layer of white fabric behind the eyes (which we could vaguely see through) and the yellow stripe on the forehead.  

alcedinidae made the hoods for us - I think they look quite dashing.

all put together, we get this!
Journey Cosplay 2 by RoochArffer Journey Cosplay by RoochArffer

also Journey character playing Journey

Fanime itself was a lot of fun
lots of walking around though and ballet slippers are not comortable @_@ We had to get gel insoles for the shoes after the first day

We went with the lovely ariodante28 who cosplayed as Aerith - or Sunglasses Aerith as we addressed her most of the time

We met one other Journey cosplayer along the way

And had donut sushi

"spent a lot of money on cool things" goes without saying and all of us had a lot of photos taken =]  ariodante28 even got randomly involved in an adorable marriage proposal between two other FF7 cosplayers

It was a lot of fun =]

There was also a very strange man "dressed" as pikachu but I won't get too into that

Finally, I  want to showcase a couple of my favorite cosplays I saw:
A Ramona from Scott Pilgrim with a good attitude about her

A Phoenix and Iris/Dahlia

Hipster Link (his sign says "I was saving princesses before saving princesses was cool")

He was worried people would throw things at him

and finally, the adorable pro-bending family

So that's it for fanime, thanks for reading!

  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: Witches Abroad
  • Watching: Sailor Moon
  • Playing: Skyward Sword
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UnoChara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey! I saw your cosplay on a few journey-centric blogs and I was wondering what kind of fabric you used for the hood and cloak? Your costume ended up looking really nice :)
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why thank you!
i think it was a lightweight linen, but honestly i am terrible with fabrics and don't really know what i bought @_@ I got it at my local Jo-Ann Fabric store, and it worked out great though! my friend and I were mainly hunting around for the right color, as most of the journey cosplays we had seen online were bright red and not that kinda burnt orange color.  
Anyways, here are some up close images of the fabric itself: and maybe you'll able to discern what kind of fabric it is from the texture
hope that helps somehow!
UnoChara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! (for the pictures, too :) )
Ah I know what you mean about colors~ I've done some scouting for fabrics at Jo-ann's too, and even if one color is miraculously there for a certain type of fabric, the other (for the triangles) is usually not. I might end up with the white robe out of necessity!
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh it's not problem =]
yep, it's hard to find both, and my friend and i definitely got lucky with the multiple shades of red and orange in this fabric haha
the white robes are pretty cool, but i do looove the color of the normal ones aha. but orange has been one of my favorite colors ever since i discovered i like the taste of oranges and orange popsicles, so I am possibly biased 
UnoChara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Orange is my favorite color too (though not because of oranges haha)! So yes, I want to do the red robes!
Guess I'll have to get as lucky as you! Thanks so much~
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good luck finding some fabric!
Vodos Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012

-My best attempt at trying to contemplate the awesomeness of the situation but failing.
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kilayi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your Journey costumes! But a quick techincal thing... I think what you did is more considered silk painting instead of screenprinting, since you didn't use a screen to print it on. You did a fabulous job, either way! Love it! :)
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh woops you're right! I'm not a silk panter/screener/whatever myself so I got the words mixed up - sorry about that!

and thanks =]
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